Saturday With an emphasis on independent, creator-owned comics, the Olympia Comics Festival comes Saturday to three venues in Olympia. Different from the large commercial comicons, this is an alternative comics event with an emphasis on creativity and personal expression. It kicks off at the Capitol Theater, 206 E. Fifth Ave., with a round-table interview, dramatic interpretations of terrible comics, various short presentations, and stand-up comedy from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is $6 at the door.
The expo is at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. N., from 1:30-6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Meet the guests of honor, Charles Burns, Simon Roy and Jesse Reklaw when they are at Danger Room Comics, 201 W. Fourth Ave., for signings from 6-8 p.m. For all the details go online to olympiacomicsfestival.org.
Saturday Join in University Place’s annual Duck Daze Festival featuring the UPTown Crusin’ Car Show, Duck Daze Parade, “Race a Duck” plus festival booths and live entertainment. The parade route will follow Bridgeport Way from South 27th to 34th streets, ending at Town Center. The fire and police stations will be open and there will be plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy. It’s from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Monday Cee Cee James, who recently headlined at the Gray Skies Blues Festival, brings her jazz style to a live performance broadcast on NWCZ radio at The Stonegate Restaurant & Bar, 5421 South Tacoma Way. The evening is hosted by Jonathan “Oogie” Richards and features Mark Riley opening the show at 8:15 p.m. Monday.
Saturday Grammy Award-winning rapper Coolio also is a chef, actor and record producer, who began performing in 1987. To date, he has sold more than 30 million records globally and has performed in concerts around the world. See him in an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $15 and you can get yours by phone or online; 253-396-9169, jazzbones.com.
Thursday Coming out of Eugene, Ore., the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies play a mix of swing and ska with modern rock and pop influences including rockabilly, rhythm and blues, soul and world music. Known for the hit album, “Zoot Suit Riot,” that sold more than 2 million copies, the group continues to play and tour. See them in two shows Thursday — 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.— at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $26.50 and available by phone or online; 206-441-9729, jazzalley.com.
Sunday The curtain comes down on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 41st season with its annual Season Encore Performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s a show of some of PNB’s greatest hits and features the entire company, along with the orchestra. Some of the pieces include “Romeo et Juliette” excerpt Balcony pas de deux, “Emergence,” “Swan Lake” excerpt Act IV pas de deux, “The Sleeping Beauty” excerpt Bluebird pas de deux, and “The Sleeping Beauty” excerpt Rose Adagio. Tickets are $35-$200 and are available online at pnb.org.
Saturday–Sunday In honor of Philippine independence day, the Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival brings the sights, sounds and tastes of the Philippines to Seattle Center. Delve into Filipino culture, arts, music and dance along with traditional foods starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington, it’s being held in the Armory/Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center and admission is free. For more details go to festalpagdiriwang.com.
Wednesday–June 29 Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” with award-winning members of the Broadway cast is coming to the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Opening Wednesday the Broadway production includes legendary songs “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” It continues through June 29 with tickets from $39.25-$100 available at 5thavenue.org.