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Monster trucks, home and garden show, fitness expo, music and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Jan. 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
January 4, 2013 1:22 pm


Today–Sunday
Get your earplugs out and head out to the Tacoma Dome this weekend to take in the roar, thunder and fun of the Advance Auto Parks Monster Jam. See trucks such as Grave Digger, Hot Wheels, Max D and Captain America run through the high-impact indoor course and jump vehicles. There are several shows to choose from: 7:30 tonight, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$20 through Ticketmaster.

Today–Sunday
Now that you’ve put away all of your holiday decorations, it’s the perfect time to brighten up your home and yard with new ideas at this weekend’s Puyallup Home, Remodeling and Gardening Show. The event includes hundreds of exhibitors, product demonstrations and advice from experts at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; $7 seniors and military; ages 17 and younger get in free.

While you’re getting your home into shape, head over to the Northwest Health and Fitness Expo to get yourself in shape. It’s this weekend in conjunction with the home show. There will be free samples, and visitors can learn how Rose Cowan of Puyallup changed her lifestyle and lost 150 pounds. The expo is included in the admission for the home show.

Saturday
The Northwest High School Honor Band is composed of about 250 of the finest high school musicians from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. They will be at Pacific Lutheran University for two days of rehearsals, which will culminate in two performances. These students are recommended for participation in the event by their high school band directors. They will perform at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Lagerquist Concert Hall on the Pacific Lutheran University Campus. For more details, go to plu.edu/music/ensembles/workshops-and-festivals/honor-band/home.php.

Today
It’s going to be a night of improvisation on steroids at “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” an interactive, unscripted play that the audience can participate in. Improvisers gather song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The favorite song becomes a full-blown improvised musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists at 7:30 tonight at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $9-$26. Call 360-753-8586.

Today–Jan 27
Join the Seattle Shakespeare Company for its production of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” running through Jan. 27 at Center House Theatre at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. The company is presenting a new translation of the play by local author Sean Patrick Taylor that delves into the twists and turns of the marriage of Nora Helmer and her husband, Torvald. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22-$45 at seattle shakespeare.org.

Saturday
The Archaeological Institute of America is joining forces with the Burke Museum to host its 13th annual Archaeology Fair. The Franklin Pierce University Anthropology Club, the Burke Museum, a textile archaeologist from Humbolt State University in California and The Center for Wooden Boats all will participate to provide an experience of archaeology and activities to uncover your inner Indiana Jones. It runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle. Admission is $7.50-$10; ages 4 and younger get in free.

Today
The Tubes gained popularity with their 1975 debut album featuring the single “White Punks on Dope.” But, the group probably is best known for the 1983 top 10 U.S. hit “She’s a Beauty,” which was played frequently on MTV. The group performs at 7 tonight at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $13.75-$30.25 through Ticketmaster.

Tuesday-Wednesday
Tacoma’s own Vicci Martinez has been a fixture in the Tacoma music scene for years and made a big splash on NBC’s “The Voice” in its first season. Last June, she released her first major label album, “Vicci.” Martinez made a trip home to perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $20.50. Go to jazzalley.com or call 206-441-9729.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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