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Friday, April 21

REAL ART TACOMA: Cheap Sweat, Stamps, Sprism, Mop (alternative) 8 p.m., $7, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (story telling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Sonic Funk (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Champagne Sunday and Kim Archer (pop, folk, blues, soul) 9 p.m., $10
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
LIFT BRIDGE COFFEE: Squeak & Squawk fundraiser with Pig Snout, Trees and Timber, Coma Figura, Scorn Dog (indie-rock, power pop) 6 p.m., $7, AA
LOUIE G'S: Midnight Rambler, Body Electric (Rolling Stones, Rush tribute) 8 p.m.,… Read Full Story

Lakewood Playhouse presents classic absurdist spoof

Deep into its 78th season of main stage shows, Lakewood Playhouse has opened a production of Tom Stoppard’s 1966 absurdist comedy, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” The play takes two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s masterpiece “Hamlet” and features them as anti-heroes in a convoluted series of dialogues that deal with various facets of the existentialist conundrum. Having found themselves in a peculiar, limbo-like place, the two seem perplexed as to where they are, who they are and why they are. Via a series of scenarios, colored by humor (ranging from slapstick to highly refined wit), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… Read Full Story

Joffrey Ballet Scholarship Award

The Joffrey Ballet recently conducted a master class in University Place at Dance Theatre Northwest for area dancers. In addition, auditions were held for the Joffrey Ballet summer intensive programs. Two DTNW Jr. Dance Ensemble members, 13-year-old Emma Young and 15-year-old Oceana Thunder, were awarded dance scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School New York summer intensive. Both dancers performed leading roles in DTNW’s holiday performances of "Nutcracker" and will be featured in upcoming seasonal community service outreach performances.Read Full Story

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Friday, Dec. 18 JAZZBONES: The Stacy Jones Band (blues) 8 p.m., $7 B SHARP COFFEE: Cara Francis Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., NC-$10, AA DAWSON'S: Little Bill Bluenotes (blues, jazz) 8 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC REAL ART TACOMA: The…

UP for Arts: Featured Artist Barry Crust
Debbie Klosowski

Gorgeous sunsets, crimson leaves and fog enveloping the Olympics are among Nature’s gifts to us. Yet UP Artist Barry Crust takes what nature creates and transforms them into stunning works of art. A retired teacher and coach, Crust has taken his lifelong love of the beach onto a whole new level,…

Third Annual Grand Public Menorah Lighting

Chabad of Pierce County invites the public to join together with local elected officials in front of the University Place City Center on Dec. 13 for the third annual menorah lighting, 5 p.m. Enjoy music, dreidels, doughnuts, hot latkes, dancing and more. For more information, call Chabad at (253)…


Friday, Dec. 4 JAZZBONES: Junkyard Jane, Daniel Castro (blues) 8 p.m., $12 B SHARP COFFEE: Tracy Knoop Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., NC-$10,  AA DAWSON'S: Rock N' Roll Magic (rock) 9 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Decade X (dance) 9 p.m., NC KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC LOUIE G'S: Fifteen…

Laughs abound in TLT’s ‘A Christmas Story’
Matt Nagle

With a cherished holiday film like “A Christmas Story” so firmly engrained in the American psyche, it might seem a risk to present the story in a stage play. After all, this film is known about as widely as the lyrics to “Jingle Bells,” and it wasn’t introduced to the world on the stage,…

Lakewood Playhouse gives the Bard a contemporary twist
Dave R. Davison

Lakewood Playhouse is an institution. Now in its 77th season, it is far older than the City of Lakewood, which was not incorporated until 1996. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of continual use of the theater building that currently houses the organization. The Villa Plaza, the Lakewood Mall…


Friday, Nov. 6 LOUIE G'S: Amanda Hardy, The Fame Riot, Amadon, Mister Master (rock, pop) 7 p.m., $10, AA B SHARP COFFEE: The 200 Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA G. DONNALSON'S: Jared Hall Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Curtis Salgado (soul,…

Second annual DIYfest invites community to celebrate do-it-yourself culture

Experts and aficionados will showcase their skills through hands-on activities at DIYfest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., in Parkland-Spanaway. DIYfest, presented by the Pierce County Library System and sponsored by Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is…

UP for Arts welcomes renowned soprano, pianist

UP for Arts is excited about our next concert on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. We are featuring critically acclaimed vocalist soprano Erin Guinup and renowned pianist Margie Skreen Dickerson. Our visual artists are Karen Benveniste and Chris Parent. Karen is a University Place resident who has…

Tis’ the Season!

Time to mark your calendars for the 2015 performance of the Nutcracker. Artistic Director, Melanie Kirk-Stauffer, of Dance Theatre Northwest, has put together an outstanding performance of the holiday classic ballet. See below for the schedule of performances. Up coming DTNW performances for November…