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June
22nd

Highland games, fantasy festival, comedy, beer festival and more happenings this weekend

SATURDAY
Explore the area’s Scottish heritage at the 44th annual Tacoma Highland Games at Frontier Park, 21800 Meridian Ave. E., Graham. Enjoy massed bagpipe bands, a British antique car show, a clan gathering, vendors, piping and drumming, Highland dance and field events competitions. The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 adults; $10 youth, seniors and military with identification. For a full lineup of activities, go to tacomagames.org/events. html.

Fantasy and reality play well together at All’s Faire Fantasy Festival this weekend. The cross-genre festival mixes fantasy and history for a fun-filled family

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June
20th

Go viral at the Grand Cinema with ’12 Monkeys’

Before Brad Pitt was fighting infected zombies in “World War Z” he was battling his own disease-creating father in “12 Monkeys.”

Viruses are the topic of discussion and entertainment when the Grand Cinema and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department collaborate for an evening of “Science on Screen” on June 27.

A talk about dangerous viral outbreaks by emerging diseases expert Dr. James Bales and disease outbreak control public health leader Nigel Turner will be followed by a screening of the 1995 Brad Pitt/Bruce Willis film “12 Monkeys.”

The Grand Cinema received a grant from the

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June
17th

Drake to play Tacoma Dome Sept. 26

Grammy winner Drake will be playing the Tacoma Dome on September 26, part of his Would You Like A Tour?, it was announced today.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 21.

The Would You Like A Tour? tour (I know…awkward) kicks off the day before in Portland with special guest Miguel.

Here’s more from the announcement:

Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling recording artist Drake today announced his 41-city North American WOULD YOU LIKE A TOUR? arena tour in support of his highly anticipated upcoming album release NOTHING WAS THE SAME, due out later this year.

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June
15th

Tony Bennett and Cyndi Lauper in concert, Father’s Day car shows and more happenings this weekend

SATURDAY

Join in to support arts education when Tony Bennett takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma.
The legendary 17-time Grammy Award-winner will perform American classics and pop standards. At 86, Bennett is still going strong with more than 50 million records sold worldwide. He is among a handful of artists who have had albums chart in every decade from the 1950s into the new millennium. Tickets are $89, $129, $189 and a $249 option that includes a post-show reception with a hosted bar, dessert buffet and gifts. Call 253-591-5894 or go

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June
13th

Summer Sounds at Skansie begins June 25

The free outdoor concert series at Gig Harbor’s Skansie Brothers Park starts again on June 25.

Summer Sounds at Skansie will run on consecutive Tuesdays through August 20. All concerts start at 6:30 p.m. at the waterfront park in downtown Gig Harbor.

The line-up this year:

June 25: THE GOTHARD SISTERS
www.gothardsisters.weebly.com

July 2: BLUE ROCKET MUSIC
www.pnwmusic.com

July 9: THE NEW BLUES BROTHERS
www.pnwbands.com/newbluesbrothers

July 16: 133RD ARMY NATIONAL GUARD BAND
www.washingtonarmyguard.org

July 23: THE BEATNIKS (STREETS CLOSED)
www.thebeatniks.com

July 30:

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June
13th

Sasquatch expands to second weekend in 2014

The quick-to-sell-out Sasquatch Music Festival announced today it will add a second weekend to next year’s festival. The added dates will have a separate lineup from the first weekend.

Next years dates are May 23-25 (Memorial Day weekend) and July 4-6 (Independence Day weekend).

This year’s festival sold out in a record 90 minutes. The popular festival takes place at The Gorge, the concert venue high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy.

June
11th

Michael Bublé to play KeyArena Nov. 15

Michael Bublé is coming to KeyArena for a Nov. 15 show. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Here’s more from the announcement:

The Grammy Award-winner is touring in support of his #1 release, “To Be Loved.” His previous Crazy Love Tour sold out in 80 US cities and was seen by over two million fans worldwide. His stage show is propelled by a string of smash hits including his current single “It’s A Beautiful Day,” “Haven’t Met You Yet,” “Home,” and “Everything,” along with Michael’s distinctive interpretations of classics like “You Make Me Feel So

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June
11th

Tacoma’s BQDanza brings giant puppets to Art on the Fly, kicking off the Seattle International Dance Festival this weekend

A dancer in puppet costume plays with Naomi Jacobsen at a PLU rehearsal. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti
Avalon Ragoonannan, wearing a bride puppet, dances with Naomi Jackobson at BQ Danza’s rehearsal for Art on the Fly. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti

 

Question: Where can you see giant wearable puppets, audience-controlled marionettes, a Bollywood flash mob and national champion breakdancers all in one day?

Answer: At Art on the Fly, the free outdoor kick-off dance event for Seattle’s International Dance Festival. Art on the Fly happens from noon-9 p.m. this Saturday on Terry Avenue in South Lake Union; while the festival runs June 14-23 and involves emerging and established companies from the Northwest and around the world.

But it’s Art on the Fly, though, that involves Tacoma group BQDanza, headed up by our own choreographer Carla Barragan, who is bringing back 14-foot-high Peruvian Paway puppets in a roving performance they’ve been practicing this week on campus at Pacific Lutheran University.

“It’s improvisation…the moment it’s happening it’s just enjoyment (for the dancers),” explains Barragan, as she watches her troupe of five cavort with passers-by in the PLU courtyards. “The performers love interacting with the audience. And mostly the audiences are very respectful, and join in. The hard part is rehearsals, getting it together behind the scenes.”

Along the campus’ shady walkways, the figures stroll like a Diego Rivera painting come to life. Read more »