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Saturday, June 24, 2017 This Week's Paper
Broadway Center announces new additions to summer line-up

Downtown Tacoma is poised for a bustling summer as the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts announces two new additions to the current schedule: first, pop superstar Cyndi Lauper celebrates the 30th anniversary of her landmark album “She’s So Unusual” with a stop at the Pantages Theater on Sunday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. Then, in conjunction with The Rainbow Center and Tacoma Pride Festival, comedienne Paula Poundstone brings her self-depreciating humor to the stage on Friday, July 12. Both shows are adding to the full summer event schedule that also includes “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” (May 30–June 8); “Michael Jackson: HIStory” (June 13); A Concert to Benefit Arts Education with Tony Bennett (June 15); “CATHEDRALS Tacoma” with Paper Bird (June 21); and Brew-Five-Three: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival (June22).


Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual Tour plus Hunter Valentine celebrates the 30th anniversary release of Lauper’s iconic debut album “She's So Unusual,” which spawned four Top-5 hits on the Billboard 100 and made Lauper a defining voice of the 1980s. The album, which she will perform in its entirety, includes all-time hits “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “She Bop” and “All Through the Night.” Lauper has recorded nine albums, which have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Among the many hit singles she has released are fan favorites “True Colors,” “We Are the World,” “Change of Heart” and “Shattered Dreams.” She has garnered numerous accolades throughout her career, including Grammy, Emmy and MTV Music Awards. A longtime advocate of equal rights, Lauper supports several LGBT causes, has published a biography titled “Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir,” has appeared on Broadway in “The Threepenny Opera” and scored the British hit “Kinky Boots,” and appeares on television programs “Bones” and “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Opening for Cyndi Lauper will be all-girl alternative rock band Hunter Valentine. Fronted by talented guitarist Kiyomi McCloskey, the Brooklyn based group has released three albums, “The Impatient Romantic,” “Lessons from the Late Night” and their latest “Collide and Conquer.”


A 33-year veteran of stand-up comedy, Paula Poundstone cracks up audiences with her often self-depreciating observations of her daily life as a mother of three and owner of 16 cats. Dressed in her signature suit and tie, Poundstone has appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The David Letterman Show” and most recently as a regular panelist on the beloved NPR quiz show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” An improvisational wiz whose banter with audience members makes each performance thoroughly unique, Poundstone was the first woman to host the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, as well as the first to win the Cable ACE Award for her HBO comedy special “Cats, Cops and Stuff.”
Tickets for Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual Tour are $59, $89, $99 and $129 and are on sale for Broadway Center Members on Tuesday, April 2; general public tickets are on sale Monday, April 8. Tickets for Paula Poundstone are $28, $38, $48 and $69 and go on sale for Broadway Center Members on Tuesday, April 16; general public tickets are on sale Friday, April 19. All other summer events are on sale now. To purchase tickets call the Broadway Center Box Office at (253) 591-5894, toll-free 1 (800) 291-7593, visit in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma's Theater District or online at


A most offbeat and hilarious theater experiences, “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” is exactly how everyone hopes their wedding WON’T go. Audience members become the guests as Tony and Tina’s family members run amok in this off-Broadway Classic. Everything from the comical ceremony to the raucous reception, and all the feasting, drinking and LAUGHING in between is included.
“Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” plays Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Rialto Theater. Tickets are $66 and $84, and all tickets include a meal, champagne toast and wedding cake.
One of the most realistic tribute performers anywhere, Kenny Wizz becomes the King of Pop in the musical biography “Michael Jackson: HIStory.” From the Jackson 5 era through the early 21st century, many of Michael Jackson’s most recognizable hits – and dance moves – will be performed with unrivaled authenticity. Matched with a live band of talented musicians, fully choreographed dancers, original costume designs and a light and screen show, HIStory is the recreation of what fans want but can never again see – a Michael Jackson concert experience.
“Michael Jackson: HIStory” takes the stage on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Pantages Theater. Tickets are $39, $49, $59, $79.
“A Concert to Benefit Arts Education with Tony Bennett” happens Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Pantages Theater. Tickets are $89, $129, $189, $249.
With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes seventeen Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true international treasure. His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” form part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, Bennett is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.
CATHEDRALS: Tacoma brings contemporary, local music into the acoustically unique space at Immanuel Presbyterian Church for an otherworldly musical experience. Imagine enjoying the best indie music in a venue that resonates with rich and deep overtones. Paper Bird formed five years ago, and ever since has been performing their joyful blend of folk, roots, and Americana across the country. Paper Bird has released two studio albums, “Anything Nameless and Joymaking” and “When the River took Flight” and one live album, “Carry On.”
See CATHEDRALS: Tacoma with Paper Bird on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Immanuel Presbyterian Church is located at 901 N. ‘J’ St. Tickets are $16.
BREW-FIVE-THREE: Tacoma’s Beer and Blues Festival takes place on Saturday, June 22 from 1-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. on Broadway at Pierce Transit Park. Advance tickets are $25 (through June 15) and $30 after June 15 and include eight tasting tokens and a 2.5 oz. collectible tasting glass. Additional tokens may be purchased at $1 per token or $8 for 10 tokens. Beer samples cost 1-5 tokens. A designated driver ticket is just $5.
The best microbrews in the northwest come to the 253 with this celebration of the best in beer & blues that Tacoma has to offer. Enjoy the work of 30+ brewers as they share their latest concoctions – some of which are being made especially for this event. Once your taste buds are satisfied, treat your ears to the musical improvisations of local blues legends Little Bill and the Bluenotes and Snake Oil Blues Elixir. In addition to these northwest Blues icons, several up-and-coming artists will take the stage.
Food vendors will be open between 5-6 p.m., and no beer will be served in the park during the dinner break. This is a 21+ event, and valid photo I.D. is required, no exceptions. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver's license or passport) will result in denial of entry without refund.