May Roundup: Exploring Movement, New Musicals, MLB Odds + One of the Most Decadent Brunches in Town

Courtesy Orangetheory Fitness

These days, there are so many exciting things developing — and returning — that we’re having a hard time keeping up. At The 5th Avenue Theatre, new musical Afterwords fuses pop, rock and modern indie-folk to share the story of three young women coping with loss (through May 21). On their website, Intentionalist currently shares many ways to support Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-owned businesses in our community during AANHPI Heritage Month.

The baseball season marches on, with the Seattle Mariners playing a string of home games toward the end of the month. The MLB odds will be updated every day ahead of each game, so those wanting to keep track of which team is the favorite, can keep that page bookmarked. (We happen to think the stadium provides some of the most varied, tasty ballpark eats around, too!)

Courtesy Orangetheory Fitness

Those wanting to get back into their own movement routine, might check out Seattle’s several locations of Orangetheory Fitness, described by the business as a “heart-rate-based HIIT total-body group workout that combines science, coaching and technology to guarantee maximum results from the inside out.” We recently tried a group class that came along with pumping beats, a high-energy instructor and a circuit workout that got our adrenaline going, a welcomed sensation after these recent, less active pandemic years. (Visit the website to get your first class free.)

And Seattle Strength & Performance (SSP) has just opened its second location in Phinney Ridge, bringing their “unique strength and joy focused fitness approach to a new area – when we need it most.” The venue emphasizes the importance of strength training, making it accessible for those from ages 10 to 85. Life Time Bellevue is also appealing to the higher number of seniors now interested in fitness by starting a new program called ARORA, and thousands of active agers (those 55+) are already taking part.

Courtesy Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

And, as always, in an attempt to keep balance in all things, we recommend celebrating the season with some decadence at Bellevue’s Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi, which just launched a weekend brunch service you won’t want to miss. While the wraparound 31st-floor views are reason enough to visit, we highly recommend diving into the captivating menu, with delicious cocktails and dishes meant to be shared, created by Executive Chef Brandon Muehl and the Ascend culinary team.

Among the standouts: Spicy Tuna Proscutto Pizza, Avocado Crostino (watermelon radish, crispy chickpeas and yuzu corn espuma on tograrashi toast), Robatta Skewer and Congee (with poached quail egg, rayu, green onion and your choice of yuzu mustard-glazed pork belly or kushiyaki beef) and the sensational Steak & Egg Fried Rice (a prime crispy beef , red rice, scallions and mushroom combo unlike anything you’ve ever enjoyed before at brunch). Bon appétit!