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Archives: Dec. 2010


Critic’s Picks: TSO “Messiah,” Click Flick, Fisher at Mineral and the Christmas Revels

Tacoma Symphony  does “Messiah”

Hear all the favorite choruses (“Hallelujah”) and arias (“The Trumpet Shall Sound”) in Handel’s Christmas oratorio, “Messiah,” sung by the Tacoma Symphony Chorus with the orchestra accompanying. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. $25. St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.tacomasymphony.org

Click Flick: “A Christmas Story”

The monthly free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema this weekend is 1980s classic “A Christmas Story.” Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

Fisher’s glowing

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Olympia’s “Messiah” sing-along next Monday

Can’t get enough of the “Messiah”? Love to sing all those fun sixteenth-note scales and belt out “Hallelujah”? Head down to the Washington Center in Olympia next Monday for a free “Messiah” Sing-Along courtesy of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia.

The event, sponsored by R. L. Ray Violin Shop and the Washington Center, features conductor John Welsh and guest conductors Claudia Simpson-Jones and Terrance Shaw, with guest soloists and choir and orchestra taken from community groups such as the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, the Olympia Choral Society and Opera Pacifica. Music will be provided (though you can bring

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The Grand Cinema goes retro this Christmas – and evil

Tacoma’s Grand Cinema is showing two Christmas classics this weekend and one seriously sinister Santa film.

First up is “A Christmas Story” on Saturday. Part of the Click! Family Flick series, the movie will show on two screens. Consider it a gift: it’s free. Just get there at 10 a.m. The film starts at 10:30 a.m. and might fill to capacity as last year’s showing of “The Polar Express” almost did.

If you haven’t seen the movie or the musical based on it currently showing at the Fifth Avenue Theatre here’s a synopsis: Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), a young boy growing up in the 1940s, dreams of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. But his mother says no and poor Ralphie doesn’t get any support, even from Santa himself.
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“Christmas Memories” from the Northwest Repertory Singers

If you haven’t yet heard the Northwest Repertory Singers, this weekend’s concert is a great debut experience. The 60-strong Tacoma-based choir is at their best singing both new music and choir favorites, both of which will be in their “Christmas Memories” show at Mason United Methodist Church.

The program pulls from various Christmas traditions, including the choir’s own. Past Christmas concert numbers include “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” where the men get to sing the Frost poem with hushed stillness; “Snowforms”; and the “Messiah” chorus “And the Glory of the Lord.” They’ll finish with that hilarious version

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Tacoma Art Supply to relocate or close after Christmas

Tacoma Art Supply in downtown Tacoma is in the final throes of a sale before a temporary closure that will lead either to relocation or shutdown, owner Warren Caves says. The store has supplied local art amateurs, students and professionals with high-quality materials for four years now at the Commerce Street location, as well as displaying exhibits.

“Business has just been going down,” says Caves. “So I’m wondering, do I get a small business loan and go deeper into debt, or…?”

One of the direct problems is, obviously, the recession. Another is the trickle-down effect that professional artists aren’t

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Critic’s Picks: Dickens at Stadium, Zak Morgan at TOTS, purses at Sandpiper and ArtWalk

Dickens at Stadium

Celebrate winter in high Victorian style at the annual Dickens Festival in the Stadium neighborhood. Local businesses offer treats, roving performers do everything from puppet shows to folk songs, there’ll be horse-and-carriage rides and a dance in the evening. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 11. Free ($15 dance tickets.) Stadium area along Tacoma Avenue and St. Helens Avenue between Division and 4th Streets. 253-272-6622, www.dickens festival.net

Plenty of glee with Zak Morgan

This Grammy-nominated children’s entertainer known for folk style, Seussian imagination and wacky wordplay takes on Tacoma this weekend for a special holiday show courtesy of Broadway

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Still time to see some “Nutcrackers” this weekend and next

It’s “Nutcracker” season, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from in the South Sound, quite apart from Pacific Ballet Northwest’s extravaganza in Seattle. Some have already gone, like Dance Theatre Northwest last weekend. But if you’re looking for a good dose of sugar plums and snowflakes, here’s the low-down on the rest.

Ballet Northwest

This is the Olympia classic, performed by over 70 dancers in a huge range of ages with all the trappings in the Washington Center.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; 2 p.m. Dec.

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Becky Frehse takes inspiration from music at Gallery 110

It sometimes helps an artist to be married to a musician. For Becky Frehse, known around Tacoma for her painting and mixed media work, that musician is husband Greg Youtz, composer, professor of musicology at Pacific Lutheran University and erstwhile bassoon player. Married to Youtz 23 years, Frehse has recently completed a body of paintings and collages translating Youtz’ sounds into visual elements – and the work’s up now in a solo show at Seattle’s Gallery 110.

Youtz is also known around town and further afield. He’s had work premiered by the Tacoma Concert Band, the Tacoma Youth Symphony and,

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