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Onlookers gasp as the graceful figure tumbles to earth in a slow-motion plunge. Her strong legs twist and spin down a billowing swath of deep-red fabric like a spider expanding its web. It is awe rather than fear, however, that draws the crowd's gasps, as the elegant descent is performed as a demonstration by one of Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ skilled instructors during a silks class. A dedication to teaching students of all ages and abilities the skills necessary to capture both the beauty and athleticism of the circus arts is the studio's main mission, upheld by a cadre of circus-grade instructors and a friendly staff.

Below the soaring ceiling of exposed old-growth beams, students leap and balance on well-maintained circus apparatuses as their instructors correct their form and ensure their safety. The staff welcomes aerial enthusiasts to experience the sky-splitting thrills of all manner of circus specialty, from the flying trapeze to acrobalance to hatha yoga performed on the top of an elephant's stiletto. Along with high-flying classes, Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ crew celebrates the circus arts via dances and parties held within the whimsical-yet-rustic venue, from merriment-packed Halloween festivities to energetic performances by staff and students.

2702 6th Ave S
Seattle,
WA
US

For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.

200 University Street
Seattle,
WA
US

The name means "the intimate" in Swedish, and it's a name that fits. Whether it's a production of a American classic, a world masterpiece, or a bold new work, shows at the Intiman aim to close the gap between performer and audience for an immersive experience. Founded by Fulbright Scholar Margaret Booker in 1972, the Intiman Theatre has developed a reputation for excellence with its impeccable stagecraft and contributions to the community, even winning a 2006 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. And, serving as the crown jewel in a crown full of achievements, the Intiman was also the very first regional theater to stage a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America saga.

201 Mercer St
Seattle,
WA
US

Chocolate lovers unite at the Northwest Chocolate Festival, an annual event dedicated not just to eating chocolate in its many forms, but to tracking its journey from cacao bean to confection. Visitors hone their expertise through seminars on trade equity and cacao farming, chocolate-making workshops led by confectioners, and tastings where palates learn to distinguish between milk chocolate and a chocolate bar clumsily forced inside a milk jug. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits local nonprofits aligned with the festival’s mission. Recipients are announced yearly.

305 Harrison St
Seattle,
WA
US

Rendezvous Restaurant and Lounge indulges hearty appetites with a menu of hand-formed burgers, creamy pastas, and sauces made in-house at a cozy, wood-paneled setting first opened in 1927. Swirls of sharp cheddar cheese sauce saturate al dente cavatappi in the restaurant's signature mac 'n' cheese plated with a barricade of onion straws, bacon, and tomato to prevent corkscrew-shaped pasta from sneaking behind the bar and opening wine bottles. Chefs garnish 1/3-pound burger patties with a splash of homemade chili, barbecue sauce, and a slice of cheddar cheese or reimagine traditional vegetable sandwiches with gourmet enhancements such as marinated zucchini, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh spinach. A chicken cobb salad balances grilled chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, and crumbles of blue cheese and bacon atop the crisp leaves of its romaine foundation. This Groupon includes all available substitutions, so diners can replace fries with yam chips or decorate sandwiches with avocado, a slice of cheese, or edible top hat.

2322 2nd Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

Known for mingling a program of symphonic classics with lesser-known musical rarities, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra showcases the musical talent of the Puget Sound region under the guidance of music director Adam Stern. The group brings classic works of ear-literature to life with its subtle string caresses, thunderous horn tooting, and shredding harp solos.

200 University St
Seattle,
WA
US