Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks for Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Downtown Tacoma Tree Lighting

The Broadway Center’s annual tree lighting in downtown Tacoma this year features a traditional World War II-era Santa Claus, with the family comedy “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” beforehand. “Sister’s Catechism” starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, and tickets are $19-$49. The free tree lighting begins at 5 p.m. outside the Pantages. 253-591-5894,

Seattle Center Winterfest

The annual Winterfest brightens up the Seattle Center with activities from ice skating (daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m., until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in the Fisher Pavilion, $2-$7), a model train and village (daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Armory, free), ice sculpting (noon-2 p.m. Saturdays outside the Fisher Pavilion, free), and free weekend performances in the Armory, from circus acts to caroling to jazz. The fun runs Friday (Nov. 28) through Dec. 31 at the Seattle Center, 503 Harrison St. Find a complete schedule at

Tuba Christmas At UPS

Students and faculty get together for some tuba-playing fun in this annual holiday concert at the University of Puget Sound. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 2) in the Rasmussen Rotunda of the Wheelock Student Center at UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3100,

Indies First Day At King’s Book Store

Started by acclaimed Northwest author Sherman Alexie in 2013, Indies First is a day where authors around the country take turns recommending, selling and reading from their own and others’ books at local independent bookstores. In Tacoma, the Creative Colloquy open mic organization hosts an afternoon with Tacoma authors Erik Hanberg (1 p.m.), Joshua Swainston (2 p.m.) and Karla Stover (3 p.m.); other authors include poet William Kupinse, Tiffany Aldrich MacBain, Nick Stokes and more. The free event runs 1-4 p.m. Saturday at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave. 253-272-8801,