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Archives: Jan. 2013


Critic’s picks: Brass Unlimited, Bill Colby at Tacoma library, Click Flick at the Grand and Museum of Glass show

Sounds like Brass Unlimited

Brass Unlimited’s 15th annual “Sounds of Brass” concert happens this Sunday, featuring guest soloist Tracy Knoop on sax. On the program of the free concert by the 15-member ensemble are excerpts from Stravinsky’s “Firebird” suite, Arban’s “Fantasie Brilliante” and several Gershwin preludes. 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. Mark’s Lutheran, 6730 N. 17th St., Tacoma. 253-759-9511, brassunlimited.org

New Bill Colby prints at the library

Veteran Tacoma printmaker and educator Bill Colby shows new work at the Handforth Gallery in Tacoma’s main library branch beginning tomorrow. Inspired by travels, from Italian staircases to Asian brushwork and

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Circus Oz is coming to town: Get discounted Pantages tickets and free parking, or catch a free STAR Center preview

Look out for these three Circus Oz posters around Tacoma. Image: Slide Sideways.
Look out for these three Circus Oz posters around Tacoma. Image: Slide Sideways.

If you haven’t heard of Circus Oz, then listen up: Australia’s national circus has been doing wacky, breathtaking human circus for seven years longer than Canadian megolith Cirque du Soleil, with a uniquely Australian style of humor and live onstage music. And now they’re bringing it to Tacoma’s Pantages Theater, with shows on February 1 and 2. But if you’re on a budget there’s even better news: The Broadway Center is partnering with Tacoma design duo Slide Sideways to create a poster-discount ticket deal, and with Metro Parks to offer a totally free preview at the new STAR Center.

First the discount. Find all three one-of-a-kind Circus Oz posters, designed by Slide Sideways, which were posted around Tacoma last week. Snap a photo and share on Facebook or Twitter (make sure you tag the Broadway Center), then rock up to the box office (or call) and mention the deal to access $30 tickets. (Regular tickets start at $39.)

And now for the freebie: In collaboration with Metro Parks Tacoma, Circus Oz members will be giving a free one-hour preview of their show, with acrobatics, juggling and more, at the new STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma) next Wednesday Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. Read more »


Tacoma Symphony launches new kids’ series with “Peter and the Wolf,” both in the Rialto Theater and at Joint Base Lewis McChord

Trying instruments at the petting zoo at a TSO family concert. Courtesy photo.
Trying instruments at the petting zoo at a TSO family concert. Courtesy photo.

Kids need classical music – we’re all familiar with the studies that repeatedly show how much it improves grades, test scores, teamwork, concentration and behavior. But sometimes it’s hard to get them to live concerts, due to programming, timing, location or cost. The Tacoma Symphony, in partnership with Ted Brown Music and the University of Puget Sound Community Music department, is taking up the challenge by developing its once-a-year family concert into a series of four weekend afternoon shows at various venues which explore the four different instrumental sections of the orchestra with music kids will love. And they begin this weekend.

First up is “Peter and the Wolf.” Yes, it’s an old chestnut for kids’ concerts, but that’s because the tale of a slightly disobedient boy who saves his bird friends from a wicked wolf is a perennial crowd-pleaser, together with the score by Sergei Prokofiev that perfectly caricatures Peter, the bird, the duck, the cat, the wolf, the grumpy grandpa and the ridiculous hunters who make up the story. Conductor Harvey Felder will also explain the different instruments that make up the wind section of the orchestra. Read more »


Newbery book ultra-short film competition opens for Tacoma Public Library festival

Calling all filmmakers, of any age! The Tacoma Public Library is joining in the annual national 90-second Newbery Film Competition and Festival this year, asking for submissions of films that tell the story of a Newbery medal or honor book in just 90 seconds, with screenings of the best videos on February 23.

Anyone can make a film – adult or child –with the only rule being that it needs to tell the complete story of a Newbery winning or nominated book (not just a trailer) in a ridiculously short 90 seconds or under. Submissions are posted as YouTube videos,

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Critic’s Picks: 100 Years of Broadway at the Pantages, “The Children’s Hour” at Lakewood Playhouse, sumi-e at Flow and blue art at B2

Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway”

Love Broadway? Then you’ll want to check out Neil Berg’s latest offering: The award-winning Broadway producer, lyricist and composer has put together a show of best musical theater song and dance from the last 100 years, performed by a nationally touring ensemble of stars from shows like “Phantom of the Opera” and “CATS.” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. $29/$49$64. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

“The Children’s Hour” at Lakewood Playhouse

Mischievous lies get out of control and ruin reputations at a school for girls in Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour,” an adult-themed play opening tonight at Lakewood Playhouse. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays plus 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 24 (Pay-What-You-Can) through Feb. 3. $24/$21/$18. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, lakewoodplayhouse.org

Kimura sumi-e still up at Flow Read more »


Third Thursday ArtWalk in Tacoma is now Art Mingle, run by newly renamed Tacoma Art Group

ArtMingle_LogoIt isn’t ArtWalk anymore. Nor is it called Third Thursday, at least by the folks who organize it. No, Tacoma’s monthly third Thursday evening – when museums are free and galleries open late with new exhibits – will now be called Art Mingle, and the former ArtWalk group that got the whole thing going 30 years ago is now called Tacoma Art Group, with more members than ever to spread the event over the whole city.

“We have less of a walk scenario than most cities,” explains Gary Boone, owner of B2 Fine Arts Gallery and co-president with his wife Deborah of the newly renamed Tacoma Art Group, which was officially proclaimed by Mayor Marilyn Strickland at this week’s city council meeting. “So as a fresh approach to our arts scene, we’re having more of a commingling situation. We liked the idea that Tacoma’s art was citywide, not just in the downtown core and at the museums.”

Tacoma’s ArtWalk began in 1984, when downtown was a very different place. Read more »


Museum of Glass and America’s Car Museum (LeMay) join for one combined $20 ticket to both Tacoma museums Jan. 16-Mar. 31

Two of Tacoma’s biggest museums are joining forces to offer visitors one combined $20 ticket starting next week. The Museum of Glass and America’s Car Museum (the LeMay) are collaborating on the deal, which runs from January 16 to March 31.

“As a community-focused organization, we’ve made it a priority to establish relationships with Tacoma’s local businesses and attractions,” said ACM president David Madeira in the press release.  “Our partnership with MOG is the next evolution of this commitment, which affords people the opportunity to experience the beautiful artwork, designs and exhibits that both museums have to offer.”

Since ACM

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Gig Harbor sculptor Mardie Rees unveils new commission honoring C.W. Lonsdale

Local sculptor Mardie Rees has been busy for the last couple of years on a certain man and his dog: Christopher Windley Lonsdale, to be precise, and his German Shepherd. Now her eight-foot-tall clay version of the founder of Vancouver, B.C.’s prestigious Shawnigan Lake School is ready to be cast in bronze, and Rees is holding a celebratory unveiling next Thursday and Saturday at the Real Carriage Door Co. in Gig Harbor.

A painstaking process which begins with creating a 21-inch-high model or maquette, then sculpting a larger-than-life clay version using historic photographs and live models wearing period

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