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Published March 12th, 2014 - 12:03PM
Bulls, and the cowboys who ride them, will fill the Tacoma Dome this weekend for the Professional Bull Riders Passport Invitational.

The event will feature the 2013 PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney and 35 other bull riders on Saturday and Sunday for the event, part of the 2014 Built Ford Tough Series.

Each two hour plus show will feature the bull riders attempting to stay on top of their 2,000-pound rides for eight seconds. 

In addition to Mauney other riders include Silvano Alves, Renato Nunes, Guilherme Marchi, Mike Lee, Iron Cowboy and 2013 Rookie of the Year Joao Ricardo Vieira, British Columbia’s
Ty Pozzobon, Jory Markiss, Douglas Duncan, Ben Jones, L.J. Jenkins and defending event
champion Marco Eguch.
Published March 10th, 2014 - 12:37PM
Chateau Ste. Michelle announced today some of its summer concert series lineup. Coming to Woodinville are John Legend, Sarah McLachlan, Allen Stone, Steve Winwood, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris.
Published March 10th, 2014 - 12:19PM
The Daffodil Queen, Marissa Modestowicz, and her court were just crowned on Friday. On Saturday you can meet some of them at Tacoma Mall when they’ll be reading to children at Book Blast.
Published March 8th, 2014 - 8:00AM
Dig into the paleontology world at Burke Museum, check out everything new in home remodeling, get jazzy at Marine View and other happenings this weekend
Published March 5th, 2014 - 12:44PM
A Federal Way singer so overcome with stage fright that she's adopted the stage name of "Music Box" made it on to the NBC reality talent show "The Voice" on Tuesday. Music Box was chosen by celebrity coach Shakira. The 28-year-old contestant sang “You Gotta Be” during the show’s signature blind auditions.
Published March 5th, 2014 - 11:51AM
Audiences have been stampeding to "Odysseo" - the Cirque du Soleil-like equestrian spectacle at Redmond's Marymoor Park. In response ten matinee and evening performances have been added to the schedule through March 30.

"Odysseo" opened on Feb. 19 featuring 66 horses and 52 human performers. It's an eye-popping show of ethereal music, dream-like interactions between horses and humans and some death-defying stunts.
The show one-ups itself from the previous version which brought a similar (but smaller) big top tent to Marymoor. "Odysseo" uses a gigantic screen, an actual on-stage hill, functional carousel and, of course, beautiful horses and lithe performers to create a sensory overload.
Published March 4th, 2014 - 12:13PM
Watch Hollywood stars under the stars when Cinema Gig, the free outdoor movie series, returns to Gig Harbor this summer.
Published March 2nd, 2014 - 9:35PM
As Meryl Streep made a scene in the lobby of the Theatre on the Square on Sunday — and Jack Nicholson called to her from across the room — the costumes and gowns at Tacoma’s Oscar party were as elaborate as those at the real deal.
Published March 1st, 2014 - 8:00AM
Take in the Shelton Crab Feed, the Tacoma Concert Band concert, Sustainability Expo, lots of music and Sukiyaki at weekend events
Published February 28th, 2014 - 1:25PM
The U.S.'s Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated an historic performance to take a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in ice dancing. You'll get to see them in "Stars on Ice" on Sunday, May 18 for a 4 p.m. performance at KeyArena.
Published February 28th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It’s cinema’s biggest night of the year, but you don’t need to be a Hollywood starlet or quirky film director to get your time on the red carpet. Once again, Tacoma’s home for independent film, The Grand Cinema, is hosting its Academy Awards Party on Sunday at the Broadway Center’s Theatre on the Square.
Published February 22nd, 2014 - 3:03PM
Whether you're wanting to explore nature, plan a wedding, enjoy the symphony, experience wine and food or are an aviation enthusiast, there's plenty to do this weekend.
Published February 21st, 2014 - 1:06PM
Spring is so close we can almost feel the mild sunshine, and that means it is the season to mark your calendars for the coming months of popular East Pierce County events. Here is a roundup of events to keep in mind as winter winds down ...
Published February 21st, 2014 - 12:05AM
Not all of the battles of the American Civil War were bloody. Some skirmishes took place far from the battlefields and used ideology, not bullets.
Published February 20th, 2014 - 9:42AM

Published February 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Friends and family will hold funeral services Monday for local TV personality Bob Corcoran, a 1960s talk show host who lived in Puyallup and died Wednesday at the age of 83.
Published February 14th, 2014 - 1:05PM
Wine and chocolate are the themes of a South Sound Wine Trail event running Feb. 28 through March 2. 

