Friday (Sept. 15) — Sunday
Chris Rock in three shows
Well known for his comedy specials, movie roles and stints as Academy Awards host, Chris Rock focuses his comedy on observational and social issues. His “Total Blackout Tour” will stop in Seattle for three shows — 8 p.m. Friday at McCaw Hall plus 7 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Theater. Tickets are $46-$121.25 and available through Ticketmaster.
Family festival in Old Town Tacoma
You can experience pioneer life in Old Town Tacoma at the Job Carr Cabin Museum’s Pioneer Days Festival. There will be heritage crafts, live music, hands-on demonstrations and old-time games from noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Job Carr Cabin Museum, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma. Go to www.jobcarrmuseum.org/cabin-events for more information
Fantasies on stage with ladies night
Billed as a first-class ladies night, Magic Men Live is coming to the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. The high-energy show will be at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25-$93.75 and available by phone at 253-591-5894 or online at broadwaycenter.org.
Friday (Sept. 15) — Thursday
Fair brings big name entertainers to the stage
The Washington State Fair, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup, will continue this week with a variety of grandstand concerts. Tickets include admission to the fair. Here’s what’s happening this week:
I Love the 90’s. 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15), $40-$75; Hank Williams Jr. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $45-$70; Casting Crowns. 7:30 p.m. Monday, $30-$50; Thomas Rhett. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $70-$90; Modest Mouse. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $58-$85; free Fiestas Patrias celebration 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
Go to thefair.com for more information.
Saturday — Dec. 31
Exhibit brings light to WWII internment
Highlighting the World War II interment of Japanese Americans in 1942, the new exhibit “Witness to Wartime: Takuichi Fujii Exhbition” is opening at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. The opening will feature curator Barbara Johns discussing curating the exhibit and the significance of Takuichi Fujii’s artwork. Admission to the opening is included in the general admission price. For more information, call 253-272-3500 or go to washingtonhistory.org
Music, food and of course beer at festival
Bring in fall at the Hops & Crops Music and Beer Festival from noon-6 p.m. Saturday. The festival will feature four bands, beer from more than 10 local breweries plus food. It’s also dog-friendly with activities to keep pups happy. The 21 and over event will be at the Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn. Tickets are $20 at the gate and $10 for designated drivers or nondrinkers. Call 253-288-7433 or go to wrvmuseum.org/hopsandcrops.html for more information.
Gig Harbor artists open studios for tour
Celebrating 25 years, the greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour is bringing together 27 local artists to share their work in 18 studios. The artists live and work in Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, Fox Island and South Kitsap. The tour — from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday — is free and open to the public. Meet artists, see where and how they work and the different media of each artist. The tour also offers one-of-a-kind pieces of art for purchase. A self-guided tour map is available at gigharboropenstudiotour.org.
‘Clean’ comic Gaffigan at KeyArena
With humor based on fatherhood, observations, laziness and food, comedian Jim Gaffigan is regarded as a “clean” comic with a deadpan delivery. He’s coming to KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $31-$81 and available through Ticketmaster.