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Comedy competition, wine and beer festival, pet expo, music and more events this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm with No Comments »
November 2, 2012 3:50 pm

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Billed as America’s biggest touring comedy festival, the Seattle International Comedy Competition is in its 33rd year and going strong. With 33 comedians from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa and more than $10,000 in cash prizes, the two-week competition will bring out some of the best up-and-coming comedians. It will be at 7:30 tonight at the Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., and then at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Tacoma’s Comedy Underground at Big Whisky Saloon, 100 S. Ninth St. Tickets for the Auburn show are $18-$20; tickets for the Tacoma shows are $15. Go to

Savor wines and microbrews from small Washington producers at the Mount Rainier Wine Festival. Enjoy appetizers and music from 2-8 p.m. at the Mount Rainier Lions Club, Grand Tasting Hall, 27726 state Route 706 E. in Ashford. The $25 admission includes a wine glass and 10 tasting tickets.

America’s Family Pet Expo
is all about your family pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, reptile, bird, fish or even a potbellied pig. The event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. It also features pet adoptions, pet products and Jump, The Ultimate Dog Show at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 119 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Admission is $6-$12; younger than 5 get in free. Go to

Step back to the era of poodle skirts, early rock ’n’ roll and classic cars for the LeMay Fabulous Fifties Sock Hop. Cut a rug while raising funds for the LeMay Family Collection Foundation and its programs. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the LeMay Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma. The evening includes dinner, dancing, a costume contest, entertainment, silent and dessert auctions and a dance contest. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers. For more information, call 253-272-2336.

Hear three-time Grammy winner Branford Marsalis perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Marsalis takes a historical tour celebrating the music of his hometown, New Orleans, with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. The concert will feature music from early brass bands; songs by Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and King Oliver; and classics such as “Basin Street Blues.” Tickets are limited. Call 206-523-6159.

Starting out as a martial artist and expanding to comedy, acting and writing Joe Rogan is known for his roles in the TV comedy “NewsRadio,” “Just Shoot Me” and movies such as “Zookeeper” and “Here Comes the Boom.” He’ll perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $35 at 877-784-4849 or

Chelsea Peretti has appeared on “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Louie” and “Tosh.0.” She has a recurring role as a guest correspondent on “Lopez Tonight.” She also writes for the television show “Parks and Recreation.” See her at 8 and 10:30 tonight and Saturday at Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., Tacoma. Tickets are $10-$15. Call 253-282-7203.

After hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his single “Black and Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa received the Best New Artist at the 2011 BET Awards and Top New Artist at the Billboard Music Awards this year. See his “The 2050 Tour” with Juicy J, Chevy Woods and others at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets are $39.50 through Ticketmaster.

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