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Eyes Of The Totem @ The Rialto Friday Night

totem#TACOMAFM – The Tacoma Historical Society in conjunction with the City of Tacoma, historian Michael Sullivan, and other local partners are teaming up to bring the silent film Eyes of the Totem back to the city.

Eyes of the Totem tells the heartwarming story of a young mother who finds herself in the most dire of circumstances and ultimately triumphs against all odds, under the ever-watchful eyes of Tacoma’s Totem pole.

Premiering in 1927, Eyes of the Totem features historic sites in and around the Tacoma area, providing a motion picture record of the city. The film was created by H.C. Weaver Productions, a motion picture company that was located near Titlow Beach in the late 1920s. This film was thought to be permanently lost for decades, until it was recovered in 2014, by Lauren Hoogkamer City of Tacoma historic preservation coordinator. A complete copy was discovered by Hoogkamer in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

“This was an amazing find,” said Hoogkamer, “but what’s more amazing is the team that came together to work on the restoration. Just as the original film made use of local talent, and the resources of Tacoma’s downtown, so does the restoration and re-release.”

The restoration team plans to restore and re-release Eyes of the Totem at the Rialto Theatre on Friday, September 18, 2015. Local composer John Christopher Bayman is composing an original musical score for the film. Programming and background materials are also being created to highlight the film’s historic context.

Find out more here

Tacoma’s Next Monday Mixer September 21st

mayor-strickland-state-of-the-city#TACOMAFM – The City of Tacoma’s next Monday Mixer networking event on September 21 focuses on the cultivation and retention of technology related businesses.

Technology experts from higher education, well established companies, and new businesses will be available to answer questions about what it takes to attract and nurture talent, create development and funding opportunities, and thrive in Tacoma.

Key staff from the City of Tacoma’s Community & Economic Development Department will be at the event along with various community leaders. The event will be held at the Harmon Tap Room’s “back room” @ 204 St. Helens Avenue from 5:00 – 6:30 PM.

Monday Mixers are free to attend and open to all. Visit the Tacoma Means Business website for updates.


Tacoma Park(ing) Day Downtown This Friday

tacoma-parking-day-2015#TACOMAFM – Park(ing) Day is an international day of turning passive urban parking stalls into active mini-parks filled with people, plants, music, art and games. Park(ing) Day calls attention to the need for more urban open space and challenges people to rethink the way streets are used.

On Friday, September 18, 2015, from 10 AM to 2 PM, Downtown On The Go, with the support of the City of Tacoma will bring this international event to downtown Tacoma. Local businesses, organizations and residents will showcase their creativity by transforming over 30 parking spaces into interactive parks. Visit the parks at your lunch break and stop by one of the event food trucks located on Pacific Avenue between S. 11th and S. 12th streets.

Historic Tacoma Kicks Off Preservation Month

historic#TACOMAFM – On Friday, May 1st Historic Tacoma will host the Postcard Exchange Event as a kick-off to Historic Preservation Month. The event will be from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Arts and Crafts Press, 2515B South Tacoma Way.

Attendees must bring at least one stamped, handcrafted, 4” x 6” postcard of a Tacoma building of their choice (limit 10 per person). Postcards can be created from photos, drawings, digital images, watercolor, collages or any other original artwork. Identification of the building and/or some added text is acceptable, but room should be left for a label.

Postcards will be on display during the evening and, following the event, each attendee will be mailed a randomly selected postcard in exchange for each one that they brought.

Get more information here


#IHeartTacoma Winners Are Announced

plu#TACOMAFM – During the month of February, the Tacoma Historic Preservation Office in collaboration with artist Tim Norris, of TMN Creative held the #IHeartTacoma photo contest. Contestants were asked to post photos of their favorite historic buildings in Tacoma, with the #IHeartTacoma tag.

The top three photos are receiving prizes, which include a print from Tim Norris, a Tacoma Historic Preservation tote bag, and a more.

First Place went to Pacific Lutheran University with 298 likes. Tacoma Jones took Second Place with 68 likes,  and Third Place went to PJ Hummel & Company, Inc. with 56 likes.

Tacoma Arts Commission Funds 18 Projects

publicart#TACOMAFM – The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in 2015 Arts Projects funding to 18 Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary, visual, cross-disciplinary, and cultural arts. The awards ranged in value from $1,000 to $4,600.

“Grassroots arts programming consistently reflects Tacoma’s diverse neighborhoods and interests with an emphasis on accessibility,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “We are proud to support this outstanding group of high quality, community-based projects.”

