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On Nov. 29, Geoffrey Gray, author of “Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper,” will host a 2:30 p.m. book signing and 3:30 p.m. presentation on his research and conclusions. He’ll also be available to join attendees and chat theories afterward at The Swiss Pub and Restaurant. Then on Nov. 30, the museum will host a Cooper symposium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with presentations on the history of the skyjacking and airline evolution by the exhibit co-curators and other D.B. Cooper experts. Tickets available at (click on “visit” then “events and programs”).


If you haven’t yet heard the totally awesome Maurice the Fish Records band Strangely Alright, go to and watch their new video “If I Don’t Laugh I’m Only Going to Cry,” the first release from the band’s debut CD “The Time Machine Is Broken.” Echoes of psychedelia, a little Beatles, a lot of melody and guitar-strumming goodness, SA’s adult alternative power pop is pure ear candy with wonderful melodies and lots of love.


The 19th annual Fantasy Lights display will again dazzle viewers with new themes and yearly additions to the largest drive-through display of lights in the Northwest. Fantasy Lights operates for 35 nights, Nov. 28-Jan. 1, nightly from 5:30-9 p.m. The beautiful two and a quarter mile drive takes place in Spanaway County Park, 14905 Gus G Bresemann Blvd., just west of 152nd/Military Road and SR 7 (Pacific Avenue) in Spanaway. Cost is $13 and $45 per bus (25+ passengers). For more information and driving directions call (253) 798-3330, or


Tacoma’s annual Wine & Song benefit is Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Sponsored and hosted by the John Connelly Law Offices (2301 N. 30th St,), all proceeds benefit the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series of free concerts. “An Evening of Operetta and Cabaret,” sung by chanteuse mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula with Denes Van Parys at the piano, will feature operetta selections from Offenbach and Gilbert and Sullivan, some Kurt Weill and songs made famous by Edith Piaf ("La vie en rose," "Non, je ne regrette rien") and more. Fine wines will be poured by Ginkgo Forest Winery accompanied by a lavish array of hors d'oeuvres and sweets. $25 tickets available at Bayview Optical (2217 N. 30th St.), with remaining tickets sold at the door.


“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” Remember that line from “It’s a Wonderful Life”…? The little girl who said it, Zuzu Bailey a.k.a. Karolyn Grimes, will be in Fife at Louie G’s Pizza on Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m., to meet fans, speak about her experiences on the movie set, share inside info about the film, and to show unique memorabilia. Louie G’s will be offering an all-you-can-eat $7 pizza and salad special throughout the day, and a special screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” will take place at 6:30 p.m.


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