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Tuesday, February 09, 2016 This Week's Paper

From Lacey to Hollywood

It's shaping up to be a big breakout year for Nate Jackson. The Lacey native is best known locally for his “Super Funny Comedy Show,” a series that has brought some of the biggest names in comedy to Tacoma in recent years; and the stars have been lining up for him for a while, actually.
There was his 2010 win at the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition, a launching point for the likes of Chris Tucker, Mike Epps and Jamie Foxx. More recently, he's taped stand-up comedy spots for BET, Bounce TV and Aspire TV. You can see him playing rap and fashion mogul Russell Simmons' assistant in a viral video on comedian Spoken Reasons' YouTube channel that has racked up nearly half a million views.
Now, he can add to his resume cast member of “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out.” Jackson started recording episodes for the show's eighth… Read Full Story

Black Sabbath wows fans during final Tacoma stop

From Nine Inch Nails' premature retirement in 2009 to the hundreds of shows Kiss has played since supposedly calling it quits in the '90s, the farewell tour is a phenomenon that rock fans have learned to take with a huge grain of salt. But seminal metal band Black Sabbath has left little doubt that this year is it, between scrapping plans to finish one more studio album and the memory of Tony Iommi's life-threatening battle with lymphoma.
"It very definitely is the end. We won't be doing it again," the influential guitarist told Rolling Stone magazine last fall.
Local Sabbath fans wondered if they'd even get a crack at witnessing the band's final tour – dubbed, simply, “The End” - as several dates were postponed… Read Full Story

Night of the Keys

Drop by Louie G's Pizza in Fife this weekend to see some of the region's heaviest hitters on keyboard. The 11th session of A Night of Keys will kick off there at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, featuring headliner Brooke Lizotte, Doug Skoog, organizer Raymond Hayden and more.
The showcase started at the Mandolin Cafe in 2011. “It's a really simple concept,” Hayden said. “All the time you see guitar players getting together, but you hardly ever see keyboard players doing shows together. What I wanted to put together was something that was actually different. This isn't just six guys who have been playing for a couple of years. I wanted… Read Full Story

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, Feb. 5 B SHARP COFFEE: The Mark Elf Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: The Randy Oxford Band (blues, R&B, soul) 8 p.m., $15 KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC LITTLE HEWITT…

Mark your calendars: Dierks Bentley
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The country superstar is the first act announced for the Washington State Fair's end of summer concert season. Bentley – best known for “What Was I Thinkin'?” and “Drunk on a Plane” and other hits – will headline the Fair's grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets go on sale at 10…

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

Venues of the Week: Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, W 98406 (253) 565-6867 Tacoma Musical Playhouse is a non-profit arts organization, and is the largest community theater in the Pacific Northwest. TMP programs are made possible, in part, by funds from ArtsFund and Tacoma…

Puffy machines and sumptuous silk screens on view at Kittredge
By Dave R. Davison

University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery is back from winter break with a great new show. Aaron Badham’s mechanistic, pop-influenced sculptures are in the main gallery while Rita Robillard’s pictures, done using a mix of screen print and paint, are on the walls of the small gallery. Called…

The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

FLY FISHING SHOW The 2016 Pacific Northwest fly-fishing season begins in earnest when the annual Fly Fishing Show swings open its doors in the Lynnwood Convention Center Feb. 13-14, 3711 196th St. SW. This is a weekend potpourri of all-things-fly-fishing with non-stop casting demonstrations, seminars,…

Teddy Haggarty art show on display at Delia’s Oakland Lounge
By Dave R. Davison

Many of you out there are no doubt familiar with Tacoma artist Teddy Haggarty. The quintessential eccentric painter, Haggarty was once upon a time encountered frequently at his favorite watering holes (Bob’s Java Jive, Dawson’s Tavern, the now defunct Tempest Lounge to name a few). He was always…

Organic forms characterize B2’s Winter Exhibition
By Dave R. Davison

Beginning its sixth year in existence, B2 (“bee-squared”) Fine Art Gallery is still going strong, putting together great shows by some of the region’s best artists. The gallery is currently running its “Winter Pop Up Exhibition,” featuring three-dimensional works by Ric Hall, Shannon Weber,…

Mark your calendars: Rock Hall Three For All
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick are hitting the road together this summer, and their forthcoming tour includes a stop at Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on Aug. 26. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. that day, and tickets went on sale last week with prices…

The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

CELLO DEBUT Alistair MacRae takes his beloved cello to some unlikely places. In days past you might have found University of Puget Sound’s new cello professor sweeping his bow alongside German rock band The Scorpions or performing beside American tap dancer Savion Glover. More often, though, MacRae…

Jazz favorite Ed Taylor takes new gig at G. Donnalson’s
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Local jazz favorite Ed Taylor has started a new residency at G. Donnalson's wine bar with his next performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30. Taylor described his new gig as being “kind of like 'Saturday Night Live.' It's the same show, but they might get a different…