Welcome to the Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas! Inspired by both the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and fellow features writer Sue Kidd, who’s offering you her own “Twelve Tacoma Foodie Gifts of Christmas” on her TNT Diner blog, I’ve come up with 12 alternative gifts for Christmas: no partridges in pear trees, but something a lot more uniquely local. (See older posts for the other days.)
So here’s Day 10: On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Ten movie tickets, nine local poets, eight letterpress posters, seven concert tickets, six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery bowls, three CDs, two baby heads and a deck of Tacoma playing cards.
And no, I don’t mean tickets to the Galaxy Narrows. Buy your true love ten tickets to the Grand Cinema – or a membership – and you’ll be supporting a local non-profit that encourages local filmmakers. Or support the local filmmakers directly with a pass to the Tacoma Film Festival next October: It’s a long way off, but your Christmas gift will get someone into a week’s worth of fascinating indie film, with at least two days’ worth made right here in Tacoma or Seattle. Memberships $45, adult tickets $9, festival passes available later in the year from The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-6062, grandcinema.com