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Critic’s Picks: Maritime Gig Harbor Festival, two Tacoma tapestry shows, “Dances with Dancers” at Pantages and Ten Tiny Dances at Jazzbones

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on June 3, 2011 at 6:58 am |
May 26, 2011 2:01 pm

Maritime Gig Festival

Join in the fun, food, festivities and everything watery at the annual Maritime Gig Festival in Gig Harbor this weekend. Events include Fun Run, Pancake Breakfast, Grand Parade and Round Rock Contest, plus this year’s pirate theme. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5. Free. Along Harborview Drive (near waterfront, between Pioneer Way and Rosedale Street, park on Pioneer Way), Gig Harbor. 253-851-6865, full schedule at www.maritimegig.com

Two Tacoma Tapestry shows

Tacoma becomes tapestry central this weekend, with two shows in two venues highlighting work from both local and national artists. At the Handforth Gallery the American Tapestry Alliance presents “Small Tapestry International 2: Passages,” and at Brick House the Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound present “Warped, Beaten and Hung.” Handforth events June 4: Artist talk with Jean Pierre Larochette and others 1-3:30 p.m.; artists’ reception 3:30-5:30 p.m. “Small Tapestry” shows 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through July 1. Free. Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org. “Warped, Beaten” is open 6-7:30 p.m. June 4, 5-9 p.m. June 16 and by appointment through July 15. Free.  Brick House Gallery, 1123 S. Fawcett St., Tacoma. 253-627-0426, www.thebrickhousegallery.com

Jo Emery School’s “Dances with Dancers” at Pantages

The Jo Emery Ballet School’s annual showcase “Dances with Dancers” at the Pantages Saturday night features both students and the Tacoma Performing Dance Company in a Moulin Rouge production, a Beatles-inspired contemporary piece and “Alice in Wonderland.” 7:30 p.m. June 4. $25/$22/$18. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Ten Tiny Dances at Jazzbones

Ten dances, each 10 minutes long max, on a tiny stage just four by four feet – if you haven’t seen past incarnations of this alternative-venue contemporary dance event, you get another chance this Sunday at Jazzbones club. Organized by MLKBallet; all ages. 6 p.m. June 5. $15. Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-396-9169, www.jazzbonestacoma.com, www.facebook.com/mlkballet

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