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March 28, 2015 at 6:49am

5 Things To Do Today: Sliders Cook-off, Barley Wine Fest, SweetKiss Momma, The Rangehoods ...

Museum of Glass hosts a small sandwich smackdown Saturday. Photo credit: Jackie Fender

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28 2015 >>>

1. From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Museum of Glass is hosting its 4th Annual Slider Cook-off, which means seven Pacific Northwest grub go-tos (mostly hailing from Tacoma) are bringing their culinary prowess into the ring in the hopes of coming out on top and being awarded with a sweet glass-blown burger slider trophy and bragging rights. This year, the majority of contenders are newbies to the slider cook-off, which should prove to be entertaining for returning nibblers' taste buds. We connected with participating restaurants to see what attendees could expect while noshing.

2. There are hundreds of barleywines, probably thousands, in the world, but it seems like many are extremely limited and hard to find on a regular, year-round basis. That's one of the reason's why you can barely find an inch of space at the ParkWay Tavern's annual Barley Wine Fest, which will launch at the Tacoma tavern at 10 a.m. Pappi Swarner has the scoop in his New Beer Column.

3. Tacoma- and Puyallup-based Southern rock band SweetKiss Momma, hot off their winter European tour, will perform along with the Kim Archer Band at the Tacoma Rainiers Pre-Season Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cheney Stadium. Play ball!

4. It's been 11 years since Maroon 5 smashed into the public consciousness with "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved," though "Harder to Breathe," the first single from that same album, actually reached #18 two years earlier. (Overnight success is a funny thing.) Since then, Adam Levine's distinctively high-pitched tenor has been ubiquitous on iPods and radio dials around the world. The band's fifth - or sixth, if we're counting Kara's Flowers - studio album, V, boasts three top-five singles thus far. Now its tour marches triumphantly into the Tacoma Dome at 7:30 p.m. Will the arena be full of screaming admirers, swooning each time Levine flexes his narrow but yoga-toned frame? Our Magic 8 Ball says, "You may rely on it." After all, Levine is People's Sexiest Man Alive. Will the encore include "Moves Like Jagger?" The Magic 8 Ball says, "Signs point to yes."

5. The Rangehoods have been a Western Washington staple since the band permutated from The Heats (when is the Heats reunion going to be, anyway?) around 1984. Steve Pearson, Pat Hewitt, Tony Lease and Don Kammerer took a twang approach to the breakneck wave of the Heats and moved on. It was a big deal when the Rangehoods played The Swiss in the ‘90s. At 7:30 p.m. in The Valley, Hewitt's 60th birthday will be celebrated while The Rangehoods, Twang Junkies, Stone Pony and special guests rock the joint. Cancel Sunday.

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