Tuner Cars Glow at America’s Car Museum

Seventeen cutting-edge passenger vehicles make up a new exhibit at America’s Car Museum, called “Tuners@ACM.” These modern cars are lightweight, personalized, and very technologically advanced. Tuner cars – just like the hot rods that preceded them in the 1940s and ’50s – have a history steeped in customization of engines, as well as chassis modification, suspension and structure, interiors, paint, and body. Changes range from mild to wild depending on the owner of the tuner car. Each owner is able to use the vehicle to express their own creativity and uniqueness.

“History has a way of repeating itself,” says the ACM Curator of Exhibitory, Scott Keller. “Just like early hot-rodders, the tuner subculture is primarily driven by young enthusiasts who look to convey their individuality through their automobiles.”

The tuner subculture Keller mentions, which traces its roots back to the 1970s, has since become a multibillion dollar industry and a beloved pastime for countless auto buffs. Tuners@ACM features some of the hottest examples of tuners– like APR’s RLMS, a 2018 VW Golf R homage to Touring Car Racing recently nominated as a Toyo Tires Top Build at SEMA.

“The automobile has ingrained itself as part of our society’s culture for more than 100 years,” Keller says. “Regardless of the canvas, the one thing that transcends time is that a car can truly be a work of art, limited only by the owner’s creativity. We are thrilled to be able to put such a display together for our visitors.”

The vehicles presented in Tuners@ACM are:

  • 1971 Datsun 240z
  • 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-X
  • 1972 Datsun 510
  • 1978 Toyota Cressida
  • 1982 Nissan 180sx
  • 1983 Mitsubishi Starion
  • 1992 Honda Civic Si
  • 1992 Mazda MX-5
  • 1999 Honda Civic Type-R
  • 2000 Audi S4
  • 2000 BMW M3 Wagon
  • 2003 Mitsubishi EVO
  • 2006 VW GTI
  • 2008 Nissan 350z
  • 2011 Subaru WRX STI
  • 2015 Nissan GTR
  • 2018 VW Golf R

For more information about other exhibits at America’s Car Museum, visit americascarmuseum.org.

Pantages Theater Returns to Historic Glory

Tacoma not only creates it also celebrates its artistic history.

Slated for the wrecking ball in the 1980s, the historic Pantages Theater located in downtown Tacoma had seen better days. Built in 1918 for vaudeville king Alexander Pantages as part of his theater empire, the beloved theater was in deep decline and neglect. Demonstrating true Tacoma grit, citizens rallied together and saved the performance space that became part of the City of Tacoma and later the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

Although the loss of this historic treasure had been adverted, recent patrons, staff and performers have all known that there was much more that needed to be done. Peeling paint, sound from the street and uncomfortable seats were indicators that changes needed to be made.

Completed this November, the most recent renovation returns the inside of the Pantages much closer to its original state and also consists of updates for the safety and comfort of today’s audiences and performers.

From the new color scheme, based on the forensic research of the 22 layers of paint, to the addition of rich decoration to the private boxes that feature rosettes and shells, the Pantages has returned to it’s former glory. Details that had previously been difficult to see have been revealed and the architectural elements have been enhanced.

Modern attendees will appreciate features such as wider seats, cup holders, a new center aisle, fewer stairways, new handrails and lighting. What patrons won’t see are the new seismic and safety updates that will preserve the theater’s structure and integrity should an earthquake hit. Additionally, the acoustics of the space have been greatly improved with the elimination of the carpeting that previously absorbed sound and newly built floors.

With the busy holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to see for yourself the glorious Pantages while attending a live performance.  Come down to the Theater District and celebrate! Hilary Ryan

Image By: Justin John Ryan

 

A Centennial Celebration for Tacoma Little Theatre

Back in October 1918 a group of Tacoma residents gathered to form the local chapter of the Drama League of America. Its purpose was to study and promote theater and build community in the burgeoning city. The same year, the Port of Tacoma, Tacoma Kiwanis and the Tacoma News Tribune were established. So the civic-focused theater group was clearly part of something special that was transforming the town.

