We are now half-way through the winter quarter and I am sure many of you are starting to feel the pinch of pending final projects and exams coming up in a few weeks, and are slaving away on your papers, presentations, and whatever else it is you need to do for your classes.

Perhaps you are looking for a great meeting spot for your group, a place to take a break and take off the edge. Lucky for us, our campus is surrounded by so many awesome bars and restaurants, many just right across the street from our classes. The below list is in order of what is closest to campus and my favorites.

THE CHIEFTAIN, red building on 12th Avenue you can practically see it from Pigott building. It is the quintessential college bar with booths, a few large screen TVs, and Trivia Night. They have Happy Hour every single day and different types of specials. For instance, they have ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR on Mondays and TACO TUESDAYS on, you guessed it, Tuesdays.

Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, 908 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 / (206) 324-4100 /

Right next door is RHEIN HAUS that has an outdoor section perfect for summer days. For those who are bold and like to chill outside, they do have heat lamps to keep you warm. Now depending where you enter and sit down, if you never moved like go to the bathroom, you would not know how actually Huge this place is. Inside toward the back you will find lanes and lanes of Bocce. It’s the perfect place to meet your study group, friends, and even bring your family here. They also have Happy Hour specials.

Rhein Haus, 912 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 / (206) 325-5409 /

If you are looking for a quiet spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of students typing away on keyboards at the library or anywhere else on campus, then THE OLD SAGE is the place for you. It has a speakeasy feel to it with dark wood furnishing and burgundy arm chairs. Pork Belly Blt is delicious!

The Old Sage, 1410 12th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 / (206) 557-7430 /

CAFÉ PRESSE is a laid back spot for studying and hanging out. Delicious coffee and hot chocolate and small plates that will satisfy you between study breaks.

Café Presse, 1117 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 / (206) 709-7674 /

GSC holds their GRADS @ THE GARAGE event each quarter and it’s always a fun time. Not to mention that we offer FREE FOOD, BILLIARDS AND BOWLING. Can’t go wrong! Our next event is on Thursday, February 12th 8-11PM.

Garage, 1130 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122 / (206) 322-2296 /

BARRIO and ELYSIAN BREWERY are “off the grid” so to speak, in other words they are passed Union Avenue but still on 12th Avenue and are worth the walk and checking out.

Barrio, 1420 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 / (206) 588-8105 /

Barrio has these walls filled with hundreds of candles that separate sections of the restaurant from the bar. One time, I got to see one of the employees lighting all hundreds of them. We were at the bar for a couple hours and she was still at it when we left. Fun job! Short of that piece of entertainment, the food and drinks are tasty! Salud! Last but not least, Elysian Brewery has a great selection of their own beer and a very delicious Macaroni & Cheese dish.

Elysian Brewery, 1221 E Pike St Seattle, WA 98122 / (206) 860-1920 /

Comment below if you have other recommendations to share with our fellow graduate students.  And remember, Don’t Drink and Drive.  Uber It! Cheers!!

Happy Hour Everyone!

Mariquita de Mira / MFA in Arts Leadership 2015 / Artist. Arts Leader. Global Adventurer & Explorer.

[I moved to Washington from California a little over a year ago and slowly but surely discovering Seattle.  Through my DISCOVER SEATTLE Blog, I will be sharing my adventures of places to eat, the nightlife, and other events that I have attended or feel will be a cool event to attend to that I will share on GSC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and World Press.  I look forward to meeting you all at our GSC events.  Cheers!]


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I realize that I am late in writing this blog, naturally a great way to start the New Year, but thankfully I have 355 days to correct that behavior, which brings me to the matter that plagues all of us every single year, keeping our New Year Resolutions.

So why do we fail at them?   I pondered this question over the holidays as I gorged on alcohol, dessert, fried food, and everything else that is just plain bad for you, on why I was unable to stay on a healthy track, or get other tasks done such as organizing my home or tracking my expenses.  And I think it’s because we take on too many resolutions at one time.  It’s hard enough not to go for seconds or eat chocolate, but then attempt to track my expenses daily, organize my files, clean out the basement, not be late, etc, etc, etc.  We live in a world of mega multitasking, largely due to technology where we feel we should and must be able to do everything at the tip of our fingers, punching at our large cell phone screens.  That expectation of multitasking seems to include our New Year Resolutions as well.

