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Saturday, June 24, 2017 This Week's Paper
Saturday, Jun. 24
Children’s Museum of Tacoma: Daily Activities
Children's Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave Tacoma WA 98402
Stem Activity Children of all ages and abilities will be able to explore these science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities lead by a playguide. Daily at 11 a.m. Story Time Playguides are ready to share their favorite story with you at 1 p.m. every day. You can even bring your favorite book! Free with Pay As You Will admission. Art Activity Join us for an art activity in the Museum that celebrates your creativity! Daily at 3 p.m. and free with Pay As You Will admission. Info: https://www.playtacoma.org/programs
Paradiso Festival
The Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Road NW George, WA
In a world of constant flux and chaos, we must take a moment to recognize the beautiful things that never waver. Our annual return to Paradise allows for these moments. Music will always bring us together in a world full of forces aiming to pull us apart. It allows for us to celebrate the unity found within our diversity. Life is ever changing - yet here we are, another year around the sun - soon to find ourselves back home, together again. Every year, we collectively leave behind the worries and stresses of our everyday lives as we embark on a journey through Paradise. On June 23rd and 24th 2017, we invite you to gather as the United State of Consciousness as we welcome the return of Paradiso Festival at the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheater. We will embrace the fusion of modern technology and nature’s purity in a land where digital meets nature. Prepare to gather from far and wide to embark on the adventure of the summer! Info: http://paradisofestival.com
Kusamono Workshops - 9:00 am
Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001
Kusamono refers to a Japanese botanical art that developed alongside bonsai. Kusamono are potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers in unique pots or trays selected to suggest a season or place. The name is composed of two Japanese characters– “grass” and “thing”—which together suggest humble, everyday plants. Originally, this name referred to the small, potted grasses displayed next to bonsai as accent plants. More recently, creating Kusamono has developed into an art form of its own. In this beginners Kusamono workshop participants will create their own kusamono with native plants of the Pacific Northwest. All materials, including soil, container, and plants, are included. All skill levels welcome. The workshop will be presented by Kusamono artist Young Choe. Choe created all the kusamono for the Museum’s current exhibit, Natives. Choe holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and has traveled to Japan to study this unique art form with master Kusamono artist, Keiko Yamane, a former student of Saburo Kato. She works at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Info: http://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/event/kusamonoworkshop9amjune2017/ http://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/event/kusamonoworkshop1pmjune2017/
SLUG FEST - 9:30 am
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive E, Eatonville, WA 98328
Some would call it lowly, but the banana slug has an important role to play in forests and their ecosystems. Banana slugs are decomposers that break down organic matter and return nutrients to the soil. So what’s there to do at Slug Fest? Well imagine large trams equipped with tentacles as they make their way through the wildlife park’s 435-acre Free-Roaming Area on an animal-watching journey. Or think about tentacle headbands for people. And human slug races? Yep, those too. Contestants can inch their way down a soapy, slimy track to victory. Special Slug Racer gear will help protect their clothes while they’re in the race. But the track is wet, so some good, clean “sliminess” could wear off on contestants. All of the Slug Fest fun is free with admission or membership to Northwest Trek. And, as always, each ticket to the wildlife park comes with a 50-minute, naturalist-narrated tour on a tram through the Free-Roaming Area, which is home to American bison, Roosevelt elk, woodland caribou, moose, deer and other animals. Info: http://www.nwtrek.org
Atomic Comicon 2017- 5th Anniversary - 10:00 am
Tacoma Public Library,1102 Tacoma Avenue South,Tacoma WA 98402
Come celebrate the 5th anniversary of Tacoma's free comicon, celebrating fandoms, reading, comics, and geek culture! All Ages. Events include: • Panels • Hands On Activities • Cosplay • Workshops • Crafts • LEGO displays and build zone • Gaming • Local vendors and artist's alley When? Friday, June 23 (1-5 pm), Saturday, June 24 (10 am-5 pm) Webpage- https://www.tacomalibrary.org/browse_program/atomic-comicon-2017/
Women’s Day Camp - 10:00 am
Artful Dreamers Studio, 2926 South Steele Street, Floor 2, Tacoma, WA 98409
Creativity abounds in this fun and creative day.Let’s be kids again.. only better! Campers express, experiment, and explore creativity using a variety of art materials and processes! Let’s have tons of fun. Children will experience the creative potential of the expressive arts all week long: they will experiment with rhythm, engage their imaginations, and express their individual creativity. Would you like to discover the magic of their own creative imaginations! Let’s Play for the day. Bring your lunch. Bubble gum supplied! Info: http://artfuldreamers.com/womens-day-camp/
Vashon Island Garden Tour - 10:00 am
Vashon Island