As the oldest community theater west of the Mississippi, Tacoma Little Theatre has been part of the lives of many local families over several generations. Throughout its history, the theater has been the starting ground for many local performers, including the magician Ray Gamble and the rock band Alice in Chains.

Recently the theater has received national and regional acclaim. In 2016 its production of Second Samuel by Pamela Parker was recognized by the American Association of Community Theatre as one of two outstanding productions in Washington state. And this year, TLT has been awarded the AMOCAT award for achievements by an arts organization.

Looking forward, TLT’s managing director Chris Serface notes some big changes are coming. “We are currently one-third of the way through our theater improvement plan, which includes new seats, new carpet and updated lighting and sound equipment. Most recently, we purchased an adjacent building, which has given the theater much-needed rehearsal and storage space as well as room to build sets.”

In addition, the theater’s lobby, which was state-of-the-art in the 1950s, will be the focus of an upcoming capital campaign to expand and update the space as well as renovate the restrooms.

“Tacoma Little Theatre exists because of our community,” says Serface. “We want everyone to feel welcome here. With continual support we hope to be sharing theater and creating community connections for decades to come.”

Join the celebration of this beloved, locally focused theater by seeing a show or two this season. Make plans to attend the 100th anniversary celebration in February 2019. The evening event will feature dinner along with songs and performances from the 1920s and ’30s. Tacoma’s oldest theater is a treasured gem. It reminds us of the power of arts to transform and unite us all.

HILLARY RYAN

For Additional Information
Tacoma Little Theatre
tacomalittletheatre.com

Ukelele as a way of Life: Jake Shimabukuro

It may be hard to imagine this small instrument creating a huge following and packed performance venues. Yet for Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele is his life. On Saturday, Feb. 2, he will perform in concert at Tacoma Arts Live.

After garnering widespread acclaim in Hawaii and Japan, Shimabukuro has become a household name as a musician around the world. What began for him as a passion and fascination with the ukulele has led him on a bountiful career in the bands Pure Heart and Colón, and a blossoming solo career in the Japanese music market.

Shimabukuro spent much of the 1990s in Hawaii with two bands, earning several Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. When the early 2000s rolled around, he devoted all of his energy to his solo music. He was brought to the world’s attention in 2006 when a video of him playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube. This opened doors that would allow him to play with the likes of Ziggy Marley and Cyndi Lauper, and tour with Jimmy Buffett.

Shimabukuro’s style includes elements of blues, funk, jazz and folk. The eclectic and prolific style he’s mastered translates to spot-on covers and beautiful original songs. He also scored the soundtrack for the film Hula Girls and the Japanese remake of Sideways. He continues to tour extensively. His latest album The Greatest Day is a compilation of covers and original songs released Aug. 31 of this year.

In his review in No Depression magazine, Henry Carrigan wrote: “Shimabukuro is a musical genius at one with his instrument. The Greatest Day exhibits Shimabukuro’s dazzling musical dexterity, his canny arrangements, and his way of letting his feel for sound and structure direct him around musical corners and down unexplored musical paths.”

Shimabukuro’s upcoming show will showcase his fans’ ukulele favorites, whether they be covers or originals.

JORDAN MARIE MCCAW

For Additional Information
Jake Shimabukuro at Tacoma Arts Live Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm
tacomaartslive.org

Experience the Wonder of the Nutcracker

As the holiday season gets under way, families are often looking for fun experiences that can become annual traditions. Going to see The Tacoma City Ballet perform The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut can be a great way to build enthusiasm for the holidays, while also introducing children to the joys of a live show experience.

The Tacoma City Ballet, under the leadership of Miss Erin Ceragioli, Executive and Artistic Director, is celebrating its 35th production of one of the most famous ballets in the world, The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut. This timeless holiday classic, first presented in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, has entertained generations for well over a century.

