5 Things To Do Today: Repeal Prohibition Party, tree lighting, shopping benefit, Burning Man discussion, and more ...

By Volcano Staff on December 5, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 5 2013 >>>

1. This date in history marks the day Prohibition was repealed back in 1933, and Olympia bartenders and the folks at the Olympia Film Society will be celebrating in grand style with an evening of burlesque, music, films and craft cocktails at 6 p.m. in the Capitol Theater. From classic cocktails to Tush! Burlesque and Greta Jane Quartet's old-timey music in the 1924 theater, it will indeed be a celebration. Read Nikki McCoy's full story on the event here.

2. Spark: a Burning Man Story is an engaging documentary that gives audiences a rare behind-the-scenes look at Burning Man - a week-long annual art exhibition/party/socioeconomic experiment held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. While on the surface it may appear to be nothing more than a bunch of hippies living it up in the desert, Burning Man is a monumental undertaking, requiring months of planning and the combined efforts of hundreds of people to pull off each year. The film screens at 2 and 9 p.m. with a film discussion after 9 p.m. show at The Grand Cinema. Read Jared Lovrak's full review of Spark: A Burning Man Story in the Movies section.

3. Hear ye, hear ye, longtime (or short time) people of Tacoma and the South Sound! Job Carr, Tacoma's original Gritizen and the first settler in these here parts, has a sweet little museum and original cabin replica in his honor in Tacoma's Old Town district (birthplace of our wonderful city), set near the shores of Commencement Bay. Feel all old-fashiony and nostalgic at the Old Town tree lighting celebration at the museum site and Old Town Park from 4-6 p.m. Free photos with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa (while supplies last) mark the event. Even better, non-perishable food donations for Food Connection will be accepted during the event.

4. Circle of Friends in Action, or COFIA, hosts a night of holiday shopping to benefit health and educational programs for the students in Rubongi, Uganda at St. Jude's Primary School. From 6-8:30 p.m. in Tacoma's Proctor and Triangle/St. Helens districts, select retailers, businesses and restaurants will donate a percentage of tonight's sales to the cause. St. Helens neighborhood: Dwelling, Giraffe and Maxwell's Speakeasy. Proctor District: Compass Rose, Megs & Mo, Pacific Northwest Shop, Soul, Teaching Toys, The Old House Mercantile Company, Envy, Foxfire Salon and Spa Aveda.

5. Tommy Johnagin started stand-up at the age of 18, dropping out of college at 21 to become a full time comedian. Tommy vows he will one day make enough money to pay his parents back for the six semesters of college he wasted. Catch him at 8 p.m. in the Tacoma Comedy Club.

PLUS: Holiday Events Calendar

PLUS: South Sound Holiday Command Center

LINK: Thursday, Dec. 5 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area