‘Just One Angel’
MUSIC – Do not miss the only Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, New Year’s concert event this year! Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Christine Lavin joins Northwest-based folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai – Arni Adler, Patrice O’Neill and Andrew Ratshin – in their new anti-holiday holiday concert. With the spotlight on fresh, new holiday-themed songs along with those from their own repertoires, Lavin and Uncle Bonsai deliver an exuberant concert of song you will never hear in an elevator. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre on the Square. Tickets: $42.
‘An Early American Christmas’
MUSIC – Experience “An Early American Christmas” courtesy of Rose Ensemble and Glory Shone Around – carols, shape-note singing, European influences, lost traditions – by one of the better ancient music troupes in the country. Enjoy vocal and ensemble music that stirs deep emotions and lifts your spirit! Each performance illuminates rarely heard repertoire, bringing forward research from ancient manuscript libraries. The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39-$59.
ETC – Let Fido tell Santa what he really wants for Christmas at Santa Paws pet photos from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by SUNDogs to benefit the off-leash dog park in University Place. Photos will be taken at the University Place City Hall Complex, located at 3715 Bridgeport Way W. Photos $10. Pets must be on leash.
DASH Center Fundraiser
HAPPENINGS – For all who desire to help DASH Center grow and continue serving youth in Tacoma/Pierce County, mark your calendars and get your tickets to attend the “Dreamgirls Gala and Fundraiser” show at 8 p.m. Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. During the catered reception, you will be entertained by some fine talent from the Tacoma area, enjoy a meet and greet with the cast, participate in a silent auction and take home a gala gift bag. Tickets for this event are $40 and proceeds go directly to the Inspiring Artists Scholarship fund and the DASH Center Theatre Capital Fund. Info: http://www.thedashcenter.org.
‘Sounds of the Season’
MUSIC – Celebrating its 21st year, the marvelous Tacoma Youth Chorus, consisting of seven auditioned youth choirs ranging from grade school to high school, will return for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s annual collage of seasonal musical delights. Joining them will be vocalist Maria Valenzuela, who last performed with the TSO during its Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration in 2005. She has also appeared with Seattle Bach Choir, Choral Union, Oakland Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, the Champaign-Urbana (Illinois) Symphony, the U.S. Navy and Air Force bands and more, including a special appearance in the Carnegie Hall celebration Merry Christmas NYC in 2007. She most recently appeared as Luisa Contini in “Nine” with Tacoma Musical Playhouse, as “Maria Merelli” in Tacoma Little Theatre’s “Lend Me A Tenor” and as a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus. The performance takes place at the Pantages Theater at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $24-$77.
Street Corner Caroling Competition
HAPPENINGS – The biggest single music holiday event of the season and a critical fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, the Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition kicks off the month of December with a singular evening of entertainment enjoyed by more than 9,000 spectators every year. More than 1,000 carolers and dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on downtown Seattle street corners and in and around Westlake Center beginning at 5 p.m. The top caroling teams compete for crowd favor and prizes for the most donations raised, best choral performance, most creative team and people’s choice. Those nominated compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage. A Seattle holiday tradition, the Great Figgy Pudding is a zany, family-friendly and delightful holiday event for everyone. Caroling teams range the gamut from dancing lawyers to costumed co-workers of Seattle landmark businesses to Von Trapp-like families. The event takes place from 5-8:30 p.m. at Westlake Center and Pine Street between 4th and 7th avenues. Cost: $10 suggested donation.
ETC – Come enjoy a family day of fun at Tacoma Waldorf School. Puppet play, face painting, Snow Angel Cafe, holiday crafts, live music and local vendors. Free and open to the community; some activities cost $1-$4. Canned food donations for FISH Food Bank welcome. Tacoma Waldorf School is located at 2710 N. Madison St. in Tacoma.
Let It Snow: Free Community Festival
HAPPENINGS - Start your winter festivities off right with a free community festival at Tacoma Art Museum, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy dance performances by Metro Parks, musical performances from Grant Elementary School, and other great entertainment. Try your hand at print-making and create a holiday card for family and friends. Get some of your holiday shopping done at the Craft Fair or in the Museum Store, take a break with some cocoa in Relish Café, or walk across the street to ice skate at Franciscan Polar Plaza. Sponsored by Columbia Bank. Info: http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
MUSIC – Deck the halls with silver, gold and brass as Tacoma Concert Band presents their first holiday concert in many years. Featuring Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano and voice professor at the University of Puget Sound. The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-$34.