VASHON ISLAND, WA, June 24-25, 2017 - After a one-year hiatus in order to celebrate the opening of the Katherine L White Hall, the Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) Garden Tour is back, bigger than ever. With spring quickly becoming summer, VCA staff and volunteers are preparing for one of the Vashon Island community’s most anticipated events. Not only are four gardens and one working farm featured on the Saturday/Sunday tour––a sixth stop, the historic Mukai Farm, opens its doors to ticket-holders to exhibit the first stages of the renovation of the original Japanese gardens and farm. As in the past, the gardens include works by local and regional artists, and host scheduled speakers and music. Tickets cost $30 and are valid both Saturday and Sunday, available on our website, VCA, and Heron’s Nest Gallery on Vashon Island, WA. Info: http://www.vashoncenterforthearts.org/garden-tour/
Afro Cuban / Puerto Rican Percussion Class - 10:00 am
Ted Brown Music - Tacoma, 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Afro Cuban / Puerto Rican Percussion Class Saturdays 10am or 11:15am Ted Brown Music - Tacoma 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd Tacoma, WA 98409 http://www.ArturoRodriguez.com call: 253-507-2965 1st class $10
Tacoma Flea Market - 10:00 am
Tacoma Flea Market - At Blooming Kids, 3810 N 27th Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Tacoma Flea Market - Biweekly Outdoor Market - Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June-September Come visit the Tacoma Flea Market! Now in our second season, this creative market is one-of-a-kind, bringing together over 30 vendors, live music, face painting, henna, and more for kids and adults. We are proud to celebrate Tacoma's local artists and independent vendors with handmade items, vintage finds, and much more. Near the Proctor Farmer's market, the Tacoma Flea Market is a fun way to get out and about this summer. We are family-friendly, with plenty for kids, too. We are excited to welcome everyone to this free event. We have so much to offer the community this year, and we are excited to share it with you. Info: https://www.facebook.com/tacomafleamarket/
Taste of Tacoma - Patrón Tequila Booth - 11:00 am
Point Defiance Park, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
Patrón Tequila will be rolling (literally, a bar on wheels) into Taste of Tacoma on June 24-45! Here’s how it works: guests will be greeted with Patrón's interactive touchscreen ordering system and take a little "Quizlet," to help them determine their perfect drink. Bartenders will be featuring a custom Tacoma cocktail – the Tacoma Tahona, perfect for both the sunny and rainy summer days! After you grab your drink, bartenders will guide you to an interactive GIF booth where you can capture your moments and share via social media. Join us for a cocktail as we Patrón The Summer while you're at Taste of Tacoma! Info: https://www.tasteoftacoma.com/sponsor-tours/
Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma - 11:00 am
Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA
Over 30 restaurant and food booths, all-new South Sound Bites restaurant showcase in support of the Emergency Food Network, 50+ hand craft & commercial goods vendors, 4 live music stages, The Taste Cooks! chef demos & cook-offs, The Wine Bar & the Craft Beer Tasting in the Rose Garden, Beer gardens serving up cool brews & local spirits by Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling Co., Funtastic Carnival rides & games, sponsor samples & activities, picnic areas and more. Info: http://www.tasteoftacoma.com
Slug Fest - 11:00 am
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive E, Eatonville, WA 98328
Celebrate all that is slimy and silly about the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable and misunderstood mollusk: the banana slug. Learn more at http://nwtrek.org
“The West is Wild,” an all-new live-action animal show - 12:00 pm
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
The all-new, action-packed animal show at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater will amaze, delight and inspire you. There’s a new lawman in town -- “Sheruff” Bones, also known as Herald the dog, who will come riding in on a hot air balloon. Clark the king vulture will fly straight into your heart as he soars overhead. Be amazed by leaping clouded leopards Orchid and Banyan. Giggle at a flock of stampeding chickens with musical names like Bach and Beethoven. Marvel at Gonzo the southern tamandua, an interesting anteater with an impossibly long tongue. All these and more than a dozen other cast members star in a Wild West-themed show that takes place in the Town of Triple R, where the watchwords are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Info: https://www.pdza.org/wild-wonders-outdoor-theater/
Children’s Museum of Tacoma: Bubble Time - 12:00 pm
Children's Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave Tacoma WA 98402
Join outside in the sunshine for bubble time. Dance, skip or twirl in the bubble from the bubble machine, blow your own bubbles, and create bubble art. Bubble Time will occur weather permitting. Info: https://www.playtacoma.org/programs
Kusamono Workshops - 1:00 pm
Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001
