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Published June 18th, 2014 - 8:13PM
Actor Dirk Benedict, the original Starbuck from "Battlestar Galactica" fame, is the first media guest announced at The Jet City Comic Show on Nov. 8 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
Published June 18th, 2014 - 1:25PM

This Saturday is Go Skateboarding Day, the worldwide “holiday of skateboarding” as proclaimed by the International Association of Skateboard Companies. So what’s Tacoma and Seattle doing about it? A free skate clinic/competition event in Tacoma’s Tollefson Plaza, and a brand-new skateable piece of art in Seattle’s Jefferson Park.

First, Tacoma: Hosted by Alchemy Indoor, a local non-profit aimed at giving youth safe, dry skating places to develop skills (including a planned indoor skate rink), the event includes a free youth skate clinic from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (sign up online), a slope-style competition and open-plaza skate from 2-3 p.m. and competitions from 3-6 p.m., with an afterparty at downtown skate shop Grit City Grindhouse, 311 S. 7th St.

Both Alchemy Indoor and Grit City Grindhouse are the products of Spaceworks, the City of Tacoma partnership that puts creative enterprise and art into vacant commercial spaces downtown. Grit City Grindhouse is an alumnus of the program, with a now-commercial space on South 7th Street, but Alchemy has been getting advice from the program to find a space for their indoor rink.

Meanwhile, in Seattle this Saturday will see the unveiling of a new public sculpture that’s also skateable. The brainchild of pro skater Torey Pudwill and Oregon artist C.J. Rench, and supported by Red Bull and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, the Red Bull Skate Space features skateable metal sculptures that curve around the skate space at Beacon Hill’s Jefferson Park, a designated District Skatepark location in the city’s citywide skate plan.

“It’s a wonderful idea,” said Alchemy’s Ben Warner. “I would really like to bring something like that to Tacoma, which has a great skateboarding history – it was the first city ever to remove skatestoppers (metal brackets fixed on structures to deter skateboarders).

The space will be unveiled on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with Pudwill and fellow pro skaters Ryan Sheckler, Felipe Gustavo, Tom Schaar, Alex Midler, Ryan Decenzo and Joey Brezinski.

Tollefson Plaza: 1700 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Jefferson Park: 4101 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle

