NW FAMILY EXPO
The first annual Northwest Family Expo happens March 16 at the Tacoma Dome Expo Hall. Starting at 9 a.m. you can experience live family entertainment and hear tips from the experts on raising your family in the Northwest, plus many booths offering great deals for the entire family. Be one of the first 100 in line and receive a free ticket to Wild Waves theme park. All ticket proceeds benefit MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, available at Ticketmaster or at the box office on the day of the event. Parking is free.
Neal Brennan is the main attraction this weekend at Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St. The comedian – best known for co-creating “Chappelle’s Show” and co-writing cult comedy “Half Baked” with Dave Chappelle – will headline at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. March 8 and 9. The 8 p.m. shows are open to 18 and older, but you have to be 21 or older for the later shows. Tickets are $10 to $15; (253) 282-7203 or see http://www.tacomacomedyclub.com for more info.
Pierce College Theatre is staging the award-winning play “Proof” on March 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, "Proof" tells the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman who cares for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. After he dies, Catherine is confronted with the most challenging problem of all: how much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit? Studio 320, Cascade Building, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Dr. S.W., Lakewood. Tickets: $3 for general admission, $2 for Pierce students. Available at the Student Programs Office – Fort Steilacoom, at the door or by phone (253) 964-6710.
Celebrated actress and lifelong redhead Julianne Moore was nicknamed “Freckleface Strawberry” as a young girl. She turned that childhood teasing and nickname into the title of her bestselling children’s book series, “Freckleface Strawberry,” and now the beloved story has made the transition to the stage in an entertaining new musical full of dancing, music and laughter with an endearing message of self-acceptance. It runs for six performances, Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. from March 9-17. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended: http://www.tmp.org or call the TMP box office at (253) 565-6867.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN MUSIC
Northwest Sinfonietta will present the 1925 Charlie Chaplin masterpiece “The Gold Rush” while performing the original orchestral score, March 16 at Temple Theater, 7:30 p.m. Get tickets at http://www.northwestsinfonietta.org.