Today’s grab bag of new shows uncovers the variety of Tacoma’s art scene. Give thanks for our city’s artsy melting pot by participating in the 6-Pack of Things To Do. Cheers!
COOKING: “Little Mary Ester, Sat upon a tester, Eating of curds and whey. …” Dutch cheese is a less common name for one way of serving curds and whey. The whey is drained off, the curds are mixed with butter and salt and formed into balls, and then they are topped with cream, sugar, and nutmeg. For Victorians, curds and whey was staple — and a simple and inexpensive way to use up aged milk. Learn how to make Dutch cheese during the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s Fort From Home Victorian Cooking: Dutch Cheese. The virtual class will also touch on methods of cheese making. Bring your kitchen queries; questions are encouraged throughout the session (via text chat). 11 a.m. to noon, Fort From Home Zoom Room, $10-$50, register here
BEER FLIGHT: Located in the Seattle neighborhood of Interbay, near the Magnolia Bridge, and started by friends Colin Lenfesty and Mike Murphy who worked in the local beer business, Holy Mountain might sit at sea level but its name gives nod to Mount Rainier, the ominous holy mountain that looms over Seattle, as well as a song and album by doom/stoner band, Sleep. Holy Mountain’s heart is its foudres and innumerable barrels, which churn out saisons and wild ales that tend to have mild sourness and stunning depth thanks to complex malt bills and a mix of Brettanomyces and local microflora. While Holy Mountain is built on a foundation of oak, they do brew other world class styles, which is the focus of our to-go flight today, Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Holy Mountain Beer On The Fly. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma
PAINTING: The Artful Dreamers hosts a virtual lotus flower painting class this afternoon. Why the lotus flower? The lotus flower only grows in the murkiest of mud and yet the blooms are incredibly beautiful and water easily rolls off each petal. You paint the lotus flower when you desire the energy of blooming despite the challenges, or the mud, you may be facing. The Lotus is a powerful sacred symbol showing you that even out of the darkest muck, a Lotus can bloom. 1-4 p.m., Artful Dreamers Zoom Room, $27, register here
THEATER: “This ain’t your mama’s cabaret!” Aunt Dottie is an experienced woman with a passion for sparkly eye shadow and ex-husbands, while Nephew Erin plays the ivories and acts as her straight man. She’s between divorces, and he’s crashing on her the couch in the basement. It’s an interesting relation. Tacoma Musical Playhouse stages virtually Aunt Dottie’s Sing-Along Cabaret tonight. Tune in to sing-along. 7-8:30 p.m., Tacoma Musical Playhouse, $25 here
CLASSICAL: Maestro David Lockington conducts Northwest Sinfonietta in “Melodies and Messages” featuring Sophie Lee, winner of Northwest Sinfonietta’s 2020 Youth Concerto Competition. Tonight’s virtual concert includes Mozart’s fifth violin concerto, the “Turkish,” and Elgar’s exquisite Serenade — both brim with an abundance of extraordinary melodies, and Primal Message from living composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama brings a cinematic sweep to this program. 7:30 p.m., Northwest Sinfonietta Virtual stage, $22.50 tickets here
CLASSICAL: Symphony Tacoma presents “Songs For Winter” virtually tonight. It’s encore performance of the world premiere performance held Dec. 3, 2017, in the Pantages Theater. With music by Judith Herrington, words by Sara Teasdale, and orchestrated by Conductor Sarah Ioannides, the performance highlights the Tacoma Youth Chorus and Tacoma Refugee Choir. 7:30 p.m., Symphony Tacoma Youtube, free