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Monday, May 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

TMP’s ‘Sister Act’ is sonically and scenically sensational

“Sister Act, the Musical” looks like a social experiment to find out what happens when a disco diva and a group of nuns are forced together for a time span sufficient for some form of cultural chemistry to take place. The diva is a talented singer but desires nothing but fame and fortune. The nuns can’t sing, but they find value in lives of selfless spirituality. The result, of course, is that each party gives something to the other. The disco diva teaches the nuns to sing and dance – and in so doing enables them to save their church and stay together. The diva discovers that there is more to life than fame and shiny objects. The exchange is complete.
The Tacoma Musical Playhouse production of “Sister Act,” which runs through June 4, is a sassy, silly and sultry excursion into sonic sensations that stimulates the senses… Read Full Story

“SNL” star Tim Meadows returns to Tacoma

Tim Meadows became a household name during his 1990s tenure on NBC-TV's “Saturday Night Live” thanks largely to the Ladies Man, his character who gave salacious love tips no one would follow unless they'd just downed a bottle of Corvoisier.
Since then, Meadows has popped up in a variety of films and TV shows, from “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” to ABC-TV's “The Goldbergs.” Next week, though, local fans can see him in person as he headlines five sets at Tacoma Comedy Club, from May 25 to 27; for ticket info. Recently, we asked him to revisit some of his favorite roles.
Tacoma Weekly: The word on the street is that you used to show up in Tacoma from time to time. Do you… Read Full Story

The Things We Like


At noon on Saturday, May 20, Queen Victoria's 198th birthday will be celebrated at the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, located at Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Commemorating the occasion will be bagpipes, a musket volley, a cannon salute and toasts. The Tacoma Scottish Country Dancers will be on hand to perform traditional 19th century social dances and teach visitors the steps to favorites such favorites as “Strip the Willow.” And at 3 p.m. guests will be treated to a performance by the Chief Leschi Elementary, Puyallup Tribal School Drum & Dance Group. The event is… Read Full Story

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Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Goings on this Week in Tacoma: “The World’s First Long Distance Telephone Line” Through Aug. 30, Tue. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 407 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98405 View documents pertaining to the making of long distance telegraph lines and early telephone lines…

Chris Cornell dead of apparent suicide
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Details are gradually emerging regarding the shocking death of Soundgarden and Audioslave front man Chris Cornell, who passed away just hours after performing in Detroit last night. Many sources report that a family friend called police around midnight after finding the 52-year-old singer unresponsive…

Changing Scene Theatre Northwest brings unique work to the stage
By Dave R. Davison

Theater is happening in and around Tacoma. In addition to the established community theaters: Tacoma Little Theatre, Lakewood Playhouse and Tacoma Musical Playhouse, there is Paradise Theatre across the water, in Gig Harbor and – slightly to the north – there is Centerstage! In Federal Way. The…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, May 19 G. DONNA LSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Old School Fellas (R&B,  dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Afrodisiacs (pop covers) 9 p.m., $10-$15; “Funktion Friday” with DJ Indica Jones (DJ) 11 p.m., $5 KEYS ON MAIN:…

Mark your calendars: Katy Perry
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Katy Perry is coming back to Tacoma. On Monday, the pop princess announced dates in support of her forthcoming album “Witness,” including a Feb. 3 stop at the Tacoma Dome where she last performed in 2014 (shown.) Tickets for next year's show go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday,…

Seattle luminaries turn out as U2 revisits “The Joshua Tree”
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

You know you're at a huge event when Bill Gates and Eddie Vedder show up. Such is the magnitude of  U2's 30th anniversary stadium tour for “The Joshua Tree,” the iconic, Irish rock quartet's most celebrated album. The trek made its U.S. debut Sunday at Seattle's Century Link Field, following…

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

This week: “Cardinal Sins” May 13 through June 4, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma A tragic love affair woven in the amazing story of the birth of Freedom: the creation of Magna Carta, Civil war, justice and the overwhelming power…

Mark your calendars: Melissa Etheridge
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The latest addition to the Washington State Fair Concert Series is singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge. The roots rocker – best known for “Come to My Window,” “I'm the Only One” and other hits – will headline the 11,000-seat Washington State Fair Event Center grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on…

Toy Boat and UWT present ‘Water by the Spoonful’
By Dave R. Davison

For its most recent productions, Tacoma’s Toy Boat Theatre (the little theater company that could) has teamed up with University of Washington-Tacoma’s Student Theatre Actors Guild. The collaboration brings together UWT students and faculty with seasoned, regional actors. Toy Boat fills a valuable…

Ceramics artist Nyland joins Lawler and Kinoshita at Matter
By Dave R. Davison

Matter, the art gallery/design boutique located at 821 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma, has made a few changes. Renowned painter and ceramicist Nicholas Nyland has joined Steve Lawler (rePly Furniture) and Lisa Kinoshita (jewelry maker, photographer, installation artist, curator and botanist of Moss…