Sunday, May 01, 2016 This Week's Paper
Sunday, May. 1
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98406
Animals aren’t the only residents of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The zoo is also home to hundreds of varieties of plants, which fulfill important roles on grounds. Join zoo horticulturist Bryon Jones for an hour-long Garden Tour to learn about many of the plants in the zoo’s collection. The assortment of plants around the zoo “sets a stage for the animals,” said Jones, who joined zoo staff in 2005. With a master’s degree in environmental horticulture, Jones has worked to cultivate a stunning botanical paradise. Plants serve a number of purposes at the zoo, from decorative to functional. Zookeepers use some of the plant growth, such as banana leaves and bamboo shoots, as food or skill-building tools for the animals. Garden Tours are free with paid admission or membership and begin at the Pacific Rim Plaza, just inside the zoo’s front gate, at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday of every month. Each tour will focus on a different theme: March 6: Plant Journeys, April 3: Plant Charades, May 1: Urban Giants, June 5: Grow Wild – Attracting Backyard Wildlife, July 3: Plants Gone Wild – A Jungle Paradise, August 7: The Un-Thirsty Garden – Drought-proof your landscape, September 4: Leafy and Fruity Hors d’Oeuvres, October 2: Savage Garden, November 6: Living Fossils. Info:
MayFest - 10:00 am
Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
MayFest April 29-May 8, 2016 10am-4pm Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in bloom and also enjoy great displays, exhibits and activities in the Wagner House. For more information please call 253-584-4106 or visit $9 Ge.neral $7 Senior, Student, and Military. Children 12 and under are free.
Wayzgoose!Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza! - 11:00 am
King's Books, 218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Join us for our twelfth annual Wayzgoose, or, letterpress and book arts extravaganza! Meet local printers and view their wares! Print your own keepsake! Make paper! Make paper creations! And, returning for the ninth year...Steamroller Printing, thanks to the Tacoma Arts Commission, Tacoma Sunrise Rotary, and Puget Sound Book Artists!!! We'll be creating 3' x 3' prints designed by local artists, some of which can be won at the Wayzgoose! This weekend is also the national, second annual Independent Bookstore Day! We're celebrating independent bookstores all weekend! Local celebrity authors will be driving the Steamroller! Our Steamroller Prints will celebrate Tacoma's literary heritage! Exclusive literary items will only available this weekend! Wayzgoose is a TWO DAY festival! Check out the line-up for Day Two! Bring a t-shirt or other fabric to screen print a design by Shroom Brothers! The Tacoma Wayzgoose is a collaboration between King's Books and letterpress printer Jessica Spring. The Steamroller Printing is possible through a partnership with neighboring businesses Doyle's Public House, the Harmon Tap Room, and The Hub. Info:
Kimonos and Wall Hangings - Show and Sale - 12:00 pm
League of Women Voters office, 621 Tacoma Avenue S, Tacoma
Show and sale of beaded, embroidered, and embellished vintage kimonos and wall hangings by fabric artist, Lyz and Jewel (Ly Kurnitz-Thurlow). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County Education Fund.
22nd Annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour - 1:00 pm
Central Lutheran Church, 409 Tacoma Avenue North, Tacoma
Tacoma Historical Society presents: Historic Homes of Tacoma "Classic and Timeless" Tour 2016. Tickets available after April 2nd.
Singing in the May - 1:00 pm
Puget Sound Revels, 316 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98405
Singing, dancing, and flower crown-making to welcome lovely May. All ages. Free.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - 2:00 pm
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406
“Part intrigue, part love story, part swashbuckling action, The Scarlet Pimpernel has something for everybody.” Book and Lyrics by NAN KNIGHTON, Music by FRAN WILDHORN. Based on the Novel “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by BARONESS ORCZY. Back by popular demand Tacoma Musical Playhouse is proud to bring back The Scarlet Pimpernel a famous 20th-century novel by Baroness Orczy. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a powerful and passionate story of love and heroism against a background of revolution. Facebook:
NOISES OFF! - 2:00 pm
Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Ctr Blvd. Lakewood, WA 98499
The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the FIFTH SHOW of our 77th SEASON: Our debut presentation of the Famous Comedy Farce - NOISES OFF! by Michael Frayn! This production will also mark the continuation of our year-long celebration of the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the very building we do all of our Productions in – THE LAKEWOOD PLAYHOUSE THEATRE! From TAMING of the SHREW in its first year to AVENUE Q at the end of this season, we will have presented over 300 Productions at this venue that was first built for us in 1965 by the Lakewood Arts Foundation. The Play will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Performances will be April 15th through May 8th with Special Showings at 8:00pm on Thursday, April 21st (Pay What You Can Night) and 8:00pm on Thursday, April 28th (“Pay What You Will” Actor’s Benefit). Our Ticket Prices are $25.00 (General Admission), $22.00 (Military), $21.00 (Seniors) and $19.00 (Students/Educators). “NOISES OFF!” will be directed by Lakewood Playhouse Managing Artistic Director – JOHN MUNN. His past shows at the Lakewood Playhouse include our hit comedies – THE 39 STEPS and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. The Production Features a large cast filled with a number of returning actors from previous shows and some brand new performers to our stage! ABOUT THE SHOW: Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Parental Advisory: This Show is a Farce and Contains Mature Language, Women In Their Underwear and Men with Their Pants Around Their Ankles…plus Sardines…Lots and lots of Sardines. Info:
