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Archives: March 2012


Critic’s Picks: Schubert at UPS, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Chorus sing Fauré, Freighthouse Square market and Carlos Fuentes at UPS, Tacoma

UPS Schubertiade

Just listed by New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini as history’s fourth most influential composer, Schubert gets a shout-out at a Schubertiade evening performed by University of  Puget Sound faculty including Maria Sampen and Timothy Christie (violin), Joyce Ramee (viola), Duane Hulbert, Tanya Stambuk and Keith Ward (piano). Works by the classical composer who died of typhoid at age 31 include “Auf dem Strom,” Fantasia in C major for violin and piano and the Octet in F major. 7:30 p.m. March 30. $12.30/$8.50/free for UPS students and staff. Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma.

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The Grand Cinema celebrates 15 years of independent movies in Tacoma with 15 days of deals.

Fifteen years ago a group of Tacomans decided that indie cinema could flourish in this town. They’ve been proved right. The Grand Cinema, which reopened doors on April 18, 1997 as Pierce County’s only non-profit independent movie theater, is now celebrating 15 years of offering art-house, foreign and indie film to Tacoma, plus creating local events like the Tacoma Film Festival and 72-Hour Film Festival.

To celebrate, The Grand will offer 15 days of movie deals leading up to the anniversary. From April 4-18 there’ll be concession specials, $5 admission days, free member movies on Mondays and more, plus

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Wayz and Means Letterpress Film Festival celebrates King’s Books Tacoma and the Wayzgoose

It’s hard to believe King’s Books has only been in Tacoma for 12 years. The independent new-and-used bookstore on St. Helens Avenue downtown seems like an institution that’s been around forever, hosting community events from art festivals to Shakespeare, offering a home to Scrabble geeks and book fans, and of course selling a huge range of cheap books. But the bookstore is turning 12 this April with a paper-themed birthday party to match: the Wayz and Means Letterpress Film Festival this Sunday.


The festival’s also a fundraiser for the store’s annual letterpress get-together, the Wayzgoose, held this year

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Lynn Di Nino sculpts Twinkies with ironic flair at Flow Gallery, Tacoma

Lynn Di Nino, "Ejectulation Confection." Courtesy image.

If you’re still thinking of Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino as a concrete sculptor it’s time to get up to date. In the last few years Lynn has turned her hand to everything from jewelry to coffee filters as a medium, and her latest expedition into mixed-media art involves junk food. Specifically, Twinkies – and Sno Balls, Ding Dongs, Cupcakes and various other Hostess food products – enshrined in snarky, tongue-in-cheek installations at Flow Gallery that’ll have you laughing (and reaching for the organic whole wheat).

Around the walls of tiny Flow on Puyallup Avenue are around 15 of these sculptures. Enclosed behind plastic muffin-tray lids, they preserve Twinkies (in hand-made vintage packaging – look for the stitches) in any number of ‘archival’ situations. They perch in a rusty Radio Flyer toy wagon or huddle in WWI-era ration cans. They’re inserted phallically by tiny toy hands into a suggestive jack-in-the-box hole, or pounced on by a miniature Howdy Doody puppet, made in clay by Di Nino with a Wallace-and-Gromit innocence. Read more »


Jini Dellaccio at Harbor History Museum for members-only opening

If you read our GO guide last Friday, you’ll have seen my story on 1960s rock photographer Jini Dellaccio, whose work is showing this weekend in a retrospective at the Harbor History Museum. Dellaccio, now 95, who lived in Gig Harbor during the ’60s and ’70s, shot elegant black and white photos of emerging rock bands like the Sonics and the Wailers, which later became iconic album covers.

Dellaccio will be at the opening this Thursday, but it’s a members-only event. The show opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday. If you’re interested in becoming

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Critic’s picks: guitarist Michael Nicolella, Tacoma City Ballet, flamenco at New Frontier and Kopachuck trees at Washington State History Museum

Guitarist Michael Nicolella plays Grace Lutheran

Seattle classical guitarist Michael Nicolella, called “one of the contemporary guitar’s most gifted stars” by Classical Guitar magazine, will perform works by J.S. Bach, Albeniz, Elliott Carter and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco this Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church. 7 p.m. Mar. 24. $10 suggested donation. Grace Lutheran, 6202 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. 253-472-7105,gracelutherantacoma.org

Free Tacoma City Ballet preview

Get a sneak peek at the Tacoma City Ballet’s big spring repertory program tonight at a free preview. Choreographers Erin Ceragioli, Travis Goldman and Joel Myers will talk about the works they’re creating for the program,

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Cappy Thompson, Dick Weiss and Jeffry Mitchell paint myths, jokes, stories on clay at Traver Gallery Tacoma

Cappy Thompson, Dick Weiss, Jeffry Mitchell, "Tiger in the Rain." Courtesy image.

It’s a rare thing to walk into Tacoma’s glass-based Traver Gallery and see it filled with ceramics. It’s also rare to see it all filled with the same kind of art. But with “Yours, Ours and Mine,” the work might be on ceramic but it’s painted by artists who usually work with glass, and of course every single platter is very different, created by either Cappy Thompson, Dick Weiss or Jeffry Mitchell, or some combination of the three. It’s also a joy to look at.

Like kids playing together at play-dough, Thompson, Mitchell and Weiss delve into a realm where nature and myth meet. They paint peacocks with women’s eyes, tigers with tongues like Hindu gods, flowers with sweet faces and skulls puffing pipes. They’re overlaid on more subtle, dreamlike images of wafty clouds crying tears of paint, or robot armadillos, with every so often a big splodge of thick black paint to remind you not to take it all too seriously.

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Susan Warner named new executive director and curator of Museum of Glass

New Museum of Glass executive director/curator Susan Warner. Courtesy photo.

The board of trustees of Tacoma’s Museum of Glass has named Susan Warner as the museum’s new executive director and curator, beginning today. The move comes just two months after the resignation of former director Tim Close, who cited a need for a change in leadership as his reason for leaving. Warner, who has worked for the museum since 2001, has served as interim director since Close resigned in January after five years of leadership.

“We are very pleased that Susan has agreed to step into the role of Museum of Glass director,” comments board chair Steve Loeb in a press release.  “Susan knows the institution better than anyone and she is the ideal candidate to lead the organization as we enter into our second decade of service.  She has continually demonstrated her ability to inspire and engage Museum visitors, supporters, artists and staff during her tenure at the museum, and the Board is confident that she is the best person to move the institution forward.” Read more »