Friday (Sept. 8)
R&B icon comes to Emerald Queen Casino
Highly recognized — eleven-time Grammy Award nominee, six NAACP Image Award nominations and one win, 2009 Soul Train Icon Award and others — Charlie Wilson has made his mark on the R&B music world. His song, “There Goes My Baby,” was the No. 1 Urban Adult Song for 2009. Starting his career at the lead vocalist for The Gap Band, Wilson has been performing since 1972. He’s coming to the Emerald Queen Casino for an 8:30 p.m. concert Friday (Sept. 8). Tickets are available through Ticketmaster
Walk and run for lung cancer research
Get to walking or running and help support lung-cancer research at the annual Puget Sound Free to Breath Run/Walk this weekend. Along with the run/walk, there will be activities and information on Free to Breath, the advocacy nonprofit. It starts at 7:25 a.m. Saturday at Wright Park, 316 S. G St., Tacoma. Registration is $30 adults, $15 youth. Go to freetobreathe.org/pugetsound for more information.
Music, food and cars at Fender Bender
Join in the fun of the Summer Ender Fender Bender free bash at LeMay America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St., Tacoma. See local car owners and their vintage vehicles at the cruise-in, listen to live music and sample food from nine specialty food trucks. The festival is free. Admission to the museum is reduced to $10 for adults and $5 for youth. It is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information go to americascarmuseum.org
Plan your wedding at Tacoma expo
If you’re planning a wedding in the near future, then make plans to take in the Tacoma Fall Wedding Expo this weekend at the Tacoma Dome. There will be vendors for everything to do with wedding planning, informal gown modeling throughout the day and a gown sale. Hosted by the Brides Club, hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $16; discounted tickets are available online at bridesclub.com/tacoma-wedding-expo
Everything electric at car show
Get a first-hand look at what’s new in electric cars at Steilacoom’s Annual Electric Car Show on Saturday as part of National Drive Electric Week. It’s a celebration of the clean-air and cost-saving benefits of plug-in electric cars. There are 50 vehicles registered, including Tesla’s Model X and the ProTerra EcoRide Bus recently added to Pierce Transits’ fleet. Come check it out from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Steilacoom. It’s free. Go to tinyurl.com/ycrfl8o4 to find out more.
Brunch, fun and booze at Bacon Eggs & Kegs
Make it a brunchy booze fest at Bacon Eggs & Kegs this weekend at CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. It’s a celebration for brunch fanatics, local brew lovers and bloody Mary enthusiasts. Experience dishes from the best restaurants, chefs and food trucks plus more than 60 breakfast-friendly brews and ciders and the 30-foot Bloody Mary Bar, Mimosas, Irish coffee, Bozzy root beer floats and more. Play games while you explore from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 and include 12 beverage tastings. Go to baconeggsandkegs.com/seattle/about for more information.
White River Amphitheater brings Foreigner to the stage
Known for its biggest hit single, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Foreigner has been performing since 1976. Currently on its 40th Anniversary Tour, the band is coming to the White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn, for a 7 p.m. concert Saturday. Joining the band on stage will be Cheap Trick. Tickets are $29 to $181 and are available at Ticketmaster.
Wednesday — Oct. 1
Broadway hit opens at 5th Avenue Theatre
With 10 Tony nominations, the Broadway hit, “Something Rotten,” is the smash comedy telling the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, in the 1590s, trying to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shapkespeare keeps getting all the hits. It’s coming to the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle, opening on Wednesday. It will continue through Oct. 1 with tickets starting at $29. Go to 5thavenue.org for more information.