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The neighborhood is zoned for community commercial mixed use, which allows for storage facilities and limited retail operations like the one being proposed. It had been zoned for homes and duplexes until the zoning was changed in 2009, however, as a way to promote higher density projects while “buffering” neighborhoods from heavier-impact commercial uses. “It is a huge jump to go from one side of single-family homes to this thing on the other,” neighbor and critic of the project Tobias Nitzsche said. He and other residents worry that the facility will add to the neighborhood’s street parking troubles, cause traffic problems on what often becomes a single-lane road because of parked cars along the street, and a rise in crime. Others fear, and something planning documents also note, that the four-story building will block the morning sun for the church’s stained-glass windows. “This property goes almost up to their property line,” Nitzsche said. “It is just too much. It is just too big for the neighborhood.” Construction plans for the new facility chugged forward only to then hit a roadblock, however, when the development company found that the property was part of the decades-old community covenant that forbids commercial developments in the area. Any exemption

The Puyallup Tribe’s name is said to mean “generous and welcoming to all who enter our lands,” but they aren’t living up to that high ideal. Instead, they are the gatekeepers to the land of broken promises. After 18 years of working closely with the Puyallup Tribe to produce the Puyallup Tribal News and provide media services, it became clear a couple of years ago that it was time to make a change. Our goal was to transition the tribal newspaper back into the hands of the Tribe where it originated, and we hired a tribal member to get things rolling. That plan did not pan out, and the Tribal Council abruptly chose to end its contract with the Tacoma Weekly this past summer. The Tribe is now left owing the Tacoma Weekly in unpaid advertisements and published legal notices, and for unpaid services – upward of $700,000. The Tribe’s own accounting department calculated that more than $400,000 is owed in unpaid services, and confirmed to the Tribal Council that the Tacoma Weekly had to supplement the Puyallup Tribal News budget out of our pocket. But the Tribal Council ignored their accountants and has tabled it indefinitely it appears. When Puyallup tribal attorney Robert Hunter, on behalf of the Tribal Council, presented an offer of $72,000 to settle the matter entirely, this was not acceptable. The Tribal Council came back with a new offer of $150,000, which we accepted just to get this matter over with and move on. Now, months later, the Tacoma Weekly has received not one dime. We feel that it is important to share our story with our readership because the Tribe’s history of slowness in paying its debts – sometimes up to a year on some projects – is hurting our business, thereby posing a threat to the community’s longstanding newspaper. We are a small company and financial hardships imposed by customers who don’t pay their bills directly affects the good people who work at the Tacoma Weekly and their families. We are now forced to bring the Tribe’s delinquency to court. Recently there has been an online hate campaign underway on Facebook to discredit our company and publisher John Weymer, led by disgruntled ex-employees of the Tacoma Weekly with a few tribal members taking part. The smear campaign took a nasty turn last week when we discovered that anonymous hate e-mails full of lies are being sent to our advertisers in order to deter them from doing business with us. This is not only cowardly, but illegal, and also now in the hands of our attorney. Over his 18 years working with the Tribe, John Weymer entrenched himself with the tribal membership and he continues to take their concerns to heart. They share their stories, their worries, their joys with him, even urging him to start up an independent Tribal News online. The membership loves their paper but

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Pacific Northwest Development wants to build a four-story storage facility at the corner of South Lawrence and South 19th Street. It is suing the neighbors of the property to invalidate a community covenant that dates back to 1945 that forbids anything but single-family homes.



esidents of a Central Tacoma neighborhood are facing a lawsuit from a commercial developer over plans to build a four-story storage facility along South Lawrence Street. The legal snafu involves a community covenant, similar to a modern-day Home Owners Association agreement that dates back to 1945. The covenant forbids anything but single-family homes in the neighborhood. It is a footnote on deeds that was all but forgotten until plans were already in motion for the 920-unit, self-storage center. A developer wants to build a 120,560-square-foot storage and retail building on a one-acre site at the corner of South Lawrence and 19th Street that was cobbled together from a half dozen former residential lots, according to environmental review documents filed with the city. The facility would include 2,500 square feet of retail space as well as 1,350 square feet of leasing office and administrative space related to the self-storage operations that will also include 12 parking spaces. The immediate neighborhood is largely surrounded by single-family houses around the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

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BY DAVID ROSE Washington’s Most Wanted – Q13 Fox

Kimberly Bobb says she was lying in bed at 5 a.m. on Nov. 7 when she heard a loud vehicle in her neighborhood on 108th Ave East. “My mother David Rose heard it too. She got up and looked out the window at the neighbor’s house and saw a huge fire,” said Bobb. She jumped out of bed, threw some clothes on, called 911 and raced over with a fire extinguisher. “The woman who lives there has limited mobility so I was worried she couldn’t get out of the house so I am just thankful it was small enough to where I could put it out and she was okay,” said Bobb. Pierce County Sheriff’s detec-

This week, Carter the Crater Gator found another impressive road divot to stretch out in. To be honest, we’ve had a difficult time with this critter. He can’t get over the fact that he’ll always be second-fiddle when compared to Percival, and frankly, he’s been getting a little snarky. While we’ve let him know that his replacement could waddle through the front door of the Tacoma Weekly office at any moment, the toothy sourpuss has countered with his own threat of “pulling a Percival” and disappearing. With this in mind, we are still in the process of trying out new pothole seeking varmints. If you’ve got any ideas, please send them to jgimse@

tives are now trying to identify the suspect in the vehicle seen on surveillance camera. “You could see that he planned it. It was deliberate. He got out. He lit the Molotov cocktail, launched it right at the residence he had targeted and he got back in the vehicle and fled so this is somebody who went to the residence knowing they were going to do this and that makes him dangerous,” said Det. Ed Troyer. Fortunately, the damage to the garage door was minor. “There was glass spread all over the place and a rag on fire and it had burned the bottom portion of her garage door and the flames had gone up higher on the trim and warped the trim,” said Bobb. The 73-year-old woman inside wasn’t hurt. Neighbors believe the suspect may have been targeting the victim’s son in a dispute over a girl. Bobb says she has heard the vehicle with the loud exhaust

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before. Detectives are following up on all leads but no arrest has been made. “We’re gonna guess this is probably somebody who had a personal issue with the residents or somebody staying in the residence that did this,” said Det. Troyer. If you have any information on the location of the vehicle, the identity of the suspect or anything that can help solve the case, submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County. There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest and charges in the case. “Somebody tries to kill a little old lady in her house who cannot get out. It’s very upsetting,” said Bobb. This is one of the Pierce County cases being featured on “Washington’s Most Wanted” on Friday at 11:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday at 10 p.m. on JOEtv. 6. Key Arena closure should benefit Tacoma 7. Community discussions over Click’s future prove popular, more to come 8. HOV projects in Tacoma near finish line 9. Two culture filled events coming to Puyallup’s Karshner Center 10. Bazaar gives thanks to veterans

ARMED ROBBERY Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to identify the suspect responsible for an armed robbery. At 5:17 p.m. on Thursday November 8, 2018, the pictured suspect robbed Kassies Corner Espresso on 224th St. E. in Graham. The suspect drove up to the espresso stand and pointed a handgun through the window and at the baristas. The suspect demanded cash, then drove away heading eastbound on 224th St. E. The suspect is a described as a

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Heidelberg/Davis Park, located along South 19th Street adjacent to the Metro Parks administration building, is home to baseball and softball fields used by local high schools and various recreational leagues. It is being considered as a site for a future soccer stadium. The team known as Sounders FC2, or S2, is the minor league affiliate of the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer. It had played its home games at the Starfire Sports complex in Tukwila until 2018, when it relocated to Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers minor league baseball team. It competes as a member of United Soccer League. Joe Brady, chief strategy officer for Metro Parks, shared plans for a

new soccer stadium during a joint meeting of the Metro Parks Board and Tacoma City Council on Nov. 13. It would accommodate between 5,000 and 5,500 fans per game, from a grass berm to luxury suites. Soccer-specific stadiums are the norm in the USL. Brady said seven other stadiums in the league are being studied as part of the planning process. The project could include retail establishments that would attract fans on game days as well as non-game days. The stadium could be finished in time for the 2020 season. Populous, a Kansas City-based firm with much experience in stadium projects, has been chosen for this project. Metro Parks has been conducting market research based on 22,000 surveys. It covers attendance, ticket pricing and other factors. It also shows a need for more fields for

youth soccer. “We have a lot of kids playing soccer and it increases every day,” Brady observed. A soccer stadium at this location would eliminate some of the fields used for baseball. Brady said the Rainiers are willing to make their facility available for high school teams that would be displaced by the project. Metro Parks is also studying a future complex for recreational soccer. Three sites are under consideration – the Tacoma Landfill, Mount Tahoma High School and Tacoma Community College. Councilmember Conor McCarthy noted the current Heidelberg complex is quite popular with the public. “There are a lot of strong, emotional connections,” he remarked. Assistant City Attorney Steve Victor noted there is currently no money in the city budget for the project.

DEPUTY’S USE OF DEADLY FORCE FOUND LAWFUL Independent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office regarding the shooting death of William Langfitt, IV have been completed. Pierce County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Clark determined that Langfitt, 28, died from multiple gunshot wounds. The shots were fired by Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Colby Edwards. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist reviewed the investigations and concluded that Deputy Edwards acted lawfully and determined this was a justifiable homicide as defined by RCW 9A.16.030. “Mr. Langfitt was clearly in need of mental health treatment,” said Lindquist. “This justified shooting highlights the need to provide mental health services before the issues and conduct escalate.” On the night of March 16, Pierce County deputies were called to the area of 252nd Street East and Mountain Highway in Pierce County regarding a person, later identified as William Langfitt, reportedly having a “mental breakdown.” The 911 caller, identified as Naomi Powers, said Langfitt had been armed with a knife but she had taken it away from him. While deputies were en route, the 911 operator could hear Powers screaming and saying, “Let go of me,” and, “Stop it.” This information was relayed to the responding deputies. Powers then told the 911 operator that Langfitt was in the roadway trying to jump into passing vehicles. Edwards arrived in the area and saw Langfitt at the

driver’s side of a white SUV just west of Mountain Highway on 252nd Street East. Langfitt was pounding on the driver’s side window of the SUV. Edwards began turning onto 252nd from Mountain Highway when Langfitt immediately charged toward Edwards’ marked patrol vehicle, which had its emergency lights activated. Edwards exited his vehicle in the middle of the intersection and began giving Langfitt verbal commands to stop his aggressive actions. Langfitt continued to charge at Edwards with an unknown object in his right hand. Langfitt had what Edwards described as a “1,000-yard stare” in his eyes. Edwards was forced to back away from his driver’s door and draw his firearm as he continued to back pedal toward the rear of his vehicle for safety and distance due to Langfitt’s irrational, erratic, and aggressive behavior directed at Edwards. As Langfitt was passing the open driver’s door of the deputy’s patrol vehicle, Langfitt suddenly turned and entered the still running vehicle. Edwards immediately feared that he and the community would be in extreme danger if Langfitt took control of the vehicle or gained access to Edwards’ loaded patrol rifle inside the vehicle. Edwards made the decision to stop Langfitt’s actions and fired several rounds into the vehicle at Langfitt, killing him. The follow up investigation revealed that Langfitt had recently begun experiencing mental health issues. He was acting paranoid, was hallucinating, and having fits of extreme rage.


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Sunday, November 18, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS


In the City’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and keep Tacoma as green as possible, an electric vehicle discount program was launched this month in partnership with Tacoma Public Utilities. But time is running out to take advantage of this great deal – the program ends Friday, Nov. 30. The point of the program is to lower the cost of purchasing or leasing an electric car or bike, offering a discount of up to $3,000 on the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle at participating dealerships (see sidebar). This is a pre-negotiated pricing program that engages Tacoma dealerships and bike shops to deliver a no-hassle deal to interested buyers. You can save thousands of dollars on full battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and electric bicycles. When purchasing an electric vehicle, you will also receive a discount on selected home charging equipment through select manufacturers such as eMotorWerks. Vehicle models included in the program are the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid models, MINI Cooper Countryman plug-in hybrid, Prius Prime, Ford Fusion Energi, and Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid. According to City of Tacoma Sustainability Officer Kristin Lynett, this discount program is part of the environmental action plan adopted by Tacoma City Council in 2016.

“One of the targets is to increase the adoption of electric vehicles in the city. We have a goal of 2,000 registered by the end of 2020. Right now we’re at a little less than 900,” she said. “We heard that communities in other states did something similar and had pretty good success, so we thought that this would be good for drivers and something we can do that doesn’t cost the city anything.” Lynett said the electric vehicle discount program is perfect for those who may be blocked by the initial cost of purchasing a car. “One of the hurdles is that upfront cost, so even though monthly they’ll save tremendously on fuel and maintenance, it can still be a hurdle to buy a new car.” Signing up to explore the program more fully comes with absolutely no obligation – you don’t have to buy anything and you don’t have to be a Tacoma resident. Get your discount confirmation at electricvehiclediscount. For more information, contact the City’s Sustainability Office at or call (253) 591-5571. Community members interested in learning the basics can attend a

The Nissan Leaf is among the electric vehicles offered at a deep discount. free Electric Vehicle 101 workshop, the last of which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Wheelock branch of the Tacoma Public Library. The workshops will help attendees un-

derstand how EVs fit their lifestyle and budget, their impact on the environment, the experience of driving and charging an EV, and incentive and financing options.

