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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 This Week's Paper

Lakewood Playhouse brings the razzle and dazzle of ‘Rocky Horror’ to the stage

Lakewood Playhouse continues its 78th season with a production of Richard O'Brien's “The Rocky Horror Show,” a zany, gender-bending, genera-blending spectacle that most of us are familiar with from the cult movie phenomenon that has been around since it bubbled up out of New York City in the 1970s. Lakewood Playhouse director Alan Wilkie is a self-professed “Rocky Horror” addict, having frequented the midnight showings that took place at Seattle's Neptune Theater.
Mingling the musical genera with the aesthetic of B-grade horror and science fiction movies, “Rocky Horror” tells the tale of a chaste (stodgy), newly engaged couple – Brad (Jake Atwood) and Janet (Jenna McRill) – that get stranded on a dark and rainy night and go to a weird castle to use the phone. There they encounter a hedonistic group of characters… Read Full Story

Jordan curates Tacoma exhibit bringing together black U.S., Caribbean artists

During Kwanzaa week (Dec. 26 through Jan. 1), Christopher Paul Jordan – one of the movers and shakers of the Tacoma arts universe – launched an art exhibit called "COLORED" in the Carpenters Building at 1322 S. Fawcett Ave.
Jordan curated the show, which consists of artwork and poetry by black artists from the United States and the Caribbean. The show aims to blend “augmented reality,” social media and public art into a venture that will make connections and create dialogue between black communities that are historically separated by space and culture.
The show's opening was so successful that it has been extended through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The public hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1-7 p.m.Read Full Story

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The 11th annual Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the University of Washington-Tacoma's University Y Student Center, 1710 Market St. This gathering honors the message of Dr. King and the progress he continues to inspire. The theme of the 2017 MLK Unity Breakfast is “Let’s Talk About Action.” Erin Jones, the first African-American woman to run for executive office in the state of Washington, will give the keynote address at this year's MLK Unity Breakfast. The program recognizes students, faculty, and community members for outstanding service to… Read Full Story

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Mark your calendars: DOA and MDC
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Legendary hardcore bands DOA (shown) and MDC are headed to Jazzbones on Feb. 25 with their “Fight Back Tour,” for which MDC says its ever-changing acronym now stands for “Millions of Deceived Citizens”. Adding support that night will be locals Ten Pole Drunk, Dreadful Children and Garbage…

By Ernest Jasmin

A group of local writers will meet on Sunday, Jan. 15 to discuss ways of combining their art with community activism. Tacoma Writers Resist will hold its first public event at 6:30 p.m. at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., using readings and workshops to spark conversation about community needs and…

Make a Scene: Get the party started, she will: Saucy Yoda returns next week
By Ernest Jasmin

Saucy Yoda has turned to the dark side (sort of), which may come as some surprise to local fans that have followed her since she first surfaced in Tacoma at Maltoberfest, an Oktoberfest-spoofing event held at Bob's Java Jive in 2011. Saucy Yoda being the stage name of Alaska's Melodie Langer who will…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, Jan. 13 G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Sonic Funk (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Stoned Evergreen Travelers, Cottonwood Cutups, Danny Cash (bluegrass, country, Americana) 8 p.m., $5-$8 KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC PACIFIC BREWING:…

Cats and dogs featured in art at TCC
By Dave R. Davison

The flyer for the Gallery at Tacoma Community College's newly opened show, “Cat People, Dog People,” makes it sound as if this is an intellectually hefty exhibit. “Artists,” says the flyer, “explore the human/pet relationship, the history of domestication, the representation of dogs and…

Top of Tacoma beer garden is seriously closed
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

It wasn't quite how Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe owner Jamiekay Jones envisioned starting 2017. She got a call from one of her employees around 9 a.m. New Year's Day saying a driver had plowed into her popular establishment, located at 3529 McKinley Ave. E. “It was icy out, and some gal ran off…

Mark your calendars: Osborne sings Dylan
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, best known for '90s hit “One of Us,” will headline Broadway Center's Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. on June 3. The focus of her set won't be on her own catalog, though. Instead, she'll be singing classics by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan. Tickets are on sale…

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

Events of the Week: Heritage Skills Workshop: Bread Making Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to noon Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 400 N. Pearl St. in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA 98407 In this two-hour workshop participants will learn to make bread dough from scratch, try their hand at…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, Jan. 6 G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart and Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Chapter 5 (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Wild Child (rock) 8 p.m., $12-$15; DJ Semaj (DJ) 10:30 p.m., $5, NC ladies and military KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC THE SWISS:…

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

“GLASSY” AFFAIR Looking for a more upscale way to ring in the New Year? Tacoma Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., will open its 6,900 squarefoot space – which features beautiful architecture, stylish ambiance – for its black-tie New Year’s Eve party. Starting at 8 p.m., the event will feature…