Flowers for Tacoma
ART – “Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma” explores the context and development of flower imagery in Warhol’s career, focusing on his 1982 proposal for Tacoma Dome. Warhol’s extensive use of flowers throughout his career is represented by early illustrations from the 1950s, series of flower prints and numerous photographs made by Warhol and his circle that illustrate the artist’s fascination with the fragility and beauty of flowers. The exhibit runs through Feb. 10. Info: http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
THEATER – “Dreamgirls,” the latest incarnation of the 1981 Tony Award-winning musical turned 2006 Academy Award-winning film, is the opening production of DASH Center’s 2012-13 season. “Dreamgirls” tells the story of up-and-coming 1960s girls singing group The Dreams and their exciting journey through the music industry, complete with trials and tribulations. DASH Center’s production of “Dreamgirls,” directed and choreographed by Jimmy Shields with assistance from Isiah Anderson Jr., features an amazing cast of phenomenal singers, dancers, actors and actresses. It is being staged at Charles Wright Academy’s LAPAC Theatre, 7723 Chambers Creek Road W. on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20/adults, $15/under 21. Info: http://www.thedashcenter.org.
ART – Venetian artists Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana have joined forces to create “Scapes,” a dynamic and entirely new body of work at Museum of Glass. The exhibition comprises four rooms based on the Hindu belief that the universe is divided into separate spheres of existence: Earth, Space, Sun, and Moon and Constellations. The de Santillanas have interpreted elements of the Hindu cosmology in glass, creating spaces in which forms and colors correspond to physical phenomena, or the visible universe, and evoke an atmosphere of cosmic vibration. Each installation is composed of a limited, but strikingly vibrant, color palette. The exhibit runs until January.
ART – “Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection” is on display at Tacoma Art Museum. The works on view are some of the best from its collection of paintings by Northwest artists. It runs until March.
Glass Art Master
ART – Museum of Glass is showcasing items created by a glass art master over the past 10 years in “Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra.” The Italian artist has invented numerous techniques and designs that are technically flawless and visually breathtaking, yet filled with complexity and difficulty. He is recognized around the world as the maestro of contemporary glass. The exhibition shows his evolution to larger works, bolder colors and patterns over his nearly 50 years as an artist. It runs through Jan. 6, 2013.
Hot Hula Fitness
ETC – Every Monday through Wednesday, Asia Pacific Cultural Center hosts hot hula fitness classes from 7-8 p.m. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific islands, hot hula fitness incorporates easy to perform dance moves set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. Hot hula fitness is a fun, new and exciting dance workout that isolates your larger muscle groups, quads and arms, providing a total body workout in 60 minutes. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy hot hula fitness. Admission: $6 (discount with APCC membership). APCC is located at 4851 South Tacoma Way.
MUSIC – Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages drum circle every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. You do not need to have a drum to participate. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.
ETC – Suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? Attend this support group, which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities building, located at 6315 S. 19th St. The group’s mission is to improve the morale of people coping with these challenges. Its activities include face-to-face encouragement, networking, sharing of resources as well as individual discoveries.
Charity Boot Camp
ETC – Jeff Jowers, owner and founder of Tacoma’s Ultimate Fitness Boot Camps, is hosting charity fitness boot camps every Saturday benefiting Mary Bridge Tree House. People who sign up for Ultimate Fitness Boot Camp can now donate pieces of clothing, which earns them a spot in a fast-paced, interval-style class free of charge. Info: http://www.tacomabootcamps.com.
Free First Weekends
ETC – Bank of America bankcard holders and employees receive free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum the first weekend of every month as part of Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. Info: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.
The Valley Chorale
ETC – The Valley Chorale, a soprano-alto-tenor-bass singing group, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Christ the King, located at 1710 E. 85th St. in Tacoma. If you like singing, contact Joy Heidal at (253) 848-1134 or Dixie Byrne at (253) 677-5291 for more information and a personal invitation to join the group.
Memory loss support
ETC – Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with dementia. A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia will be held the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Contact group facilitator Chuck Benefiel at (253) 584-3267.
MUSIC – Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages ukulele circle every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.