Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Seattle Center Winterfest, Fulcrum Gallery, Handforth at the Handforth and Seattle Symphony New Year’s Eve

Garnet Neely of Seattle doesn’t mind having dragged down his companions at the Winterfest Ice Rink.
Garnet Neely of Seattle doesn’t mind having dragged down his companions at the Winterfest Ice Rink. Staff file, 2010

Seattle Center Winterfest

Don’t let the Northwest’s winter rain get you down. Seattle Center lets you get into the winter spirit with Winterfest, including an ice rink, model train, ice sculpting and performers including Bailadores De Bronce and Datina Folkloric Ensemble.

Daily through Dec. 31. Shows are free. Ice skating is $7 adults, $5 ages 6-12, $2 five and younger. Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Complete schedule at

Fulcrum goes ‘Blue Collar’

Painter Adrian Bouchard explores the identity of the working class by combining vintage photographs and antique serving platters in “Blue Collar,” up now at Fulcrum Gallery.

Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Jan. 15. Free. 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-250-0520,

Handforth at the Handforth

Ever wondered why Tacoma Public Library’s main branch has an art gallery called the Handforth? Find out in a new retrospective of more than 40 etchings and prints by native Tacoma artist Thomas Handforth (1897-1948), who went from student life at Stadium High School to life in Japan, China and Mongolia, eventually winning the Caldecott Medal in 1938 for his book “Mei Li.”

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Jan. 9 (closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan.1). Free. Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-292-2001,

New Year’s Eve with Seattle Symphony

Ring in the New Year with one of classical music’s greats. The Seattle Symphony performs Beethoven’s triumphant Symphony No. 9, complete with cocktails, champagne and music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Engelbert Humperdinck.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 9 p.m. Dec. 31. $28-$128. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 866-833-4747,

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti