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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 This Week's Paper

20 things to see, hear and eat at Taste of Tacoma

Summer has arrived, and in Tacoma that means its time to head over to Point Defiance for some serious eats. More than 225,000 noshers are expected to visit the park as this year's festival showcases dozens of local food vendors, breweries and musical performers from Friday to Sunday, June 24 to 26.
Most vendors will serve a featured item that costs no more than $10 and a smaller “just a bite” option that costs $3.75 or less. Visit for a full menu and schedule of performers. Meanwhile, here is a list of 20 things you should see, hear, do and – of course – taste at this year's festival.
1. Get there on the free shuttle.
On site parking will be at more of a premium than usual this year with phase one of Metro Parks Tacoma's Destination… Read Full Story

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Culture Corner, A Guide to the Cultural Events of Tacoma

Event of the Week:

The Gritty City Sirens Presents: Varie-TEASE!

June 25, 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theater, 210 N. I St.

The Gritty City Sirens (GCS), Tacoma’s premier cabaret burlesque troupe will be performing two shows on Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The show will be located at The Historic Tacoma Little Theater. Tickets will be $20 for general admission and $25 for VIP, they are available online through There is also a link located on the venue website, and The show will run approximately two hours with a brief… Read Full Story

The Things We Like


The Grand Cinema will be showing “Dragon Inn” this weekend as part of its Weird Elephant series, which celebrates cult horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. “Dragon Inn,” released in 1967 and directed by King Hu, is widely consider one of the most influential wuxia films, martial arts fantasy adventures in the style of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” The film will be screened at 9:09 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25. Tickets are $5.50 to $10 and can be found online at

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Mark your calendars: Kanye West
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Rapper, producer and reality TV star Kanye West recently released dates for his 32-stop “Saint Pablo Tour,” which will kick off on Aug. 29 in Indianapolis and include an Oct. 19 stop at Seattle's KeyArena. West is among America's most divisive pop stars, celebrated for “Through the Wire,”…

Montgomery, Old Foals and more headed to MAWP festival
By Ernest Jasmin

Organizers have released the lineup for this year's Music and Art in Wright Park, the local punk and indie-rock festival that will take over Wright Park - 501 S. I St. - on Aug. 13. “We've still got a couple of spaces left, but I'm waiting on a couple of exciting call backs,” said Jayme Fisher,…

Weekly Rewind
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

"With our recurring Weekly Rewind feature, Bill Bungard and other staff photographers capture some of the biggest community happenings that you may have missed. Here is our latest batch of photos."

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. 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.…

Hiking 101: Take a hike This summer
By Matt Kite Tacoma Weekly fitness correspondent

Summer’s almost here. Time to dust off those old hiking boots, whip up a batch of homemade trail mix and head for the back country. If you’re a nature lover or just someone who appreciates clean air and wide open space, this time of year can only mean one thing: it’s hiking season. If you’re…

Make a Scene: New jazz series continues with “An Evening in Brazil”
By Ernest Jasmin

In May, Tacoma promoter Lance Buller put together an all-star jazz concert to raise funds for Friends of 88.5. The group aspired to buy Tacoma's KPLU-FM after Pacific Lutheran University announced plans to sell the jazz and National Public Radio station to the University of Washington in November…

253 Draft Punk festival this Saturday.
By Ernest Jasmin

The Swiss Tavern's 253 Draft Punk festival will be back for another round on Saturday, June 18. From 2 p.m. until the pub closes, the event will again showcase tasty concoctions that local brew masters have been whipping up this spring while some of the region's hardest rocking bands provide the soundtrack.…

Mark your calendars: X Ambassadors with Rachel Platten
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

New York's X Ambassadors are headed to the Puyallup. The band – known for hits “Unconsolable,” “Jungle” and “Renegades” – will headline the Washington State Fair Event Center's 11,000-seat grandstand on Sept. 15 with support from singer-songwriter Rachel Platten. {body_image_1} Tickets…

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