Things We Like


Fulcrum Gallery is currently showing works by six rising talents in the Tacoma art scene – Julian Pena, Kelsi Finney, Brandon Urban, Kirsten Marie Pisto, Gabriel Brown and Meghan Mitchell. The show, "Dawn of 2012," is on display through March 10. Fulcrum Gallery is located at 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. It is open noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


Kim Archer Band and Rafael Tranquilino will be rocking a double bill of awesomeness for an all-ages show starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at Louie G’s Pizzeria in Fife. Not only will Archer and Tranquilino do their thing separately, these two powerhouses of local music will play together as well. Expect greatness and lots of surprises.


Candyland is set to come alive as Tacoma Children’s Musical Theater brings “Willy Wonka” to the stage. This version has all the characters and songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” including the memorable "The Candy Man," "Pure Imagination," "Oompa Loompa" and "I Want It Now." The show opens Feb. 18 and runs at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays through Feb. 26 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave. Visit


The Grand Cinema's Feb. 21 installment of the Tuesday Film Series is turning into an Oscar preview night, as the Academy Award nominated short films come to life on the big screen. A matinee screening of the five nominated films will take place at 2 p.m., and in the evening at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit


Suffergauge is among the best heavy-metal bands to ever play the Tacoma area. They were together from 1997 to 2002. Four of the five members have recently reunited. They will perform at Backstage Bar and Grill on Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5 and worth every penny.


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