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TMP’s ‘Spamalot’ hits the spot

And now for something completely different…
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, now deep into its current season of main stage shows, has raised the bar for itself with a dazzling, comedic romp: “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Written by Eric Idle (one of the original Pythons) with music by Idle and John Du Prez, “Spamalot” opened on Broadway in 2005 and won a Tony Award for Best Musical in that year. The show is a self-professed “rip off” of the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” a parody of the legend of King Arthur legend. (For those who do not know – if any exist – Monty Python is the name of a group of British comedians that had a zany TV show and series of movies back in the 1970s and 80s). Much of the story material for the musical is lifted from the movie, but there is also some material that originated… Read Full Story


Friday, March 24

THE VALLEY: Blotterz, Dopers, Cheap Sweat (punk, garage-rock) 6 p.m., $5; Brewfish (alternative, reggae) 9 p.m.
B SHARP COFFEE: Brett Benton (blues, country) 8 p.m., $7, AA
EMERALD QUEEN: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (R&B, pop) 8:30 p.m., sold out
G. DONNALSON'S: Cara Francis (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: The Iron Maidens, Second Sting, Patitude (Iron Maiden, Scorpions  Pet Benatar tribute) 8 p.m., $15-$20
KEYS… Read Full Story

‘Arts are Education’

University Place based Dance Theatre Northwest will present its next “Arts Are Education” performance for year 2017 on Friday, March 24 at Custer Elementary, 1:30 p.m. “Arts Are Education” is a part of an ongoing series of DTNW’s community service outreach projects that are free open to the public dance arts performances and arts education lectures.
Friday’s program features Dance Theatre Northwest performing company members and guest artists in both contemporary and traditional classical ballet pieces as well as innovative… Read Full Story

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Dance Theatre Northwest presents ‘Illuminations’

Performance incorporates music and dance in response to exhibitions and collections of glass art at the Tacoma Glass Museum. For more than a decade, Dance Theatre Northwest has been presenting lecture demonstrations incorporating music and dance in response to exhibitions and collections of glass…


Friday, March 10 THE SWISS: Trick Candles, Item, Asterhouse, Pyramids (rock, alternative) 9 p.m., $8 COLLECTIVE VISIONS: Pearl Django (gypsy jazz) 7 p.m., G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: The Rusty Cleavers with…


Friday, Feb. 24 GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC B SHARP COFFEE: Hal Merrill (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA CULTURA: “Latin Nights” with DJ Maura and DJ Leo (salsa, merengue and reggaeton DJ) 10 p.m., $10-$240 G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA JAZZBONES: The Dusty…


Friday, Feb. 10 REAL ART TACOMA: Expire, Bent Life, Bib, Lowest Priority, Lower Species (hardcore, punk) 7:30 p.m., $10, AA B SHARP COFFEE: 322 Jazz Collective (jazz) 8 p.m., $5, AA G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Decade X (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES:…


Friday, Jan. 27 REAL ART TACOMA: Nacho Picasso, X-Ray, Jaga, Trulyadub, Truecl4sh (hip-hop) 7 p.m., $10-$12, AA DYSTOPIAN STATE: Dark Lady (Scorpions tribute) 8 p.m., NC G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye with Brian Feist (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES:…

Get the party started, she will: Saucy Yoda returns next week
Ernest A. Jasmin

Saucy Yoda has turned to the dark side (sort of), which may come as some surprise to local fans that have followed her since she first surfaced in Tacoma at Maltoberfest, an Oktoberfest-spoofing event held at Bob's Java Jive in 2011. Saucy Yoda being the stage name of Alaska's Melodie Langer who will…


Friday, Jan. 13 THE VALLEY: Old Foals, Nocturnal Habits, Blanco Bronco (rock, alternative) 8 p.m., NC G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Sonic Funk (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Stoned Evergreen Travelers, Cottonwood Cutups, Danny Cash (bluegrass, country,…


Friday, Dec. 16 G. DONNALSON'S: Kim Archer (blues, funk) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA CULTURA: “Jingle Bachata” with DJ Mauro and DJ Leo (bachata, salsa, reggaeton DJ) 10 p.m., $20 JAZZBONES: Erotic City (Prince tribute) 8 p.m., $15-$20 KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC LOUIE G'S:…

American holiday classic lands ‘wonderfully’ from screen to stage
Steve Dunkelberger

The usual trajectory of a work of fiction is that it enters the world as a book than then becomes a play, followed by a version taking to the silver screen. Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” bucked that trend by jumping straight to movie theaters in 1946 from Philip Van Doren Stern’s…


Friday, Dec. 2 CULTURA: “Azul Fridays” with DJ Mauro (DJ) 10 p.m., $5-$10 G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart and Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA JAZZBONES: Norm, Baba B. and Unified Culture (reggae) 7 p.m., $10-$15 KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC LOUIE G'S: U253 (U2 tribute)…