Friday (Nov. 18)-Nov. 27
Blues from around world
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Having played the blues for more than 50 years, Taj Mahal incorporates elements of world music into his works, including sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific. See him perform at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Set times are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Tuesday. Tickets are $37.50 at jazzalley.com.
Shop from artists who live here
Discover the talents of local artisans in the Tacoma Is For Lovers and King’s Books’ Artist Craft Fair this weekend. The two-day event, designed to promote local artists, will feature different local artists each day showing art works, crafts, jewelry, letterpress prints and more. It is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. Admission is free. For more information, go to kingsbooks.com.
Sewing, crafting extravaganza
Sewing and craft enthusiasts will want to make their way to the The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival to check out everything to do with sewing, quilting, crafts and fabrics. There will be workshops, the latest in sewing machines and more at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday (Nov. 18), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Go to quiltcraftsew.com for more information.
Early Christmas cheer
Get a jump on the holiday spirit and join in the fun at Christmas at the Historic Orr Home: Let Heaven and Nature Sing this weekend. Discover Christmas as it would have been celebrated in 1880-1910 in the historic home. Rooms will be decorated, local musicians will perform, and local artisans will demonstrate and sell their works. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Orr Home, 1811 Rainier St., Steilacoom. Admission is $10, free for children younger than 14. Get more information at 253-584-4133 or steilacoomhistorical.org.
Cool bowls, hot soup
Join in supporting the Emergency Food Network and get a cool bowl at the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser Saturday. Choose from more than 1,500 local crafted bowls to purchase with prices starting at $10. After purchasing bowls, guests are served a bowl of soup donated by local chefs. 1-3:30 p.m. at Charles Wright Academy, 7723 Chambers Creek Road W., Tacoma. Admission is free. For more information, go to efoodnet.org.
Friday (Nov. 18)
Music that’s light, dark
Take in the music of the Tacoma Community College Orchestra with featured soloist Cindy Renander, clarinetist, in a 7:30 p.m. concert Friday (Nov. 18). The program will include works by Dvorak, Rossini and Beethoven that explore the light and dark of music. The free concert is at Tacoma Community College, Building 2, 6501 S. 12th St., Tacoma. For more information, call 253-460-4374.
Wednesday — Dec. 31
Little Mermaid in Seattle
The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle, is bringing the Broadway musical, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” to the stage, opening Wednesday. Filled with the Academy Award-winning hits by Alan Menken, the new production boasts new costumes and a pop-up book inspired set. It will continue through Dec. 31. For showtimes and tickets, go to 5thavenue.org.
Friday (Nov. 18)
A Temptations revue
Get down with the Motown sound when Nate Evans and the Temptations Revue come to the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. The group performs all the classics including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Tickets for the 8 p.m. show Friday (Nov. 18) are $45-$50 at brownpapertickets.com.