Friday, Dec. 20
Live Music

TRIPLE PLAY: Montreaux (rock) 9 p.m., NC
EMERALD QUEEN: Natalie Cole, Rich Wetzels Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra (jazz, pop) 8:30 p.m., $40-$90
GRIT CITY COMEDY: Leah Mansfield (comedy) 8:30 p.m., $15
LAST STAND (formerly Chupacabra Café): Furry Buddies, Sleeper Cell, Raptor Tractor (rock) 8 p.m., $6, AA
LOUIE G'S: True Holland, Home Alone (rock) 8 p.m., AA
MAXWELL’S: Lance Buller Trio (jazz) 7 p.m., NC
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO PARISH: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra does Handel's “Messiah” (classical) 7:30 p.m., $25, AA
STONEGATE: Bandit (rock) 9 p.m., NC
SWISS: Grinder (rock) 9 p.m., $5-$10
TACOMA COMEDY: Brad Upton (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $15
UNCLE SAM'S: Strange Pleasure (classic rock) 8 p.m.
UNCLE THURM'S: Blenis-Ely Band (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, 6310 Mt Tacoma Dr SW, Ste B, Lakewood, WA 98499
Did you know the Humane Society has a food bank for those struggling to afford to keep their pets? it's running low and can use any bag or can of cat and/or dog food you have to spare. Checks are welcome too! Help to keep these animals in loving homes and out of the overcrowded shelter. It is our hope, that you will once again dig into your hearts and wallets to help a family keep their beloved pet by donating. You can drop off your donation at the Chamber Offices now through December 20th and we will be happy to drop off your contribution. Last year, through your generosity, we collected over 1,200 pounds of dry food and 300 pounds of canned. Info:
12 Days of Christmas - 10:00 am
LeMay-America's Car Museum, 2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
Drive in to America's Car Museum this holiday season for 12 Days of Christmas! From December 13th through 24th, ACM will feature family-friendly holiday activities, including Santa photos, crafts and ticket giveaways. For the full calendar of events and more information, visit
Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves Theme Park - 5:00 pm
Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S., Federal Way, WA 98003
The Pacific Northwest’s favorite outdoor holiday celebration, Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves Theme Park, returns Dec. 6 to Dec. 31. Families can enjoy a sleigh-full of fun with festive activities, special appearances by some jolly friends and 25 rides and attractions, illuminated by more than one million lights. 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:
Centerstage presents: ALADDIN, A CLASSIC English holiday “panto” for all the family - 7:00 pm
Centerstage, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98003
Run Dates: November 30th – December 22nd. For most Brits, a visit to the local theatre to see the pantomime is as much part of the Christmas season as Turkey is to an American’s Thanksgiving. What is particularly appealing to the Brits, and now to Federal Way audiences, are the exuberant traditions of “panto”. This kind of pantomime is anything but silent. It’s loud, boisterous, full of music, ridiculous humor and audience involvement. This year will be Centerstage’s eighth excursion into this wonderful world, with our production of Paul Hendy’s ALADDIN. Mr. Hendy is one of the most successful practitioners of this beloved art in England. Each year he produces half a dozen or more of his shows at regional theatres throughout the country. Britain’s Daily Telegraph wrote about Hendy’s ALADDIN: “Paul Hendy always gets the magic right and so it proves again with Aladdin. What’s the secret? Well, Hendy’s scripts are always lively and packed with gags… You could describe the secret of his pantos in a single word – heart. This is a real humdinger of a show.” Aladdin runs Fridays at 7:00pm; Saturdays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $28 for adults; $24 for seniors and military; $10 for 25 years and younger. Special discounts are available for some performances. Information and tickets at 253 661 1444 or
Lyle the Crocodile - 7:00 pm
South Puget Sound Community College Minnaert Center Black Box Theater (Olympia)
The Olympia Family Theater presents a fun-filled musical adaptation of Bernard Waber's Lyle, Lyle Crocodile books. When the Primm family moves into their New York City apartment, they are surprised to find a crocodile in their bathtub. The multi-talented Lyle quickly becomes an important part of the family, but their not-so-nice nextdoor neighbor, Mr. Grumps, is less than enthused about the crocodile. It is only a matter of time before he accuses Lyle of frightening his cat, disturbing his business, and then ships him off to the zoo. Luckily, Lyle’s old showbiz partner, Hector P. Valenti, breaks him out just in time to save the day. There is something for everyone in this fun-for- the- whole- family musical; jumping rope, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, parades, holiday shopping, brave rescues, a cat, crocodiles, cookies, and of course- singing and dancing. Show runs 11/30/2013 - 12/22/13. Tickets available at or (360) 570-1638 More info about Olympia Family Theater at
Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical - 7:00 pm
Sumner Performing Arts Center, 1707 Main St., Sumner, WA 98390
ManeStage Theatre Company presents a holiday favorite. Shows run Nov. 30 through Dec. 21. Photo Opportunity with Santa following every performance! Bring your Camera! info:
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - 7:00 pm
Tacoma Youth Theatre, 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
