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Archives: May 2010

May
20th

Art at midnight? Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea comes to T-town

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

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May
19th

Pole dancing events coming up next week in Tacoma

 

Seen pole dancing yet? Next week you’ll have two opportunities to see local pole dancers show off their athletic art here in Tacoma – at Barefoot Collective’s 8@8 night on Monday, and at Poledello dance studio on Wednesday.

The Monday night 8@8 is part of a regular Barefoot series of works-in-progress nights. Each performer gets around eight minutes to present something they’re working on, with eight performers starting at eight o’clock (get it?) The audience gives feedback, and it’s a great chance to see new work and offer your take on it. Monday night’s line-up includes a

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May
18th

Military families get a free pass to state history museum

The Washington State History Museums in downtown Tacoma and Olympia are giving free admission to active duty military and their families this summer.

The program starts on Memorial Day (May 28) and runs through Labor Day (September 6). Military personnel must show military ID and can be accompanied by up to five family members.

The WSHM has joined the Blue Star Museum Program, a collaboration with Blue Star Families – a non-profit organization that supports American military families.
               

May
18th

A little French music with Northwest Repertory Singers

 

It’s the ultimate romantic evening: romantic musically, that is. This Saturday night the Northwest Repertory Singers finish their season with an all-French concert of choral jewels from Fauré, Duruflé and the like. Local baritone Barry Johnson is the soloist. And as a bonus, they’re hiring an orchestra for the first time.

“Contracting with the Northwest Sinfonietta is an exciting step,” says NWRS director Paul Schulz. “It’s part of the natural progession of NWRS as one of the premier vocal ensembles in the Northwest.”

The choir, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next season, is known for high-quality singing and

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May
17th

Gig Harbor sculptor is finalist in international portrait competition

 

Gig Harbor sculptor Mardie Rees was recently selected as one of 16 finalists in the 2010 International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America in Washington D.C. April 22-25. Rees’ sculpture “Truth Beloved” was selected from 1,300 entries, and was awarded First Honor at the PSA conference banquet.

Rees is a figurative bronze sculptor who last year created a life-size sculpture of St. Anthony for the St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Her award-winning “Truth Beloved” is a life-size bronze bust of an African-American woman, and was the only three-dimensional finalist work. 

“It was a

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May
14th

Critic’s Picks: Second City chamber and jazz, father-son poetry duo at King’s, Ten Tiny Dances and ArtWalk

Second City plays Soirée chamber music

Local musicians mix up Haydn chamber trios with Claude Bolling’s jazz trios for violin and flute combinations in this last season concert for Second City Chamber Series. 7:30 p.m. May 14. $35/$30/$15. Great Hall, Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org

Father-son poetry duo read at King’s

The Puget Sound Poetry Connection presents father-son poet team Willis and Tony Barnstone at a reading for its Distinguished Writers Series. Both highly published, the Barnstones are also academics: Willis at Indiana University and Tony at Whittier College. 7 p.m. May 14. Free.

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May
12th

New mural for Proctor Farmers’ Market to be unveiled this Saturday

 

 

Yay, Tacoma has another mural! Tacoma has a strong mural tradition (Old Town, Kings’ Books, 6th Ave Farmers Market, People’s Park, and all the “ghost” ones downtown, for starters.) But it’s always good to have more – and the Proctor district is getting another one this Saturday, thanks to a neighborhood grant and artist Rachel Dotson.

Dotson is an established muralist around town: She’s the artist who painted the historic scene on the side of the Waterfront Museum on Dock St, and all the giant portraits around Auburn. Now she’s turning her hand to art nouveau. Her Proctor

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May
12th

Cheaper memberships for Museum Day

May 18 is International Museum Day, and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum are joining in by offering discounted memberships during the week of May 17-23. Individual memberships will be discounted $5, and dual/family memberships will be discounted $10.

International Museum Day, organized by the International Council of Museums, has been celebrated around the world since 1977. This year’s theme is “museums for social harmony.” 

What do you get from museum membership? Year-round free admission, invitation and entry to exclusive events, discounts at the shop and the knowledge that you’re supporting the culture in our

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