I did some research and discovered that “almost half of Americans set New Year’s resolutions but only 8% are successful.”

There are three reasons for this problem:

  1. People make unrealistic resolutions.
  2. People don’t equip themselves with the mental ammunition to fight off doubt and continue with their goals.
  3. Using guilt or fear as motivation, or resolving to stop doing something

When people make resolutions, they tend to be vague and have too many goals.  Therefore, it is important to focus on your top one or two goals and make them specific and measurable.  For example, they advise not to say your goal is to lose weight.  Rather, say your goal is to lose 20 pounds in 6 months.  Once you have achieved your top goals, you will be emboldened to complete your other goals.                                                                                                                                             I read an article about getting things done that suggested prioritizing the top six things you want to get done.  Do number one and don’t do anything else until you get number one done.  Then move on to the next item on your list.  I did practice that last year and was able to tick off 7 out of 12 items from my to do list.  That means I just have 5 items left to complete this year.

It is important to have the right support system.  Sometimes even the ones who love you the most are not always supportive of your goals.  I’m petite and have gained 10 pounds since grad school but you cannot tell I am overweight for my height and size just by looking at me.  And every time I tell my family I need to lose weight, they roll their eyes and tell me I’m fine.  Yet, the scale and the fit of my jeans say otherwise.  Hence, find the right people to support your endeavors.  In addition, your support group can keep you accountable in accomplishing your goals.

People tend to use guilt and shame but they do not work.  It can gravely hinder your progress in that the worse you feel about yourself, the less self-efficacy you have, and that can only make you feel ashamed.  The more shame you feel – guess what – the more you will eat, drink, complain, be late, etc.  Find a positive reason that will sustain your goals such as “I want to be healthy so I can live a long life and be around for my family.”

Keep track of your goals as a way to measure your success.  Some means of doing that is maintaining a journal, a calendar, having accountability partners, to name a few.

Believe you can do it.  When people do not see results or cheated on their diet or spent too much money, slept in late, or whatever vice they indulged in,  they tend to think,” I screwed up” (even if it was just for a day or two), and throw in the towel, instead of keeping at it.  You are going to make mistakes.  You are going to fail on some days.  But if you just stop, then you will never reach your goals.

Lastly, have fun!   This is my own piece of advice.  Infuse some fun into your goals or resolutions.  If you are trying to lose weight, reward yourself with a mini shopping spree for some new outfits, but don’t go overboard because then you will have to tackle another resolution of managing your money right! Yikes! (Note the word, mini.)

Good Luck in your New Year’s Resolutions!  Remember: Keep it Simple and Fun! :)

Mariquita de Mira / MFA in Arts Leadership 2015 / Artist. Arts Leader. Global Adventurer & Explorer.

[I moved to Washington from California a little over a year ago and slowly but surely discovering Seattle.  Through my DISCOVER SEATTLE Blog, I will be sharing my adventures of places to eat, the nightlife, and other events that I have attended or feel will be a cool event to attend to that I will share on GSC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and World Press.  I look forward to meeting you all at our GSC events.  Cheers!]


The month of November is the start of the Holidays beginning with Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and ending with New Year’s Eve. It is a time for reflection as the year draws to a close; a time where we scramble to get things done, perhaps in preparation for upcoming family gatherings and shopping sprees for holiday gifts; or final attempts to meet those New Year’s resolutions we set for ourselves at the start of the year, and never accomplished, or even started!

As for us residents of Washington state, it is also a time when the incessant rain beats on our heads, roofs, and car tops, and thick gray clouds descend even closer to the horizon, it feels like you can almost touch them. Since my move to this fine ever-green state, I noticed that many people don’t carry umbrellas with them; they drive super slow in rain just like L.A. drivers which surprised me since we (Los Angelenos) get so much flack for that; and lastly, no one wears bright colors at all! I didn’t understand this coming from sunny California, until I noticed that my wardrobe has evolved considerably into an array of gray and black hues. Who knew that weather could actually affect your choice in colors! Even the yellow jacket I just bought has a dull-grayish tint to it.

