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Live Paint gives parents a break, kids an artsy afternoon in Tacoma Hilltop studio

Parents – looking for a babysitting option for your kids that adds music, theater and art? Live Paint, which started in its Spaceworks Hilltop location earlier this year and is still going strong, is offering Saturday afternoon Parents’  Day Out workshops for kids every second Saturday from noon-4 p.m.

While parents relax elsewhere, kid-art whiz Cindy Arnold conjures a fabulously arty experience for littlies aged 4 and up, with arts, crafts, stories, theater, costumes and more in the refurbished space at 1314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. Dates are Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. It’s $30 per

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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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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 »


Skate Like A Girl, plus chalk, dance and watch molten glass at the 4th Annual Hilltop Arts Night Out tonight

If you have restless kids looking for something else to fill the summer with, it’s here: the fourth annual Hilltop Arts Night Out. Glassblowing, music, chalk art, dance, T-shirt design, food and skateboarding reinvent the family arts night in a totally hip way, all between 4-8 p.m. tonight at Jason Lee Middle School.

Led by the Hilltop Artists in Residence, the Jason Lee non-profit program that trains at-risk students in glass art, the Arts Night Out is a free community all-ages event happening on National Night Out, which unites Americans in taking back their streets for safety and community.

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Art chairs return to Ruston for viewing this week and silent auction Saturday

"Sit a Spell" art Adirondack by Karen Marvik-Hallis, one of the 21 chairs up for view and auction in Ruston this week. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti.

Anything goes in summertime, including sitting on your art. Art chairs, that is. Because the art Adirondacks are back in Ruston this week – 21 artist-painted Adirondack chairs, which are up for viewing 4-7 p.m. every day this week outside the Ruston Town Hall, and available for you to buy via silent auction this Saturday.

This year, though, there are a few differences. For starters, the chairs are arranged in front of the low-slung, sage-green Ruston Town Hall, instead of ranged along the grassy median strip in the middle of North Winnifred Street. Clustered on the front lawn, they have an expectant, cozy look, as if waiting for a summer concert or evening drinks party.

“We wanted to involve the local town hall,” explains co-chair Lucy Davis. “And it looked charming.”

Art chairs in front of the Ruston Town Hall. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti.

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Indie rock trapeze: Tallhouse Arts Consortium and Romanteek collaborate at Olympia’s Capitol Theater

The Tallhouse Arts Consortium trapeze ensemble. Courtesy photo.

It’s pure Olympia onstage: a grungy, bass-heavy indie rock band with mournful female vocals next to a group of muscly dancers performing on an assortment of aerial hoops, ropes and bars. The collaboration this Saturday night of the Tallhouse Arts Consortium trapeze ensemble with live band Romanteek isn’t just a loud, starkly lit trapeze show: It’s an example of Olympia artists doing highly original things in cool venues.

It’s also the first full-length narrative show from Tallhouse, a group of Olympians who got together a few years ago after taking aerial classes in Seattle circus schools and began practicing in a refurbished barn. You may have seen them doing their high-bar stuff at the Brotherhood Lounge or the Illuminated Ball. Now they’re branching out into an evening show.

In the words of the press release: “Set in the shadows of a dense wood, a dark heart, a deep sea, the show winds through an otherworldy soundscape. Tallhouse and Romanteek entangle in the human experience of struggle and synchronicity, among a crowd, between two people, within a single self…it is music.” Read more »


Happy Year of the Dragon! Now go look for your glass floats, courtesy of Tacoma’s Monkeyshines crew

A Monkeyshines glass Dragon float. Courtesy photo.

Today’s the new Asian year – the Year of the Dragon. And for the ninth year in a row, Tacoma’s Monkeyshine folks have gotten out and about late last night to do their anonymous, slightly crazy glass art thing: hiding hundreds of hand-blown glass floats stamped with this year’s animal in front yards, trees and odd places around Tacoma for lucky citizens to find and keep.

Begun in 2003, Monkeyshines is a collaboration between local glass artists, glassblowers at the Jason Lee Hilltop Artists in Residence program, and willing volunteers who fan out late one night to deposit the floats all around the city. I’ve done it one year, and it’s fun finding creative places to hide the floats: under bushes, in tree branches (securely, of course), inside newspaper boxes… This year there are over 500 balls and medallions, each stamped with a dragon. Read more »


Celebrate the light with storytelling theater group Live Paint at Tacoma’s Swasey Library

Imagine a show that brings together art, theater and music, together with telling stories, and you’ve got Live Paint, a Tacoma-based kids’ creativity group that has been helping local kids (and adults) tell stories through the arts for a few years now. It’s been hosting free shows at Tacoma Public Library branches this month, and Thursday afternoon at Swasey branch is the last show.

The company was founded by professional actor Cindy Arnold, who draws on cultural travel to Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia for the stories and cultural artifacts in the Live Paint shows. The company has

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