Funded projects include the production of five diverse cultural and arts festivals, historical arts and crafts demonstrations, visual art programs for families, contemporary and classical dance performances, a theater production, a variety of music performances, poetry readings, arts components to a cultural event, and a community-wide guerrilla art project.

Funded organizations include the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Elements of Education, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Hilltop Business Association, King’s Bookstore, Metropolitan Glass, Northwest Repertory Singers, Old Town Business and Professional Association, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Puget Sound Revels, Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, Toy Boat Theatre, University of Washington, and the Washington State Historical Society.

The Arts Projects funding program supports high quality community projects with a strong focus on arts that are accessible and affordable to the public. Arts Projects is one of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit

Tacoma Runners Polar Bear Plunge 2015

polarbear#TACOMAFM – The annual tradition is now ready for all Tacoma Runners. You should enjoy as much of 2015 as you can, so join Tacoma Runners for an early morning start to the New Year.

Meet at Dickman Mill Park, 2423 Ruston Way, at 8:00 AM this Thursday, January 1st. It will begin with a 3 mile run along Ruston Way. Immediately after the run, go for a dip in the water then head to Paesan Kitchen for breakfast and drinks. There will be bloody mary and mimosa specials. The fine folks at Paesan will be working with Tacoma Runners to ensure this is a morning to remember.

Get more information about the event and Tacoma Runners here

Tacoma First Night 2015 Family Celebration

firstnight#TACOMAFM – First Night Tacoma-Pierce County is a family-friendly, arts-centered, alcohol free celebration of New Year’s Eve that takes place throughout the downtown Tacoma theater district. A First Night button costing approximately $10 ($14 Day of Event) is all it takes to gain admission to a number of different activities during the daylight hours. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free of charge.

The main event kicks off at 6pm by a participatory parade that includes marching bands, costumes, masks and giant puppets. As the parade ends music, dance, laughter fire and magic light up 20 different stages and spaces until midnight. The outdoor events are free to all festival goers.

The theme for this coming year is built around the Year of the Ram. We’ll feature activities that will play with various aspects of the theme, utilizing artists from the community.  And of course, everyone gathers at the outdoor main stage at midnight to join in music, dance, fire and wonder as we wish well the New Year.

Find out more here

Apple Jam Beatles Christmas @ Jazzbones

applejam#TACOMAFM – Celebrate Christmas this Saturday, December 13th at Jazzbones, 2803 6th Avenue with Apple Jam, touted as a “Very Beatles Christmas.”

Far beyond a tribute band, internationally acclaimed Apple Jam accurately reproduces music from the Beatles full repertoire, including solo years, and never released songs. They have performed to thousands across the Northwest, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom and some have said they are the next best thing to a Beatles reunion.

Tickets start at $25.00. The doors open at 6:00 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM.

More information and tickets available here

Scrooge! @ The Tacoma Little Theatre

scrooge#TACOMAFM – Tacoma Little Theatre presents the holiday classic SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL. This musical, with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, is adapted from the 1970 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. in this wonderful adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Filled with favorite songs including: “Thank You Very Much,” “I Like Life,” and “Christmas Children.” This is the show to get you in the holiday spirit.

This production stars Jeff Kingsbury as Scrooge, Derek Hall as Bob Cratchit, John Miller as Mr. Fezziwigg, Kathy Kluska as Mrs. Fezziwigg, Julia Luna as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Matthew Flores as Marley, and Chris Serface as The Ghost of Christmas Present. Also featuring: Ben Fisher, Alex Koerger, Brynn Garrett, Brittany Griffins, Steven Walker, Jen Ankrum, Audrey Montague, Chandler Garry, Lily Jacboson-Klein, Olivia Trussler, Harrison Devlin, and Lucy Devlin.

Tickets, show times and more information here

Laugh It Up @ Jazzbones Ha Ha Tuesdays

hahatuesday#TACOMAFM – Hosted by Ralph Porter every Tuesday is comedy night. Ha Ha Tuesdays offers an endless night of laughs for you and your friends as well as drink specials to enjoy. If you are looking for an inexpensive night of entertainment this is one to check out.

This week featuring Sadiki Fuller and John Slater starting at 8:30 PM, and admission is only $5. Buy tickets online for reservations, no ticketing fees will apply!

