Don’t miss these Seattle events! Here Lies Love, Veg Out & more!

As I prepare to take my 14-year-old niece to her first Cirque Du Soleil show (Luzia in Marymoor Park now through May 21 – review coming soon!), I wanted to stop by the blog for a quick hello to let you know of some great events coming up soon.

GIVEAWAYS: Lady Rizo April 19 & Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival April 29
If you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, scroll back through SeattlePockets to enter giveaways for Lady Rizo at The Triple Door on April 19 and the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29. Word is the tickets for the afternoon Cheese & Meat fest are sold out and tickets for the evening session are nearly sold out.


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Veg Out Seattle April 13
One of my favorite event planners, Kelli with Shindig Events, is hosting “Veg Out” – a super awesome vegetarian event on April 13. You’ll get to try some of the latest & greatest veggie foods from some of the best proprietors and chefs in Seattle and beyond. This event is at Canvas and is 21+ (stick around for the after party!) This event will donate to Whole Kids Foundation, who support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. You know when Shindig Events is involved, it’s going to be fun.

Here Lies Love April 7 – May 28
I’ve been looking forward to this production since I first heard about it! Here Lies Love plays The Seattle Repertory Theatre April 7 – May 28, with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. The theatre will turn into a 360-degree immersive spectacle experience. You can choose standing tickets and be a part of the dance party or sit and watch. Brandon and I have tickets for April 21 (standing/dancing tickets of COURSE)! About the show: “Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theatre transforms into a wild dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Lovetraces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers helms David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim’s one-of-a-kind “poperetta” about the Filipina “Steel Butterfly” and the power of the people.”


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.

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: Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29

Brie. Gouda. Havarti. BRING IT ON. I’m giddy with excitement for the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival!
The Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival is in town one day only on April 29 with two times to choose from. This festival will be at McCaw Hall (I was recently there for Pop! Bubbles and Seafood—this is a great venue for tasting events!)
Proceeds from this event will go directly to Food Lifeline, which helps provide 90K meals a day to local food assistance programs and is working to create a sustainable approach to ending hunger in Western Washington.
So YES: delicious bites (and sips! What would a cheese event be without wine?!) for a great cause. Plus you can also purchase some of your favorite bites before you leave the event.
Local purveyors include: Salumi, Fancy Ass Olives, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Odin Brewing, Pastrome, Tamer’s Beef Jerky, Masquerade Wine, Smith Brothers Farms, French Cider, Ferndale, Silver Springs Creamery, Twin Sisters Creamery, Friday Harbor House of Jerky, Mollusk, Darigold (a co-op of local dairy producers), The Farmstead, Honest Biscuits, Blue Mountain Affinage Company, Full Circle Farm, and more!
“The festival gives attendees the ability to learn about new cheeses, meats, and pairings while tasting the product itself. The vast array of food they taste gives attendees sense of that next charcuterie board build,” Festival said Dave Bain, Cheese and Meat Festival Producer. “It also allows mom and pop shops to showcase their homemade recipes.”
This event is 21+. Tickets at
Want to win a pair of tickets? Comment on this blog post then enter the giveaway here.
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Image via Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival Facebook. 
Disclaimer: This event provided me two tickets to attend this event, however all opinions are my own. 

Calling all ABBA fans! Mamma Mia’s Farewell tour in Seattle until April 2

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

If you’re among those who hum along with ABBA tunes and have yet to experience the long-running broadway hit Mamma Mia, you’ll definitely want to get on board. This oft silly and mostly lighthearted show is in Seattle on its final farewell tour now through Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at the Paramount Theatre.

There is no better place to while away a rainy Seattle evening than on Mamma Mia‘s Greek Island, in the company of a marvelously zany cast whose escapades keep the audience laughing, cheering, and dancing in their seats.

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Song and dance routines throughout are peppered with immensely talented costuming by designers Ron Glow and Catherine Lovejoy—dancing in wetsuits with snorkel gear and flippers, anyone?

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The longest encore ever experienced by this reviewer brought down the house—Mamma Mia’s triumphant cast was joined by the jubilant audience, singing and swaying to “Dancing Queen” in unison. This charming, warm-hearted production awaits you, now through April 2nd. Tickets here

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Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Playing Hardball with the U.S. Economy in “Dry Powder” at the Seattle Rep

Guest blogger Berrak Sarikaya reviews “Dry Powder” at Seattle Repertory Theatre:

It’s a tale as old as time: The President of a New York capital management firm throws a lavish $1 million engagement party coinciding with massive layoffs at a national supermarket chain following his firm’s buyout.  A PR nightmare follows as protesters harass the company’s investors around the country.

