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Two generations of singer-songwriters at Tahoma Tea on Saturday

Seattle Singer-songwriters Jill Cohn and Fleur Jack will perform Saturday at a free all-ages show at Tahoma Tea.

Here’s a bonus: Where else can you say you saw Jack and Jill in concert together?

Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.

The show is being promoted as “two generations of Seattle Songwriters.” When I spoke to Cohn today she wasn’t shy about telling me she’s 48. Jack, Cohn said, is young enough to be her daughter.

Cohn didn’t put out her first record until 30, late for a musician, she said. “I’ve always dealt with the ageism thing,”

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Newly minted porn star Nadya “Octomom” Suleman to appear in Tacoma on Friday

Nadya Suleman, the woman who gained fame when she gave birth to eight babies in 2009, is now an adult film actor. On Friday the “Octomom” will appear at Castle Megastore to herald the release of her first adult DVD, “Octomom: Home Alone.”

This marks the first adult video Suleman has made. I guess when you have 14 mouths to feed you really need to get creative. Then again, Suleman is the poster girl for Bad Decision Making.

In 2009 Suleman set the image of in vitro fertilization back to the stone age when she gave birth to the octuplets.

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Mega ukulele jam at Proctor Farmers Market Aug. 4

It seems like everyone I know has suddenly picked up the ukulele. There are uke classes, orgs, bands and jams.

I hosted a beach party the other day and suddenly there was a ukulele session at the campfire. My puzzled Mexican cousin-in-law observed, “That is a strange Mariachi band.”

If you are a uker don’t miss Mega Uke Tacoma 2012 – Tacoma’s Biggest Ukulele Jam on Saturday, August 4 at the Proctor Farmers Market in Tacoma.

Hosted by WASSUP (Washington Association of South Sound Ukulele Players) it promises “two hours of ukulele fun with 100 of your new best friends!”

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Go fly a kite…at Chambers Creek kite festival

If you’ve visited the new jewel in our regional park system, Chambers Creek Regional Park, you know that the Central Meadow is a popular place for flying kites.

This Saturday the Pierce County Parks & Recreation and the Pierce County Kitefliers are having a kite festival there. The event will be held in the Central Meadow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The free event is kid-oriented. The first 200 kids will get a free (but they assemble) kite and there will demos, vendors and other fun stuff.

Even if you don’t fly kites I suspect there

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Shyan Selah to release new single at Freighthouse Square

Rock/soul/hip hop fusion recording artist Shyan Selah and his band, The Republic of Sound, will be performing and releasing a new single, “Pink Butterfly,” on Saturday at Freighthouse Square.

The event is also a breast cancer benefit.

Selah’s entertainment company, BNW Global, recently moved to Freighthouse Square and will be producing one event a month there, said Candice Richardson, vice-president of media relations.

Selah is the brother of local rapper Quincy “Q Dot” Henry.

Who: Shyan Selah
Where: Freighthouse Square/Foss Hall
When: 7 p.m. Saturday


Author J.A. Jance talk and book signing at UP library on July 26

New York Times best-selling author J.A. Jance will appear at University Place Pierce County Library on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. for a free talk and book signing.

Jance joins a list of over 20 authors who have given talks and book
signings at the University Place library since it opened in its new location last year.

Jance is the author of the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series and four thrillers about the Walker Family.

Jance’s newest book in the Brady series, “Judgment Call,” will be released July 24 and will

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Get yourself down to Art on the Ave today – but don’t expect to see Vicci

Art on the Ave Festival, the ever-growing arts and entertainment spectacle in Tacoma, promises to have a record crowd today. Don’t miss out.

Read our advance story here.

Despite rumors, Tacoma singer Vicci Martinez will not be performing, her manager told me last night. (Martinez performed last there last year fresh off her third place finish on “The Voice.”)

The festival runs 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sixth Avenue between Cedar and Trafton Streets in Tacoma.


Lots of free family events including Art on the Ave, Pride Festival, rhubarb, carnivals and more this weekend

It’s a weekend full of community festivals. Here are some happening all around the Sound.

Annual Pride Celebration noon-5 p.m. July 14, Pierce Transit Park, Broadway, Tacoma. Free. 253-383-2318, Read our story about the event at:

Art on the Ave Tacoma’s annual art festival featuring a mobile glass Hot Shop, live music, artist vendors, “grub crawl” and much more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday on Sixth Avenue between Pine and Trafton streets. Admission is free. Read about the event at:

PowellsWood Storytelling Festival featuring local and national story tellers, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today. Free

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