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Archives: April 2011

April
21st

Chinese-American painter James Leong dies at 81 in Seattle

Internationally-known Chinese-American artist James Leong has died at the age of 81 in Seattle. Well-known in Europe for his romantic style and mixed media/acrylic murals and paintings, Leong died on April 15 of congestive heart failure.

Born in 1929 in San Francisco, Leong was a classically-trained painter who studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and received both a Fulbright Fellowship in 1956 to study in Norway and later a Guggenheim Fellowship to study at the American Academy in Rome. Leong was inspired by Chinese-American history, and painted the first mural of the history of the

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April
21st

Artifakt at Hell’s Kitchen, Tacoma, tomorrow night

Live music and art show Artifakt comes to Hell’s Kitchen in Tacoma for the first time tomorrow night, featuring indie-rock bands, DJs, the Gritty City Sirens burlesque troupe and local painters.

Here’s the line-up:

8:30 p.m. DJ Slow; 9:30 p.m. Stoned Evergreen Traveler; 10:15 p.m. Elbow Coulee; 11:10 p.m. DJ Slow; 11:40 p.m. Gritty City Sirens group show; 11:50 p.m. DJ Slow; 12:10 a.m. Gritty City Sirens solo show; 12:30 a.m. Pioneers West

Artists include James Hume, Laura Ecklund, Andrea Trenbeath, James Tucker and Julie Luke, creating live art, and live tattoo body art from Tim McCarthy and Damon Conklin.

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April
21st

Tacoma Symphony music director Harvey Felder to step down in 2014

The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra has just announced that its long-time musical director Harvey Felder will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2013-2014 season, three years from now. Felder’s contract, begun in 1993, expires next year, but the director is staying on to facilitate a national search for a replacement, according to the orchestra’s board of directors. Felder is leaving his position to take on new musical projects, but will be named the TSO’s first Conductor Laureate.

“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity the TSO and its patrons have given me over the past 17 years, and I could never repay the kindness that so many have bestowed upon me during my tenure,” Felder said. “I look forward to working with the board and the rest of the symphony staff to find someone who can help the organization to continue its growth.”

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April
19th

Meditative art for Holy Week at Harbor Covenant Church in Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor artist Sanne Beavin has created eight painting-tableaux for Lent and Holy Week at her church, Harbor Covenant, as a spiritual meditation for parishioners and visitors.

Asked by pastor Michael White, Beavin painted one work of “The Cross-Way” for each week of Lent, with two more for this week (Holy Week). The paintings, highly-colored expressionist works detailing each of eight Stations of the Cross (scriptural points on Jesus’ journey to crucifixion) are surrounded by a tableau of symbolic props and a second panel, some wrapped in barbed wire, some pounded with nails, and accompanied by a scriptural verse

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April
18th

Innovative classics, stylishly played by the Northwest Sinfonietta at the Pioneer Pavilion in Puyallup last weekend

If you’re not a Puyallup resident, you might be forgiven for thinking of Pioneer Pavilion as just a big, breezy venue for the Farmers’ Market and other noisy events. But this year it’s also been a regular classical music hub – the home of the Northwest Sinfonietta, who in addition to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and Tacoma’s Rialto Theater, have established an appreciative audience in Puyallup. Last weekend’s concert proved that not only does Puyallup love the Sinfonietta, but their music sounds pretty good in the Pavilion. It’ll also sound good on their just-announced Cuba tour next January.

The 40-odd tables

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April
15th

Critic’s Picks: TSO Chorus sing Mozart Requiem, Click Flick at the Grand, Sumi-e at Sandpiper Gallery, Tacoma Third Thursday ArtWalk

TSO chorus sings Mozart’s Requiem

The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Mozart’s famous last work and memorial to the dead, the Requiem, in a resonant church setting. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $20. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

Click Flick: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand follows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) as he’s pulled out of adventuring retirement to solve a scary Inca mystery involving quicksand, evil talking skulls and more. Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The

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April
14th

Henry Cooper Band at Immanuel Presbyterian Blues Vespers this weekend in Tacoma

This Sunday the 5 p.m. monthly Blues Vespers at Tacoma’s Immanuel Presbyterian features Henry Cooper and his band, dubbed the “Sultans of Slide.”

Cooper, a solo slide guitarist for the last couple of decades, is one of the reasons the free Blues Vespers has been nominated Best Non-Festival Blues Event in the state by the Washington Blues Society. Stay tuned for the winner, announced Sunday night in Seattle. The Vespers is a free monthly blues concert in the historic wooden church that includes some poetry and a brief reflection by pastor Dave Brown, with a donation collection.

Immanuel Presbyterian is

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April
14th

Henry Cooper Band at Immanuel Presbyterian Blues Vespers this weekend in Tacoma

This Sunday the 5 p.m. monthly Blues Vespers at Tacoma’s Immanuel Presbyterian features Henry Cooper and his band, dubbed the “Sultans of Slide.”

Cooper, a solo slide guitarist for the last couple of decades, is one of the reasons the free Blues Vespers has been nominated Best Non-Festival Blues Event in the state by the Washington Blues Society. Stay tuned for the winner, announced Sunday night in Seattle. The Vespers is a free monthly blues concert in the historic wooden church that includes some poetry and a brief reflection by pastor Dave Brown, with a donation collection.

Immanuel Presbyterian is

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