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Archives: Sep. 2011


New director Ludovic Morlot makes ebullient debut with Seattle Symphony

If the full house at Benaroya Hall last Saturday night was expecting something new from the Seattle Symphony’s brand new director Ludovic Morlot, they certainly got it. The young Frenchman opened the SSO’s 2011/12 season and his own reign as artistic director with the kind of energy that promises an exciting new era for the orchestra: contemporary music, creative twists and an honest informality that backs up Morlot’s mission to reestablish the SSO as an orchestra for the whole city.

Beginning, appropriately enough, with Beethoven’s Overture to “The Consecration of the House” (written for a new theater opening,

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Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Studio Tour, Park(ing) Day in Tacoma, Click Flick at the Grand and Art Chantry at Fulcrum and

Gig Harbor studio tour

Gig Harbor’s annual self-guided Open Studio Tour is on again this weekend, with 28 artists in 25 studios in a variety of media. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept 17-18. Free. Various locations; get map online. 253-549-7551

Temporary street art on Park(ing) Day

Walk around downtown today and check out the temporary art literally on the street for Park(ing) Day, a one-day global event when artists, activist and regular citizens transform city parking spots into temporary public parks. Last year saw parking spots become tropical zones, picnic areas, art installations and even a tiny farm.

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Mural dedication for two new Ruston murals

The Ruston business district will host a dedication ceremony for two new murals recently installed on cafes along North 51st Street, Tacoma. An undersea mural representing the natural beauty of Point Defiance, painted over the summer on plywood panels by artist Mary Mann and students of Point Defiance’s Science and Math Institute high school, is mounted on the south wall of the Antique Sandwich Company café, while a mural of flowers was painted directly onto the wall of Don’s Ruston Market by artist Rachel Dotson in August.

Both artists will be at the dedication ceremony. The murals

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Federal Way’s Rhododendron Species Garden hosts a bouquet of arts performances this weekend

Arts in the Garden will bring Federal Way performing arts groups outside to the Rhododendron Species Garden for a day of free arts this Saturday. Groups include the Aria Dance Company, Centerstage Theatre, Jet Cities Chorus, the Federal Way Chorale and the Harmony Kings Barbershop Chorus.

1-5 p.m. Sept. 17. Free. Rhododendron Species and Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way on the Weyerhaeuser Campus.253-835-6926, www.rhodygarden.org



Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma holds dance museum and open house

Tacoma’s Metropolitan Ballet celebrates it’s 25th anniversary season with a mini museum and open house this Saturday, showing visitors behind the scenes of a dance studio and highlighting the interior of their historic South Tacoma building.

The community walk-through tour includes costumes, scenery, props, studio and office rooms, and visitors will get the chance to see the 1910 Odd Fellows building that has housed MTB for over two decades.

The museum is free, but donations will be accepted. Cupcakes and punch will be served at the walk-through, hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served at an alumni presentation that

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From finance agent to artist: Keith Hammond debuts as a muralist to donate an undersea scene for the kids at MultiCare Urgent Care, Tacoma

When Keith Hammond started painting the lobby wall of MultiCare’s Westgate Urgent Care Clinic, the staff weren’t so confident in him: Here was a financial services agent who hadn’t painted since high school, and the first animal he roughed out on a sea-blue background didn’t look a whole lot like a turtle. Nearly a month later and things are different: Hammond’s mural, painted voluntarily in his spare time, is getting admiration and questions from kid and adult patients alike, and brightening up the waiting room space.

“The last time I picked up a paintbrush was in my sophomore year,” says

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Tacoma Opera hires Dr. Noel Koran as new general director

Tacoma Opera has hired Dr. Noel Koran as its new general director, three months after the resignation of former director Kathryn Smith, the company announced today. Koran was selected by the Tacoma Opera board of directors after a national search, and has extensive experience directing opera in the Northwest.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Noel’s caliber and experience leading Tacoma Opera, said board member Peter Serko.  “It really is a dream come true, he definitely has the skill and experience to take us to the next level.”

comes to Tacoma from directorship positions at Roque Opera

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Critic’s Picks: “Spelling Bee” at Tacoma Little Theatre, eco-art on Vashon and William Morris art at Collins Library

Tacoma Little Theatre starts spelling

TLT opens its season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the Tony-winning musical about six nerdy teens (played by adults) competing for the world’s wackiest spelling competition. Opens today; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays Sept. 2-25. $15-$25. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma. 253-272-2481, www.tacomalittletheatre.com

Eco-art on Vashon

Join artist and UWT professor Beverly Naidus for the opening of her eco-art project “Eden Reframed” on Vashon Island. Combining permaculture principles like a food forest and soil improvement with interactive sculptural story “hives” and a community

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