Monday, November 19, 2018

Culture Dose: Travel Talks, Inspiring Workouts + Tempting Tunes

Ways to nourish your mind, body & soul this month (+ beyond)

MIND:

+Spring is in the air—and wanderlust, too—at SoDo’s Adventure Hub & Winery, where newly launched Explorer X hosts Thursday events to connect fellow travelers and help them plan future journeys.

Adventure Hub/Elsom Cellars photo courtesy Explorer X

Check out their upcoming weekly gatherings, from travel trivia and tip-filled talks to storytelling sessions that will help fuel your destination dreams. Doors typically open around 6, and the Thursday events get going around 7; while there, enjoy a glass of Washington wine from on-site Elsom Cellars.

Adventure Hub/Elsom Cellars photo courtesy Explorer X

+On Friday, April 6 (at 6 p.m.), attend a special event that celebrates Seattle Art Museum‘s “Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas.” SAM has partnered with poet and educator Imani Sims and The Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas for an evening that explores themes of the exhibition. (Entry to the exhibition is included with ticket purchase.)

Urban Float photo by Corinne Whting

+Experience “weightless meditation” at Urban Float, a mind-body therapy spa that just opened its fourth and largest location (in Capitol Hill, now the largest float pod center in North America). The venue helps guests bliss out for 60 minutes as they float in 200 gallons of purified water, mixed with 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt, in a private, sensory-managed pod.

Clinically-proven results range from pain management and sports recovery to stress relief and improved focus. Devoted fans already experiencing the many benefits of floating include school-aged children with autism and many of Seattle’s pro athletes. (We recently tried our first float and can attest to its magic!)

BODY:

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

+ In honor of Women’s History Month, join inspiring bikers at BurnCycle Seattle this Friday, March 23. Jessi Duley, “the creator, owner and badass boss lady” has created an amazing community in Portland and now at her newly-opened Seattle studio in Capitol Hill, too. This Friday at 5 p.m., a 45-minute “Sisters Don’t Settle” charity ride will donate 100% of its proceeds to Seattle’s Jubilee Women’s Shelter (with a hosted happy hour afterwards).

+SoulCycles Seattle presence is growing here, too, with its South Lake Union outpost officially opening on March 30 at 2105 9th Street (at Lenora). Sign up for a bike, and get movin’.

+The Washington Brewery Running Series returns again this season, uniting folks who’re all about “being active, having fun and giving back to our local community.” The event involves a “5K-ish course” (all fitness levels welcome!), and part of the proceeds go to Good Cheer Food Bank & Thirft Stores in Whidbey. Afterwards, runners clink glasses in a neighborhood brewery (the location rotates each month); all participants receive a free craft brew and also take home a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item.

Photo courtesy Taste Washington

+ It’s back—and better than ever! Get wined and dined this weekend at Taste Washington, the nation’s largest wine and food festival celebrating a single region. The 2018 program includes Saturday/Sunday highlights like Wine Spectator seminars (at the Four Seasons) and of course the Grand Tasting extravaganzas (at CenturyLink Field Event Center). New to the lineup this year, Sunday Brunch at Quality Athletics pairs a local musician with two brilliants chefs who’ve created a special menu, complete with delicious dishes plus Grey Goose bloody Marys and St~Germain cocktails.

SOUL:

Dante Elephante

+Soothe the soul with upcoming concerts put on by bands like KOLARS, who bring their North American tour with Escondido to Tractor Tavern this Sunday evening (March 25). The duo released their debut self-titled album in 2017 and have since received accolades for their blend of upbeat disco rock and twangy rockabilly. Conan O’Brien has hailed the band “out of this world,” Forbes Magazine featured them as “the new generation of music entrepreneurs,” and The Denver Post wrote, “KOLARS has a knack for buffing your weathered perspective to a glinting sheen. The world isn’t on fire; it’s glowing.”

On Monday, March 26, groovy Santa Barbara surf rockers Dante Elephante come to the Vera Project after having just released the new single “Call Me (on the phone)” from their forthcoming full-length sophomore release.

Summer suddenly feels within reach, too, thanks to recent lineup announcements for some of the season’s hottest festivals. Grab (limited) low-price ticket options to Upstream (June 1 through 3) before they sell out, and check out awesome talents rocking the stage this year at Zoo Tunes, Marymoor, Northwest Folklife Festival (May 25-28) and Portland area’s incredible Pickathon (August 3-5). Here’s to the promising season ahead!

KOLARS photo courtesy Big Picture Media

 

 

About Corinne Whiting

Corinne, an east coast native who relocated here from the other Washington in 2011, was bit by the travel bug early on. She lived in Strasbourg, France (during her junior year at Georgetown University) and in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she got a masters degree in Cultural Studies. She feels very grateful to have explored incredible spots on our globe ranging from Bolivia and Egypt to Turkey and China, but there are passport pages yet to fill (and travel tales yet to be written!). After serving as associate editor at Where magazine in D.C. for five years, Corinne has embarked on a new adventure here in the PNW as a freelance writer and photographer, contributing to publications like National Geographic Traveler, the Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine, Amtrak's OnTrak, 1889 Washington, 1859 Oregon, Visit Seattle and so on. She loves exploring this incredible corner of the country while debunking the rain myths, upping her coffee quotient, hearing heaps of live music and finding her Zen near the water as often as possible.
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