The Things We Like

Monday, May 28, 11 a.m.
War Memorial Park, 6th Ave. and MacArthur St., Tacoma
Tacoma Historical Society will present its annual Memorial Day service at Tacoma’s War Memorial Park. Join Tacoma Historical Society in remembering Tacoma citizens who have served and perished in conflicts around the world. The event is free and open to everyone. The featured speaker will be Brigadier General James S. Moore, commander 593rd Sustainment Command, Joint Base Lewis McChord. On-site transportation is available and VFW Post 10018 will provide a light lunch. For more information, visit
Tuesday, May 29, 7 p.m.
Odd Otter Brewing Company, 716 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
“Fine White Powders” is the theme of this installment. Sugar is the granddaddy of fine white powders. Like cocaine and heroin, it’s a plant product, boiled and purified into little white crystals. But it’s been around so long that its dealers have gone legitimate. The Mexican cartels might have narcocorridos, but the sugar cartels have their own national anthems. Naughty A. Mouse is a slam poet and teacher based in Phoenix. A graduate of Princeton, and USC Law, he never let his schooling get in the way of his education. His passion is making knowledge accessible and exciting to all. Come out to Odd Otter and hear the mouse weave slam poetry and live storytelling into a yarn that will ensure you never look at dessert the same way again. Info:
Friday June 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday June 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tacoma Community College, Senate Room, Building 11
The TCC Pottery sale, which happens but twice a year (usually), is your best bet for getting good deals on great pottery made by some of the up and coming stars of Pacific Northwest pottery. Students of the master potters Reid Ozaki, Rick Mahaffey and Anthony Gaudino will be selling all manner of mugs, bowls, vases, bottles, dishes, trays, platters, bottles and more. Info: (253) 566-5346
Friday June 1, 7 p.m.; Saturday June 2, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday June 3, 1 p.m.
Vashon Center for Dance, 19600 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon
Two ballet dances, “Pictures at an Exhibition” and “Alice in Wonderland,” will be performed. “Pictures at an Exhibition” is an idea brought to Vashon Center for Dance by islander and artist Jonathan Kuzma. The unique choreography for “Pictures” is the result of a student and teacher collaboration and showcases Vashon Center’s advanced ballet and modern students.
“Alice in Wonderland” is a contemporary ballet based on Lewis C. Carroll’s well known classic, and is set to Joby Talbot’s beautiful score. Alice follows the White Rabbit, and meets many interesting characters danced by ballet, tap, modern, hip hop and creative movement students from Vashon Center for Dance. Advance tickets: $12 member/student, $14 senior, $16 general. $18 for all tickets at door. Info:
Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m.
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma
Join NW Furniture Bank for the ninth annual Chair Affair, benefiting the mission of the Northwest Furniture Bank. Admire the sweeping water views and wood work in the unique setting of Foss Waterway Seaport. Guests will also enjoy a sit-down dinner catered by Snuffin’s Catering followed by a spirited live auction featuring an incredible assortment of packages. This unique event features amazing one-of-a-kind chairs created by local artists in addition to a variety of auction packages during the silent auction. Tickets are available for purchase through the website:

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