Saturday, Dec. 21

JAZZBONES: Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) 5 p.m., $10, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: Ty Elwin (singer-songwriter) 7 p.m., NC, AA
DOYLE'S: Mighty High (reggae) 9:30 p.m., NC
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Tuan Vu, Nguyet Anh, Ann Thu and more (Vietnamese pop) 9 p.m., $10
GRIT CITY COMEDY: Leah Mansfield (comedy) 8:30, 10:30 p.m., $15
LOUIE G'S: Mechanism, Windowpane, Inside the Gates, In the Between (metal, hard rock) 8 p.m., $5, AA
NEW FRONTIER: NWCZ's Night of Gritness with Big Wheel Stunt Show, Bandolier and more (rock, pop) 8 p.m., $5
SPAR: Tatoosh (classic rock) 8 p.m., NC
STONEGATE: Bandit (rock) 9 p.m., NC
SWISS: Kry (rock covers) 9 p.m., $5-$10
TACOMA COMEDY: Brad Upton (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $15
TRIPLE PLAY: The Ride (rock) 9 p.m., NC
UNCLE SAM'S: Strange Pleasure (classic rock) 8 p.m.

Fireman's Park, 801 A ST, Tacoma, WA 98402
Washington State Pagans will be hosting and honoring a tradition that TERRA created many years ago. Winter Solstice will be held at Fireman's Park in Tacoma on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 starting at 7am through sunrise. We will be collecting donations for the TERRA herb garden stewardship program that still tends the Point Defiance Park Public Herb Garden. Please bring coffee, hot cocoa, donuts or any other tasty treats to share with group. We will be drumming to welcome the Sun and all drums are welcome, as well as anything you want to bring into the circle. Following the celebration we will head over to Shakrbara for breakfast. This is a non-denominational group and everyone of any faith will be welcome Info:
Crescent Moon Gifts, 2712 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406
Come join the Crescent Moon Crew as we celebrate the Solstice. We will gather together between 7:30-7:45am at Fireman's park, 9th & A streets in Tacoma, to watch the sunrise. Bring a drum for the drum circle and remember to dress warmly. The sun rises at 7:54am. We will then head back to the shoppe for a potluck breakfast! Please bring a breakfast item to feed 8-12 people, plates/bowls & utensils will be provided, BYOB. We'll be cooking up pancakes smile Gather with friends and partake in a community ornament or cookie exchange. We cannot think of a better way to rejoice in the return of the Sun! Info:
Corner of North 27th and Proctor Streets
The Proctor Farmers Market strives to provide the community with fresh, locally grown farm products while providing area growers with a venue for their crops and products. In addition we seek to educate the public about the importance of local agriculture, sustainable business and the impact we have on the environment. Bringing people together at the Farmers Market helps promote a greater sense of community, serves as an educational forum, and helps encourage local business development. Info:
Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Waterfront Dr., Tacoma, WA
Join volunteers from Surfriders and CHIP in! to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. Beach clean-ups are held on the third Saturday of every month. Info:
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
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
The 18th Annual Model Train Festival runs from December 21-January 1, though we are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The museum fills with model train displays, including the largest permanent train layout in the state. Santa will be here for family pictures, and the kids can enjoy interactive activities as well as all the intricate model trains. Please contact Washington State History Museum for official start time of this event. Info:
THE GRINCH - 10:00 am
Grand Cinema, 606 S Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
The Grand Cinema and Click! Cable TV presents another free family movie on Dec. 21, the Jim Carrey laugh-fest “How the Grinch Christmas” (PG). Doors open at 9:30 a.m., film at 10. Arrive early to get a good seat. Info:
Krispy Kreme (parking lot) @ The Tacoma Mall, 4302 Tacoma Mall Boulevard, Tacoma WA
We are collecting Sleeping bags - Coats - Blankets - Small Tarps - Hats – Gloves/Mittens Single-use Hand Warmers - New Socks & New Undergarments - Personal Hygiene Kits for our Homeless Veterans at the VA Hospital and Tacoma Rescue Mission. What's in your closet that you are not using? Other locations can create their own drop box and then bring to the above collection sites. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a sign for the box or if you have questions. See for poster and signs 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 Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, WA 98406
A perfect holiday show for the whole family! Come see some of TMP's future stars as they perform this brand new musical (a northwest premier!) based on the classic movie! All tickets are $10 each and advance purchase is strongly recommended! Performances are: December 21 at 11:00am, December 22 at 6:30pm, December 23 at 7:00pm, December 24 at 2:00pm. You can purchase tickets in advance (strongly recommended) by calling the box office at (253) 565-6867. info:
Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center, 4621 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
A family concert to benefit Food Backpacks 4 Kids in the Pavilion at Uptown Gig Harbor, Saturday, December 21, noon to 4 p.m. Featuring local talent: Wickline Family & Friends, Peninsula High School Show Choir, Mariah Roberts and more. Free admission; a food item donation would be appreciated. Info:
Mt. Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
Charisma School of Dance performs the traditional Nutcracker Ballet accompanied by tap, jazz, and a Christmas Hip Hop. Please call us at 253-581-8711 for tickets after 4 p.m. weekdays. Info:
Tacoma Public Library- Moore Branch, 215 S. 56th St., Tacoma, WA 98408
All ages will enjoy this holiday craft. Make a “Crystal” candy cane to decorate the tree, a package, or keep as a holiday memento. Info:
