Classical Tuesday in Old Town presents new music for the New Year. On Jan. 8, Saxophonist Erik Steighner will perform a fun and unusual program in Slavonian Hall (2306 N. 30th St.) featuring a variety of instrumentation, soundscapes and pre-recorded electronics with Steighner on alto, baritone and soprano saxes and trumpeter Zachary Lyman joining him. Hear premieres of pieces by Tacoma composers Deborah Anderson and Greg Youtz. This free/voluntary donation event begins at 7 p.m.
BROADWAY SONG & DANCE
Award-winning Broadway producer, lyricist and composer Neil Berg's widely acclaimed 100 years of Broadway Song and Dance returns to the Pantages Theater. Berg will be 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.” Plays Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now at http://www.broadwaycenter.org. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Emergency Food Network food drive.
Broadway Center and Northwest Playwrights Alliance, in partnership with Washington State Historical Society, present August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle – King Hedley II” on Jan. 13, 3 p.m., at Studio III at 9th and Broadway. This will be a staged reading of the award winning drama set in 1980s Pittsburgh. It tells the story of an ex-con trying to rebuild his life. This play is one of Wilson’s darkest, telling the tale of a man trying to save $10,000 by selling stolen refrigerators so that he can buy a video store. The story revisits characters initially presented in Seven Guitars. Get tickets at http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
‘THE CHILDREN’S HOUR’
One of the great successes of distinguished writer Lillian Hellman, “The Children’s Hour” is a serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done. Parental discretion is strongly suggested. Opens Jan. 11 at Lakewood Playhouse. Get tickets at http://www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.
A series of parent education classes is being offered at Tacoma Nature Center to give parents a variety of views and techniques in support of guiding young children in their early learning of self-control, responsibility, communication, cooperation and following directions. Information and resources, large and small group interactions and group discussions are all included. One or both parents are welcome, as are child-care givers and grandparents, but children should be left at home. Come for one or all of the workshops, beginning Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required at http://www.metroparkstacoma.org.