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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 This Week's Paper

Catch Up-And-Coming Wolf Alice at Sasquatch Fest

It's not quite summer yet, but for many regional music fans the Gorge Amphitheatre's Sasquatch Music Festival is the unofficial kickoff to summer concert season.
The festival will draw thousands of hipsters and party animals to the Grant County desert from May 27 to 30 for performances by the Cure, Alabama Shakes, Grimes, Florence and the Machine and more. And one band that definitely should not be missed is London's Wolf Alice, a quartet that has been making waves since its debut album, “My Love Is Cool,” arrived on our shores in June. 
Alice will take the Yeti Stage at 8:45 p.m. on May 27, and recently we caught up with guitarist and co-founding member Joff Oddie to talk about his band's meteoric rise.
Tacoma Weekly: If I remember correctly, you're actually somewhere down south.
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Mark your calendars: Julión Álvarez

Mexican singer-songwriter Julión Álvarez, formerly of Banda MS, will headline the Tacoma Dome on Nov. 18. Expect “El Amor de Su Vida,” “Y Así Fue” and other hits, with a start time of 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $63.50 to $163.50.
Learn more about that and these other upcoming shows at, except for where otherwise indicated.
▪ Andrea Bocelli: 7:30 p.m., June 1, KeyArena, Seattle, $75 to $365.
▪ Arsenio Hall: 7:30 p.m., June 4, Pantages Theater, $19 to $69;
▪ Brian Posehn: 7:30 p.m., June 9… Read Full Story

Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival Canceled

This year's Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival has been canceled. Organizer Rich Wetzel issued a press release over the weekend outlining a drop in sponsorship for the event, which was scheduled to take place on July 30 in South Tacoma.
“Based on the sponsorship minimum it takes to produce the festival, sadly I have to let everyone know we are canceling the Saturday, July 30, 2016 date for what would have been the 14th annual Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival,” he wrote. “At this point I just want to take some time off and re-evaluate if I want to do the festival again, or some other location or format, or just go back to producing… Read Full Story

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Make a Scene: Comedian Holcomb talks ‘Black Jesus,’
By Ernest Jasmin

Women of Tacoma, consider this your “trigger warning” for Corey Holcomb’s upcoming shows at Tacoma Comedy Club, six sets scheduled for May 27 to 29; for details. The 47-year-old comedian revels in stirring up the battle of the sexes, whether he’s taking jabs at “independent…

Fitness Column
By Matt Kite Tacoma Weekly fitness correspondent

I love to exercise. I don’t feel right if I don’t get out for my daily run, preferably in the woods or on the track. I also do daily pushups and a whole regimen of dynamic stretches. Lifting weights? Sure. I’ll even exercise on a stationary cycle if you put a TV in front of me. When I’m feeling…

The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

DOES SIZE MATTER? Tacoma Little Theatre will present Neil LaBute's “Fat Pig” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26. In this funny yet poignant play directed by Ellen Peters, LaBute continues his exploration of body consciousness in contemporary America. Handsome Tom falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy…

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma
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Museum of the Week: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. Everyday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound.…

Munn feels the burn during fundraising roast
By Steve Dunkelberger

That smell of smoke wafting through Lakewood and University Place last Saturday wasn’t a community picnic or forest fire. It was Lakewood Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director John Munn in the hot seat during a celebrity roast to mark the 50th birthday of the theater’s building and raise money…

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The Things We Like
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Make a Scene: Meet Red Heart Alarm
By Ernest Jasmin

Seattle's Red Heart Alarm is headed to Jazzbones where the quartet will make its first Tacoma appearance with Everson Pines on Friday, May 13. And here's a breakdown of the Americana band that Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger once likened to “Soundgarden meets Willie Nelson.” Personnel: Corey Allred…