Throughout November and December, flow Gallery is showcasing the Sumi art of Fumiko Kimura. The exhibit includes a mini-retrospective of Kumura’s past series (1990-2005), of which many of the works have never been exhibited, and a collection of her new works “Poetry of Tea Bag Art.” Artist’s receptions will be held Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m.; and Dec. 20, 5-8 p.m. Lisa Von Wendel will also be showing her exquisite jewelry. flow Gallery and Studio is located at 301 Puyallup Ave. Info: email@example.com or (253) 255-4675
FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS
New Year’s Eve is coming, and the streets of downtown Tacoma will be alive with the sights and sounds of the city’s annual First Night revelries. First Night buttons, $10, are now on sale, offering free admission to downtown museums and events, free skate rental at Polar Plaza and more. For a list of where to buy and more info on what’s on tap for First Night 2012, visit http://www.firstnighttacoma.org.
LALO & BEETHOVEN
Maestro Harvey Felder conducts the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Nov. 18 at Rialto Theater, featuring violin virtuoso Janet Sung. As part of the evening’s program, she will join the orchestra for “Symphonie Espagnol.” Full of Spanish themes and flavor, it is regarded by most violinists today as one of the great concertos for the instrument. Get tickets and more info at http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
TACOMA YOUTH SYMPHONY
Tacoma Youth Symphony presents “A Shakespearean Tale” on Nov. 17, 7 p.m., at Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St. The program includes Otto Niccolai’s “Merry Wives of Windsor Overture,” Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” and Richard Wagner’s “Kaisermarsch.” Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Reserved balcony tickets are $16. There are 100 free main floor tickets for students high school age and younger, available at the door on the day of the performance. Visit http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
“Dreamgirls,” the latest incarnation of the 1981 Tony award-winning musical turned 2006 Academy Award-winning film, will be the opening production of DASH Center’s 2012-13 season. “Dreamgirls” tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960’s girls singing group The Dreams and their exciting journey through the music industry, complete with trials and tribulations. DASH Center’s production features an amazing cast of phenomenal singers, dancers, actors, and actresses. It will be staged at Charles Wright Academy’s LAPAC Theatre, 7723 Chambers Creek Rd. W. on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 if purchased http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/287535 online before Nov. 17, $20/adults, $15/under 21 if purchased after Nov. 17 or at the door day of show. Info: http://www.thedashcenter.org.