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March 6, 2015 at 7:43am

5 Things To Do Today: Great Grandpa, Catch Me If You Can, Game of Scones, Nolan Garrett ...

Great Grandpa is in Olympia tonight.

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1. Seattle quintet Great Grandpa exudes an effortless cool. The grungy pop recalls bands like the Breeders and Garbage, with their sly melodies and crunchy guitars. Lead singer Alex Menne brings a detached swagger that is offset by unobtrusive harmonies from her bandmates. A band like Great Grandpa, with lyrics about things like mountains of Cheetos, wouldn't seem obviously like the kind of group that might tackle sad subject matter, but they dip their toes into the waters of melancholy with an unexpected ease. Catch the band with Jupiter Sprites, Trashlord and Redrumsey at 8 p.m. in Deadbeat Olympia.

2. Guitar wizard Nolan Garrett debuts his new, younger band from 7-10 p.m. at Bleach in downtown Tacoma. The new band is helping Garrett define the new direction his music is headed - rock foundation vs. blues foundation - with new material recorded and currently being recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle.

3. You are now cleared for takeoff for Paradise Theatre's 7:30 p.m. stage presentation of Catch Me If You Can. Written by Scott Witman and Marc Shaiman, the play follows the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, lawyer and jet pilot all before the age of 21. With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank's trail, the story takes off on a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase fueled by a jazzy '60s score that keeps the adventure in constant motion. The musical is based on the 2002 film, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken.

4. Jeri, Kate and Linda join forces once again to commit manic mayhem over at Tacoma's Perky's Coffee House. This time, the ladies do battle with Tacoma politics, retail marijuana and Scottish scones. Could this be the episode of their dreams? Loosely inspired by William Shakespeare's Macbeth, JAVA TACOMA 5: Game of Scones is the fifth installment of an original soap opera/sit-com, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in The Dukesbay Theater above The Grand Cinema. Written by Aya Hashiguchi, this theatrical serial is generously peppered with Tacoma humor.

5. It may be impossible to overstate William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr.'s contribution to pop music. For once, the term "living legend" sells the guy short. No less an artist than Bob Dylan listed Robinson among his favorite poets. It's not merely that his hits represent a significant chunk of the American songbook, nor is it the songs he wrote for others, including "Get Ready," "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "My Girl." It's that such productions as "Tears of a Clown" and "The Tracks of My Tears" set the standard for the decade to follow, the greatest in the history of radio. Smokey will perform at 8:30 p.m. in the Emerald Queen Casino.

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