Participating Car Dealerships and Available Vehicles TACOMA NISSAN 2018 Nissan Leaf S 2018 Nissan Leaf SV 2018 Nissan Leaf SL

TITUS-WILL TOYOTA 2018 Prius Prime Advance 2018 Prius Prime Premium 2018 Prius Prime Plus

BMW NORTHWEST 2018 BMW i3 2018 BMW 530e 2018 BMW 530e xDrive 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e

TITUS-WILL FORD 2018 Ford Fusion Energi SE 2018 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

NORTHWEST MINI 2019 MINI Countryman S E All 4 Plug-In Hybrid

TACOMA DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RAM 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

Participating Bike Dealerships and Available Bike Models OLD TOWN BICYCLES Specialized Turbo Vado Specialized Turbo Como Raleigh Electric Bikes

TACOMA BIKE Giant Amiti-E + 2 Giant Explore E + 3 Giant Explore E + 3 Stepthru Giant Quick-E 2018 Lafree E + 1, Lafree E + 2

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MID-TERM ELECTORAL PROGRESS AND SETBACKS BY J.P. LINSTROTH It is clear after these past mid-terms we need the United Nations to monitor our national elections to make certain they are democratically fair. Indeed, the elections proved that Americans can be both progressive and regressive. Not only were there voting irregularities on voting day – machine breakdowns, loss of power, long voting lines, voters turned away at polls – but there were significant efforts at voter suppression as well. When Republicans claim “fraud” in the voting process, the political strategy is to limit or even purge potential voters who may vote for the Democrats. Yet, be reminded of our history. We are not discussing actual fraud here. No, here, it is the “potential” of fraud. In the history of our politics, fraud was evident when a voter may have voted more than once, or a dead person’s name was used for voting. This happened most infamously in corrupt politics in the midto-late 19th century New York with Boss Tweed and his Tammany Hall Democrat-party machine. In our current politics, the idea is to prevent potential voters from voting because they may lean toward the other political party. This is done by both parties, predominantly in recent decades by Republicans, with gerrymandering. In the 2018 mid-terms, what we also saw were voting limitations placed upon minorities such as Native Americans and African Americans. In a 6-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court in October, which required Native Americans to have proof of an actual street address in order to be able to vote. In rural Native reservations in North Dakota, there are most often no street addresses. This is

no fault of their own. The Native reservations were never designed with street addresses in mind. This was never a voting issue in North Dakota; Native Americans on any of the six large reservations have always just used P.O. boxes and they could vote. Then Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, won six years ago by small margins. ND Republicans knew she had the general support of the Native community so they passed a law requiring voters to have an I.D. with a street address. Unfortunately, this is not a unique case. Efforts are being made across the country to suppress the vote. Since 2010, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, there have been 24 states that have introduced measures making it more difficult to vote. This new restrictive-voting legislation includes: more rigorous requirements of photo I.D.s, more limitations on early voting, and more stringent obligations on voting registration. Arguably, even though the Constitution declares it a right, many state officials are treating voting as a privilege. The difference is significant. States must legally justify restrictions on rights but not so on privileges. Voter suppression in general damages our democracy. The more people we include in our democracy, and by giving more people the right to vote, the more representative government we have. Moreover, democracy is not simply about protecting the majority or how the majority rules, but rather providing safeguards for our minorities as well. Voting suppression is reminiscent of the “Jim Crow” South when it was acceptable to require African Americans to pay a “poll tax” in order to vote. Or, enforcing “grandfather clauses” – such as if your grandfather could not vote, neither

could you. (For African-Americans who were former slaves, their grandparents were not allowed to vote!) And, perhaps worst of all, there were the impossible to pass literacy tests. Today, in Georgia, the Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), who also happens to be running against the African-American Stacey Abrams (D) for governor, used his office to put 53,000 voter registrations on hold. At least three-quarters of these potential voters are African-Americans. Kemp has further raised the issue of fraud against the Democrats, accusing them of hacking into the state’s voter registration system without any evidence whatsoever. Governor Rick Scott (R), in his Senatorial bid, has also cried foul, calling out “radical liberals” for spoiling the electoral process, especially in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Such sentiments have been echoed by the president, when Trump cried foul about Hilary Clinton for rigging the 2016 election and the popular vote, utterly false claims seeming to misdirect from his own questionable machinations. Why in 2018 are we still dealing with voter suppression? It is unconscionable. Yet, not all was bad news from the mid-terms. There were some important positive take-aways as well. Florida voted to allow former felons the right to vote with the exception of murderers and child abusers. More women were elected to the House of Representatives than at any other time in our history. At least 92 women were elected to the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives and at least 10 women were elected as U.S. Senators. (This will mean that 23 women will now serve as U.S. Senators out of 100 members.) In all, there will be 115 women serving in our representative democracy (with some

races still being decided, including more women). What is more, the first Native American women were elected to the U.S. Congress: Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) Ho-Chunk Nation, and Debra Haaland (D-New Mexico) Laguna Pueblo People. The first Muslim-American women were also elected to the House of Representatives: Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), a Somali-born refugee, and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), Palestinian-American. For the first time in U.S. history an openly gay person will serve as governor of a state, Jared Polis of Colorado. Additionally, the youngest woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives was elected, Latina, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) at 29 years old. In sum, it is important to be hopeful about our elections. At the same time, we need to be wary of political strategies that are undermining our democracy and limiting our right to vote. Trump’s latest call for removing the 14th Amendment from the Constitution is just the most recent political installment of this drama. In other words, newly born new immigrants (so-called illegals) should not get the same rights, according to the Trump administration. It is time we all fight for our rights as Americans. It is time we call out our election officials for their false claims. It is time we take charge of our electoral process once more. And if necessary, it is time we ask that our elections be monitored by international observers like the United Nations to make them free and fair for all. J. P. Linstroth is an adjunct professor at Barry University. He is author of “Marching Against Gender Practice: Political Imaginings in the Basqueland” (2015).

COSTS MATTER IN HIRING BY DON C. BRUNELL While both sides argue over the merits of Seattle’s escalating minimum wage, there are other issues, such as the total cost per worker, that enter into hiring equations. When employers look to add or retain workers, they must not only consider wages, but the added required benefits that they must pay for each individual they employ. They must keep costs on par with their competitors, because employees are a big part of their operating costs. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Bureau) report issued last September, wages account for just more than 68 percent of total reparation while benefits such as paid leave, unemployment and worker compensation, health insurance, vacation days and retirement are among the 32 percent of the added expenses. As the debate over the minimum wage has morphed into an argument over “livable wage,” proponents in Washington state started pushing for automatic annual increases in starting wages. In November 2016, voters in Washington approved Initiative 1433, incrementally raising the state’s minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020 and mandating employers to offer paid sick leave. However, the City of Seattle began phasing in the base worker hourly wage of $15 per hour for individual companies or franchises with more than 500 employees

and $12 for small business. This year, Seattle’s minimum wage rose to $15.45 an hour for the big companies and rises to $16 next year. For smaller job providers, it is $14 per hour and increases to $15. The critical question is how those wage mandates are impacting employment, particularly low-wage jobs. According to University of Washington studies, Seattle’s low-wage payroll shrank. “The new report, which examined workers already employed, showed some earnings gains,” the Wall Street Journal editorialized. However, the missing piece is forgone jobs. The Journal said that the UW report authors “point to a marked decline, about 5 percent, in the number of people entering Seattle’s low-wage workforce each quarter.” Nationwide, employer (public, private and non-profit) costs for an employee averages $36.22 per hour. Wages and salaries averaged $24.72 an hour while benefits costs averaged $11.50 and those outlays do not account for housing, equipping and training workers. Interestingly, the Bureau found that total hourly compensation for private industry is $34.19 while state and local government workers averaged a whopping $49.23. The “1,000-pound gorilla” in the equation is automation – more specifically robots. “Jobs that don’t require advanced education will be replaced by automation, displacing low-wage, low-skilled workers,” stated a Market Watch report last May. “One third of able-bod-

ied American men between 25 and 54 could be out of a job by 2050,” contends the author of “The Future of Work: Robots, AI and Automation.” “We’re already at 12 percent of prime-aged men without jobs,” said Darrell West, vice president of the Brookings Institution think tank, at a recent forum in Washington, D.C. That number has grown steadily over the past 60 years, but it could triple in the next 30 years because of new technology such as artificial intelligence and automation, according Market Watch. West added: “A lot of things can be done to avert such a problem and rethinking education is one of them. Schools need to change their curriculum so that students have the skills needed in the 21st century economy.” The bottom line is that jobs that don’t require advanced education will be replaced by robots, displacing low-wage, low-skilled workers. Finding a living wage job is important to our country. People need work that provides money for rent, utilities and groceries and upward mobility. The key is arming Americans with the skills they need to keep employer costs competitive. Don Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, after more than 25 years as its CEO and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at TheBrunells@

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

Group raises concerns over Superfund site cleanup plan BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

A water-watching group hopes the current swell of environmental activism in Tacoma that started with the now-dead methanol plant and the tide of protests currently against Puget Sound Energy’s plan for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility would raises the awareness of a planned cleanup on the waterway that has largely floated under the waves for the last year. Citizens for a Healthy Bay will host an open house alongside the state Department of Ecology and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 28 in the Wheelock Room of the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S. about the planned cleanup of the former Occidental Chemical Corp. site. The purpose of the informal open house is to update people about the cleanup of the largest Superfund site left in the United States as the process heads into another round of reviews and public comment. The draft cleanup action plan could be out as soon as early 2019, almost two years after the cleanup’s feasibility review started and a year since the last round of public comments. “We need people to get back engaged in it,” CHB Executive Director Melissa Malott said, noting that the draft plan calls for minimal cleanup that could leave pollutants in the ground and waterway for future generations to address. “This is the same old story for Tacoma. This has happened for the last 100 years, and it has to stop.” Occidental wants a limited cleanup because the site is in an industrial area, and a full cleanup would be impractical. Environmental groups, on the other hand, want a fuller restoration of the last Superfund site on the Tideflats to be addressed. The draft cleanup plan being negotiated between Occidental Chemical and ecology calls for a cleanup that could cost $80 million over 30 years. Malott says that a fuller cleanup would run


The Hylebos Waterway is a mix of commercial boat traffic, manufacturing, recreational uses and wildlife habitat. An open house on the Occidental Chemical Cleanup will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the Tacoma Public Library’s Main Branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S. around $450 million during the same period. “$80 million is a joke. That is horribly inadequate,” she said. “That is nothing to them.” That amount is just about half of Occidental Chemical Corp.’s quarterly pretax profits, according to CHB. The Occidental site, at 605 Alexander Ave., was listed on the federal registry of Superfund sites in the 1980s and is the last remaining cleanup site on the Tideflats. The plant, which first operated by Hooker Chemical Corp. before being sold to Occidental Corp. in 1968, formulated ammonia, chlorine, bleaches and industrial petrochemicals for 90 years. It closed in 2002 but left two distinct plumes of heavy metals and volatile chemicals that span an area the size of five CenturyLink fields and run deeper into the waterway’s soil than the Tacoma Dome is tall. About a million pounds of chemical waste from the plant is estimated to be in the soil of the former plant’s 23-acre site and in the sediment of the Hylebos. The pollutants include an alphabet soup of chemicals that range from chlorinated volatile organic compounds, to

sodium hydroxide, heavy metals, poly-chlorinated biphenyls and dioxins that were byproducts of the manufacturing process for chemicals used at pulp mills, boat builders, metal fabricators and dry cleaners. “In some places, the pH is as high as 14, which is stronger than drain cleaner and enough to dissolve the rock into jelly,” CHB’s fact sheet on the cleanup states. The pollution is not only linked to cancer and other ailments in people, but the chemicals threaten the health and habitat of the Chinook runs, the seals and waterfowl that call the waterway home. “Chemicals may be seeping into Commencement Bay right now, and an earthquake or underwater landslide could result in an immediate and catastrophic release into the water,” according to CHB. “The pollution is so harsh and unsafe that, over time, it can also release the toxic, cancer-causing gas vinyl chloride.” The site is located next to the 8 million-gallon LNG plant PSE is constructing despite vocal criticism from environmental groups and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. CHB hopes the awareness of that project will spark interest in the Occidental site, known in cleanup circles as OxyChem, as the cleanup plan inches forward. “It has been a while since anything has happened,” CHB’s Policy and Technical Project Manager Erin Dilworth said. The open house will be an informal, drop-in format to provide attendees with information about the site’s history, the general industrial contamination found on the Tideflats as well as updates about the current process to begin cleanup efforts of the Occidental site specifically. It also comes at a time when activities on the working waterfront have never been watched more. The City Council, for example, just passed interim regulations that press pause on most developments on the Tideflats, while it undergoes a multi-year subarea plan. A recent public hearing about PSE’s project, for example, drew hundreds of people – mostly protesters who worry about the safety of the plan and its impact on the environment.

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t Lawsuit From page 1 of those rules requires a majority vote of the current owners of the properties listed on the residential agreement from 73 years ago. Many of them didn’t even notice the footnote mentioning the covenant on their deeds since it would require a paper search of decades-old documents. Out went signature gathers to get approval for a waiver to begin construction. Not enough residents approved the waiver, so out came the lawyers. The developer, Pacific Northwest Development LLC, is seeking a summary judgement to declare the covenant invalid because it was long forgotten and had been ignored several times, including with the construction of Gloria Dei in 1961 without a proper waiver from the covenant restrictions; the operation of one home as a bed and breakfast, which reportedly violates the prohibition of commercial uses; and some of the land being used to grow produce rather than for housing. The violations of the covenant’s rules in those cases, the legal argument goes, have changed the neighborhood and invalidates the 1945 agreement. The area has since seen the nearby construction of Allenmore Medical Center and Life Center’s church and school complex. The lawsuit also seeks attorney fees from any of the neighbors and property owners who object to the project. The owners of the properties listed in the covenant were served with lawsuit notices in October. They voted to fight and has since formed the nonprofit Murry-March Neighborhood Associ-

ation and launched a GoFundMe effort to raise $10,000 for their legal bills. “Tearing down existing homes to put up a storage facility runs counter to the goals expressed by our city officials. Residents expressed their concerns as soon as they became aware,” the call for donations stated. “Unfortunately, city planners rubber-stamped this project, and the protective covenant is the only thing now keeping it from moving forward. …The developer was unsuccessful in getting neighborhood approval. Now, they have chosen to sue every homeowner and the church within the protective covenant in order to facilitate their plans. We are a neighborhood of hard-working, tax-paying citizens who have been invested in the neighborhood for decades and want to keep our neighborhood a safe, welcoming place to live and raise families.” One logical question in all of this is where does the city fall in this legal scuffle. The quick answer is that it doesn’t fall anywhere. The self-storage facility would be allowed in the neighborhood under the current zoning rules. But the existence of a privately negotiated community covenant that dates back to World War II is something city planners don’t come across all that often. “I didn’t even know this (the lawsuit) was happening until a week and a half ago,” Principal Planner Shirley Schultz said, noting that zoning and permit decisions don’t generally dive into private-party restrictions like community covenants or homeowner association agreements that would come for title reviews when a property changes hands. “It’s a private matter,” she said. A trial on the covenant debate is set for next fall.



Tahoma National Cemetery Director Thomas Yokes delivers his Veterans Day address before a sun-drenched audience on Sunday, November 11. Veterans Day 2018 marked the centennial of the ending of World War I and the 21st Veterans Day ceremony conducted at Tahoma National Cemetery where 55 World War I veterans are at rest.

t Tribe From page 1 always had concerns about the information being filtered by the Tribal Council. We want the tribal members to have the same opportunities as everyone who reads the Tacoma Weekly – to write letters, to voice their opinion, to send us news ideas, to tell us about their children’s achievements… It is as important to the tribal membership that Tacoma Weekly is here as it is to all of

the Tacoma community, and we are here for the Puyallup tribal membership as we are for all of Tacoma. We have a deep and abiding kinship with the Tribe and we look forward to reporting on their future successes. We understand their importance to the South Sound community. However, the Puyallup Tribe is also a multi-million-dollar corporation and for its leadership to take advantage of a local family business is unconscionable. We are not here to condemn the Tribe, but rather to urge its Tribal Council to do the right thing and pay its bills – simple as that.

BULLETIN BOARD PUBLIC INVITED TO LINCOLN DISTRICT RIBBON CUTTING The public is warmly invited to come out and join the gathering at South 38th Street and Yakima Avenue to celebrate the Lincoln District revitalization on Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be directly followed by Dragon Dancers and a guided walk through the district by lead project artist Horatio Law. Enjoy several Lincoln-centric art activities by local artists including a film screening, video installation, sidewalk poetry, and opportunity to screen-print Lincoln images on a tote bag or T-shirt (bring your own, or use one of ours!). Free and family-friendly. Schedule: 10 a.m.: Ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Victoria Woodards, Dragon Dancers (38th & Yakima) • Public art walk led by lead artist Horatio Law (leave from S. 38th & Yakima) 12 p.m.: “Our Tacoma - The Lincoln District” film screening (All Star Vintage, 766 S. 38th) • Ongoing: Screen-print Lincoln images on a T-shirt or bag, created by Terry Wilmer (S. 38th & Yakima) • Explore sidewalk poems by Lincoln High School students, produced by Write 253 (S. 38th & Yakima) • View Terese Cuff’s video installation about the Lincoln District (750 S. 38th) DISCOVER HISTORY’S IMPACT AT STEILACOOM SPEAKER SERIES Many believe history shapes the people of today, culture of the future. Learn more about cultural theories with local speakers at Steilacoom Pierce County Library’s Explorations Speaker Series, in partnership with Humanities Washington. The free events will discuss cultural origins and how they define generations. What it Means to be Human – Friday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. Humanities Washington speaker Llyn De Danaan, author and cultural anthropologist, explores cultural origins and how they help define what it means to be human. She examines recent finds that have altered understandings of the past and considers what it will mean to be human in the future as new technologies challenge intelligence and hard-won skills.

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese-Americans in Washington – Friday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Humanities Washington speaker Mayumi Tsutakawa, an independent writer and curator, reveals her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of World War II and Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry throughout the West Coast. Both events will be held at Steilacoom High School Library, 54 Sentinel Dr. Friends of the Steilacoom Library sponsor these events in partnership with the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. Find out more about these and other programs available at the Pierce County Library System at GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM Kick off the holiday season with fun, free activities for all ages at the Pierce County Library System. Build gingerbread houses, decorate cookies, make holiday cards and ornaments, explore holiday traditions, enjoy holiday music, and drink a lot of cocoa. Events at the Library give families the chance to enjoy the holidays and come together with others in the community. UPCOMING EVENTS Thanksgiving Crafts: Make thank you cards, centerpieces and appreciation activities. Fall craft supplies will be available to help make Thanksgiving Day feel special. All ages. • Wednesday, Nov. 21, 10-11:30 a.m. at Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave. • Wednesday, Nov. 21, 3-4:30 p.m. at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29 Gingerbread Houses: Make and decorate gingerbread houses. All supplies provided while they last. All ages; under 6 with an adult. Registration required at some locations. • Saturday, Dec. 1 – 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Summit Pierce County Library, 5107 112th St. E., Tacoma. Tickets will be distributed Friday, Nov. 30, starting at 10 a.m.; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W. (registration required); 11 a.m. and

noon at Anderson Island Pierce County Library, 11319 Yoman Rd. Registration required in library or by phone at (253) 548-3536. • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m. at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29. • Saturday, Dec. 8 – 10 a.m. to noon at DuPont Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr.; 10 a.m. to noon at Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100 (registration required; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Key Center Pierce County Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N.W., Lakebay (registration required.); 1-3 p.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buckley Pierce County Library, 123 S. River Ave.; 2-3:30 p.m. at Tillicum Pierce County Library, 14916 Washington Ave. S.W., Lakewood. Registration required in library or by phone at (253) 548-3314. • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3-5 p.m. at Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd. (registration required); • Thursday, Dec. 13, 2-6 p.m. at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E. (registration required).; 3:30-5 p.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma • Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave. A Pioneer Christmas: Traditions across America: Explore the Christmas traditions the pioneers brought with them during the time of the great westward expansion. All ages. • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2-3:30 p.m. at Key Center Pierce County Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N.W., Lakebay • Saturday, Dec. 15, 1-2:30 p.m. at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29 Holiday Harpist Susan W. Haas: Susan Haas performs harp music for the holidays. All ages. SEE MORE BULLETIN BOARD ITEMS ON PAGE 8

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

Tree Hugger’s Corner


A guide for those who want to get out there and take action on behalf of the environment and social justice.

• Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m. at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E. • Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. at Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd. • Monday, Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m. at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W. • Thursday, Dec. 13, 4-6 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., suite 100 Holiday Ornaments: Make an ornament for the library tree and one to take home or to give as a gift. Enjoy a festive story while crafting. All ages; under 6 with an adult. • Tuesday, Dec. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at DuPont Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr. • Friday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m. at Orting Pierce County Library, 202 Washington Ave. S. Find more information about these and other holiday events at events.


Park Watch Monthly Meeting Point Defiance Pagoda, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma This is a meeting for Park Watch members. Point Defiance Park has an active Park Watch program in place to help maintain visitor safety and protect park resources. Park volunteers, outfitted with yellow safety vests and lanyards, patrol the park and provide extended eyes and ears on activities they are seeing in an effort to discourage car break-ins, vandalism and other park rule violations such as smoking, drinking, feeding of wildlife and unleashed dogs. In addition, they check for fallen trees and other naturally occurring potential hazards.

INFO: pointdefianceparkwatch SUNDAY NOV. 24, 9 A.M. TO 12 P.M.

Charlotte’s Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, 7402 E. D St., Tacoma Help restore your local park’s natural area every fourth Saturday. Our habitat steward and Friends of Blueberry Park volunteers are there to provide a fun, open and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the park clean. Park on D Street.


WEDNESDAY NOV. 28, 4:30 P.M.

Open House on the Occidental Chemical Cleanup Tacoma Public Library, Wheelock Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma Join Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Washington Department of Ecology and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for an open house on the Occidental Chemical (Oxy) cleanup site. We’ll be in the Wheelock room of the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library, and will talk about the history of the site, how it became contaminated, and what we can do about it today. This is a great time to remind yourself (or get introduced for the first time) of Tacoma’s toxic legacy, and all the work that’s being done to clean up and restore Commencement Bay, creating a happy, healthy future for Tacoma residents.

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SHOEBOX PACKERS JOIN GLOBAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT TO SEND JOY TO CHILDREN OVERSEAS As Thanksgiving Day approaches, University Place families are expressing their gratitude by giving back. Residents are filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received. During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week Nov. 12-19, local residents will collect shoebox gifts at drop-off locations serving University Place participants. The Samaritan’s Purse project, partnering with churches worldwide, will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The Tacoma Area Team volunteers hope to collect more than 14,000 gifts during the week. “We believe these simple gifts have the ability to send a tangible message of hope to children facing difficult circumstances,” said Regional Director Nathan Jansen. “It is exciting to see the University Place community come together to share the good news of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls around the world.” University Place residents are not alone in their effort to help children around the world. More than 150,000 U.S. volunteers including families, churches and other groups are joining forces to contribute to the largest Christmas project of its kind. In 2018, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to collect enough Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to reach 11 million children. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR Did you know that 28 percent of people 65 or older live alone, according to AARP? Each year, these seniors have fewer family members and friends to provide company and care to them, which often leads to social isolation. The holidays can be especially hard for those who are living independently and may feel lonely. That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care Office Pierce and South King Counties is inviting the community to come together to provide support and holiday cheer to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family this holiday season through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Over the past eight years, we have raised more than $41,000 and gifted every penny to more than 570 low-income seniors in our local community. “Be a Santa to a Senior helps bring comfort and a smile to many seniors. It shows them that people care about them and see them as an important part of the community,” said Lois Etienne, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Tacoma. “Social isolation is a concern among seniors and the holidays often intensify feelings of distance and loneliness. When we deliver the gifts and spend some time with them, it makes a big difference.” This year our local Home Instead Senior Care office has adopted the Alberta J. Canada Apartments. They have selected this apartment building to help 47 deserving residents. There, they will be giving away gift certifi-

cates to Fred Meyer as well as providing dinner with dessert, music, games and door prizes to help bring holiday cheer. It’s easy to help out. We fundraise year-round by something as simple as folks giving $1 a paycheck. But you can donate directly also. Some residents who Home Instead assists live on less than $400 a month. Any amount donated is divided among the residents. Call Etienne directly if you are interested in helping us out. “We’re always excited to see how much Be a Santa to a Senior boosts seniors’ spirits during the holiday season,” said Etienne. “And we are grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to make this happen.” For more information about the program, visit or call the office at (253) 943-1603 or Etienne directly at (425) 359-7137. For more information about how you can help seniors in isolation in your community, visit JOIN THE CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION WITH PIERCE COUNTY CONVERSATIONS Scientists say climate change is real and all around us. Explore the topics of climate change from the impacts of plastic on the environment to the changes affecting plant and animal life through the Pierce County Library System’s Pierce County Conversations. Learn about upcycling and what people can do to lower their impact on the environment in this series of free events. “From the wildfires to the decrease in the salmon population, signs of the changing climate are evident,” said the Library System’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “These community conversations focus us on how the changing climate impacts our world and what we can do to shift the change in a positive direction. We developed Pierce County Conversations in response to people wanting a forum to discuss and connect as a community around issues important to them.” UPCOMING EVENTS Our Changing Climate: Talk with City of Tacoma staff about the causes and impacts of climate change on the Puget Sound region. • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. at Fife Pierce County Library, 6622 20th St. E. • Thursday, Nov. 29, 7-8:30 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., suite 100 Zero Waste, Plastic and Climate Change: Join Zero Waste Washington and learn how to help to make trash obsolete. • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m. at Parkland/ Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Parkland Caterpillars, Cubs, a Changing Climate and You: Join the Tacoma Nature Center and learn how global climate change affects plants and animals in Pierce County. All ages, under 6 with an adult. • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at DuPont Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr. • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., suite 100 • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd. • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Parkland/ Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Parkland Upcycled Crafts: Making with Recycled Materials: Discover with the Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region how to give new purpose to old things. Teens and adults. • Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-2 p.m. at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup • Saturday, Dec. 29, 2-3 p.m. at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W. Polar Bears and Climate Change: Find out with Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium how the changing environments affect polar bears. School-age children. • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2-3 p.m. at Bonney Lake Pierce County Library, 18501 90th St. E. • Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W. Stop by the Gig Harbor Pierce County Library in November and the University Place Pierce County Library in December to view a five-panel exhibition of conservation cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winner Herblock (Herbert Block). Booklists for students and adults who want to learn more about climate change are available at Find out more about these and other events at Pierce County Library at







The 2018 boy’s state water polo champions are: (in roster order) Brandon Long (#1), Mac Stauffacher, Maguire Harrison, Ryan Ling, Eric Kwon, Brevin Gronlund (#5), Joe Melin, Charlie Stemp, Nick Findley, Nolan Cosme, Logan Kwon, Cardin Chavez, Jorge Melendez, Sam Guffey (#13), Keegan March and Brandon Patterson. Congratulations to head coach Dennis Piccolotto and assistant coach Alex Hacker.



