The Things We Like – Aug. 11-17

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FAMILY BIKE CAMPING

bicycle-camp.jpgMeet-up at 2nd Cycle Tacoma’s Community Cycle Center on Aug. 18 around 5:30 p.m. Bicycle-borne families will ride to Point Defiance Park, a 7.5 mile ride. Campers will set up tents and gear on the grass next to the Owen Beach. Participants must break camp by 9 a.m. the morning of Aug. 19. Kidical Mass recommends a tent, bedroll, change of clothes and warmer layers for the evening. You can haul your gear by bike (it’s bike camping), or toss heavy/awkward items in the 2nd Cycle van that’s meeting there. Metro Parks provides evening snacks and a basic breakfast, but plan to bring a picnic dinner or snacks for after the ride. Everyone is welcome, but you must preregister via kidicalmasstacoma@gmail.com. Visit facebook.com/KidicalMassTacoma for more information.

POLYGLAMOROUS: BURLESQUE SHOW

Gritty city Sirens_02Tacoma’s Gritty City Sirens and Olympia’s TUSH! Burlesque team put on a stimulating show at Tacoma Little Theatre Aug. 19. There are two shows, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Featuring all group acts: duets, trios, small and large group numbers from both troupes. Special guests Jane Air, Mylo Precious and Jack Toff will make appearances. VIP and tiered seating options available. $18-$28. Information available at grittycitysirens.com.

CREATIVE COLLOQUY SUMMER SOIREE

creative colloquyAug. 16 marks Creative Colloquy’s fundraiser event, held at Feast Arts Center at 6 p.m. Event sponsors include Heritage Distilling Company, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Northwest Float Center, Wellspring Spa and Retreat, Creative Forces Gifts & Sundries, BeHive Massage Therapy, Tarot with Leah Mueller, Urban Squirrel, haircare by Trina Gilletti artists Jennevieve Schlemmer and Jennifer Chushcoff, Arbonne with Carla Pfeiffer, Steve Dunkelberger and more. Creative Colloquy is a local literary non-profit fiscally sponsored by Shunpike. More information available at creativecolloquy.com.

IN THE SPIRIT NORTHWEST NATIVE FESTIVAL

In the SpiritAug. 19 brings “In the Spirit,” which encompasses a day of dancing, drumming, singing, eating, and shopping with a diverse group of Native American artists. This event is co-hosted by Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum, and it is an easy short walk between the two. This family-friendly indoor/outdoor festival takes place at both museums and in their outdoor plazas. Both museums will be filled with artists and craftspeople selling exquisite items in all price ranges. Round out your festival experience by catching performances of Native singers, musicians, and dance groups throughout the day. Admission to the History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum, as well as all festival activities, are free and open to the public. Both museums have exhibitions of contemporary Native art on view. For more info: inthespiritarts.org

MAWPMUSIC AND ART IN WRIGHT PARK

Aug. 12 brings us the next installment of Tacoma’s longest running music festival, back for its 25th year. Held each August in historic Wright Park, MAWP showcases premiere artists, musicians, artisans and food vendors from the Puget Sound area. Music and Art in Wright Park is free fun for the whole family. The music runs from noon to 7 p.m. and features performances by Intisaar, Acid Teeth, Ring, Sporty Lee, Ten Miles Wide, Girl Trouble, Levels, Radio On, Ion Control, Discount Petting Zoo, Suburban Vermin, Spesh (formerly Boyfriends) and Black Smoker. Visual artists: Haley Waddington Art and Stein Hansen (Corkboard Creative Agency.) See mawptacoma.com for details.

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