Free passes accepted at the door for first come first served balcony seating, standing room and available main floor seating. Jazzbones is located at 2803 6th Avenue. Tickets and information here

Tacoma City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

nutcracker#TACOMAFM – This season, Tacoma City Ballet celebrates its 31st production of The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut. This timeless holiday classic, first presented in 1892 in St. Petersburg, has entertained generations for over a century.

Now, told in its entirety, The Tale of The Hard Nut is presented alongside the traditional Russian The Nutcracker creating a glorious production filled with dancing, music, grand scenery and lavish costumes. Under the artistic direction of Erin M. Ceragioli, with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful Pantages Theater, The Nutcracker & Tale of the Hard Nut promises to enchant your entire family this holiday season.

Performances are Saturday, December 13th at 3:00 PM, Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 PM, Saturday, December 20th at 3:00 PM, Sunday, December 21st at 3:00 PM, and Tuesday, December 23rd at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Tickets are $19, $40, $55, and $69 and available here

Celebrate A Real Old Fashioned Christmas

19thcenturychristmas#TACOMAFM – Celebrate a real old-fashioned Christmas this Saturday, December 6th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Children can help tow in the yule log at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum during 19th Century Christmas, an old-fashioned holiday celebration that includes a visit from Father Christmas and a sampling of delicious chocolate.

“We invite everyone to take a break from the commotion of the modern holiday and be part of an old-fashioned Christmas celebration,” said the Fort’s event coordinator, Chris Erlich.

Event partner Theo Chocolate, based in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, will offer drinking chocolate and samples of its organic, Fair Trade and non-GMO chocolate.

Guests can take their own photos with Father Christmas, join in parlor games, and make ornaments and pomanders.

A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors. Everyone can join in greeting the yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols. Guests will have a chance to take home a piece of the log for their own holiday fire.

Throughout the event, dozens of re-enactors will bring the Fort to life. Cooks will be creating chocolate custards and mince pies, spinners will be turning wool into yarn, and blacksmiths will be hammering away at the forge.   Admission is $5.00-$8.00, and children 4 and younger are free.

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s Fur Trade era. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store.

Artist Funding Applications Being Accepted

publicart#TACOMAFM – The City of Tacoma is now accepting Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding applications from eligible Tacoma artists who wish to create new artwork and present that work through a free public component. The application deadline is 5:00 PM on January 26th, 2015.

“TAIP is a remarkable program and I am proud that the City offers artists the opportunity to develop innovative work for public benefit,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “From traditional art exhibits, music and dance performances, to free ‘how to’ workshops, Tacoma continues to benefit from the creative energy participants contribute to our community.”

The Tacoma Arts Commission has allocated $40,000 for TAIP funding, and each selected artist will be awarded $2,500. Funding for TAIP is determined through a competitive application process. A panel comprised of Tacoma Arts Commission members, community members and past TAIP awardees will review applications and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will go to the Tacoma Arts Commission for approval. All projects selected for TAIP funding must be completed by December 31st, 2016.

Eligibility extends to artists who are residents of Tacoma, practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, are at least 18 years of age, and not a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2011 and 2014 are not eligible to apply.

More details, including information on other eligibility requirements and the application form, are available at Application forms are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or emailing

Nominations For City Of Destiny Awards

destinyawards#TACOMAFM – Do you know any outstanding volunteers you would like to nominate for a 2015 City of Destiny Award? It is not too late. The deadline for nominations is January 16, 2015.

To qualify for a City of Destiny Award, the individuals or groups you nominate must have volunteered time and energy, not money, volunteered without financial compensation for their work, volunteered within Tacoma’s city limits, volunteered within the past 12 months in the projects described for Leadership and Group categories and volunteered in a different category if they have previously received a City of Destiny award, or in the same category seven years after receiving a City of Destiny award.

All nominations must be made using the 2015 City of Destiny Award nomination form, which is also available via hard copy upon request at (253) 591-5861 or download here

Today Is Opening Day At Crystal Mountain

crystal#TACOMAFM – Today, December 1st is opening day at Crystal Mountain. They are opening with limited operations.

What does “Limited Operations” mean?

It means they are not 100% open and hours and services are limited.  They plan to remain open daily and add more lifts, terrain and services as they get more snow so be sure to stay tuned.  All operations are always weather and conditions permitting.

They do not have any beginner lifts or terrain open at this time. Lessons, rentals and demo equipment are not available at this time. They will not be doing any grooming until the snow pack gets a little deeper. Rock skis/boards are strongly recommended.

See the website for a complete list of lifts and services offered at this time here

Brown Bag It At The LeMay Car Museum

lemay#TACOMAFM – There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never imagined.

Each month, a speaker will pick a car and offer a fascinating peek into its history. Join them the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 until 12:30, and explore the story of cars with Museum curators, staff, or local personalities over lunch.

Arrive by 11:00 am or register in advance if you plan to purchase a brown bag lunch in the cafe. Find out more here

Fantasy Lights Gets Underway Tonight

fantasylights1#TACOMAFM – Pierce County Parks and Recreation presents the 20th annual ‘Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park,’ the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The beautiful two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake has become a memorable lakeside tradition for the entire family.

 Visitors of all ages will be treated to the magical world of animation and imagination where bears fly kites, Santa and Rudolf sail a tall ship, snow boys kick field goals, penguins slide down an igloo, and raindeer leap over your car. You will also marvel at more LED lighting throughout the park along with new displays including a rocket ship, octopus and giant clam.

Fantasy Lights will opens today, November 27th and operates every night including Christmas and New Year’s Day, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Since this is a very popular event, please anticipate long waits of up to one hour to enter the park on Friday and Saturday evenings. Enjoy Fantasy Lights Sundays through Thursdays for a more relaxed experience.

The Annual Turkey Trot @ Norpoint Center

turkeytrot#TACOMAFM – Join us tomorrow, Thanksgiving morning for the Norpoint Turkey Trot, Tacoma’s original and largest Turkey Trot! The event is “stuffed” with holiday activities and features a 5k run, 2-mile run/walk and a kids trot.

The race has been bringing families together on Thanksgiving morning for since 1995 and for many has become as much a part of the holiday in 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. Learn More and Sign Up

The Final Days Of Metal-Urge In Tacoma

metalurge2#TACOMAFM – You are invited to participate in Metal-Urge, a Tacoma-wide celebration of the metal arts which continues all through November.

Metal-Urge includes 24 metal arts events, 10 metal arts workshops, and 22 venues exhibiting the metal work of over 75 talented regional artists and includes jewelry, sculptures, vessels, home décor, enamel, and artifacts.

There is something for everyone to enjoy includingart exhibits and receptions, a free community festival, workshops, lectures, and more. Grab additional information about Metal-Urge here.

The Valley Pub Holiday Kick Off Party

valleypub#TACOMAFM – The Valley Pub will host a holiday kick off on Wednesday, November 26 at 8:00 PM featuring live music from a variety of local performers.

The line up includes The Fun Police, Swampy Draws, John Walker, Bobby Lee Hill and The Inbreds, plus appearances by The Blue Baboons, Elk Taco, World Renowned Harmonicist Rodrigo Gregovich and Legendary Country Music Superstar Maybelline Barnett.

The Valley Pub is located at 1206 Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma. Get more information here

Alice Cooper @ Emerald Queen Tomorrow

alicecooper#TACOMAFM – Alice Cooper is coming to Tacoma @ Emerald Queen tomorrow night, November 23rd at 7:00 PM. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors.

He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.

Must be 21 or older to enter. Tickets are available here

Let’s All Talk About Creative Space In Tacoma

art#TACOMAFM – The public is invited to attend a community conversation about creative vitality and its relationship to space on December 4th from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Tacoma Post Office Building, Post Hall (1102 A Street, 4th floor.)

Space for creative activity is an important ingredient for flourishing neighborhoods and cities.  “We are looking at how to build our neighborhoods to include the arts as a sustainable creative life-force in traditional and non-traditional ways.  Maintaining and creating opportunities for creative expression and production is essential to a vibrant community,” states City Arts Administrator Amy McBride.

Special guest Michael Seiwerath, executive director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation will share how they transformed a police parking lot into a beautiful destination including affordable housing, performing arts space, community meeting space and local retail.

Enjoy refreshments and meet representatives from local organizations and creative space providers including Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office, Tacoma Housing Authority, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Metro Parks Tacoma and more.

This free public event is hosted by the City of Tacoma and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation with the generous support of JP Morgan Chase. RSVPs are requested to or by calling (253) 383-5622.

Polar Plaza Thunderbirds Day This Sunday

polartbirds#TACOMAFM – Franciscan Polar Plaza opens in downtown Tacoma for the fourth year of ice skating on Tollefson Plaza, located at 17th and Pacific beginning tomorrow, November 21st.

