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Archives: May 2013


Bon Jovi headed to Tacoma Dome for Oct. 5 show

UPDATE (June 4): Single, regular tickets that were orignially announced to go on sale on Saturday, June 8 will now go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10.

Bon Jovi announced today that the Tacoma Dome is going to be a stop on its “Because We Can” tour on Oct. 5.

The band is offering all sorts of VIP packages – pricey additions but full of swag and backstage access. Check out their website for full details. VIP/backstage tickets for the Tacoma show go on sale at 10 a.m. on June 4.

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Kent sharpshooters survive first episode of ‘Top Shot’

Two Kent marksmen survived the first episode of the History Channel reality show “Top Shot” on Wednesday night.

You can read my profile of Kyle Sumpter and Kelly Bachand here. It ran in last week’s GO section.

The elimination style ‘Big Brother’-meets-‘Survivor’ style show will net the winner a cool $100,000. The show, now in its fifth season, is built around testing the skills of expert marksmen using a variety of weapons and challenges. There were 16 contestants going in to the show tonight. Now, there are 15. (Contestant Greg Littlejohn was eliminated.)

This season

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No maybe about it: Carly Rae Jepsen will play State Fair

Carly Rae Jepsen and Hot Chelle Rae will perform at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 20. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Jepsen, the singer behind “Call Me Maybe,” “Tonight Tonight,” and “I Like It Like That,” and double Platinum certified quartet Hot Chelle Rae will share the stage in Puyallup.

Here’s more from the announcement along with another State Fair addition:

The concert featuring Carly Rae Jepsen plus Hot Chelle Rae will take place on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Fair’s 2013 Concert

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Kal Penn to narrate ‘Fantastic Journey’ at the Paramount

You might know actor Kal Pann as cinematic stoner Kumar or, in real life, as an Obama adiministration director. On June 6 he takes on the role of narrator when he takes the stage at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for the West Coast Premiere of “Icarus at the Edge of Time.”

Penn is joining the Seattle Science Festival as the narrator for the opening night’s performance of the multimedia work.

Penn is perhaps best known for playing the role of Kumar in the “Harold and Kumar” film series. He also portrayed Dr. Kutner in TV’s “House.” Penn left acting

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Edilbe crops workshop, Hydro Fever Gestival, Gig Harbor Street Scramble, Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival and more happenings this weekend

Take a moment to recognize Memorial Day at the Arlington Northwest Memorial on display at Cummings Park, 2201 Ruston Way, Tacoma. The collection of symbolic grave markers will be hosted by Veterans for Peace Chapter 134 of Tacoma. It will also include recognition of civilian deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as suicides of American servicemen. Admission is free to the public from dawn to dusk. Sponsors of the display created it as a nonpolitical display intended to inspire consideration on who pays and who profits from wars.

Learn how to reap a

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Showbox SoDo event cancelled due to cracked beam, organizer says

A structural beam in the ceiling of Showbox SoDo in Seattle cracked as crews set up for the FareStart Guest Chef Spectacular event today, according to FareStart spokeswoman Christina Starr.

She said a structural engineer advised that the venue be closed for the night.

FareStart cancelled the event and will issue full refunds to ticket holders, Starr said.

The event was scheduled to feature a selection of food and alcohol from local businesses that support FareStart, which aims to give the homeless and disadvantaged life and job skills through training in the food service industry.

Starr said FareStart hasn’t decided whether to

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Celebrate Gospel music on Sunday

A concert and awards event will fill Allen AME Church with the joyful sound of gospel music on Sunday.

“Gospel Music in the Old Time Way” will start at 3 p.m. at the church at 1223 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Tacoma.

MCs for the event are Minister C. Ivan Johnson and gospel comedian Tracie Davis.

The event will honor over a dozen gospel performers.


The Eagles to play KeyArena Sept. 4

Time to make your reservations at the Hotel California. The Eagles will play KeyArena on Sept. 4 – a stop on their History of the Eagles tour. Tickets go on sale Monday.

The tour kicks off on July 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. The tour was announced last month in conjunction with the release of the band’s documentary, “History of the Eagles,” but the Seattle stop was just added this week.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at the KeyArena Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets,, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. All tickets subject to service charges

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