5 Things To Do Today: Titlow Mud Run, Documentary Week, Kareem on a cliff, Bundt Cake Comedy and more ...

By Volcano Staff on March 23, 2014

SUNDAY, MARCH 23 2014 >>>

1. Are you ready to run yourself rugged? The Titlow Mud Run offers you multiple obstacles during a 2-mile run, beginning at noon. During those 10,560 feet, you will crawl through the mud, climb over logs, jump fire, and jump wires. However, all obstacles are optional through the trails and woods of Titlow Park. This run was specially made for all types of people, the ones who love to get down and dirty, and the ones who like to keep their feet dry as they jump over puddles and go around mud. For lots of sweaty fun, register at metroparks.com, to receive a complimentary run towel and guaranteed timing for your little jaunt. For people who don't register but still participate, the towel and timing is not guaranteed.

2. The Spring Fairy Festival, the yearly "magical weekend of fae," returns to the Freighthouse Square in Tacoma from noon to 5 p.m. Celebrating fantasy, magic and, of course, faeries, this annual event of pixie dust and gossamer wings provides everything a faer-folk enthusiast could want. Host Crescent Moon Gifts gathers artists, musicians, performers and 45 vendors to cater to the varying tastes of those who adore the faerie realm - meaning tricksy goblins, faeries, beguiling bellydancers, lost boys, steam punks and horned ones.

3. These days, thanks to streaming services like Netflix, there are more people than ever lazily consuming documentary films. What was once viewed as a wasteland of heart-rending Shoah's has been transformed into an easygoing world of pop-docs. Still, the art of the documentary is growing, as technology expands and allows more filmmakers the ability to carry out their vision. As a result, the cream is increasingly rising to the top. Documentaries of merit are coming out of the woodwork, and they're spreading ... including today at The Grand Cinema.

4. Saxophonist Kareem Kandi's sound is virtually unrelated to the roomy traditions of soul saxes, honking saxes or deep-chested boudoir ballad saxes. It derives from the classic, free, often enthusiastic tradition of Joshua Redman as filtered through Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt, all of whose shadows can be traced-Redman in Kandi's funky organicism, Gordon in his dynamic harmonics, Stitt in the intensity that coats his every note with a Gritty City finish. Kareem Kandi will be joined by bassist Osama Afifi and drummer Andre Thomas at 6:30 p.m. in the Cliff House Restaurant.

5. The Tacoma Comedy Club presents Bundt Cake Comedy, a carefully curated snapshot of Seattle's sprawling standup scene featuring only the best emerging and established comics and sprinkled with sketches, storytelling, videos and other amusements, beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: Sunday, March 23 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area