Matthew Gonder set out to write a story about finding roots in music and drama. A 400-page book unfolded that became more of a tribute to his late father — a single dad of five who struggled to keep his family together.
Snow-clad scenery, relaxing travel and superb singing combine these next three Saturdays on the snow train to Leavenworth, and on December 14 travelers get the added bonus of hearing Stephanie Anne Johnson, Tacoma native and recent contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”
LOS ANGELES — Nothing unites the people of the Internet quite like hatin’ on something together. So the recent press release announcing a sequel to the beloved holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” was met with the sort of overwhelming derision that really brings people together.
“Out of the Furnace” takes place in a small Pennsylvania town where generations of men have followed their fathers into grueling, thankless jobs at steel mills. The work is hard and unsatisfying, but it’s steady and reliable and it pays just enough to cover the bills.
The juggling minstrels and fire-breathers are the first clue: Madrigal Feaste is no Christmas choir concert. Think of it as an alternative reality with lords and ladies in rich velvet and silks, wassail and roasted boar’s head served with a song and serfs speaking in old English, “May I present thy rosted checkyn and redde potatoes, m’lady?”
Forget the eight forgettable tunes and Disney’s “Frozen” finds a pleasant home in the ranks of Disney’s animated “princess” musicals. The songs may place it closer to “Tangled” than “The Little Mermaid,” but there’s wit and whimsy in this 53rd Disney cartoon, a distant cousin of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, “The Snow Queen.”
Take your art to Soap Lake this weekend for a chance to enter the 10th annual Winterfest Art Show & Sale in December. The Soap Lake Art Guild is offering cash prizes up to $250 for best of show, best student art, people’s choice and divisional awards for different mediums.