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TMP’s ‘Sister Act’ is sonically and scenically sensational

“Sister Act, the Musical” looks like a social experiment to find out what happens when a disco diva and a group of nuns are forced together for a time span sufficient that some form of cultural chemistry can take place. The diva is a talented singer but desires nothing but fame and fortune. The nuns can’t sing, but they find value in lives of selfless spirituality. The result, of course, is that each party gives something to the other. The disco diva teaches the nuns to sing and dance – and in so doing enables them to save their church and stay together. The diva discovers that there is more to life than fame and shiny objects. The exchange is complete.
The Tacoma Musical Playhouse production of “Sister Act,” which runs through June 4, is a sassy, silly and sultry excursion into sonic sensations that stimulates the… Read Full Story


Friday, May 19

G. DONNALSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Old School Fellas (R&B,  dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Afrodisiacs (pop covers) 9 p.m., $10-$15; “Funktion Friday” with DJ Indica Jones (DJ) 11 p.m., $5
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
LOUIE G’S: Modern Day Poets, Limberlost, Darby Picnic (rock, pop) 8 p.m., $10, AA
MARKEE (OLD TOWN): Itamare (Brazilian, Latin) 7 p.m., NC, AA
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Friday, May 5

AIRPORT TAVERN: Stay Grounded (reggae) 9 p.m., $7
G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart and Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: 4 More (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Afroman with Haiku, Bvmmer and DJ Indica Jones (hip-hop, pop, DJ) 9 p.m., $9-$15
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
LOUIE G’S: Crossing Crusades demo release party with 15 Stitches, Lust Punch,… Read Full Story

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Lakewood Playhouse presents classic absurdist spoof
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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…

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…


Friday, April 7 G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart & Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Chapter 5 (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Xperience, Cally Reed, Trism, DJ Reign, DJ Meds (hip-hop) 9 p.m., $5-$10 KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC LOUIE G'S: “David…


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…

‘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…

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:…