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Edible books, lovely gardens, music, arts and more this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on March 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm with No Comments »
March 30, 2012 1:30 pm

Courtesy of University of Puget Sound Edible Book Festival

It’s going to be a fanciful mix of literary arts and food from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today at the Edible Book Festival. There are few restrictions in creating an edible book – namely that it’s made of food and is inspired by a book. Check it out at the University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library, North 18th Street and North Union Avenue, Tacoma. It’s free. For more information, go to

Lakewold Gardens
is opening for the season Wednesday. The Washington historic landmark designed by landscape architect Thomas Church features gardens with rare and native plants, state champion trees, more than 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and stunning statuary. Tour the gardens, see the Georgian-style mansion and check out scheduled events at this local treasure at 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission is $6-$9. Call 253-584-4106 or go to

Known as a major contributor to the new jack swing era, R&B-soul singer Keith Sweat will perform at 8:30 tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. The concert will feature hits including “I Want Her,” “I’ll Give All My Love to You,” “Twisted” and “Nobody.” Tickets are $30-$60 through Ticketmaster.

Today–May 18
Relax with the sights and sounds of local musicians and artists during the UP for Arts Spring Arts and Concerts Series starting today. Each month will feature local music and art at 7 p.m. at the University Place Civic Building, 3609 Market Place W., University Place. Tonight’s performers are The Eclectic Jazz Quartet and artist Susan Massey; April 27 brings Hale Bill and the Bopps and artist Alexis St. John; and May 18 will highlight Peggy Thorndill and Karla Epperson and watercolor artist Jim Sheasley. Admission is $10. Go to

Beer, scotch, whiskey and fine wine are paired for the Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival today and Saturday. Fremont Studios transforms into a swanky beverage-tasting lounge featuring more than 80 libations to swirl, sniff and sip. Entrance includes tokens to sample beer and wine. For an expanded tasting experience, optional spirit samplers of single-malt Scotch or Washington whiskey can be purchased. Hours are 5 p.m.-midnight today and 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday at 155 N. 35th St., Seattle. Admission is $15-$30. For more information, go to

Grammy Award-winning singer Ani DiFranco’s newest release, “Which Side Are You On?” features collaborations with Pete Seeger, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Skerik, Adam Levy and a host of New Orleans-based horn players. DiFranco is touring in support of the album and will stop at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $36.50 through

Paul Mooney
is no stranger to controversy and has made a name for himself in the comedy world for his no-holds-barred stand-up shows. He’s been seen on “The Chappelle Show,” “BET Comedy Awards” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” Catch him at 8 tonight at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $34.50-$62.50. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

Thursday–April 7
It’s all about the “beefcake” at the Thunder From Down Under international male show. Get your lady friends together and head out to Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. There are three shows to choose from: 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. April 6 and 7. Tickets are $10-$25 through Ticketmaster.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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