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Martime Gig Fest, gem and mineral show, country music, authors and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on June 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
June 1, 2012 4:33 pm

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With a history steeped in the water, boating and everything related, Maritime Gig Festival celebrates those roots. The festival features a fun run, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Grand Parade, Round Rock Contest, music and entertainment, food vendors, historic boat displays and loads of children’s activities. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in historic downtown Gig Harbor. Admission is free.

If you love gems, minerals and rocks, plan to take in the Puyallup Valley Gem & Mineral Club Show starting today and running through Sunday. There will be vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, rockhounding tools, lapidary tools/supplies and beads. Learn from demonstrators and enjoy kids activities. Hours are noon-5 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Swiss Sportsmen’s Club, 9423 198th Ave. E., Bonney Lake. Admission is free. Call 253-537-2645 or go to

Pull out your cowboy boots and hats and head down to the Emerald Queen Casino for the Montgomery Gentry concert at 8:30 tonight at 2024 E. 29th St. Tacoma. The duo is known for chart-topping hits including “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll with Me.” Tickets are $20-$60 through Ticketmaster.

Ted Rall
is twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. As a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent, his work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Village Voice and The Los Angeles Times. Meet and hear him at 7 p.m. Monday as he talks about his new book, “The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt” at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. The event is free. Call 253-272-8801.

Tuesday-June 10
Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical “American Idiot” tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. The Green Day-inspired show is playing a six-day run at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle starting Tuesday. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25-$85. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

Today–June 10
Pacific Northwest Ballet is returning with the wisteria-hued production of “George Balanchine’s Coppélia” at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. The story is a lighthearted comedy about vivacious young Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz and the eccentric toymaker Dr. Coppelius originally created in 1870 and reinterpreted by Balanchine for the 1974 New York City Ballet version. It opens tonight and runs through June 10. Showtimes are 7:30 tonight, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. June 7-8, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 9 and 1 p.m. June 10. Tickets are $28-$168 at

Learn all about cold-blooded, scaly reptiles at the Emerald City Reptile Expo. There will be vendor sales, outreach, an adoptions fair and the Education & Conservation Resource Fair. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at The Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle. Admission is $10 each day. Children younger than 10 get in free. Call 206-628-4740 or go to

Chris Daughtry
first burst onto the music scene as a finalist on the fifth season of “American Idol” and has since built a solid career with his band, Daughtry. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2006 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, outsold “Idol” winner Taylor Hicks’s debut album and sold more than four million copies. The group’s third studio album, “Break the Spell,” was released last November. Daughtry performs at 7:30 Sunday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $30.75-$50.75. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

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