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Monday, March 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Underground comics icon Bagge

Popular underground comic artist Peter Bagge is probably best known for “Hate.” The series - first published by Seattle's Fantagraphics Books in 1990 – follows the adventures of Buddy Bradley, basically an avatar of Bagge, lampooning hipster culture during the grunge era along the way. 
Much has changed since then: Bagge and his wife recently moved from Seattle to Tacoma; and much of his creative energy these days is spent paying homage to notable women who rebelled against social norms of the early 20th Century. He'll sign copies of “Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story,” his biography of the influential author and folklorist, at 4 p.m., April 1 at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave. The event is free; for further details.
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Modest Mouse, Built to Spill to “do the Puyallup”

Northwest indie-rock heroes Modest Mouse and Built to Spill are headed to the Washington State Fair. The bands – hailing from Issaquah and Boise, Idaho, respectively – will share the stage at the Fair's 11,000-seat grandstand on Sept. 21, with show time set at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, with prices ranging from $58 to $85. Click here for further details.


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Garage-rock hero Buck Ormsby – best known as long-time bassist for the Fabulous Wailers and co-owner of the influential Tacoma label, Etiquette Records – will be remembered during “Buck's House Party,” a memorial concert that will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Temple Theatre, 47 St. Helens Ave. Performers at the free show will include Moby Grape guitarist Jerry Miller, “Angel of the Morning” singer Merrilee Rush, members of The Ventures and many more. Ormsby died on Oct. 29 in Mexico where he had gone to seek treatment for cancer.


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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, March 24 B SHARP COFFEE: Brett Benton (blues, country) 8 p.m., $7, AA EMERALD QUEEN: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (R&B, pop) 8:30 p.m., sold out G. DONNALSON'S: Cara Francis (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: The Iron Maidens, Second…

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

University of Puget Sound Dept. of Music Events of the Week: March 24, 7:30 p.m. "No Passport Required" Schneebeck Concert Hall This Woodwind Quintet plays as part of the Jacobsen Series. Performers: Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Karla Flygare, flute; Shannon Spicciati, oboe, guest; Francine…

TMP’s ‘Spamalot’ hits the spot
By Dave R. Davison

And now for something completely different… Tacoma Musical Playhouse, now deep into its current season of main stage shows, has raised the bar for itself with a dazzling, comedic romp: “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Written by Eric Idle (one of the original Pythons) with music by Idle and John…

Make a Scene: ‘The Waltz of the Toreadors’
By Jackie Fender Special to Tacoma Weekly

Housed in Merlinos Art Center snug above Tacoma’s beloved Grand Cinema is an intimate, independent theatre company called Dukesbay Productions. Dukesbay produces a variety of stage shows that highlight the diversity of our local theatrical community by ensuring that actors with a variety of religious,…

Mark your calendars: Ed Sheeran
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently announced dates for his U.S. Tour which includes a July 29 stop at the Tacoma Dome. The flame-haired singer – known for “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You” and other hits – is touring in support of his newest disc, “%.” The show will start…

PLU puts on rousing rendition of ‘Godspell’
By Dave R. Davison

Last weekend, Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication opened a production of “Godspell,” a combination of music, dance and performance art based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The show has been a staple of musical theater since its 1971 Off-Broadway beginnings.…

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

Goings on this Week in Tacoma: Creative Colloquy Three Year Anniversary Celebration March 20, 7 p.m. B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA 98402 Join Creative Colloquy in celebrating its three-year anniversary and the return of Spring at a special monthly reading and open mic event on…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, March 17 TACOMA DOME: Chris Botti with Symphony Tacoma (jazz) 8 p.m., $26-$87, AA B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA DOYLE'S: Ockham's Razor, The Rusty Cleavers (Celtic rock, bluegrass) 6 p.m., $10 G. DONNALSON'S: Maggie Laird (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC,…

Make a Scene: ‘Gypsy’ comes to Tacoma stage
By Steve Dunkelberger

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of one of America’s musical greats has all the glamour of a hoodie and loafers, or maybe a straightjacket and slippers. But that’s the point. “Gypsy,” directed by Chris Serface with choreography by Lexi Barnett and musical direction by Debra Leach, isn’t…

Doyle’s Public House set to celebrate St Patricks Day
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Everyone's wearing green, Guinness and Jameson is flying off the shelves, and the muzak at your neighborhood grocery store is set to “Pogues.” Say, it must be St. Patrick's Day. Expect Doyle's Public House to again be one of the hottest spots in town this weekend since organizers have erected…