CIGAR LOUNGE LISTENING PARTY
Come by Smoky Joes Cigar Lounge (inside BJ’s Bingo in Fife) at 4411 Pacific Hwy. E. on Jan. 16, 6-9 p.m., and mingle with all kinds of area musicians at the release party for Raymond Hayden’s new EP “Broken.” Hayden and the band will hold a question-and-answer session, and copies of “Broken” and other merchandise will be for sale. Everyone who attends will receive a free single that Hayden recorded just for this event. Purchase “Broken” on iTunes and http://www.CDBaby.com.
‘PETER AND THE WOLF’
Tacoma area families will enjoy a special treat this month when the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra opens its new series of family concerts with performances of “Peter and the Wolf” at JBLM's Evergreen Theater (Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m., free admission) and at the Rialto Theater (Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m.) Conducted by Music Director Harvey Felder and narrated by Noel Koran, general director of Tacoma Opera. A musical instrument “petting zoo” will be held an hour before each concert, an opportunity for youngsters to touch, handle and try out instruments. For tickets to the Rialto performance, $5 for children and $7 for adults, call ( 253) 591-5894 or visit http://www.tacomasymphony.org.
RAINIER LEAGUE OF ARTS
Rainier League of Arts is holding a fascinating juried art show of 34 paintings and three sculptures at the Catholic Community Services Gallery, "People and Their Cultures,” through Feb. 28, 1323 S. Fawcett. Art in the show depicts people of different nationalities and buildings and historical scenes from our culture and other countries in the world. Show is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fred Oldfield, founder of Rainier League of Arts and the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center, will jury this show along with Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma Art Commission and Washington State Historical Society. Reception is Jan. 17, 5:30-7 p.m., when awards will be given to the artists.
ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN FILM SCREENING
“5 Broken Cameras,” a film made by Israeli Guy Davidi and Palestinian Emad Burnat, will be given a free screening at First United Methodist Church (621 Tacoma Ave. S.) on Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. The film is one of 15 being considered for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards this year. Following the film, Emad Burnat’s brother Iyad, visiting in Tacoma from the West Bank, will talk about the nonviolent Popular Resistance movement in his town. The film is a deeply personal, first-hand account of nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Co-sponsored by the Micah Project at First United Methodist Church and the Tacoma Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.
On. Jan 19, Broadway center presents the 1963 Hitchcock classic “The Birds” at Theatre on the Square, 3 p.m. Starring Rod Taylor and Tipi Hedren, the film focuses on the residents of Bodega Bay as they 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’s an idea that haunts us. Tickets (with free popcorn) are $14.