W e don’t have to tell you Batman fans that director Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” – the final film in his Batman trilogy – is coming to a theater near you at 12:01 a.m. July 20. But we do have news for you: You’ll have the chance to watch all three films back-to-back-to-back starting Thursday evening. “Batman Returns” and “The Dark Knight,” the first two installments starring Christian Bale, will be shown starting about 6 p.m. at a cineplex near you. A marathon ticket also gets you a seat to the midnight showing of the new “The Dark Knight Rises.” Marathon tickets are $25 and include a keepsake poster and lanyard. The marathon is playing at most large theater complexes from Olympia to Everett. Order tickets at your favorite online vendor. Experience lavender and all its therapeutic and aesthetic attributes at the annual Blue Willow Lavender Festival this weekend. There will be lavender crafting, harvesting, drying, kids’ activities, cooking with lavender and sound stage artists. The festival is at the Blue Willow Lavender Farm, 10615 Wright Bliss Road KPN, Gig Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Saturday; admission is free. bluewillowlavenderfarm.com The peninsula’s Family FunFest, sponsored by PenMet Parks, offers kid-friendly live entertainment with Roberto The Magnificent, Vortex Dog Agility, Harmonica Pocket, Reptile Man and Rodney Raccoon, plus all kinds of bouncy inflatables. The fun runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Sehmel Homestead Park Pavilion, 10123 78th Ave. N.W., Gig Harbor. 253-858-3400, penmetparks.org. It’s that funny-looking, big-leafed plant with the tart root that has been a part of the Puyallup Valley for years. Celebrate rhubarb with all kinds of family-friendly fun at Rhubarb Days from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday at Heritage Park in downtown Sumner. Today’s events are skewed more to the older crowd with shopping, touring and history, plus a free concert in the evening featuring Chris Anderson. Saturday is all about the family, with free activities, including antique tractors, a pie-eating contest, a scavenger hunt, live music and rhubarb tastings and products. Admission is free. rhubarbtimes.com. Based in Tacoma, Folsom Prism is a modern-day tribute to Johnny Cash, the Man In Black. The band’s high-energy renditions bring Cash fans both a traditional and a modern view of the music that spanned generations. They will play at 8 p.m. Saturday at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $16-$20 and can be purchased by phone at 253-396-9169. He’s got reggae running in his veins. Ziggy Marley, icon Bob Marley’s oldest son, continues the Marley tradition performing his own version of reggae along with some pop-themed music, including “True To Myself,” “Drive,” “People Get Ready,” and “Tomorrow People.” He will play Thursday as part of ZooTunes at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. It is currently sold out, but check online for late-release tickets. Although Bob Saget is best known for his family-friendly roles in TV’s “Full House” and as the original host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” he is also known for his very adult-themed stand-up routine. He’s performing two shows – at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday – at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $30 and available by phone or online; 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. Four-time Grammy Award-winner Lyle Lovett has been writing and singing since 1980. His Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album, “It’s Not Big It’s Large,” was released in 2007; he released a new studio album, “Natural Forces,” in 2009. He will play Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $47.50-$77.50 and available through Ticketmaster. This year’s Tacoma Old Town Music Festival is Saturday, and it will be a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Thirteen acts will perform on three stages at two 30th Street locations. The daylong festival kicks off Saturday with the Blues Berry Pancake Breakfast 9 a.m.-noon. Music starts immediately after on two stages at Slavonian Hall (2306 N. 30th St.); music starts at 3 p.m. at The Spar (2121 N. 30th St.). Bands on the schedule include Little Bill and the Bluenotes, The Blues Brothers, The T-Town Aces, James King and the Southsiders, Hot Rod Holman, Jr. Hill, Ravin Wolf, Steve Cooley and the Dangerfields, Cold Shot, Champagne Sunday, Gin Creek, and Palmer Junction. Tickets are $20 for an all-day pass. Go to tacomaoldtownbluesfest.net to learn more.
ThursDay A Batman-a-thon Today-Saturday Heaven scent Saturday Free family fun Today-Saturday Fruity festival Saturday Hear the train a-comin' Thursday Marley and you Thursday R-rated Saget Sunday Loving Lovett SATURDAY Old Town blues