The Things We Like

DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY

The feel of the Downtown Block Party is all about tasting the fruit of creative collaboration. What's it like to help paint a mural with friends and make mosaic flower boxes, then get your picture taken in Tacoma's original costume photo booth and then throw paint balloons at a life-sized Operation game? Get down to improvised grooves played by some of the best musicians in the Northwest while you paint, eat, dance, play and create. Then strike up a conversation in the beer garden, if you're of age. Come find out Aug. 17 – and admission is free. Location: Opera Alley at 709 Court C., 4-10 p.m.

SUMMER STRIKE FEST

On Aug. 18 at the South Tacoma Market at STAR Center, the Tacoma Farmers Market in partnership with Click! and Metroparks will be hosting a fun, free, baseball-themed event with food, activities, and an MLB Network Strike Zone where you can pitch balls to win prizes. Come visit the STAR Center for a fun-filled family event complete with fresh farmer's market produce and plants, as well as baseball staples like hot dogs and popsicles! The event goes throughout the normal Sunday market, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

ROSWELL

That's right, Tacoma, it seems that the gods of rock have answered our prayers for rain and have granted us salvation in the form of Roswell. Roswell is a local four-man rock band made up of lead singer and guitarist Joe Bakke, drummer Nick Vargish, bassist Kevin Bell and guitarist/keyboardist Alex Hart. Roswell is known for energetic live shows and for creating accessible enjoyable and extremely catchy pop rock. Recommended tracks include "Bells (Reprise)" "Stepping Stone" and "Winter Face." Listen to Roswell at:

http://roswellmusic.bandcamp.com.

IN THE SPIRIT

In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival, one of the largest Native American arts celebrations in the Northwest, returns to the Washington State History Museum on Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with displays and performances from the region’s most talented artisans. In addition to the free festival, the museum will offer free admission for visitors to view the complementary “In the Spirit” art exhibit, which features work from more than 20 tribal groups. Visit http://www.washingtonhistory.org for complete schedule.

ASIAN FILM FEST

Lakewood Playhouse hosts its first Asian Film Fest Aug. 16, 17 and 18, featuring five outstanding, award-winning films. There’s entertainment on tap as well – the Chang Hee Sook Korean Drummers and the Filipino American Youth Dancers (PAYO) will perform prior to the film screenings. The selection of films offers something for all ages, ranging from “G” ratings to “PG,” “PG-13” and “R.” The fest is free of charge with festival seating on a first-come, first-served basis. See the full schedule at http://www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.

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