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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 1st, 2014 - 12:58PM
Don’t be surprised if you see Spider-Man webbing up the 11th Street bridge or Iron Man flying over the LeMay car museum in 2016.
Published March 29th, 2014 - 8:00AM
1940s music review "In the Mood," Seattle Men's Chorus, local theater and more happenings this weekend
Published March 22nd, 2014 - 8:00AM
Get dirty at the Titlow Mud Run, listen to music, dance with fairies, shop for bargains and more happenings this weekend
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 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 20th, 2014 - 9:42AM

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 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 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 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 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 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.
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