Free and Sing-along Messiahs
The Tacoma Symphony Chorus and Orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah” on December 20, but you can get it for free – and even sing along yourself – at upcoming concerts this week. The South Sound Classical Choir will perform all 20 choruses from the beloved oratorio in free concerts at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 10510 136th St. E, Puyallup; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup; 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2306 Milton Way, Milton. sscc.valleyartssociety.org. And for those who like to sing along, Christ Lutheran choir and orchestra presents its 20th annual Sing-Along Messiah, conducted this year by John Falskow. 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Christ Lutheran Church, 8211 112th St. SW, Lakewood. Bring your own score; $10 suggested donation or canned food.
Ice-skating and art at Tollefson Plaza
Franciscan Polar Plaza this weekend features the band Sweet Kiss Momma (7 p.m. Nov. 30) as well as ice skating and discounted entry to Tacoma Art Museum.
Open 4-10 p.m.. 6, 13, 20; Jan. 10. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. all Saturdays, and Nov. 29; Dec. 23-28 and Jan. 1-4; 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday Dec. 2-19; Jan. 6-9. 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Closed Thanksgiving. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 12. Admission $8 general/$7 seniors and military/$4 for five and under/$2 skate rental. Discount tickets available at Costco. Includes 50 per cent reduced admission at Tacoma Art Museum. polarplaza.com
“It’s a Wonderful Life” at Tacoma Little Theatre
Anthony Palermo’s stage adaptation of the Frank Capra classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the heartfelt story of George Bailey and how he comes to appreciate the life he has.7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 29-Dec. 22. $15-$22. 253-272-2281, tacomalittletheatre.com
Have yourself “A Tuba Christmas” at UPS
It’s just not Christmas without hearing all you favorite carols played by an ensemble of tubas and euphoniums. Featuring Puget Sound students and faculty member Ryan Schultz. 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3555, pugetsound.edu
Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 firstname.lastname@example.org