Kusamono refers to a Japanese botanical art that developed alongside bonsai. Kusamono are potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers in unique pots or trays selected to suggest a season or place. The name is composed of two Japanese characters– “grass” and “thing”—which together suggest humble, everyday plants. Originally, this name referred to the small, potted grasses displayed next to bonsai as accent plants. More recently, creating Kusamono has developed into an art form of its own. In this beginners Kusamono workshop participants will create their own kusamono with native plants of the Pacific Northwest. All materials, including soil, container, and plants, are included. All skill levels welcome. The workshop will be presented by Kusamono artist Young Choe. Choe created all the kusamono for the Museum’s current exhibit, Natives. Choe holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and has traveled to Japan to study this unique art form with master Kusamono artist, Keiko Yamane, a former student of Saburo Kato. She works at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Info: http://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/event/kusamonoworkshop9amjune2017/ http://pacificbonsaimuseum.org/event/kusamonoworkshop1pmjune2017/
Conversation and Book Signing with Creator of the Amulet Series, Kazu Kibuishi - 2:00 pm
Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South,Tacoma WA 98402
Take part in a conversation and book signing with Kazu Kibuishi, author of the Amulet and Flight graphic novel series. Books available for purchase or checkout. Recommended for ages 8 to adult. Author Talk - 2 PM - Olympic Room, C1 Book Signing - 3 PM - Carnegie Gallery, C1 Info: https://www.tacomalibrary.org
“The West is Wild,” an all-new live-action animal show - 3:30 pm
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
The all-new, action-packed animal show at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater will amaze, delight and inspire you. There’s a new lawman in town -- “Sheruff” Bones, also known as Herald the dog, who will come riding in on a hot air balloon. Clark the king vulture will fly straight into your heart as he soars overhead. Be amazed by leaping clouded leopards Orchid and Banyan. Giggle at a flock of stampeding chickens with musical names like Bach and Beethoven. Marvel at Gonzo the southern tamandua, an interesting anteater with an impossibly long tongue. All these and more than a dozen other cast members star in a Wild West-themed show that takes place in the Town of Triple R, where the watchwords are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Info: https://www.pdza.org/wild-wonders-outdoor-theater/
“All That Dance” Presented by Dance Theatre Northwest - 4:00 pm
Mount Tahoma high school auditorium, 4634 S 74th St., Tacoma
"All That Dance" features "42nd Street," "Almost Blue," "The Reef," Fascinating Rhythm," "African Spirit," excerpts from “Swan Lake,” and “Sleeping Beauty," with a fabulous all cast finale. Musical Theatre Style Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap numbers combine to create a fabulous show that is fun for the whole family. Artistic director and choreographer, Melanie Kirk Stauffer, has put together an energetic lineup along with instructor/choreographers, Katherine Neumann, and Bonnie Calvert who will be sharing fun, fanciful dance created for a varied cast that ranges from professional dancers, to students and dancers of all ages. Featured performers include Katherine Neumann, Oceana Thunder, Neil Alexander, Madeline Ewer, Philandra Eargle and Emma Young along with DTNW's Dance Ensemble Members, Jr Company, students and guest performers. Mount Tahoma's venue offers Free Parking, is Handicapped Accessible. Tickets are available online at DTNW.org, and at the studio office at 2811 Bridgeport Way West in University Place, WA, and will also be on sale day of show at the Mt Tahoma theatre box office from 3:00 PM. Student, Senior (0ver 60), and children tickets $11-13 and Adults $22-26 with discounts for groups and military. Dance Theatre Northwest is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization is committed to making dance as an important art form accessible to individuals and groups and to assisting future dancers and artists. For more information visit http://www.DTNW.org or call 253-778-6534. Info: http://WWW.DTNW.ORG
Sunrise Village - Saturday Night Cruz-ins - 5:00 pm
Meridian Sunrise Village, 10507 156th St. E. Suite 101, Puyallup WA
Cruz on by to enjoy classic cars at Sunrise Village every Saturday June through August from 5pm - dusk. The 1st Saturday of each month you'll see the cars lining 156th (click here for a map of the traffic flow), the other weeks they'll be in the front lot. If you own a classic car feel free to show up and you will see a volunteer who can get you registered. We will always put an update here on this event page as well as on our Facebook page if the cruz-in is cancelled due to bad weather. *Check our Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/sunrisevillage/ It's free to participate but every week we will be accepting donations for the Food Bank. Interested in bringing your car? Contact us at 253.904.8923 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Info: http://www.mysunrisevillage.com/cruz-ins
Point Ruston Presents Summer Concert SEries 2017 - 7:00 pm
Point Ruston Grand Plaza, 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98407
Summer on the Waterfront will be Full of Live Music: With weekly concerts from some of the area’s best groups. Point Ruston will be launching their summer concert series on Saturday, June 24th from 5:00 – 7:00, with funky blues harmonica and sax from James King and the Southsiders! The family-friendly series will continue each Saturday on the plaza with various genres of music, and be offered free to the public. While at Point Ruston, visitors are invited to experience, dining, shopping, recreation, and entertainment. This waterfront resort-inspired village features the best in Pacific NW living and panoramic views of the South Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier. June 24th: James King & the Southsiders July 1st: Kareem Kandi Band July 8th: Strangely Alright July 15th: Sweet Kiss Momma July 22nd: Kim Archer Band July 29th: Power Laces August 5th: Ted Brown Showcase August 19th: Sotaria Gibson August 26th: Lady A Band September 2nd: Ethan Tucker Band Info: http://www.pointruston.com/point-ruston-summer-concert-series-2017/
