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Archives: July 2012


LouieFest returns with iconic ’60s bands The Sonics, The Wailers, Moby Grape

It’s been on a four year hiatus but now LouieFest, the rock and roll music and art festival, is back with a bang. The weekend features a power house trio of iconic 1960s rock bands: The Sonics, The Wailers and Moby Grape.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with The Sonics at the Pantages Theater and LouieFest takes over the outdoor spaces at Tacoma’s newest attraction: LeMay-America’s Car Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

“Cars and rock and roll – A connection made in heaven,” said LouieFest co-organizer Randy Sparks.
For the first time since the 1960s, Tacoma’s own

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Go fly a kite…at Chambers Creek kite festival

If you’ve visited the new jewel in our regional park system, Chambers Creek Regional Park, you know that the Central Meadow is a popular place for flying kites.

This Saturday the Pierce County Parks & Recreation and the Pierce County Kitefliers are having a kite festival there. The event will be held in the Central Meadow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The free event is kid-oriented. The first 200 kids will get a free (but they assemble) kite and there will demos, vendors and other fun stuff.

Even if you don’t fly kites I suspect there

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Chalk the Harbor, summer arts festivals, Pioneer Day festival, hand car races and more happenings around the sound this weekend

The arts are alive and humming this weekend at these local festivals:
Chalk the Harbor
Find your inner artist and join in creating artwork on Gig Harbor sidewalks, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 21, Gig Harbor Downtown Historic Waterfront District, Harborview Drive Gig Harbor,

Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival, featuring artists and artisans works, live entertainment and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22-22, Gig Harbor Downtown Historic Waterfront District, Harborview Drive Gig Harbor,

Annual Art-aThon, Artists from Proctor Art Gallery volunteer their time and talents at this community event. Shop the farmers’ market,

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JBLM air show, Geoduck Festival, Living Cemetery Tour and more happenings this weekend and beyond

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,

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Shyan Selah to release new single at Freighthouse Square

Rock/soul/hip hop fusion recording artist Shyan Selah and his band, The Republic of Sound, will be performing and releasing a new single, “Pink Butterfly,” on Saturday at Freighthouse Square.

The event is also a breast cancer benefit.

Selah’s entertainment company, BNW Global, recently moved to Freighthouse Square and will be producing one event a month there, said Candice Richardson, vice-president of media relations.

Selah is the brother of local rapper Quincy “Q Dot” Henry.

Who: Shyan Selah
Where: Freighthouse Square/Foss Hall
When: 7 p.m. Saturday


Nellie Veitenheimer discusses her exit from ‘The Glee Project’

UPDATE: Veitenheimer will be opening Saturday’s air show at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by singing the national anthem. On Friday she’s going up for a ride with the Thunderbirds. A day after Tacoma singer Nellie Veitenheimer was dropped from the “The Glee Project” the newly-minted reality show star was back in Tacoma wrapping up her life and getting ready for a permanent move to Los Angeles next week. Until her debut on the Oxygen Network’s show the 20-year-old was working at a Starbucks near Pacific Lutheran University and singing in a band. Now, she’s headed to Tinseltown for a career

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Tacoma’s Veitenheimer gets the ax on ‘The Glee Project’

It didn’t come as a shock tonight when Tacoma singer Nellie Veitenheimer was eliminated from “The Glee Project.”

The signs of Veitenheimer’s demise were all over the episode from the beginning. I figured she was doomed when the show’s theme – theatrically – was announced. Uh oh, Nellie!

The episode’s homework assignment was “I Hope I Get It” from “A Chorus Line” and the guest mentor was Grant Gustin (Sebastian on “Glee.”)

Gustin reminded the cast that theatrically translates into heightened emotion. As usual, Veitenheimer gave a strong vocal performance but a lackluster theatrical performance.


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