On Sunday, November 23rd it is Seattle Thunderbirds Day from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM with appearances by players and the team mascot “Cool Bird” on the ice.

Franciscan Polar Plaza is a special place for the community to come together and make memories to last a lifetime.

Enjoy music, special holiday events, and more in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum. Get hours and more information here

Vicci Martinez @ Jazzbones November 26th

vicciTacoma’s own Vicci Martinez has chosen to record and release her 2nd ever live performance titled “Live from Jazzbones 2.” The performance was recorded live at Jazzbones in May of 2014 and sounds amazing!

Vicci will be returning to Jazzbones on Wednesday, November 26th at 8:00 PM. Also performing that evening will be Tacoma’s own hot, up and coming group Mirror Gloss!

Reserved tickets are sold-out, but a few general admission tickets are still available. Jazzbones is located @ 2803 6th Avenue in Tacoma. Get tickets and more information here

Tacoma Art Bus With Local Celeb John Keister

keister#TACOMAFM – Tacoma ART BUS is a tour hosted by Duchess of Downtown Tours on the third Thursday of every month for Art Walk. This guided tour visits various art exhibits throughout Tacoma, fun games and prizes, swag and dinner provided by Puget Sound Pizza. Celebrity Tour Guide is John Keister from Almost Live and The (206). Featured exhibits include Spaceworks, Destiny City Comics, Happy Belly, The Swiss Tacoma, SPUN, Four Seasons Art Gallery, Nearsighted Narwhal, and more. Grab information here

Help The Tacoma Rescue Mission Help Others

fooddonation#TACOMAFM – Imagine being cold, lonely, and hungry on a holiday designed to celebrate abundance with family and friends. The Tacoma Rescue Mission provides an alternative to this bleak circumstance, providing a delicious Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham, and all the fixings for those in need. Last year, they served 1,138 hot meals on Thanksgiving Day, and expect to serve just as many this year but they can’t do it without your help.

You may deliver donations to the Downtown Campus Kitchen, 425 S. Tacoma Way, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM any day of the week. When you pull up, drive straight back through the gate and the kitchen’s red doors will be on your left. 

Find out more on the Tacoma Rescue Mission website here

Free Family Fun @ KWA Frozen Sing-Along

kwa#TACOMAFM – Great family fun, come dressed as your favorite “Frozen” character and sing along to the film. Kick off the holiday season early by bringing your family to the KWA Frozen Sing-Along this Wednesday, November 19th.

Watch the film and sing now-classic songs like “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and ‘Let it Go.” This free event is made possible by the support of United Healthcare. Admission is free, but you must register through Eventbrite to guarantee a seat. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Register here

New Convention Center Hotel Moves Forward

conventioncenter#TACOMAFM – The City of Tacoma has announced that a development agreement has been tentatively reached with Yareton Investment and Management LLC. Pending City Council approval, they are proposing to build a 4-star minimum 300-room hotel with parking in downtown Tacoma adjacent to the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center at 17th Street and Broadway. The development is expected to break ground in late 2016. 

“This project reflects Tacoma’s success in raising its international profile and cultivating relationships,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “This is part of Tacoma’s unified agenda and strategy for international relations to promote education, the arts, tourism and attract private investment.”

“Tacoma continues to evolve economically,” said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. “With strong commercial anchors at both ends of Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma – namely the University of Washington Tacoma, museums, and concentration of restaurants and retail stores – the new hotel will serve as a centerpiece for additional catalytic investment in the downtown core.”

Over the next several months, the City will work directly with Yareton in its due diligence and on the entitlement process, which will consist of preparing and submitting development plans for the hotel. A second phase of the project is also being contemplated by the developer, which would include approximately 200 residential condominiums, ground floor retail and/or office and parking. 

More information on the project is available through Community and Economic Development Director Ricardo Noguera at (253) 591-5139.

Shop The Proctor Farmers Market Tomorrow

proctorfm#TACOMAFM – There are only two more Saturdays to shop the Proctor Farmers Market for your favorite local foods before Thanksgiving.

The Proctor Farmers Market strives to provide the community with fresh, locally grown farm products while providing area growers with a venue for their crops and products. In addition we seek to educate the public about the importance of local agriculture, sustainable business and the impact we have on the environment. Bringing people together at the Farmers Market helps promote a greater sense of community, serves as an educational forum, and helps encourage local business development.

The Proctor Farmers Market is located @ North 27th & Proctor and open every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM through December 20th.