The Choir of Man Comes to Tacoma

Tacoma Arts Live will present The Choir of Man on Thursday, January 30 at the Pantages Theater, as part of their 2020 North American tour. This worldwide smash and runaway hit of numerous musical festivals is getting stateside audiences on their feet again! 

Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show,” The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It’s a party. It’s a concert, it’s a pint-filled good time set in a real, working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you’ll ever attend!

One of the show’s producers, Nic Doodson states, “After a whirlwind kick-off US tour in 2018, the guys have spent the last months touring the UK and Australia and they are ready to bring this show back to American audiences! This concert is such a great time for all – whether it’s a ladies night, first date, guys night out or even a bachelorette party! So, grab your best mates and we’ll see you at the venue.

Imagine the greatest pub gig you’ve ever been to, multiply it by ten, and you’ll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout. The show celebrates music that has wide appeal including songs by Adele, Queen, Paul Simon, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The cast features world-class tap dancers, singers, and instrumentalists, ensuring that there is something for everyone in this joyous and uplifting show for all ages.

Before the show begins, guests who are 21 or older can step on stage to enjoy the real, working pub with the guys from the show. Once everyone’s taken their seats, the show will start rocking and rolling with tons of classic and modern tunes that everyone will enjoy. Audience participation is highly encouraged and will include a lucky member or two getting pulled up on stage to be serenaded by the amazing performers. Tickets for The Choir of Man are on sale now.

Physical Therapy with Fun & Family

Owners Kim Bisson and Susan Jankelson wanted to create a clinic that felt like home. Their goal was for each person who walked through the doors, whether patient or employee, to feel like part of the family.

Welcome home to Rainier Family Physical Therapy. What started over a cup of coffee in 2007 has transformed into a thriving practice based on two principles: family and fun! No more boring, stressful doctors’ offices. Rainier Family Physical Therapy wants to be a highlight of your day.

Committed to serving people in their own backyard, community involvement is important to this team. They are proud sponsors of the Run 4 Her Heart 5K supporting women’s heart health, and the K9 5K, a dog-friendly run in support of Bridges Center for Grieving Children.

Rainier Family Physical Therapy uniquely provides personalized treatment plans with expert staff trained in Counterstrain therapy, Muscle Energy techniques, Kinesio taping, therapeutic exercises, and various methodologies to promote overall healing and wellness.

The skilled team of physical therapists offers a variety of exercise, manual, and strengthening therapy options to suit different abilities and prevent future injury. They seek healing beyond the symptoms to find the source of issues for the most effective treatment.

“The therapists are amazing and make you feel like family. There is always a smiling face. I hate to be done, but I am grateful to be healed. Thank you all for your support and getting me back on track,” client Joanne wrote in a thank-you note.

Neighbors from Puyallup, Graham and around the South Sound depend on Rainier Family Physical Therapy for help with back and neck pain; muscle, tendon and ligament injuries; concussions; headaches and migraines; muscle tightness and weakness; pre- and post-surgical support and so much more. They even offer free consultations—with no pressure, only fun.

No one wants an injury. But—just in case—you need someone to call. Who better than family? For physical therapy, it’s Rainier Family.

18710 Meridian Ave E, Puyallup

Tacoma Mall Expands with New Retailers & Theater

Long known as a community leader in shopping, dining, and entertainment, Tacoma Mall has recently announced plans to further elevate the shopping experience. Looking forward to the 2020 holiday season, the Mall will introduce Nordstrom Rack, Ulta, and Marcus Theatres. These additions are expected to be the beginning of a larger redevelopment in the Tacoma Mall.

“We have a continued commitment to invest in the Tacoma community,” said Eric Sadi, Chief Operating Officer of Leasing. “Tacoma Mall is a lifestyle destination. Simon is leading the way with transformational projects in the state of Washington. We will bring a uniquely curated mix of retailers, entertainment, and dining options to Tacoma.”

Next in store for shoppers will be a charming urban village located on the north side of the mall. The intention is to engage visitors with a welcoming, community-friendly environment where shoppers can enjoy a variety of dining and entertainment.

Nordstrom Rack is renowned for fabulous style and great prices and shoppers can look forward to deals on clothing and shoes for women, men and children. This Tacoma location will be much more convenient for South Sound families and avoid a frustrating trip with I-5 traffic.

Ulta, soon to be featured in the mall, is well-known as a premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products, and even salon services. Ulta carries more than 25,000 products from around 500 beauty brands and is your one-stop shop for cosmetic products and services.

Marcus Theatres will also be added as a trendsetting theatre for not only the Tacoma Mall, but for Washington State. Their first location in the state, Marcus Theatres is the fourth-largest theatre company in the United States and well-known in their Midwest markets. Theatre-goers can look forward to the latest amenities like cushy stadium seating, innovative food and beverage offerings, and 72-feet-wide UltraScreens.

Tacoma Mall proudly serves our neighbors in the communities of University Place, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Tacoma. With over 150 stores ranging from women’s apparel and children’s fashion to home electronics, Tacoma Mall is expanding its shopping offerings in Pierce County.


