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Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on June 26, 2008 at 9:00 pm with No Comments »
June 26, 2008 9:00 pm

The Renaissance in Forty Parts at TAM

Be the first in the Northwest to see the new sound installation at Tacoma Art Museum. Janet Cardiff’s "The Forty Part Motet" involves forty sound speakers set around the gallery, projecting the ethereal sounds of "Spem in Alium" by Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis. Opens June 28. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursdays. $7.50/$6.50/five and under and third Thursdays free. 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Tacoma City Ballet’s One-Night Art Stand

Head up the red carpet stairs tomorrow to the grand ballroom of the Merlino Building, where the Tacoma City Ballet studio’s throwing open its doors for one evening to become a non-commission art gallery. Work by Merlino loft artists, the TCB company dancing "Pepe’s Café," piano playing, sushi, hors d’oeuvres and champagne. 7-9 p.m., June 28. $5. 508 6th Ave, Tacoma. 253-272-4219, www.tacomacityballet.com

Choral Union Sings Europe

Community choir Choral Union is heading off for its third European tour, but you can hear them first without going to Prague or Dubrovnik. For their free pre-tour concert they’ll sing both European and American a cappella music. 8 p.m. June 28. Free. Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave S., Tacoma. 253-224-5423, www.plu.edu

Native Spirit at History Museum

The Washington State History Museum holds its third "In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival" this weekend. In conjunction with the co-named exhibit inside, the outside market features local crafters (carving, weaving, bead-making) plus dancers, musicians and storytellers from local tribes. There’s a collector’s forum, and screening of docu-drama "Shadow of the Salmon." 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 28, 12 – 5 p.m. June 29. Outside market free/seminar $45/film $3/museum admission $8/$7/$6/five and under free. 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. 1-888-BE-THERE, www.washingtonhistory.org

Urban Art Festival

Live graffiti, cool bands, contemporary dance, sushi, local restaurants and vendors—the Urban Art Festival has it groovin’ downtown. Noon til dusk, June 29. Fireman’s Park, corner A St and S. 9th St, Tacoma. www.urbanartfestival.net

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