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Friday, April 29, 2016 This Week's Paper

Visit historical homes of Tacoma in self-guided tour

Tacoma Historical Society's Historical Homes of Tacoma Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, and 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the self-guided tour cost $25, and they are available downtown at the Historical Society Museum, the Pacific Northwest Shop, Stadium Thriftway, and Columbia Bank branches located in Fircrest, at 21st and Pearl Street, South 19th Street and at Union Avenue. This is the non-profit Historical Society's biggest fundraiser.
Central Lutheran Church, 409 N. Tacoma Ave., will serve as reception center for the event, which will include stops at the majestic Rust Mansion on North Yakima Avenue, plus five more venerable homes in Tacoma's Stadium Seminary District. The Historical Society has provided descriptions for this year's stops.
Rust Mansion


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Make a Scene: Tacoma opera stages ‘Threepenny Opera’

Tacoma Opera kicks off its three-day run of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's classic satire “The Threepenny Opera” this weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rialto Theater downtown. Tickets are still available with prices ranging from $30 to $80;
The talented ensemble cast includes Timothy Janecke as the scheming Mack the Knife, one of the 20th century's great anti-heroes. Glenn Guhr is Jonathan Peachum, who controls the beggars of London. Ksenia Popova is Peachum's daughter and Mack's love interest, Polly; and Tess Altiveros as Mack's ex, Jenny.
Recently, we caught up with Tacoma Opera Association Director… Read Full Story


Friday, April 29

B SHARP COFFEE: Greta Matassa (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill & Rod Cook Duo (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Natural Vibrations (reggae) 8 p.m., $10
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
NEW FRONTIER: Red Planet Rebels, Citizen Z (rock) 9 p.m., $5
REAL ART TACOMA: Peasant Boys, Ugly Frank, Sleepsteady (hip-hop)… Read Full Story

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The Things We LIke
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

BUMBERSHOOT LINE-UP Organizers of Seattle's Bumbershoot festival released their lineup this week featuring the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, Billy Idol, Tyler the Creator, Run the Jewels, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Reggie Watts, Tame Impala and dozens more. The festival…

ComicStrip Cabaret begins new time slot at Jazzbones
By Dave R. Davison

The ComicStrip Cabaret returned to the stage April 21, after having had to drop March from its third Thursday schedule. The monthly burlesque show – a bawdy variety of comedy, music, acrobatics and striptease acts – has moved from Tacoma Comedy Club to Jazzbones where the show is able to open…

PLU’s University Gallery shows art seniors’ ‘In Flux’
By Dave R. Davison

One of the local rites of spring is the showing of artwork by graduating seniors of the art departments of area universities. As the academic year draws to a close, the fledgling artists that have honed their skills and developed their ideas get one more showing in the school art gallery before they…

Mark your calendars: Drake
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Canada's No. 1 hip-hop export, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, has released new tour dates, that include a Sept. 16 stop at the Tacoma Dome. Fellow rap hit maker Future - who collaborated with Drake on their  September mix tape release, “What a Time to Be Alive” - will open at 7:30 p.m. Drake's…

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

Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza April 30 and May 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. King's Books 218 St Helens Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 Info: Join us for our twelfth annual Wayzgoose, or, letterpress and book arts extravaganza! Meet local printers and view their wares! Print…

Mark your calendars: Gwen Stefani
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Gwen Stefani has been one busy woman this spring, between being a judge on "The Voice," performing on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this month and dropping her new, solo album, “This is What the Truth Feels Like.” But that's just prelude to a huge summer tour that will take over…

The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

LOVE FOR LOCKING On Sunday, April 24, Top of Tacoma will hold a benefit for Tacoma musician, chef and former employee Jason Locking who is undergoing treatment for late-stage pancreatic cancer. Locking – formerly of Tacoma band Pioneers West - has been unable to work as he has undergone treatment.…

Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival facing financial crossroads
By Ernest Jasmin

The Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival seemed to be growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. Founded in 2002, the event moved around to several venues – the Swiss and Harmon taverns, Broadway Center, Freighthouse Square – before landing in South Tacoma and becoming a block party in 2014. Last…

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Friday, April 22 REAL ART TACOMA: Waking Things, Mister Master, Po' Brothers (rock) 7 p.m., $10, AA B SHARP COFFEE: Thomas Marriott's All-Star Sextet (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m. G. DONNALSON'S: College Jazz Fest featuring 322 Jazz Collective (jazz) 7:30 p.m.,…

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Museum of the Week: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. Wed. through Sun., 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…