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Critic’s Picks: Shakespeare-a-thon, Procession of the Species, and two local poetry events

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 23, 2010 at 6:38 am |
April 19, 2010 10:40 am

Shakespeare-a-thon at the Speakeasy

Alternative Shakespeare company Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will stage five of the bard’s history plays over 48 hours in downtown Tacoma. Be prepared for contemporary settings and lots of audience action. 6 p.m. tonight: “Richard II”; 8:30 p.m. tonight: “Henry IV” parts 1 and 2; 11:30 p.m. tonight: “Henry V”; 3 p.m. April 24: “Henry VI” parts 1, 2 and 3; 10 p.m. April 24: “Richard III.” $10 suggested donation/free for under-18/$32 for three Friday shows and Elizabethan meal. Both Saturday shows are free.

Speakeasy Arts Cooperative, 746 Broadway, Tacoma. www.sitpl.org

Procession of the Species and ArtWalk in Olympia

This annual double event runs through the weekend, with downtown businesses displaying dozens of artists and two parades of the wackiest creatures and costumes you can imagine, all animal-themed. ArtsWalk: 5-10 p.m. tonight, noon-7 p.m. April 24; Luminary Procession: 9:30 p.m. tonight; Procession of the Species: 4:30 p.m. April 24. All free, all downtown Olympia. www.procession.org

Puget Sound Poetry Connection turns 20

The PSPC is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a reading party tonight. Local poets reflect on the poetry group, and poets Kelly Rickstein, Tim Sherry and Antonio Edwards will read. Bring potluck finger food; tea, coffee and cake provided. From 6 p.m. Free. Tacoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1115 S. 50th St., Tacoma. tamsugah@aol.com

Mouths and Mics poetry event

Tacoma’s poet laureate Antonio Edwards is hosting “Mouths and Mics: Poetry in the 253,” a poetry performance event at the Washington State History Museum. Featured poets include Emilie Rommel Shimkus, Josh Rizeberg, Ariel Zimmer, Kiah Lee, Zeek Green, Elliot Trotter with R. R. Anderson, and Donnel White on flute.
7 p.m. April 24. Free. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-376-4539, www.wshs.org

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