The “Wine & Chocolate Passport” has participants visiting the six wineries on the Wine Trail at times of their own choosing over three days. The trail stretches from Lacey to Tenino to Shelton. The wineries include Madsen Family Cellars, Medicine Creek Winery, Northwest Mountain Winey, Scatter Creek Winery, Stottle Winery and Walter Dacon.  Each winery will feature hand crafted wines and chocolate treats.
The wines will include red and white varieties, dessert wines, fruit wines and mead. Each winery will offer five wines to taste. Vintners will be present.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at any of the participating wineries. Advanced tickets are $30 at brownpapertickets.com or southsoundwinetrail.com. Tickets are $40 at the door. The passport includes wine tasting and chocolate at each location as well as $3 off on total wine purchase at each winery.
For more information about the South Sound Wine Trail and its member wineries visit www.southsoundwinetrail.com.

Published February 14th, 2014 - 12:41PM
The clang-smash-thud of Motorsport Mayhem returns to the Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup on April 11. The Fair runs April 10-13.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.  The Monster Truck Show is on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Slamfest Demolition Derby is on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks show. The Sunday, April 13 Slamfest at 4 p.m. features big cars and a crane drop by Mike Buse aka “Mr. Dizzy,” one of the “American Daredevils” from the History Channel.

All of these are separate ticketed events. Advance purchase tickets include Spring Fair admission, a $10 value.

Here’s more information on the events from today’s announcement:

To purchase Monster Truck or Slamfest tickets online, visit:
Tickets are also sold by phone 888-559-3247, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily; or in person at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at 9thAve SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Monster Truck Show:
The Monster Truck Show on Friday night is produced by WGAS Motorsports. Featured trucks and drivers include (trucks subject to change):
•        Bounty Hunter
•        Iron Outlaw
•        Captain USA
•        Wrongway Rick
•        Detour
•        Time Fly’s
•        Scarlet Bandit
•        Mirror Image
•        Obsession
•        Team Survivor

The newest and youngest rising monster truck Super Star, Rosalee will be driving “Detour”. She has been featured on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Good Morning America,” and featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

There will be a free Pit Party on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., where Monster Truck Show ticket holders can see the trucks up close and meet the drivers. Kids of all ages can enjoy taking a ride on a tricked-out monster truck on Friday, April 11 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 12 from noon to 4 p.m. for $7 (cash) per ride.

Slamfest Demolition Derby
Slamfest Demolition Derby is produced by Evergreen Speedway/High Road Promotions. Both derbies include Figure 8s, the Derby Heat Races, and Slamfest (the last car standing wins). The Saturday derby features trucks and cars, followed by a fireworks show. A free pit party follows the Sunday show.

Mr. Dizzy, the star of the History Channel’s hit show, “American Daredevils” will be signing autographs after the Saturday and Sunday Demolition Derby performances. He will also do a crane drop at the Sunday Slamfest performance.

Don’t miss Auto Alley, a popular Pacific Raceways showcase. A race car theme will draw all ages of guests, as well as interactive motorsports fun.

The Spring Fair in Puyallup offers fun for all ages and interests, including All Alaskan Racing Pigs, free entertainment, DockDogs, the Northwest Junior Livestock Show and Sale, nearly 350 exhibits, food, rides, and much more. Kids, ages 0-18 years can enjoy BECU’s Kids FREE Gate Admission from 2 pm – 10 pm on Thursday, April 10 only. Non-perishable donations are recommended for the Puyallup Food Bank’s food drive throughout the day on Thursday. Military Appreciation Day, presented by KVI 570 AM and KOMO News Radio 1000AM/97.7 FM will be on Friday, with free gate admission to active, reserve, retired military and their dependents with valid military ID.

Discount gate tickets are available March 17 at participating Fred Meyer stores, Safeway stores, and South Hill Mall for $7.50 (adults), and $5.50 (students 6-18 years).

Adult gate tickets are $10 at the gate, and Students (6-18 years) are $8 at the gate. Children five years and under are free. Parking is free.  Hours are Thursday (4/10) from 2 – 10 pm; Friday and Saturday (4/11-4/12) 10 am – 10 pm; and Sunday (4/13) from 10 am – 8 pm.

The 2014 Spring Fair marks the 25th year the event has been held, drawing over 100,000 guests. Animals, the NW Jr. Livestock Show, free entertainment, kids’ activities, Northwest Living & Garden, Motorsport Mayhem and much more attract large crowds to this celebration of spring each April. For more info about the Spring Fair, April 10-13, 2014, or the Sept. 5-21, 2014 Washington State Fair, visit www.thefair.com, or text “THEFAIR” to 87767.