Schools Open House & Events

Cascade Christian Open House
Saturday, January 25, 10am-2pm
All Campuses

Annie Wright Lower & Middle School Preview
for boys & girls Preschool (age 3+) to Grade 6
Thursday, January 30, 9:30-11:30am
827 North Tacoma Ave, Tacoma

Seabury School Open House
Saturday, February 1
Seabury at the Lower School
1801 53rd St NE, Tacoma

Annie Wright Schools Scholar Search
for boys & girls entering Grade 9
Friday, February 7, 11am-9:30pm
827 North Tacoma Ave, Tacoma

Seabury School Open House
Saturday, February 8
Seabury at the Middle School
925 Court C, Tacoma

Annie Wright Schools Crab Feed & Auction
Saturday, February 29, 6-11:30 pm
827 North Tacoma Ave, Tacoma

Northwest Christian School
Open House Registration & International Food Festival
Saturday, March 7, 7- 9pm
904 Shaw Rd, Puyallup

Annie Wright All School Preview
Thursday, April 23, 9:30-11:30am
827 North Tacoma Ave, Tacoma  

Joan Osbourne Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center

We are lucky to have Joan Osborne bringing her sensational voice and talents to the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center on Thursday March 26 at 7:30pm. Joan Elizabeth Osborne is an American singer, songwriter, and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues, and country. She is best known for her recording of the Eric Bazilian song “One of Us”, from her 1995 debut album Relish. Both the single and the album became worldwide hits and garnered a combined seven Grammy award nominations. Osborne has toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation. She is a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. A multi-platinum selling recording artist, the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples.

Counting such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, Osborne has released several acclaimed albums and continues to tour extensively—with her own band, as Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue, and as an acoustic duo and trio.


Flip Fabrique in Federal Way

Flip Fabrique is bringing us on a crazy, acrobatic, and poetic journey through a winter snowstorm with their new show “Blizzard.” Met with extraordinary reviews in its original home of Québec, Canada, Flip Fabrique is kicking off their U.S. Tour at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center in Federal Way on January 24. This perfomance takes the audience into a widespread snow day, following the acrobats and artists as they create outstanding visual poetry in the theme of a blizzard.

    “What if winter had taken over? Everything, absolutely everything, buried under the snow. Would it be a catastrophe, or a chance to start over, to fix our mistakes?” This is the question that Flip Fabrique’s performance “Blizzard” seeks to ask with its music and choreography. 

Flip Fabrique, a circus company born out of a group of six friends in 2011, is composed of world-class artists with a love for fun. Bruno Gagnon, the original founder of the company, says about his love for his art, “I still play around whenever I can. Somewhere along the line, certain ones among us lose their inner child; the one who amazes us, delights us, fills us with happiness and keeps us alive.” The team that makes up Flip Fabrique share a common love for fun and connecting with the audience. “Blizzard,” under the executive and artistic direction of Bruno Gagnon, is an excellent representation of the wonder of winter and the talent of the performers.

    Don’t miss the U.S. debut of Flip Fabrique with “Blizzard” on January 24 at 8:00 pm. For more information on tickets, visit the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center’s website, or to learn more about Flip Fabrique, visit their website


Ballet Northwest Celebrates 50 Years of Dance

Ballet Northwest is celebrating an impressive milestone — 50 years of bringing ballet and the art of dance to Olympia and the greater Thurston County region. In celebration, Ballet Northwest presents the 50th anniversary gala on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. The program includes professional dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, and National Ballet of Cuba. During the gala, Ballet Northwest alums will share their experiences and memories of dancing with the company, and historical ballet videos will be shown. 

“Ballet Northwest’s 50th Anniversary Gala will honor the organization’s history and alumni, as well as build excitement for its future by raising funds for scholarships and new costumes,” says Ken Johnson, co-artistic director of Ballet Northwest.

“At the gala – and throughout 2020 – Ballet Northwest will celebrate its legacy,” says Paula R. Lowe, gala coordinator. “Ballet Northwest has impacted thousands of people in the past 50 years, from the dancers, cast, crew, parents, and volunteers, to the audiences. We are inviting former Ballet Northwest dancers to celebrate with us at the gala, connect with their dance community, and support up-and-coming dancers, so they, too, will learn and grow from dance.”

Former artistic director Bernard “Bud” Johansen and his wife, Mary Johansen, will be honorary guests at the gala, along with Sam and Margie Reed. Sam was the president of the Ballet Northwest board of directors in the 1970s when the board hired Bud Johansen. Margie Reed was the first professionally-trained ballet dancer who danced with Ballet Northwest, continuing to work with them for many years.

The gala will also feature professional dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, and National Ballet of Cuba. The event will highlight memorabilia displays and video interview clips from throughout BNW’s 50 years, and raise funds for BNW’s costume and scholarship funds. The evening will culminate with desserts and dancing in the black box. A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which include a pre-show reception in the black box with dinner appetizers and drinks.

