July 26, 2008 at 4:18am
Scottish Highland Games
If the caber toss Ã¢â‚¬" a game that dares its competitors to hurl a 20-foot log in the air 180 degrees Ã¢â‚¬" doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get you excited for the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering this weekend, nothing will. But hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to trying: The festival/competition celebrates Scottish culture at its best. Browse the many cultural booths, enjoy live entertainment and eat the traditional cuisine. Or, just stick around the Highland Festival area, where competitors try their hand at the stone put and the Scottish hammer throw. Ã¢â‚¬" Michael Swan
[Enumclaw Expo Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26-27, $4-$22, 45224 284th Ave. S.E. Enumclaw, 206.522.2541]
This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ethnic fest will feature a full dance stage, and two more full stages in an attempt to pack as much awesomeness as possible into this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event. All the traditional favorites will be there, including reggae, dancehall, soca sensation Alex Duncan, and perennial favorite, guitarist/composer Michel Powers. Ranger & The Re-Arrangers will share the sultry art of Gypsy Jazz. Middle Eastern dance troupe Shardoba will offer the ancient art of belly dancing. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re hungry, the Korean WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association will offer Bulgogi and SmokyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s BBQ will offer good old Southern eats. Participants with an adventurous spirit can learn how to dress in a kimono from the Kabuki Academy, or be introduced to the beautiful craft of Hawaiian bone carving from artist Iuni Tuaimeiuta. The Roosevelt Dancers will offer an introduction to Cambodian folk dances. And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a taste. Ã¢â‚¬" Paul Scrag
[Wright Park, Wright Park, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, free, 501 South I St., Tacoma, metroparkstacoma.org]
Summer Sounds and Comcast Cinema
Thankfully, Metro Parks and Comcast have come to my cinema-loving rescue.
For six incredible weeks they will team up to bring me concerts and movies Ã¢â‚¬" not inside a sticky-floor theater Ã¢â‚¬" but outside underneath a summer sky. Starting tonight at the new and improved Wright Park, we all can relish in the sounds of The Rumba Kings starting at 6:30 p.m. Movie of the week, Freedom Writers, begins at dusk.Ã¢â‚¬" Steph DeRosa
[Wright Park, 6:30 p.m., free, 501 S. I St., Tacoma, metroparkstacoma.org]
Dockyard Derby Dames
My Saturday will be spent with Dockyard Derby Dames characters like Janesaw Massacre, Vicious DivaLicious, Anita Hit Sum Won, Snicker Brutal, Teeny Mussolini and Cookies and MILF crammed at the front of the flat track jumping around, screaming my lungs out, picking fights and hocking loogies. Being up close and personal blows away watching the action on television. Hell, with a beer garden, girls in fishnets at halftime, a rock band, this is entertainment at its fullest. After the bout everyone will head to the Top of Tacoma Bar on McKinley Avenue. Ã¢â‚¬" Brad Allen
[The Soccer Center, Saturday, July 26, 7 p.m., $10-$12, 301 133rd St. S., Spanaway, www.dockyardderbydames.com]
The Get Off
A garage punk rock twosome with a surprising Ã¢â‚¬â„¢80s undercurrent, the Get Off will travel from their Seattle home to play BobÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Java Jive in Tacoma tonight. Despite the Get OffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s relative lack of strength in numbers Ã¢â‚¬" the band consists of only female guitarist, singer and spark plug Leigh and drummer and beat-master Mario Ã¢â‚¬" the Get OffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strength of show should be something to behold. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something about a rock and roll frontwoman wielding a flying V guitar thatÃ¢â‚¬Ëœs just so right.Ã¢â‚¬" Matt Driscoll
[BobÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Java Jive, with Lozen, Banners, Curious Mystery and Darrren Selector, 8 p.m., $5, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.475.9843]
A little bit sloppy and insistent Ã¢â‚¬" in the most beautiful sense of the words Ã¢â‚¬" Blanco Bronco is pressing and raw. The band Ã¢â‚¬" roping in a number of sounds and varied influences Ã¢â‚¬" fits in with TacomaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s indie uprising, but also sounds like Ã¢â‚¬" if it came down to a fist fight Ã¢â‚¬" they could whip any band of shoe-gazing arties out there. Though the band Ã¢â‚¬" through song structure and lyrics Ã¢â‚¬" does sound educated, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t cross the Obama line of elitism, and at their heart is always a rock and roll band first. That is, perhaps, Blanco BroncoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most endearing quality. Ã¢â‚¬" MD
[HellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kitchen, Girl Trouble, Blanco Bronco, Paris Spleen, Saturday, July 26, 9 p.m., $5, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003]
Off duty rules.
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