GO Arts

Everything new on the walls, stage, screen and streets of Tacoma and South Puget Sound.

NOTICE: GO Arts has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved GO Arts.
Visit the new section.

Archives: March 2011

March
23rd

Poetry workshop with local competition winner Jeremy Halinen

Seattle poet Jeremy Halinen, winner of the recent Tacoma book poetry contest sponsored by Exquisite Disarray Publishing, will offer a free poetry workshop this Saturday at the downtown branch of the Tacoma Public Library#mce_temp_url#. Space is limited to the first twelve registrants.

Editor of Knockout Literary Magazine and a graduate of Eastern Washington University’s MFA program, Halinen has published poems in the Los Angeles Review, Poet Lore, and Best Gay Poetry 2008.  His first full-length book, “What Other Choice,” was the winner of Exquisite Disarray Publishing’s 2010 First Book Poetry Contest.

To register for the workshop, please send an email

Read more »

March
22nd

Tacoma Baritone takes on The Moore in “La Boheme”

By day Ryan Bede helps to save lives in Tacoma General’s emergency room. This Sunday he’ll take the stage at the Moore Theatre as Schaunard in Lyric Opera Northwest’s production of Puccini’s “La Bohéme”.

For the past four years Bede, 28, has been an emergency room tech at TG and a volunteer firefighter with the city of Ruston before that. But he’s been singing opera for much longer.

“In both cases I’m working to benefit other people. I enjoy relating with people,” he said this week during a break at work. He gets more hands-on work in the E.R., he said, but both careers connect with people in different ways. He does admit, though, that he doesn’t get as much applause in the E.R.
Read more »

March
22nd

Find out more about how local artists went to Uganda to teach art to the Batwa pygmies

I had a lot of good feedback about  my story on how local artists went to Uganda in January to teach members of the Batwa tribe (pygmies) how to make art. Displaced from their forest home by gorilla protection laws, the Batwa have had to learn other ways to make a living, and other concepts like creating objects, selling for future profit, making money off tourists and so on. Readers emailed me with all sorts of good ideas: someone wanted to buy the bottlecap necklaces, another offered to create a website for the Batwa art sales.

It sounded like

Read more »

March
21st

Local painter Marie Le Davay to show, sell work for Tacoma Symphony harp concert

Tacoma Symphony concerts now have a visual art element to them. Local painter Marie Le Davay began showing her post-impressionist-style paintings in the Pantages lobby during the TSO’s concert in December, and she’ll be doing the same this Sunday afternoon for “Electric Harp.”

A native of Paris, France, Le Davay has had a life of living in interesting places (Iran, England) thanks to family relocations and has pursued painting alongside her studies and work teaching sociology. Having studied from teachers such as J. Petgar and Marie Shayans, she paints landscapes and still lifes with a blurry, impressionistic

Read more »

March
21st

Beatles, “Moulin Rouge” and more from the Tacoma Performing Dance Company

This weekend you can see dancers moving to everything from the Beatles through Tim Burton to “Moulin Rouge” in “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” the Tacoma Performing Dance Company’s Spring Concert at Stadium High. The company, part of the venerable Jo Emery Dance School, will premiere new works by artistic director Jo Emery (“Money,” staged to music by the O’Jays and “Almost Alice,” set to the Tim Burton movie score) as well as new work by choreographers Amity Howell-Sloboda (to four Beatles tunes) and Anna Herron (“The Color Green.”)

There’ll also be the can-can from the movie “Moulin Rouge,” and much more.

Read more »

March
18th

Critic’s Picks: Lauren Faulkner at the Telephone Room, the Northwest Repertory Singers, “Kung Fu Panda” at the Grand and Irish music and dance for Food Connection

Party Line at the Telephone Room

This month’s exhibit at the tiny, one-room gallery of the Telephone Room is recent UPS graduate Lauren Faulkner, exploring art and process inspired by Egon Schiele “Emulate: A Visual Interpretation of Schiele’s Nudes.” Artist talk/reception 6 p.m. tonight. Open through Mar. 27 by appointment. Free. 3710 N. Union Ave., Tacoma. www.thetelephoneroom.blogspot.com

Choral Extravaganza from the Northwest Repertory Singers

Tacoma choir the Northwest Repertory Singers are combining with the Federal Way Choral and Clark College Chorale for “A Choral Extravaganza” on Saturday night. Nearly 200 singers will perform spirituals by Hall Johnson and Moses Hogan,

Read more »

March
17th

Stadium alumni and pianist Kevin Peterson performs in Tacoma with St. Olaf College tour

Stadium High School alumni Kevin Peterson (’07) will perform in a series of free piano recitals in the Seattle/Tacoma area this weekend as part of a tour by students of St. Olaf College, Minn. The 11 students include physics, mathematics, and music majors from across the country and Canada, and will play music of Prokofiev, Glazunov, Shostakovich and six other Russian composers.

Peterson is a music major at St. Olaf’s, which is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions and known also for its choir and orchestra, as well as programs in mathematics and sciences.

Tacoma concerts: 7:30

Read more »

March
16th

Blues guitarist Doug MacLeod headlines Blues Vespers

South Sound blues lovers will get a chance to hear blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Doug MacLeod perform this Sunday, March 20, in Tacoma’s North End.

MacLeod, is the headline act at the Blues Vespers at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St. Billy Stoops and Leanne Trevalyam of the band Junkyard Jane will open the show, which begins at 4:30 p.m.


Doug MacLeod is known for his unorthodox and powerful blues guitar style. He plays here at the Burnley Blues Festival in 2006.

Blues Vespers is a blues concert with poems and a short reflection by Rev. Dave Brown. The concert is free, though an offering is taken for the musicians.

Read more »