Let’s get this straight: I hope the Seahawks win Sunday, if only for the sake of my friends’ sanity. But do I need to watch the game? Absolutely not. I’m quite content to listen for the roar of either triumph or despair resounding throughout Washington at the end.
In the meantime, I’ve got big plans for Super Bowl Sunday that won’t take me anywhere near a TV screen. No, you’ll find me in the hardware store, on the freeway, in the theater or in the snow, enjoying traffic-free roads, short lines and beautiful places all to myself (plus those few of you who also couldn’t care less about football.)
The only tricky part is fitting it all in.
Sunday’s a perfect day to head for the slopes, which have been crowded lately thanks to the late snow season. The slopes will be uncrowded at Crystal Mountain and Snoqualmie Summit, but the best deal of the day might be at Stevens Pass, which is offering $12 half-day lift tickets for either morning or afternoon skiing. If I’m not skiing, I’ll go to the snow play area at Mount Rainier National Park, where the sledding lines will be short. And since you need to be off the mountain by 4:30 p.m., that there’s no Wi-Fi or phone reception isn’t a problem. (You can always duck inside the visitor center and ask a ranger the game score.)
Closer to home, both Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma and Northwest Trek in Eatonville are offering Super Bowl specials this weekend: Adults and seniors wearing Seahawks gear will get $5 off admission; kids save $3. (Hey, you don’t have to like football to borrow a jersey, right?) Neither place will be crowded (no lines for the ziplines!), and Kali’s keepers will give a special talk about the zoo’s tiger cub at 12:30 p.m. Zoo hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8.75-$15 (less $2 for Pierce County residents). Info: pdza.org. Northwest Trek hours: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $9.25-$18.25 (less $2 for Pierce County residents). Info: 360-832-6117, nwtrek.org
And if there’s any other popular outdoor spot you wish you could visit in peace and quiet (think the Mount Si trail, Five Mile Drive at Point Defiance or pretty much any skate park), then Sunday’s the day.
You don’t have to brave the wintry outdoors to benefit from 12th Man mania. Head for any play, art talk or concert that afternoon and you’ll have your choice of seats (and the gratitude of the performers, who know all too well what their competition is). On this Sunday:
“To Kill a Mockingbird” at Tacoma Little Theatre dramatizes the award-winning novel by Harper Lee about poverty, prejudice, love and hate in 1935 as seen through the eyes of young Scout Finch. They’ve moved the matinee showtime to noon in hopes of getting an audience. Tickets are $22 and $15 ($12 with code SEAHAWKS). The theater is at 210 N. I St., Tacoma. 253-272-2281, tacomalittletheatre.com.
“Shout” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse will get you singing along with ’60s hits like “Shout!” (Isley Brothers), “Son of a Preacher Man” (Dusty Springfield), “To Sir, With Love” (Lulu) and more. Showtime is 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 general; $27 seniors, military; $20 ages 12 and younger. The theater is at 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. 253-565-5857, tmp.org
Lakewood Playhouse does Edward Albee’s classic, anarchic snapshot of a dysfunctional marriage, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” It also has moved its Sunday showtime to noon. Tickets are $19-$25. The theater is at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, lakewoodplayhouse.org
Motion in Balance Studio in Olympia is hosting a Bollywood dance workshop at 1 p.m. Sunday with Katrina Ji of Seattle’s Culture Shakti Dance. Cost is $25. The studio is at 219 Legion Way SW No. 203A, Olympia. 360-556-2619, motioninbalance.biz
Cellist David Requiro, the prize-winning artist-in-residence at the University of Puget Sound, performs virtuosic romantic masterworks like Jalbert’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Chopin’s Sonata in G minor, Op. 65, and Kodly’s Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 4 at 2 p.m Sunday at UPS’s Schneebeck Hall. Admission is $12.50 general; $8.50 seniors, students, military; free for UPS students. Schneebeck Hall is at 1800 N. Union Ave., Tacoma. 253-879-6013, tickets.pugetsound.edu
Pianist Paul Edwards is the featured musician at the Antique Sandwich Co. cafe’s free Classical Sundays concert at 3 p.m. The cafe is at 5102 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. 253-752-4069
Seattle-based artist Joseph Gregory Rossano is this weekend’s visiting artist in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop. The nature-inspired artist who made the flock of “Mirrored Murrelets” that once graced MoG’s outdoor pool, Rossano will give a free talk at 2 p.m. Also at MoG: “Bohemian Boudoir,” crystal perfume bottles from Bohemia. You’ll have the place to yourself from noon-5 p.m. Admission is $12 general; $10 seniors, students, military; $5 ages 6-12; free for younger than 6. The museum is at 1800 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org
And don’t forget the other museums in town: Tacoma Art Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m., $10 and $8, 1701 Pacific Ave., tacomaartmuseum.org), the Washington State History Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m., $9.50 and $7, 1911 Pacific Ave., washingtonhistory.org), the Children’s Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 1501 Pacific Ave., playtacoma.org) and the LeMay Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m., $8-$14, 2702 E D St., lemaymuseum.org). In Olympia, try the Hands On Children’s Museum (11 a.m.-5 p.m., $10.95 and $8.95, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, 360-956-0818, hocm.org).
HIT THE SHOPS
Ah, the bliss of roaming a big hardware store while every other home renovator is somewhere else. If you’ve never known what it is to have several Home Depot or Lowe’s staff members at your beck and call, this Sunday is the time to try it. Don’t need hardware? Pick any other store (Costco, Forever 21, Starbucks and Fred Meyer come to mind) where you’d love the chance to park right out front, then breeze in and out with nary a check-out line in sight.
One word of caution: Don’t hit the supermarkets before 3 p.m. or you’ll be jostling with all of those unprepared game-day party hosts.
HIT THE ROAD
Have somewhere to go? Don’t like traffic? Sunday’s your day. You can bet no football fans will be cruising up and down Interstate 5 between, say, 2 and 7 p.m. It’s also a great day to hit the side roads on a bike, downtown park or catch a ferry.
Just don’t try a sports bar for dinnerRosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@ thenewstribune.com