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Critic’s Picks: First Night at night and during the day, Tacoma Art Museum dance party and Seattle Symphony on New Year’s Eve and

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2012 at 5:42 am |
December 24, 2012 11:50 am

The 2012 dragon meets the 2011 rabbit in the parade at last year's First Night. Photo: Lui Kit Wong, The News Tribune.

First Night at night

The place to be in Tacoma on New Year’s Eve is in the theater district, where First Night offers plenty of arts-based, alcohol-free family fun to ring in 2013. Best picks look to be the Shortest Parade (6:30 p.m. along Broadway from 7th to 9th Streets) with Mayan snake boats and more, a new crystal art installation in the middle of an “ice walk” Broadway between 9th and 11th Streets), outdoor stages along Broadway and performers like the Mud Bay Jugglers inside theaters. 6 p.m.- midnight Jan. 31. Buttons $10 advance/$14 on day allow inside access (free for kids), outside activities free. Theater District, downtown Tacoma. firstnighttacoma.org

First Night during the day

For littlies that can’t see the new year in at midnight there are plenty of day options. With a $10 button (free for kids) you’ll get all-day access to the Museum of Glass and the Children’s Museum, where there’ll be art activities and, at the CMT, parading in the new year at noon. Your button will also get you free skate rental at the Polar Ice Skating Plaza on Pacific Avenue. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31. $10 adults, free for kids. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma; 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org. Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-6031, playtacoma.org; firstnighttacoma.org

Dance it out with Andy at Tacoma Art Museum

Rock in the new year Andy Warhol-style at TAM, where they’re turning the museum into a wanna-be of Warhol’s New York hangout Studio 54. DJs spin disco from the past and present, or buy a VIP pass for extra pampering. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jan. 31. $50/$100/$150. Tacoma Art Museum, 1901 Pacific Ave, Tacoma; 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

Seattle Symphony brings in 2013 with Beethoven and Rachmaninov

If you’re in Seattle and want something more cultural than screaming at the Space Needle countdown, then check out what the Seattle Symphony has to offer this weekend and New Year’s Eve: Piazzolla’s tango-based “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” followed by Beethoven’s massive Symphony no. 9 in three weekend concerts, and the second Rachmaninov piano concerto with the Beethoven to see in the new year. Tango concerts 8 p.m. Dec. 28 and 29, 2 p.m. Dec. 30, $28-$128. Festive concert countdown and party, 9 p.m. Jan. 31, $52-$152. Both in Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-215-4747, seattlesymphony.org

 

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