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Archives: Jan. 2012


Gretchen Peters plays Morso on Feb. 10

Country Music Award winning singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters will play at Morso in Gig Harbor on Friday, Feb. 10 in an 8 p.m. show. It’s a stop on her Hello Cruel World tour.

Peters won the 1995 CMA Song of the Year for “Independence Day” sung by Martina McBride. She’s a two-time Grammy nominee.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Morso or by calling Morso at 253-530-3463. Peters is performing as part of the Americana Music Series produced by Michael ONeill and Morso.
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It’s a weekend for the Home Show, Sportsmen Show, free films, Scandinavian dance and more

There’s plenty of things to do this weekend, here is a quick and dirty list of what’s happening:

Tacoma Home & Garden Show 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 27-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 29, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. $10 adults, $8 seniors (62 and older, weekdays only), free for ages 16 and younger. 253-756-2121,

Washington Sportsmen’s Show Jan. 27-29, Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave., S.W., Puyallup. $12 for adults, $5 for ages 6-16, free for ages 5 and younger,

Free Movie Showings “Alice in Wonderland” 10 a.m.

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Check out the Sportsmen Show, funnyman Mike Epps, Chinese opera and a circus this weekend and beyond

Outdoor lovers will find plenty to enjoy at the annual Washington Sportsmen’s Show taking place at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. There will be hundreds of exhibitors, the indoor “Steelhead River,” the “Dock Dogs” competition, free how-to seminars, camp cooking, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond and more. It’s open until 8 p.m. tonight, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5-$18,

It’s going to be flying blocks, juggling clubs, Russian free-standing ladder acrobatics and more when Gollyology comes to the Auburn Ave

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Washington Sportsmen’s Show starts today

The Washington Sportsmen’s Show, which bills itself as a one-stop shopping destination for hunters and anglers, begins today at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center. It runs through Sunday.

The show also provides a wealth of information through more than 150 how-to presentations and the chance to develop local contacts.

Get connected: The show is a great opportunity to visit with people from the area who enjoy the same activities you do. There will be dozens of hunting and conservation organizations; groups representing different breeds of hunting dogs; and groups with a passion for trout, bass or salmon. Take a

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Tacoma Home and Garden show opens today at Tacoma Dome

Courtesy of Tacoma Home & Garden

I’m on my way to the Tacoma Home and Garden Show in just a few minutes. It runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Click on “more” to read my “Five Things to See and Do at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show”

WHEN: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE: Tacoma Dome
TICKETS: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors (weekdays only for 62 and older), Free to children (16 and younger)

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Van Halen at Tacoma Dome tickets on sale Saturday

Van Halen members Eddie Van Halen, right, and David Lee Roth perform at Cafe Wha? in New York, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Van Halen fans know the veteran rockers are coming to the Tacoma Dome on May 5. Here’s your reminder that tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Van Halen, with guest Kool & the Gang, will take the stage in a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets can found at, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000.
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Grand Cinema to host Oscar party in Tacoma

The Grand Cinema is once again hosting an Academy Awards Party. This year’s is on February 26 (the night of the Oscars, naturally.)

Tickets are on sale now and are $25 general admission or $20 for Grand Cinema members.

The event is not at the non-profit movie theater but instead at Theater on the Square where attendees will watch the Oscars on a movie screen. Included in the ticket price is a box lunch made by Maxwell’s Restaurant.

Doors open at 4 p.m. with a red carpet event “Tacoma-style” (I’m not sure what that means) followed

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On horseback or in the air, Cavalia delivers

CAVALIA UPDATE (Jan. 24): Cavalia announced today: “Due to the strong demand for tickets to ‘Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse,’ the organizers today announced an additional week of performances. Cavalia will now extend its run to February 19.”

It had to be one of the most unintentionally ironic moments in recent stage history. During a 45-minute preview of Cavalia Tuesday, it started to snow. Not just outside at Redmond’s Marymoor Park, but inside the show’s 110-foot-high big top.

This was minutes after creator Normand Latourelle announced that Wednesday night’s opening show might have to

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