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Critic’s Picks: Lakewood Playhouse’s “Love Letters,” Punch and Judy at Fort Nisqually, Music and Art in Wright Park and third Thursday ArtWalkTacoma

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Aug. 10, 2012 at 5:52 am with No Comments »
August 3, 2012 11:01 am
Zumba on the plaza outside the Museum of Glass is free to all this Third Thursday, Aug. 16. Courtesy photo.

Dance it out at Third Thursday Artwalk

There’s a dance theme at the museums this ArtWalkTacoma Art Museum is holding a Best of the Northwest night for local youth to show off their dance skills (5 p.m.) and the Museum of Glassholds its second Zumba on the Plaza class (5 p.m.) and bead-making workshop. Both are free, as are all museums. Galleries are open late. 5-8 p.m. Aug. 16. Free. TAM: 1701 Pacific Ave.; MoG: 1801 Dock St; Washington History Museum: 1911 Pacific Ave.; LeMay-ACM: 2702 E. D St., Tacoma. artwalktacoma.com

Lakewood Playhouse’s “Love Letters”

Lakewood Playhouse takes a unique spin on A.R. Gurney’s 1989 play “Love Letters,” telling the story of a written romance that lasts a couple’s whole lives. Each of the nine shows, beginning tonight, is played by a different South Sound couple who fell in love themselves through theater. Opening the series tonight are Jen Davis and Alex Smith, others include Stephanie and Jerod Nace, Aya and Randy Clark and Samantha Camp and Bruce Story. 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25; 2 p.m. Aug. 12, 19, 26. $15. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, lakewoodplayhouse.org

See Punch and Judy at Fort Nisqually

Punch and Judy, those traditional Italian/English puppets who delight in silly voices and jokes, come to Fort Nisqually this weekend for the annual Brigade Encampment, which reenacts the 1855 fur trapping life. England-trained puppeteer Kelsey Sample (a.k.a. Professor Petticoat) performs the solo show, there’s a historical P&J exhibit with her video, and other weekend events include races, bagpipe music and hands-on skills such as blacksmithing and spinning. Brigade Encampment 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 11-12. Punch and Judy shows 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 11, 3 p.m. Aug. 12. $8.50/$7.50 senior/student/active military/$5.50 youth/$31 families. Fort Nisqually, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma (hourly shuttle runs from visitors’ center). 253-591-5339, fortnisqually.org

Music and Art in Wright Park

This free family event is back with half-hour sets of live rock music from indie to punk, including the Fun Police, the Rusty Cleavers, Big Wheel Stunt Show, Girl Trouble, Humble Cubb and more. Artist Larkin Cypher will create a painting live to be auctioned at the end of the event as a fundraiser, there’ll be artist vendors and food, and of course Wright Park’s excellent kids’ play area and sprayground. Noon-7 p.m. Aug. 11. Free. Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma. facebook.com


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