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Archives: July 2010


Critic’s Picks: BAM arts fair, Ethnic Fest, Spaceworks block party and Richard Meitner at MoG

Bellevue Arts Fair

This weekend sees the Arts Fair at Bellevue Arts Museum, a juried art event involving more than 300 artists and a great place to shop for everything from jewelry to craft. Free community programs include a kids’ fair, artist demonstrations, live music and dance, chalk art and more. 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. July 23 and 24; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 25. Free. 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org

Ethnic Fest

The annual Ethnic Fest in Wright Park celebrates all the cultures that make Pierce County such an interesting and exciting place to live, with dance and music,

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Sing with the Seattle Symphony Chorale

If you love to sing big stuff with great singers, here’s your chance. The 130-strong Seattle Symphony Chorale is holding its 30th Summer Sings starting next Monday, and offering an open sing session of three major works by Handel, Mendelssohn and Bernstein.

Singers of all skill levels are invited, for $10, to participate in the Monday night sessions, which are led by various Puget Sound conductors and accompanied on the Watjen concert organ in Benaroya Hall.

The first session is on July 26, and features Handel’s “Dixit Dominus” led by Doug Fullington, director of the Tudor Choir. The second session,

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No fees this week for PNB tickets


If you’re thinking of buying tickets for the upcoming Pacific Northwest Ballet season, this might be the week to do it. Through July 25 PNB is offering a deal of no service fees on tickets, including subscriptions.

The 2010-2011 season is full of good stuff, for sure. The September “Director’s Choice” repertory program includes Jerome Robbins’ “Glass Pieces” to music by Phillip Glass, November sees an all-Tharp program, Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” in February with choreography by Kent Stowell, two world premieres in the March contemporary program, “Pinocchio” (also in March), the renowned PNB production of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s

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Four main performing arts groups announce their new seasons, with plenty of new stuff promised

Four of Tacoma’s main performing arts groups – the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera and the Broadway Center for Performing Arts – have announced their 2010-2011 seasons, and there’s a refreshing array of new work on the cards. And for those wanting to buy subscription tickets, now’s the time to get good seats and deals. 

Northwest Sinfonietta

The Sinfonietta kicks off its 20th anniversary year with the first classical concert of the season on Oct. 1, 2 and 3. Three nights? You bet. Because for each of the five concert programs, there are three separate performances

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Viceroy Gallery shreds art

“in.disposable,” a 16’x10′ paper installation by Office G|O architects including (left to right) Shawn Mattheis, Kyle Christensen, Scott Olson, Cory Mattheis.

Photo: Ellen Hagen.

If you’ve ever wondered whether a) there’s something you can do with all that paper you chuck in the recycling, b) it’s possible to make a 40 square foot art piece on just $5 and c) anyone can make art, the answer’s yes. For this month’s ArtWalk Scott Olson did just that in his newly opened Viceroy Gallery at Court A and South 8th Street downtown, and the results are up

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Critic’s Picks: Click Flick at the Grand, Gig Harbor Art Fest, chamber music at Lakewold and poetry performance workshop at Urban Grace

Click Flick: “Ice Age”

This month’s Click Family Flick at the Grand is “Ice Age,” the animated feature set 20,000 years ago about a mammoth, a sloth and a human baby. Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. July 17. Free, first 100 people only. The Grand Cinema, 608 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-6062, www.grandcinema.com

Gig Harbor Art Fest

The Peninsula Art League’s 26th Annual Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival this weekend features local artists, live music including the Kim Archer Band, roving fiddlers, kids’ activities and sidewalk chalk art. Free shuttle from Pierce Transit Park and Ride lot and

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New poetry contest from Northwest Playwrights Alliance

The Northwest Playwrights Alliance has just announced a brand-new poetry contest for Northwest poets. The contest, co-sponsored by the NPA and Gwylan Publishers, is open to residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and British Columbia, and offers a first prize of $100, publication and readings at the NPA’s annual salon at Seattle Repertory Theatre and at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia in October 2010. At least three other poets will receive an honorarium of $25, publication, and readings at the Rep or WCPA.

The contest deadline is Aug. 1; e-mail pdf or word doc

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Washington public art named in top 40 of best national artworks

Six new Washington artworks, including two in the Washington State public collection, received national recognition this week as non-profit  group Americans for the Arts announced its 2010 Public Art Year in Review. The review chooses 40 of the year’s best public artworks in the United States and Canada, choosing from more than 300 entries.

The Washington artworks listed in the top 40 are Gary Bates’ “Rain Scale” at Green River Community College in  Auburn, Beliz Bother’s “Bloom” at Everett Community College, Peter Reiquam’s “Landing Zone” in Everett, Janet Zweig’s “The Opposite of a Duck”

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