Matinee Cabaret

6 Oct

Recently I was able to experience the Matinee Cabaret at the Can Can. This show combined local history with a cabaret show that was both charming and fun.

The host charmed us with his witty style as he took us through some of Seattle’s most infamous historical events. He told us stories like how our town was destroyed by a fire and how a local Madame ruled the underground world. Each story was followed by a captivating performance.

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Every show was unique in style and choreography, giving us high-kicks and spins. The choreography was glamorous and the costumes were darling. It made you feel you were right there in Seattle many decades earlier.

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There wasn’t just dancing but some singing as well. This multi-talented cast will wow you with their creativity with an original show. Don’t miss out.  For tickets, click here.

Bumbershoot 2016

2 Sep

Bumbershoot Festival is this weekend and there are some acts you might want check out.

Jagwar Ma is playing Saturday, 9/3 at 8:30 at the Fisher Green Stage. Some words to describe them are funk, dub, techno, krautrock, garage, and psych. This Australian duo has a new album coming out October 14th called Every Now & Then. This album is “one of 2016’s most keenly anticipated new albums” named by Stereogum. Check out their most recent single here.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead are playing Friday, September 2 at 9:40 at the Fisher Green Stage.Their ninth album Soulrocker debuted at #1 on the ITunes Alternative Album chart and #5 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. Their album has been described as a potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae. Their take on electronic music makes you want to dance. Click here to listen to their music.

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Shaprece and Maiah Manser will be performing 9/4th at Bumbershoot.

Shaprece is an engaging and forward-thinking artist with energetic performances, such as one at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. Her upcoming album Coals will feature 11 tracks mixed by Kyle Ross, who has worked with Kanye West, Zayn Malik, and John Legend. Shaprece will be performing Sunday, 9/4th at 5:35pm on the Fisher Green stage. Her genre is Electronic/R&B/Experimental. Click here to listen to her music.

Maiah Manser’s noir pop seduces with its powerful vocals. She strives to bridge the gab between the digital and organic world. She is influenced by artists such as Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Bjork, Sade, Fiona Apple, Radiohead, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more. She will be performing Sunday at 4:20 on the Starbucks Stage (Mural). Click here to listen to her music.

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Bite of Seattle

14 Jul

This weekend is the Bite of Seattle. Be sure to check it out. It features 60 + restaurants and vendors, cider and beer tastings, a wine bar, and 5 outdoor music stages.

Some restaurants that will be there are Agave Cochina & Tequilas, Dumpling Tzar, Taste of Peru, Tumble Swede Scandinavian, Deano’s Grill, Dancing Zorba, The Frankfurter and many more. Some specialty foods to look forward to are Hawaiian Poke Bowl, Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake, Coconut Shrimp, Honey Walnut Prawns, Fried American Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Kalua Pork Sliders, Fresh Frozen Custard and Cashew Sundae, and more.

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There will also be cooking demonstrations and cook offs with opportunities to take home some of the recipes.

Be sure to check out the Cider and Beer tasting. 20 dollars gets you 5 tastings with a tasting glass.

You will also get to hear many bands play on one of the outdoor stages. For more info on which bands are playing where, click here.

For more information on the Bite of Seattle, click here.

See you there!

 

SIFF’S Opening Night Gala

1 Jun

Seattle International Film Festival had their opening night gala on May 19th. The movie, Cafe Society, was viewed beforehand. This movie, directed by Woody Allen, was about a guy who unknowingly falls in love with his brother’s mistress. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Steve Carell.

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I enjoyed the performance, before the movie, from the lady who has her own film coming out at the Seattle International Film Festival, called Presenting Princess Shaw. Her voice was great.

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Photo by Amy Kowalenko

After the movie, we made our way to the Exhibition Hall, where we enjoyed dancing all night. There were plenty of appetizers and desserts to keep us going. Food was provided by Wild Ginger, Cupcake Royale, Agave Cocina & Tequila, Gnocchi Bar, Triple Door and more.

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Photo by Amy Kowalenko

I really enjoyed SIFF’s Opening Night Gala. If you love movies and parties, be sure to check out the Seattle International Film Festival by clicking here.

Fashion for Conservation: Inspiracion Del Peru

23 May

On May 11th Fashion for Conservation took place at the Metropolist.  This show’s proceeds were donated to Hoja Nueva, a Seattle-Peru based charity, which benefits the conservation of the largest unprotected rainforest.

