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‘GET YOUR LAUGH ON’

For two years NWCZ Radio has championed the cause of the Northwest's independent rockerss. Now the online station, which you can hear at NWCZRadio.com, is branching out into comedy with its Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza, a listener party that will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Backstage Bar & Grill, 6409 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Station founder Darrell Fortune will host while Travis Simmons, Greg Baldonado, Jeremey Whitman and Eric “Puddin'” Lortentzen provide the laughs. Local rockers CFA and Hookerfist will make sure it stays loud. Tickets are $9, and you can find them at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

‘THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS’

Exceedingly clever and extremely funny, “The Musical of Musicals” has charmed theatergoers across three continents. Tacoma Musical Playhouse brings this brilliant parody of the American musical to the South Sound just in time to brighten up the winter doldrums. In this hilarious tribute to musical theater, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form. June is an ingénue who can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? In the hands of different musical theater composers, the end result may be quite different than you expect! Opens Jan. 18. Visit http://www.tmp.org.

CHILDREN’S ‘SOUND OF MUSIC’

The Community Music Department at the University of Puget Sound presents a Children’s Music Theater Performance with song selections from “The Sound of Music” and lots of dancing and acting. Directed by Elizabeth Gettel and choreographed by Stacey Johnson, admission is free. Performances are at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Schneebeck Concert Hall on the UPS campus.

DRAW YOUR DREAM

B2 Gallery (722 St. Helens Ave.) is celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Jan. 18 from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Jan. 19 from noon to 2 p.m, the gallery will hold an open art studio/drawing party where you can sketch your artist interpretation of the themes “Dr. King’s Dream” and “Your Future or Subliminal Dream.” Afterwards, there will be a Mini Sketch Exhibition to hang in the windows of the gallery on MLK Day.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Did you know there was a race riot in Tacoma in 1969? Did you know that African-Americans were not allowed to buy or rent homes in Tacoma? Come to “Moving King’s Dream Forward in Tacoma: A Community Conversation” to learn about these and other barriers for African-Americans and other people of color in the Tacoma area. Hear from former Tacoma mayor and civil rights activist Harold Moss and other leaders of Tacoma’s Black Collective regarding past efforts to ensure equality. Learn about current issues affecting African-Americans and other racial minority groups in Tacoma and Pierce County. Jan. 22, 5-6:30 p.m. in Philip Hall at University of Washington-Tacoma.

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