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Monday, April 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

Popular UPS Bike Swap event kicks off Bike Month

If you’ve thought lately about buying, selling or fixing a bicycle, you’re in luck. The City of Tacoma has dedicated the entire month of May to cycling, and the fun actually kicks off a few days early, on Saturday, April 29, with the ninth-annual Bike Swap at the University of Puget Sound. Vendors, mechanics, experts and enthusiasts alike will gather from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thompson Hall parking lot, between Union and North 14th Street, to exchange ideas and, of course, bicycles and anything bike-related.
“We will be there rain or shine, though we always hope for shine,” says Meredith Soniat, an active transportation coordinator with the City of Tacoma’s Public Works Department. “As this event becomes a staple in the South Sound bicycling community, we expect to have a combination of both new and repeat participants,… Read Full Story

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

April 23, 1-5 p.m.
‘Hilltop Artists Day’ to Celebrate Tacoma’s Art and Community
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, WA 98402

Hilltop Artists is pleased to announce Hilltop Artists Day at Museum of Glass on Sunday, April 23 from 1-5 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of Dale and Leslie Chihuly, the event is free for all youth ages 18 and under. Proceeds from adult admissions will be donated directly to Hilltop Artists. Dale Chihuly cofounded Hilltop Artists in 1994 and has remained a steadfast supporter ever since. Hilltop Artists’ tuition-free programs provide youth, ages 12-20, with glass art instruction and adult mentors focused on increasing students’ academic and interpersonal… Read Full Story

Lakewood Playhouse presents classic absurdist spoof56

Deep into its 78th season of main stage shows, Lakewood Playhouse has opened a production of Tom Stoppard’s 1966 absurdist comedy, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” The play takes two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s masterpiece “Hamlet” and features them as anti-heroes in a convoluted series of dialogues that deal with various facets of the existentialist conundrum. Having found themselves in a peculiar, limbo-like place, the two seem perplexed as to where they are, who they are and why they are. Via a series of scenarios, colored by humor (ranging from slapstick to highly refined wit), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… Read Full Story

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The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

SQUEAK & SQUAWK FUNDRAISER Organizers of the forthcoming Squeak & Squawk Festival will host a fund-raising concert at Lift Bridge Coffee – located at 1102 A St. - at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21. The lineup includes local indie-rock and power-pop favorites Pig Snout, Trees and Timber (shown),…

Mark your calendars: Gorillaz
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The world's most popular virtual band, Gorillaz, has announced new tour dates which include a Sept. 30 stop at Seattle's KeyArena. The cartoon version of band – the brainchild of Blur's Damon Albarn and “Tank Girl” cartoonist Jamie Hewlett – consists of Murdoc Niccals, 2D, Noodle and Russel…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, April 21 REAL ART TACOMA: Cheap Sweat, Stamps, Sprism, Mop (alternative) 8 p.m., $7, AA B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (story telling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA G. DONNALSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Sonic Funk (dance)…

City of Tacoma ‘Bike month’ schedule of events
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Designated “Bike Month” by the City of Tacoma, the month of May will be packed with bike-related events and activities. Below are just a handful of the many events planned throughout the month: May 1-31: Bike everywhere challenge. Ditch your car and use your bike to commute to work, the park,…

The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

BEST DOCUMENTARY “Changing Currents: Protecting North American's Rivers” - a documentary created by Pacific Lutheran University's MediaLab – was recognized as best video documentary at the 2017 National Broadcasting Society Electronic Media Competition Awards Ceremony, held in New York on March…

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

Sewing to Sowing April 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407 Crowd favorite Blackberry Patch Farm will be on hand again this year with baby lambs. Folks can check out the new poultry house and visit with chicks. Families can get their hands…

TCC exhibits work by arts faculty
By Dave R. Davison

The Art Gallery at Tacoma Community College just unveiled a new exhibit highlighting work by members of TCC’s arts faculty. It is a tour de force of work by a talented group of practitioners of all the artistic media. Well represented is work by the dynamic duo that runs the school’s well-regarded…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, April 14 CULTURA: Latin Fridays with DJ Mauro and DJ Leo (DJ, Latin) 10 p.m., $10-$240 EMERALD QUEEN: Brian McKnight (R&B, pop) 8:30 p.m., $40-$90 G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Sway (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: The Guessing Game, The…

Tiara Headache and Slipper Blisters
By Savannah Fry Special to Tacoma Weekly

It’s pretty easy to spot a Daffodil Princess, especially when the Royal Court is out and about in full force: those bright yellow ball gowns, glittering tiaras, dainty white gloves, and effortless smiles are always on display, making them pretty easy to see! Little did you know that those picture-perfect…

‘09 Princess Gerianne Perez Makes Broadway Debut
By Savannah Fry Special to Tacoma Weekly

Daffodil Princesses have long been known throughout Pierce County for their passion for education, love of their community, and a penchant for big thinking, too: it seems like every Royal Court is full of Princess bios that profess dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, and more. Still, when…