A DOLL’S HOUSE By Henrik Ibsen - 2:00 pm
Dukesbay Theater 508 6th Ave #10, Tacoma, WA
New Muses Theatre Company returns to the Dukesbay Theater with Henrik Ibsen’s A DOLL'S HOUSE. This polarizing tale sent shockwaves through society after premiering in 1879. Nora (Katelyn Hoffman, Miss Julie) is a housewife and mother, living an idyllic life with her husband (Ryan St. Martin) and three children. But when a debt from her past rises up on Christmas Eve, the web of secrets and oppression underneath their happy existence begins to fray. As Nora fights to control the fallout from each revelation, she finds a growing passion for life and self-determination that will change everything. In 1871, Nora lives to serve her husband. But after eight years of marriage, the cracks are showing. Secrets will be revealed. Households will be shattered. Lives will be changed forever. What does it take to escape A DOLL'S HOUSE? Info:
Tacoma Opera Presents: The Threepenny Opera - 2:00 pm
Rialto Theater, 310 S 9th St, Tacoma, WA 98402
This is the gritty tale of a sex addicted outlaw, Mack the Knife, who marries the daughter of an underworld boss, is soon betrayed and then sent to prison. Once freed, he is again betrayed and sentenced to death, only to be saved via Deus ex Machina! In this landmark of 20th Century Theater, morality is turned upside down and traditional opera is satirized, creating a new kind of lyric theater – part social commentary, part musical and part opera – All Entertainment! More Information about The Threepenny Opera: In their opera “by and for beggars,” composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) transformed saccharine, old-fashioned opera and operetta forms, incorporating a sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. Weill’s acid harmonies and Brecht’s biting texts created a revolutionary new musical theater that inspired such subsequent hits as Cabaret, Chicago, and Urinetown. The show’s opening number, “Mack the Knife,” became one of the top popular songs of the century. The Threepenny Opera was first performed at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin in 1928. Despite an initially poor reception, it became a great success, playing 400 times in the next two years. The performance was a springboard for one of the best known interpreters of Brecht and Weill’s work, Lotte Lenya, who was married to Weill. Info:
Spanaway Lake High School, 1305 168th Street East, Spanaway, WA 98387
Spanaway Lake High School rocks you into the 60’s with the hilarious musical, HAIRSPRAY! Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, HAIRSPRAY is a splashy musical piled bouffant-high with laughter and sprayed with a sheen of romance. It’s 1962 and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one dream—to dance on television’s popular Corny Collins Show where white kids dance to black music. Her Mom, Edna, shy and withdrawn, is dismayed at Tracy’s obsession. The TV show clearly has prejudices against overweight teens as well as being staunchly against integration on the dance floor. Against all odds, Tracy’s dream comes true, and she is transformed overnight from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair? Hairspray is directed by Chris Serface, choreographed by Charles Simmons, and musically directed by Nicholas Gorne. It features over 30 of Spanaway Lake High School’s best students!
Tacoma Little Theatre 210 N I Street, Tacoma, WA 98403
Tacoma Little Theatre welcomes local author, and radio host, Gerry Bradley, to their stage with his one-man show, BIRDS FROM THE THICKET, based on his book. Gerry Bradley reaches out with a hand of hope to the 2.3 million people suffering from Bi-Polar/Manic Depression and those close to them. It is an autobiographical account that takes the listener through the joys and sorrows of the authors life. Gerry Bradley found his way back from the highs and lows to the "light at the end of the tunnel". He now lives a rewarding and fulfilling life and you can too. The afternoon spans the range of human emotion; at times it's a labor of love, by others, a labor of despair. Yet with honesty, courage, and grace the author has set the story to the stage. It is at once an accounting of the author's personal history as well, as an accounting of American history--the journey of an Oklahoma boy who found his way back home by examining his heart--it's a hero's journey. This show is recommended for all 12 and up. INFO:
Sword & Laser Book Discussion - 4:00 pm
King's Books, 218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
This Tacoma group is a locally-organized, real-life offshoot of the online Sword & Laser community. Each month, Sword & Laser picks either a fantasy or a science fiction book to read and discuss. This month, we discuss both A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab and the alternate pick The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, books available at King's Books or below.
Curing the Incurable - 4:00 pm
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St, Tacoma WA 98402
This healing talk is all about handling fear and utilizing the law of God to heal disease. We'll discuss 7 laws of God that result in healing, including 5 specific ways to remove fear. Healings include rheumatoid arthritis, lump in breast, cancer, effects of a serious auto accident, anorexia, heart condition, and more. This is a comforting, gentle, compassionate, practical talk to allay the fear of patients and heal. Everyone is welcome! Childcare will be provided and free parking along the street is available. Info:

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