New Year’s Eve Jazz
Music - If you are looking to take a drive north for some New Year’s Eve festivities, the Danny Quintero Quartet will be performing at Russell’s of Woodinville with special guest Lance Buller. A real crowd pleaser, Quintero’s voice is like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin all rolled into one – and he is just as charming, too. $150 per person, includes gourmet four-course dinner and dessert, wine pairings, swinging live music and champagne at midnight. Info: http://www.RussellLowell.com.
Polar Bear Plunge
HAPPENINGS – Kick off the New Year with a cool tradition – a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound! Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers at the Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1 at Point Defiance Marina. Trade your winter coat for a swimsuit and go knee high, waist deep or take the full plunge! The Cub Plunge, for youth under 10 years of age, begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by an Adult/Family Plunge at noon. Costumes are welcome but not required. The event is free and takes place rain or shine at the Point Defiance boat launch, located at 5912 N. Waterfront Drive in Point Defiance Park. Daring folks who jump in can warm up afterwards in front of heaters while sipping free hot drinks.
ETC - Extend the fun and warm up before the Polar Bear Plunge by participating in First Run, a newly created fun run that features a flat, fast one-mile run/walk near Point Defiance Marina. First Run is free and begins at 11 a.m. on Jan. 1, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the Polar Bear Plunge afterward. No registration is necessary to participate. For more information visit www.PointDefianceMarina.com or call (253) 591-5325.
100 Years of Broadway
HAPPENINGS – Award-winning Broadway producer, lyricist and composer Neil Berg is joined by his multi-talented cast of veteran Broadway singers, dancers and musicians to celebrate Broadway’s best-loved song-and-dance numbers. This new show highlights some of Broadway's most memorable choreography and recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the past 100 years and features the actual stars of shows such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Cats” and “Chicago.” The performance takes place at the Pantages Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29-$64. Info: http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Writing your Life Stories
ETC – Tacoma author Evonne Agnello will present a one-hour workshop, “Writing Your Family Stories,” at Franke Tobey Jones’ Senior University. She will speak from her experiences based on her recently published memoir, “Shaking Shame from Mental Illness.” Her book has a message of hope for anyone who has suffered from depression or trauma. This free event begins at 3 p.m. Frank Tobey Jones is located at 5340 N. Bristol St.
Author Book Signing
ETC – Author Evonne Agnello will read from and discuss her new book, “Shaking Shame from Mental Illness” at the University Place Library. It is a memoir with a message of hope for anyone who has suffered from depression or trauma or known someone who has. Agnello retired from 30 years as a newspaper journalist to write this book. The library is located at 3609 Market Place W.
Film Focus: Hitchcock
FILM – Broadway Center’s latest Film Focus installment features Alfred Hitchcock classic “The Birds,” starring Rod Taylor and Tipi Hedren. The residents of Bodega Bay are confronted with a malicious, full-scale attack by birds of all shapes and sizes. This film is the pure expression of an arbitrary universe that may strike out; it is an idea that haunts us. The screening takes place at Theatre on the Square. Tickets: $14; includes free popcorn.
‘Peter and the Wolf’
MUSIC – The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra kicks off a new series of concerts for kids and parents with this program featuring the full orchestra and Sergei Prokofiev’s great introduction to orchestral music. This concert is just right for children ages 4 to 9 and their families. Come an hour early for an instrument petting zoo where your kids can touch and try out real musical instruments for themselves! The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater. Tickets: $5 for children, $7 for adults. Info: http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Author book signing
ETC - Visit the Wheelock Library at 7 p.m. for a book talk and signing for two interesting books by Vaughn Sherman. Vaughn is a former CIA agent and wrote an espionage novel “Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit” and a book on his uncle’s adventures locally and abroad as a master seaman. “Sea Travels, Memoirs of 20th Century Master Mariner.” Admission is free. The Wheelock Library is located at 3722 N. 26th St. in Tacoma.
Zoe Keating and Portland Cello Project
MUSIC – One-woman-orchestra, Zoe Keating, will join Portland Cello Project to blur musical perception. Keating uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating a lush, beautiful and otherworldly music. No two shows are alike when Portland Cello Project takes the stage, with a repertoire of more than 800 pieces of music you would not normally hear coming out of a cello. The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$39.
Museum of Glass Holiday Events
ETC - Museum of Glass has scheduled a series of events to celebrate the holiday season. Designed for families, the events feature hands-on art activities to foster creativity and festive holiday music. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free. New Year’s Eve Cone Head Workshop, Dec. 31, 1-4 p.m. Ring in the New Year by making cone head party hats. Dean the Dream Weaver will provide musical entertainment. Free admission with First Night button.
HAPPENINGS – Visit downtown Tacoma’s Franciscan Polar Plaza for art, ice and everything nice this winter as the skating rink returns for its second year of holiday merry-making. Polar Plaza is a special place for people to come together and make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy music, special events and more in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum. Franciscan Polar Plaza is open through Jan. 6.
‘The Children’s Hour’
THEATER – The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present “The Children’s Hour,” the third show of its 74th season of plays. Lillian Hellman’s riveting, controversial drama addresses current events in ways that are even more relevant today than when it was first presented to protesting crowds in 1934. The play will take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $24. The play runs from Jan. 11-Feb. 3.
Rankos’ Health Fair
ETC – Visit Rankos’ Pharmacy and Gifts on Jan. 2-4 for a health fair and open house. Free health screenings will be offered, including bone density, blood glucose, blood pressure, foot exams and diabetic shoe fittings. Flu shots will be available for $26, and pneumonia and whooping cough vaccinations will also be available. Rankos’ will donate $3 to local schools for every student/alum/staff who receives a flu shot from Stadium, First Presbyterian and St. Pat’s. Prizes, giveaways and snacks will be available, as well as gift bags for the first 100 people. Rankos’ is located at 101 N. Tacoma Ave. Info: http://www.rankospharmacy.com.
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.
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.