Published February 14th, 2014 - 12:32PM
Mount Rainier and other national parks are allowing free entry over the President's Day weekend.
Published February 14th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Bowling is back at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood.
Published February 14th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Asian New Year Celebration
Published February 13th, 2014 - 12:57PM
A new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum sheds light on the role that the Pacific Northwest played in the War Between the States and how the war in turn affected them.
Published February 7th, 2014 - 12:05AM
With chocolate, origami valentines and an un-party, the Pierce County Library System is organizing a variety of free Valentine’s Day-related events at several branches. The events are sponsored by Friends of the Libraries.
Published January 31st, 2014 - 12:05AM
Tacoma native Richard Wiley, a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for best American fiction, will have two Tacoma readings and signings of his new novel “The Book of Important Moments.”
Published January 31st, 2014 - 12:05AM
Let’s get this straight: I hope the Seahawks win Sunday, if only for the sake of my friends’ sanity. But do I need to watch the game? Absolutely not. I’m quite content to listen for the roar of either triumph or despair resounding throughout Washington at the end.
Published January 31st, 2014 - 12:05AM
There’s no denying that the 82,000 people who will pack MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday will get to see the game of a lifetime. But they also are going to see their bank account balances drop along with their core body temperatures.
Published January 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Lakewood’s 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will carry the theme The Dream Begins: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The free event will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Clover Park Technical College.
Published January 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Power to the people! At least as much power as an early Volkswagen could have delivered.
Published January 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Many comedians hone their craft by performing in front of critical audiences. Craig Gass developed his skills with a particularly tough audience: his family.
Published January 7th, 2014 - 9:24PM
Figuring out what the state and federal taxes on Sheree Heil’s “The Price is Right” winnings will be is about as complicated as, well, filing taxes.
Published January 7th, 2014 - 8:32PM
Sheree Heil knows her shoes. And that, says the 58-year-old Tacoma nurse, is how she was in a position to win a $157,300 car, making her the biggest daytime winner in the history of “The Price is Right” TV game show.
Published January 7th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It’s easy to understand why people occasionally report sightings of Bigfoot in the mossy forests of the Olympic Peninsula. What else could explain a fast-moving biped with long flowing hair climbing trees and plunging into icy streams?
Published January 3rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
Along with 66-inch wheels and a 540-cubic-inch engine, Taryn Laskey races her monster truck with one other indispensable piece of equipment: a hair bow. One of just a few female drivers working the monster-truck circuit, Laskey is not afraid to let her femininity fly.
Published December 30th, 2013 - 5:38PM
A Tacoma woman on Monday became one of the biggest winners in the history of TV’s “The Price is Right” game show.
Published December 27th, 2013 - 12:05AM
“Polar Bear Plunge” is now the worldwide term for a New Year’s Day jump into frigid waters. It attracts more participants than, say, “Go hypothermic in the ocean.”
Published December 27th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Unless you’ve been out of town for six years, you’ve probably heard of First Night: the arts-based, family-friendly, indoor-outdoor celebration that takes over downtown Tacoma on New Year’s Eve every year.
Published December 25th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Lifelong Tacoma resident Dean Tsapralis says music has kept him busy for 55 of his 68 years. But after a downtown storage unit he rented was submerged under mud and 9 feet of water in September, other things have kept the percussionist busy.
Published December 19th, 2013 - 6:00AM
Ryan Payton and his investor and partner, Professor Jeffrey Matthews, launch "Republique" on Thursday in the iTunes app store. The men, both connected to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, raised almost $556,000 using online crowd-funding business Kickstarter. UPS students also helped produce the game.
Published December 16th, 2013 - 3:40PM
The girl who craves a different kind of buzz, Lorde, is coming to Seattle’s WaMu Theater on March 24, it was announced today. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Published December 14th, 2013 - 12:05AM
A space that formerly held a pair of DeLoreans at LeMay–America’s Car Museum now is home to the auto shrine’s new Family Zone.
Published December 7th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.
Published December 6th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Will Ferrell does not get embarrassed.
Published December 6th, 2013 - 12:05AM
For the third year, three outdoor ice rinks are offering seasonal skating from Tacoma to Seattle to Bellevue. Yes, there are the indoor rinks such as Sprinker, open year-round with high-quality ice and lessons. But for those of us wanting a bit of outdoor ambiance while we skate, we have a tough choice.
Published November 24th, 2013 - 8:39PM
People could hear the hundreds of drummers before they saw them at the 2013 Woodstick Big Beat Sunday at Tacoma's Emerald Queen Casino.
Published November 22nd, 2013 - 12:05AM
LOS ANGELES — American comedian Sarah Silverman has been called profane, offensive, a provocateur and the funniest woman alive.
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