5 Things To Do Today: Igneous Rocks, Shampoo party, "Dreamgirls," Two Five Trees free rides and more ...

By Volcano Staff on December 1, 2012

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 2012 >>>

1. Dig out those legwarmers and headbands you new wave, punk and pop MTV has-beens!  The temperature is going down to Less Than Zero, and your mother's garage no longer needs to harbor your 18-year-old tapes and broken Sony boom box. Join the Igneous Rocks crew on a retro trip as it performs on the Weekly Volcano's Electric Salchow Stage at 7 p.m. at the Franciscan Polar Plaza.  Actually, these very talented hooligans rip through the entire history of rock ‘n' roll, not just the '80s, but add their original twists, like fer sure. The live show is free with your admission to the outdoor ice sakting rink.

2. Tacomans have a variety of choices for how to get trees. The evergreens are sold at stores and at retail lots, or you can take a trek out to one of our area's tree farms and choose your own tree. If you'd like to combine your Christmas tree purchase with an hour or tow of ice skating, Two Five Trees is embedded in the Franciscan Polar Plaza next to the outdoor ice skating rink at Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma. Today, in celebration of the three new Zip Cars in downtown Tacoma - two at 11th and Pacific and one at Fourth and St Helens - Two Five Trees encourages to walk or take transit to the Polar Plaza and the Two Five Trees elves with tie your Two Five Tree to the roof of a Zip Car and give you a lift home. The free rides will operate from noon to 6 p.m. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and chill.

3. Former band member of Tacoma's Swelter, Katie's Dimples and others, Jason Harsin just released his Hawaii-based hair and body care collection, Hearts and Stars, and will be back in Tacoma from 5-8 p.m. for a product line launch party at Poison Apple. Read Nikki McCoy's interview with Jason Harsin in the Weekly Volcano's Style section.

4. A new adaptation of Dreamgirls, the 1981 Tony award-winning musical turned 2006 Oscar award-winning film, continues it srun inside the Charles Wright Academy LAPAC Theatre, 7723 Chambers Creek Rd. W., University Place.Presented by the D.A.S.H. Center Dreamgirls follows the rise and fall of a 1960s female singing group, their struggles to succeed in the music world, and their interpersonal she-wars. The production hit sthe stage twice today, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tonight's performance includes a meet the cast opportunity, plus food, drinks, entertainment and of course viewing of Dreamgirls the musical. Proceeds from this night will go directly into the Dash Center’s theater building fund.

5. Internationally renowned gypsy jazz violinist Michael Gray joins guitarist Vince Brown for an evening of hot swing and sweet ballads at Swing Cafe & Wine Bar beginning at 9 p.m. Gray is best known for his work with the gypsy swing band Pearl Django, but don't think that means that all he can do is toss off Grappelli licks as if he invented them himself.

LINK: Saturday, Dec. 1 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area