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Sunday, February 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Comidian Gary Owen’s four night stand continues this weekend

Comedian Gary Owen, the man Ebony magazine once dubbed “black America's favorite white comic,” is about to make his Tacoma debut. Owen – best known for hosting B.E.T.'s “Comic View,” Steve Harvey comedy “Think Like a Man,” and his new reality show, “The Gary Own Show” – will headline six sets between Thursday, Feb. 23, through Sunday (visit for set times and ticket details.) 
Recently, he checked in with Tacoma Weekly to discuss the up side of reality TV, being a Hollywood square peg and his Grammys night tweet that recently stirred up controversy. Here's part of that conversation.
Tacoma Weekly: So you're about to make your Tacoma debut. Are you gonna have cameras following you around for your show on B.E.T.?
Owen: No, no, there'll… Read Full Story


Tacoma-based painter and sculptor Matthew Olds, a 2016 finalist for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation's Foundation of Art Award, is a man on the move. His installations often involve a mural painting and some kind of reflecting pond. He combines quality craftsmanship with an appreciation for the unvarnished surface. His always strikes the eye as being both competent and rustic.
The Foss Waterway Seaport, a museum dedicated to Tacoma's maritime history, is currently showing one of Olds' installations called “Shipwrecked.” The central element is a life-sized replica of a sinking ship. The structure is made to seem as if the floor of the building is the surface of the sea and the ship is just about to slip underwater for its… Read Full Story

The Things We Like


Arrive on the red carpet in style as paparazzi clamor to take your photo at the Grand Cinema's annual Film Awards Party, which will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway. Formal attire and/or costumes inspired by this year's movies are encouraged for Tacoma's biggest Academy Awars party, and prizes will be awarded for the latter. You can also win big by successfully predicting who takes home the most Oscars. VIP passes are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available with prices ranging from $20 to $25;

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Mark your calendars: Future
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Rapper Future teamed up with Drake last year for a massive, co-headlined tour that dropped by the Tacoma Dome in September. But this year, he'll top the bill all by his lonesome when his “Nobody Safe Tour” drops by Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on June 10. The music will start at 7 p.m. that…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, Feb. 24 B SHARP COFFEE: Hal Merrill (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA CULTURA: “Latin Nights” with DJ Maura and DJ Leo (salsa, merengue and reggaeton DJ) 10 p.m., $10-$240 G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: The Dusty…

Tacocat hoping Tacoma is nicer than Olympia
By Ernest Jasmin

Surf-punk quartet Tacocat - among the buzziest bands coming out of Seattle at the moment – will make its Tacoma debut at Real Art Tacoma on Wednesday, March 1; see for show details. In anticipation, we caught up with drummer Lelah Maupin who dished on last year's “Lost Time”…

No doubt about it: Lakewood Playhouse’s “Doubt” is a winner
By Dave R. Davison

Lakewood Playhouse, that wonderful and venerable ark of culture that sits adrift amid the flotsam of chain stores and franchise restaurants of the Lakewood Towne Center, continues its 78th season with an engaging production of John Patrick Shanley's “Doubt, A Parable.” Set in a Roman Catholic…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, Feb. 17 UNCLE SAM'S: Hambone Blues Band (blues) 8 p.m. B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA DOYLE'S: Cross Rhythm Trio (funk) 8 p.m., NC G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (Latin jazz fusion) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: 4 More (dance) 9 p.m.,…

Mark your calendars: Gabriel Iglesias
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Gabriel Iglesias is coming back this year. The popular funny man – known for “The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter” and “Magic Mike,” and last seen locally at the Tacoma Dome in 2015 – will headline the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 Showroom at 8:30 p.m. on April 29. Tickets are on sale…

Weekly Rewind
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Among local bands that Tacoma Weekly photographer Bill Bungard caught this month are (L-R from top) American Wrecking Company on Feb. 11 at Louie G’s Pizza; the Morning After on Feb. 4 at Louie G’s (drummer Anna Seymour shown); Texas guitarist Eric Johnson on Jan. 30 at Seattle’s Jazz Alley;…

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

Events of the Week: Tacoma Opera's Eugene Onegin Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Theater on the Square, 310 S 9th St., Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 627-7789 This romantic gem of the Russian operatic repertoire, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has never been presented before by…

The prescription for cabin fever: a bit of urban hiking
By Matt Kite

This has been a long winter, hasn’t it? If, like me, you enjoy exploring the Northwest’s peaks and valleys, but aren’t keen on hiking in snowy conditions, you might be experiencing a bit of cabin fever by now. Since early December, the snowline has been continually dropping. Even relatively…

Make a Scene: Tacoma band Junkyard Jane celebrates 20th anniversary
By Ernest Jasmin

One of Tacoma's most popular bands, Junkyard Jane, turns 20 this year; and Immanuel Presbyterian Church, located 901 N. J St., will celebrate with a special anniversary installment of its Blues Vespers series, which will kick off at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Primary songwriters “Billy Stoops and Leanne…