Barbara Robinson's “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever:” The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating has a lot of people up in arms. But… Show more it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever. Dec .13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:oo p.m. Dec. 15, 22, 23, 24 at 3 p.m. Info:
Handel’s Messiah - 7:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma WA 98465
Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Handel’s Messiah in its entirety. One of the most famous works for chorus and orchestra is Handel’s Messiah. Although not written specifically for Christmas, it has come to be an important tradition of the Holiday season for people throughout the world. “Hallelujah Chorus” is one of the most enduring and widely known passages of music of all time, as is the poignant aria “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth.” The Tacoma Symphony Chorus, along with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, will present the work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 20. Chorus Director Geoffrey Boers will conduct the performances. Joining him will be soprano Maria Mannisto, mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel, tenor Eric Neuville, and baritone Peter Tuff. The concert is sponsored by Franciscan Health System. Info:
Brad Upton - 8:00 pm
Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402
Brad Upton in a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared recently at Caesar's Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival. Twenty-six years and 5000 shows have made this Seattle based comic a much sought after performer and earned the respect of his peers.Writing about everyday life, a long term marriage and anything else that pops into his head, Brad packs more laughs-per-minute into his set than nearly anyone in the business. He has been seen in concert with Johnny Mathis, Kenny… Show more Rogers, The Smothers Brothers, Lewis Black, Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton, Rita Rudner and Tim Allen. He is currently touring theaters and performing arts centers with The Masters of Stand Up, a group that includes comedy stars: Jimmy Brogan, Cathy Ladman and Maryellen Hooper. His new CD entitled, "Smart Guy, Stupid World" is heard regularly on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio and is available on iTunes. Info:
Studio 6 Ballroom, 2608 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA
8:30pm drop-in lesson in Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa. 9:30pm Open Dancing - Salsa & more. DJ music (requests taken), full club lights & disco balls, Bose sound system. Dance cost: $5, add the lesson for only $5 more! or or (253) 905-5301.
Natalie Cole - 8:30 pm
Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Tacoma Showroom, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma
Multiple Grammy-winning recording artist Natalie Cole was just 8 years old when her father, legendary crooner Nat King Cole, recorded his first album in Spanish, scoring an unexpected international smash in 1958. Her father’s foreign-language success was a culturally captivating experience for little Natalie, who got to travel outside the country for the first time with her famous father. She vividly recalls a trip to Mexico during which she saw her first piñata, posed for pictures “as a señorita” in folkloric dress, and most memorably, witnessed first-hand the adulation and esteem that Latin American fans showed for the King, a pioneering African-American superstar. Now, decades later, the accomplished R&B and jazz vocalist breaks new ground of her own with her first Spanish-language album, “Natalie Cole En Español,” released June 25 on Verve/Universal. In this, her first new studio album in five years, Natalie revisits the rich repertoire of ageless Latin standards that once opened new vistas for her father. The 12 lushly orchestrated tracks, produced by Rudy Perez, Billboard’s Latin Music Producer Of The Decade, features Natalie’s distinctive take on three classics from her father’s catalog, plus several other carefully chosen selections from the Latin American Songbook. Info:
Comedy with Leah Mansfield and Jeremy Whitman - 8:30 pm
Comedy Underground, 100 S. Ninth St. at Big Whisky Saloon, Tacoma, WA 98402
Leah Mansfield: From the moment pint-sized comedian Leah Mansfield takes the stage, audiences are as interested as they are impressed. Being the daughter of Native American hippie scientists and the second of seven siblings provides Leah with an endless well of anecdotal family stories. Eager to rebel against her parents, Leah became devoutly religious and joined the Air Force immediately after graduating from the University of Washington. In a master stroke of irony, she became a Nuclear Weapons Launch Officer-where her job was to not press the red button and destroy the world. After years of diligently not doing much of anything, Leah began her adventure into standup comedy. Her unique ability to couple a whirlwind of comedic energy with her original outlook on life has allowed Leah to travel across the country as a festival favorite, and feature for national headliners such as Tom Green, Jimmy Dore, and Eddie Ifft. You can hear her on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio. Info:
Rock The Dock Pub & Grill, 535 Dock Street, Tacoma, Wa 98402
You guys blew us away with all your love, support, and VOTES to make us #1 Best Neighborhood Bar in all of Western Washington and now we want to say THANK YOU!! Get here at 9pm to get your #1 card good for ANY menu item, drink, or beer in the house for ONLY $1! Free raffle for some sweet prizes plus a cool $100 cash! Accidental Heroes will be bringing down the house and we'll dance the night away!! Thank you all so much!! Info: