GIVEAWAY: Fab networking with stunning views from the Space Needle!

Oh hey, friends! If you’ve been a long-time subscriber of my blog, you already know what my favorite Seattle networking event is. That’s right:

TOAST OF SEATTLE! And it’s back, this time at the Space Needle, on September 24 at 2019

Read on for your chance to get a free ticket for this wonderfully formatted networking event.

Why is Toast of Seattle so special? The format. You start by finding a table to sit at while you enjoy breakfast. Then, after some opening remarks, you network in a sort-of “speed-dating” inspired way: each person has 2 minutes to talk about their business. At the end of the round, everyone changes tables (you open up an envelope that shows you what table to go to next, no decision making required) and starts again. They guarantee you meet over 20 people in 2 hours. The structure makes networking efficient, productive, fun, and easy. It’s introduced me to some great people. In fact, I just had a lovely coffee meet-up with Jen Hope (a delightful business & executive coach) who I connected with earlier this year at a previous Toast!

Buy tickets here.

To enter to win a ticket to attend this great event:

First: 

  • Make sure you’re signed up to receive SeattlePockets.com emails. See the “Sign Up for Blog Emails” box  – on the right at seattlepockets.com on a computer or after scrolling down past this post on your mobile device. (If it says “Thanks for Following” you’ve already signed up to get emails. Just make sure they aren’t going to your spam folder.)

THEN you can do all or some of the following:

  • RSVP interested or going on the Facebook event page. and write I want to win tickets from seattlepockets.com on the event wall.
  • Tag a friend on the Instagram giveaway post at instagram.com/keridwyn. Tag multiple friends for multiple entries – one per comment
  • Comment on this blog post!

That’s it!

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Giveaway ends 9/9/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. All local, state, and federal rules apply.

GIVEAWAY: Wine event this Saturday 3-7pm for a GREAT cause! It’s the Belltown Crush Block Party.

By Keridwyn Deller

There’s a fun wine event in the streets of Belltown, Seattle this Saturday, August 24, 2019, complete with live music and a grape stomp, and now is your chance to enter to win 2 tickets.

The event benefits Plymouth Housing, which does great work in our community in their mission to end homelessness.

Buy tickets here.

Facebook event page here.

More about the event, in their own words:

“Support Plymouth’s mission to end homelessness during a fun Saturday afternoon with friends and neighbors at our annual beer and wine festival. We’ll have a wine and beer garden, grape stomping competition, live music, and noshes from local eateries to celebrate the final stretch of summer!

Entertainment:

3 – 4:15 p.m. The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project
4:30 – 5 p.m. Grape Stomping Competition
5 – 7 p.m. Café com Leite

3 – 7 p.m. DJ EPop
Chalk art by Raziah Roushan, Artist

Wine from Cascadian Outfitters, Cadence Winery, Ambassador Wines Of Washington, Basel Cellars, The Woodhouse Wine Estates, Michael Florentino Cellars, Drum Roll Wine, Abbe Vineyard and Winery, Rooted Souls Winery, The Princess & The Bear Wines, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Gard Vintners, Lawrelin Wines, Patterson Cellars, and J Bookwalter Wines.

Beer from Watts Brewing Company, Optimism Brewing Company, and Tin Dog Brewing. Cider from Pear Up Cider.”

Buy your tickets here. 

Check out their Facebook page here.

To enter to win:

First: Make sure you’re signed up to receive SeattlePockets.com emails (see the “Sign Up for Blog Emails” box on the right at seattlepockets.com – if it says “Thanks for Following” you’ve already signed up to get emails. Just make sure they aren’t going to your spam folder.)

THEN you can do all or some of the following:

Comment on the giveaway post at fb.com/seattlepockets. Tag a friend (or multiple friends – one per comment) & be sure to RSVP interested or going on the Facebook event page.

Tag a friend on the Instagram giveaway post at instagram.com/keridwyn. Tag multiple friends for multiple entries – one per comment

Comment on this blog post!

That’s it!

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That’s it! Giveaway ends at 11:59pm Pacific Time 8/22/19. All local, state & federal rules apply. Winner will be contacted before noon 8/23/19.

 

GIVEAWAY: Find your favorite ciders at Cider Summit SEA at Lake Union Park in Seattle (September 6 & 7)

Cider Summit SEA is back for its TENTH annual event. Read on to learn how you can enter to win two tickets!

This delicious event takes place over two days in Seattle. This year, the event will have beautiful views of the water at Lake Union Park (adjacent to The Museum of History & Industry). Which means, pick out shoes that work on grassy lawns!

This year, the event, presented by locally-and-woman-owned Capitol Cider, will offer tasting flights in addition to 2oz pours.

How many options will you have to choose from? Great question! Over 150 ciders, meads, and cider cocktails will be offered, including regional favorites and international classics.  The event is Friday, September 6 from 3pm – 8pm (VIP session 2-3pm) and Saturday, September 7 from noon to 5pm.  Tickets are on sale now at https://www.cidersummitnw.com/tickets.

