First known for the hit singles “I’m Eighteen” and “Schools Out,” Alice Cooper has been a heavy metal icon since the mid-1970s. He will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. Tickets are $35-$75 at Ticketmaster.
Friday (Nov. 21)-Saturday
Laugh it up
Funny man Damon Wayans is known for his myriad of characters, appearing in TV shows “My Wife and Kids” and “In Living Color,” and the movies “Beverly Hills Cop,” “The Last Boy Scout” and “Bamboozled.” He is also the author of New York Times Best Sellers “Bootleg” and “Red Hats.” He is coming to the Parlor Live Comedy Club, 1522 Sixth Ave., Seattle, for 7:30 and 10 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $35-$45 at parlorlive.com.
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Satire with an English accent
Known for his work as a “correspondent” and substitute host for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” John Oliver struck out on his own this year, launching HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” quickly earning a spot of his own in news satire. This weekend, he’ll put on two stand-up shows, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $41.25, available at 877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org.
Kick up your heels
Delve into the dramatic world of flamenco with Mariana Collado and Carlos Chamorro at Flamenco Casa Patas. Accompanied by talented singers and musicians, the program is created by Collado, a graduate of the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory of Spain. They will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $16-$32 for adults, $14-$30 for seniors and $8-$16 for youth, and are available by phone or online; 360-753-8586, washingtoncenter.org.
Since emerging from England in the 1960s Judas Priest has been known for twin lead guitars and a wide operatic vocal style. It is recognized as one of the best and most original heavy metal bands. The band is bringing its Redeemer of Souls Tour to the Tacoma Dome for a 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday. Tickets are $35-$65 and available through Ticketmaster.
Carving out a niche
Discover intricate and beautiful works in wood at the annual Northwest Woodcarvers Association Show and Sale this weekend at Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup. The show will feature expert bird carver and teacher Keith Preece along with a juried carving gallery, free demonstrations, seminars, sales and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, good for both days; kids younger than 12 are admitted free. For more information, go to woodcarvers.org.
Triple dog dare
With a kooky leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, music, festivities and fun, “A Christmas Story, The Musical” is returning to the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. It opens Tuesday and runs through Dec. 30. Tickets start at $29 and you can get yours online at 5thavenue.org.
One of the biggest names in R&B, soul and hip-hop, Usher has a long credentials list that includes hits “Burn,” “Confessions Part II,” “My Boo” and “Yeah!” plus eight Grammy Awards. He’s also an occasional coach on “The Voice.” See him in a 7:30 p.m. concert Wednesday at KeyArena in Seattle Center. Tickets are $35-$150 and available through Ticketmaster.