Since 1970, Ballet Northwest has served as a community-based group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwest Washington. BNW is the sole nonprofit ballet company in Thurston County and the oldest in Washington state, and its 50-year anniversary will certainly be one to celebrate. For more information on the gala, visit the Washington Center website.

Puget Sound Women’s Show

Puget Sound Women’s Show Goes Red

Saturday, February 8th, 11am-4pm

Tacoma Mall’s Macy’s Court

Tacoma Mall and ShowCase Magazine and the American Heart Association co-host the Puget Sound Women’s Show. This heart felt event focuses on having fun and loving yourself!

Imagine the bliss evoked while having a free chair massage and hand aroma therapy…ohhhh la la! Discovering cutting edge health knowledge, great wellness and beauty advice and new fashion ideas. The American Heart Association will share a story of heart felt challenge and change.

The first two hundred and fifty ladies to register receive a FREE gift bag and are entered to win an overnight stay and dinner at the award-winning Alderbrook Resort and Spa. The resort was selected as the best resort by Evening Magazine in 2009 and was awarded four crowns by Northstar Media Travel.

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Locus Wines Opens a New Tasting Room

Leave the stale crackers and obscure wine tasting behind and experience Locus Wines’ newly dedicated tasting room in Occidental Square.

While wine tasting can be intimidating for many, Ton Yazici and Rich Burton, co-founders of Locus Wines, have mastered the design of wine and food and will have you buying bottles for your own holiday table.

The pair has emphasized the way that wine and food compliment each other and take a dining experience to a different level.

“We are experts in drinking wine,” Yazici jokes, “and we drink wine primarily when we are eating. It’s from personal experience that we feel that the food and wine are so intertwined and people deserve that experience.”

The Seattle-based winery has hosted many tasting events since its beginning in 2012 that included food pairings. Now its first dedicated wine tasting room will feature those pairings exclusively.

 “When you have a good pairing, the wine elevates the food and the food elevates the wine, and that’s the foundation of what we have tried to achieve,” Yazici says.

Sipping on the 2016 Locus Sud – a red blend of Grenache, cinsult, and syrah – might leave a slight acidic taste on your tongue. But when paired with the eggplant caprese that was carefully curated by Yazici, you are suddenly sent on a smooth, creamy delight that has you reaching for your glass of red.

The 2016 Locus Rose is a perfect addition for your holiday table after you’ve tasted its perfect compliment to a turkey breast and cranberry relish bite.

The flavors of the grapes can age and change so differently and so frequently that it requires an aspect of adaptation for Yazici and Burton that may not be the case for other tasting rooms.

“The menu will change every few months or weeks even because the seasons change. I have the luxury of tasting the wine so I can see the change but I can’t just rest on one recipe that I created because I may not be able to serve it in a few months,” Yazici says.

As the winemaker, Burton relishes in the ability to bring European white varietals and bold Washington red wines to the public at a reasonable price.

 “We wanted to do something new but we wanted to do it right, and we were not going to just create another tasting room where you try five wines, pay your 10 dollars and go, he says. “We wanted to recreate what we were doing at our release parties where we provide this welcoming place where you experience this intersection of food and wine. We really wanted to create an experience for everyone.”

Visit the clean, inviting space in Occidental Square for a night of wine and food pairings that everyone will find approachable and delicious.Locus Wines will be open Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and for more information, including events and wine club options, visit

BMW Northwest Prize Goes to Soccer Club

Washington Premier Football Club, along with it’s sponsor, BMW Northwest, handed over the keys of a brand-new BMW 330i to the Echternkamp family. WFPC player, Isabella Echternkamp (pictured center), along with her teammates from the G08 Black team, are pictured above with BMW Northwest owner Manfred Scharmach.

Washington Premier Football Club is a non-profit organization, and all proceeds from the car raffle benefit the organization, specifically going towards complex improvements— making Washington Premier’s Complex a top tier facility in the Pacific Northwest.  

“The car raffle is our biggest single fundraiser and we could not do it without help from BMW Northwest. The partnership with Manfred and the family dealership has allowed WPFC the financial stability to improve the complex while at the same time providing players with financial needs the opportunity to play.”

The drawing for the BMW 330i was held at the 9th annual WPFC member dinner.  The lucky winner Mark and Tara Echternkamp were not present the night of the auction but were reached by phone during the event. When asked what it meant to win the car, Mark responded “This is incredible, I’ve never won any contest.  This could not have come at a better time for my family. We have 2 kids in college and was expecting to have to purchase a new vehicle within the next two years. What a blessing this is for our family and we’ll be able to continue assisting our kids in fulfilling their goals & aspirations.  To win a new BMW, it’s a dream come true.”

BMW Northwest has a real passion and dedication to the people they serve. “Giving back to the community and helping local non-profit organizations is our privilege.” stated Manfred Scharmach, President and Owner of BMW Northwest.
Photo Credit: Casey James