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Archives: March 2011

March
31st

Throwing Mud Gallery holding a grand opening celebration next week

Throwing Mud Gallery, a new gallery and pottery studio in Old Town Tacoma, is holding a grand opening celebration next Monday. The gallery offers handcrafted pottery, jewelry, wood and glass, as well as clay classes and memberships.

The gallery is owned by ceramicist Mark Hudak and his wife Eileen. The opening party includes prizes and refreshments.

5-8 p.m. April 4. Free. Throwing Mud Gallery, 2212 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-254-7961, www.throwingmudgallery.com

 

March
30th

Eat Your Books at the Edible Book Festival at UPS

Eat those books! No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke – the University of Puget Sound really is encouraging book-eating at their annual Edible Book Festival this Friday. Part of an 11-year-old world-wide event, the festival celebrates witty food art, asking competitors to create an edible “book” inspired by an actual book. Entries will be on display in the library during the day with an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. for winners in various categories.

But you have to get creative. Some of last year’s winners were “A Thousand Splenda Suns” (after Khaled Hosseini), “The Prince and the

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March
30th

Downtown library opening Sundays for special events (including me!) April 3 through May 22

Having recently closed doors on two branches and reduced hours at the downtown branch for financial reasons, the Tacoma Public Library is opening up again for a pilot project: special events at the downtown main branch on Sunday afternoons. From 1-5 p.m. every Sunday from April through May, the downtown branch will be open and featuring events designed to get folk through the doors – a jazz orchestra, family films, book talks and a community conversation on May 1 with a panel of local artists and moderated by me!

The project is a pilot one, and if there’s enough interest,

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March
28th

Josie Emmons Turner is the new Tacoma Poet Laureate

The Tacoma Arts Commission has selected Josie Emmons Turner as the 2011-2013 Poet Laureate for the City of Tacoma. The Tacoma Poet Laureate program was founded in 2008 by the Urban Grace Church, and is now managed by the City of Tacoma Arts Commission. This year is also the first laureateship to be a two-year position. Emmons Turner will be officially instated at a free public ceremony and reading in conjunction with National Poetry Month on April 28 at Bellaballs Studio.

“I am thrilled, anxious and excited to be the next Poet Laureate,” said Emmons Turner.

The program showcases

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March
28th

Puget Sound Piano Trio back again with impressive skill

I attended the formal debut-again concert of the Puget Sound piano trio last Friday not quite knowing what to expect. The trio is a resurrected version of that which used to play regularly at the University of Puget Sound, and two of the players – the late Ed Seferian on violin and the recently retired Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel on cello – have just been replaced by violinist Maria Sampen, who filled Seferian’s position as associate violin professor, and cellist David Requiro, made artist-in-residence last August. Pianist Duane Hulbert is the sole continuing member. It’s a good and vital thing for

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March
25th

Critic’s Picks: UPS Piano Trio, Tacoma Symphony electric harp, Singletary at Traver and photography at Fulcrum

UPS piano trio returns

The Puget Sound Piano Trio, recently revived after a 15-year hiatus, will give its debut performance tonight featuring faculty members Duane Hulbert on piano, Maria Sampen on violin and the recently appointed, Naumberg-winning cellist David Requiro playing works by Beethoven, Brahms, Omiccioli and Cassado. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50 seniors, students, and UPS faculty and staff/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, www.pugetsound.edu/music

The Tacoma Symphony rocks with electric harpist

Deborah Henson-Conant rocks the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra with a strap-on electric blue harp, a powerful voice

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March
24th

Tacoma Arts Commission funds nine arts groups through its 2011-2012 Anchor Fund

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently announced the nine recipients of its 2011-20l2 Arts Anchor Fund program. The biennial program established in 1995 supports Tacoma arts organizations by funding artistic fees and production expenses in order to keep arts activities affordable. This year’s awards ranged from $25,000 to $40,000.

The 2011-2012 recipients are the Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists in Residence, the Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. In 2010, says the Commission, these nine organizations served 433,842 people, provided free admission to 77,941 people, and

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March
24th

Museum of Glass and University of Washington Press publish creative, scholarly art book on “Glimmering Gone”

If you haven’t yet seen the stunning installation “Glimmering Gone” at the Museum of Glass, there’s still time: It’s up in the museum’s back gallery through September. But this intricate glass invocation to Northwest landscape and man-made glamour by Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman has a creative take-home companion – a coffee-table art book on the MoG-organized installation, cleverly bound and smoothly presented, with intelligent essays by two local curators.

It’s the presentation that impresses first with “Glimmering Gone,” the book. The museum has spent a lot on looks, and it’s worth it: Sheathed in a solid black box

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