Sunday, Dec. 8
Live Music

IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN: Little Bill Engelhardt (blues, jazz) 5 p.m., NC
GIBSON'S FROZEN YOGURT: “Music from Planet Cool” CD release (kids' music) 1 p.m., NC, AA
NEW FRONTIER: Deathbed Confessions, OSS, Manson's Girls, Barefoot Barnacle, Oops! I Stepped in Some Christ (metal, hardcore) 9 p.m., $5
RIALTO: Tacoma Symphony Sounds of the Season (holiday music) 2:30 p.m., $19-$77, AA
SPAR: Dennis Jones (blues) 7 p.m., NC
TACOMA COMEDY: Quickies with host Jubal Flagg (rapid-fire comedy) 8 p.m., $10

David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work - 10:00 am
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Discover the History and Intrigue of Nature in the Northwest. After the age of exploration, the discovery and identification of new species continued to generate great excitement among nations. David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work studies the intersection of geography, science and cultural history through the work of the famed Scottish naturalist and his discovery of more than 200 species in the Northwest. Guest curated by Jack and Claire Nisbet, the exhibit opens at the Washington State History Museum on Saturday, September 21, 2013, and displays Douglas’ journals and observations of Native tribes, rare 19th century botanical books and his original pressed specimens, bird mounts, pelts and skins. In addition, the exhibit traces the origins of the eponymous Douglas fir tree. David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work will be on display through February 23, 2014. Info:
Santa Express - 10:00 am
Mt Rainier Scenic RR, 54124 Mountain Hwy E , Elbe, WA 98330
Weekends November 30 thru December 22. You too will believe! Catch a steam train ride this holiday season when the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad becomes the 'Santa Express'. Departing from the 'North Pole' located at the Elbe Depot, passengers will travel along streams and forests for a two hour ride while visiting with Santa. Sometimes there is even snow on the ground this time of year. These trains will sell out! Please make reservations as soon as possible. Info:
Tacoma ShopGirls Holiday Market - 10:00 am
Good Karma (Center for Joy), 711 St. Helens Ave. Suite 103, Tacoma, WA 98402
Get a bit of holiday shopping done while supporting small women owned businesses. FREE admission. Canned food drive. Gift wrapping available. Children's make & take holiday gift class $10. Info:
Let It Snow: Free Community Festival - 10:00 am
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Start your winter festivities off right with a free community festival at Tacoma Art Museum! Try your hand at printmaking and create a holiday card for family and friends. Get some of your holiday shopping done at our Museum Store, take a break with some cocoa in Relish Cafe, or walk across the street to ice skate in downtown Tacoma at Franciscan Polar Plaza! Info:
Celebrating Rumi - 11:00 am
Center for Spiritual Living, 206 North J Street, Tacoma WA
Join an all-day celebration of the beloved 14th Century Persian Sufi teacher and poet Jelaluddin Rumi. Event includes a church service (11 am) and light lunch (by donation) followed at 1:30 pm by Rumi Returning, a movie about the life and times of Rumi; a Concert by fabulous Portland musicians Sky in The Road; Dances of Universal Peace; and a gourmet Turkish dinner. Tickets $35 by 12/1, $40 at the door. For tickets contact Farishta Lindsay, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 253 882 7166. More info:
Jazz LIVE at Marine View Featuring Greta Matassa & Clipper Anderson - 5:00 pm
Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma, WA 98422
Seattle's most beloved jazz vocalist Greta Matassa ( and the acclaimed bassist Clipper Anderson ( headline the next edition of the Jazz LIVE at Marine View concert series. Named the Earshot Jazz Northwest Jazz Vocalist of the Year seven times, Greta has enjoyed a rewarding career as a performer, promoter and educator. Virtually every jazz vocalist in the Northwest can call her their teacher and mentor. She honed her vocal skills at an early age, singing along with the records of vocal greats Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day and Carmen McRae. She has covered the very best of the jazz classics, but over her career, has had a knack of uncovering obscure songs and introducing them to her audiences in her own style. Clipper Anderson is a virtuoso bassist who has been a first-call musician for so many talented jazz artists. In recent years he has stepped to the front mic and showcased an impressive vocal talent. For their Jazz LIVE at Marine View appearance they will perform songs from their most recent holiday CD And To All a Good Night. Also featured are three other top-level instrumentalists Susan Pascal on vibraphone, Darin Clendenin on piano and Mark Ivester on drums. An all-star line-up for an all-star evening of traditional jazz. Admission is free to all ages. Don't miss it!! Info:
Zoolights - 5:00 pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights! Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, including our brand new 3-D displays of a swooping bald eagle, a regal polar bear family, and a Sumatran tiger head. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. There's so much to see and do--make the most of your Zoolights experience with our list of the Zoolights Top 10 Fun Activities! Zoolights Dates: Nov. 29 - Jan. 5. Zoolights Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm. (Closed Dec. 24 & Open Dec. 25 & Jan. 1) Info:
Pierce College Ft. Steilacoom Choir - 7:00 pm
Arts & Allied Health Theater, Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374
Presenting Mary and the Shepherds, with guest Olympic College Choir. For more information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit