5 Things To Do Today: New Directions Choir, Art at Work Month, Dia de Los Muertos, "In The Next Room" and more ...

By Volcano Staff on November 1, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 1 2013 >>>

1. New Directions is an award-winning a capella group made up of veterans who have gone through the New Directions program as well as spouses and family members of vets. Members have recovered from and triumphed over mental illness, alcoholism, homelessness and other challenges. The choir sing with a message of help and hope - if they can overcome, so can you. The New Directions Veterans Choir performs at 7:30 p.m. at Tacoma's Theatre on the Square. Read Kristin Kendle's full feature on the choir here.

2. November is Art at Work Month in Tacoma. It's not only a showcase of the best, brightest and most unique on the local art scene, but also a time that makes art accessible to everyone. Like last year, you can find out what's on when via ArtAtWorkTacoma.com, which replaced the printed booklet of yore. Fret not, for the website is even better than last year's and has a growing list of things to do. Also, find out what happens when Grace Kelly and Katniss Everdeen find themselves transported from their films and into Art at Work Month.

3. Last night you cowered behind darkened doors, hoping the pint-size ghosts and goblins didn't invade when they discovered you were keeping the candy for yourself. Time for a change of tradition. This year, introduce mini-monsters to the Mexican practice of Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). Descending from an ancient Aztec ritual, the festivities honor departed family members while celebrating the continuing cycle of life. Kiddies (and the young at heart) will dig the Sixth Avenue Business District's Day of the Dead procession, a night of parades, altar ceremonies, music, words and a party. It begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of 6th Ave Photography. Don't be caught dead missing it.

4. Les Rhinoceros make experimental music that vacillates from the understatedly regal ("Seepy Seepy") to defiantly abrasive ("Brea Spiders") and everything in between. Incorporating elements of noise-rock, world music, progressive rock, and ambient electronica, Les Rhinoceros make for a difficult band to pin down. From song to song, or even moment to moment, this is a band that seems utterly determined to take the listener on a journey of surprise after surprise. Catch the band with No Body at 7 p.m. for an all-ages show at Le Voyeur in downtown Olympia.

5. Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhltransforms the reputation of the vibrator from Seattle Fringe Festival prop to serious theatrical subject matter in In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton Clapp Theatre at the University of Puget Sound. With pre-show hype claiming it's "a story of repressed sexuality and physical exploration with equal doses of humor and emotion," In the Next Room revolves around the prim Victorian medical practice and home life of Victorian-era gyno Dr. Givings and his wife, Catherine. They just had their first child, but they are forced to hire a wet nurse, bringing the bereaved Elizabeth into their lives. As Catherine gossips with Elizabeth, and meets more and more of her husband's patients, she learns about the mysterious, new therapy.

LINK: Friday, Nov. 1 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area