First Night Tacoma hosts Brother Noland from Hawaii for a special concert and inspirational talk for youth on May 25. Special arrangements will be made so that all community youth who would like to attend Noland’s “Lessons of Aloha – Leadership for Pacific Islander Youth” at 6:15, before the concert at 7 p.m., can do so regardless of available funds. Come celebrate the aloha spirit at the Rialto Theatre. Tickets are $25 and available at broadwaycenter.org.
May 26 is the annual W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory plant sale at Point Defiance Gardens (5402 N. Shirley) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take home perennials, annuals, tomatoes, herbs, hanging baskets and more. All proceeds benefit the conservatory. More info at (253) 591-5330.
The University of Washington-Tacoma will hold a hip-hop show on May 25 at the old Longshoreman’s Hall on campus. Performing will be ANT, Lions Ambition and Blue Scholars. Advance tickets are $5 for UWT students and $10 for the general public. At the door they will be $10 for UWT students and $15 for the general public. The show begins at 7 p.m.
The 10th annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival takes place on May 26. There is no cost to attend. Stages will be at Freighthouse Square and the Harmon from 12:30-6 p.m. Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Jazz Orchestra will wrap things up at the Stonegate with a performance from 8-11 p.m. For more information visit tacomajazzandblues.org.
Tacoma Historical Society will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on May 28. It will take place at War Memorial Park, located on 6th Avenue between Mildred Street and Jackson Avenue.