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Gingerbread house jamboree, live radio play, comedy and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Nov. 24, 2012 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
November 23, 2012 3:58 pm

The Franklin family including Twina, Aleyia, 2, R.J., 4, and Rashawd, from left, construct a gingerbread house at the Gingerbread Jamboree at the Hotel Murano's Bicentennial Pavilion in 2008, Janet Jensen, staff photographer

Start a new family tradition by creating your own cookie house at the annual Gingerbread Jamboree at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma. Sessions are 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $40 for up to four people. The event is in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Call 253-627-6031 or go to

Today-Dec. 22
“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
by Joe Landry is inspired by the classic American film. The Spotlight Players production comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast at the Meridian Habitat Park Community Center, 14422 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup. With the help of the radio announcer, musicians and sound effects, memorable and well-loved characters come to life. Showtimes are 7 tonight-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 14-15 and 21, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22. Tickets are $13-$16. Call 253-251-1930.

It’s a night of comedy and soul at the “Nate Jackson’s Super Funny Thanksgiving Weekend Comedy Show” on Saturday. The evening will feature Rob Stapleton, Vanessa Fraction, Billy Sorrells and others who will throw down classic stand-up comedy. The funny business starts at 8 p.m. at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. Tickets are $20-$35 and are available by phone, online or at DJ Tabers Barbershop, South 56th and M streets, Tacoma. Call 360-888-2891 or go to

Wednesday-Dec. 2
Immerse yourself in a Christmas past at the Victorian Country Christmas Festival opening on Wednesday at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Celebrating 25 years, the celebration features a Victorian village filled with 560 stores, visits with Santa, entertainment and gourmet food and wine. The spotlight concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 features Sara Darling. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Dec. 1 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2. Admission is $7-$10; ages 5 and younger get in free; parking is free. For more details, go to

performs melodic death metal music in live shows and also is a virtual band featured in the Adult Swim animated program “Metalocalypse.” On tour in support of its third album, “Dethalbum III,” the band perform at 6 tonight at the Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle. Also taking the stage will be Machine Head, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder. Tickets are $35 at

Glen Campbell
has more than 50 years of performing under his belt, has released more than 70 albums and accumulated no fewer than 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums and one double-platinum album. Some of his more notable hits include “Gentle on My Mind” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Campbell is on a final “Goodbye Tour.” He will be on stage at t7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $21.25-$61.25. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

Male a cappella can conjure up images of students in blazers singing traditional college songs, but Straight No Chaser is neither strait-laced or vaudeville-style kitsch. The group is reinventing a cappella with a modern pop sound. See the group perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are 29.50-$47.50 at 206-684-7200 or through Ticketmaster.

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