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Archives: June 2012


Seattle Opera expects to go into the red

Seattle Opera announced on Tuesday evening it is anticipating a shortfall for its 2011-2012 season. In response it is retooling for a leaner future.

In the announcement SO said it will reduce its five opera season to a four opera season in 2014. And it will replace “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” with its International Wagner Competition in the summer of 2014. The 2012-2013 season will stay as previously announced.

The 2011-2012 season included 36 performances of five mainstage productions (“Porgy and Bess,” “Carmen,” “Attila,” “Orphée et Eurydice,” and “Madama Butterfly”). SO states that it has operated without a deficit for

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Study: Tacoma’s nonprofit arts and culture generates $64.7 million in economic activity

The city of Tacoma is touting a new study that says the nonprofit arts and culture industry pumps $64.7 million annually into the Tacoma economy. And it supports 1,735 full-time equivalent jobs. The study also says $6.5 million in local and state government revenues is generated by the same industry.

This comes from the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study. The city says it’s “the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States.”

The study was conducted by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing

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Tacoma Youth Theatre offers free memberships at open house

There’s a new all-youth theater company in town and it’s offering free memberships at an open house on June 30.

Tacoma Youth Theatre is having its event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church School, 918 Division Ave., in Tacoma. Youth and parents can learn about the company’s mission, goals and structure.

Scott Campbell is the managing director and Maggie Knott is the artistic director. Campbell is the former managing artistic director of Tacoma Little Theatre and was at Lakewood Playhouse before that.

Here’s more from the announcement:


All youth (ages 5

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Writing center hopes to give Tacoma all the right words

A new community center hopes to get Tacoma writing.

Write@253, a non-profit writing center intends to serve as a resource for high school students, college applicants, aspiring adult creative writers and any experience in between.

The center will hold its open house Thursday, June 21 from 5-8 p.m.

Mary Fox, a writing teacher at Tacoma Community College and one of the Write@253 founders, said she felt writing education has become too test-oriented.

“We wanted to do something as teachers to support creative writing,” Fox said. “And also enrich the writing environment in Tacoma.”

The group got its inspiration from

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Chalk the Harbor will add color to Gig Harbor’s sidewalks in July

It has a new name but the chalk is the same. Chalk the Harbor returns to Gig Harbor on Saturday, July 21. Bring your knee pads.

Reflecting the town’s history the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association is encouraging chalk artists to create images of the harbor, its fishing heritage or any other maritime theme.

Best of all: the chalk is free. Registration takes place on the day of the event from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at two downtown locations: Anthony’s parking lot in the Finholm District and the Pioneer/Harborview intersection near the Fly Shop. The event runs

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Free concert at UPS features modern and classic works

A free concert of classical and modern works for piano, soprano and flute will be held at the University of Puget Sound on Saturday,

“Life Reflections,” the 4 p.m. concert hosted by the Community Music Department, will be at Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus.

Here’s more from the announcement:

The afternoon performance will feature Puget Sound faculty member and alumnus Timothy Strong ’69 on piano and guest artists Karen Oleson, soprano, and Pamela Ryker, flute. Strong describes the program as an eclectic mix of music dealing with “life reflections,” both serious and humorous.

The performance will include works by

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Fathers Day Blues Vespers features Henry Cooper and Bill Rhoades

Slide guitar master Henry Cooper will be featured at Sunday’s (Fathers Day) Blues Vespers at Immanuel Presbyterian Church at 5 p.m.

Joining Henry is Bill Rhoades, the “Northwest’s Master of the Blues.”

Blues Vespers is a Washington Blues Society award winning monthly event at Immanuel Presbyterian Church featuring blues music, poetry and a brief reflection.

There is no cost but a collection is taken.

Immanuel is at 901 N J Street in Tacoma.


Get your asparagus, both real and printed, at the Proctor Farmers’ Market Saturday

Not all of the vegetables will be edible at this Saturday’s Proctor Farmers’ Market. Artist Rachael Dotson will be signing her newest print “Asparagus” there.

Dotson is known around Tacoma as a public muralist. My colleague, Rosemary Ponnekanti, has written about Dotson and her murals before.

Dotson will be at the Proctor Farmers’ Market Merchandise Booth on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to sign her third print in a series.

“Asparagus” joins the Market’s earlier print releases: “Corn” and “Tulip.” The trio are replicas of Dotson’s large exterior murals on 27th Street.

The prints

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