Performance Art

My Weekend – Nutcracker Review

Kicking off my weekend was a blissfully sublime facial by Brigitte at Spa Nordstrom in Seattle. The following day, in lieu of some plans being canceled, my husband and I had a wonderful lunch at the Dahlia Lounge. We then strolled the city separately, looking for stocking gifts for each other. Saturday evening we had […]

My Memories of Nutcracker

The first time I saw the 1977 version of The Nutcracker with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland I knew I wanted to dance.  Nine years later, when I was 12 years old, I was finally old enough to perform in my first Nutcracker with the local ballet company.  I had longed to dance on the same stage […]

Dinner and Dance

Our ballet date started in Seattle on a blustery November Saturday evening.  The Coterie Room restaurant had just opened for the evening and even though we were a bit early for our reservation, we walked in anyway.  I was thankful no one was in the restaurant yet, for en route to our table, the heel […]

Dinner & The Opera: Crow & Turandot

I’m so thankful to have found an opera buddy.  Well, more of an opera couple.  We joined our good friends Randy & Margaret at the opera the other night for the second time now to see Seattle Opera’s Turandot.  I secretly think Margaret and I are a little more into it than the guys, but […]

First Position: a documentary about what it takes to be a professional dancer

I wasn’t sure if I’d get to see this film due to its limited engagement.  But when my husband was flipping through On Demand the other day, I saw it and asked him if he’d like to watch it with me. For those who don’t know me, I started studying ballet at the age of […]

Dinner & Ballet: Cuoco, Apollo & Carmina

I personally believe that an evening out including a great dinner and quality entertainment is a fantastic remedy for what ails us.  Culture forces us to think outside the playing field as it were, we forgo our primal and competitive drive to enter a heightened sense and experience on a deeper, creative level.  Much like […]

Dinner and the Ballet in Seattle

Dinner at Ethan Stowell’s Tavolata in Bell Town was an overall nice experience.  Inside, the décor was minimalist with exposed concrete walls and a great deal of natural lighting.  I noted that comfort didn’t seem to be a huge concern as the chairs and booths were a rigid hard wood.  The space felt stiff and […]

Teatro Zinzanni

Last night Michael and I met some friends at Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle for an evening of fun.  If you have never been, TZ is best described as Moulin Rouge meets Cirque de Soleil with a Tom Douglas dinner menu.  It’s a three-hour event, part circus, part dinner theatre with cabaret, improve comedy, vaudeville and […]

Don Quixote

I have not been cooking or writing as much as I’d like lately.  I did make Ina’s Mexican Soup earlier this week.  But it didn’t merit a blog entry.  It wasn’t bad, it simply didn’t blow my socks off or my skirt up or my house down. Last night, Michael and I were in Seattle […]