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Archives: May 2011


Critic’s Picks: “Stick Soup” at Pierce College, Click Flick at the Grand Cinema, Tacoma Art Place’s free Community Day and new glass art at Fulcrum

“Stick Soup” debuts at Pierce College

Pierce College Pierce College’s spring theater production features “Stick Soup, A Steilacoom Indian Story.” Written by Danny K. Marshall and his daughter Lacie. B. Deck, both leaders in the Steilacoom Indian tribe, “Stick Soup” tells the story of a girl struggling to find her place in the local community. 7 p.m. May 20, 21, 27, and 28; 2 p.m. May 22 and 29. $3/ $2 students. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood. 253-964-6710, www.pierce.ctc.edu

Click Flick: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

This month’s free Click Family Flick

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Old and new Dale Chihuly at Tacoma Art Museum and Traver Gallery this summer

Tacoma is Dale Chihuly’s hometown, and there’s a surfeit of the artist’s work and life on view here this summer. At Tacoma Art Museum, “Dale Chihuly’s Northwest” opens Saturday, showcasing some of this glass artist’s early work as well as his vast collections; while at Traver Gallery there’s brand new work in the silvered “Soft Cylinder” series, a space-agey departure from the vividly colored elaborations we’re so familiar with.

“Dale Chihuly’s Northwest,” opening at TAM this weekend, was intended both to honor the artist for his contributions to the city and give an idea of what inspires him,

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Winners of Pierce County Library’s teen writers and artists contest to be showcased at Pacific Lutheran University

Teenage writers and artists who recently won places in the Pierce County Library System’s Teen Writing and Art Contest will be showcased next Thursday at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall at a free public event. The “Our Own Expressions” contest attracted 987 poems, short stories, drawings and photographs between January and March this year for the chance at cash prizes.

Winning writing entries were selected by Tacoma poet Kevin Miller and author Nisi Shawl, while art winners were judged by photographer Don Briggs and artist Ken Murphy.

“Pierce County teens continue to shine through their creativity,” said Neel Parikh,

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Tacoma Music Teachers’ Association presents 18th annual student orchestral recital

Music teachers work just as hard as school teachers, and every year the Tacoma chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers’ Association works to organize an orchestral recital concert series for piano students. It’s a chance for music students to play as soloist with a chamber orchestra without having a stressful competition: It’s an adrenaline kick, plus a big learning opportunity.

It’s also a free concert series for the public, a good chance to take your own kids to be inspired to learn, and to hear some new music yourself.

This year’s recital series is spread over five days

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Critic’s Picks: “Something Good” at Centerstage Theatre, Vashon Opera, Tacoma ArtWalk and ZeitBike at Tacoma Art Museum

Vashon Opera does “Madam Butterfly”

Vashon Opera presents Puccini’s famous “Madam Butterfly,” a tale of love between East and West. It’ll be sung in Italian with English subtitles, featuring Jennifer Krikawa as Cio-Cio San. 8 p.m. May 13, 2:30 p.m. May 15. $32 from Vashon bookstores or online. Bethel Church, 14736 Bethel Lane SW, Vashon. 206-388-2936, www.vashonopera.org


Get into “Something Good” at Centerstage

“I’m into Something Good,” opening tonight at Centerstage Theatre, is a musical mélange of 1960s British hits by Centerstage’s director Alan Bryce and composer David Duvall: a trip down memory lane with everything from the

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Barefoot Collective presents “Ides of May” as part of Spaceworks Tacoma

This weekend sees a contemporary dance concert unusual in a number of ways. Firstly, it’s put on by the Barefoot Collective, but features not only their professional work but that of Gig Harbor High School students as a result of free workshops given there recently by the group. And secondly, it’s not at a theater: Instead, the show is at an empty storefront space on Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, as part of the Spaceworks program.

The high school workshops are new to Barefoot, a contemporary dance collective which has been giving creative and unusual performances over the last few years

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Auburn’s first downtown ArtWalk this weekend

Auburn’s not known for a bustling art community, even though it’s home to a museum (the White River Valley Museum), an energetic Town Hall art exhibit program, and several artists. This weekend the town celebrates its art community with its first ArtWalk in the historic downtown district, combining wine tasting from local wineries.

The free event features displays and demonstrations by local artists at over 20 downtown businesses, wine tastings, music performances and art activities. A walking guide map will be available.

“We are thrilled that community and artists have come together to plan this event in celebration of the

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Judith Skillman speaks at Puget Sound Poetry Connection’s Distinguished Writer Series at Tacoma’s King’s Books

This month’s Distinguished Writer Series from the Puget Sound Poetry Connection features poet Judith Skillman, author of 12 collections of poetry and recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, Washington State Arts Commission, and other organizations.

7 p.m. May 13. Free. King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma.