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Critic’s Picks: Irish music at St. Pat’s and Fox Island, The Bad Plus at the Pantages, ArtWalk in Tacoma and clay art everywhere

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on March 9, 2012 at 5:57 am with No Comments »
March 5, 2012 11:59 am

Celtic music for early St. Patrick’s Day

Two local fundraisers get the jump on St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic music this weekend. The Magical Strings duo of harp and dulcimer play 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Fox Island Community Center to help support the center. $15 includes refreshments.690 9th Ave., Fox Island. Ficra.org, magicalstrings.org

On Saturday Evolution Dance and Irish band Mooncoyne join forces for the second annual Bia-Ceol-Damhsa fundraiser for St. Leo’s Food Connection, with Irish food, music and dance. 6-10:30 p.m. March 10. $50. St. Patrick’s School, 1112 N. G St., Tacoma. 253-383-5048, foodconnection.org

“The Bad Plus” jazz up Stravinsky

Jazz trio The Bad Plus come to the Pantages courtesy of the former Tacoma Philharmonic, presenting Stravinsky’s epochal neo-classical ballet “Rite of Spring” in a suave, jazzed up version. 7:30 p.m. March 10. $24/$44/$56. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Clay, cakes and the Art Bus at ArtWalk

This month’s Third Thursday ArtWalk marks the two-year anniversary of Tacoma’s Art Bus, which transports gallery goers around the venues in a yellow school bus with attitude. Museums are free and open late, and new gallery shows include Lynn Di Nino’s irreverent mixed-media take on Hostess baked goods at Flow, and ceramic animals exploring personal narratives at Fulcrum. ArtWalk 5-8 p.m. March 15. Free/Art Bus $10. Art Bus begins Tacoma Art Museum at 6 p.m., 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org. Flow Gallery artist reception 5-8 p.m., 301A Puyallup Ave., Tacoma; 253-255-4675. Fulcrum Gallery open 5-9 p.m., 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma; 253-250-0520, fulcrumtacoma.com

Clay arts conference means ceramic art in Tacoma

This year’s NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Conference is hosted in Seattle at the end of March, so many Tacoma galleries are showing clay art. These include Throwing Mud Gallery ( N. 30th St.); Kittredge Gallery (1500 N. Warner St.); Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.); The Gallery at TCC (6501 S. 19th St.);  the gallery at Pacific Lutheran University (12180 Park Ave. S.); the Clay Art Center (2636 Pioneer Way E.); The Art Stop (940 Broadway); Traver Gallery (1821 E. Dock St. #100) and the Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St). More information: nceca.net/static/conference_home.php


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