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NIGHTLIFE

Jake’s Ales: Last Call Sept. 17. Kahler Sept. 18, 2318 S.W. 336th St. Smoke-free.; 927-1288.

PJ Pockets: NiteCrew Sept. 16-18, 1320 S. 324th St.; 839-9922.

Salty’s at Redondo: Paul Kroeger Sept. 17. Jeff Fielder Sept. 18, 28201 Redondo Beach Drive S.; 946-0636.

Emerald Queen Casino: The Boinkers Sept. 17-18, 3rd Deck Riverboat, 2102 Alexander Ave.; (888) 831-ROLL.

Jazzbones: Junkyard Jane. Sept. 17. Leon Russell Sept. 18, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; (253) 396-9169.

The Fabulous Firwood: Just Dirt Sept. 17-18, 8014 Valley Ave. E., Puyallup; (253) 926-0476.

The Swiss Pub: The Retros Sept. 17. Hit Explosion Sept. 18, 1904 S. Jefferson, Tacoma; (253) 572-2821.

EVENTS

Acoustic Dinner Party: Music starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 17, featuring Loose Gravel, Angela Jossy, Susan Robkin, Jerin Falkner and Late Tuesday, and buffet dinner served at 8:15 p.m. at Liberty Theater, 116 Main St., Puyallup. Admission $17.50, includes dinner. Online: www.thelibertytheater.com

‘The Death of Lucy Goodenough’: Figure out “whodunnit” during a murder mystery dinner and auction benefit for Centerstage Theatre at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club, 3583 SW 320th St. Proceeds will be matched by an anonymous donor. Tickets ($55), call Alan or Laura, 661-1444 by Sept. 20.

Harvest Moon Ball: Active Singles Life dance from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 24 at Bellevue Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom, Northeast Eighth and Bellevue Way Northeast. Must be 21. Formal attire recommended. Tickets $27 until Sept. 22, then $35. Call (206) 824-8900.

Bluegrass Festival II: Kent Arts Commission and the Kent 50+ Program present Bluegrass Festival II, three concerts and a boxed lunch, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at 600 E. Smith St., downtown Kent. Tickets $20. Call (253) 856-5167.

STAGE

‘Hairspray’: Set in 1962 Baltimore, 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad wins a spot on the local TV dance program in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy through Sept. 26 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. Tickets $72-$22. Call (206) 292-ARTS.

‘Ten Little Indians’: Ten guests, invited for the weekend to an isolated mansion on Indian Island, ponder the identity of the villain in Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery presented by Tacoma Little Theatre through Oct. 3 at 210 N. I St. in north Tacoma. Tickets $18-$14. Call (253) 272-2281.

‘A... My Name is Alice’: Tacoma Actors Guild opens its 2004-05 season with this comedic musical revue of contemporary women, their problems and pleasures. The production runs Sept. 22-Oct. 10 at 901 Broadway in Tacoma. Tickets $28-$20. Call (253) 272-2145.

‘The Guys’: The Actors’ Gang, acclaimed Los Angeles-based theater company under direction of Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, performs Anne Nelson’s play about a journalism professor who helps a New York fire captain write eulogies for eight of his men killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at Kentwood Performing Arts Center, 25800 16th Ave. SE., Covington. Call (253) 856-5050.

AUDITIONS

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol’: Centerstage Theatre will audition to cast 11 roles, six boys and five girls, ages 9-16, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road. The production will run Nov. 19-Dec. 11. (Adult parts have been cast.) Prepare to sing one verse of Silent Night or bring sheet music for a Christmas carol of choice. Script provided for a reading. For an appointment, call 661-1444.

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