Despite the rain, people still like to go out and have fun, and you should. Because it’s going to be at least 5-6 months before the rain lightens up, and we start to see sunny and warmer days again.  So what’s in store for you this November? Plenty. There are film festivals, wine-tasting (Brrr! I hope it’s not outside), free national park day, parades, shopping, Thanksgiving and Christmas events, and so much more. Here’s the lowdown on what is coming up in and around Seattle, although I made an exception for the Veterans Day Parade in Auburn to honor our veterans, especially those in our graduate student body. If you are interested in other events in Seattle and other cities, I have included some links at the bottom of this blog.

I realize this is a long and exhaustive list so I’ll do my best to remember to post them on our GSC social media sites a day or two before the event.

Jazz festival, November 1 – 11, 2014 (begins Oct. 10). The Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Restaurant discounts, November 2 – 30, 2014 (except Fri. & Sat.)  Local restaurants offer special deals on three-course meals during Dine Around Seattle. Repeats in March.

Comedy competition, November 5 – 30, 2014, multiple locations.  Comedians do their best acts for prizes at the Seattle International Comedy Competition in many Western Washington cities. Final night to determine the champion is at Comedy Underground in Seattle.

Thanksgiving sampler, November 6, 2014 (5 to 8 p.m.), multiple locations. Try a plateful of holiday foods for a $5 donation to charity during Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Markets, including Roosevelt Square, South Lake Union, Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Redmond.

Swing dance convention, November 6 – 10, 2014. Take professional workshops and enjoy DJ dancing at Sea to Sky at the DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac.

Ghost stories, November 6 – 20, 2014 (begins Oct. 16). Your suggestions become spooky & funny improv at Campfire Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market. Discount tickets.

Snow gear swap, November 7 – 8, 2014

Flamenco performance, November 7 – 8, 2014 (8 p.m.) See flamenco dance live at Flamenco de Raiz at the Kirkland Performance Center. Discount tickets.

Phinney beer tasting, November 8, 2014. Enjoy local brews, pub snacks, and a silent auction of beer items at PNA Winter Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Wine tasting, November 8, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.) A Toast To The Arc is a wine tasting and silent auction of fine wine for charity at South Seattle College.

Wine and hydroplanes, November 8, 2014 (7 to 10 p.m.)  Sample wine and food while hearing live music and seeing hydroplanes at the evening Wine Tasting Party at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent.

Veterans Day parade, November 8, 2014 (11 a.m.), 26 miles south. The Veterans Day Parade & Observance in Auburn is one of America’s biggest, with veterans units, military vehicles, drill teams, 25 marching bands, floats, antique cars, and a military fly-over. Free.

Orchid festival, November 8 – 9, 2014. See blooming orchids, hear talks on the hour, and visit vendors at the Fall Orchid Show at Swanson’s Nursery. Free.

Hawaiian music festival, November 9, 2014. Hear Hawaiian master musicians, admire tropical flowers, and shop for food and crafts at the annual Seattle Slack Key Festival at Town Hall Seattle.

Free park day, November 11, 2014, All national parks. Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Taste of South Lake Union, November 12, 2014 (5:30 to 8 p.m.) Get tastes from local restaurants plus wine from Woodinville wineries at Savor SLU at South Lake Union Discovery Center to support charity.

Italian film festival, November 13 – 20, 2014. Cinema Italian Style screens 20 new films in Italian with English subtitles at SIFF Cinema Uptown. The first and last films have optional after-parties.

Christmas gifts and foods, November 14 – 16, 2014. Get an early start on the holidays at the 16th annual Christmas in Seattle Gift & Gourmet Food Show. Gifts, specialty foods, artists, and Santa are at the Seattle convention center.

Ski and snowboard sale, November 14 – 16, 2014. Shop for snow merchandise at the Ski Dazzle ski and snowboard show at CenturyLink Field.

