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Archives: June 2011


Vote on new Pierce County Library card design by local teens

The public will get to vote on the next Pierce County Library System’s library card – and it will be an image designed by local teens. Designs by 138 teenagers, submitted in a recent free competition, can be voted on by the public at the library’s website, www.piercecountylibrary.org, through July 27.

“The teenagers’ ideas, styles and true expressions shined through in all of the entries,” said Neel Parikh, executive director for Pierce County Library System. “We are excited to see which creation the public chooses as their favorite. All of the choices are unique and winners!”

Designs ranges

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Seattle Opera’s director Speight Jenkins awarded highest NEA honor

Speight Jenkins, director of Seattle Opera, is one of four recipients of the national 2011 Opera Honors awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The honors are the highest national award in opera, and come with a $25,000 monetary award. The other honorees are stage designer John Conklin, mezzo soprano Risë Stevens and composer Robert Ward. All four will be presented with the honors in a ceremony on Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.

“These artists represent the highest level of artistic mastery and we are proud to recognize their achievements,” said NEA chairman Rocco Landesman.

The NEA Opera Honors

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Second City series concert at Lakewood’s Lakewold Gardens has the perfect mix of elegance and coziness

Tacoma’s Second City Chamber Series is a hidden gem – and even more so the two annual concerts in the Lakewold Gardens’ Wagner House. Where else around here can you hear fine chamber music so close you can see the performers breathe, and spend the intermission enjoying beautiful gardens or a glass of wine under an arbored terrace? Last week’s SCCS concert was a perfect fusion of the elegance of baroque music in a historic house and the coziness that comes from an audience of 50, most of whom know each other and the performers.

Called “Monticello,” the program was

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Critic’s Picks: Dance Theatre Northwest, werewolf art at Tacoma Art Place, Flow gallery and Roberta Eichenberg at MoG

Dance Theatre Northwest presents “Postcards”

In its annual school recital, Dance Theatre Northwest takes audiences on an imaginary dance and music trip through Europe and America, showcasing dance styles from ballet and jazz to tap and Broadway musical. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 25. $22-$26. Mt. Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma. 253-778-6534, www.dancetheatrenorthwest.org

Werewolf art at Tacoma Art Place

Andrea Trenbeath and James A. Tucker delve into the alter-ego psychology of werewolves with pen, ink and paint in Tacoma Art Place’s new exhibit “Dichotomy.” 1-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 1-5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and

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KPLU holds instrument drive in support of Seattle JazzED

Have a musical instrument? Don’t play it any more? There’s a jazz student out there who’d be glad to learn. 88.5 KPLU radio is holding an instrument drive in support of Seattle JazzED, a non-profit that checks out instruments to students and provides jazz education and performances regardless of ability to pay.

Drop off gently-used instruments at Prosser Piano and Organ at Tacoma Mall or Tukwila; find other locations and addresses at 1.kplu.org/instrumentdrive.htmlThe drive runs through June 30. No pianos or keyboards, please. Information: 206-324-JAZZ, www.seattlejazzed.org

KPLU also just won the Service to the Community Award

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Tacoma author Jason Skipper reads and signs his first novel “Hustle” at King’s Books Friday night

Tacoma author Jason Skipper’s first novel “Hustle” lands you right in the middle of a very tough life – one that he lived through himself. Skipper, who’s launching the newly-published “Hustle” at King’s Books Friday night, made his way from selling shrimp on a Texas roadside to completing creative writing degrees from Miami and Western Michigan universities, and teaching writing at Pacific Lutheran University ­– and it’s the first, difficult part of that life that he draws on to write “Hustle.”

A collection of stories woven together into a narrative, “Hustle” is the coming-of-age tale of kid

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Critic’s picks: oils at Fulcrum, “In the Spirit” at History Museum, Click Flick “Madagascar” and recycled art at Proctor

Industrial oils at Fulcrum

Fulcrum Gallery’s latest show “Science and Industry” features Peter Sheesley’s moody oil paintings of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Aug. 13. Free. 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-250-0520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com

“In the Spirit” at the History Museum

The Washington State History Museum has just opened its annual “In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts” exhibit. The juried show features 21 artists like Chholing Taha and Jennifer Johns in a range of media and styles from traditional to modern. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Aug. 28. $8/$7/$6/free for

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Design for Tacoma Art Museum’s front plaza features large weather shelter, connection to parking lot

Tacoma Art Museum has unveiled a conceptual design by Olson Kundig architects for the remodel of its Pacific Avenue plaza area. The design (viewable here), which features a large, translucent-material weather shelter as well as artwork, a connection to the parking lot and a suggested similar construction in Tollefson Plaza across the road, is being presented to the City of Tacoma’s Environment and Public Works committee at an open meeting next Wednesday afternoon.

The design is still in early stages and may well change, says Stephanie Stebich, museum director. TAM’s website shows an artist’s rendition of the final view looking

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