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Do the Monkey at Old City Hall next Wednesday

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on June 17, 2009 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
June 17, 2009 6:00 am

The 100th Monkey art community party is on again, and this month it’s at Old City Hall next Wednesday night. For those who haven’t managed to go yet, here’s the deal: Turn up with some food or drink to share, some art (if you’re an artist) and prepare to meet some new folks. Result? You’ll have a great time. You can also buy artist-made tiles and enjoy free music and performance art. And if you buy the 100th tile, you get to host the party next time! (Hence the name.)

So what’s special about this 100th Monkey?

Well, the venue. Until now, these parties have been at bookstores, warehouses, theaters, churches or other large spaces. This time, the space has practical possibilities for artists. Faced with a recession, The Stratford Co., who bought Old City Hall, have stopped their whole expensive condo idea and realized that, actually, some regular tenants would be nice. But they kicked out the old tenants. You can read all about it here , thanks to former TNT reporter Dan Voelpel. So now, in an attempt to revitalize the gorgeous red-brick Italianate building, they’re hoping artists will see it as a perfect location for a studio. Rents are apparently running between $14-$18 per square foot.

And what better way to advertise to the art community than holding a party there? Thanks to artist collective guru Linda Danforth, who suggested the whole idea to The Stratford’s consultant David Morton, Tacoma artists can get a good look at the place while partying away. The party will be held on the main floor, where the apartments/offices have been refurbished, but the upper floors (including that drop-dead-view penthouse suite under the clock) will be on tour.

“The feel of the place is absolutely awesome,” says Monkey coordinator Sue Pivetta.

Other good things about this Monkey include Celtic rock band Jug of Punch , and tile artists Dawn Palmer, Judy Gilbert and Di Morgan. And it’s all thanks to host Jeannine Sigafoos, of Tacoma Glassblowing Studio.

The 100th Monkey will be from 7:30-9:30 p.m. June 24 at Old City Hall, 625 Commerce St, Tacoma. Info: www.100thmonkeytacoma.com

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