When superstar Taylor Swift brings her “Red” tour to town on Aug. 31, the official tailgate – or make that TAYLORgate – party will be happening just a few steps away from the Tacoma Dome at Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill, 409 E. 26th St. Running from noon to 7 p.m. and for all ages, there will be a beer garden, games, raffles, prizes, karaoke and live music by The Mural Project, Courtney Strickland and Anthony Disparte. $5 entry fee goes to the American Red Cross. Visit http://www.taylorgate.com.
The Washington State Fair is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and the largest in the Pacific Northwest. It started in 1900 in Puyallup, and welcomes over one million guests to the single largest attended event in the state. Star-studded entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers and animals are mainstays of the 17-day event that runs from Sept. 6-22. Visit http://www.thefair.com or text “FAIR” to 87767.
SHAKESPEARE AT TLT
Tacoma Little Theatre begins its 95th season with a special encore presentation of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised].” This fast-paced comedy, starring Luke Amundson, Coleman Hagerman and Blake York, is a gag-a-second delight that deconstructs all 37 of the Bard's plays – plus the sonnets – into a single two-hour whirlwind. WARNING: There are strobe effects in this production. Runs Sept. 6-22, 2013. Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 online at http://www.tacomalittletheatre.com or (253) 272-2281.
OLD TOWN CONCERT
Come and enjoy a concert in Old Town Park to celebrate the park's newly constructed stage, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to sit on, and neighboring eateries offer beverages and light meals that can be enjoyed on the lawn. This event features the fabulous Thione Diop and the Yeke Yeke West African drum ensemble.
Jazz LIVE at Marine View kicks off its fall season Sept. 8 with “Jazzaganza,” an anthology of jazz, with a look at how jazz has changed and grown from its humble beginnings. Concert starts at 5 p.m. featuring Buckshot Jazz – Buck Chandler on percussion, Eugene Bien on keyboards and Cliff Colon on saxophone – and gospel, R & B and jazz vocalist Josephine Howell. In addition, modern dance instructor Monica McEthy-Ballet will add a theatrical element to the evening. Admission is free. Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. N.E. Phone 253-229-9206 or visit http://www.marineviewpc.org.