TACOMA – A classic dramatic tale will enthrall music and theater lovers during free opera previews at two Pierce County Libraries in December and January.
Opera expert Norm Hollingshead will share an entertaining and enthusiastic free preview of the Seattle Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Friends of the Libraries sponsor these free events.
By Lynn Geyer
How many times have you seen “It’s a Wonderful Life?”
Thanks to Turner Classic Movies, probably more time than Santa has reindeer.
But did you know (legend has it) that Jimmy Stewart wasn’t the first choice for George and Donna Reed almost didn’t make it for Mary?
By Christa Lippert
On December 7, the Steilacoom High School Booster Club will host its annual Red Ribbon Bazaar, providing a great place to purchase one of a kind, locally made gift items. The Bazaar is in its 16th year and a much anticipated community event.
This year the bazaar will feature wonderful handmade arts and crafts, such as quilts, beautiful jewelry, holiday table wear, photography, handmade ornaments, festive wreaths and many other items. Students are very involved in the bazaar by hosting a bake sale and coffee bar, producing handmade items, providing gift wrapping, and offering children’s activities and Santa photos.
TACOMA — Artist Dan Dailey, who works primarily in his Kensington, New Hampshire studio, will be Museum of Glass’ Visiting Artist from Wednesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 8. Dailey’s residency is sponsored by Karen and Marc Jaffe through the Fuel Their Fire program, and will conclude with a lecture in the Hot Shop on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm. The lecture will also be streamed live on the Museum’s website.
By Nancy Henderson
STEILACOOM – Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 15, 2013 and attend a free community concert or perhaps take part in it as well. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Steilacoom’s Town Hall, anyone who can sing or play an instrument is invited to join your friends and neighbors for the annual all-comers community Christmas sing and play along. No prior rehearsals are necessary. Just bring your musical instruments, music stands and enthusiasm.
Christ Lutheran Church will present the 20th Messiah Sing-A-Long on Sunday, December 1 (2 pm). The conductor’s baton has been passed. For 19 Messiah Sing-A-Longs Tom Goleeke, Ph.D. conducted Handel’s timeless music. For this 20th performance his baton is passed to John Falskow, Ph.D., musical director at Tacoma Community College.
By John Munn
The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present its Second Annual “Special” Joint Presentation with its very own Lakewood Institute of Theatre — C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe” for 10 shows only. The Play will be performed on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm, December 12-22. All Ticket Prices are $15.00 and the show is a wonderful experience for the whole family.
A team-taught class at Tacoma Community College’s Gig Harbor campus launched a film event that will raise funds for student veterans in honor of TCC’s former Veterans’ Affairs Coordinator, the late Bill Harrington.
With the volunteer assistance of TCC alumnus and film school grad Bryan Schroeder, instructors Christie Fierro and Mike Blair took students through the basics of film production in one quarter. Collaborating with Peninsula School District and the Gig Harbor Film Festival, they also set up the film showcase at Uptown’s Galaxy Theater. The venture received an outpouring of community support.
TACOMA – Zoolights, a Puget Sound holiday tradition for a quarter century, outshines them all. It’s original. It’s traditional. And for 2013, there are some things old (and much loved), and many things new.
Plus, there are legions of live animals to see – and even some to touch. Human fingers can feel stingrays’ velvety surfaces and real kids can feed goats. There’s a meerkat mob to marvel at, camels to ride, and Santa swimming with sharks.
By Debbie Klosowski
UNIVERSITY PLACE – Form your team now and get ready for the Duck the Halls Caroling Contest on Saturday, December 7, from 1 pm to 3pm in front of the UP Civic Library Building. Anyone can enter…just put together at least two holiday/seasonal songs (maximum 8 minutes). Holiday/festive attire is suggested! Entry fees are 5 items of nonperishable food per member OR $10 per person to benefit the UP Food Bank/Families Unlimited Network. For entry rules and registration, please visit www.upforarts.com
By Lynn Geyer
Pierce College’s Theatre Studio 320 is the sight of one of the funniest, irreverent musical events in recent years – “Avenue Q.”
Funny, because Director Fred Metzger pulls out all the stops to make this musical go for the gold.
By Debbie Klosowski
Enjoy a great evening out this Friday, November 22 (7 pm – UP Civic/Library Atrium) with acclaimed Jazz Saxophonist Kareem Kandi and two local artists at UP for Arts Fall Arts & Concert series.
A well-know Pacific Northwest icon, Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer and teacher whose career includes being an artist in residence at the Tacoma School of the Arts, director of the award winning Pierce College student jazz group and conductor of numerous master classes throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as a featured performer at numerous events.
Also featured are two local artists: Fred Langton who is an accomplished wood scroll saw artist, creating intricate mosaics, charming holiday decorations and other works of art. Rise Windell (Layla and Me Pet and Nature Photography) will also be on hand selling her 2014 calendars featuring Chambers Bay and the Birds of Chambers Bay — just in time for great holiday gifts!
UP for Arts and Skelley Piano are sponsoring the event which runs from 7 pm to 8:30pm. Free parking is available in front of the building as well as the parking garage underneath the library. Admission is free for UP for Arts members, $10 for adults and $5 for students.
For more information, please visit www.upforarts.com.
By Melanie Kirk-Stuaffer
University Place based Dance Theatre Northwest will present its last Arts Are Education Performance for 2013 on Friday, November 22, at Park Lodge Elementary at 1:15 p.m.
By Cara Cross
The one time only, sneak preview, walk through Fantasy Lights will be held on Sunday, November 24 between 5:00-7:00pm at Spanaway Park, starting and finishing at the Sprinker Recreation Center parking lot, 14824 S C St in Parkland. The fee for the walk is $4 per person or $12 for a family of 4 – ages 3 and younger are free. This is the only time to walk, prior to the start of the drive through event, that begins on Thanksgiving. For more information go to www.piercecountywa.org/parks