The story of The Nutcracker, told in its entirety with the addition of The Tale of The Hard Nut, features the historical scenery and costumes first seen by audiences in 1892. Tacoma City Ballet creates a magnificent production filled with spectacular dancing, live orchestral music by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, grand scenery and lavish costumes, sure to enchant your entire family this holiday season.

If taking kids to the ballet where the story is told entirely through dance – no talking or singing — seems daunting, here are a couple ways to prepare. The Nutcracker ballet is based on the story written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816 and there are plenty of picture books. Head to your local library or bookstore and find a version you like. Making The Nutcracker part of your bedtime story routine in the weeks leading up to the show will help your child become familiar with the story and be ready to see it interpreted through dance. Another thing you can do before you go to the show is to familiarize your child with the musical score. The Nutcracker ballet music was written by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer renowned for his ballet scores. Download the soundtrack and play it often – in the car or during playtime.

Take your child to a Sugar Plum Tea prior to the performance for a snack and an opportunity to interact with dancers in costume — bring your camera — creating a connection that carries over to the performance and adds to the enjoyment of the experience for your child.

Plan to arrive to the ballet early so you can look through the program together and read the synopsis. This will let you know exactly how the Tacoma City Ballet is interpreting and presenting the story. Getting there early also allows you to enjoy the atmosphere of the venue.

Who knows, this could be the start of a magical holiday tradition to be carried on for generations to come. Happy holidays!

KELLY LENIHAN

Six performances 

  • Sat, Dec 15, 2pm
  • Sun, Dec 16, 2pm
  • Thu, Dec 20, 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec 21, 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec 22, 2pm
  • Sun, Dec 23, 2pm

Sugar Plum Teas

  • Sat, Dec 15, 1pm
  • Sun, Dec 16, 1pm
  • Sat, Dec 22, 1pm
  • Sun, Dec 23, 1pm

tickets

Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center (PAEC)

31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way, WA 98003

box Office: 253-835-7010, online: fwpaec.org

 

Nutcracker Suite for the littlest ones

December 8 and 9, 2pm

Broadway center for Performing Arts

901 Broadway, Tacoma

Box office: 253-591-5894, online: tacomaartslive.com

 

 

The Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards

Washington’s artists, cultural institutions, and cultural leaders play an important part in inspiring and growing the state’s cultural vitality. In 1966, the Governor Arts Awards were established to recognize their contributions. That year, Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations (PONCHO), an organization that formed to help boost Seattle arts, was the first organization to be honored with a Governor’s Arts Award. In 1989 Heritage Awards were added to the program to honor tradition bearers and heritage organizations. Coordinated by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), the program has recognized 244 organizations and individuals over the years for their extraordinary achievements in the field.
“Arts and heritage play a major part in defining our state, whether it be the renowned cultural institutions and amazing artists, or the vibrant community events, festivals, and traditional activities that take place all across our state,” said Karen Hanan, ArtsWA Executive Director. “These accomplishments impacted our creative economy to the tune of over 22-billion dollars in 2016, and that’s another good reason to celebrate.”

The 2018 recipients include six individuals and two organizations from around the state:

Arts Award – Community                                  Mery Swanson (Aberdeen)
Arts Award – Individual Artist                          Preston Singletary (Seattle)
Arts Award – Legacy                                              Jim Kelly (Seattle)
Arts Award – Organization                                       Get Lit! Programs (Spokane)
Arts Award – Philanthropy                                       Edmund Littlefield (Arlington)
Arts Award – Young Leader                               Leah Wilson-Velasco (Walla Walla)
Heritage Award – Individual Artist/Practitioner         Patsy Surh O’Connell (Gig Harbor)
Heritage Award – Organization                           Port of Kennewick (Kennewick)

If you plan to attend:
Tickets are $40 and include passed appetizers, a three-course dinner, and entertainment. Buy tickets through the Admiral Theatre website.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for a no-host cocktail hour. The dinner and program will be held between 6-9 p.m.
If you plan to attend from Seattle to Bremerton on the Washington State Ferry, you’ll want to check the ferry schedule.