here are high school sports dynasties all throughout the state of Washington. Whether one is talking about teams like Garfield in basketball, or Lynden and Bellevue in football, people know they’re talking about the cream of the crop for years. Obviously, folks are a little less in the know when it comes to the sports that seem to fly under the radar. When it comes to the relatively unknown world of boys’ water polo in this state, the best of the best reside in quiet, little University Place. The Vikings’ head coach Dennis Piccolotto has built a bonafide dynasty and to see his players slice and dice the competition is like watching an engine hitting on all cylinders. That powerful engine hit the Curtis High School pool on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a state championship trophy on the line. The only thing standing in the way of a fourth-straight Curtis title would be talented Spartans from Bainbridge Island. Fans from both communities showed up in force and packed the stands for this title match, and at times it was nearly deafening inside the Curtis Aquatic Center. At the end of the first quarter, Vikings were leading the Spartans by a score of 3-1, and the home team was just beginning to fire up its engine. By the end of the first half, Curtis had built a 7-1 advantage and it was becoming clear that the visitors were going to have no answer for the best water polo team in the Evergreen State. Bainbridge was able to sneak a couple of goals

through in the third quarter, but they still couldn’t match the output from the Vikings, as the three-time defending state champions carried a sizable 11-3 lead into the final stanza. When the final buzzer sounded, the Vikings had captured the state championship by a score of 14-6. For a couple of minutes, it had looked as if the Spartans were going to put together a little run and make it interesting, but the Curtis offense roared back to life and slammed the door shut on any comeback ideas. The players and Piccolotto all jumped into the pool to celebrate the victory, and the Curtis crowd was downright gleeful. “At times I worry that our Viking Nation might take this run we are on for granted,” said Piccollotto. “But then they show up in full force at the state tournament to cheer us on. It is awesome seeing the sea of blue shirts in the stands and hearing them cheer for our boys. I cannot help but look up and smile and be proud of our community and how they support our water polo team.” The championship win marked the 16th boys’ state title overall, and the eighth under the leadership of Piccolotto in the past 13 seasons. He has also led the girls’ team to a pair of state championships. If there’s a more gifted water polo coach in the state, they’re obviously staying away from the pools, as Piccolotto just keeps churning out teams and players of the highest order. “This year our team theme was ‘Our Season, Our Team, Our Story’,” said Piccolotto. “After a few close state championship wins the past few years, we wanted to make sure that we finished the season playing at the highest level possible. The two weeks leading up to the state tournament were filled with challenging workouts that really forced the boys to focus and prepare. “We implemented several new plays and schemes, which was new territory. Usually we simply narrow down the play book and put forth energy and time on the couple plays that worked well during the season. This year it was all about stretching our team to the maximum.” Following the victory, the All-State teams were announced. Curtis’ Brevin Gronlund, Sam Guffey and Brandon Long were all named to the first-team, with Long earning Goalkeeper MVP honors, Guffey taking Defensive MVP, and Gronlund earning the Tournament MVP nod.

“The tournament committee did not know who Brandon was before the season,” said Piccolotto. “But they learned quickly after watching him compete in the state tournament. “Brevin is known for offense and led the team this year with 151 goals (second all-time at Curtis). However, his perimeter defense stood out all season and all tournament. Brevin’s defense led to quick goals which provided the team a lot of momentum.” Piccolotto sees a budding rivalry in the Bainbridge Island program, and it looks a little familiar to him. “They remind me a lot of us, before we won state,” said Piccolotto. “We were so hungry back then. Bainbridge will be around for a while and look to be our number one rival moving forward. We are losing five varsity seniors, including four all-state tournament athletes. It will not be easy to defend the title for the fourth consecutive year, but if I know anything about my guys, it is that they are up to the challenge.” The Wilson Rams also advanced to the state tournament, taking home the seventh-place trophy after a 9-3 victory over Kennedy Catholic.


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SPORTSWATCH STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS FOOTBALL 4A (First Round) Graham Kapowsin – 45, Mead – 38 Lake Stevens – 56, Curtis – 42 Gonzaga Prep – 56, Eastlake – 51 Woodinville – 34, Skyview – 21 Puyallup – 45, Eastmont – 10 Mount Si – 39, Mount Vernon – 38 Bothell – 40, Chiawana – 14 Union – 50, Skyline – 10 (Quarterfinals) Graham Kapowsin at Lake Stevens Gonzaga Prep at Woodinville Puyallup at Mount Si Bothell at Union 3A (First Round) Rainier Beach – 14, Lincoln – 7 Mountain View – 42, Squalicum – 0 Peninsula – 55, Bethel – 34 O’Dea – 49, Kamiakin – 7 Yelm – 15, Lakes – 14 Bellevue – 66, Snohomish – 33 Timberline – 22, Mt. Spokane – 20 Eastside Catholic – 42, Lake Wash. - 12 (Quarterfinals) Rainier Beach at Mountain View Peninsula at O’Dea Yelm at Bellevue Timberline at Eastside Catholic 2A (First Round) Tumwater – 21, Prosser – 14 Lynden – 34, Eatonville – 14 Fife – 24, North Kitsap – 21 Black Hills – 48, Burlington Edison – 8 Ellensburg – 6, West Valley – 0 Liberty – 21, Sehome – 14 Steilacoom – 49, Sequim – 12 Hockinson – 47, Washington – 14 (Quarterfinals) Tumwater at Lynden Fife at Black Hills Ellensburg at Liberty Steilacoom at Hockinson 1A (First Round) Lynden Chr. - 20, Cascade Chr. - 0 Hoquiam – 49, Stevenson – 0 Newport – 28, La Salle – 14 Zillah – 51, Klahowya – 20 Colville – 48, Connell – 7

Meridian – 40, Elma – 21 Mt. Baker – 48, Montesano – 7 Royal – 41, Riverside – 0

(Semifinals) Camas vs. Central Valley Skyline vs. Issaquah

(Quarterfinals) Lynden Christian at Hoquiam Newport at Zillah Colville at Meridian Mt. Baker at Royal

3A (First Round) Edmonds Woodway 1, Lakeside – 0 Gig Harbor – 3, West Seattle – 1 Shorewood – 1, Mt. Spokane – 0 Kamiakin – 5, Peninsula – 0 Prairie – 3, Shorecrest – 0 Mercer Island – 2, Bonney Lake – 0 Seattle Prep – 4, Stadium – 0 Holy Names – 2, Snohomish – 0

2B (First Round) Toledo – 35, Reardan – 3 Tri-Cities Prep – 35, Wahkiakum – 28 NW Christian – 35, Pe Ell/Willapa – 26 Kalama – 62, Liberty Christian – 6 Chewelah – 35, Columbia – 14 Napavine – 57, Brewster – 20 Onalaska – 28, Lake Roosevelt – 24 Adna – 54, Concrete – 19 (Quarterfinals) Toledo at Tri-Cities Prep NW Christian at Kalama Chewelah at Napavine Onalaska at Adna 1B (Play-ins) Lyle/Wishram – 77, Entiat – 22 Crescent – 46, Lummi – 36 Almira-C-H – 66, Tekoa-Rosalia – 6 Quilcene – 62, Darrington – 24 Neah Bay – 56, Tacoma Baptist – 30 Sunnyside Christian – 80, Selkirk – 48 Odessa – 69, Republic - 0 (Quarterfinals) Lyle/Wishram at Naselle Crescent at Almira-Coulee-Hartline Quilcene at Sunnyside Christian Neah Bay at Odessa GIRLS’ SOCCER 4A (First Round) Bellarmine Prep – 1, Redmond – 0 Camas – 1, Jackson – 0 Central Valley – 5, Eastmont – 2 Gonzaga Prep – 1, Sumner – 0 Lake Stevens – 2, Tahoma – 1 Skyline – 3, Olympia – 0 Puyallup – 2, Richland – 0 Issaquah – 3, Kentridge – 1 (Quarterfinals) Camas – 4, Bellarmine Prep – 2 Central Valley – 4, Gonzaga Prep – 2 Skyline – 2, Lake Stevens – 0 Issaquah – 1, Puyallup – 0

(Quarterfinals) Gig Harbor – 4, Edmonds Woodway – 3 Kamiakin – 4, Shorewood – 0 Prairie – 2, Mercer Island – 1 Holy Names – 2, Seattle Prep – 1 (Semifinals) Gig Harbor vs. Kamiakin Prairie vs. Holy Names Academy 2A (First Round) North Kitsap – 3, Mark Morris – 2 Liberty – 4, White River – 1 Burlington Edison – 3, East Valley – 2 Selah – 7, Lindbergh – 0 Fife – 2, Arch. Murphy – 1 Columbia River – 1, Olympic – 0 Sehome – 3, Hockinson – 2 Ellensburg – 4, Sequim – 3 (Quarterfinals) Liberty – 2, North Kitsap – 0 Burlington Edison – 1, Selah – 0 Columbia River – 2, Fife – 0 Sehome – 3, Ellensburg – 1 (Semifinals) Liberty vs. Burlington Edison Columbia River vs. Sehome 1A (First Round) Lakeside – 6, Warden – 1 Deer Park – 11, Cle Elum – 3 Freeman – 4, Highland – 0 La Salle – 4, University Prep – 1 Overlake – 4, Montesano – 1 Klahowya – 7, Tenino – 0 King’s – 4, Vashon – 0 King’s Way – 1, Seattle Academy – 0 (Quarterfinals) Deer Park – 2, Lakeside – 1 u See SPORTS / page 12


Tacoma’s Hot Tickets FALL'S BEST FRIDAY, NOV. 16 – FOOTBALL Yelm vs. Bellevue Bellevue HS – 1 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 16 – SOCCER Girls – Gig Harbor vs. Kamiakin Sparks Stadium – 2 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 16 – FOOTBALL Peninsula vs. O’Dea Seattle Memorial Stadium – 5 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 16 – FOOTBALL Steilacoom vs. Hockinson Doc Harris Stadium – 6 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 16 – FOOTBALL Puyallup vs. Mount Si Mount Si HS – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 16 – FOOTBALL Fife vs. Black Hills Tumwater Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 16 – SOCCER Boys – Evergreen Luth. vs. Orcas Is. Sunset Stadium – Sumner – 8 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 17 – SOCCER 1B/2B Boys State Championship Sunset Stadium – Sumner – 12 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 17 – SOCCER 3A Girls State Championship Sparks Stadium – 2 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 17 – SOCCER 1B/2B Girls State Championship Sunset Stadium – Sumner – 2 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 17 – SOCCER 4A Girls State Championship Sparks Stadium – 4 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 17 – BASKETBALL Men – Old Westbury vs. Univ. Puget Sound Puget Sound Fieldhouse – 4 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 17 – BASKETBALL Women – Trinity (TX.) vs. Univ. Puget Sound Puget Sound Fieldhouse – 6 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 17 – FOOTBALL Graham Kapowsin vs. Lake Stevens Lake Stevens HS – 7 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 17 – SOCCER (PRE-SEASON) Olympic Force vs. Tacoma Stars Tacoma Soccer Center – 7 p.m. SUNDAY, NOV. 18 – BASKETBALL Men – Sul Ross St. vs. Univ. Puget Sound Puget Sound Fieldhouse – 2 p.m. SATURDAY, NOV. 24 – SOCCER (PRE-SEASON) Stars Reserves vs. Tacoma Stars Tacoma Soccer Center – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 30 – FOOTBALL 2B State Championship Game Tacoma Dome – 4 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 30 – FOOTBALL 3A State Championship Game Tacoma Dome – 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – FOOTBALL 1A State Championship Game Tacoma Dome – 10 a.m.


(From top-left, clockwise) Former Stadium Tiger Jamael Cox returns after a strong campaign last season. Former Franklin Pierce standout Derek Johnson looks to turn it on again, after having his nose broken and season sidelined last year. Wilson High School hall of famer Joey Gjertsen brings his veteran skills back for another go at it. Former Seattle Sounders fan favorite James Riley brings a wealth of experience to the club. Former Bellarmine Prep star Danny Waltman will man the goal once again. The Stars hosted WISL defending champions Bellingham United on Saturday, Nov. 11, for a pre-season friendly. Tacoma won 7-3. The Stars open their season at the ShoWare Center on Saturday, Dec. 1.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – FOOTBALL 2A State Championship Game Tacoma Dome – 1 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – FOOTBALL 1B State Championship Game Tacoma Dome – 4 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – MASL SOCCER Turlock Express vs. Tacoma Stars Accesso ShoWare Center – 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 1 – FOOTBALL 4A State Championship Game Tacoma Dome – 7:30 p.m.

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The Tacoma Community College Titans capped one of the greatest men’s soccer seasons in school history on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. The Titans shutout the Whatcom Orcas by a score of 2-0 to win their second Northwest Athletic Conference championship in three years. Tacoma’s Joseph Dicarlo (#14) broke the scoreless tie 18 minutes into the first half. The 1-0 lead would hold until the 88th minute of regulation when Bubacar Touray (#11) found the back of the net and dashed any real hopes of a comeback for Whatcom. Tacoma finished the season with a remarkable 20-1-2 record. Touray led the Northwest Athletic Conference with 25 goals this season, while teammate Alex Whiting led the conference in assists with 15 feeds. Titan goalkeeper Evan Brewer finished the season with a clean sheet for the big trophy. Also, the TCC women made it all the way to the conference semifinals before losing to Clark by a score of 1-0. Congratulations to Brewer, Touray, Dicarlo, Whiting, Grant Cox, Tony Corado, Allen Escalante, Gilbert De La Luz, Masa Fukashima, Roman Bouffartigues, Johnny Gibula, Gezim Konjuhi, Luka Cecic and Kolton Saiz on bringing the championship trophy back to Tacoma. Congratulations to head coach Jason Prenovost and assistant coaches Jason Gjertsen and Nicky Salupa.


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(Semifinals) Deer Park vs. La Salle Klahowya vs. King’s Way

(Consolation Bracket) White River – 3, Kingston – 0 Pullman – 3, Washington – 0 North Kitsap – 3, Sedro-Woolley – 2 Fife – 3, Steilacoom – 2 White River – 3, Pullman – 0 Fife – 3, North Kitsap – 1 Fife – 3, White River – 0 (7th & 8th) Burlington Edison – 3, Blaine – 0 Woodland – 3, Prosser – 1 Burlington Edison – 3, Woodland – 0 (5th & 6th) Ellensburg – 3, Columbia River – 1 (3rd & 4th)

1B/2B (Quarterfinals) Liberty Bell – 2, Onalaska – 0 St. George’s – 5, NW Christian – 0 Kalama – 2, Concordia Christian – 0 Adna – 1, Friday Harbor - 0

(Quarterfinals) Columbia River – 3, Blaine – 0 Ridgefield – 3, Burlington Edison – 1 Ellensburg – 3, Woodland – 1 Lynden – 3, Prosser – 0

(Semifinals) Liberty Bell vs. St. George’s Kalama vs. Adna

(Semifinals) Ridgefield – 3, Columbia River – 2 Lynden – 3, Ellensburg – 2

BOYS’ SOCCER 1B/2B (Quarterfinals) Riverside Christian – 3, Friday Harbor – 2 Prescott – 4, Life Christian – 0 Orcas Island – 1, MV Christian – 0 Evergreen Lutheran – 1, PS Adventist – 0

(Finals) Ridgefield – 3, Lynden – 1

t Sports From page 10 La Salle – 2, Freeman – 0 Klahowya – 2, Overlake – 1 King’s Way – 3, King’s – 1

(Semifinals) Riverside Christian vs. Prescott Orcas Island vs. Evergreen Lutheran VOLLEYBALL 2A (First Round) Blaine – 3, White River – 2 Columbia River – 3, Kingston – 0 Ridgefield – 3, Pullman – 2 Burlington Edison – 3, Washington – 2 Woodland – 3, North Kitsap – 0 Ellensburg – 3, Sedro-Woolley – 1 Prosser – 3, Fife – 1 Lynden – 3, Steilacoom – 0

1A (First Round) Overlake – 3, Bellevue Christian – 2 Granger – 3, King’s Way – 1 Lynden Christian – 3, Chelan – 2 Castle Rock – 3, Kiona Benton – 0 Charles Wright – 3, Naches Valley – 0 Freeman – 3, Nooksack Valley – 0 La Salle – 3, La Center – 1 King’s – 3, Lakeside – 1 (Consolation) Bellevue Christian – 3, King’s Way – 1 Chelan – 3, Kiona Benton – 0 Nooksack Valley – 3, Naches Valley – 2 Lakeside – 3, La Center – 1 Chelan – 3, Bellevue Christian – 0 Lakeside – 3, Nooksack Valley – 0 Chelan – 3, Lakeside – 0 (7th & 8th)

Castle Rock – 3, Overlake – 0 Freeman – 3, La Salle – 1 (5th & 6th) King’s – 3, Granger – 1 (3rd & 4th) (Quarterfinals) Granger – 3, Overlake – 0 Lynden Christian – 3, Castle Rock – 1 Charles Wright – 3, Freeman – 0 King’s – 3, La Salle – 0 (Semifinals) Lynden Christian – 3, Granger – 0 Charles Wright – 3, King’s – 2 (Finals) Lynden Christian – 3, Charles Wright – 0 2B (First Round) Kittitas – 3, Auburn Adventist – 0 Liberty – 3, Morton-White Pass – 2 Mossyrock – 3, Walla Walla Acad. - 1 Kalama – 3, NW Christian – 2 Brewster – 3, Ocosta – 2 La Conner – 3, Manson – 0 Toutle Lake – 3, Asotin – 0 Tri-Cities Prep – 3, Wahkiakum – 2 (Consolation) Morton-White Pass – 3, Auburn Adv. - 0 NW Christian – 3, Walla Walla Acad. - 1 Ocosta – 3, Manson – 0 Wahkiakum – 3, Asotin – 2 NW Christian – 3, Morton-WP – 1 Wahkiakum – 3, Ocosta – 1 NW Christian – 3, Wahkiakum – 1 (7th & 8th) Kalama – 3, Kittitas – 0 Brewster – 3, Toutle Lake – 2 Brewster – 3, Kalama – 0 (5th & 6th) Liberty – 3, Tri-Cities Prep – 2 (3rd & 4th) (Quarterfinals) Liberty – 3, Kittitas – 0 Mossyrock – 3, Kalama – 0 La Conner – 3, Brewster – 1

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Tri-Cities Prep – 3, Toutle Lake – 2 (Semifinals) Mossyrock – 3, Liberty – 1 La Conner – 3, Tri-Cities Prep – 2 (Finals) La Conner – 3, Mossyrock – 1 1B (First Round) Oakesdale – 3, Sunnyside Chr. - 0 Pateros – 3, Neah Bay – 1 Selkirk – 3, Naselle – 0 PS Adventist – 3, Concordia – 0 Providence – 3, Klickitat – 0 Almira-CH – 3, Tac. Baptist – 0 Pomeroy – 3, MV Christian – 0 Firm Found. - 3, Shoreline Chr. - 0 (Consolation) Neah Bay – 3, Sunnyside Chr. - 1 Naselle – 3, Concordia – 1 Tac. Baptist – 3, Klickitat – 1 Shoreline – 3, MV Christian – 0 Naselle – 3, Neah Bay – 0 Tac. Baptist – 3, Shoreline Chr. - 0 Naselle – 3, Tacoma Baptist – 0 (7th & 8th) PS Adventist – 3, Pateros – 0 Firm Found. - 3, Providence – 0 Firm Found. - 3, PS Adventist – 0 (5th & 6th) Pomeroy – 3, Selkirk – 0 (3rd & 4th) (Quarterfinals) Oakesdale – 3, Pateros – 0 Selkirk – 3, PS Adventist – 1 Almira-CH – 3, Providence – 0 Pomeroy – 3, Firm Found. - 0 (Semifinals) Oakesdale – 3, Selkirk – 0 Almira-CH – 3, Pomeroy – 2 (Finals) Oakesdale – 3, Almira-CH - 1

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The newly renovated Pantages Theater features all-new seating, a center aisle, safety improvements, a lush paint job, acoustic improvements and cup holders. It is ready for action starting this week with the “Hip Hop Nutcracker” on Nov. 15 and Symphony Tacoma on Nov. 17.



ince last spring, Tacoma’s 100-year-old Pantages Theater has been closed for renovation meant to restore the sumptuous interior to its original glory. The crown jewel of Tacoma’s public venues is now all gussied up and is ready to once again receive audiences into its marvelous new space to resume service. Early this week, members of the press were invited to take a tour. The interior is now a place of graygreen, ivory and rose with accents of gold and natural wood. Tacoma Arts Live (formerly Broadway Center for the Performing Arts) Executive Director David Fischer explained that the restorers – Jeffery Greene of EverGreene Architectural – stripped away 22 layers of paint that had accumulated over the last century. The glass canopy in the ceiling of the great hall was the only clue as to what the original colors

might have been. The result of all the hard work created a baroque interior of lush colors, rich textures and subtle tinting to the classical ornamentation and high relief designs that deck out the fixtures and doorways. The “bathtub”

balcony boxes have been decorated with plasterwork that goes with the rest of the interior. A major feature of the renovation is new seating. The brand-new seats are upholstered in velvety gray-green bro-

cade and edged in natural wood. Best of all, they come equipped with cup holders. A central aisle with ornate, scarlet carpeting has been opened in the main space to enhance safety and convenience. Despite the addition of the center aisle, seating capacity was increased from 1,169 to 1,273. Community members interested in helping with the costs of the renovation can still purchase a seat sponsorship. You may name a seat for $1,000 (or $1,700 for two). Nameplates with an inscription of the donor’s choice will be engraved on a plaque fixed to the seat. In addition to the paint and plaster work and the new seats, seismic and safety improvements were made to the theater. Reinforcements in the plaster and the stained-glass canopy will help preserve these against seismic activity. Updated flooring, doors and seats within the main hall were placed with a mind to create increased resonance and a livelier sound. This acoustic enhancement should be noticeable esu See PANTAGES / page 20

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“Beware of Hootie Pie!” That line has been going through my head ever since I saw the opening night performance of Tacoma Arts Live’s production of Christopher Durang’s 2012 “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike.” Go for yourself and you’ll find out how funny that line is and how fun it is to repeat. The Hootie Pie line is spoken (repeatedly) by Cassandra (Kristen Natalia), the gesticulating, prophesizing, cleaning woman who is but one among a batch of vividly drawn characters in this boisterous farce directed by Marianne Savell. The rest of the characters are Vanya (David Quicksall), Sonia (April Poland), Masha (Cas Pruitt), Spike (Rodman Bolek) and Nina (Valerie Ryan Miller). The ubiquitous Hootie Pie is never seen. The play runs through Nov. 25 and is a new regional theater program of Tacoma Arts Live (formerly Broadway Center for the Performing Arts). During his curtain speech, the organization’s Executive Director, David Fisher, noted

that after 10 years of intermittent theater productions, they are going to be staging theatrical performances on a regular basis. This first season will consist of two productions: The currently running “Vanya” and Yasmina Reza’s “ART” coming up next May. “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” was done in conjunction with Actor’s Equity, the national actors’ and stage managers’ union, and is an attempt to bring in some of the best actors available, while still involving local, nonunion performers as well. In upcoming years, Tacoma Arts Live will expand its regional theater program to a four-production season. The story deals with three siblings, Vanya, Sonia and Masha, who are well into middle age. Masha is the worldliest of the three, having gone out into the world to make a living as an actress in horror films. Vanya and Sonia, meanwhile, have stayed home to look after their aging parents. When Masha shows up with her boy-toy Spike and announces that she wants to sell the family home, the three are forced to take stock of their lives. In conjunc-


The cast of Tacoma Arts Live’s “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” are (l to r) Valerie Ryan Miller as Nina; David Quicksall as Vanya; Kristen Natalia as Cassandra; April Poland as Sonia; Cas Pruitt as Masha; and Rodman Bolek as Spike. tion with a neighbor girl, Nina, they all attend a costume party while Masha is in town. The dynamics and witticisms that dart from character to character – like synapses in the brain – are what keeps the whole thing bubbling along. All of the actors in the play are superb. Vanya and Sonia (a gay man

and his adopted sister) are like an old married couple who seem to have lost all ambition. Masha, meanwhile, is in denial about her age and desperately clings to vain, shallow Spike (who strips down to his skivvies) as if he is youth itself. Nina is of Spike’s age group, but u See TACOMA ARTS / page 20

LOCAL COMMUNITY THEATERS READY FOR HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES the production continued to tour in the United States, on and off Broadway, while also making some stops in places like the United Kingdom. In the story, veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.” Cost: $22-$31 Info:


The winter holidays are upon us. For the local constellation of community theaters, that means that their holiday shows are about open. Their various stages will become the arena by which the spirit of light, generosity and festival frivolity will radiate over members of many a lucky audience. Here is a sampling of what the local theatrical community has in store for your holiday enjoyment:


“A Charlie Brown Christmas” • Dec. 15, 11 a.m.; Dec. 16, 6 p.m.; Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 p.m.; Dec. 23, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. CampTMP’s Honor Program presents the award-winning 1965 CBS special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. Cost: $10 Info:

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma • Nov. 23 through Dec. 16; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Additional Saturday 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” opened on Broadway on Nov. 23, 2008 in the Marquis Theatre, New York, NY, although this wasn’t the very beginning of “White Christmas.” The book and movie by Paramount Pictures were released in 1954. That next year, the song “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” by Berlin was nominated for the Oscar “Best Music, Original Song.” The musical then followed a while after in July of 2000 in St. Louis. After hitting Broadway,

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“Scrooge! The Musical” Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma • Dec. 7-30; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Additional Saturday, 2 p.m. matinee showings on Dec. 15 and 22. Additional 7:30 p.m. shows on Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Thursday Dec. 27. Pay what you can: Thursday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. One of TMP’s favorite gifts to the community is this timeless Dickens’ classic. This musical, with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, is adapted from the 1970 musical film “Scrooge,” which starred Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Cost: $22-$27 Info: scrooge

“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood • Nov. 23 through Dec. 16; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Pay what you can night Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m. The story is inspired by a simple, poignant letter written more than 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun, and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front

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Gritty City Gift Fair The Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma Great food, entertainment and drink specials all day. This is the perfect way to do all of your holiday shopping. Come support 25 hand-selected vendors who will grace the Swiss with their amazing arts and crafts.

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73rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma Since World War II, the South Sound community has gathered to celebrate at the corner of South 9th Street and Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Gather for carols and photos with Santa at this free community event. If it isn’t already, make it part of your family tradition.


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Pierce County Courthouse Mural Reveal Party Courtroom 100, Pierce County Superior Court, 930 Tacoma Ave., Tacoma Pierce County Superior Court will hold a reveal party for the latest installment of the Court History Project. Phase Two involves the installation of a five-panel mural that showcases each of the four courthouses Superior Court has called home. Each of the four courthouse panels highlight interesting cases and events that have happened during the life of the building. There is a fifth panel that discusses the separation of powers in county government. Ultimately the panels will be installed on the second floor entrance to the County-City Building (Superior Court Courthouse), but for one night only, they will be displayed in courtroom 100 so you can get up close and take in all of the detail. No RSVP is necessary, but you must be in the building by 5 p.m. as security will close the doors at that time.

INFO: FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 6:30 P.M.

