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Archives: Oct. 2011


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

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.

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Rickie Lee Jones at Jazz Alley Nov. 8-9

Tacoma’s own Rickie Lee Jones will play Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Nov 8-9.

The sometimes Tacoma, sometimes Lacey resident (maybe that’s our Pantages in “Chuck E.’s in Love”) will be joined by band members Reggine McBride (bass), Johnny Friday (drums) and Carlos Murguia (keys). Set time Tuesday and Wednesday is at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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John Hodgman at Seattle Town Hall on Nov. 7

He’s a “Daily Show” correspondent, co-star on HBO’s “Bored to Death” and the former PC man from those Apple ads. But did you know John Hodgman is also an author?

The writer of “The Areas of My Expertise” and “More Information Than You Require” will be at Seattle’s Town Hall for his third and final installment in complete world knowledge: “That is All.” That book goes on sale Nov. 1.

Hodgman describes himself as a deranged millionaire and survival expert, which sets the tone for the book filled with completely falsified facts.

HBO’s “Bored to Death” is

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‘Don’t Know Much’ comes to Wheelock Library Saturday

He won’t be there in the flesh but Kenneth C. Davis, the New York Times bestselling author of “Don’t Know Much About History,” will use Skype to attend a book talk Saturday at the Wheelock Library. He’ll be discussing the civil war, Abraham Lincoln and other related historical topics with patrons.

From the press release:

“Don’t Know Much About History” spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and gave rise to the “Don’t Know Much About” series, which has a combined in-print total of some 4.7-million copies. In June, “Don’t Know Much About History: Anniversary Edition”

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Get in costume at Stonegate Oct. 30 with Maia Santell

Stonegate Nightclub is having a Halloween Costume Party and Dance 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 30 with music by Maia Santell and House Blend.

The band will perform a mix of blues, swing, R&B, Latin and Halloween rock n’ roll classics. There’s $5 cover charge, ages 21 and over. Prizes will be awarded for best costume.

Stonegate Restaurant and Nightclub is at 5419 – 5421 South Tacoma in Tacoma. 253-473-2255.


Things to do for the next 7 days

Enthusiasts of dolls, teddy bears, antiques, miniatures and more will want to check out the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show and Sale this weekend at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. It will be two days of everything cuddly and cute. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission of $4-$9 at the gate. Go to

The band has been together since 1964 and is best known for hit singles such as “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging.” Kool and the Gang will bring

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National Gaming Day at Puyallup Public Library Nov. 12

On November 12 the Puyallup Public Library will host a special games event to celebrate the popularity and educational value of video and board games.

“National Gaming Day @ your library” will features video games like “Super Smash Bros.” and “Rock Band 3.” Board games enthusiasts can try out new or familiar table top games (“Candyland,” “Clue,” “Monopoly,” etc.).

Organizers say: “Gaming at the library encourages patrons of all ages to interact with diverse peers, share their expertise and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. At the library, kids can socialize with their friends and play board

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