A few things we think might make your weekend more enjoyable…
Friday, May 13
GET BLOWN AWAY
Defy the odds and come have a fortune-filled Friday the 13th at Museum of Glass for a “night blow” to remember. Watch Tacoma glassblower Olivier Doriss make glass skulls, sample a MOGarita or glass of wine and tasty hors d’oevres, groove to the music in the Grand Hall, marvel at psychic visions and spin the wheel of fortune. The party takes place from 6-10 p.m. Tickets: $20 or free for museum members. Ticket prices include one free drink coupon. www.museumofglass.org.
Taylor Couture is hosting an evening filled with fashion, couture and entertainment that Tacoma has never seen before. The night will feature collections from local designers and boutiques such as London Couture, Anew Thyme, Chelsia Berry Designs and A Little Touch of Magick. The event is located at 746 Broadway, and takes place from 6:30-11 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. Info: (253) 905-0407.
What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than with a night full of unrelenting, fast paced, hard-hitting music? Mahnhammer, Bloodhunger and Reno’s Otis at O’Malley’s Irish Pub at 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 14
Join figurative painter Peter Sheesley at the Tacoma Art Museum for this two-day acrylic workshop and learn to paint using photographs for inspiration in a similar approach to that used by Norman Rockwell. Recommended for those with some painting experience. Clock hours available. Must pre-register. Supply list provided upon registration. Cost: $115 ($95 for members). www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
BOOGIE FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Two-and-a-half year old Grace Bishop Hamilton is fighting cancer. Her family and friends are asking for the community to help by attending “Boogie 4 The Kid” at North Shore Golf & Country Club (4101 North Shore Blvd. N.E.) at 7:30-11 p.m. Featuring: Nick Nicolas & In the House with special guests. All proceeds will go to benefit Grace. www.boogie4thecure.webs.com.
BOTTOMS UP AT THE TOP
Every so often, one of Tacoma’s favorite watering holes makes your Saturday night even better with free live music from Tacoma’s finest bands. On tap for this show: Pioneers West, Tall Girl and Wheelies. Show starts at 9 p.m. but get there early: a crowd is guaranteed.
Sunday, May 15
Get in touch with Tacoma’s railroadin’ roots at Freighthouse Square’s Tran Extravaganza this weekend. From special tours of a Sound Transit modern Sounder train to excursions on a restored vintage steam engine train to model train layouts, there’s something fun planned for the whole family! There’s even a swap meet! And LEGOS! You really can’t beat it. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. (Also runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday)
The Main Library’s series of special events on Sunday afternoons continues with Bodacious Ladyhood: a tantalizing trio of vibrant voiced chanteuses whose blend of sounds and choice of material have made them a must-see, An afternoon of show-stopping entertainment…impressive, innovative and inimitable Their repertoire includes a vast range of styles including folk, ‘60s girl group, humorous, rock and jazz. www.tacomapubliclibrary.org.
A SWAMPY CELEBRATION
Bring out your inner Hillbilly with banjo-pickin’ performances by the likes of Swampy Draws, Bob Hill and the Bluebilly’s and good ol’ Neil Harris at the New Frontier Lounge at 8 p.m. It’s Swampy’s birthday, so he’ll get you in for free - just make sure you get him a birthday shot…