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.

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

MARTINA PRESTON

Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery

It’s a season of savings and a chance to “touch and feel” natural bedding products at a new shop in University Place.

Mindy and Jason Schaefer recently opened Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery in University Place’s blossoming town center. That’s where to find chemical-free mattresses, bedding, soft Holy Lamb baby gear and comfy cotton robes.

“We care about organic,” Mindy Schaefer said. “It is about health and the preservation of our natural world.”

A baby started the movement. In 2003 Barry A. Cik, a board-certified environmental engineer with a long record of advocacy for safer products, researched mattresses for his first grandchild. He couldn’t find a single option that didn’t have questionable chemicals, potential allergens or hazardous flame retardants. 

Barry and his sons Jeff and Jason co-founded Naturepedic to offer parents a better mattress for their babies. Now Naturepedic has grown to offer certified organic mattresses and accessories for the whole family.

Amanda Howse Photography

In the University Place shop small baskets of fleecy wool invite shoppers to feel the natural fibers. Cut -away mattress samples offer a look at how organic products are combined to create comfy beds. This is the only privately owned gallery between Vancouver, BC, and the San Francisco Bay area for experiencing the mattresses.

“Come in and take a short rest,” Schaefer invited. Then, shoppers can check the shelves and displays of Holy Lambs organic and Coyuchi products for their children or grandchildren.

The Schaefers say their vision is to promote health and well-being and to strengthen the local economy using sustainable and ecological practices. Their shops in University Place and in Olympia (in the historic Steam Plant Building) are owner operated. 

“We bring distinctive, comfy healthy goods to the marketplace without ever compromising our commitment to sustainability and the environment,” Schaefer said. Visit Naturepedic.com/uplace for more information.

EMILY HAPPY

Preserving Historic Capitol Furnishings

Restoring the Justices’ chairs

The Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee’s mission is to restore historic furnishings at the State Capitol. The Committee selects one project annually, and in 2019 the Supreme Court Justice chairs were restored. 

The 1913 completion of a new Temple of Justice was a big moment in Washington history. In the final phase, the Legislature appropriated $75,000 for carpets, office furniture, law library fixtures, and “moveable articles,” including the Supreme Court Justice chairs.

Unlike many historic Capitol pieces, the Justices’ chairs continued to be in use for over 100 years. Made of oak and covered with leather, these stately chairs are heavy and do not move easily over the carpet. The Justices found the chairs uncomfortable and unstable.

While marketing manager Corey Shea cautioned that the full extent of the work wouldn’t be known until the interior was revealed, some damage was already visible, and the headrests were not uniform in size. On the interior, cushion foam needed replacing, though some horsehair could be reused. An upholstery pattern on one chair was measured to create a template. The Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee engaged Queen Anne Upholstery to help in the upholstery aspect of the restoration. 

The next step in the restoration process

Structural repairs were extensive but once complete, they produced a strong steel frame to support the chair backing. Woodworkers repaired armrests, and cracks in wood back frames were reinforced and filled with heavy-duty epoxy. Leather covering was added and nail heads were carefully spaced for a consistent look. Chair seats were covered with a more comfortable fabric than leather when sitting for long periods of time. 

The public is also invited to join the Committee at the Annual Founders Day Reception and Silent Auction, on February 18 at 5:30 pm. The auction will be held at the Governor’s Mansion and will support past and present restoration work.

For more information on similar historic restorations, or information on how to buy tickets to the Founders Day Auction or donate to the Committee’s preservation work, please visit the Committee webpage.

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.

Crudo and Cotto: A Fresh Twist on Italian Cuisine

Giampaolo Falchetti and Kathryn Philbrook recently opened Crudo and Cotto, a fresh Italian and northwest inspired restaurant in Proctor. The husband-wife dynamic duo is also the owners of Olympia’s Basilico Ristorante. Italian cuisine comes naturally for Giampaolio; he grew up in Umbria, Italy, where food is synonymous with fellowship, providing a hospitable meeting place for family and friends to share moments together.

The dining room is an old house restored to a chic new dining option with a bar. Diners can enjoy the visceral experience of watching the food being prepared. The restaurant invites you to linger with friends and loved ones and spend time together.

 Crudo and Cotto has a playful and unexpected menu featuring both uncooked selections, with salads, cheese, fresh prosciutto, seafood and oysters, and cooked offerings for entrees, such as pasta and braised meat. The dishes represent a mix of Italian tradition, modern Pacific Northwest influence and a healthy sprinkling of local ingredients, all presented with a dash of fun. Giampaolo says, “We want to bring a new dining experience to Tacoma that is fresh and inviting. This is our pleasure!”

Some favorite items include the raw oysters, shucked fresh at the bar, paired with a light bubbly drink. Salmon and halibut are cut expertly, and Giampaolo’s mom’s favorite dish, Fritto Misto– an assortment of vegetables, shrimp, and calamari– is perfectly prepared. Ravioli di Salmone, also a favorite on the menu, is freshly made ravioli with a salmon-filled center. Specialty cocktails include signature Italian cocktails, liquor, and digestives. There is sure to be something for everyone.

Crudo and Cotto offers a dining experience that is fresh and inviting, like a fresh breeze from the sea, with a focus on delicious and well-presented food. It is certainly a place where care is given to each and every dish. “It is like having art on your plate,” says ShowCase publisher Robin Lucas. Visit Crudo and Cotto for the food and fellowship, and taste Italy in a new, refreshing way.

crudoandcotto.com

Color Trends for Winter

Whether you’re planning an annual holiday bash or gearing up for a cozy season by the fireplace, you may catch yourself wanting to give your home an extra touch of sophistication for this winter. Color trends change almost by the season, but this winter’s top trending colors for indoor decor are classics that will let the colors you love shine.

