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Bring your family (feud) to South Hill Mall in January

Are you tight with your family? Ever wanted to bring them on the long running game show “Family Feud?” Now’s your chance.

The show’s casting team is visiting the South Hill Mall on January 14-15 to search for contestants. If you make the grade you might be reaching for the buzzer with host Steve Harvey. Every family stands to win up to $100,000 and a new car.

Your family must have an appointment to audition.

Family Feud Auditions
When: Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15
Where: South Hill Mall, Puyallup
Information: 323-762-8467 or email


Christopher Lloyd drives his DeLorean to Emerald City Comicon

UPDATE (March 13): Christopher Lloyd will not appear at this year’s at Emerald City Comicon. Replacing him is fellow “Back to the Future” actor Lea Thompson. Thompson is known for her role as Michael J. Fox’s mother, Lorraine McFly.

Thompson’s other credits include the lead role for four seasons on NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” “Red Dawn,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “SpaceCamp” and “All The Right Moves”.

Thompson will be replacing Lloyd for the SIFF screening of “Back to the Future” and Q&A at the Uptown Theatre. Lloyd has apparently signed on with a sitcom and couldn’t make his schedule work with his ECCC appearances.

Christopher Lloyd, the actor known for playing eccentric characters since the 1970s, is coming to Emerald City Comicon in March.

Lloyd had a part in the classic 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” but didn’t shoot to fame until he played The Reverend Jim Ignatowski on TV’s “Taxi.” The character had to be one of the most eccentric and quirky ever put on the small screen at the time.

Since then he’s starred in the “Back to the Future” film series (only the first one was worth watching), “The Addams Family” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” I’m going to stop there, not because his resume his lacking but because it’s too long. He has over 25 movies and TV appearances in 2011 and 2012 alone.

I’m not even sure how he’s going to find the time to fit in an appearance at ECCC. But, apparently he is.

Two other guests recently announced are voice actors Billy West (“Ren and Stimpy,” “Doug”) and John DiMaggio (“Transformers,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Kim Possible”). Emerald City Comicon runs March 30-April 1 at the Washington State Convention Center.
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Lots of free and family holiday events happening this weekend

Bryan Bowers, autoharpist 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma.

Jazz LIVE at Marine View featuring Michael Powers third annual Christmas Jazz 5 p.m. Dec. 18, Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Drive N.E., Tacoma. 253-229-9206,

Gig Harbor Peninsula Civic Orchestra 7-9 p.m. Dec. 17, Peninsula High School Auditorium, 14105 Purdy Drive N.W., Gig Harbor.

Christmas Should Be Free Illumni Men’s Chorale concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Pacific Lutheran Univeristy, Tacoma. 253-841-3761,


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Special pricing for the RPX and IMAX showings of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

If you were planning to see the advance showings of the new Mission Impossible movie now playing at the Lakewood Regal and the Martin Way Regal theaters plan on paying extra for your tickets.

Matinee prices at Lakewood for the RPX format are $11.50 seniors and children, $12 adult, evening tickets are $11.50 seniors and children, $14.50 adult. IMAX tickets at Martin Way are $13.50 seniors and children, $16.50 adults for all screening.

The movie is opening in wide release at most local theaters next Wednesday and regular pricing will apply at that time.


Classic, authentic Flamingo, ugly sweater party, Queensryche, hot motorcycles and more happenings this weekend and beyond

See the newest motorcycle models, the industry’s most coveted luxury bikes, the largest custom bike competition in the world, a vintage motorcycle exhibition, and much more at the International Motorcycle Show this weekend. It will be taking over the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place in Seattle. It also features the Smage Bros. Stunt Show, finalists from the last season of “America’s Got Talent.” Hours are 4-9 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6-$15 with family, three-day passes and online specials available. Go to for

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Maia Santell and House Blend holiday concert and dance Dec. 23

Northwest jazz and blues singer, Maia Santell and her backing band, House Blend, will perform a holiday concert and dance at Jazzbones on Friday, Dec. 23.

Blues guitarist Josh Violette will join the band in the second set.

The band’s repertoire includes blues, jazz, swing, Latin, R and B and holiday favorites like “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Please Come Home For Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” Nancy Wilson’s “What Are you Doing New Year’s Eve?” and Mel Torme’s, “The Christmas Song.”

Maia Santell and House Blend
When: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 23
Where: Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave, Tacoma; 253-396-9169

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Bands: Prepare to do battle

It’s going to be band versus band next month when the Boys & Girls Clubs hosts a local music competition.

Entries are now being accepted at the Cheney Family Boys & Girls Club in Gig Harbor for Battle of the Bands on January 28. The grand prize will be a three song demo CD recording session at Tacoma’s Pacific Studios.

The event is open to the public with doors at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.
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Come meet demented Santa today

Last week I told you about the new holiday tradition at the Grand Cinema: the showing of the Finnish film “Rare Exports.” The film is centered around a demented and evil Santa.

Today at the 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. showings, the Grand will have a demented Santa on hand at the screenings. Bring your camera and he’ll pose with you for photos – I can’t promise he’ll be happy about it, though. He is evil after all.