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Home and RV show, Pain in the Grass, Madonna, Italian Festival and other happenings this weekend and the next 7 days

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm with No Comments »
September 28, 2012 3:22 pm

Thursday–Oct. 7
The Tacoma Fall Home Show features exhibits for the do-it-yourselfer and the professional contractor alike. Visitors will find a marketplace to shop, compare and save on home-related products and services for building, remodeling, gardening and decorating. This year, it is combined with the Tacoma Fall RV Show, where you can browse and tour hundreds of recreational vehicles. One ticket gets you into both shows starting Thursday at the Tacoma Dome. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7. Admission is $12; free for ages16 and younger.

As one of the last outdoor concerts of the year, KISW Pain in the Grass features bands such as The Offspring, Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Candlebox, Royal Bliss, Witchburn and Sandrider. The all-day music festival begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Enumclaw. Tickets are $35-$65 through Ticketmaster.

Madonna is a music and style icon who never stops reinventing herself. The powerhouse singer also has starred in movies such as “Who’s That Girl” and “Evita” during her prolific career. The Material Girl is headed to Seattle’s KeyArena for concerts at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $45-$335 through Ticketmaster.

Playing blues rock for more than 40 years, George Thorogood and the Destroyers is best known for its hit “Bad to the Bone.” The group has released 16 studio albums – including two that were certified platinum and six certified gold – and have sold 15 million albums worldwide. The band performs at 8:30 tonight at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Ages 21 and older only. Tickets are $35-$75 through Ticketmaster.

Celebrating electronic music, performance, visual art and new media, Decibel Festival will be at 15 Seattle venues this weekend. Some of this year’s featured artists include Orbital, The Cannabinoids featuring Erykah Badu, Kimbra plus another 136 artists set to perform through Sunday. A $215 festival pass gives you access to 35 club showcases, seven optical events and the three-day conference. Individual show tickets range from $15-$30. Go to for a complete list of venues, performers, times and dates and to purchase tickets.

The Italian Festival at Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center this weekend features a Danzante Grape Stomp competition, attractions, exhibits, children’s activities, Italian and Italian-American arts and crafts, a pizza toss and a classic vehicle show. The festival is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Go to

Hailing from England and known for her soulful voice, Joss Stone has established herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time with 13 million albums sold and a 2005 Best New Artist Grammy nomination. She’ll stop at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Showbox at the Market, 1428 First Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $35 at

Known originally as a stand-up comedian and “Saturday Night Live” cast member, Dennis Miller has expanded his career to include political commentator, actor, sports commentator and television and radio personality. He will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Ages 21 and older only. Tickets are $40-$80 through Ticketmaster.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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