This event is a benefit for NW Cider Association, Seattle Humane, and The Institute of Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

To enter to win two tickets:

1. Make sure you’re signed up to receive SeattlePockets.com emails (see the “Sign Up for Blog Emails” box on the right at seattlepockets.com)

then

2.  Enter on Facebook by RSVP’ing on the Facebook Event Page, liking fb.com/cidersummit and fb.com/seattlepockets and commenting on Seattle Pockets FB page “I want to win #CiderSummitSEA tickets.”

and/or

Enter on Instagram – details at instagram.com/keridwyn.

You can enter on Facebook or Instagram or both. You can also get an entry into the giveaway by commenting on this blog post.

That’s it! I look forward to seeing you at #CiderSummitSEA!

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Enter by 8/25/19 at 11:59pm. All local, state, and federal rules apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Drama ensues in The Williams Project fantastic production of Tennessee Williams “Small Craft Warnings” (now through August 25)

Review by Tony Bohn

I have nothing but good things to say about The Williams Project’s new production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play “Small Craft Warnings,” and highly recommend everyone checks this show out ASAP!  Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell at Washington Hall, “Small Craft Warnings” takes place in a dive bar on the rural coastline of Southern California sometime around the mid-1900s.  This show is an immersive experience with the entire room in Washington Hall having been transformed into a bar where audience members sit amongst all the action taking place in the play.  The show gives us a glimpse into the troubled lives of all the bar patrons whose struggles combined with alcohol provides us with laughs, lots of drama, and several poignant moments.

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The mission of The Williams Project states that it is a theatre ensemble that strives to make theatrical excellence accessible to diverse and engaged audiences while paying their artists a living wage.  Ticketing utilizes a pay-what-you-can model which allows everyone of all financial means to attend and support the production.  The diverse and talented cast very much lived up to this mission, and I can’t stress enough how refreshing and important it is to see a theater trying this social justice approach in their productions.

All eight actors were skilled at bringing their roles to life, and it was so delightful seeing this production done in a non-traditional way.  I could see a little of myself in all the characters in this show, and I felt like the show was holding up a mirror for me to do some self-examination of my own life by dropping little truth bombs throughout the play.  This production also had a surprise heart-warming ending!

Overall, through the mission of this theater, the direction of this production, and the actual play itself, I was left with a feeling of just how essential inclusivity is to society as well as an understanding and sense of empathy for just how tough it is for all of us to live on this planet sometimes.  “Small Craft Warnings” runs at Washington Hall now through August 25, 2019.   Ticket reservations and info can be found here.

Photo by Marcia Davis

GIVEAWAY: Bootie Seattle: Disney Mashup (dance party at Re-Bar this Friday)

by Keridwyn Deller

Giveaway! Enter to win two tickets to Disney Bootie Mashup!

Bootie Seattle, Seattle’s monthly mashup dance party, is one of Brandon and my favorite dance nights. This Friday, August 9, they are hosting a special “Disney” version – mixing Disney songs with dance/pop music! This is right up my alley and I’m thrilled to give two tickets to one lucky winner of my giveaway.

To enter:

FIRST: RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on their Facebook Event Page

THEN: Enter on Facebook and/or Instagram. 

Enter on Facebook by following fb.com/seattlepockets & commenting on my giveaway post & tagging a friend. Tag up to 5 friends for five entries.

Enter on Instagram here (details on how to enter on the Instagram post).

About the dance night, in their own words:

Bootie Seattle celebrates our love for all things Disney by taking your favorite songs from the Mouse House and sprinkling them in throughout the night, mashed-up and remixed, of course! Dress up in your Disney gear or as your favorite character!

► Bootie Seattle resident DJs:  DJ FREDDY, KING OF PANTS & DJ SKIDDLE
► Disney-themed performances by: ADÉ & STRAWBERRY SHARTCAKE
► FREE Bootie CD giveaways throughout the night!
► Only $5 before 10:30 PM!

MASHUP: Blending two or more songs into a new creation.

Spinning the best mashups in the world ever, Bootie Mashup was launched in San Francisco in 2003, shamelessly mixing and matching pop songs both throwback and current. With its creative theme parties and clever mashup formula, Bootie Mashup has been winning numerous nightlife awards in multiple cities for over 15 years. Its fun, danceable song combinations are the soundtrack for the A.D.D. generation.

Web: BootieSeattle.com
Facebook: facebook.com/BootieSeattle
Instagram: @bootiemashup
Twitter: @bootiemashup

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Giveaway ends 8/6/19. Winner will be contacted!

August Seattle Event Roundup: New musicals, tattoos, free music & more

by Keridwyn Deller

August is here and life is good! Here are a few events in the Seattle area I wanted to be sure were on your radar:

AUGUST 9 – 11, 2019: Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals (Issaquah)Tickets are available now to check out these brand-new musicals (five musicals in one weekend):

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XY: An intersex man navigates his first romantic relationship while being haunted by his past. The Time: 1985/2001. The Place: Pittsburgh, PA. Musical Style: Musical Theatre/Impressionist/Pop. In A Word: Intimate. How You’ll Feel: Uplifted and connected to our shared humanity.

