After having visited many of the area theatres, my husband and I finally made it to the Paramount Theatre to see “The Book of Mormon” recently. First of all, WOW what a show! We discovered quickly why it has won nine Tony Awards for Best Musical. It was really one of the funniest shows we have ever seen. Sadly, the run was short for this outrageous musical comedy and by press time it will be gone. Next time this show tours I would encourage you to book your tickets early and go!
Suffice it to say though, the Paramount hosts some pretty amazing shows throughout the year, and the next one up is “Hamilton” which has definitely won its share of Tonys as well!
During the holiday week just after Christmas, my daughter was visiting and had made the request to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. Since I hadn’t yet seen the NW Ballet perform, and frankly I loved the story of the Nutcracker when I had seen it in the past, we made a date of it!
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again … we love listening to live music! We enjoy many genres, but gravitate towards jazz, blues and classic rock. As we have gotten older though, we prefer to find venues that offer some great music with an earlier than 9 p.m. start time.
In our continuous search around the Seattle area for explorations, we discovered that the Latona Pub features live jazz music during their Friday evening happy hours (5 – 7 p.m.). It was time to check it out.
Located at the corner of N 65th St and Latona Avenue NE in Greenlake, the Latona Pub has been around for 30+ years. It is definitely what you would consider a neighborhood pub with a cozy feel.
We showed up about 15 minutes before the jazz trio started to be sure we got a table. The place definitely started to fill up, but there was seating upstairs also so I think we would have been fine. You could tell by many of the people coming in that the Latona Pub was a local’s hangout. We knew right away that this was our kind of place.
As we settled in and checked out the menu, the band started to play. The Happy Hour Jazz is touted as one of the oldest happy hours in the city. It started in 1992 with Boots, Barrie, and Murray who played weekly. In 2009, bassist and bandleader Phil Sparks took over. He is considered one of the best jazz players in the city. Two or three other extraordinary musicians join Sparks each week. It was a real treat listening to these talented musicians and an added bonus was that there was not a cover charge.
Even with the crowd, the staff was attentive and made sure we were taken care throughout the evening. We started with the house specialty of Latona Steamers (we chose mussels) and roasted jalapeño and cheddar topped with crispy bacon and served with grilled pita. Later on for our entrees, we enjoyed the Steak & Mushroom Salad and a Latona Burger. Everything was fresh and delicious (and we later learned locally sourced). It was also affordable which isn’t always easy in the city!
Overall the night was a hit and the music was really awesome. We’ll be back!
Since it’s the holiday season, we explored very close to home enjoying a favorite pastime of ours…wine tasting in Woodinville Wine Country (WWC).
There really couldn’t be a better place than Woodinville to try so many amazing wines within a small area geographically. At last count, there are 118 Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Woodinville in four districts (Hollywood, West Valley, Warehouse, and Downtown). For this exploration, we stuck to the Warehouse District that has over 50 wineries alone. Even within this area, there are three separate areas highlighted (Warehouse, The Junction, and Artisan Hill).
We ventured to the original Warehouse district that admittedly looks like a strip mall on the exterior marked by dozens of sandwiches boards at the entrance off 144th Avenue NE. Inside the wineries and tasting rooms, however, it is quite a different story. The places we visited offered very warm welcomes with beautiful décor.
Hello readers – we’ll be mixing up our Editor’s Explorations the last edition of each month with Editor’s Introductions. We thought this would be a great way for you to get to know some of the talented staff at the Woodinville Weekly. Enjoy this week’s column and meet Julie Boselly, our Publisher.