We get to know the other partners in the way they handle the PR crisis: On one hand, we have Jenny, who is stereotypically tough and no-nonsense, in competition with Seth, who wants to do the right thing but lacks the courage to follow through. The fourth character in “Dry Powder” is the CEO of Landmark, the deal that unfolds before our eyes on stage over the course of the 90-minute play.

All four actors have a firm grasp of their characters and bring plenty of bite to the dialogue, which keeps it engrossing and often quite funny. I certainly laughed more than I expected to during the bitter reality unfolding before my eyes. In addition to the actors, what impressed me most was the set. Minimalistic and modern, hollow cubes and rectangular blocks serve as furniture that is accompanied by blasts of techno music to signify the change in time.

The change between the scenes moved like clockwork, without any stagehands. How did that work? Well, why would I spoil the surprise?

Dry Powder” opens a window into the high-stakes world of high finance, and it’s playing at the Seattle Repertory Theatre until April 15, 2017. Tickets here.

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Photo: Hana Lass (Jenny), Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Jeff), Shawn Belyea (Rick),
and MJ Sieber (Seth) in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of
“Dry Powder.” Photo by Jenny Graham.

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Met Bride & Groom’s ROCKED event April 8

Calling all brides and grooms to be AND their friends!

Seattle Met Bride & Groom is throwing an “intimate and immersive” bridal show & party! ROCKED will be held on April 8 at the Canvas Event Space.

Check out some of Seattle’s best wedding vendors in action (food, music, lighting, and beyond) and you get ideas for the big day!

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A few highlights:

Get inspired by four Seattle wedding designers that will be creating vignettes to inspire brides and grooms for their big day! Vignettes include a ceremony space, an outdoor lounge, a reception space, and a groom’s room.

This event’s fashion show will be done in a nontraditional manner: models will rotate through small stages throughout the event so that brides and grooms can get up close to see what they’re wearing and all the fun hair and makeup details

This event partners with Brides for a Cause, a nonprofit organization that collects and resells wedding dresses to support local and national women’s focused charities. This is the organization I got my wedding dress from! Drink tickets and raffle tickets will benefit them and their mission, with raffle prizes you can use on your wedding day.

Want to enter to win two tickets to Rocked? Enter via our giveaway app here:

Buy tickets here.


Giveaway ends 3/25/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

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Love wine? Taste Washington returns for an incredible 20th year (May 23-26)

If you love wine and want to indulge in some of the best wine events in the country, this is YOUR WEEK!

This year, Taste Washington is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and this year will prove to be its biggest and best year yet! The event brings together over 300 (!) wineries and over 70 restaurants. This truly is an incredible food event as well as a wine event that will educate and delight you.
Taste Washington isn’t just one day of fun: this experience is split into four days of diverse events with something for everyone:

The VIP Red & White Party  – this VIP event on Thursday will be held at the swanky AQUA by El Gaucho and will feature wines you can’t experience at any other Taste event! Dress in red and white and bring a date or a friend! So fancy!

Taste on the Farm – Want to get out of the city? These curated experiences during the day on Friday in Orting and Carnation combine a farmer, a chef, and Washington winemakers. Tour the property and learn from the chef and winemakers as you enjoy lunch made from products straight from the farm, paired perfectly with Washington wines.

Taste & Savor Tours – Love a tour but want to stay in Seattle? Join the Savor Seattle Taste Washington tour in Pike Place Market on Saturday and Sunday mornings!
The New Vintage – Friday night, discover your new favorite wine, chat with celeb chefs, and dance the night away. Wine tasting and dancing make for a great pairing. This event will take place at the Four Seasons! A great reason to dress up. Treat a friend for their (early or late) birthday gift!

For those seeking an even deeper educational experience, attend a seminar on Saturday or Sunday.

Don’t miss the BIGGEST event of them all: The Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday! With 235 wineries and bites from 65 restaurants, you’ll want to plan your tasting in advance of who you want to prioritize.

As you plan for your events, don’t forget:

-Charge your phone in advance (snap photos of labels of your favorites so you remember later)
-Bring a water bottle in your bag and stay hydrated!
-It’s ok to spit! You’ll want to truly enjoy the experience and pace yourself
– Take a car service there and back. These aren’t the type of events to drive to!

Enjoy Taste Washington! Tickets do tend to sell out, so snag yours now!

Photos via Taste Washington Facebook Page