Here's a couple of things we think might make your weekend a bit more enjoyable...
Friday, Aug. 12
WILD EYED SOUTHERN BOYS
.38 Special is one of the bands that introduced the world to Southern rock. Formed in Jacksonville, Fla. in 1975, the group released its debut album two years later. 1979’s “Rockin’ Into The Night” and 1981’s “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys” established them as important artists in this genre. They will perform at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. Tickets are $20, $35, $55 and $60.
HAIR METAL MAGIC
The epic rockers of Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls are taking the stage at the Tacoma Dome at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $23-$93, at www.ticketmaster.com.
TWI-HARD IN THE PARK
This week’s edition of “Movies in the Park” features “Twilight Eclipse,” rated PG-13, in McKinley Playfield (4321 McKinley Ave.). Get the family out of the house to enjoy an outdoor movie in Tacoma’s parks. The show starts at dusk and admission is free. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org.
Saturday, Aug. 13
FERN HILL HISTORY WALK
Two of the most important roads of Tacoma’s pioneer times intersected at Fern Hill. The Byrd Mill Road (today’s South 84th Street) connected Steilacoom with the Puyallup Valley, and the Indian Henry Trail ran from Mount Rainier to Commencement Bay. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Fern Hill was a hub for streetcar lines. Learn all about it in a free history walk on Saturday, Aug. 13. The Tacoma Historical Society event is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. at Fern Hill United Methodist Church, 501 S. 84th St. Escorted walks will leave at 1:15 and 2 p.m. For more info, visit www.tacomahistory.org or call (253) 472-3738.
RUNNING WITH THE FISHES
The Goldfish Gallop begins at the entrance to Point Defiance Park and ends across the street at the Goldfish Tavern. Runners ages 21 and older will enjoy a refreshing evening run through the park followed by a refreshing frosty beverage at the Goldfish Tavern. The finish line fun includes discounts on food and beverages, special prizes fish-face contests and more. This 5K, chip-timed race is for runners 21 or older. Register in advance at www.metroparkstacoma.org. Admission is $15. Race starts at 7 p.m.
80s DANCE PARTY
Hosted by the Puyallup High School Class of 1986, everyone is welcome to this “post-reunion” after party Aug. 13 at Hells Kitchen beginning at 9 p.m., $7 at the door. The 80’s flashback band Rewind will provide the nostalgic, New Wave tunes as you dance the night away in your flashiest, tackiest 80’s gear.
Sunday, Aug. 14
ELVIS HAS ENTERED THE BUILDING
Elvis Presley’s voice, soul and presence would always cut through the deepest of scratched RCA records. This is what Danny Vernon found at a very early age when he began singing along with his father’s discarded albums, unaware of Presley’s vast impact in American culture. With a devout passion, Vernon would sing and dance along with the King’s music trusting that one day he would be recapturing his own “Illusion of Elvis” show on stage. Danny Vernon is performing at the Pierce County Fair at 12:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Pierce County Fair is located at Frontier Park in Graham (21718 Meridian Ave.). Info: (253) 847-4754.
LIVE IT OUT LOUD
This summer rock-music school is for aspiring musicians 12-18 years old who want to live the dream and earn prizes. It is an eight-week course designed to create, develop and perform on a professional level. The program began June 23 and ends Aug. 14 with a contest performance at the Temple Theater Ballroom. Register at Ted Brown Music or call (253) 272-3211. Tuition is $250. For complete details on Live It Out Loud program go to www.liveitoutloud-tacoma.com.