Dracula– The Romantic Ballet

The Tacoma City Ballet is thrilled to premiere Dracula—The Romantic Ballet—an original ballet fashioned from the legend of Vlad the Impaler, Count Dracula of Transylvania.

The expression Dracula, which is now primarily known as the name of a fictional vampire, was for centuries known as the sobriquet of Vlad Dracul III (“Vlad the Dragon”). Vlad the Impaler is a brutal but tragic character who became the immortal vampire Dracula out of his love for his deceased wife, and shows his actions as Dracula to be his own personal war against God for denying the entry of Elisabeta’s soul into heaven, mixing historical fact with the fiction.

Over four hundred years later, Vlad meets Mina Harker, who he believes to be the reincarnation of Elisabeta. Dracula’s intention is to turn Mina into a vampire so they can be together as husband and wife for eternity, as he and Elisabeta were meant to be. Chased by vampire hunters, Dracula is mortally wounded. Mina provides the finishing blow, reverting him back to his human form, which allows him to die. Through Dracula’s death, Mina is freed of the vampire’s curse.

Featuring fabulous dancers, a brilliant musical score, opulent scenery, and luxurious costumes, Erin Ceragioli, Executive/Artistic Director of the Tacoma City Ballet, envisions that Dracula will be for Halloween what the Nutcracker is for Christmas; as well, her big picture plan is to pair the ballet with a masquerade ball.

Dracula is suitable for audiences of all ages, and the perfect addition to your celebration of Halloween. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume.

http://www.tacomacityballet.com/dracula/

Dates and Times

Friday, October 26th at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 27th at 2:00pm

Sunday, October 28th at 2:00pm

For Tickets

Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center (PAEC)

31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way WA 98003

Box Office: (253) 835-7010

Online: www.fwpaec.org

The Blood Bank will be on hand in the parking lot accepting blood donations.

KELLY LENIHAN

 

Keb’ Mo’ at The Washington Center

Time seems to award Keb’ Mo’ rather than age him. With 14 albums under his belt, a slue of Grammy Nominations and Awards, as well as Blues Foundation and BMI Awards, he’s a proven musical American classic.

He will perform Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 pm at Washington Center for the Performing Arts. His latest album release was “TajMo” in 2017. Though this wasn’t the first time Keb’ Mo’ performed with Taj Mahal, it was the first time they recorded music together.

“The collaboration between Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ sounds spontaneous, with mutual respect for each other and for what each one represents in the music,” reviews Blues Rock Review. “Keb’ Mo’ wrote most of the songs on ‘TajMo’ and it has, in general, more of Keb’s background despite the fact that he said that Taj Mahal became a mentor to him.”

As for solo recordings, in 2016 he released “That Hot Pink Blues Album,” a compilation of live recordings during his 2015 tour. “Keb’ Mo’s combination of masterful, anecdotal writing skills, distinctive guitar versatility and rich, resonant, blues-soaked vocals are a testament to his respect in the music industry,” Blues Magazine reviews. “Every song tells a story, and every story reminds listeners of why Keb’ Mo’ is one of the most multi-talented and engaging musical raconteurs on today’s roots rock and blues scene.”

Keb’ Mo’ has carried on blues traditions while also implementing his original americana style, garnering countless fans. He’s even used his talents for Playing for Change Foundation, a non-profit organization built to support music education internationally.

A few years ago when Keb’ Mo’ performed at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, Portland Radio Project described, “In true Keb Mo fashion, his music is a representation of who he is and what he likes. He doesn’t worry about which genre it fits into; he just wants to make something he’s happy with. Lucky for us, we happen to like it too!”

Tickets range from $39 to $62, with VIP tickets available for $105 that include a meet and greet and photo opportunity with Keb’ Mo’, as well as an autographed gift package. Tickets are available at https://www.washingtoncenter.org/event/kebmo-1810/

JORDAN MARIE McCAW

 

Annual Paws In The Park

The Dog-A-Thon at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood is a South Sound tradition. Sponsored by the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, it is the largest dog walk in Western Washington. Now the nonprofit organization is broadening the 28th annual fundraiser to include even more pets. The 2018 event, on Saturday, July 28, is renamed “Paws in the Park featuring the Dog-A-Thon.”

Human and canine participants will still be able to enjoy scenic trail walks around Waughop Lake with water/treat stations along the way. There will still be contests for people to show off their pet’s talents, and there will be delicious eats to sample. Attendees can even adopt their very own Humane Society kitten, dog, or rabbit.

For the expanded Paws in the Park, the Humane Society plans to enlarge the pet resource component by ensuring that every vendor and sponsor has a pet-related product, service, or information.

28th annual paws in the park featuring the dog-a-thon Entertainment will be more robust, with training sessions and demonstrations led by local trainers. KIRO-TV is the media sponsor of the event and will have on-air talent as the emcee.

Paws in the Park remains the Humane Society’s largest fundraising event. This year’s goal is to raise more than $325,000. These funds help the organization care for more than 11,000 animals each year. Donations provide vital support for innovative programming; fostering underage litters of puppies, kittens and bunnies; treatment and rehabilitation for victims of cruelty; veterinary care for injured animals; and many other community services.

SHELBY TAYLOR

For Additional Information:
The Humane Society
thehumanesociety.org

Powering the Future’ Learning Lab at ACM

America’s Car Museum (ACM), Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will open a new learning lab – “Powering the Future” – to educate visitors to the Tacoma-based Museum on the many energy sources for the cars of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The innovative space will also explore the impact that science, technology, engineering and math careers have made on automotive design.

As students work their way through the five interactive components included in Powering the Future, they will explore the history of what fuels have powered automobiles and how energy discoveries, technological advancements and unforeseen events have shaped our energy consumption habits.

“The Powering the Future learning lab is one of our boldest interactive exhibits yet, teaching students about a variety of power sources for cars of the past and into the future,” said America’s Automotive Trust CEO Adam Langsbard. “We embrace our responsibility to continually produce and promote STEM-related education for the next generation – we may, one day, be inspiring a future workforce for the auto industry by way of sparking interest in young people’s fascination with future technologies.

The interactive learning experience will encourage students and visitors to think critically about important questions of our time: what will power the future, how we can meet our current and future energy needs for transportation in a sustainable way and how we can make choices to meet our needs without compromising the needs of future generations?

“Powering the Future is an excellent example of a creative way to introduce students to important concepts like engineering and science,” said M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Executive Director Steve Moore. “We are pleased to support and partner with LeMay – America’s Car Museum as they generate enthusiasm for learning among today’s youth and their families.”

Additionally, students from Tacoma schools – including the Science and Math Institute (SAMI), the Industrial Design and Engineering Arts High School (IDEA) and the School of the Arts (SOTA) – will engage visitors in the gallery and lead outreach lessons at local elementary and middle schools.

“We’re excited to be partnering with America’s Car Museum to not only celebrate the history of the automobile but also where the industry is heading,” said Puget Sound Energy’s Vice President Andy Wappler. “PSE has committed to reducing its own carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2040, and by supporting innovation and things like ACM’s Powering the Future learning lab, we are helping to create a better energy future for all.”

Powering the Future is a central component of ACM’s Powering the Future celebration, which include:

  • April 12: Grand opening of the lab, tickets available at americascarmuseum.org
  • April 14: Public opening at ACM, admission coupons available at the 2018 South Sound Sustainability Expo
  • April 16: IC Bus’s ChargE Electric School Bus will be on display as students visit ACM on a field trip
  • April 21: Powering the Future Family Fun Day
  • May 5: Full STEAM Ahead- Educator Training

About LeMay – America’s Car Museum (americascarmuseum.org)