If you haven’t heard of Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea, don’t worry – you’re not alone. An underground art event started several years ago in Vancouver, B.C., MKMT is a midnight get-together inspired by culturally intelligent Japanese tea ceremonies, and features local visual and performance artists entertaining folk as they drink tea. MKMT events are spreading around the world, from Portland to Paris and Tokyo, and each event is filmed and photographed for a documentary and book.
Intrigued? Then you’re in luck. The very first Tacoma MKMT is happening this Saturday night at the Speakeasy Arts Cooperative, beginning – yes – at midnight. Organized by and featuring Vancouver founding artists Natasha Marin (movement/poetry) and Lord Loxley (multimedia), plus local artists Mandy Greer (textiles) and Jada-Moon Gridley (henna,) the tea costs $12 to observe (the guest list of 12 filled up awhile ago.)
“It’s a fun thing to come and check out before you participate,” says founder Natasha Marin. “The guests do as much as the artists to create the event.”
Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea begins around 11:45 p.m. at the Speakeasy Arts Cooperative, 748 Broadway, Tacoma. $12. Information: www.mikokuro.com. To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org