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Archives: Sep. 2012


Critic’s picks: Outlaw Days at Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, Sumner’s Write in the Valley, Tacoma Autumn Moon Festival and Trio Lexicon at Agnus Dei Lutheran in Gig Harbor

Outlaw Days at Auburn’s Mary Olson Farm

Relive the Old West at the Mary Olson Farm, a restored 1902 pioneer farmhouse in Auburn run by the White River Valley Museum. “Outlaw Days” runs this and next weekend, and features an interactive theater experience “Gentleman Desperado” by Seattle playwright Keri Healey, based on a true tale of outlaw Harry Tracy.1:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7. $5/$3. Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Rd.
253-288-7433, wrvmuseum.org

Sumner’s Write in the Valley

The City of Sumner is hosting its fourth annual Write in the Valley event, where seven published authors

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Tacoma Early Music Project combines Canonici, Illumni and the Dorian Singers plus organist Mark Brombaugh for a free multimedia 16th-century concert

Tacoma’s early music scene is slowly but surely gaining traction, and some of it is thanks to vocal groups like Canonici. This weekend the a cappella vocal quartet collaborates with the Illumni Men’s Chorale and the University of Puget Sound’s Dorian Singers, as well as organist Mark Brombaugh, to present a multimedia concert of sacred 16th century music in the evocative acoustics of Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma.

The Tacoma Early Music Project: Savonarola and the North Wind centers on Girolamo Savonarola, the gaunt Italian priest famously burned at the stake in 1498 for making controversial prophecies against

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A bluegrassy day at the Proctor Farmers’ Market

Love bluegrass? Love fresh fruit, flowers, meat and veggies? Then the Proctor Farmers’ Market is the place for you this Saturday. During market hours (9 a.m.-2 p..m) the market will host a variety of local bluegrass bands at the not-so-euphoniously-named MarketGrass day.

Musicians include The Pine Hearts and Tattered Dress, plus jam sessions for kids and adults alike, all completely free. Bring an instrument (there’ll be cover provided if it rains) or just a shopping bag and enjoy the atmosphere.

And just so’s you know, the market is open every Saturday through Christmas, then second Saturdays through winter.


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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Park(ing) Day, Revels Bridge Sing, Lakewood Playhouse and Lumins Festival

Park(ing) Day

Art takes to the streets today in Park(ing) Day, a global event where citizens and artists take back metered parking spaces and transform them into temporary tiny public parks – everything from a Buddhist shrine to a picnic table to a palm-fringed tropical garden. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Free. Downtown Tacoma streets (mostly Pacific Avenue). parkingday.org

Sing with Revels on the Bridge of Glass

The Puget Sound Revels bring music outside tonight for the autumn equinox at Tacoma Sings, an annual sing-along of folk music on the Bridge of Glass in downtown Tacoma. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Begins on Museum of Glass side of the bridge, moves over to Pacific Avenue plaza side. 253-756-1804, pugetsoundrevels.org Read more »


Free for All kicks off a varied and exciting Broadway Center season, with guest appearance by Vicci Martinez

Singer Vicci Martinez, playing the Pantages this Saturday for Tacoma's Fall Free for All festival. Courtesy photo.

Who doesn’t like free dance, theater and music? The Broadway Center knows it’s pretty hard to resist a free show, let alone a free weekend of shows, and for the second year around is kicking off its season with the Fall Free for All weekend of free arts events this Saturday and Sunday to entice newbies into the downtown theaters and give us all a taste of what’s coming up. Headlining the weekend is Tacoma indie singer Vicci Martinez, playing the Pantages Saturday night.

You can download the program pdf on the Broadway Center’s website, but here are some highlights:

-       New this year is Vicci Martinez, the Tacoma native singer/songwriter who went big on NBC’s “The Voice” and has found it hard to schedule her adoring hometown into her gig schedule ever since. She didn’t make it to Art on the Ave – but she’s booked in at the Pantages, so get in line early. 9 p.m. Sat.

-       Also new this year is a scheduled dinner break. No, they’re not giving you a free meal, but at least there’s a two hour break in the performance schedule to allow everyone to refuel at some of downtown T-Town’s great eating places (Two Koi, Matador, Maxwell’s, The Old Spaghetti Factory, El Gaucho, Corina and The Office), where your FFFA wristband will get you discounts. 5-7 p.m. Sat., 4-6 p.m. Sun. Read more »


New organ to be dedicated at free concert at Fox Island United Church of Christ this Sunday

Fox Island United Church of Christ has a new Allen organ, and will be dedicating it at a free concert this Sunday afternoon. Performers include FIUCC organist Meredith Shanley and regional Allen representative Ryan Dye, with works by composers such as J.S. Bach, Franck, Guillemot and others.

On show will be the organ’s digital “stop list,” a collection of pipe sounds from well-known organs around Europe and the United States ranging from baroque to mid-1900s which have been loaded into the organ’s stop list library for electronic reproduction.

3 p.m. Sept. 23. Free. Fox Island United Church of

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The Tacoma Arts Commission wants YOU

If you’re interested in guiding and supporting Tacoma’s public art scene, the Tacoma Arts Commission needs you. Three positions are currently open for folks interested in volunteering on the commission, which advises the City Council on and allocates funding for literary, visual and performing arts-related projects, oversees the municipal art program and supports programs such as Spaceworks Tacoma, Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month and the Tacoma Murals Project.

Commissioners serve for three years, meeting monthly at 5 p.m. on second Mondays in the Municipal Building downtown. The commission is currently looking for someone to represent the Cross District

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Critic’s Picks: Spaceworks’ Cakewalk, Seattle Symphony opening, Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour and juried art show at The Gallery at TCC

Spaceworks Cakewalk

Join Spaceworks Tacoma for an arts fundraising cakewalk party this weekend. The City of Tacoma’s program that matches artists with vacant commercial spaces is raising money via a new-fashioned cakewalk, where prizes include locally-made art as well as cakes, DJs include Mr. Melanin and DJ Broam, and there’ll be dance from the Barefoot Collective and a video installation by Kris Crews. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 15. Free, cakewalk tickets $5, artwalk tickets $20. 311 S. 7th St., Tacoma. spaceworkstacoma.org

Seattle Symphony opening night

Ludovic Morlot opens the Seattle Symphony’s new season with an all-American

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