GIVEAWAY: Lady Rizo in “Red, White & Indigo” at The Triple Door April 19

One of today’s most enchanting singer/performers is back in Seattle for a one-night-only performance at The Triple Door!

Lady Rizo’s new show, “Red, White & Indigo: My love-hate relationship with America” will take The Triple Door stage on April 19. Brandon and I will be there–join us!

About the show:

America is a very bad boyfriend but why do I still love him? If we are potentially witnessing the death of the US as we know it, Chanteuse superstar Lady Rizo delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy unpacking the feelings for the country she was born in, cut with her trademark humor, wit, and soaring voice. Backed by choice trio featuring acclaimed cellist, guitarist and composer Yair Evnine, Lady Rizo leads us to our own utopian island nation..with no walls, only velvet curtains.

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About Lady Rizo:

‘Cabaret Superstar’ (New York Magazine), comedienne, and chanteuse, Lady Rizo, won her first Grammy in 2010 on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and also sings and records with multi-platinum recording artist Moby. Come experience the trademark titillating humor and soulful, soaring voice has created a cult fan base around the world.

“SENSATIONAL… A fierce but kindhearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock ‘n’ roll” – The New York Times

Tickets here.

Enter to win 2 tickets! Giveaway here. 

Video of Lady Rizo performing on ArtZone:

Giveaway: I DO Sodo on February 12

I Do Sodo” is the newest wedding show in town and here is your chance to win 2 tickets! The event’s shuttle will whisk you around SODO, touring 8 venues and 100+ vendors.

 

About the event:

“I Do Sodo, Seattle’s newest wedding show returns to give couples, their friends and families an opportunity to experience stylized venues designed by top wedding planners. On Sunday, February 12, 2017, take a tour through the historic Sodo neighborhood and experience what happens when industrial is chic and elegance has an edge.

Our eight venues all possess architectural charm and unique details. The neighborhood blends metal, concrete and wood, new and old materials and modern and vintage construction. Each venue has its own history, its own tale to tell, just as you two do. The planners will assemble their team of premier wedding professionals, including caterer, florist, musician, photographer and stationer plus many more. You’ll meet and experience a variety of industry experts at each location to find the perfect fit for you and your special day. Spend the afternoon saying I Do in Sodo!”

Read on to learn how to enter to win 2 tickets.

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You can enter to win 2 tickets on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:

On Facebook:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the I Do SODO Facebook event page.
  2. Post on the event wall “I want to win 2 tickets from seattlepockets.com!”

On Twitter:

  1. Retweet this tweet and follow @keridwyn.

On Instagram:

  1. Follow @idosodo and @keridwyn
  2. Follow directions on my Instagram post here.

Giveaway ends 2/8/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 2/9/17.

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Giveaway: J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine at The Triple Door

I love The Atomic Bombshells if you’ve seen one of their productions, chances are you do too. This is burlesque & drag at its best and “J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine” is one of their top productions. “J’ADORE!” returns to The Triple Door February 9-14 (no show 2/13). Every year they mix it up with new acts and this year is no exception. “The Bold, Bald, Badass” Mistress Victoria DeVille from MN will be the host and Seattle’s vogueing dance crew “The Purple Lemonade” also make an appearance.

Enter to win two tickets to see “J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine” at The Triple Door and two tickets to see “Kitten N’ Lou: Holier Than Thou” at Century Ballroom’s West Hall: http://gvwy.io/6cifohf

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Freshly reimagined each year, and featuring a parade of breathtaking brand new and classic acts, J’ADORE! is a burlesque, drag, and dance spectacular that celebrates romance with good humor, style, and a healthy dose of dazzle! Recently named “Seattle’s most venerable burlesque dancers”(The Stranger), The Atomic Bombshells are comprised of a cast of award-winning, title-holding, globe-trotting show girls and boys. More about the show on their Facebook page here. 

Tickets here.

 

If you’re worried about the power going out in the #SeattleStorm of 2016…

What if every Seattleite who is worried about their power going out during this weekend’s storm took a moment to donate just $10 to the homeless shelter of their choice? Can you imagine the impact we could have as a community?

Tonight, I’m grateful for the roof over my head. Because losing power (and internet! OMG!) is nothing compared to out in the cold, blustery elements.

Tonight, I’m donating $50 to DESC. Join me in donating to them (or your favorite shelter organization)!

If you have a favorite homeless shelter organization, please feel free to tell me about it in the comments. I’d love to learn who YOU support and why.

#SeattleStorm

 

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Giveaway: Black Cat Bash on October 22

The Black Cat Bash returns October 22nd for its third year! This incredibly fun event (one of my favorite dance parties of the year) is a benefit for the Seattle Humane Society. NOW is your chance to get tickets. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets below.

It’s the weekend before the main halloween party weekend, so it gives all of us costume enthusiasts a great reason to get dressed up again! Plus, friends with kids will have a much easier time finding a sitter so they can come out and boogie.