Published June 16th, 2014 - 5:39PM
Meeker Days, the party that Puyallup throws for itself every year, turns 75 on Friday (June 20). The festival named after pioneer and Puyallup founder Ezra Meeker runs for three days this weekend.
Published June 16th, 2014 - 3:11PM
“Monty Python’s Spamalot” is a wildly funny romp through medieval England as envisioned by Eric Idle of Python fame, replete with crude humor, topical references, brilliant songs, crazy sets and costumes, and a lot of word play.
Published June 14th, 2014 - 8:00AM
Explore our shores at low tide, sail the Adventuress, check out car shows, enjoy music and more happenings this week
Published June 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Winter is coming.
Published June 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Route 66 — the highway that once spanned between Chicago and Santa Monica, California — exists now more in the imagination than on pavement. But, like many things mid-20th century, it’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
Published June 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The Ford Mustang turns 50 years old in 2014, but this is one pony that still runs like a colt.
Published June 7th, 2014 - 6:25PM
Rescue the princess. Defend the earth. Slay dragons. All are possible this weekend at the Greater Tacoma Trade & Convention Center, where — until 3 p.m. Sunday — Tacoma is the center of the pinball and arcade game universe.
Published June 7th, 2014 - 8:00AM
There are festivals, music, history walk and gleaning projects kick off to join in this weekend.
Published June 6th, 2014 - 1:31PM
NW Pinball & Arcade Show is taking place at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center all weekend long.
Published June 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Saturday With an emphasis on independent, creator-owned comics, the Olympia Comics Festival comes Saturday to three venues in Olympia. Different from the large commercial comicons, this is an alternative comics event with an emphasis on creativity and personal expression. It kicks off at the Capitol Theater, 206 E. Fifth Ave., with a round-table interview, dramatic interpretations of terrible comics, various short presentations, and stand-up comedy from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is $6 at the door.
Published June 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The annual Maritime Gig Festival will flood Gig Harbor with more events than ever Saturday and Sunday.
Published June 2nd, 2014 - 6:56AM
Home is a small bucolic community on the shores of Key Peninsula. One hundred years ago, it also was an anarchists’ enclave and a hotbed of controversy.
Published May 28th, 2014 - 4:09PM
Lady Gaga has cancelled her concert tonight at Seattle's KeyArena after coming down with what's being described as a severe case of bronchitis.
Published May 23rd, 2014 - 8:44AM
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Published May 22nd, 2014 - 1:26PM
Provocateur comedian Margaret Cho will appear at The Evergreen State College in Olympia on May 28. The actor, stand-up comic and social commentator will perform in the college’s recreation center at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Published May 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
For a solo artist, singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin has done a surprising amount of collaborative work throughout her career. The musical luminaries she’s worked include Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and Sting.
Published May 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Take a seat Tacoma, you’re about to get teased.
Published May 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
They were willing but their nation wouldn’t have them.
Published May 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
In the end, 16 years worth of work came down to just four minutes. That was all the time Charlie White and Meryl Davis needed to become the first-ever American ice dancing Olympic champions this February in Sochi, Russia. Since then the pair have kept a hectic schedule performing, touring with “Stars on Ice” show and appearing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Published May 14th, 2014 - 1:54PM
Attention David Tennant fans: Here's your chance to see the cult favorite "Doctor Who" on the big screen and a new 3D documentary that he's narrated - all for one price over two nights.
Published May 10th, 2014 - 8:00AM
This weekend's events recognize the area's ties to the maritime history, plus cultural festivals and Mother's Day.
Published May 9th, 2014 - 12:05AM
John Ridley is a busy man. He’s a novelist, playwright, director, producer and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “12 Years A Slave.”
Published May 9th, 2014 - 12:05AM
“UFOTOG” just might change the way we look at movies. The short film, by special effects master Douglas Trumbull, will premiere Sunday as part of the Seattle Cinerama Sci-Fi Film Festival,
Published May 9th, 2014 - 12:05AM
If the men and women who create special effects for the movies were as heralded as actors and directors, Douglas Trumbull would be a household name.
Published April 30th, 2014 - 12:53PM
The region’s largest community musical theater, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, is bringing “Shrek,” “Evita” and other Broadway hits – both classic and recent – to its main stage for the 2014-2015 season.
Published April 28th, 2014 - 3:46PM
They cleaned up at the Grammys and now Macklemore and Lewis are cleaning out their closets. And you'll be able to get a close-up look at their thrift shop finds at EMP Museum.
Published April 26th, 2014 - 8:00AM
Volunteer at your local park, do some shopping for your yard or garden, take in music, tour Meeker Mansion and more this weekend.
Published April 25th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Have you ever wondered what really goes on at Groom Lake, Nev., otherwise known as Area 51?
Published April 25th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Even if you live in Lakewood it might be easy to forget that the town of 60,000 people — Pierce County’s second-largest city — is home to a lot of entertainment options. This weekend’s Sister Cities arts festival likely will bring in a lot of visitors, so I spent a couple of days exploring some of the fun things to do in Lakewood to prove that you can be a tourist in your own town.
Published April 24th, 2014 - 2:55PM
It’s hard to argue the pairing of wine and chocolate. Several events that feature the pair occur in our region annually and the next one is this weekend: the LeMay Family Collection Foundation’s Wine & Chocolate Affair.
Published April 19th, 2014 - 8:00AM
There are lots of things to go and do this weekend from Living History Day to local theater and excursion train rides to The Temptations.
Published April 18th, 2014 - 2:37AM
The sixth-grade girls in the small Aleutian Islands fishing village of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, all wanted to be Sleeping Beauty in the school play. All, that is, except for Darby Stanchfield.
Published April 18th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Ash Cornette is a 30-year-old Tacoma computer tech. He’s also Complex.
Published April 17th, 2014 - 6:54PM
Have you ever wondered what really goes on at Groom Lake, Nev., otherwise known as Area 51?
Published April 11th, 2014 - 9:16AM
The smell hits you even before you walk into the little red barn alongside Interstate 5 in Fife: A dozen pigs and five steers make a heck of a lot of manure. But for the teenagers from Fife High School’s Future Farmers of America group, it’s all part of a day’s schoolwork – and part of the excitement of the Washington State Spring Fair.
Published April 10th, 2014 - 2:36PM
Comedian Tom Cotter’s claim to fame is losing to a dog act. Not that he minded. It was on ratings juggernaut “America’s Got Talent,” and he was the most successful stand-up in the show’s history.
Published April 9th, 2014 - 1:55PM
Hold on to your Chihuahuas.
Published April 9th, 2014 - 1:08PM
Singer-songwriter and Radio Disney starlet Megan Nicole will appear Saturday at the NW Family Expo at the Pacific Sports and Events Center in Tacoma. The event will offer a day of family entertainment and tips from experts. Ticket proceeds will benefit Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center. From a diaper dash to a meet-and-greet with Nicole, the daylong event will have more than 100 vendors and nonprofit organizations offering services, products and resources.
Published April 9th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When Michael Boyd and John Radke began college at Pacific Lutheran University, they were former high school classmates with the same goal: to start a rock ’n’ roll band.

Hey, it was the ’60s.

Published April 5th, 2014 - 8:00AM
Daffodil parade travels through four cities, blues festival in downtown Tacoma, paddlers cup in Gig Harbor and more happenings this weekend
Published April 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
This is not for the claustrophobic. I’m crawling through a ventilation duct, peering through grates, trying to spy on a KGB agent. In a few moments I’ll have to negotiate a laser maze to successfully complete my espionage mission.
Published April 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Motocross Tour is coming to the Tacoma Dome this weekend, and rider-athlete Brody Wilson thinks newcomers to the sport should give it a try.
Published April 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
There are those who are doing it for the first time. And then there are those who’ve been doing it so long they’ve lost count of the years they’ve done it. But whichever end of the spectrum an individual is on, participants agree Tacoma’s annual Junior Daffodil Parade is just as much fun – and an important way to be a part of the community, whether a participant is riding a unicycle, leading a dog or showing off stroller moves.
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