Calling to say I love you
Known as a child prodigy who signed with Motown at the age of 11, Stevie Wonder has gone on to become one of the most loved and respected performers in the country. Having recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 22 Grammy Awards, he has also sold more than 100 million albums and singles. Come out to see the iconic performer in an 8 p.m. concert Wednesday at KeyArena in Seattle Center. Tickets are $35.50-$145.90 and available through Ticketmaster.
Canadian mountain highs
Known for its prestigious selection of some of the best adventure, exploration and mountain culture films from around the world, the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to the Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. The two nights of film offer a variety of short, medium and feature-length films. Sponsored by the Tacoma Mountaineers, University of Puget Sound Outdoor Program and Edgeworks Climbing Gym, showtimes are 6:45 p.m. each night. Go to broadwaycenter.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Friday (Nov. 28)
Asian aural assembly
It’s going to be a night of Asian entertainment at Emerald Queen Casino’s Asia Fest Friday. Nguyen Hong Nhung will be the headline performer at the free concert. She will be joined by more world performers at the 7 p.m. show, a 21-and-over event. VIP seating is also available. To find out more go to emeraldqueen.com/entertainment/asia_fest_2.
United for memories, hope and action
Join the Pierce County AIDS foundation in observance of World AIDS Day at two memorial events in Tacoma and Olympia. With the theme of “Remember. Hope. Act.” the events commemorate those lost to HIV/AIDS, support people living with HIV and encourage efforts to eliminate the disease. The Tacoma event will be 7-8 p.m. Monday at the Scandinavian Cultural Center on the Pacific Lutheran University Campus and feature speaker Judi Billings. The Olympia event will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia and feature speaker Michael Waggener. For more information go to piercecountyaids.org.
Two sizes too small
Get into the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” when it comes to life on stage at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. The musical features hit songs including “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” a fun day for the family at the theater. It opens Tuesday and runs through Dec. 7. Tickets start at $25 and are available at stgpresents.com.
Through the end of the year
Holiday lights, music and more
Friday is the unofficial start of the Christmas season. Arts, entertainment and community groups of all ilks will be offering a huge spectrum of events, concerts and displays. Among the biggest annual events: Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo runs 5 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 4, and Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park runs 5:30 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1. But there are dozens and dozens of smaller-scale South Sound holiday happenings sure to get you in the spirit. Find them listed in the Holiday Arts & Entertainment Guide elsewhere in this Go section.
Friday (Nov. 28)—Dec. 31
Winter in Seattle
If you’re making a trip up to Seattle, you’ll want to check out Seattle Center Winterfest opening Friday and running through Dec. 31. It features sparkling decorations, children’s activities, an ice skating rink, Saturday ice sculpting, weekend performances, Winter Train and Village, and more. The festival opens with the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band at 2 p.m. Friday. Most activities open at 10 a.m. daily. It’s all happening at Seattle Center. 305 Harrison St., Seattle. For a complete schedule of events, go to seattlecenter.com/winterfest.