The Jan Collum Ballroom in the historic Merlino Building is perfect for a party: a sweeping balcony, gold Art Deco molding, the exotic whiff of ballet resin in the air. So that’s exactly what Tacoma City Ballet does every six months or so – transform its main rehearsal space into an elegant party scene filled with dance, music, fine art, film and food. On this Saturday, the next soirée has an added bit of fun: a masquerade ball.
Along with work by local photographers like Bill Hinsee, Jessie Felix, Denise Knudson and Scott Nelson, films by Ellington Tynes, poetry by Sandra King and original choreography by TCB’s Erin Ceragioli, Travis Goldman and Joel Myers, there’ll be live music by Touché: Eclectic Quintet, and guests are encouraged to dress up with masks.
From the press release: “Much of Tacoma City Ballet’s programming throughout the season is geared towards children…However, the Soirée Series was conceived specifically for art-loving adults in our community to have a chance to spend an evening in the company of fellow enthusiasts and experience quality artistic collaboration.”
Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses, along with a no-host bar and wine tasting from 21 Cellars and white Belgian beer from Engine House #9.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. $10. 21+. Merlino Building, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, tacomacityballet.com