If you love pop, classic alternative, and 80s/90s/00s/today guilty pleasures like I do, the music will get you moving on the dance floor all night long. Kitty Valentine (my friend Kate) started these parties to help raise money for a great cause and to offer a fun dance experience for those of us looking for alternatives outside the electronic music scene. Shindig Events (my favorite Seattle party planner) is also a part of this event to help add special extra touches to the experience.

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I’m thrilled to host a giveaway for two tickets to the event!

TO ENTER:

First: RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/2cDp9AZ.

Then fill out the giveaway form here: http://gvwy.io/9dey39m.

That’s it! You can enter on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or all three.  Winner will be notified on Saturday, Sept 24.

The perfect bag for summer in Seattle (from Beside-U)

If you see me this summer, you’ll likely get to meet my newest sidekick. She’s adorable, well organized, and the perfect companion for so many different outings. Don’t let her size fool you. She’s got a lot going on inside!
Who is she? My new Beside-U bag (style: Baker crossbody. Color: Ocean Blue). Ok, I’m the dork that personifies objects, but I only do this with my true favorites. And this baby quickly leaped to the top of the list as my new favorite bag.
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Not only is her bold color perfection and her inner lining the perfect mix of cute and stylish, her smart design has so much to offer:
I’m always amazed how much I can fit into this seemingly small bag. I can adjust her straps so she sits right under my forearm when I’m walking in areas I need to be more careful.
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Speaking of careful, Beside-U bags feature RFID-blocking pockets that fit your wallet. This means that thieves can’t use electronic card readers to steal your credit card info.
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The bag is water resistant and easy to clean. It also fits my ipad mini and notebook, Which means I can head to the beach from a work meeting without having to head home to change bags.
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These bags are so incredibly designed. This bag features so many pockets (one in the back that is more hidden against your body when carrying, inner zipper pocket in the large center section, a pen, phone, and a miscellaneous pocket in the front section, and a small front zippered area. I’ve never had my day to day purse be more organized in my life!
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Here’s a peek in to what everyday things I like to make sure are always with me (details here).
Even with all these items, there is plenty of room left over in this bag for extra stuff, including a reusable shopping bag:
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(The teeny adorable pacman purse was made by my nieces and sister in law! Love it!)  
I have a feeling this won’t be the first bag Beside-U makes that I own. I’m now eyeing the Azuza crossbody sling bag (I can totally picture biking around burning man this year with that bag in coral pink) and the Gwen tote bag to replace my current carryon for plane travel. But first, I think my Baker crossbody bag needs a name? Too much? It’s just a bag? Maybe. But maybe not. Owning this bag sure has made me happy this year, and summer hasn’t even started! I’m so thrilled I heard about Beside-U on travel blog Jessie on a Journey (check out her adventure through NYC here). I’ve already taken my bag to work meetings, the beach (sand wipes right off!), the spa (no problem getting it a little wet), the park, and parties.
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Disclaimer: Beside-U was kind enough to provide me this bag in exchange for review consideration. As always, the opinions I share here on my own. I also never blog about a product or experience if I don’t like it.  I really, truly love this bag! Thanks, Beside-U (and thanks to Brady for taking photos of me wearing it!). 

Sitcom Improv, Folklife, Motown, and Dancing in the Park: Upcoming Seattle Events

As my friends know, I love planning ahead. Here are some fun events on my radar I thought you all might want to know about.

May 19 & 20: Very Special Episode at Jet City Improv

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Very Special Episode” is an incredibly clever improv show at Jet City Improv in the U District that has its closing weekend this Thursday and Friday, May 19 & 20. Inspired by 80s and 90s sitcom episodes that took a moment to provide us with “teachable moments,” the direction of this show is superb and the cast is incredibly talented. I know it seems like it takes a lot of effort to turn off Netflix and get off your couch, but the laughter you’ll enjoy is SO worth it, people. Also, they serve popcorn. Prepare yourself: you will probably leave the show with a crush on at least two actors. BONUS: Your ticket purchase goes to support some seriously incredible youth outreach programs.  (Insert “The More You Know” music).

May 27-29: Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center

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This donation-only festival is one of the best in the region. Enjoy a wide variety of music and performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center May 27 – 30. I love the poster artwork this year. Absolutely stunning!
May 31-June 12: Motown The Musical at The Paramount in downtown Seattle
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Motown The Musical will tour onstage The Paramount Theatre in downtown May 31–June 12! This show celebrates the stories and songs of one of my favorite times in music history. Stay tuned for a future post on this show!
June 4: Parke Diem at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill
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Parke Diem is a free day of DJ’ed music on June 4 at Volunteer Park. Bring your hula hoops and dance in the grass.
Have a Seattle event you think Seattle Pockets readers would like? Send me details and link via my contact form!