Love Letters - 7:25 pm
Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Avenue NE, Olympia WA
Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, have exchanged notes, cards, and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away? Throughout its history the play has attracted actors of all ages and levels of fame to bring it to life. This “simple, haunting and emotional” story in its initial run on Broadway included performances by Jason Robard, Stockard Channing, Swoosie Kurtz, Christopher Walken, Kathleen Turner, and Christopher Reeve. The play returned to Broadway in a 2014 revival, helmed by Tony-winning director Gregory Mosher, and included appearances by Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Mia Farrow, Brian Dennehy, Anjelica Huston, and Martin Sheen. Info: http://www.olympialittletheatre.org
Cedric The Entertainer - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market st, Tacoma, WA
Charismatic actor and comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit films as Barbershop, Be Cool, Johnson Family Vacation, and The Original Kings of Comedy. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see him live in an intimate setting! Buy your tickets today! Info: http://www.tacomacomedyclub.com/events/16020
The Kareem Kandi Band w/Tracy Knoop - 7:30 pm
G. Donnalson's, 3814 N 26th St, Tacoma, WA 98391
Live jazz all ages welcome no cover charge Info: http://www.kareemkandi.com
LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Little Theater, 210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403
Tacoma Little Theatre is pleased to partner with Found Space Productions for a special staged reading of Love, Loss, and What I Wore to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is written by Nora and Delia Ephron and is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory that covers all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses clothing, accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories about matters of the heart and matters of the closet. Love, Loss, and What I Wore will play Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.00 for all seats and may be purchased online at http://www.tacomalittletheatre.com or by, calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
The Pirates of Penzance - 8:00 pm
Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood, WA 98499
Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates' way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic's melodious tones win over the heart of Major General Stanley's songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an "ingenious paradox" may prevent. Info: http://www.lakewoodplayhouse.org/
Nite Wave - 9:00 pm
The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Nite Wave, known for their high energy show, continues their 80’s New Wave dance ways with new songs and new moves! Most noted for being handpicked by Billy Idol to open for the legendary 80’s rocker at Showbox SoDo in October 2012, Nite Wave has help raise over $17,000 for local charities! Come get your dance on to Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Billy Idol, INXS and more! http://www.kgw.com/entertainment/mckinzie-roth-dances-away-with-80-s-cover-band-nite-wave/68552140 Opening for Billy Idol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vavqvTFJzzA Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/618689784990974/
Cedric The Entertainer - 10:30 pm
Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market st, Tacoma, WA
Charismatic actor and comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit films as Barbershop, Be Cool, Johnson Family Vacation, and The Original Kings of Comedy. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see him live in an intimate setting! Buy your tickets today! Info: http://www.tacomacomedyclub.com/events/16020
FOOLS PLAY IMPROV - 10:30 pm
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403
Tacoma Little Theatre and Fools Play Improv are excited to announce the return of Fools Play Improv to TLT as a recurring show every fourth Saturday, 10:30pm each month (except December) until July 2017, and perhaps beyond. Formed by two sets of brothers, Michael and Christopher Harris, and Geoff and Edward Gibbs, Fools Play began their journey at the Tacoma Little Theatre in 1994 and has been performing Improv Comedy ever since in the Puget Sound area. Most recently, the troupe could be found at the Tacoma Youth Theatre but is now returning to the place it all started. A whole new generation of Fools, along with some familiar old friends will be bringing 23 years of experience creating and building their own unique brand of Improv back to the TLT stage. Each show will last from 10:30 PM until 12:00 including a mid-show intermission. Concessions, including alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from Tacoma Little Theatre, and Tickets will cost $10.00. Info: http://www.tacomalittletheatre.com/blog/2016/fools-play-improv-at-tlt
Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema: Zardoz - 11:00 pm
The Grand Cinema, 606 S Fawcett Avenue; Tacoma, WA 98402
Your weekly late-night cinephile infusion. Screenings of cult classics and fresh flicks that are bizarre, spine-chilling, fantastic, avant garde, retro, or just plain mind-blowing. Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 1974 R. 1hr 50min CAST: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman DIRECTOR: John Boorman In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements. Info: http://www.grandcinema.com/films/zardoz/