They only come but every two to four years, and this is the weekend you will want to see the Thunderbirds, as well as dozens of other aircraft at what could be one of the area’s biggest free airshows. JBLM is opening its gates to the public for the 2012 Lewis-McChord Air Expo, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can drive to the base taking Exit 125 to McChord Field or catch the free bus transportation from six off-base locations: Cheney Stadium, Lakewood Sounder Station, Lakewood Towne Center, PIerce Transit SR 512 Park and Ride, Pierce Tansit TAcoma Dome Station and South Hill Sound Transit Park and Ride. Air Expo information is at 253-982-EXPO.
Located on the shoreline of Case Inlet, the quaint village of Allyn is hosting its 20th Annual Salmon Bake and Geoduck Festival this weekend. Saturday’s events, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., will feature Danny Vernon, “The Illusion of Elvis” performing, along with the Lester Crow Band, Swing Fever and other top musical and dance talent from the area. There will be dozens of educational, activity and vendor booths, an art show and fun activities for the kids. On Sunday nearly 1,000 pounds of the iconic mollusk will be turned into unique culinary dishes. The local Kayaks and Cones will be serving up their Geoduck Ice Cream. When low tide hits at 2:35 p.m. check out or even join 75 mud runners as they compete in a 200-yard “Allyn Geoduck Gallup.” Admission is free, go to allynaca.com for more details.
Hailing from England and known for hits like, “Dog Days Are Over” and “Cosmic Love,” Florence and the Machine was also nominated for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards. On tour, the group will be playing an 8 p.m. concert Saturday at the White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Enumclaw. Tickets are $29.50-$49.50 and available through Ticketmaster.
Experience Tacoma’s history come to life at 4th Annual Living History Cemetery Tour today and Saturday. Reenactors portray people who impacted our history as they share their life stories right from their grave sites at the Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way. This year’s theme is “Rails, Trails and Sails” and features one hour tours starting every 20 minutes from 6-7:40 p.m. today and 5:40-7:40 p.m. Saturday. Advance ticket purchase–$8– is required and is available at the cemetery office, 253-472-3369. Plan to purchase your tickets early, as the tours sell out quickly,
Strawberry infused sundaes, lemonade, funnel cakes, pancakes, smoothies, and ice cream – plus chocolate dipped strawberries – are some of the food items at the annual Vashon-Maury Island Strawberry Festival this weekend. The event features the Saturday Night Street Dances, the Traditional Grand Parade, beer garden, the Classic Car Parade, Vashon Artists in Ober Park, kid’s carnival, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Bill Burby Fun Run, The Fireman’s Water Challenge, Music and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-11 pm. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Catch the ferry from Point Defiance, shuttle buses are available on Vashon Island for $1 each way, children younger than five are free. For more details go to vashonchamber.com/strawfest/index.php/transportation.
Based on Puccini’s opera “La Boheme,” the all-new staging of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” is opening Saturday at the 5th Avenue Theater, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. The popular Broadway musical will be running through Aug. 5 with showtimes of 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Thursdays- Fridays. $20 rush tickets are available for patrons 30 years of age and younger, including onstage and pit seating, to get them go to the box office beginning at noon for that day’s performances, one ticket per ID. Regular ticket prices are $29-$45, 5thavenue.org.
Coming from the old-school hip-hop of the early 1990s, Snoop Dogg is now considered one of the original rappers, or “OldG,” in the hip-hop, rap music scene. He has expanded his reach and has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows: “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle,” “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood” and “Dogg After Dark.” He performing in a 7 p.m. show Sunday at the Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets are $39.50 for standing room only, showboxonline.com.
Grammy Award-winner Fiona Apple is touring in support of her recent release, “The Idler Wheel,” and is making a stop at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. She will be performing with special guest Blake Mills in an 8 p.m. concert Wednesday. Tickets for the show are $41.25-$56.25 and available by phone or online, 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org.
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The Il Divo 2012 world tour, the group’s fourth, follows the release of the quartet’s latest album, “Wicked Game.” The group’s signature vocal blend and unique operatic arrangements which have captivated millions and you too can see them live when they perform in an 8 p.m. show Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Get your tickets–$55.75-$125.75–by phone or online, 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org