Beginning Hand Lettering Workshop and Holiday Ornaments Paper Luxe, 2053 Mildred St. W., Fircrest In this fun two-hour class, we’ll cover how to get started in hand lettering. Hand lettering can sometimes use the same principles as calligraphy, but is usually written with a pen or marker (think Sharpies, brush pens, gel pens, etc.) rather than a nib and ink. It includes calligraphy-like letters, block letters, and everything in between. This is the perfect jump into a new hobby that is fun to pick up. If you’ve ever wanted to learn calligraphy, this is a great starter course to introduce you to the basic concepts in a relaxed environment. You’ll leave with personalized ornaments and resources to keep practicing at home over the holidays.



The holiday season is an especially busy time of the year for the performance arts. For local dance companies, productions of the “Nutcracker” ballet are a regular part of the schedule. Some groups like to keep to traditional performances and others like to mix things up for a nuanced take on the theme. “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” for example, took place Nov. 15, thus becoming the first show to take place in the newly remodeled space of the Pantages Theater. If you missed it, don’t worry. There are plenty of chances to take in one or more performances of the Nutcracker and other holiday-themed dances coming up: SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 7 P.M.

Dance Theatre Northwest’s ‘Happy Holidays’ University Place Library Atrium, 3609 Market St. University Place (Between 37th St. W. and Bridgeport Way W) DTNW’s “Happy Holidays” is a community holiday dance performance at the University Place Library Atrium. The performance is free, handicapped accessible and open to the public with free parking under the library. Featured performers include Katherine Rose Neumann, Oceana Thunder and Neil Alexander along with members of the DTNW Company, DTNW Jr. Dance Ensemble and guests. “Sleigh Ride” and “Let It Snow” along with “Love on Layaway” and “Happy Holidays” are some of the highlights of a diverse lineup of classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, and exciting tap and musical theater pieces, plus excerpts from DTNW’s upcoming “The Nutcracker” and an accompanying lecture by artistic director and choreographer, Melanie Kirk-Stauffer. Cost: Free Info:

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, DEC. 1 AT 2:30 AND 7:30 P.M. SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 3 P.M.

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center’s ‘The Urban Nutcracker’ Stadium High School, 111 N. E St., Tacoma It’s Christmas Eve in Tacoma, and Clara’s family is hosting a party in their downtown mansion. The whole town is excited to attend this festive annual event. The guests will soon arrive to celebrate the holiday with dancing, sweets and exchanging gifts. Her uncle always delights the party goers with magical tricks and presents. He gifts Clara with an intriguing nutcracker, which her bratty little sister breaks. Magically, her uncle fixes her special nutcracker. After the last guest leaves, Clara falls asleep in the big comfy chair and...well, the real magic ensues! Cost: $10-$20 Info: or events/558845207863157

Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma ‘s ‘The Nativity Ballet’ Metropolitan Ballet, 5435 South Tacoma Way, Suite A, Tacoma MBT celebrates 30 years of dancing the good news of Jesus. This full-length ballet is a beautiful way to begin the holidays, the birth of Christ Jesus told through classical ballet. Family friendly, this is an offering of love to the community. Cost: Free. Call or text for reserved seats. Info: (253) 472-5359 or

SATURDAY, DEC. 15 AT 2:30 AND 7 P.M. SUNDAY, DEC. 16, 4 P.M.

Dance Theatre Northwest’s ‘The Nutcracker’

magical dream where anything is possible through the swirling land of snow with its elegant white tutus to the mysterious land of sweets where she is enchanted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Cavalier, and their fascinating guests. Ideal for family audiences. Free parking and handicap accessible. Cost: $11-$26 Info:

DEC. 6-7, 7 P.M. DEC. 8-9, 4 P.M.


Alma Mater, Fawcett Hall, 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma Come see Oleaje Flamenco featuring Israel Heredia from Granada, Spain. This will be an evening of flamenco music and dance that will take you on a journey of the senses. Flamenco is both ferocious and sublime, always compelling and completely alive. Under the musical direction of master Gitano guitarist Heredia, with singer Samir Osorio, and dancers Amelia Moore and Jose Luis Uz “El Nino,” this show will leave you breathless.


Oleaje Flamenco

Tacoma City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut” seeks to recreate the look and the experience of the Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ballet as it would have been seen when it made its debut in St. Petersburg in 1892. The ballet will be performed Dec. 15 through 23 at the Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center. (Lower picture) Katherine Neumann in DTNW’s “Arabian Land of Sweets.”

Mount Tahoma Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma Presented in the form of a bedtime story, and staged to Peter Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable classical score, DTNW’s ballet is updated each year, keeping this holiday favorite fresh and exciting. Guided by a magnificent angel, Clara dances into a


TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 6:30-9:30 P.M.

FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 6:15 P.M.

The Studio’s Winter Recital: ‘The Nutcracker’ Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St., Steilacoom Come kickoff the holiday season with The

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TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Sunday, November 18, 2018

New shows open at Kittredge, Minka, Art Above

Culture Corner A guide to cultural organizations of Tacoma


Kanani Miyamoto: “The In-Between”


The street front, showcase window at Minka, located at 821 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma, gives a good idea of what the emporium of art, vintage items and mid-century furnishings has to offer.


On a cold, rainy Friday recently, I went around town to see what was new in the world of Tacoma art. I made stops at University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge gallery to have a look at a freshly opened exhibit before heading downtown to make an appearance at Minka where I had a gander at the amazing things in stock at the art gallery/emporium of vintage and mid-century mod. KITTREDGE GALLERY The show at Kittredge, “Terra et Sonus” (which translates to “Earth and Sounds”), is a two-person show featuring scientific art installations by Joel Ong and work by UPS ceramics assistant professor Chad Gunderson. The exhibit is more science fair than an art gallery show. Ong’s work is incredibly dense and difficult to penetrate, but I get the sense that there are beautiful, fantastic ideas underneath his various installations. He plays with the alphabet of genetic sequencing to write random poetry. He contemplates the fantastic adventures of airborne, high altitude microbes. Out of the ether, he conjures a computerized cloud using sound emitting devices that stand on tripods. Most perplexing, perhaps, is a Plexiglass box on a pedestal. The condensation-fogged box contains a mound of earth that appears to have been inoculated with a lab-engineered culture of some kind. The intent is that the culture will grow out over the mound during the run of the exhibit. Gunderson is a ceramicist who has taken the pot out of pottery and works exclusively with glazes. He casts abstract forms in glaze and exploits the bubbles and textures that result from the firing process. His forms resemble corals and primitive sea creatures, which Gunderson enhances with interesting color combinations in acrylic paint. By doing two-dimensional depictions of his forms – as paintings on paper that are hung like scrolls – Gunderson goes full circle with his art, using his non-traditional ceramic sculptures as inspiration for works of art that feel at home in the art gallery setting. “Terra et Sonus” runs through Dec. 8. MINKA There is much to see in Minka, the long, soaring space located along Pacific Avenue and run by the dynamic duo of Lisa Kinoshita and Paula Shields. Minka shows work by a variety of local artists as well as studio art jewelry, interesting ceramics (much of it by Nicholas Nyland) and furnishings including sturdy, shaggy sheep made by Sonja Bergstrom, who recently moved to Vashon Island and uses only the soft, thick wool from the island sheep for these unique, fuzzy footstools.

Asia Tail, a rising star in the art world, has some thick necklaces made of dense clusters of tiny beads. These reside in a case alongside some of Kinoshita’s unique jewelry designs. The latter are made with a combination of fine jewelry fixtures, raw minerals and materials from animals like horns. More unique fashion accessories by Snow Winters are also on display. A self-confessed textile hoarder (like myself), Shields showed me a display of vintage Japanese folk textiles that she has collected and curated. Patched, worn and re-patched, these rectangles of precious cloth are prized in Japan and can date back more than a century. Such vintage fabric is still used by contemporary Japanese clothing designers. The display is called “A Culture of Boro and Mottainai.” “Boro” means tattered, broken or mended and “Mottainai” is an expression of regret that something is wasted. Minka has high walls that make the space ideal for the display of large works of art like Lauren Boilini’s jungle series of paintings that were originally done for display in the Amazon headquarters in Seattle. These oil painting on paper show fighting roosters and wrestling monkeys executed in richly mixed colors that have a vintage wallpaper feel. Michael Kaniecki’s “Tsunami Coming” ink painting on paper is folded accordion style like a huge fan that forms a big wave across the front of the space. ART ABOVE Housed with Minka, like a nesting doll, is Art Above – a separate art gallery recently opened by former Tacoma mayor Brian Ebersole. Art Above is accessed via a narrow stairway that leads to an intimate show space. Currently showing is “Roads and Rivers Unseen: Perspectives from Around the World,” which runs through Jan. 31. Ebersole is a painter, a collector and a dealer of fine art. “Roads and Rivers Unseen” includes a number of Ebersole’s impressionistic portraits and landscapes as well as vintage paintings from all over the world. Ebersole pursued painting in his 20s. When he entered politics, he started collecting art during the course of his travels, some of which is on exhibit in this show. He has continued to acquire original art, some by artists he has discovered online. Today, he is immersing in painting again, which gives an interesting arc to his artistic development. Minka and Art Above are located at 821 Pacific Ave. The space is open Thursday through Sunday from 12-5 p.m. and by appointment. There is also a colorful and magical display of Mexican folk art animals on display in Art Above. For information on Minka, visit www. For information on Art Above, contact brian_ebersole55@

“The In-Between” is a mysterious place – maybe a place of tension, maybe a place to create new stories – a place between now and the next thing. Artist Kanani Miyamoto was born and raised in Hawaii. She is a graduate of Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MFA program in print media and has shown her work in Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii and Washington. Miyamoto is a passionate printmaker. Her training in printmaking is rooted in tradition, but Miyamoto pushes the standards of printmaking in the form of large-scale mixed media original prints and installation. Miyamoto’s work is created with many different techniques. She combines copper plate etchings with screen prints and wood block prints to create rich and unique installations. For the latter, the artist does work directly onto the walls of the show space.


(upper photo) The Feast Art Center Gallery just opened an installation by mixed media artist Kanani Minamoto. (lower photo) Feast Arts Center offers figure drawing sessions on Wednesdays and on the first, second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

UPCOMING AT FEAST ARTS CENTER In partnership with “yəhaw,” Feast Arts Center will be hosting a series of solo exhibitions by indigenous artists this winter. “yəhaw” is an expansive, multi-city, yearlong project celebrating indigenous creatives through satellite installations across the Puget Sound region, including performances, artist residencies, a publication, art markets and more. The centerpiece of the “yəhaw” project is the exhibition opening in early 2019 at King Street Station. ALSO AT FEAST ARTS CENTER Feast Arts Center also offers figure drawing sessions at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and on the first, second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The Thursday sessions are long pose. All figure drawing sessions are open to artists of any skill level. These cost $10 each.















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Sunday, November 18, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

Dive into glow-rious nights as Zoolights celebrates its 30th anniversary Gather up the family and enjoy more than 700,000 spectacular lights to dazzle, amaze and entertain Tickets are now on sale for the 30th anniversary edition of Zoolights, the Puget Sound region’s longest-running and most-loved holiday lights display. Zoolights runs from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 23. – Jan. 6 at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Guests may purchase tickets online at www. Discounted general admission to this exciting holiday-season tradition is just $10 per person for tickets purchased online or at the customer service counters of Puget Sound-area Fred Meyer stores. The discounted tickets will be available in those stores later this month. Fred Meyer is the presenting sponsor of Zoolights. General admission tickets purchased at the zoo’s front gate are $12 per person. Zoo members, however, get a big discount. Tickets for members are just $6 each online or at the zoo entrance. Admission is free for all children 2 and younger. Parking is free; carpooling is encouraged. And guests to the 2018 edition of Zoolights will see the biggest, brightest, most eye-popping displays ever. Many will carry a sea-animal theme in honor of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium, which opened in September. The Pacific Seas Aquarium will be open during daylight zoo hours only, so visitors who want to view real sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, spotted eagle rays and other sea creatures in their amazing new home may want to purchase day/night combo passes to visit the zoo and all of its animals during daytime operating hours and then stay as it comes aglow with animals in lights at 5 p.m. Day/night combo passes are available only at the zoo’s front gate. Prices are $17 for tots ages 3-4; $21 for youths from 5-12; $24 for seniors 65

Zoolights Information OPEN: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 23

– Jan. 6 (one night closure on Dec. 24); Open on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. WHAT’S TO SEE AND DO: Walk the zoo and see incredible animal displays in lights; marvel at iconic landmarks rendered in scale and great detail; feed a goat; ride a camel; grab a cup of hot chocolate and warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, home to 16 massive sharks. Look to see who’s awake — or perhaps taking a tiger “cat” nap — in the Asian Forest Sanctuary Day Room.


Zoolights opens Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 6. Using more than 700,000 dazzling lights, the after-dark grounds of the zoo will become a magical wonderland of sea and land animal figurines, including a 100-foot-wide octopus. and up; and $25 for adults, 13-64. Children 2 and younger are admitted at no charge. The combo passes are a wonderful treat for family outings and outof-town guests who can visit the zoo, see the new aquarium with its stunning 280,000-gallon Baja Bay exhibit and huge variety of sea animals, plus watch polar bears, sea otters, walruses and dozens of other Pacific Rim animals at play. Zoolights guests will see dozens of lighted sea-and-land-animal figurines, including a 100-foot-wide octopus, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, a crab complete with moving pincers, majestic eagle rays, red wolves howling at the moon, ice skating puffins, a tiger cub chasing a butterfly, a carnivorous plant and more. Plus, thousands of strands of colorful lights cover tree and shrubs around the zoo, bathing visitors in the glow of more than 700,000

energy-efficient LEDs. And favorite displays will dazzle visitors. There’s the 23-foot-tall replica of Mount Rainier, complete with glaciers in rivers of lights; the twin Narrows Bridges, the 30,030-light Flame Tree, the Seahawks Zone with its 12th Man Tree and more. It’s quite a change from the comparatively few designs and mere 55,000 lights that were displayed that first year of Zoolights in 1988. Some real animals will be available for viewing during Zoolights, too. The steamy South Pacific Aquarium with its 16 massive sharks will be open every night of Zoolights. There also will be an animal in the Asian Forest Sanctuary Day Room every night, plus goat feeding, meerkat viewing and camel rides. For more information, go to www.

