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Archives: June 2012

June
30th

Urban art, local festivals, the circus in town, block party, dancing and more happenings this weekend

We know Taste of Tacoma is the big event this weekend but here are a few events that might not be on your radar:
Saturday
It’s festival time of the year, these local ones have all the vendors, music, food, and activities you would expect:

Urban Art Festival Noon-9 p.m. June 30-July 1, 21st Street Park, 2101 Dock St., Tacoma. Free.facebook.com/urbanartfestivaltacoma.

SummerFEST 2012 June 29-July 1, Fort Steilacoom Park, 8698 87th Ave. S.W., Lakewood. 253-983-7887, lakewoodparksandrec.com

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festivals June 30-July 4, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle.

Community Events

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June
29th

Llamas and alpacas, Somoan culture, music and more events this weekend and beyond

Saturday-Sunday
It’s Christmas in June and July with a llama touch at the Jingle Bells Extravaganza Llama & Alpaca Show this weekend at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey. You can learn everything you wanted to know about llamas and alpacas and witness a full-fiber competition that features some of the best fleeces and products in the country. Vendors will sell items such as halters, leads, novelty gifts and soap. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3054 Carpenter Road S.E., Lacey.

Saturday
Experience Samoa at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s Samoa Cultural Day.

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June
28th

Hell’s Kitchen will have one final blowout on Sunday

Can you really shut down Hell?

That’s what Pat Dawson is pondering today. He’s one of the four owners of downtown Tacoma nightclub Hell’s Kitchen that announced yesterday it’s closing.

I spoke with Dawson this afternoon. He’s morose, of course, but there’s still some fight left in him.

First, they’re scrambling to put on a huge show on Sunday. “It looks like we’re going to do something on Sunday as a final blowout,” Dawson said. He’s working now on lining up bands.

“We got some pretty good bands. Bands that have been with us through the years.”

They’ll

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June
28th

It’s Danny Bonaduce day in Puyallup – where the mayor hunts Bigfoot

“The Partridge Family” star and Seattle DJ Danny Bonaduce premiered his Syfy network movie about Bigfoot Wednesday night at the Liberty Theater in Puyallup.

Why Puyallup? I asked Bonaduce that as he was about to take the stage. “Because I’m the mayor. That’s actually semi-factual,” Bonaduce said. The crowd began to chant, “Danny! Danny! Danny!”

Apparently, Bonaduce has taken to proclaiming himself the mayor of the Pierce County city on his KZOK 102.5 radio show. So he was a little surprised when the real mayor of Puyallup, Rick Hansen, walked on stage.

But Hansen wasn’t mad. He had

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June
27th

Tacoma’s downtown rock nightclub Hell’s Kitchen is closing

Hell’s Kitchen, Tacoma’s hard rocking nightclub that’s hosted a mix of local and national acts for the past 10 years, is closing up shop.

A post on its Facebook page this afternoon read:

“After 10 years of Rocking tacoma area Hell’s Kitchen will be closing its doors for good after this weekend. I’m really sorry to all the bands and fans that had shows coming up. Ill keep you posted on the larger shows. I hope to see you all this weekend!!”

In late 2009 the popular Tacoma rock club relocated to 928 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma after seven

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June
26th

‘Glee Project’ recap: Nervous Nellie gets sexy and takes the show

Sexuality was the theme of tonight’s episode of “The Glee Project” and Tacoma singer Nellie Veitenheimer brought it.

At the top of the show Veitenheimer, 20, admitted the theme made her nervous. And that she was a virgin. And that she’s never seen a man naked.

Veitenheimer may be the first virgin in reality show history. She makes me proud to be a Tacoman.

“Glee” cast member Naya Rivera (Santana) was the guest mentor on the show. Rivera told Veitenheimer she needed to get over that nervousness.

Meanwhile Aylin was a little too enthusiastic about the

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June
25th

Danny Partridge and Greg Brady duke it out over Bigfoot in Puyallup

Who would have thought that little Danny Partridge and Greg Brady would one day grow up to become Bigfoot hunters?

Well, it’s happening Wednesday night at the Liberty Theater in Puyallup when KZOK radio host Danny Bonaduce premieres his film, “Bigfoot.” Bonaduce stars along with Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch”) as two rival Bigfoot hunters. One is a DJ and the other is a conservationist.

I’m guessing Bonaduce is the DJ but perhaps he’s playing against type in this film.

Sherilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”), Howard Hesseman (“WKRP in Cincinnati”), Andre Royo (“The Wire”) and rocker Alice Cooper co-star in

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June
25th

The Flamenco (and rock and folk and…) will go on at Mandolin

You may have read here that Tacoma’s Mandolin Cafe may close because it has a new landlord. The deal isn’t done yet and even if it does the cafe may relocate.

My colleagues in the TNT’s business section will report on the official word when we get it. I’ll try to keep you updated on entertainment events. The cafe, at 3923 S. 12th St., is a popular spot for not only local but touring musicians and performers.

On Saturday local folk/rock group James Coates & The Lost Souls are having an album release and tour kick

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