COLD TURKEY: A small town in America attempts to quit smoking for 30 days in order to win $25 million. The Time: 1969. The Place: Eagle Rock, IA. Musical Style: Late 60s and early 70s pop/cross-over country. In A Word: Satirical. How You’ll Feel: Rollercoastered.

MODERN: A group of Amish teenagers embarks on their Rumspringa, a brief period of freedom where they struggle with balancing love, tradition, progress, faith, and who they’ll become. The Time: Present Day. The Place: Lancaster County, PA. Musical Style: Elements of new-grass and post-rock. In A Word: Faith. How You’ll Feel: Inspired.

EASTBOUND: Two brother, separated at birth, travel across the world in search of a home they’ve never known. The Time: Present day. The Place: Massachusetts and Shanghai. Musical Style: Mandarin pop/American pop musical theatre. In A Word: Poignant. How You’ll Feel: Empowered.

COWBOY BOB: A young woman disguised as a man in a fake beard and ten-gallon hat, takes on the identity of “Cowboy Bob” and evades detection for more than a decade. The Time: 1990s and Present day. The Place: Dallas, TX. Musical Style: Riot Grrrl rage meets Texas two-step. In A Word: Adventurous. How You’ll Feel: Emboldened.

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August 16 – 18: Seattle Tattoo Expo (Seattle Center)

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“Get inked, see the beautiful artwork of over 200 artists, and take in all that is Seattle tattoo culture and history at the 18th annual Seattle Tattoo Expo. Hosted by Seattle’s internationally recognized shop Hidden Hand Tattoo, the Expo offers access to the leading artists in tattooing both locally and from around the world. Whether your searching for an artist or looking to get tattooed, the Seattle Tattoo Expo offers enthusiasts a gathering place to share their love for this enduring art form.” SeattleTattooExpo.com

On now: The Legend of El Dorado at Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Pike Place Market)

It’s a sexy mix of burlesque/stripping, dance, comedy, music, a bit of camp, and the art of the tease. NSFW adult performance. The Can Can dance company always knows how to delight their audiences – their current show makes for a great date night for those who aren’t easily shocked.

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“When three women made the pact of solidarity on their summer road trip, no one ever expected that they would soon become the most legendary outlaws in the country. The gang of motorcycle riding, man-eating women known as El Dorado were a fearsome trio of renegades redefining what it meant to be a woman on their own terms with no compromise. How El Dorado found themselves out running the law, robbing corner stores at gunpoint, and seducing their unsuspecting victims while in high heels, fishnets, and nail polish are things legends are made of. With an original Can Can soundtrack featuring the vocal stylings of Seattle’s own Brent Amaker, The Legend of El Dorado showcases performances of original choreography performed by the Can Can Dance Company and a delicious Market-fresh menu.”

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Check out Greater Seattle on the Cheap’s blog post for Free Seattle (and surrounding area) music events here.

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The Seattle Times shares some free outdoor theatre listings here.

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What August events are you looking forward to? Share them in the comments below or in the comments on the Facebook post at fb.com/seattlepockets.

Photo credit: 1) Village Theatre website 2) @SeattleTattooExpo Instagram (artist @chrisrogerstattoo) 3) via Can Can press release

 

The homecoming of “Million Dollar Quartet” at Village Theatre delights, rocks, and exhilarates audiences of all ages.

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller

Anytime audience members collectively share their exuberance with strangers while exiting a theatre, you know a pinnacle of perfection has been achieved. This was exactly the scenario after Friday night’s “Million Dollar Quartet” at Village Theatre in Issaquah where everyone was on their feet dancing for the last 15-20 minutes of peerless rock and roll and electrifying antics.

Who, at the time, would have dreamed the reenactment of a recording company’s 1956 jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins would spark audiences around the globe for over six decades?  Village Theatre’s captivating history with “Million Dollar Quartet” stretches back to its premiere during the 2006 Village Originals Festival of New Musicals. With praise to the current production team’s brilliance in collaboration, “Million Dollar Quartet” promises another unparalleled hit for Village Theatre in Issaquah and Everett.

Accolades to Jerry Lee Lewis!  Oh, wait! That wasn’t the real Jerry Lee Lewis? Meet John Countryman, who blew the audience away with his impersonation of Lewis, once described as “rock and rolls first great wild man.” Wild and crazy, John Countryman as Lewis oozed fun, and grit, and natural talent with his every move.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to revel in the reunion of the dynamic “Million Dollar Quartet” this time around. Join in the exquisite fun and laughter of the show that ends with a crowd-dancing ovation. “Million Dollar Quartet” plays Village Theatre in Issaquah now through June 23, 2019 and in Everett June 28-July 29, 2019. Tickets here

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Photo by Mark Kitaoka