SPECIAL NOTE: The new Pacific Seas Aquarium will be closed during Zoolights, but the South Pacific Aquarium will be open. ZOOLIGHTS TICKETS: $10 online at www. beginning Nov. 1 and later in the month at the customer service counters of all puget Sound-area Fred Meyer stores; $12 general admission at the front gate.

Special Zoolights Discount Nights MILITARY DISCOUNT NIGHTS (Active-duty military, veterans and dependents. Proof of service required.) $9 per person at the front gate only on Nov. 26, 28; Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19. SCOUT DISCOUNT NIGHT: Dec. 4. $9 per

member of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire wearing pins or uniforms, plus their guests. DAY/NIGHT COMBO PASSES TO SEE THE ZOO DURING THE DAY AND ZOOLIGHTS AT NIGHT: May be purchased only at the

front gate and range in price from $17 to $25 depending on age. CHILDREN UNDER 2: Admitted free to the zoo during the day and to Zoolights. PARKING: Free; carpooling is encouraged.

Local veterans organizations benefit from VetsAid concert The second annual VetsAid concert, organized by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and multi-Grammy Award winning musician Joe Walsh, was a huge success Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Tacoma Dome. Stars donated their time to raise $1.2 million for small local vets organizations that, according to Walsh, “really need the funds to help keep them going.” His father having died during the Vietnam War, Walsh was inspired to get the word out about the many soldiers coming home critically injured and emotionally struggling. Walsh chose Tacoma largely due to

the military presence here on the West Coast. Walsh also took the time to visit Joint Base Lewis-McChord during his visit. Performers included Joe Walsh, Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, HAIM and special guest Ringo Starr for a performance that concertgoers won’t soon forget. During a press conference, Walsh offered a special message to veterans: “People are aware you’re having a difficult time – pick up the phone. Thank you for your service, for your pain and sacrifice.”

Joe Walsh with wife, Margorie Bach PHOTOS BY BILL BUNGARD


TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Sunday, November 18, 2018


Night Life TW PICK OF THE WEEK: Mystic Sanctuary Monthly Drum Circle On Friday, Nov. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mystic Sanctuary (2805 Bridgeport Way W., #23, University Place) hosts its monthly drum circle. No experience required. They have some drums and noise makers or you can bring your own. Everyone is welcome. A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the FILE PHOTO drum circle is an end in itself rather than preparation for a performance. They can range in size from a handful of players to circles with thousands of participants. According to Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, “people gather to drum in drum ‘circles’ with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves.” For information visit


The Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings their high-octane, much beloved Christmas rock extravaganza to the Tacoma Dome Nov. 25.


The iconic “arena-rock juggernaut,” the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), is bringing their holiday rock concert, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to the Tacoma Dome on Sunday, Nov. 25 for a 3 p.m. show. The full show title is “Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve; The Best of TSO and More.” It is sponsored by the Hallmark Channel. TSO is an American rock orchestra founded in 1996 by producer, composer and lyricist Paul O’Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the group. The orchestra’s musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. The orchestra is most famous for their Christmas-themed series of rock operas (“Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” “The Christmas Attic,” and “The Lost Christmas Eve”), for which they do an annual winter tour. They have released two albums that are not based around holiday themes (“Beethoven’s Last Night” and “Night Castle”), but their “Christmas trilogy” remains their best-known work. They are also known for their charity work and their elaborate concerts, which are complete with a full orchestra, a massive light show, lasers, dozens of pyrotechnics, moving trusses, video screens and other effects that are synchronized to the actual music. TSO has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and more than 10 million albums. Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top 10 ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium. Their path to success was unusual in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, having never played at a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act. O’Neill died in 2017. Prior to the foundation of TSO, O’Neill managed and produced rock bands including Aerosmith, Humble Pie, AC/DC, Joan Jett, and Scorpions. He took his first steps into rock music in the 1970s when he started the progressive rock band Slowburn, for whom he was the lyricist and co-composer. What was intended to be the band’s debut album was recorded at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios. Over the years, O’Neill continued to work as a writer, producer, manager and concert promoter. In 1996, he accepted Atlantic Records’ offer to start his own band. By blending classical and rock music inspired by the artists that O’Neill idolized (bands like Emerson, Lake and

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Palmer, Queen, Yes, The Who and Pink Floyd; as well as hard rock bands, such as Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin), O’Neill hit upon a formula for success. He stated that he originally wanted to do six rock operas, a trilogy of Christmas extravaganzas and some regular albums. When asked about the naming of the venture, O’Neil cited his travels in Russia, back in the 1980s, as the Cold War was coming to a close. “If anyone has ever seen Siberia,” he said, “they know that it is incredibly beautiful but incredibly harsh and unforgiving as well. The one thing that everyone who lives there has in common is the Trans-Siberian Railway, which runs across Siberia in relative safety. Life, too, can be incredibly beautiful but also incredibly harsh and unforgiving, and the one thing that we all have in common that runs through life in relative safety is music.” Despite O’Neill’s death last year, the organization announced that they would continue with their Christmas-themed touring. “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” story, which they had performed in 2015, 2016 and 2017, was announced as their story once again for the 2018 tour. In “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the songs are presented in such a way as to form a storyline about a runaway who takes refuge in an abandoned theatre on Christmas Eve, and experiences the musical performances as ghostly visions from the theatre’s past. The evening will feature several dozen performers, great lighting, stage and set effects and mind blowing music. For information and tickets, visit

ALMA MATER: Laura Veirs, Whitney Ballen (singer/songwriters) 8 p.m. BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Michael Powers (jazz guitar) 7 p.m. BOSTWICK CAFE: Jakob Jess (singer/songwriter) 5 p.m. DAWSON’S: The High Rollers Band (rock) 9:30 p.m. EL TUFO: Kevin Moe (classical guitar) 7 p.m. JAZZBONES: Moberly Grape, Jerry Miller Band, Jim Basnight Band (rock) 8 p.m. LOUIE G’S: Prize Fighters, Glass Souls, Cashing in Karma, The Lightweight Champs (rock) 8 p.m. O’MALLEY’S: Shady Day (Celtic) 9 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, EASTVOLD AUDITORIUM: University Jazz Ensemble (jazz) 8 p.m. THE PLAID PIG: Noisem, Blame God, World Peace, Gun, Pustulous (metal) 8 p.m. REAL ART TACOMA: Narrative, Dream Ring, Coyote (alternative rock) 7 p.m. STEEL CREEK: James Otto (country) 7:30 p.m. THE SWISS: Radio 80 (new wave, rock) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Heather McDonald (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. TACOMA DOME: Twenty-One Pilots (pop) 7 p.m. UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND, SCHNEEBECK: Symphony Orchestra (classical) 7:30 p.m. THE VALLEY: Pops Spoiler and his Deadbeats, Fregoli Disorder, Robert Stevens and the One Armed Man (rock) 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17

ALMA MATER: Uncle Bonsai (folk pop) 8 p.m. DOYLE’S: Blarney Dan (Celtic) 6 p.m. DOYLE’S: 322 (fusion jazz) 9 p.m. HARMON TAPROOM: My Guilty Pleasure (rock) 8 p.m. THE HUB: China Crisis (singer/songwriter) 7:30 p.m. JAZZBONES: Doctorfunk (funk) 8 p.m. LOUIE G’S: Def Leppard, Ratt tributes (rock) 8:30 p.m. PANTAGES: Symphony Tacoma (classical) 7:30 p.m. THE PLAID PIG: The Generators, Noi!se, Acid Teeth, Ten Pole Drunk (rock) 9 p.m. REAL ART TACOMA: Tacocat, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Cat Puke, Baja Boy (indie) 8 p.m. ROCKET RECORDS: Drunk as Usual (rock) 3 p.m. ROCK THE DOCK: The Elevators (rock) 8 p.m. THE SPAR: Mr. Blackwatch (rock) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: 1984 (rock) 9 p.m. THE SWISS: Sonic Funk Orchestra (funk) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Heather McDonald (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. TACOMA DOME: Fleetwood Mac (rock) 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18

HAPPY HOUR: 3-7PM & 9-11:30PM

Sunday All Day Happy Hour!



DAWSON’S: Tim Hall Band (blues) 8 p.m. JAZZBONES: Frank Sinatra Tribute (swing) 6 p.m. MUSEUM OF GLASS: Small Jazz Ensembles (jazz) 2 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, LAGERQUIST: University Wind Ensemble 3 p.m., Guitar Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble 8 p.m. PANTAGES: Jane Lynch — A Swingin’ Little Christmas (swing) 7:30 p.m. PLAID PIG: Darkness Stole the Sky, Drug of Choice, Ancestors of God, Themyscira (rock) 7:30 p.m. ODD OTTER: Open Mic Sunday with Stephanie (open mic) 7 p.m. RIALTO: Tacoma Youth Symphony (classical) 3 p.m. SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CENTER: Danish Sangaften (Danish choral music) 1 p.m. THE SPAR: Ben Rice (blues) 7 p.m.

STONEGATE: Country Music Jam (jam) 8:30 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: The Dope Show (comedy) 7:30 p.m. TACOMA DOME: Awaken the Planet (Christian groups) 1 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Final Notice with Bob Evans (country, rock, bluegrass) 7 p.m. THE VALLEY: Dying Trades, Gold Sweats, Dryland, Old Iron (rock) 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19

THE SWISS: Kareem Kandi Band (jazz) 5 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: CBC Band (jam) 7 p.m. UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND: SCHNEEBECK HALL: Chamber Music Concert I (classical) 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

ANTHEM COFFEE DOWNTOWN: LiveLoud Open Mic (variety) 6 p.m. METRONOME: Open Mic (open mic) 7 p.m. MULE TAVERN: Stephanie Anne Johnson and the Highdogs (soul) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: Blues Jam with Roger Williamson (blues) 8 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY: New Talent Tuesday (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: SOB Band (jam) 7 p.m., NC UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND: SCHNEEBECK HALL: Chamber Music Concert II (classical) 7:30 p.m. THE VALLEY: Rock n’ Roll Magic (rock) 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

AIRPORT TAVERN: The Approach, Perfect by Tomorrow, Keif Urban (rock) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: 206 Bones, Social Currency (hip hop, R&B) 9 p.m. THE SWISS: Chuck Gay (open mic) 7 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY: Jose’s Thanksgiving Eve (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Subvinyl Jukebox, DBC Rock Jam (jam) 7 p.m., NC


Friday, Nov. 23

JAZZBONES: The Barrett Martin Group (rock) 8 p.m. REAL ART TACOMA: Feather Point, Zakk Emery Band, Russian Blue, Aromatics, William Bird (alternative rock) 7:30 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Kermet Apio (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. TACOMA DOME: Excision, Ghastly, Liquid Stranger, Dubloadz, Squnto, Subtronics, He$h, Al Ross (dubstep) 7 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: The Remedy Jam (rock, blues) 8 p.m. ZODIAC CLUB: Wild Powwers and Eliot Lipp (dance tunes) 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 24

AIRPORT TAVERN: Dubtronic Kru (dub, iron reggae) 9 p.m. BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Chance Hayden (jazz) 7 p.m. JAZZBONES: Switch and Wiggles (DJ and drummer duo) 7 p.m. PLAID PIG: Deadbeat Blackout, Choking Susan, Hands of Deliverance, Fifteen Stitches (rock) 8 p.m. THE SWISS: Kryboys (rock) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Kermet Apio (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: MOJO Madness (rock, blues) 8 p.m. THE VALLEY: Wheelies, Cloud Person, Coma Figura (rock) 8 p.m.


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THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Dear Barb, When I don’t get enough sleep due to staying out with my friends on the weekends, I seem to crave high-fat, high-sugar foods the next day. I already have a few extra pounds to battle and this isn’t helping. Is there a reason I crave these? I even have difficulty sleeping the next night. I never feel rested for work on Monday. Do you have suggestions? Signed, Battling the Bulge Dear Battling the Bulge, Sleep deprivation and running low on energy will naturally create the decision-making part of your brain to automatically chose unhealthy foods over healthy options. Your tired brain follows your basic cravings, whatever that craving may be. The brain cleans itself only when you are sleeping. There is no way to rush the cleaning process; it just needs the time. Most people don’t realize that eating a high-fat diet on a regular basis leads to more fragmented sleep. The link between what you eat and how well you sleep was evaluated in a study for sleep patterns of more than 4,500 people. There was a distinct dietary pattern among short and long sleepers. Very short sleepers (less than five hours a night): Had the least food variety, drank less water and consumed fewer total carbohydrates and less lycopene (an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables). Short sleepers (five to six hours): Consumed the most calories, but ate less vitamin C and selenium, and drank less water. Short sleepers tended to eat more lutein and zeaxanthin than other groups – kiwi fruit, grapes, spinach, orange juice, zucchini, squash; which all have substantial amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin (30-50 percent). Any fruit and vegetable with various colors will have a relatively high content of lutein and zeaxanthin. Normal sleepers (seven to eight hours): Had the most food variety in their diet, which is generally associated with a healthier way of eating. Long sleepers (nine or more hours): Consumed the least calories as well as less theobromine (found in chocolate and tea), less choline and total carbs. Long sleepers tended to drink more alcohol. As for what this data means, researchers aren’t yet sure, but it does mean that eating a varied diet is one key to normal, healthful sleep. Ideally, try to avoid eating any food three hours before bed as this will optimize your blood sugar level and contribute to a restful sleep. When you get home late from being out with your friends, there is no snacking unless you plan to stay up another three hours. Avoiding food for at least three hours before bed prevents too much sugar from floating around. Additionally, if you don’t eat, you will actually shift your body to fat-burning mode. It doesn’t hurt to feel a little hungry before bed. Note: Any bread products create the sugar high to your brain even if it doesn’t have much sugar content, only contributing to cravings the next day and the cycle continues. If you need some help in this area, check out a nutrition plan online for a step-by-step guide to optimizing your regular eating habits. My best tip: Deliberately get normal amounts of sleep on a consistent basis and pick an eating plan you can make as a lifestyle forever for yourself. Use moderation and variety!