Many of the designers showed us bold patterns and bright colors.

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Photo by Samuel S. Grahn

A few of the designers were Claudia Falconi, whose handmade designs are inspired by Peru, Las Polleras De Agus who gave us colorful Peruvian skirts, and Beyond Threads, who uses natural sustainable Fibers, also inspired by Peru.

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Photo by Samuel S. Grahn.

My favorite designer was Beyond Threads. The patterns were simple, sophisticated and had a lot of earthy tones. I could see myself wearing the collection to work.

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Photo by Samuel S. Grahn

I was unable to stay for the second Fashion Show, which showed us Couture. There are several photos that give us a peek at that show. I’ll add a few below. Amazing designs.

There was also a silent auction with Peruvian bowls, art, jewelery and much more up for auction. This event raised over 15,000 dollars. For more info on Hoja Nueva, click here.

Fashion for Conservation

10 May

You are invited to an exquisite evening with international fashion designers, stunning performers, live musicians, specialty cocktail artists, artisan chocolatiers, and great company to benefit conservation of the largest unprotected rainforest with Seattle-Peru based charity Hoja Nueva. Every $30 protects five acres of the rainforest!

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GA tickets starting at $35.00
VIP tickets starting at $75.00
PURCHASE (100% tax deductible): hojanueva.org/tickets

Featuring: Matinee & Evening Runway Shows, VIP Chocolate & Cocktail Hour, Silent & Live Auction, Visual & Performance Art, and Afterparty for GA & VIP (by invitation only)

*Hosted by Kimber London, Claudia Lorena, and Meiko Parton

We are excited to announce the line-up of designers, performers and artists featuring on May 11th 2016!

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MATINEE SHOW: Doors at 5:15pm

【Runway by Evelyn Brooks, New York-Peru】
【Runway by Astrid Vidalon, Seattle-Perú】
【Runway by Zaraid Ancassi Cárdenas, Peru】
【Runway by Víctor Solano Quispe, Peru】
【Runway by Griela Pérez Paredes, Peru】
【Runway by Claudia Falconi, Peru】
【Runway by Beyond Threads, Seattle-Peru】
【Performance by Umario & Natalya】

VIP CHOCOLATE & COCKTAIL HOUR: Doors at 7:30pm

EVENING SHOW & GALA: Doors at 8:15pm

【Runway by Augusto Manzanarez, New York】
【Runway by Privat, Peru】
【Runway by José Zafra, Peru】
【Runway by Francisco Hernández of Built for Man, Seattle】
【Performances by Umario & Natalya and surprise guests】
【Silent and Live Auction to Save the Amazon Rainforest】

GA AFTERPARTY: Doors at 10:00pm

VIP CHAMPAGNE AFTER PARTY: Doors at 9:00pm
Event Page: facebook.com/events/1543030209326111/

Reveal Fashion Show at the EMP

5 May

Last Friday April 29th EMP had a fashion show to celebrate fashion and it’s role in the culture of Seattle. There was also a live auction where proceeds would go to programs and exhibits fostering creativity.

We were introduced to the auctioneer who auctioned off some amazing experiences, like tickets to Leonardo DiCaprio’s new movie premier in LA. That had to have been the best item in my humble opinion. He also auctioned off tickets to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In addition, there were several other items for sale, like Taylor Swift’s signed guitar and tickets to the Grammys. Clothing from the designers featured in the runway show were available for purchase as well.

The designs on the runway were fresh, sassy, and bold. Each line had their own character and style.

Schai uses vegetable dyed animal skins and Italian fabric in her collection. Her style is cutting edge and it represents her beliefs about beauty and comfort.

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Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

Built For Man showed us what it’s really like to be a bad ass, with their leather jumpsuits. The designer knows comfort, using natural fibers for his collection, which is modern and light fitting.

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photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

Tom Ordonio’s clothing line is both modern and fashion forward. His clothing is stylish yet has a bold simplicity to it. You can make a statement in these clothes. His clothing gives you confidence.

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Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

You can be sure to show individuality with Ozen’s designs. His items are all hand-crafted ranging from every day wear to custom-made. You will definitely turn heads wearing any of his items.

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Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

The designer’s love for the Pacific Northwest shows through in Silvae’s collection. She loves the fine arts and is inspired by the wilderness. There is a soft elegance to her pieces.

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Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

EMP raised over $59,000 from this event. For more info on EMP, click here.

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