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Archives: May 2010


Critic’s Picks: New vocal ensemble Canonici, On taiko/electronic fusion, Northwest Folklife Festival and PNB’s “Coppélia”

On Ensemble world taiko

The Broadway Center presents the On Ensemble combining Japanese taiko drums and percussion with electronica and Tuvan throat singing in a world music fusion. 7:30 p.m. May 28. $39/$24. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Canonici Consort of Voices

Tacoma’s new early music vocal ensemble, led by singers like Anne Lyman and James Brown, presents a concert of Renaissance a cappella music by Dufay, Ockeghem, De la Rue and Josquin. 7:30 p.m. May 28. $12/$10 students and seniors. Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd, Tacoma. canonici@comcast.net

Northwest Folklife Festival

It just wouldn’t be

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West Coast Gospel Fest at Rialto this Saturday


The Rialto stage will be rocking with gospel this Saturday night, courtesy of the Broadway Center. The West Coast Gospel Fest will feature artists from around the country in a spiritual and musical event for all ages.

The Fest is a partnership with Frank Walton, 2007 Inductee Broadcasters Hall of Fame, 2009 Gospel Announcer of the Year and Gospel Music Workshop of America. Artists include Ami Rushes, Moses Tyson Jr., Angela “Missy” Billups, Bishop Sam Williams, Eric Carrington, Jimmy Hill, Terri McConnel, Elizabethtown Community Choir, Gail Fly, Shirley Bell, Chuck Anderson and more.

The West Coast Gospel Fest

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Lelavision performing during Museum of Glass’ “The Science of Art” this Friday


My favorite local circus/invented music troupe Lelavision is back in town, and performing at the Museum of  Glass this Friday evening.

Their act is the culmination of the museum’s six-week-long 
program “The Science of Art,” which guides school students through the museum looking at art through a scientific lens (at what temperature does glass melt? what happens if you mix it with other materials?)

Lelavision, the Vason-based husband-and-wife duo of Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann, collaborate their gymnastic, dance, music and engineering skills to create performances integrating movement with invented instruments, often to illustrate a scientific

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Free summer admission for military at Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum and Museum of Glass

The Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass have joined the Blue Star Museum Program to offer free admission for  active duty military and their families all summer long, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The offer is a collaboration  between the National Endowment for the Arts and non-profit military support group Blue Star Families’ “Operation Appreciation.” It supports military families by offering free admission to museums across the country.

From the press release: “Around 18,000 locally based service members are expected to come home from the wars throughout the summer.
Nationally, more than

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Boyd White’s photographs of homelessness, up now at Tacoma Art Place


If art gives people voice, then Boyd White is speaking out for the homeless this month at Tacoma Art Place. The community art studio on the Hilltop, just off Martin Luther King Jr. Way on South 11th Street, regularly exhibits work in its lobby, and the show up through this weekend features work by Hilltop photographer Boyd White documenting the region’s homeless.

White has spent the last four years documenting homelessness in the Northwest and elsewhere, and the 19 black-and-white silver gelatin prints at TAP are just part of the project. There are a few too many works for

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Poster artists and filmmakers take note

The 2010 Tacoma Film Festival is still months away (October 7-14) but if you want to enter a film or design the festival’s poster now is the time to make your mark.

First up, the final (extended deadline) date for film entries is June 15. The festival is accepting short, feature and student films. While films come in from all over the nation – and world – local filmmakers are heavily encouraged to enter.

Second, the Grand Cinema will accept entries for the annual poster contest through June 23.

The winning poster will receive $350 plus passes and membership to the Grand. Read more for details from the press release
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Town Hall meeting Thursday night for Theater District future plans

This Thursday a public Theater District Association Town Hall meeting will be held to discuss revitalization strategies for Tacoma’s theater district. The meeting, entitled “Talking Truth / Engaging New Urbanism in the Theater District,” is the second such conversation planned bimonthly by the Theater District Association.

Items discussed will include updates on the Elks-McMenamins project, the Winthrop, Commerce Street aesthetic enhancements, the Ben Gilbert Park mural project, the Baker Street landscaping project and fund-raiser, the secondnd annual Urban Garage Sale, the Theater District block party, and more. As well, a presentation by Seong Shin will illustrate a neighborhood renaissance program in Stockholm, Sweden that is

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Critic’s Picks: Violinist Mary Manning, PLOP puppetry, “Doubt” and world music group Libana

Mary Manning concert

Violinist Mary Manning of the Northwest Sinfonietta will play 19th-century favorites in a solo recital, “Melodie” with pianist Bruce Berry. Program includes Schumann, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and more. 8 p.m. tonight. Admission by donation to benefit Peninsula Youth Orchestra and Chapel. The Chapel on Echo Bay, 400 Sixth Avenue, Fox Island. 253-549-7039, www.foxislandchapel.org

Puppetry of Dan Luce at PLOP

Olympia’s cutting-edge puppet company presents the weird and wistful puppetry of co-founder Daniel Luce. 8 p.m. tonight and May 22. $12/$8 student. Northern, 321 4th Ave., Olympia. 360-481-3029, www.plopolympia.org

Gold From Straw does “Doubt”

Tacoma’s newest theater company

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