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

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on June 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm with No Comments »
June 29, 2012 4:10 pm

Two llamas pass the time in their farmyard on 44th Ave East in Summit-Waller on a cool afternoon, June 18, 2012. Peter Haley / Staff photographer

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.

Experience Samoa at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s Samoa Cultural Day. The event will open with a parade at 8:30 a.m. followed by singing, village dances, games, food, arts and crafts until 5 p.m. at Lang Stadium, Clover Park High School, 11023 Gravelly Lake Drive, Lakewood. Admission is free. Call 253-383-3900.

Rock with all your favorite bands at the Mayhem Festival at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Enumclaw. See the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax when the music begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $30-$85 at

Rick Springfield
has been on the pop music scene since the early 1980s, winning a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Jessie’s Girl.” Other notable hits include “Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” He will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $25-$60 through Ticketmaster.

You might recognize James Durbin from his fourth-place finish in season 10 of “American Idol.” Durbin has been performing from his early teen years in bands and stage productions. Diagnosed with Tourette and Asperger syndromes, he has overcome these obstacles and continues to support public awareness about the disorders. He play at 8 tonight at Hell’s Kitchen, 928 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Singer k.d. lang’s most recent album, “Sing It Loud,” was recorded in Nashville and is a return to her county music roots. She’s touring with the Siss Boom Bang band and will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo as part of it’s summer concert series Zoo Tones. The show is sold out, but check at for any late release tickets.

With hits such as “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll,” “Crimson and Clover,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett and The Blackhearts have been performing since the early 1980s. They will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Snoqualmie Casino-Mountain View Plaza, 37500 S.E. Northbend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $25-$75 through Ticketmaster.

Aziz Ansari
began his career working stand-up comedy in New York City and is now known as Tom Haverford on the NBC show “Parks and Recreation.” He has acted in films such as “Funny People,” “I Love You, Man,” “Observe and Report” and “30 Minutes or Less.” His roots still are firmly planted in comedy and he tours to stay fresh and relevant. He’s performing at 7:30 and 10:30 tonight at the Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $33.75. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

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