THINGS TO DO NEAR ME (Seattle, WA)

Best Ways to Explore Seattle

Seattle has a myriad of entertainment to offer starting from the Pike Place Market to the Space Needle and Sound. It is a lovely journey filled with fun, frolic, and laughter, which will always be etched into your memory.

If you’re looking for for live events, such as concerts, art, comedy, music, theater, etc.. check out our local events calendar. But if you’re looking for other date ideas, or fun things to do in Seattle, WA. check out some of these awesome attractions

If you’re looking for for live events, such as concerts, art, comedy, music, theater, etc.. check out our local events calendar. But if you’re looking for other date ideas, or fun things to do in Seattle, WA. check out some of these awesome attractions

Pike Place Market

Take a bunch of small-time businesses and sprinkle them liberally around a waterside strip amid crowds of old-school bohemians, new wave restaurateurs, tree-huggers, students, artists, buskers and tourists, and you get the Pike Place Market! It is a cornucopia of noise, smells, personalities, banter and urban theater. You will find produce stalls, vintage shops, handmade crafts, souvenir kitsch and funky eateries. In operation since 1907, Pike Place is a wonderfully ‘local’ experience that highlights the city for what it really is: all-embracing, eclectic and proudly singular.

Grand Illusion Cinema

A unique experience for sure! Far from being a reincarnated gilded-age movie house, the Grand Illusion sits in an old dentist’s office. Run by volunteers and passionately not-for-profit, it has a cherished national reputation among independent movie guerrillas for its director retrospectives and other cool, under-the-radar series. It also hosts its own film festival, facetiously called STIFF or Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival.

Fonda la Catrina

When you see the skeleton engravings, you know you have arrived at one of Georgetown’s newest innovations, a creative but studiously authentic Mexican restaurant in a city where there has long been a dearth of them. While the skeletons provide the art, beef-tongue tacos and chunky tamales make up the delicious cuisine.The tortillas are made in-house in full view of the tables, and the nutty mole sauce spread over chicken is absolutely delectable.

Seattle Boeing Factory Tour

Do you like flying? Now you can tour the factory where they build and test the famous Boeing aircraft, the world’s number one aerospace company. This amazing 1.5-hour small-group tour showcases magnificent airplanes in various stages of flight test and manufacture, along with imparting quirky and interesting facts about the Pacific Northwest.

Bar Sajor

Resembling a bright open-plan French country kitchen and claiming to serve Portuguese-inspired food created from the raw ingredients of Seattle’s hinterland, Bar Sajor is another project from Matt Dillon, owner of Capitol Hill’s hugely popular Sitka & Spruce. Both the atmosphere and the food such as homemade bread, cheese and salami selections, and genuinely mouth-watering vegetable plates will have you living vicariously.

Ready for a grand tour of Seattle? Book your tickets without further delay.

KidLitCon 2015 | The Hyatt Place (Baltimore)

The KidLitCon 2015 is Here!

We come across so many gatherings, seminars, and conferences when it comes to book launches and promotions for adults, but the scope for children’s books is severely limited. People are gradually warming to the idea, but more needs to be done. KidLitCon strives to make a difference by hosting a meet comprising bloggers who talk about kids’ and young adult books with numerous librarians, authors, teachers, parents, booksellers, publishers, and readers joining in.

What is KidLitCon?

This event deals exclusively with books of a particular genre. The attendees, despite loving children’s’ books, are also heavily involved in promoting the right books for young minds. Common topics of discussion might include the dynamic between publishers and bloggers, pros and cons of penning critical reviews, and combating blogger burnout. It is a fantastic platform to network with like-minded indviduals who share their love for children’s literature.

What can you expect this year?

According to a notice sent to publishers, the focus this year will be on the criteria of a good children’s book, professional blogging tips, career development sessions, celebrating authors and illustrators who are attendees, and talk to judges involved in different award programs. Keeping in line with the theme of 2014, diversity will occupy a significant portion of the conference. Sheila Ruth and Paula Willey of Wands and Worlds and unadulterated.us respectively, are the co-organizers for 2015. Even though the main events are on Saturday, some sessions will be conducted on Friday too, and since the dates clash with Columbus Day weekend, a tour day is being planned on Sunday for those who can stay back. It is a great opportunity to visit this wonderful city and check out historic landmarks, including some that will pique your literary interest. The Cybil Awards are also turning a decade old, so there might be some sort of celebration for that as well.

The Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor has garnered a lot of praise as a top-class hotel with amazing facilities. The Kidlitcon 2015 is being held there because of amenities like built-in AV in meeting rooms, spacious guest rooms with ample scope for sharing, Wi-Fi, and so on. The prices are quite reasonable and if you are lucky, you might get a significant discount too!

So what are you waiting for? Reserve your spots today!

The Musical Illusionist TOMMY WIND | Theater & Event Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Experience Mystery, Enigma and Harmony

When the music and magic are blended together, the outcome is expected to be thrilling and compelling to say the least. The best part is that Tommy Wind’s performances are enjoyable and well-liked by all age groups. After all, who wouldn’t want to watch a young illusionist with amazing stage presence who combines magic with his musical talents?

 

The seed takes root

Tommy’s association with magic commenced when he was just 7 years old when his grandfather showed him his very first trick, the Vanishing Hanky. Right at that time, this then Staten Island resident fell in love with art and spent every free minute trying to absorb as much knowledge as he could about magic. His sources were diverse from to master magicians like Jeff McBride. When he turned 19, he became one of the youngest magicians to receive the prestigious title of Master Illusionist.

