Iron Maiden to rock T-Dome
Piloted by vocalist Bruce Dickinson, the Boeing 747 dubbed “Ed Force One” will bring Iron Maiden to Tacoma for its concert Monday. The heavy-metal band is in the midst of its Book of Souls world tour. Tacoma is just one of nine tour stops in the United States. The show is set to start at 7:50 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. Some tickets remain through ticketmaster.com and secondary sellers.
Spring Fair opens Thursday
The Washington State Spring Fair opens Thursday and runs through April 17, and will now include Sillyville, the kids ride area. There will be free concerts, monster trucks, Dock Dogs competition and much more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-18. If you purchase tickets through Wednesday, they are $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids. Also kids will get in free from 2-10 p.m. Thursday if they bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Puyallup Food Bank. thefair.com/spring-fair.
Immerse yourself in Irish culture
Get into the world of Ireland at the annual Sean-nos Northwest Festival this weekend. Celebrating and promoting sean-nos singing, dancing and the Irish language, the festival is sure to entertain and educate with workshops, performances and more. It’s taking place at The Evergreen State College’s Communications Building. Hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; seannos.org.
For those looking to downsize or know someone thinking about it, head out to the Upside of Downsizing Conference at the Tacoma Dome. Learn ideas and insight to making the smooth transition to a more manageable lifestyle from speakers, exhibitors and question-and-answer sessions from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 and available at tinyurl.com/jcphdsr.
Support the Japanese Saturday Language School and Agape Senior Activity Center at its annual Agape Spring Bazaar from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. There will be Japanese food including obento, teriyaki, Japanese bread and bake sale, plus Japanese books, DVDs and a flea market. All proceeds support the building fund for the senior home. It’s at 3640 S. Cedar St., Suite U, Tacoma; tinyurl.com/jl2n84w.
Get low down
Bass Academy is returning to the Northwest with some of the best professors of bass music, featuring Adventure Club, Skism B2B Must Die, Etc!Etc! B2B Lookas, Stylust Beats B2B Truth and Just One B2B Subsonic Drops, to name a few. Learn everything you need to know, whether you’re a veteran bass enthusiast or a newcomer. Bass Academy is crafted for all levels of education. Participants must be 18 and older. Come to the Tacoma Dome from 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday. For tickets, go to tinyurl.com/guoe3mx.
Friday (April 8)
Star Trek live
Bringing together the signature music and film clips, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage comes to the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. The production includes a live symphony orchestra performing as some of the iconic film and TV footage is beamed in HD to a 40-foot wide screen. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show Friday (April 8) are $35-$75 and available at 877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org.
Friday (April 8)-Sunday
Get with the beat
Join in the beat at this year’s World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center this weekend. The festival promotes education and participation in world music drumming and dancing activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. There will be a variety of classes and interactive drumming sessions throughout the day. Hours are noon-10 p.m. Friday (April 8), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. For a complete schedule, go to swps.org.
Friday (April 8)-Sunday
Chinese culture at McCaw
Weaving ancient legends and modern heroic tales with music and dance, Shen Yun celebrates 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Known for its classically trained dancers, unique orchestra blending East and West and animated backdrops, the show is returning to McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle, Friday (April 8) through Sunday. Tickets start at $60 and available through Ticketmaster.