Living & Entertainment

7 Days Out: Your guide to fun in the South Sound

If you’re making wedding plans visit the Tacoma Dome this weekend to check out the Tacoma Wedding Expo. Sponsored by BridesClub, the two-day event features hundreds of vendors and wedding gowns. Learn what’s new before you tie the knot. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 at Ticketmaster.


Skating on thick ice

There’s still time to bundle up and enjoy a fun trip around the ice at the Franciscan Polar Plaza at Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma. The rink offers music, entertainment and an opportunity to make memories with your family through Jan. 11. Current hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday. Tickets are $8 general, $7 military and senior citizens, and $4 children 5 and younger. Skate rental is $2. For more information, go to


Home sweet home

Now that you might have put away the holiday decorations it could be time to rethink your home. Head out to the Puyallup Home and Garden Show this weekend at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW. The show will feature exhibitors demonstrating the latest in home remodeling, building, decorating and improvements. It will also feature display gardens, workshops and professional guest Bill Peregrine, certified sustainable landscape professional. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 general, $7 seniors, military and free for 16 and younger. For more information go to


Eddie loved to go fast

Car lovers might enjoy LeMay: America’s Car Museum’s “If Cars Could Talk: Adult Brown Bag Lunch Series.” Each month, a speaker discusses one of the many chapters in the story of the automobile. The 11:30 a.m. program Tuesday is “Rickenbacker — The Man and the Automobile” by ACM educator and docent Charles Smith. Eddie Rickenbacker was a World War I fighter ace, race car driver and automobile designer among other achievements. The program is free with museum admission of $16 adults, $14 seniors and military, $12 students and $8 youth. For more information, go online to

Friday (Jan. 2)-Sunday

Go symphonic

Join the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, when it will perform “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.” Conducted by Matthew Halls, the concert will feature the Seattle Symphony Chorale and will also play Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D major. There are three performances: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28-$128 and are available online at


No golden tickets needed

Les Claypool, front man and musician for the band Primus, is fascinated with the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” He coordinated with his band to produce and perform a Willy Wonka-themed show that premiered last year and went on to record the soundtrack in an album release. They are back and ready to bring “Primus and The Chocolate Factory” to the stage at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show Saturday are $35.75-$51.25 and are available by phone or online; 877-784-4849,



from now on

Hailing from Boise, with a Northwest take on indie rock, Built to Spill has released eight albums since its start in 1992. The band is known for the critically acclaimed album, “Keep It Like a Secret” and “You in Reverse.” See it Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle. Also joining the group will be Brett Netson & Snakes and The Delusions. Tickets are $25 or $30 the day of the show. Go to for all the details.