Arts and crafts show, November 14 – 16, 2014.  Fall Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show has 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in March and Oct.

Reindeer & model trains, November 14 (afternoon) – Dec. 24, 2014. Visit live reindeer and watch model trains wind their way through a winter landscape during the Reindeer Festival at Swanson’s Nursery. Free.

Short film festival, November 15, 2014. Seattle Shorts Film Festival includes 17 short films and an awards ceremony at Seattle Center.

How to build green, November 15, 2014 (5 to 9 p.m.) Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, followed by a networking reception in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

Veterans Day race, November 16, 2014. Seattle National Veterans Day Run is a timed 5K, 11K, and 1 miler at Magnuson Park. Discount 5K tickets.

Films from Turkey, November 20 – 23, 2014. See nine unusual films and attend opening and closing parties at the Seattle Turkish Film Festival.

Magnolia wine walk, November 21, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.) Visit 14 local businesses to taste wine from 14 wineries at Vino in the Village in Magnolia.

Motorcycle show, November 21 – 23, 2014. Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show in the Seattle Convention Center.

Twilight Zone theater, November 21 – Dec. 20, 2014 (8 p.m.) Watch three episodes of Rod Serling’s sci-fi TV show live onstage when Theater Schmeater presents The Twilight Zone: Live in Belltown.

Band competition, November 22, 2014. Hear four bands compete for your vote and $15,000 in prizes at Jammin’ Challenge at Hard Rock Cafe.

Ideas conference, November 22, 2014. TEDxRainier has exciting 18-minute speeches about technology, entertainment, and design followed by an evening reception at McCaw Hall.

Nordic holiday, November 22 – 23, 2014. Yulefest brings Christmas to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, with Scandinavian foods, craft booths, fiddlers, and folk dancers.

Christmas tree festival, November 22 – Dec. 3, 2014. View 21 designer trees in the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during the annual Festival of Trees charity event. See schedule for gala, family celebration, and teddy bear suite. Free to view.

Pre-Thanksgiving run/walk, November 23, 2014. Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is a 5K and 10K run/walk and free kids dash, with post-race beer garden and mashed-potato-eating contest.

Thanksgiving run/walk, November 27, 2014, multiple cities.

Thanksgiving dinner, November 27, 2014, Greater Seattle area. Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable.

Parade & star lighting, November 28, 2014. Macy’s Holiday Parade & Star Lighting begins with a 9 a.m. parade of marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa. It ends with a 5 p.m. lighting of the 161-foot star, followed by fireworks. Free.

Christmas ships parade, November 28 – Dec. 23, 2014. Lake Washington & Puget Sound. Ride onboard with the choir or listen from shore at a bonfire during Christmas Ship Festival. See schedule.

Christmas play, November 28 – Dec. 28, 2014. A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at ACT Theatre. Discount tickets.

Nutcracker ballet, Nov. 28 – Dec. 28, 2014. This is the last year for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, a holiday tradition for Seattle families and ballet lovers, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast of professional dancers and students in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

Seattle zoo lights, Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015. WildLights has 500,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night creatures, a carousel, indoor play, and carolers at Woodland Park Zoo. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Pike Place holiday, November 29, 2014 (1 to 5 p.m.) Magic in the Market includes carolers, Santa, and a 5 p.m. Christmas tree lighting at Pike Place Market.

Seattle Marathon, November 30, 2014. Join 14,000 people burning off Thanksgiving calories at the morning Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon that begin and end near Seattle Center.

For more information please check out the following links:


Events Washington State

Visit Seattle

Happy Fall Everyone!  And Stay Dry!

Mariquita de Mira / MFA in Arts Leadership 2015 / Artist. Arts Leader. Global Adventurer & Explorer.

[I moved to Washington from California a little over a year ago and slowly but surely discovering Seattle.  Through my DISCOVER SEATTLE Blog, I will be sharing my adventures of places to eat, the nightlife, and other events that I have attended or feel will be a cool event to attend to that I will share on GSC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and World Press.  I look forward to meeting you all at our GSC events.  Cheers!]

