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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma’s Telephone Room Gallery, Lakewood Playhouse, the Esoterics in Olympia and Traver Gallery opening

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on March 2, 2012 at 5:08 am |
February 24, 2012 11:13 am
Julie Alpert, "Telephone Room blueprint." Courtesy image.

“Zigzags” at the Telephone Room

The one-room Telephone Room gallery, housed in a private residence in the North end, opens a new show this weekend with work by Seattle artist Julie Alpert, who draws on the rooms cramped charm to create a three-dimensional painting. 6-9 p.m. March 3 and by appointment through March. Free.
Telephone Room Gallery,
3710 North 7th St., Tacoma. www.juliealpert.com,www.thetelephoneroom.blogspot.com

Lakewood Playhouse opens “The Farnsworth Invention”

Opening tonight at Lakewood is “The Farnsworth Invention,” a new play by Aaron Sorkin about the race to invent television back in 1929, and directed by the theater’s new managing director John Munn. Opens 8 p.m. tonight, then 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through March 25. $23/$20/$17. Pay-What-You-Can night 8 p.m. March 8. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

The Esoterics sing “Sirene” at St. John’s

The St. John’s Concert Series in Olympia presents a cappella Seattle choir The Esoterics singing extremely contemporary American work: Mason Bates’ “Sirenes,” Ted Hearne’s “Privilege,” conductor Eric Banks’ “Voices,” a 2011 piece commissioned by the Yale Glee Club, and Paul Crabtree’s “Thirst,” based on the poem “Elvis Reads the Story of the Woman at the Well.” 3 p.m. March 4. Donate as able, free childcare, reception afterward. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. 360-352-8527, www.stjohnsoly.org, www.theesoterics.org

Traver Gallery opens Thompson, Weiss and Mitchell

Three Northwest artists collaborate in a new show opening at Traver Gallery this weekend. Beginning with a set of ceramic blanks, each artist adds their own voice in paint: Cappy Thompson’s mythological characters, Dick Weiss’ humor and Jeffry Mitchell’s provocative animals. Also includes individual works in clay. 5-7 p.m. March 3, then open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday through April 15. Free. Traver Gallery, 1821 E. Dock St., #100, Tacoma. 253-383-3685, www.travergallery.com

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