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Rabbit Wilde to bring infectious folk to First Night

Between 10,000 to 20,000 are expected to turn out for First Night, Tacoma's all-ages New Year's Eve celebration, which will bring an army of bands, “the World's Shortest Parade” and other spectacle to downtown starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
Among the buzz-worthy musical acts on display will be Rabbit Wilde, a Bellingham and now partly Tacoma-based outfit that will play the Pantages Theater at 7:45 p.m. The band – comprised of brothers Nathan and Zach Hamer, Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker – plays an infectious, foot-stompin' brand of indie-folk that's sure to appeal to fans of the Lumineers or the Cave Singers.
Recently, Tacoma Weekly caught up with Nathan Hamer to discuss his band's sophomore disc, “The Heartland,” moving to Tacoma, and that time he thought he was about to die during a gig on New Year's… Read Full Story

Neverland Theater presents ‘Princess Whatsername’

After weeks of diligently working to craft a stage play sure to be a bona fide audience pleaser, the young students of Neverland Theater are excited to present “Princess Whatsername,” opening July 29, 7 p.m. at the Columbia Junior High Performing Arts Center.
Since June 28 the budding theater buffs – about 70 of them ranging in age from 10 to 18 years old from Fife, Puyallup and Federal Way school districts – have been attending the Neverland Theater musical theater camp experience under the tutelage of drama instructors (and sisters) Hayley and Emily Rathburn. Dedicating four days a week of their summer vacation to the camp,… Read Full Story

Tim McGraw, Kid Rock and more headed to the Fair Grandstand

The Washington State Fair kicks off today at the Washington State Event Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, in Puyallup. Here is a list of this year's grandstand headliners, with more details available online at www.thefair.com.
J. Cole with Bas (hip-hop): 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, $70 to $115
Kid Rock with Uncle Kracker (rap-rock, country-rock): 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, $38 to $120
Tim McGraw (country): 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, $85 to $350
“End of Summer… Read Full Story

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Harvest Fest kicks off fall season in Fife

It just wouldn’t feel like fall without Fife’s annual Harvest Festival, which attracted thousands of happy people again this year on Oct. 4. There was so much for kids to see and explore, including favorites the Bubble Man and clowns Glitterbug and Beep Beep, and adults had just as much fun with…

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Fife Arts Commission presents ‘Valley Ballyhoo’

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