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Archives: May 2012


Seattle author Rebecca Morris reads from her new book on Ted Bundy at Tacoma’s Wheelock Library

Rebecca Morris, author of “Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy” will speak about and sign her new book at Tacoma’s Wheelock Library next Wednesday. Described by author Ann Rule as “…the ONLY book to read to learn the full story of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in August 1961. Fascinating!” the book details the unsolved mystery of Tacoma girl Ann Marie Burr, who went missing on August 31, 1961 – and the connection to her neighbor, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, who was just 14 at the time.

With new

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Sign up now for poetry workshops with Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner

Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner will hold a series of two poetry workshops with culminating reading this June. The subject is how to separate the poet from the poem’s speaker, and registration deadline is this Friday.

“The Author vs. The Speaker: Doing what’s best for the poem” explores how to tell a story while still making poetry sing by looking at the work of both poetry masters and workshop participants.

Chosen by the Tacoma Arts Commission as this year’s poet laureate, Emmons Turner has been published in “California Quarterly,” “Floating Bridge Review,” “Backstreet Review,” “In Tahoma’s Shadow,” and other

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Mark Brombaugh plays the Brombaugh organ at Christ Episcopal Church Tacoma

Organist Mark Brombaugh will play the John Brombaugh organ at Christ Church this Friday. Courtesy photo.

A pair of brothers will be highlighted in an organ recital this Friday evening at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma: Mark Brombaugh, who’ll play the church’s renowned organ, and John Brombaugh, who built it.

Since its 1979 installation the Brombaugh organ at Christ Church is sought after by many musical groups for its superior vocal tone and baroque-inspired design. One of around 50 Brombaugh has built, it was inspired by North German and Dutch organs of the 16th-18th centuries, with a case of white oak and western cedar and pipe shades in yellow cedar, all hand-carved. The tone is enhanced by the hammered, high-lead-content pipes as well as the church’s resonant acoustics.

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Critic’s Picks: Surreal portraits at Fulcrum Gallery, pastels at American Art Co, “Fiddler on the Roof” at Kitsap Forest Theater and “Happy Days” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Surreal portraits at Fulcrum Gallery

The Hilltop’s Fulcrum Gallery presents “Surrealistic Portraits,” a group show blurring human and beast in portraits by Larkin Cypher, Kelsi Finney, Jeremy Gregory and Keith Carter. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through July 14. Free. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-520-0520, fulcrumtacoma.com

American Art Co hosts International Pastels Exhibition

The Northwest Pastel Society’s International Exhibition is back at American Art Co in downtown Tacoma, featuring work by local and national pastel artists in a variety of genres. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1126 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-272-4327,

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Two new shows at the Museum of Glass celebrate an unlikely pairing of events: Dale Chihuly and the LeMay car museum

It’s certainly an unlikely combination: glass artist Dale Chihuly and the vintage cars at the new LeMay museum. But each one represents a brand-new exhibition space, and each is celebrated by a glass show at the Museum of Glass.

The Dale Chihuly, of course, references the artist’s new splashy permanent show at the Seattle Center, the Chihuly Garden and Glass, which just opened yesterday. There, you can see all the enormous, vibrant glass that made this Tacoma-born artist famous – the Persian ceiling, the giant Macchia, the enormous installations of floats, ikebana and garden foliage. But the Museum of Glass

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Jazz and Blues Fest rocks Tacoma this weekend at Freighthouse Square, the Harmon and Stonegate

It’s back – the annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival, rocking Freighthouse Square and two other venues all day Saturday, and all for free.

Freighthouse Square is the best jumping-off place, hosting both the Big Band Stage (upstairs in the Rainier Room) and free parking. Catch the light rail to the Blues Stage at the Harmon Pub on Pacific Avenue, and then drive down South Tacoma Way to the Stonegate restaurant and bar for the evening stage.

In the line-up this year: regular favorites like Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Jazz Orchestra (5 p.m., Stonegate), Maia Santell

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Critic’s Picks: Click Flick “The Princess Bride” at The Grand, Gaelic Storm, Tacoma City Ballet’s Storybook Theater and Pachamama at Pantages

Click Flick is “The Princess Bride”

This months’ free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is “The Princess Bride,” the hilarious medieval adventure spoof with Cary Elwes as a dashing Errol Flynn lookalike. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

In for a Gaelic Storm

Swashbuckling Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm sweeps back into the Pantages this weekend for an evening of the rollicking fun that made them famous in the movie “Titanic” and just earned them a #1 on the Billboard

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Two free jazz evenings at local churches: Jazz Live at Marine View with Danny Quintero and Blues Vespers at Immanuel Presbyterian with Bill Sims Jr.

There’s plenty of free jazz this weekend at two Tacoma churches. Jazz Live at Marine View features 23-year-old crooner Danny Quintero, while the Immanuel Presbyterian Blues Vespers this months features blues artist Bill Sims Jr.

Danny Quintero is becoming known for a vocal talent that gets him compared to Frank Sinatra. Says John Hanford of the Fabulous Wailers: “That Danny possesses a great set of pipes is obvious; what strikes one on first hearing is the sheer quality of the voice mature and burnished sonority that belies his age. There is also the confident sense of swing, and

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