Fri., Nov. 9
Video Games Live!
HAPPENINGS – This immersive concert event features music from the most popular video games of all time. Taking place at the Pantages Theater at 7:30 p.m., Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience! It is not just a concert, but a celebration of the entire video game phenomenon that people of all ages will adore. Tickets: $39-$94, available at http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Sat., Nov. 10
Get Involved Gala
HAPPENINGS – Last November, the Get Involved Gala energized Tacoma Art Museum, where more than 300 guests danced, drank and learned of the many volunteering and fundraising opportunities in their community. In the first year alone, the GIG raised more than $14,000 for United Way of Pierce County. Mixing celebration with civic-mindedness, the GIG is quickly becoming one of the premier events in Tacoma. On Nov. 10, the event is returning to Tacoma Art Museum for the GIG 2012. In addition to wearing swanky outfits, taking fun photobooth pics and packing the DJ-fueled dance floor, the 500+ guests will have exclusive access to the new Andy Warhol “Flowers For Tacoma” exhibit. Dressing up, getting down, having fun – all for a good cause. Tickets: $50. Info: http://www.getinvolvedgala.org.
ETC – Tellabration! A night of storytelling is taking place at Antique Sandwich Co. at 7:30 p.m. Tellabration! is an international night of story – storytelling performances are held in communities around the world. The program will feature an eclectic concert of stories that will appeal to storytelling fans ages 10 years and older from members of the Mt. Tahoma Storytelling Guild. Antique Sandwich Co. is located at North 51st and Pearl streets. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.
Sun., Nov. 11
Native American Storytelling
ETC – The Old Town Music Society present a Young Persons Guide Series event at 3 p.m. It will take place at the society’s building at 2101 N. 30th St. Gather around while Gary Stroutsos, renowned flutist heard on the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery,” shares traditional Native American songs and storytelling. This is the first in a series of events for young listeners. Followed by refreshments and time to chat with Stroutsos and look at the flutes up close. Admission is $2 or $5 per family in support of the Old Town Music Society's Music Scholarship Fund.
Fri., Nov. 16
ART – This event is an evening featuring local artists, wine and hors d’oeuvres at Vessels 3D Juried Art Show and Silent Auction. All proceeds from the auction of juried pieces benefit Emergency Food Network “…so that no person goes hungry.” The event is located at Charles Wright Academy at the Language and Performing Arts Center, located at 7723 Chambers Creek Road W. in University Place. Info: http://www.efoodnet.org.
Sat., Nov. 17
Meeker Holiday Bazaar
ETC – Visit Meeker Middle School for its annual holiday bazaar, featuring an array of year-round gifts and holiday decorations created by many unique crafters and artisans. Find a fabulous selection of crafts, jewelry, holiday decorations and much more. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, located at 4402 Nassau Ave. N.E. in Browns Point.
Sat., Dec. 8
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.
THEATER – Tacoma Little Theatre presents “Night Watch” by Lucille Fletcher and directed by Randy Clark. Elaine Wheeler screams as she sees (or believe she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police find nothing. Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a lady psychiatrist who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment. The plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved – Elaine’s old friend and house guest Blanch; the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives next door; and the nosy German maid, Helga – all contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax. Performances take place through Nov. 11 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
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 will be 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: 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 Aylen Junior High School, located at 101 15th St. S.W. in Puyallup. 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.
Sun, Nov. 11
Veterans Day Service
HAPPENINGS – Tacoma Historical Society and American Legion Post 2 are co-sponsoring a Veterans Day Service, 2 p.m., at Tacoma’s War Memorial Park at 6th Avenue and MacArthur Street. U.S Air Force veteran Thomas Havel will be the speaker.