There will be fantasies playing on the big screen, Seattle eateries opening in Tacoma, venues undergoing changes and major acts appearing on stage in the forthcoming year.
It will be a year of transition in the entertainment world here in the South Sound. Black Sabbath, with Ozzy Osbourne, will begin its farewell tour in Tacoma. The Pantages Theater will undergo a renovation, a precursor to a major overhaul scheduled for 2018. The local dining scene will see multiple new options as four Seattle-area restaurant groups plan to expand here.
When it comes to movies, Hollywood will again bank on past successes. The movie calendar will be filled with new iterations of Star Wars, Star Trek, Captain America, Ghostbusters, Batman and Superman.
Here is some of what we saw when The News Tribune’s features team gazed into its crystal ball ...
If you’re in to hard rock or metal you won’t want to stray far from Tacoma in 2016.
Three of the biggest rock bands in history will shake the Tacoma Dome by the time summer rolls around. Add two of the biggest names in country and comedy and you won’t have an excuse to leave the city limits.
AC/DC kicks off the stretch of mega headliners with its Rock or Bust World Tour on Feb. 2. It’s the only show on the West Coast for the Australian rockers.
The tour is supporting the band’s 16th studio album, “Rock or Bust.” It has sold more than 550,000 copies since it was released in December 2014.
Playing with the band on the tour will be one-time drummer Chris Slade.
For more information, go to acdc.com.
It’s the end for Black Sabbath. The English heavy metal band with Ozzy Osbourne at the helm brings its The End tour to the Dome on Feb. 6.
The band will not be putting out a final album. Osbourne told news.com.au, “People aren't really interested in hearing new stuff and number two: If we were to do an album before the tour — it would take three or four years to complete the album. We want to end it on a high note.”
But it’s not the end for Osbourne. He’s going to produce a solo album and perform solo. It’s all to support his wife Sharon’s shopping habit, he said.
For more information, go to blacksabbath.com
Not long after the smoke clears, country star Brad Paisley returns to the Dome for a show on Feb. 13. Paisley’s Crushin’ It World Tour has special guests Eric Paslay and Cam.
Paisley just hosted the Country Music Awards with Carrie Underwood, the eighth time the duo have emceed the show.
Paisley last performed at the Dome in 2012 as part of his The Virtual Reality Tour with one song featuring a hologram accompaniment of Underwood.
For more information, go to bradpaisley.com/
The South Sound can’t get enough of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. When he’s not performing at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup he’s at the Tacoma Dome.
And that’s where he’ll be on April 10 on his Perfectly Unbalanced Tour. He’ll have his usual cast of characters with him: Walter the curmudgeon, NASCAR-loving Bubba J, Achmed the dead terrorist, Jose Jalapeno, and Peanut the ... uhh ... something purple.
For more information, go to jeffdunham.com
Didn’t get enough metal with Ozzy and friends? Not to worry. Iron Maiden will rock the Dome on April 11, part of its The Book of Souls world tour. The tour will hit 35 countries.
On previous tours the English lads have flown in their own customized Boeing 757. For this tour they’ve upgraded to a 747-400. There’s no chance they will miss the flight on Ed Force One. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson is the pilot.
For more information, go to ironmaiden.com
— Craig Sailor
IN THE RESTAURANT WORLD
Just call 2016 the year of the restaurant outpost.
Four Seattle-area restaurant groups will expand here, but two significant Tacoma restaurant partnerships also will open second businesses.
Planned for the first quarter of the year is Cooks’ Tavern from Seattle Chow Foods owner Peter Levy, who earlier this summer bought an old building at North 26th and North Alder streets at the tip of the Proctor neighborhood. The neighborhood cafe will have a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu of “food of the Americas.”
Consider Levy the master of neighborhood dining in Seattle. His restaurants include the Ballard neighborhood joint Hi-Life, West Seattle’s Endolyne Joe’s and Queen Anne’s 5 Spot.
Downtown Tacoma’s Berliner Pub, if all goes as planned, will also open during the first quarter. Owners Lydia and Dennis Mascarinas are rehabbing a long-abandoned building at 2401 Pacific Ave. and turning it into a family friendly German beer hall.
That’s the same trajectory they followed with their original Berliner Pub, which was carved into a run-down building in downtown Renton. The hall will serve European brew, but also will have a menu of casual German. The venue will host live music.
And speaking of German beer halls, there’s another heading our way, this one in late 2016. A Tacoma outpost of Seattle’s Rhein Haus, a Bavarian-themed beer hall, is planned for 633 Division Ave. in the Stadium neighborhood.
