Paddle on over
Billed as the premiere event for Pacific Northwest canoe, kayak, paddleboard and outrigger athletes and enthusiasts, the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup will be taking over Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, this weekend. The two-day event features competitive racing for experts and novices as well as kids. There will be an expo on shore featuring industry manufacturers, clubs, retailers and nonprofits. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. It’s free to watch and open to the public. For more information, go to gigharborpaddlerscup.com.
In its 45th year, University of Puget Sound’s Hui O Hawai’i student club’s Spring Lu’au recreates the warmth, rhythm and beauty of Polynesia in the Pacific Northwest. Known as one of the state’s largest celebrations of Polynesian culture, this year’s theme is Hali’a Alhoa or “cherished memories,” which will be shared through song, dance, food and story. Dinner is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Wheelock Student Center on campus and the program will begin at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Fieldhouse. General admission tickets for the dinner and show are $24, dinner-only $16 and show-only $12. Cost for seniors, campus members and 17 and younger are $17, $12 and $9, respectively; children 4 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.pugetsound.edu. Call 253-879-3100 for more information.
Go to Church
Country artist Eric Church has produced four studio albums since signing with Capitol Records, with hits including “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most,” “Drink in My Hand” and “The Only Way I Know.” He’s touring the country, and coming to KeyArena for a 7:30 p.m. concert Wednesday. Tickets are $25-$59.50, and you can get yours through Ticketmaster.
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Bringing together two art forms that are unlikely to be performed together — dance and radio — “This American Life” host Ira Glass has created a funny and lively evening of dance and stories. Joining him are Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass who bring their own storytelling in their dance. The 8 p.m. show Saturday is at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $26.25-$75 and are available by phone or online; 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org.
Get a gown
If you’re a bride looking for a dress, then make plans to try out the Brides for a Cause Wedding Dress show this weekend at the Point Defiance Pagoda. Shop from more than 500 new and used dresses offered at a discount with pricing starting at $150, with an average cost of $500. Half of the proceeds will benefit Wish Upon A Wedding, a nonprofit dedicated to granting weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and life-altering situations. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. To register, go to bridesforacause.com or call 503-282-4000.
New York based multi-instrumentalist and bandleader George Colligan is an award-winning jazz artist coming to the Jazz Live at Marine View concert series on Sunday. He has worked with likes of Buster Williams and Lonnie Plaxico and released a new CD, “Risky Notion.” The free concert at Marine View Presbyterian Church, 8469 Eastside Drive NE, Tacoma, is at 5 p.m. and is open to all ages.
Rising pop star
Becoming a household name with her television show “Sam & Cat,” and releasing two billboard climbing albums in 2013 and 2014, Ariana Grande has made a big splash in the music world. With two Grammy Award nominations and hit songs including “Break Free,” “Problem,” “Bang Bang” and “Love Me Harder,” she continues to make the charts with her music. She will be performing in a 7:30 p.m. concert Tuesday at KeyArena in Seattle Center. Tickets are $25.50-$65.50 and are available through Ticketmaster.
An evening with Chris Tomlin
The Grammy Award-winning contemporary Christian music artist Chris Tomlin is known for hits including “How Great Is Our God,” “Jesus Messiah” and “Our God.” As a worship leader of many Passion events, he continues to tour and perform around the country. See him in a 7 p.m. concert Saturday at KeyArena at Seattle Center. Get your tickets — $25-$35 — through Ticketmaster.