 

Name and fame

He went on to perform at a myriad of venues such as New York City, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas. He has charmed thousands worldwide and even entertained at the NFL. He has also appeared on Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak” and the hit NBC show, “I Do.”  His powerful, large-scale illusion, remarkable close up magic, marital arts, mentalism, and humorous interactive moments are what makes his show brilliant. His musical side is revealed when he plays several objects such as the electric guitar, harmonic, piano, and violin. The drum sequence is fast paced and a must-watch.

 

Why watch his performance?

Tommy’s shows are a perfect example of how rock ‘n’ roll can be infused with magic – no wonder the Las Vegas Strip is always packed whenever he puts on a show, not to mention the fact he is one of the youngest illusionists to have a show on the Strip. Jet airplane and Lamborghini appearances have been lauded worldwide, with Time Out Magazine calling him “mind boggling”, while Awe Magazine quotes, “he takes the audience to another place.” Daring escapes, spectacular comedy, a floating guitar, a harp player vanishing in the blink of eye, dancers appearing and disappearing – the performances are a treat indeed.

With so many illusionists and magicians around, Tommy could have disappeared into the crowd, but his uniqueness has helped him to create a permanent niche in the world of magic. The versatile performer and accomplished musician, has won numerous awards and accolades, and will continue to do so, if he keeps delivering intriguing shows like these. So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

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The Fantastiks | Snapple Theater (New York)

A “Fantasticks” Spectacle Indeed

When a show moves into the 20,000 performance range, there is no doubt regarding its popularity and acceptance. It truly becomes a legend, like The Fantasticks, which is the world’s longest running musical and even if you are not much of a theatre person, missing a live performance of this caliber is a crime!

 

The simplistic backdrops
The USP of the show is its “old wine in a new bottle” format of boy meets girl with a fresh style of storytelling. The Narrator and other cast speak to the audience directly throughout the duration of the play. The small, simple stage with a bench, a chair, a trunk and a sheet displaying logo of the show, makes up the entire setting. Pierce Cravens is amazing as the Mute and wall that fills up all visual voids. The music is great, especially the customary “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” by Harvey Schmidt. The two-member orchestra with Robert Felstein at the piano and Maria Banks at the harp do a great job as well.

 

Captivating performances
The present cast comprises 8 members with MacIntyre Dixon, turning in a brilliant performance as The Old Actor with his charm and persona that combines traits of being world weary and flamboyant at the same time. The Man Who Dies, whose forte lies in faking deaths using create methods has excellent timing, which is augmented by his spontaneous personality – Michael Nostrand more than does justice to his role.

Talent galore
The crafty co-conspirators, the two fathers – Don Sharkey and Kevin R. Free, have powerful chemistry, which can be experienced first-hand on the stage. Their duets deserve a special mention as they are infused with modern musical comedy finesse and vaudevillian style. Michael Sharon as the Narrator bewitches with his dimple grin and cunning mannerisms. As for the protagonists, The Boy and The Girl played by Max Crumm and Samantha Bruce respectively set the stage on fire with their romance and witty comedy. Bruce’s sincerity shines through, as does her wonderful voice, while Crum has an off-handed, low-key delivery and a nice singing voice. Overall, you root for these characters, even though you are already aware of how their story concludes.

The musical does have its off moments when its mysticism becomes slightly self-aware, but this can be attributed to the show being conceptualized in the early 60s, when everything was drastically different. Nevertheless, you should definitely watch this iconic show at the Snapple Theatre in New York.

Miguel Live in Concert | Wildhearts Tour 2015

Experience the Power of Wildheart

The wait is finally over for Miguel fans! After the success of Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012, he had announced a follow-up, which is due about 3 years later, on 30th June, just days away. The new album is called Wildheart, and needless to say, has generated enormous hype and fans are literally counting the hours with bated breath.

Earlier portfolio
Right before Wildheart, Miguel scored several one-off singles and collaborations, which features duets with Jessie Ware and Janelle Monáe, Adult Swim song “Can’t Sleep Together”, and of course, his musical inputs to the soundtracks of the Girls and Hunger Games. The reason why there is an increasing buzz around Wildheart’s release is that he hasn’t been too forthcoming with details about the album. Although, he has admitted to working in the studio with Pharrell and producer DJ Premier, who is well-known for his association with D’Angelo, Jay Z, and Nas.

His summer tour
To popularize his album, he shared “Coffee (F*cking)” that went viral instantly. It was basically a revamped form of the “Coffee Track” that originated about a year back, and was among the his surprise three-song EP in December as well. It features guest bars from Wale and highlights a double shot of sexual desire – a fantastic marketing idea that truly hit home! He is all set to hit the road for an official summer tour, where he exclusively promotes Wildheart. It starts in late July and spans across Houston, Atlanta, New York City, Toronto, Chicago, and many more. The final performance will be in Los Angeles at the onset of September. Pre-orders for the album have shot up like crazy on iTunes, and it looks like the Adorn star has yet another winner on his hands.

Bring out the wildness
Wildheart is supposed to be a love letter dedicated to his hometown of Los Angeles with strong influences of hip-hop tunes and rock music to portray how California soul sounds in 2015. Apparently, the music from the album is being streamed in certain regions already, before its release via NPR Music’s First Listen. The whole idea is to let fans enjoy the music and feel it, which is why the Grammy winner is staging a special First Listen Live performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City on June 30, before he heads out for his summer tour. Other First Listen Live performers include Arcade Fire, ScHoolboy Q, Iggy and The Stooges and Alabama Shakes.

Special guest Dorothy, who performs in an LA-based band of the same name with guitarist Mark Jackson, bassist Gregg Cash and drummer Zac Morris, is joining Miguel on the tour. They mostly play traditional rock with a blues vibe, so it will be interesting to see what the powerful combination of Miguel and Dorothy will create.