Giveaway: ICE CREAM at Can Can in Pike Place Market– an “effervescent, dance-crazed spectacle!”

Seattle’s Can Can is a “Moulin Rouge-inspired cabaret hailed for creative retro entertainment” in Pike Place Market.
Tickets for their upcoming show ICE CREAM (June 9 – October 1) are on sale now. AboutICE CREAM: The infamous, historic venue will transform into a doo-wop ice cream shop — a colorful backdrop for this effervescent, dance-crazed spectacle of glitz, glitter, and above all, glutes! Inspired by all-time-favorite summer cult-classics like “Grease,” “Cry Baby,” “Hairspray,” and “Beach Party,” ICE CREAM celebrates revelry with the finest in Market fresh food, craft cocktails, and Can Can’s own unique brand of entertainment.
This show is totally up my alley and sounds like a perfect distraction from reality. See the show at 7pm Wednesdays through Sundays, 9:30pm Fridays & Saturdays. Got kids and no babysitter? This production offers family-friendly brunch showings at 12:30pm and 2:30pm every Saturday and Sunday!  “It’s high kicks, culinary delicacies, and world-class cabaret during the weekend’s Magnificent Matinees when Can Can’s award-winning dance theatre company performs a fresh version of ICE CREAM intended for audiences of all ages — kids welcome!”
Want to enter to win 2 tickets to ICE CREAM?
1) RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the Ice Cream Facebook event page, then post on the wall:
I want to win tickets toICE CREAM via seattlepockets.com! 
2) For additional entries, tag friends in the comments of my Facebook post about the giveaway! You can tag up to five friends for five entries (one friend per comment).
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Prize includes 2 tickets to ICE CREAM at The Can Can in Pike Place Market (date subject to availability). Giveaway ends 5/13/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 5/15/17. Prize can not be exchanged or returned for cash.
Photos via Can Can.

“Here Lies Love” at Seattle Rep tells powerful story with immersive dancing experience

Brandon and I had the chance to see “Here Lies Love” at the Seattle Rep. This “Revolutionary Musical Experience from David Byrne & Fatboy Slim” is one of the best productions I’ve seen in Seattle in many years.  If standing/dancing for 90 minutes for you isn’t an issue, I strongly suggest buying the standing ticket seats so that you can be a part of the immersive theater experience on the floor. For those not comfortable or able to stand for that long, we’ve had friends who sat for the show and also thoroughly enjoyed it.
It’s a history lesson wrapped up in an immersive dance party. It’s a timely and emotional tale of the life of Imelda Marcos and her husband Ferdinand (Ferdinand was the 10th President of the Philippines). It starts out as a dance party and the show includes the audience for many dance moments throughout the show. I found it incredibly strange to break into dance during or directly after moments that focused on poverty, scarcity, fear, power struggles, and other upsetting moments in the story of Imelda’s life and the struggle of the people of the Philippines. This juxtaposition was incredibly powerful, showing how we so often learn of the struggles of others, then turn a blind eye and stay comfortably within our own bubbles. The floor seats in the Seattle Rep have all been removed and the staging, lighting, and visuals are really fantastic. The voices of the cast are truly incredible. I was blown away.
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I asked on my personal Facebook page what others thought of the show. Here’s what some friends and friends-of-friends had to say:
“The show was incredible! I think the cast of “Here Lies Love” was one of the top three casts I’ve seen in the past few years – right up there with the original Broadway cast of Hamilton and Allegiance! I loved that it was immersive. It also struck a balance between being entertaining yet making you feel uncomfortable plus a history lesson to boot!”
-Stacy Justino
“A few things: The most remarkable immersive theater I’ve ever experienced. I laughed, cried, sang karaoke and line danced. I think each type of ticket has pros and cons. I had to sit for most of it because of some physical issues and was every bit as happy as my friends who stood (and got herded around throughout the show). The stagecraft and costuming are truly exceptional. Not that the cast and writer/director team don’t deserve a ton of credit; they absolutely do. But when I talk about the show, I talk at least as much about the dresses and multimedia pieces as I do the actors.”
-Jill Lightner
“My favorite thing about “Here Lies Love” was the incredible cast—top notch singing, acting, and dancing from everyone. And Filipino actors actually playing Filipinos! As a Filipino American, I can’t tell you how much that means to me.  I watched “Here Lies Love” from the floor, and while I enjoyed the innovative staging, I did feel like not all of the stage moves were necessary. I’m going to watch the show again from the gallery to see how the experience is different.  Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos plundered the Philippines and were responsible for the execution and torture of thousands of people. “Order 1081” was a powerful song about martial law, but I wish there had been more about how the Philippine people suffered under the Marcos regime. “Here Lies Love” makes Imelda Marcos much too sympathetic. I hope that “Here Lies Love” encourages more people to learn about the true history of the Philippines and the Filipino people.”
-Madeline Moy
“I loved how the audience was encouraged to participate at whatever level they were comfortable with. The choreography of everyone, including the stagehands and audience wranglers, assisted in making the setting a safe space for all. We were welcomed to this amazing, dazzling world that was a visual and audible delight. Totally worth the cost of admission. One of my top five theatre experiences.”
-Hollie Daye
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“I loved this out of the box (or seats!) experience, we felt like we were a part of the show. At one point, Imelda was singing directly to my husband, and we were both swooning. It was an amazing experience that I would happily see again. Bravo Seattle Rep, hope to see more unique shows like this in the future.”
-Tiffany Middleton Jessup
The best immersive theatre experience I have ever, well…experienced! A feat of technological and human staging that was so well executed, I am still thinking about it many days later. I am so glad I saw it from the floor and cannot wait to go back and experience it again.”
-Rachael Brister
“Get ready to move and be moved, this immersive show encourages dance. This can be challenging and even overwhelming, but it is worth it . . . it is just a bit overambitious and asks a bit much of its audience, but the immersive experience is unique and totally worth it despite its shortcomings  . . . perhaps most importantly, I don’t think it quite deals adequately with the abuses of the regime it sets forth as a hero(ine) for most of the show, then vilifies at the end (though I do enjoy some moral ambiguity). Despite all that, I think it has great songs and costumes, hits some good emotional notes, is interesting and a lot of fun, and makes for a totally worthwhile theater experience. Imperfect, but a very solid B+ despite its flaws. Also, I will consume anything David Byrne does with glee.”
– Isaac Kaplan-Woolner
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Have you seen the show? Join the conversation and share your review on this Facebook post. 
“Here Lies Love” plays The Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle Center and has been extended through June 18, but I hear tickets are going fast. Details and tickets here.
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Photos by Navid Baraty via Seattle Repertory Theatre

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.