THE ABLE VIRTUOSO
May 18, 7 p.m.
St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove St., Tacoma
The folks behind the Salish Sea Early Music Festival are presenting a Spring Baroque Festival, the first installment of which is May 18. Johann Mattheson’s “The Able Virtuoso,” published in Hamburg in 1720, sets the tone for this program of virtuoso trio sonatas inspired by Corelli and the fusion of Italian, French and German styles. Trio sonatas for violin and flute with theorbo (a very long-necked lute) and baroque guitar will feature the talents of Carrie Krause on baroque violin, Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute and John Lenti on theorbo and baroque guitar. The festival continues with concerts on May 24 and June 11.
SPRING FAIRY FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.
Crescent Moon Gifts, 2502 6th Ave., Tacoma
The Spring Fairy Festival was created by Angela Wehnert, owner of Crescent Moon Gifts. Originally meant to be a fun party for her customers, the event was so well attended and loved that it grew to become an annual festival. The Spring Fairy Festival is a celebration of art, music, performance and community, designed to let people of all ages come together to express and enjoy one another’s creativity. The free event features a wide variety of musicians, dancers, jugglers stilt walkers, artists, craftsmen, readers, healers and all things connected to the fairy realms.
ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Heritage Park (next to McChord Field) Joint Base Lewis McChord
Joint Base Lewis-McChord will open its gates to the public for the base’s annual Armed Forces Day celebration. This year’s annual celebration will take place at Heritage Park on JBLM – McChord Field for the first time since becoming a joint base Oct 1, 2010. The Armed Forces Day celebration offers members of the community an opportunity to join JBLM service members in celebrating America’s history, our military heritage and our continued commitment to serving our community. The day will include a volksmarch, sports events, carnival rides, military history, vehicle displays and live entertainment.
DESTINY CITY FREAKYCON IV
Saturday, May 26, 4 p.m.
Destiny City Comics, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
Tacoma’s mini-horror con is back for a fourth strike! Avoid admission fees and show off your cosplay abilities at Stadium District’s spookiest post-Crypticon event. The event features the return of special guests, actress Jackie Neyman Jones, director Tonja Atomic, and production crew Skullface Astronaut, followed by a special screening of “Manos Returns” at Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema. Michael Koehler returns with more chilling “Lore of the Lords” lore books. Local horror shock rock industrial band Murder Weapons will have a special promotional table, as seen at Crypticon Seattle. Tacoma Ghost Tours will be there spinning tales of Tacoma’s most terrifying legends. Come in costume and enjoy.
80s COSTUME BALL
Saturday, May 26, 9 p.m.
The Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma
The 80s was such a fun and rocking decade. The clothes, the hairstyle, and the music! Then rock out the night with “Hairstorm” as they bring you music from your favorite 80s hair rock bands such as Poison, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen and more. $8 Cover. 21 and over.