A Natural Touch

This year’s winter trends revolve around being mindful and aware of nature. Earthy green tones invoke a free, lively feeling and tend to reduce stress. If you’re looking to switch up a wall color or even find a new throw rug, try a variation of green, from deep olive green and dark teal to a classic hunter’s green or a bold lime shade. Blue accents also make a fresh statement this winter, creating a calm and serene environment, whether it be through a snowy light blue or a bright royal blue. Neutrals are also key when decorating, and this winter, light-colored wood is the way to go. Light wood floors and furniture add to the natural, untreated atmosphere in your home.

Classic Jewels

Jewel-toned colors are a trend from last year that has resurfaced as a beloved classic. Adding shades such as dark teal, rich indigo, and marsala red elevate your decor and bring in a touch of sophistication no matter the occasion. When adding a jewel tone to your decor, play with textures and shine by adding an indigo velvet couch cushion or a glossy red table lamp.

Keep it Balanced

2019’s home color trends are all about balance and highlighting what you love. Use 90 percent neutral or base shades as a foundation to truly make the 10 percent of unique color stand out. Try swapping out throw pillows, table runners, or wall art in your home to incorporate some of the best colors of this winter.

MARTINA PRESTON

Art of the Table

Restaurants have opened up a new way to savor art—on a plate—food that will intrigue, impress and immerse you in a sensory experience like no other. We’re lucky to have such talented culinary artists in the South Sound, serving delicious and beautiful plates. The following restaurants offer an experience that is both aesthetically elevated and relaxing

KELLY LENIHAN

Hudson Slater is head chef for Asado Cucina Argentina, known for its mesquite-fired grill. Voted Western Washington’s Best Latin American Restaurant six years running.

Asado Cucina Argentina
2810 6th Ave, Tacoma
asadotacoma.com

Brix 25° Chef/Owner Thad Lyman’s seasonal menu is rustic and refined, rooted in Northwest products, embellished with classic cooking techniques.

Brix 25°
3315 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor
harborbrix.com

ChūcH is an upscale restaurant concept created by award-winning Chef Jon Maley. Starting as pop ups, Chef Jon serves exquisitely presented dishes.

ChūcH
chuchrestaurant.com

en Rama, the latest project from Chris Kiel (1022, Hilltop Kitchen) serves up food and drinks that can only be described as an art form. The menu changes seasonally to delight diners with new food experiences.

en Rama
1102 A St, Tacoma
enramatacoma.com

Marzano treats South Sound diners to Chef Elisa Marzano’s interpretation of Italian cuisine based solidly on traditions of the Veneto region in Northern Italy.

Marzano
516 Garfield St South, Parkland
dinemarzano.com

Pimienta Bistro and Bar is an urban fusion of Latin American cuisine. Chef Blanca Rodriguez takes great care to create a delectable piece of art for every guest, appealing to every sense.

Pimienta Bistro and Bar
34029 Hoyt Rd SW, Federal Way
pimientabistro.com

Primo Grill is a chef-driven restaurant using relationships with local farmers to craft a Mediterranean-by-Northwest cuisine featuring the freshest local produce and seafood.

Primo Grill
2701 6th Ave, Tacoma
primogrilltacoma.com

Derek Bray, Chef/Owner at The Table, works closely with local farmers to provide a dining experience paying homage to the rich culinary history of the Pacific Northwest.

The Table
2715 6th Ave, Tacoma
thetabletacoma.com

Chef Rick Nelson at Ricardo’s Kitchen + Bar has a passion for steak and great food. Serving up dry-aged beef that is a feast for the palate and the senses.

Ricardo’s Kitchen + Bar
676 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey
chefricardo.com

Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut

Snowflake dance Nutcracker

It’s that time again—time to celebrate the holiday season with a performance of the Tacoma City Ballet’s historical recreation of The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut, presented for the first time in the beautiful newly renovated Pantages Theater.
The Tacoma City Ballet, under the leadership of Miss Erin Ceragioli, Executive and Artistic Director, is celebrating its 34th year of producing of one of the most famous ballets in the world, The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut


The Nutcracker ballet is based on a story written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, the music was written by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer renowned for his ballet scores. This timeless holiday classic, first presented in 1892 in St. Petersburg, has entertained generations for well over a century.

The story of The Nutcracker, authentically 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. No other ballet company in the world performs the original production. Tacoma City Ballet’s magnificent production is filled with spectacular dancing, live orchestral music by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, grand scenery and lavish costumes, sure to thrill your entire family this holiday season. 

PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 13, at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 14 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, December 15 at 2pm

BOX OFFICE
(253) 591-5894

901 Broadway, Tacoma WA 98402

www.tacomacityballet.com/performance-season 

Soul and Gospel Legend Mavis Staples

Ready to be inspired this winter season? Mavis Staples brings her powerful and inspiring vocals to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Jan 11, 2020 at 7:30pm at Olympia’s own Washington Center Main Stage.

Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” soul/gospel legend, Mavis Staples continues to be a vocal sensation of the highest order. Since her start with The Staples Singers (“I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself”), Mavis has blazed her own trail and her voice has only gained texture and power over the years.

Staples is a once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. She’s recognized as a Blues Hall of Famer, Grammy Award winner, a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer, a National Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient and a Kennedy Center honoree.

Staples has collaborated with everyone from Prince and Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire and Hozier. Her talent has blown away countless festival goers from Newport Folk and Glastonbury to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, Staples wowed fans when she performed with The Band at The Last Waltz, and graced the airwaves on Fallon, Colbert, Ellen, Austin City Limits, Jools Holland and the Grammys.

TRENA EDWARDS

For Additional Information

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

washingtoncenter.org