Ghosts, Ghouls & Howls!

Did you know…

Halloween is also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve,or All Saints’ Eve, a yearly celebration observed on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.” (

Halloween is officially upon us (or at least Halloween Eve) so get ready for a nightmare filled with scary revelry and debauchery!!

If you don’t already have plans and want to know what is going on around Seattle, below is a list of Halloween events for you to sink your teeth into!

Halloween Open House (Seattle University Campus) on October 31, 2014 @ 1:30pm in Administration Building Foyer.  Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to drop by the foyer of the Administration Building from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Halloween to trick or treat, and enjoy some hot apple cider and goodies. Costumes are strongly encouraged but not required.

Halloween on Capitol Hill on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.) Adult Funplex: Haunted Edition is a costume party with DJ beats and horrors at three Capitol Hill bars (Neumos, Barboza, and Moe Bar). Free.

Giant Halloween party on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.) Join 2000 young partiers in costume dancing to live music at Pulse in the Experience Music Project.

Halloween show & party on October 30 – 31, 2014.  Carnevolar V: The Funhouse has nightmarish aerial acts to live music both days, plus a DJ dance party on Friday at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Discount tickets for Thursday.

Bollywood Halloween on October 31, 2014 (10 p.m.)  Bollywood Scream is a DJ dance party with sounds of India and a costume contest at Acquabar for age 21+.

Stylish Halloween party on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)  Risqué features beautiful people in sexy costumes dancing to top-40 hits played by DJs in the Showbox at the Market. Requires age 21 ID.

Giant Halloween party on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)  Join 2000 young partiers in costume dancing to live music at Pulse in the Experience Music Project.

Halloween costume party on October 31, 2014 (8:30 p.m.)  Bonza Bash Halloween is a masquerade costume ball with a top DJ and costume prizes at Fremont Studios.

Halloween on Capitol Hill on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)  Adult Funplex: Haunted Edition is a costume party with DJ beats and horrors at three Capitol Hill bars (Neumos, Barboza, and Moe Bar). Free.

Cabaret Macabre on October 31, 2014.  Cabaret Macabre will entertain you with music and dance at Columbia City Theater if you are age 21+.

Freaky Halloween concert on October 31 – Nov. 1, 2014.  FreakNight is a high-energy music and dance concert with freaky entertainment in WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field for age 18+. All people searched.

For graduate students who are parents, here are some fun Halloween events for your children.

Halloween at the Zoo from October 18 – 31, 2014 (some days). Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins at Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child 12 years and under in costume is free per paid adult.

Kids’ costume party on October 31, 2014 (4 to 8 p.m.)  Kids 10 and younger will enjoy a haunted mountain, scavenger hunt, games, and trick or treat at the free Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum.

Trick-or-treating for kids on October 31, 2014The City’s Sweetest Spots for Trick-or-Treating include Seattle, the Eastside, Northgate, and Tacoma Mall.

Some Halloween events go through November 2nd so I have included them as well. Why not perpetuate Halloween?

Tukwila haunted house, November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)  Shadows Haunted Attraction has both a traditional dark maze and a group theatrical experience in Tukwila.

Haunted golf course, November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 10)  Haunted Nightmare is an outdoor walk that includes indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center. November 1 is flashlight night.

Halloween at Wild Waves, November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)  Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, a haunted house, and Booville for kids at Wild Waves.

Seattle haunted house, Nov. 1 – 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)  KUBE 93FM Haunted House [sound] is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area.

And finally, below is a list of cab companies and phone numbers for your safe ride home:

Yellow Cab 206-622-6500

Orange Cab 206-522-8800, 206-444-0409

Seattle Cab Company 206-234-2342

Farwest Taxi 206-622-1717

Taxi Fare Finder estimates your taxicab fare, cost and rates.

Uber is a ride sharing service recommended by friends but always PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Note that drivers can rate you and if you come up as a lowly rated passenger (i.e. puking Pumpkin Cider beer in their car), you may not get picked up by other drivers in the future.