Sat., Oct. 27
Spanish Language Book Club
ETC – Visit King’s Books at 11 a.m. for its Spanish Language Book Club! The featured book, plus most of the discussion, will be in Spanish. The book for October is “Amado amo” by Rosa Montero. Books available at King’s Books. The group meets the last Saturday of every month at the bookstore. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Sun., Oct. 28
MUSIC – Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will hold its 22nd annual Reformation Sunday Hymn Festival. It will have performances by the choir from Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland, Evergreen Brass Quintet, the acappela group PLUtonics, bagpipers and guest soloists. There is no charge to attend. It will start at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. The church is located at 3315 S. 19th St.
‘The Capitol Steps’
THEATER – “We didn’t start satire; it was always burning since the world was turning . . . ” The Capitol Steps will bring down the house . . . and Senate with their unique blend of music and political comedy. Not for the faint of heart nor for those considering a run for office. The show puts the “mock” in Democracy! Coming just in time to rebalance your political nervous system ahead of the fall election. The performance will take place Oct. 28 at the Rialto Theater at 3 p.m. Tickets: $35-$68, available at http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Wed., Oct. 31
ETC – Halloween is just around the corner and already Tacoma’s historic Freighthouse Square is making big plans to celebrate the holiday with contests, prizes, live entertainment and trick-or-treating throughout the Square for the community. Visit on Halloween Day from 4-7 p.m. There will be trick-or-treating, a magic show and balloon artist from 6-7 p.m., and through Oct. 26, children ages 6 and under and 7 to 12 can visit http://www.freighthousesquare.com and download a special Halloween coloring contest drawing. Once completed, artwork can be dropped off at Freighthouse Square (2501 E. ‘D’ St.,) at any store or restaurant. Prizewinners will be announced Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. in the Freighthouse Square Art Gallery. Info: http://www.freighthousesquare.com.
Thurs., Nov. 1
Book and Wine Auction
HAPPENINGS – King’s Books is hosting its third annual Signed Book and Wine Auction featuring Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist! This signature fundraiser features a live auction with fine wines and signed books from bestselling authors, including true crime writer Ann Rule, Maria Semple (author of the current bestseller “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”), Garth Stein, Molly Ringwald, Bret Easton Ellis, Lindquist and some surprises, too. Enjoy libations, food and friends while getting an early start on your holiday shopping! Suggested donation is just $25, but larger donations are welcome. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Fri. & Sat., Nov. 2, 3
Fall Festival and Bazaar
HAPPENINGS – Summit United Methodist Women are organizing a Fall Festival and Bazaar for Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy crafts, vendors, garden art, apple dumplings and more! The bazaar supports the church’s Tacoma/Pierce County community outreach programs to help feed the hungry, care for the homeless and more. 5316 104th St. E. (104th Street and Canyon Road). Info: 253-537-6560.
Fri., Nov. 9
Video Games Live!
HAPPNEINGS – 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., the 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.
‘Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen’
HAPPENINGS – Celebrate Halloween in the style of past centuries by listening to ghost stories told around a roaring bonfire. The Fort Nisqually Foundation presents “Bonfires, Beaver Pelts & Bogeymen” from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 26-27. Follow a trail of glowing jack-o-lanterns to a blazing bonfire in the meadow beyond the fort’s walls. Storytellers from the past will send shivers down your spine as their words bring forth the spirits of the fur trade. The evening begins with “gentler” tales appropriate for all ages. After a break for complimentary cider and cookies, the stories get increasingly scarier. October nights can be as chilling as the stories so dress accordingly. Chairs or blankets to sit on are welcome. Please do not bring umbrellas. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m., stories begin at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 for adults/$3 for children if purchased in advance and $6 for adults/$4 for children at the event. Tickets are available online at http://www.FortNisquallyFoundation.org.
‘A Chorus Line’
THEATER – The national tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical “A Chorus Line” is making a stop in Tacoma Oct. 26-27. The production will take place at the Pantages Theater at 7:30 p.m. Known as one of the longer-running shows in Broadway history, Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line” is a marvel. In the starkness of a naked theater, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It is the one opportunity to do what they have always dreamed – to have the chance to dance. This is the story for everyone who has ever had a dream that required “you to put it all on the line.” Tickets: $49-$84, available at http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
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. A pay-what-you-can performance takes place Oct. 26 at 7:30 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 opens Nov. 3 and 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.
‘Hope in Hard Times’
ART – Washington State History Museum’s “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit showcases the 1929 Wall Street collapse as it plunged Americans into a period of great uncertainty as unemployment skyrocketed, banks failed and housing foreclosures hit record highs. President Herbert Hoover put it succinctly: “About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.” “Hope in Hard Times” shares how ordinary people worked for change in their communities, pulling together to find ways to deal with the crisis. A billy club used during the 1934 “Battle of Smith Cove,” Works Progress Administration artifacts and everyday items are among some of the objects showcased in this exhibition. The paintings and sketches of Ronald Debs Ginther, also featured in the exhibition, comprise one of the more complete visual records of the Great Depression. The exhibit runs through Nov. 4. Info: http://www.washingtonhistory.org.
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.