They are giants
Best known for for an unconventional and experimental style of alternative music, They Might Be Giants have been performing since 1982, releasing 16 studio albums and they have won two Grammy Awards. The duo will be coming to the Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle, for an 8 p.m. show Thursday. Tickets are $27.50 in advance and $28.50 day of show. Call 877-784-4849 or go to stgpresents.org.
A festival for every taste
It’s all about celebrations in Lakewood when three free festivals bring “Fest Day” to the Pierce College campus, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.
Makerfest, organized by Pierce County Library, embraces the maker and do-it-yourself culture with activities, and displays demonstrating everything homemade. It is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in the Rainier Building and Science Dome.
Come out and admire the works of South Sound artists at the Lakewood ArtsFest . Also featured will be student artists’ works on display 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Celebrate the culture of Bauang, La Union, the Philippines, as part of the Sister Cities International Festival . There will be traditional music, dance and performances plus food and information booths. It is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the college Performance Lounge.
There will also be free admission to the Pierce College Science Dome , the South Sound’s only digital planetarium. Hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Day of the comics
Get into the world of comics at two events this weekend. The Puyallup Library is hosting “Puli-Con: a Mini-Comic Con” from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. It will feature panels on writing comics and fan culture, an artists’ alley, comic-inspired crafts and games. It coincides with Free Comic Book Day, and free comics will be given out from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. while supplies last. The day will close with a Cosplay Dance after the library closes. The entire day is open to the public and free. To find out more, call 253-841-5454.
Pierce County Library also is participating in Free Comic Book Day and will be giving out free comic books, while supplies last, at the following branches: Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Road SW; Sumner Library, 1116 Fryar Ave.; Milton Edgewood Library, 900 Meridian E. Suite 29; and Steilacoom Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd., all are open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Hop until you drop
If you’ve ever loved playing hopscotch as a kid, then join in with the University of Puget Sound to break the Guinness World Record Hopscotch for the longest course — 3.5 miles long. Students and the community will be playing on the course, there will be a barbecue, KUPS music and kids art, making it a family-friendly free community event. It is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at the university, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 253-879-3100.
Cool lines, clean angles
Join in an exploration of modern architecture at the Seattle Modern Homes Tour from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Six private homes will open their doors for the tour showing off their distinctive features designed by some of the region’s top architects and designers. If you’ve driven by that “amazing house” and wondered what it looks like inside, then this tour is for you. Go to modernhometours.com/event/2015-seattle-modern-home-tour to purchase tickets — $30 in advance, $40 Saturday — and to receive the link to the homes for the self-guided tour.
The game is on
Gamers will want to make plans to take in Seattle iFest from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. The free festival is for anyone interested in games and is great for independent-game developers from startups to established studios. There will be visionary speakers, presentations and workshops, providing an in-depth look at the facets of the gaming industry. It’s at the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. To find out more about the speakers and schedule go to ifest.us/?page_id=625
“Summer of 69”
With a comedic take, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally expose their marriage in all its details featuring songs, funny talk and a wild final act in “Summer of 69.” They will be performing at 6 and 9 p.m. Friday at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $37.50 and you can get yours by phone or online; 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org.