The 13,000 square-foot entertainment emporium will combine a spacious beer and dining hall with five bocce ball courts and private party spaces. There also are plans for a small micro brewery specializing in lagers (something Tacoma’s missing).
The menu will feature house-made sausages, pretzels and Bavarian-themed food. The restaurant comes from Seattle restaurateurs Deming Maclise and James Weimann. The two also own French cafe Bastille, the Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant Poquitos, Ballard’s Macleod's Scottish pub and Stoneburner, among other restaurants.
Seattle-born Top Pot Doughnuts has been expanding throughout the entire Puget Sound, and now counts 19 locations, but the 2016 openings in Proctor and University Place will be the first for South Sound. In Proctor, the doughnut cafe will open at Proctor Station. In University Place, it will open near Whole Foods.
More locally focused, two Tacoma restaurant owners will open second businesses in 2016.
Sawyer Jax will be a higher-end restaurant featuring dressed-up American classics and regional favorites with a speakeasy style bar and Prohibition-era theme. That project is from Jake Barth and Andy Yee, who also own Dirty Oscar’s Annex.
Chef Aaron Grissom, formerly of DOA and a previous “Top Chef” contestant, will act as executive chef of Sawyer Jax. The restaurant expects to open in the first half of the year.
Also coming in 2016 will be companion businesses on Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue from Steve Naccarato and Robert Stocker, owners of the Stadium neighborhood’s Shake Shake Shake. Stocker’s sister Suzanne Roberson also is involved in the project.
First will be Fish Fish Fish, a casual neighborhood eatery serving dressed-up fish and chips. Later, next door, The Boom Boom Room will open as a retro-themed craft cocktail lounge in a stylized space designed by Lakewood architect Dan Kinkella, who also designed Indochine Asian Dining Lounge and Indo Asian Street Eatery.
— Sue Kidd
AT THE MOVIES
Action and science fiction films will likely dominate the box office in 2016, much as they did in 2015.
The “Star Wars” juggernaut, unleashed again with December’s box office-busting “The Force Awakens,” will continue with next December’s release of the stand-alone film “Star Wars: Rogue One.” It is the story of the rebels on a mission to steal plans for the Death Star. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Donnie Yen.
Comic-book inspired action films will get started with “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Starring Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, the movie is due to be released March 25.
That will be followed by “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6 and “X-Men Apocalypse” on May 27.
Fans of “Finding Nemo” will want to leave June 17 open on their calendars because that is the release date for the much-anticipated “Finding Dory,” again featuring the voice of Ellen DeGeneres.
The summer lineup will be led by two storied sci-fi offerings and a ghostly comedy.
It begins June 24 with the Will Smith-less “Independence Day: Resurgence.” “Ghostbusters,” this time featuring four females Ghostbusters, will hit the screen July 15. “Star Trek Beyond” will take off July 22.
Other films expected to draw interest in the coming year are “Kung Fu Panda 3” (January), “Zoolander 2” (February), “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” (March), “Angry Birds” (May), “The Legend of Tarzan” (July), “Ben Hur” (August), “Storks” (September), “Underworld 5” (October) and “Passengers” (December).
— Jeffrey P. Mayor
IN THE ARTS
Look out for new public art in the Lincoln District and Dome District, if all goes well with funding. Find out more at tacomaculture.org.
The Tacoma Symphony expands with concerts in the Rialto Theater and Chapel Hill Presbyterian, Gig Harbor. It also will bring rare contemporary masterpiece “Water Passion” by Tan Dun (March), plus former Northwest Sinfonietta director Christophe Chagnard, this time on gypsy jazz guitar in May. tacomasymphony.org
And the Northwest Sinfonietta just got nominated for a Grammy, for its recording of piano virtuoso works with Joel Fan. Will they win? Find out Feb. 15. grammy.org
The Pantages Theater will get a facelift beginning in spring, with cleaning and restoration work on the exterior lasting six months. broadwaycenter.org
But that won’t stop big acts coming to the Broadway Center. In the lineup for early 2016 are Paula Poundstone, Pink Martini, Black Violin, Lyle Lovett, Peter Frampton and Arsenio Hall.
And Tacoma City Ballet pulls out all stops for “Carmina Burana,” a performance of the legendary Carl Orff oratorio based on lusty medieval texts that collaborates with orchestra, chorus and stage design. tacomacityballet.com
Tacoma Art Museum turns 80, with celebratory shows including one chosen by its own citizens. tacomaartmuseum.org
And keep your eye out for art shows in unusual venues like the Seymour Conservatory, Foss Waterway Seaport and more.
— Rosemary Ponnekanti