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Archives: Aug. 2011


Michael O’Neill to play at Morso in Gig Harbor Sept. 10

Gig Harbor-based singer/songwriter Michael ONeill will play at Morso Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. His performance will be a celebration of the first year anniversary of “The Americana Music Series.”

O’Neill has been touring for more than 20 years. In addition, O’Neill is supporting and producing touring artists through “The Americana Music Series.” Teaming with Morso, the series included performances by Kevin Montgomery, Steve Poltz, The Refugees, Vicci Martinez, Templeton Thompson, Tommy Tutone, Peter Case and Susan Gibson.

O’Neill also hosts Seattle’s only Americana, Roots, Red Dirt, Alt Country radio show, “Who’s Bad Now Radio,” on KGHP-FM, Tuesday nights 7

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These cats don’t get stuck in trees: Point D. zoo opens clouded leopard exhibit this weekend

This weekend is your chance to see the rare – and fascinating – clouded leopards in their new digs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The zoo is marking the opening of its new $1 million Cats of Canopy exhibit Saturday and Sunday.

Among the six cats on display will be the two new cubs Taji and Sumalee, whose arrival this summer surprised and delighted zoo staff and the public. More about the exhibit below and on the zoo’s website.

Watch endangered clouded leopards leap and climb in Point Defiance Zoo’s new exhibit
Zoo opens $1

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Events and happenings in the next 7 days

In celebration of “The Stinking Rose,” the Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Show will cover the gamut of everything garlic. There will be live music, wine tasting, beer garden – with garlic beer, face painting, kids activities, pony rides and more at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 2555 N. National Ave., Chehalis. Hours are noon-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. A vintage trolley will provide transportation from stops throughout Centralia and Chehalis. Admission is $5 adults, youth and seniors $4, and kids 7 years old and younger are free,


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EMP celebrates 20 years of Nevermind

There’s been a lot of observance lately of Nirvana’s genre-defining album Nevermind turning 20 years old. The Experience Music Project is highlighting the anniversary September 20-25 with a celebration featuring a benefit concert, world premiere film screening, panel discussions and more.

The museum has been hosting a show (Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses) featuring an extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of the Northwest grunge band.

The main event at EMP on September 20, Nevermind Live, features a lineup of Seattle bands from the grunge era and today performing every song in the iconic album.

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Lisa Lampanelli, the Queen of Mean, coming to the Temple

Fall really is shaping up to be the season of female comics in Tacoma. Lisa Lampanelli is the latest to announce an appearance here – at the Temple Theatre on Oct. 21.

Wanda Sykes will be at the Pantages on Sept. 16, Margaret Cho performs there Oct. 28 followed a week later by Joan Rivers on Nov. 4.

Tickets for the Lampanelli show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Known as the Queen of Mean, Lampanelli has been described as “a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen.” Her latest special, “Tough Love,” premiered on Comedy Central in March.

Lampanelli is a frequent guest and guest host on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows and has also recently joined Mario Lopez and the EXTRA-TV cast as a guest correspondent.

More on Lampanelli and tickets:
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LeMay car show Saturday at Marymount

You don’t have to wait until America’s Car Museum opens next year to see some amazing automobiles. The LeMay Family Collection Foundation is having its 34th Annual LeMay Car Show, Auction & Swap Meet at the Marymount Event Center Saturday.

The foundation is distinct from the organization that’s building that odd looking museum between Highway 705 and the Tacoma Dome. The LeMay Family’s annual event runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1,000 different automobiles, trucks and motorcycles from their collection will be on display. In addition hundreds of local collector cars will be on view.

Also that day:
– Automobile-related

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Things to do for the next 7 days

Today through Sept. 5
Federal Way plays host to The World Championship of Sand Sculpting’s “Tournament of Champions,” an opportunity to see some of the world’s best sand sculptors create temporary works of art from the ground up. Check it out at Hillside Plaza, 31510 20th Ave. South, (two blocks north of the Commons Mall at the old Toys R Us/Target location). The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and opens at 10 a.m. Sunday. For information, see the group’s website.

For all of you cigar lovers, this weekend is the time to

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There’s art walk, comedy, music and more to check out


Enjoy stand-up comedy at Nate Jackson’s Super Funny Comedy Show at 8 p.m. tonight. It’s at Varsity Grill, 1114 Broadway, Tacoma. $10 – $15,


Learn about homes in Olympia that incorporated natural elements with the Guided Green Tour-Unique Natural Homes. It will be touring three homes, and driving by one home, highlighting sustainable building practices, and get to know local businesses who can help achieve their green goals. It’s from 5-8 p.m. tonight meeting at Fertile Guild Commons, 911 Adams St, Olympia. The tour is $20 per person. 360-754-6152,


Stop by 253 Collective Gallery, 1901

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