Stadium High School Performing Arts Center, 111 North E Street, Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Performing Dance Company welcomes you to this season’s production of “The Nutcracker Ballet”. We invite the young.... and the young at heart.... to enjoy the enchanting story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Jo Emery, this traditional holiday ballet is full of sugarplums and dancing delights. The Tacoma Performing Dance Company will present its annual classic “The Nutcracker Ballet”, Tacoma’s Finest Holiday Tradition at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center located in Tacoma’s Historic Stadium District at 111 North E Street, Tacoma. Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 and 7:00pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 and 6:00pm. Tickets are available by calling the TPDC Ticket Line 253-752-8530 or at the door. Over 125 dancers will perform in Tacoma Performing Dance Company's 2013 Nutcracker. Appearing in the two act holiday classic are children from the Jo Emery Ballet School, who portray Party Children, Dancing Mice, Clara's Friends and Ginger Children. Info:
Urban Shopping & Cocktails, 842 S. Sprague Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
Last minute handcrafted stocking stuffers and gift ideas. RSVP please so we have enough snacks and treats! Come and shop a great selection of local vendors while enjoying light snacks and a signature cocktail as well as a goodie bag for those who RSVP ASAP wink. 2-6pm 21+, NO CHILDREN PLEASE as this event tends to get crowded and there are adult beverages being served. We ask that you please spend at least $5.00 as this is a shopping event to support our local artists, crafters and creators. Info:
Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
Throughout the world, The Nutcracker has become a generational Christmas tradition. Tacoma City Ballet celebrates its 30th performance season at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts with a World Premiere production of The Nutcracker, told in its entirety. Beginning with The Prequel or The Tale of the Hard Nut and ending in the familiar Kingdom of the Sweets, the adventures of Princess Pirlipat, the Nutcracker Prince, and of course, Clara, will charm and delight audiences more than ever before.… Show more See the World Premiere of The Prequel or The Tale of the Hard Nut and The Nutcracker you know and love together for the very first time. This glorious production transports you to a land filled with music, magic, and wonder. Under the artistic direction of Erin M. Ceragioli, and accompanied by the Northwest Sinfonietta under the direction of Christophe Chagnard, this world premiere of The Prequel or The Tale of the Hard Nut and The Nutcracker promises to be enchanting. Info:
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:
Tacoma Brewing Co., 625 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
No matter which Ginger is your favorite, we'll have something for you! For this event, we'll be featuring ginger ale cocktails made with our hard ginger ales - Ginger Light, Golden Ginger, and Big & Spicy Ginger. We're fine-tuning drink recipes - stay tuned for the drink list. PLUS! Come dressed as your favorite ginger and get $1 off your first drink! Info:
Elks Lodge, 6313 75th St W, Lakewood, WA 98499-8369
This year music will be done by: Buena Vibra & DJ Benny. There also will be a silent auction to raise funds. Food will be available for purchase. Only 300 tickets for sale! Ages 3-12 $5.00. Ages 13 & up $10.00 Info:
Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406-6707
ALL AGES SHOW - $10.00 - TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR THE DAY OF THE SHOW ONLY. Thanks! HELLS BELLES formed in 2000, the brainchild of former members Amy Stolzenbach (guitar) and Om Johari (vocals). HELLS BELLES current line-up features original member Mandy Reed, rock solid and born ready as Cliff Williams (bass guitar), Adrian Conner, dreadlock slinger and wicked player as Angus Young (lead guitar), Lisa Brisbois, sly and subtly intense as Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar), Amanda Hardy - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar. 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:
Lakebay Marina, 15 Lorenz Road, Lakebay, WA 98349
Open Mic FREE. Every Sat night 6pm until 8pm (or if happening 9pm). Roger's Open Mike. Bring your Axe and Join the Fun! Info: or (253)-884-3350
Foss High School, 2112 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, WA 98406
The Tacoma Rise are hosting the Washington Rampage at Dalesky-Black Gymnasium (Foss High) in Tacoma. The Rise is going into their second season as a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA). The Rise played their inaugural season as the Olympia Rise and played their games at Evergreen State College. The Rise went (1-0) versus the Washington Rampage in 2012-13. Info: http://facebook or
ShoWare Center, 625 West James Street, Kent, WA 98032
Good nonleague test for both at the ShoWare Shootout. Info:
Sanford and Son Library, 743 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
We are gathering at the Sanford and Son Library (Commerce Street, right by the last stop on the link) for a celebration of the holiday season and everyone is invited! This is a large space and there are three wonderful acts performing: Dames, a hip-hip-happening garage pop group reminiscent of the hoppin' groups your mom's mom (your grandmother) used to listen to back in those old days before you were alive. Hunnywell, a marvelous duo of Harrison McDonald and Sammy Patnode, who play sweet music to the ears of many with their blend of happy, sappy, clappy, folk pop and Evan Main, a man of promise, splendor, and head full of hair who will melt your hearts and cleanse your minds with his thoughtful and inspired Alternative folk music. There will be a five dollar DONATION and we would appreciate any donations we can get. Those who donate will get a very special surprise on the 25th! Info:
Art House Café, 111 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma, WA 98403
The Art House Cafe presents Rick Gonzalez and Ike Sutton! Rick plays acoustic folk, classic rock, country & original music. He can be heard throughout the Puget Sound area. His latest musical endeavor includes local percussionist Ike Sutton who provides a great backbone to Rick’s varied song selection. Come on out for a night of dinner and live entertainment! 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:
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:
The Waterstreet Café, 610 Water St SW, Olympia, WA 98501
The Waterstreet Café is excited to welcome vocal sensation Dennis Hastings with piano master Joe Baque and his trio, Steve Luceno bass and Michael Olson percussion to celebrate the winter solstice. Join Dennis and Joe as they perform your favorite Jazz, Latin and Popular tunes in the warm comfortable environment of The Waterstreet dinning room. The music starts at 9 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Reservations for dinner and show at 709-9090. Info: