This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Pierce County including Tacoma, Puyallup, , Lakewood and beyond.
Discover an adventure at the bottom of the ocean with the entire family in this one-hour show! This immersive experience invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lives eons ago – and maybe live still today!
With eye popping visual experiences, the show uses technology, giant puppetry, science and imagination to create a visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.
Duke Ellington called his music “American Music” rather than jazz. Today, he remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. Simply put, his music transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of sounds that renew through every generation of fans and music-lovers. In his 50-year career, his band played over 20,000 performances all over the world. Since his passing, the orchestra has continued to thrive and celebrate his legacy through technically perfect and brilliant performances. The Duke Ellington Orchestra has been performing worldwide for the past 88 years under the guidance of three generations of the Ellington family and will continue to do so for many years to come.
A holiday mash-up for the whole family,?The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber,?The Hip Hop Nutcracker ?is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Just like?the original, in?The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.? Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of?The Hip Hop Nutcracker ?take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.
If you’ve seen Disney Pixar’s Coco, then you’ll love this show! Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton on her abuelita’s cemetery ofrenda suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.
As the #1 requested performance of the Tacoma Arts Live season, you’ll want to buy your tickets early to Cirque Dreams’ latest electrifying holiday spectacular!
This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is a Broadway musical and new cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for all ages to enjoy. Experience the most wonderful time of the year through a wonderland of elaborate scenes, dozens of original holiday numbers, over 300 spectacular costumes, and 20 of the world’s best acts. Plus, Broadway singers perform original music and a new twist on seasonal favorites like “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Get ready to have your stockings knocked off with these on the edge-of-your-seat feats performed by toy soldiers, snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread, Santa and more. This dazzling holiday spectacular will magically delight!
A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of Holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present, and Future.
With script adaptation, direction, and a flawless performance as Scrooge by award-winning 40 year theater veteran Scott H Severance, this new adaptation of Dickens’s ever popular classic fills the stage with first class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets, and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message. With the music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season woven throughout this classic tale, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to begin the holiday festivities in your community. There will be two performances: one at 3 PM, and one at 7:30 PM.
In today’s rhetoric, it can be easy to paint the “Other” in broad strokes, but what happens when the “Other” turns out to be your best friend? Thomas and Julia’s friendship is tested when one of them argues against immigration and the other reveals being undocumented. The debate heightens on the eve of a modern-day ride for immigrant rights, when they meet Ms. Vivian, a veteran of the original Freedom Rides of the 1960s. Through Vivian’s memories, the students consider how the challenges and lessons of the Civil Rights Movement could influence their actions today. With evocative dialogue, multimedia elements, and supporting curricula, this is one bus ride students will not forget. Along the way, they will think critically about the Civil Rights Movement, civic engagement, American identity, and freedom of expression in relation to the urgent issues of our own times.
Ozomatli combines classic and modern Latino, urban, hip-hop, reggae and more! This Los Angeles band represents the city’s eclectic culture and has won several Grammy awards for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. They have been named Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, were the first musical group to speak at the TED Conference in San Francisco, and have performed for President and First Lady Obama at the congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32rd Annual Award Gala. Defined by innovation, creativity, and putting on a great party that you won’t want to miss!
The Peking Acrobats are a South Sound favorite! They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics; and defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Masters of agility and grace, they push the envelope of human possibility. Often accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects, this show delivers an exuberant performance, with all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival!
Enjoy a performance that combines high-energy dance, live percussion, and foot stomping choreography with the incredible talent of nine handsome blokes who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock.
It is a pint-filled good time featuring the music of Paul Simon, Adele, Queen, Guns ’N’ Roses, SIA, and much more! Hear music from classic rock to Broadway, plus the show includes world-class tap dancers, tumblers, and even a UK Poetry Slam champion. Winner of the best overall Pick of the Fringe award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the world’s second largest annual arts festival. The Choir of Man is the runaway hit from the creative minds of Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay – the team behind The Soweto Gospel Choirs.