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From bridal shows, silent movies to comedy and local music, happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Dec. 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm with No Comments »
December 30, 2011 2:57 pm

Peter Haley, staff photographer

If a wedding is in your near future, you might want to check out the West Coast Bridal Showcase taking place this weekend at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. There will be vendors of all types, and you can enter to win a wedding at Kelly Farms. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8-$10.

Experience movies as they were seen in 1917 at the silent movie screening of “ The Little Princess,” starring Mary Pickford. She was known as America’s Sweetheart in the early years of Hollywood cinema, and this was the first film rendition of the children’s novel. The film will be brought to life by Leslie McMichael’s live accompaniment on concert, Celtic and electric harps. McMichael’s new score was commissioned by Northwest Film Forum for its recent children’s film festival. This free event starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Public Library Main branch, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma.

Working as a stand-up comic since 1993, Brad Brake has worked with the likes of Dave Chappelle, Bobcat Goldthwait, Howie Mandel and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” finalists Ty Barnet and Rich Vos. He’ll be taking the stage tonight and Saturday at Grit City Comedy, 445 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. Performances are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. each night; tickets are $15. You can get yours online at

Hailing from Seattle, Brandi Carlile has made a name for herself in the music world after touring with the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Jonny Lang, Hanson, Indigo Girls, The Fray, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, and Shawn Colvin. Performing in support of her new album, “The Story,” she will take the stage Saturday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle. Tickets to the 21-and-older New Year’s show are $125 and you can purchase them by phone at 877-784-4849, or online at

Make it a New Year’s Eve with Coco Montoya in a dinner or dessert show at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle. Montoya has been playing his brand of fiery blues guitar for more than 40 years. Tickets for the 7 p.m. dinner package are $100; tickets for the 10:30 p.m. dessert show are $70. Ticket are available at

Tuesday–Jan. 8
Tacoma’s gypsy jazz group Pearl Django will play Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle, most of next week. Joining them will be award-winning jazz guitarist Martin Taylor. The six-night engagement begins Tuesday with set times of 7:30 p.m. each night, plus additional 9:30 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $24.50. Call 206-441-9729 or go to

Ex-Tacoman (and half of the ’70s disco duo Bell and James) LeRoy Bell has performed with B.B. King, Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, Etta James, Al Green, Paolo Nutini, India.Arie, Erykah Badu, LeAnne Rimes, Michael McDonald, Idina Menzel, and more. Bell saw a re-birth of his performing career as a competitor in the television show “X-Factor,” where he made it to the fifth live show before being eliminated. You can see him in a 9 p.m. concert at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $32.50-$47.50, and available by phone – 877-784-4849 – or online at

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