Model train lovers should make plans to take in the Great Train Expo , a national traveling show that features as many as 500 tables of train dealers offering hobby tolls, die-cast vehicles, train whistles and more. Head to the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger. For more information, go to greattrainexpo.com/info.html .
A collaboration of some of the South Bay reggae stand-outs, Fortunate Youth is a six-piece band that combines rootsy vibes, bass lines, multiple harmonies and heavy keys for its sound. They’ll play at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $9.99 and are available online at jazzbones.com.
Friday (Nov. 14)
A potpourri of sound
Blending Celtic folk with bluegrass, Mexican, Eastern European, African, zydeco, soul and country influences, The Paperboys is not your traditional folk band, relying on mostly acoustic music. See the group at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 14) at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $12.50 and available online at jazzbones.com.
He’ll talk pretty Monday
Known for his comedy, satire, books and radio storytelling, Seattle favorite David Sedaris is returning to share published stories and works in progress. He will speak at 8 p.m. Monday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Tickets are $45-$54 and can be purchased by calling 206-215-4747.
Friday (Nov. 14)-Sunday
Check out fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, silver, rocks, minerals and more at Gem Faire at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall this weekend. More than 70 exhibitors from around the world will be on site, and you can get your jewelry cleaned or repaired while you shop. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Friday (Nov. 14), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for a weekend pass; children younger than 12 are admitted free. For more information, go to gemfaire.com.
Striving to bring in some of the best short films from around the world, the Seattle Shorts Film Festival is a one-day film extravaganza held at the SIFF Film Center at the Seattle Center. Shorts are shown in blocks of five to seven starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. For a complete schedule and ticket prices, go to seattleshort.org/schedule.html.
Back on the road with a new fall show, Yo Gabba Gabba Live brings “Music is Awesome” to the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Celebrating five years on the road, creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz hand-picked the music for the coolest rock concert for kids. There are two shows — at 3 and 6 p.m. — Tuesday; tickets are $19.25-$39.25. Call or go online to get yours: 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org.