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Formerly solo song siren Heidi Vladyka has assembled a new 4-piece band that will make its debut at the Tempest Lounge on May 18, 7:30-10:30 p.m. A must-see concert for any fan of unadulterated, “raw” American music, this show also includes Stripe Valley Sway, singer/songwriter Travis Barker (back from SXSW)
 and The Vaudeville Gallows. See next week’s Tacoma Weekly for an interview with the.north.oakes.project.


BareFoot Collective will present “Ides of May” on May 12 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and May 13 at 3 p.m. A contemporary dance concert featuring local professionals and upcoming students, audiences will see work by Carrie Goodnight, Angelica Barksdale, Sarah Olds, BareFoot Collective’s Michael Hoover, April Nyquist, and Stephanie Kriege Pederson, SOTA's Laurel Garrett 
and the Collective’s Gig Harbor High School workshop dancers. 
Get your tickets in advance at "seating is limited!" Show will be held at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts new Black Box theater at 915 Broadway, Studio 3 (enter the silver elevators, space in on the third floor).


The Salish Sea Early Music Festival and Music at Christ Church present “An Evening with Wilhelmine” featuring John Schneiderman on baroque lute, cellist John Lutterman and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church (310 N. ‘K’ St.). The program will feature the Concerti or Opera Nuova for lute, flute and cello by the lutenist Adam Falkenhagen (1697-1754), who in these pieces thoroughly explored the textural capabilities of these instruments in the new galant, or pleasing, style. A free will offering toward expenses will be $15 and $20. Youth 18 and under and students are free. Visit


Those kings of pop radio romance are back at the Emerald Queen Casino on May 11. Air Supply takes the stage in the I-5 Showroom at 8:30, and tickets are still available. Visit ""


Bobby and Alita Anchor live on the tiny Pacific Island of Mehlot.  Alita, a Mehlotti native, is expecting the couple's first child. Bobby, an American with dual citizenship in Mehlot, has his dream job as a local English language newscaster and has joyfully adopted the laid-back Mehlotti lifestyle. And all is well in their idyllic island paradise…that is, until Bobby's parents arrive from Philadelphia, bringing with them Bobby's rebellious teenage sister, all their worldly belongings....and their American ways. Can you spell "culture clash"? This new comedy by D. Richard Tucker plays May 11,12, 18 and 19 at First Congregational Church, 918 Division Ave. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., and all tickets are $10. For reservations (recommended) call (253) 267-0869 or email at


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