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POETRY AT KING’S

On Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., King’s Books will be hosting two renowned Northwest poets for a reading and book launch. Both writers and literary community leaders, John Sibley Williams (Portland) will be launching his latest collection, “Controlled Hallucinations,” alongside poet, singer, and actress Emilie Rommel Shimkus (Tacoma). Admission is free.

RONSTADT GENERATIONS

Ronstadt Generations, America’s first family of Southwestern Americana music, will perform at University of Puget Sound on Sept. 20. Headed by Michael J. Ronstadt, the younger brother of renowned singer Linda Ronstadt, the multitalented trio will perform at 8 p.m. in Kilworth Memorial Chapel as a benefit for those with Parkinson’s Disease. For tickets, order online at http://tickets.pugetsound.edu, or call (253) 879-6013. Admission is $12 for the general public and $4 for Puget Sound campus members with ID. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

TACOMA PLAYING CARDS

An exhibition of original art from the inaugural deck of Tacoma Playing Cards is now on view at STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St.) through the end of October. Decks of the cards are available for $20. An artist reception will take place Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., in the lobby. The artworks may be purchased at the opening of the reception, at http://www.tacomamakes.com or by e-mailing TacomaMakes@gmail.com.

FREE FOR ALL

Broadway Center’s Tacoma Free For All kicks off Sept. 27 at the Rialto Theater with Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, 7:30 p.m. Tillery is a Grammy nominated vocalist, producer, arranger, speaker and self-taught ethno-musicologist. She and the choir tell the story of slavery and its lingering effects from the point of view of the slaves for whom music was often their only voice. Tickets free with Free For All registration at http://www.broadwaycenter.org.

JASON ALDEAN

Country music studmuffin Jason Aldean brings his 2013 Night Train Tour to Tacoma Dome on Sept. 27. With more than seven million records sold and 11 #1 hits under his belt, this seasoned entertainer is sure to put on one helluva show. Tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

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