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Archives: Feb. 2011

Feb.
17th

100th Monkey on again next week

Ever been to a 100th Monkey party? They’ve been going on for a few years now, loosely organized by Tacoma’s arts community stalwarts, and they’re a great way to meet arty folks. February’s Monkey is hosted by seven local photographers, who will create the art tiles that are always on sale at the event (buy one for $4, buy the 100th one and guess what? You’re the monkey that hosts the next party!) and photograph the party itself. There’s always music, and if you bring a plate or drink you can share with everyone else.

7:30 p.m.

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Feb.
16th

TLT director Scott Campbell resigns; board takes over management

Tacoma Little Theatre’s managing artistic director Scott Campbell has just announced his resignation from the post he assumed only two years ago. The board of directors says it will take over the management of the current 92nd season of the historic community theater.

Campbell, who was not able to be contacted by the TNT, cited personal reasons as the cause of his resignation, stated in a press release issued yesterday. In his mid-40s, Campbell had taken on the TLT directorship in 2008 after working as assistant director at Lakewood Playhouse, and that time has introduced new events to the theater

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Feb.
16th

“Asher Lev” art at Theatre on the Square for ArtWalk tomorrow night

This month’s ArtWalk has an extra stop: Theatre on the Square, which is host this week to new original paintings by Bo Bartlett. Collaborating with director Marcus Walker on his Lakewood Playhouse/Broadway Center production of “My Name Is Asher Lev,” Bartlett has painted half-a-dozen original works based on the play and modeled on the Tacoma actors.

“Asher Lev” is adapted from the Chaim Potok novel about a young Hasidic Jew who rebels against his traditional father in painting: he paints nudes, expressions of suffering and ultimately crucifixions. Playwright Aaron Posner (working with Potok’s widow) requested no art be

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Feb.
16th

Tacoma Art Museum curator invited on Japan exchange

Zoe Donnell, curatorial coordinator at Tacoma Art Museum, has been chosen to take part in a curator exchange program next month sponsored by the Japan Foundation. One of 10 young American curators in the program, Donnell represents the only midsize regional museum involved, among others such as Seattle Art Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The program offers 12 days of travel throughout Japan, visiting a range of museums and meeting with local curators.

“We are thrilled that Zoe has this opportunity to meet colleagues from around the United States and to forge new connections with museums

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Feb.
15th

Tacoma Philharmonic to collaborate with Broadway Center for management as executive director resigns

The Tacoma Philharmonic, a classical music presenter now approaching its 75th anniversary, recently announced that, following the resignation of executive director Andy Wood, its management would be contracted out to the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which manages and presents for Tacoma’s three downtown city-owned theaters. The contract is for one year, during which the Philharmonic board would reappraise its strategies.

“The Philharmonic is excited about the opportunity to strengthen our programs and operations as we face the new challenges of the 21st century,” said Philharmonic board president Karen Seinfeld. “The team at the Broadway Center will

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Feb.
13th

Northwest Sinfonietta and Laurie DeLuca offer elegant Mozart with an ethereal dusting of a new clarinet concerto

For its sold-out Mozartiana concert in the Rialto Saturday night, the Northwest Sinfonietta did what it does best: classical music, elegant and thoughtful, and capped with an ethereal new composition for clarinet by Alissa Firsova.

After opening with a Rossini overture – “La Scala di Seta” – that involved sprightly violins, edgy horns and a blossoming oboe solo, plus subtly quirky timing from director Christophe Chagnard, Firsova herself stepped forward to introduce her piece. Commissioned by Seattle clarinet soloist Laurie DeLuca and given a world premiere on Friday night in Seattle, the piece, as explained clearly and personably by the

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Feb.
11th

Critic’s Picks: Canonici at UPS, Mozart with Northwest Sinfonietta, Valentine’s with Andre Feriante and ArtWalk

Canonici sings a Renaissance tapestry at UPS

The Tacoma-based four-voice consort Canonici will sing “Musica Antiqua” at the University of Puget Sound tonight, featuring Renaissance English and Flemish madrigals, chansons and masses. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, www.pugetsound.edu

Northwest Sinfonietta does Mozart

The chamber ensemble celebrates the genius of Mozart with his Symphony no. 40, his clarinet concerto played by Laurie DeLuca, a Rossini overture and a clarinet concerto world premiere by Elena Firsova. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, $19-$39 at Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th

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Feb.
9th

Tacoma guitar/flute Duo Rubicund in Seattle, Gig Harbor this weekend

Duo Rubicund aren’t what you might expect from a flute and guitar duo. Tacomans Meredith Connie on guitar and Erica Coutsouridis on flute don’t play easy-listening Romantic favorites or bland Baroque transcriptions; instead, they work with living composers (sometimes local) to explore new sounds and combinations (listen here for a YouTube sample). Connie’s originally Australian, and Coutsouridis played around the country in Army bands. The two have been playing as a duo for a few years now, collaborating with dancers (Barefoot Collective) and on their own.

Having just released a new CD at the Museum of Glass, the

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