Barb Rock is a mental health counselor for the House of Matthew Homeward Bound program in Tacoma, and the published author of “Run Your Own Race: Happiness after 50.” Send any questions related to mental health, relationships or life issues to her at BarbRockrocks@

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t Pantages From page 13 pecially during classical music performances. Symphony Tacoma will give it a go on Nov. 17 with its first performance in the new space: “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz. A parade of holiday musical performances will fill the hall with music through to the new year. An interesting feature of the space, part of the original design, is the “sound accelerator,” a curved space above the seats that are set beneath the

t Nutcracker From page 16 Studio’s dancers as they perform selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” Enjoy snacks, hot chocolate and light shopping for dance wear for your favorite dancer. Dancers range from 3 years old to adult. Cost: Free Info: DEC. 15-16, 2 P.M.; DEC 20-21, 7:30 P.M.; DEC. 22-23, 2 P.M.

Tacoma City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut’ Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way “The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut,” a timeless holiday classic, first presented in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, has entertained generations for well over a century. The story of “The Nutcracker,” now told in its entirety with the addition of “The Tale of The Hard Nut,” is presented alongside the traditional

t Tacoma Arts From page 16 her interests tend toward the vintage. She loves Ingmar Bergman movies, for example. Cassandra whirls over the stage predicting gloom and doom like an oracle out of control. The play is a comedic and contemporary take on themes and characters from Anton Chekhov’s bestknown plays. The names of the characters, their relationships and many of the events in the play are taken from “The Cherry Orchard,” “Three Sisters,” “Uncle Vanya” and “The Seagull.” Knowing Chekhov can enhance some of the humor, as, for example, when Sonia frequently romanticizes a nearby “cherry orchard” and the other characters insist that it is merely a group of a few cherry trees. Sonia is obviously imagining herself

t Theaters From page 15 on the front page of the Sun. “Dear Editor, I am 8 years old,” wrote Virginia. “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the sun, it’s so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?” Cost: $20-$26 Info: or call 253588-0042

Paradise Theatre’s “A Taffeta Christmas” Rosedale Community Center, 8205 86th Ave. N.W., Gig Harbor • Nov. 16, 17 and 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. matiness on Saturdays Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. This holiday musical is set in Muncie, Ind., in the 1950s, as the Dumont Television Network features the Taffeta sisters (Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl and Donna) on its weekly television show “Hometown Hoedown” to celebrate the Christmas season. And everyone is

balcony. The original designers added this feature to ensure a good quality of sound in a space that would otherwise be acoustically impoverished. All told, the renovations, funded by a combination of city, state, private sector funds and private donations, cost $8.5 million. The Pantages Theater is on the National Register of Historic Places, having one of the highest levels of importance among historic buildings in the Pacific Northwest. It was last renovated in 1983. The current restoration brings the hall back to what it was in 1918, when the building was new. For more on the Pantages Theater and Tacoma Arts Live, visit Russian “The Nutcracker” that features the historical scenery and costumes first seen by audiences in 1892. Tacoma City Ballet creates a glorious production filled with spectacular dancing, live orchestral music, grand scenery and lavish costumes that will enchant your entire family this holiday season. Cost: $12-$95 Info: or www.facebook. com/events/461141347625167 SATURDAY, DEC. 22 AT 3:30 P.M. AND 6:30 P.M.

Harbor Dance’s ‘Jewel Box Nutcracker’

Peninsula High School, 14105 Purdy Ln. NW, Gig Harbor Harbor Dance is proud to present its very first annual “Jewel Box Nutcracker.” There will be two shows at Peninsula High School just in time to get you in the holiday spirit, both on Saturday, Dec. 22. General admission tickets are on sale at harbordance. The dancers have been working hard to bring this time honored, traditional ballet to Gig Harbor. Cost: $12-$15 Info: or events/188848855370552 to be a character in Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” a play that features a large, old and well-known orchard that is in blossom during the play. You don’t need to be steeped in Chekhov, however, to fully enjoy the characters and their antics. The actors have fully fleshed out their characters and it is sheer pleasure to become caught up in the clever scenarios that they make among themselves. And anyone who is older than a millennial will no doubt feel themselves to be right there next to Vanya as he dresses down Spike for texting during a reading of his “nonconventional” play. Blake York’s elaborate and realistic set also serves to draw the audience in for a full engagement with the comedy. With “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike,” Tacoma Arts Live is off with a bang in its new regional theater program. This is a go-see production. Just remember to stay well away from Hootie Pie! For more information, visit there, including the girls’ cousin, Warren. With several other surprises in store for the audience, this show blends together some of the sisters’ traditional hits, along with new songs and holiday favorites. “A Taffeta Christmas” is a classic hometown Christmas – the way it used to be! Cost: $10-$25 Info:

“Rapunzel: A British Pantomime” Centerstage Theatre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way • Nov. 30 through Dec. 23; Fridays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sundays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 2 p.m. Centerstage Theatre is excited to present its 11th annual holiday pantomime. They are kicking off the most festive time of the year with a brand-new pantomime, “Rapunzel.” The classic story of The Girl in the Tower comes to life with this very non-traditional take on the tale. Characters interact with the audience and breathe new life into every joke, scene and hilarious routine. The songs are from across the pop spectrum, the dance is a blend of music theatre and hip hop, and the sets and costumes will magically transport you to a wonderful world. Continue your holiday tradition at Centerstage…or start a new one. You won’t be disappointed. Cost: $12-$35 Info:


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Saturday, Nov.24, 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater, 901 Brodadway, Tacoma Whimsical and inventive, this show is a clever intersection of vaudeville, cirque, and mime. The simplicity and charm catapulted the production to two Broadway runs at the acclaimed New Victory Theater. Like all truly unique things, this show must be seen to be believed. Take a leap and discover why this madcap revue of illusion and imagination has mesmerized audiences around the world. Tickets: $22, $32, $42 Info: DANCE THEATRE NORTHWEST’S ‘HAPPY HOLIDAYS’ Sat., Nov. 17, 7 p.m. University Place Atrium, 3609 Market St., University Place (between 37th St. W. and Bridgeport Way W.) “Sleigh Ride” and “Let It Snow,” along with “Love On Layaway” and “Happy Holidays,” are some of the highlights of a diverse lineup of classical and contemporary ballet, jazz and exciting tap and musical theater pieces plus excerpts from DTNW’s upcoming “The Nutcracker” and an accompanying lecture by artistic director and choreographer Melanie Kirk-Stauffer. Featured performers include Katherine Rose Neumann, Oceana Thunder, and Neil Alexander along with members of the Company, Jr. Dance ensemble and guests Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Handicapped with free parking under the library. Info: SOLAR POWER WORKSHOP Mon., Nov. 19, 6:30-8 p.m. Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma Want to learn more about solar power? Come to this free solar power workshop and learn how solar benefits the planet and if solar is right for you. Learn about the technical and financial aspects of going solar and how you can get one step closer to energy independence. While listening to the presentation, enjoy some free refreshments and pizza. At the end of the workshop, there will be opportunities to sign up for free solar site surveys with customized information about how solar can benefit you. Info: https://artisansolarintacoma.; (206) 557-4215 GRIT CITY THINK & DRINK Tues, Nov. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. The Swiss, 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma Join this monthly event with food and drink, and you get to learn cool stuff for free. This month: “Talking Trash: Using Geochemistry to Quantify Human Food Sources in the Diets of Urban Wildlife in Tacoma and Seattle,” with Dr. Kena Fox-Dobbs, University of Puget Sound associate professor of geology and environmental policy. Ages: Adults. Price: Free. Info: events/292263514939851 INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF GRATITUDE Tues., Nov. 20, 7-8 p.m. First Christian Church of Tacoma, 602 N. Orchard St., Tacoma Join us as we come together in peace and community at Thanksgiving to reflect on gratitude and compassion. For more than a quarter of a century, this annual gathering has brought together people of many faith traditions. The service may include choirs and participants from the Bahá’í, Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Center for Spiritual Living, The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Sufi, and Unitarian Universalist faith traditions. A reception and fellowship time will follow the service. Ages: All ages. Info: (253) 426-1506,

NORPOINT TURKEY TROT Thurs., Nov. 22, 9 a.m. Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E., Tacoma The Norpoint Turkey Trot is stuffed with holiday activities and features a 5k run, 2-mile run/walk and a kids’ dash. The race has been bringing families together on Thanksgiving morning since 1995. For many people, it has become as much a part of the holiday as pumpkin pie and football. Both the 5k and 2-mile routes begin at the Center at Norpoint and wind through the streets of Northeast Tacoma, providing mountain and Sound views for participants. The kids’ dash is fully supervised and stays on the community center campus. Walkers, kids, strollers and dogs on leash are welcome. Ages: All ages. Price/Info: www. ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ Fri., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. OPENING NIGHT Sat., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 25, 2 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.” Hurry – tickets are selling fast! Ages: All ages. Price: $31 general admission, $29 seniors/military/ students, $22 children 12 and under. Info:; (253) 565-6867 ZOOLIGHTS Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 nightly (except Dec. 24), 5-9 p.m. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma Tickets are now on sale for the 30th anniversary edition of Zoolights, the Puget Sound region’s longest running and most-loved holiday lights display. Guests to the 2018 edition of Zoolights will see the biggest, brightest, most eye-popping displays ever. Many will carry a sea-animal theme in honor of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium, which opened in September, with its stunning 280,000-gallon Baja Bay exhibit and huge variety of sea animals. The Pacific Seas Aquarium will be open during daylight zoo hours only, so visitors who want to view real sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, spotted eagle rays and other sea creatures in their amazing new home may purchase day/night combo passes to visit the zoo and all of its animals during daytime operating hours and then stay as it comes aglow with animals in lights. Ages: All ages. Price: Many ticket options are available. Info: www.

JANE LYNCH: A SWINGIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS Fri., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma “A Swingin’ Little Christmas” is a throwback to the classic holiday albums of the ‘50s and ‘60s, featuring a big band sound with a sprinkling of Jane Lynch’s trademark humor. She’ll be joined by Kate Flannery (“The Office”), Tim Davis (“Glee”) and jazz favorites The Tony Guerrero Quintet to share fresh takes on classic carols and originals with nostalgic nods in a night of rich music, touching moments, and Christmas whimsy. Ages: All ages. Price: $29, $49, $69, $85. Info: www.TacomaArtsLive. org; (253) 591-5890 ‘YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS’ Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. OPENING NIGHT Sat., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. Sun., Nov. 25, 2 p.m. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood “The story of a young girl’s letter that changed the holiday, and the world, forever.” Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written more than 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun – and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun. “Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it’s so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?” Pay what you can night at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and pay what you can actors benefit at 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Plays through Dec. 16. Ages: All ages. Price: $26 general admission, $23 military/seniors, $20 students/educators. Info: www. LakewoodPlayhouse,org; (253) 588-0042 ‘VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE’ Fri., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Nov.25, 3 p.m. CLOSING PERFORMANCE Theater on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma Families are crazy...funny. This one quibbles about the relationships – and dysfunctions – among siblings. Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home in Bucks County, Penn., while their sister Masha has travelled the world as a successful actress. When Masha returns with her 20-something boy toy Spike, the household is thrown into utter chaos as the siblings are suddenly forced to confront long-held rivalries, regrets, and the sudden possibility of escape. Inspired by the work of Anton Chekhov, Christopher Durang (one of the comedic giants of Broadway) uses this play to comment on age, entitlement, and social media; all in the presence of overwhelming, ridiculous comedy. A poignant and raucous play that is pure joy from start to finish. Plays through Nov. 25. Ages: Adults. Price: $19, $29, $42. Info:; (253) 591-5890 DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING Sat., Nov. 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Since World War II, the South Sound community has gathered to celebrate at the corner of 9th & Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Gather for carols and photos with Santa at this free community event. If it isn’t already, make it part of your family tradition! Event schedule: 4:30 p.m., Lobby doors open for Santa photos; 5:30 p.m., live holiday music begins; 6 p.m., speaking program begins; 6:15 p.m., tree lighting with community photo; 7:30 p.m., Tacoma Arts Live presents Imago Theatre’s “Frogz” (a separate ticketed event). Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: SANTA PHOTO EXPERIENCE Throughout November, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tacoma Mall, 4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma

‘SCROOGE: THE MUSICAL’ Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. OPENING NIGHT Sat., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma This musical is adapted from the 1970 musical film “Scrooge,” which starred Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Special added performances: Sat., Dec. 15, 2 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 22, 2 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs., Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m. Plays through Dec. 30. Ages: All ages. Price: $27 adults, $25 seniors 60+/students/military, $22 children 12 and under. Info:; (253) 272-2281


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