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Events for the week ahead: Comedy, concerts, Tacoma Rose Society Rose Show, blues festival and more

Roses at the Tacoma Rose Society Annual Rose Show  on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Roses at the Tacoma Rose Society Annual Rose Show on Saturday, July 12, 2014.


Long-time comedian Dana Cook at Emerald Queen Casino

Starting his career as one of the first comedians to use social media, Dana Cook is known for his observational, often vulgar and dark comedy. He’s released five comedy albums and appeared in the movies “Mr. Brooks,” “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Planes.” He will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $65-$175 and available through Ticketmaster.


Chris Brown’s Heart Break on a Full Moon tour at White River Amphitheatre

Controversial Grammy Award-winner Chris Brown is on the road with his Heartbreak on a Full Moon tour to promote the album of the same name. He will be at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn for a 7 p.m. show Thursday. Tickets are $20-$169 and available through Ticketmaster.


Roses galore at Tacoma Rose Society Annual Rose Show

The Tacoma Rose Society — here for more than 100 years — is the oldest in the state. With the theme “Of Mountains and Roses,” its Annual Rose Show will offer all types of roses on display and in competition from noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Hall Medical Center, 314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. It’s a free event. For more information, go to


Blues at summer festival in Tacoma

Boasting nine bands and a day of music, the Blues Summer and Music Festival will take over The Swiss Pub, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma on Saturday. Doors will open at noon and music will begin at 1 p.m. In addition to saluting the blues, the festival will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Randy Oxford Band. Other bands taking part will be Cannibal Hamster, TuN The Band, Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek, Trevalyan Triange, Emerald City 5, Altai, Moon Daddy Band and Suite Clarity. Kids can stay until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for South Sound Blues Association members. Go to for more information.


Local artists and performers are stars of Summer SOULstice

An intersection of creativity, community and commerce, Summer SOULstice will feature emerging and established artists, including Thy Nguyễn, poet, artivist and former Tacoma poet laureate; Olivia Thomas, vocalist and visual artist; and the band Hybrid, playing funk and soul music. Painter and muralist Tiffanny Hamonds will create a painting during the performances and local artists and entrepreneurs will display their work. The event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tacoma Art Museum, 1702 Pacific Ave. For more information and free tickets, go to


Comedian Kathy Griffin comes to The Moore Theatre

After a year of national controversy and a run of sold-out shows, Kathy Griffin is bringing her Laugh Your Head Off tour to The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Her no-holds-barred show will break down everything in pop culture from Donald Trump to the Kardashians. The show will be at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $45-$85 and available by phone at 800-982-2787 or online at

Friday (June 15) — Saturday

Pablo Francisco at Tacoma Comedy Club

Performing for more than 20 years, including touring as part of “The Three Amigos” and appearing several times on Comedy Central, Pablo Francisco is known for vocal impressions of famous people, sound effects and character voices. He will be at the Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., Tacoma on Friday and Saturday. Showtimes are 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $25-$32 and available at

Saturday and Sunday

African-American culture on display at Black Arts Fest

The Seattle Center’s Black Arts Fest will offer a chance to delve into the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture. There will be live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and international gifts along with dance workshops and traditional drumming. Hours are noon-8p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.