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Archives: 2012

Dec.
18th

The trains are coming to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, this time for 11 days

Love trains? Then you’ll love the fact that the annual Model Train Festival, back for the 17th time at the Washington State History Museum these holidays, is staying for a whopping 11 days, due to popular demand. The largest working model train layout in the state opens this Friday and will remain until New Year’s Day, with visits by Santa, hands-on attractions and more.

“Model trains and the holiday season seem to go hand-in-hand, and this annual festival continues to be one of our major attractions year after year,” said Jennifer Kilmer, director of the Washington State Historical Society. 

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Dec.
17th

The Christmas Revels in medieval Haddon Hall (aka Tacoma’s Rialto) is full of joy, marvelous music and spirits of the best kind.

The Christmas Revels. From left: Harold Smelt, Tony Curry, Keith Dahlgren, Sophie Clements and Kate Witt. Courtesy photo.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Puget Sound Revels, and so you’d expect a bigger production than most years. What you get, though, in this year’s Christmas Revels – set in 12th century England, and performed in Tacoma’s Rialto Theater – is a professional production that has the best music, most interesting plot and highest production values of any Revels in the last eight years.

Creating a professional-looking Revels isn’t easy. All but a few of the cast are amateurs who rehearse their folk-songs and dances after their day-job is over, and there’s a children’s chorus (16-strong this year), many of whom have never been on stage before. Sets are built by family members, costumes are sewn by friends. Even the paid musicians are sometimes a grab-bag.

But this year it all comes together with a resounding hurrah. Most successful of all is the plot, something the folk-tradition-based Revels doesn’t often come with, and this is spun out with engaging skill by five talented actors. Read more »

Dec.
14th

Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas – Day 12, last one!!

Welcome to the final installment of 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 12:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

Twelve blown glass baubles, eleven quirky comics , ten movie tickets,

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Dec.
14th

Critic’s Picks: Illumni Chorale at PLU, “Messiah,” Magical Strings at Rialto and Northwest Repertory Singers

Christmas with Illumni chorale at PLU

The Illumni Men’s Chorale present “An American Christmas,” with both traditional and brand-new carols premiering live on YouTube during the concert. Tickets are free, support for this can be given at christmasshouldbefree.org. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, 868 Wheeler St. S, Tacoma. 206-659-5894, illumnimenschorale.com

TSO Chorus sings a different “Messiah” Read more »

Dec.
13th

Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas – Day 11

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 11:

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

Eleven quirky comics, ten movie tickets, nine local poets, eight letterpress posters, seven concert tickets,

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Dec.
12th

Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas – Day 10

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,

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Dec.
11th

Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas – Day 9

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 9:

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

Nine local poets, eight letterpress posters, seven concert tickets, six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery

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Dec.
10th

Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas – Day 8

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 8:

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

Eight letterpress posters, seven concert tickets, six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery bowls, three

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