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Tacoma Holiday Gift Show, Lisa Lampanelli, critters and more happenings this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm with No Comments »
October 22, 2011 10:29 am
Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Show, File photo, The News Tribune

The big and highly popular Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival is up and running through Sunday. With more than 600 exhibits, the show is one of the largest holiday events on the West Coast. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. Tickets are $13.50 for adults; $12.50 for seniors/military/juniors; kids 10 and younger get in free. Tickets cover the entire run of the festival. Call 800-521-7469 or go to for details.

Known for her racy and raunchy style of insult comedy, Lisa Lampanelli has made her name participating in the roasts of Denis Leary, Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav, William Shatner, and Donald Trump and to serve as Roastmaster for Larry the Cable Guy. She’s bringing that saucy stand-up routine to the Temple Theater, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, at 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $39.50 at the door.

Find out about nocturnal critters at the Who Goes Bump in the Night event tonight at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Visit with animals from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s collection and experience a guided twilight or night hike, activities, and crafts from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $2.50 per child or $2 per member child; adults are free. 253-591-6439,

The living dead are back and taking over at ZomBcon International with a film fest, exhibitors, prom night, celebrity guests and more, all taking place at the Seatac Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, 17620 International Blvd., Seatac. You can check out all the ghoulish fun with daily tickets for $12, a 3-day pass for $30, and special fan passes ranging from $55-$250. It starts today at noon and runs through Sunday. For details, go to

Carlos Alazraqui has a résumé that includes “Reno 911,” animated voices for films and TV cartoons, and the chihuahua from those Taco Bell ads. But he’ll come to Tacoma to do his stand-up comedy, which is how he got started. Alazraqui is playing the Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., Tacoma, to help celebrate its anniversary. You can catch him at 8 and 10:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday; tickets are $11.83-$13.72. Call 253-282-7203 or go to for details.

Known for funky, driven, dance-floor hits that include “Brick House,” “The Bump,” “Fancy Dancer” and “Too Hot ta Trot,” The Commodores have been performing for more than 40 years. They will be taking the stage for an 8:30 p.m. show Saturday at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $30-$70 and available through Ticketmaster

Roger Daltrey and The Who hit the American rock charts in the 1960s, and Daltry was the face of the band’s 1969 classic rock opera, “Tommy.” Daltrey now is performing “Tommy” on tour, stopping at Seattle’s KeyArena for a 7:30 p.m. show Tuesday. Get your tickets – which run $37.50-$123 – through Ticketmaster

Bellingham-born Death Cab for Cutie has been creating alternative rock for more than 14 years, producing seven albums, including this year’s “Codes and Keys.” The band will play KeyArena at 7 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $32-$39.50, available through Ticketmaster

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