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Vicci Martinez, Fab-5, Recess Monkey, Squeak Squawk and Double Shot Theatre among many offerings at Broadway Center’s Fall Free for All later this month

Put it on your calendar now – the 2012 Fall Free for All festival, organized by Tacoma’s Broadway Center for Perfoming Arts September 21-22, is bigger and better than ever, with headline acts like singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez and kindie rockers Recess Monkey. Best of all, it’s still all free.

A teaser for the Broadway Center’s new season and an enticement to get new theater-goers downtown, the Fall Free for All was a success last year, though Sunday saw far fewer crowds and a less festive atmosphere. This year, though, the headline act Vicci Martinez is sure to draw crowds, and

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Free concert at UPS features modern and classic works

A free concert of classical and modern works for piano, soprano and flute will be held at the University of Puget Sound on Saturday,

“Life Reflections,” the 4 p.m. concert hosted by the Community Music Department, will be at Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus.

Here’s more from the announcement:

The afternoon performance will feature Puget Sound faculty member and alumnus Timothy Strong ’69 on piano and guest artists Karen Oleson, soprano, and Pamela Ryker, flute. Strong describes the program as an eclectic mix of music dealing with “life reflections,” both serious and humorous.

The performance will include works by

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Rock star panel with Jini Dellaccio 1960s photographs at Harbor History Museum next weekend

If you’re into 1960s rock, save the date: Bob Holden from Don and the Goodtimes, Jim Valley from Don and the Goodtimes and Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Steve Lalor of the Daily Flash are coming on May 19 to Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor to take part in a panel discussion on 1960s rock photographer Jini Dellaccio, whose large-format photography is now on exhibit in the museum in “With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio.”

The rockers were each part of a group that was photographed by Dellaccio, who took iconic album covers

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Classical presenter Tacoma Philharmonic to merge with Broadway Center

After 75 years of offering classical music in Tacoma, presenting organization the Tacoma Philharmonic is merging into the Broadway Center for Performing Arts, the non-profit organization that manages Tacoma’s downtown theaters, which are owned by the City. The BCPA will now present the Philharmonic’s current classical series and educational programs under its own umbrella and management, manage the Philharmonic endowment and welcome Philharmonic trustees to the BCPA board.

The merger begins April 30, and follows a trial period of joint presentation after Tacoma Philharmonic executive director Andy Wood left early last year. Both boards voted unanimously on the move. Read more »


All-girl folk-bluegrass group The Good Lovelies play Fox Island’s Chapel on Echo Bay Friday night.

Female folk-bluegrass group The Good Lovelies are making a stop at Fox Island on a U.S. tour that stretches from Minneapolis to Las Vegas. The five-year-old band has garnered a good rep in their native Canada, with spots at the Mariposa, Hillside and Montreal Jazz festivals, and are taking their third CD “Let The Rain Fall” on tour to the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

Swapping instruments and singing three-part harmony, band members Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore blend roots, folk, bluegrass, Americana and swing with light-hearted lyrics. Their first album, “The Good Lovelies,” won them Best

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Blues Vespers this Sunday at Immanuel Presbyterian Church Tacoma features Junkyard Jane and stories from their recent Habitat Build in Guatemala

This month’s Blues Vespers at Tacoma’s Immanuel Presbyterian is a week later than normal – because the pastor and lead vocalist have just returned from an International Habitat Build in Guatemala. Featured band for Vespers this month is perennial favorites Junkyard Jane, and vocalist Leanne Trevalyan will have lots of stories to tell alongside Pastor Dave Brown and others from their recent Habitat trip.

Joining Trevalyan at the free monthly music-and-poetry blues event will be Junkyard Jane guitar regular Billy Stoops, drummer Trev Cutler, bassist Lissa Ramagglia and saxophonist Scotty Harris. Their newest CD, “F-Bombs and Love Letters,”

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Tacoma Public Library workshop for teens to tell their stories through words, music

Teens will get instruction from top Tacoma artists and writers over the next few months, thanks to the Tacoma Public Library and its main branch StoryLab, a recent grant-funded room at the branch which is open and free to all youth and supplies computers, cameras, recording devices and multimedia software for exploration.

“Hip Hop with Q-Dot” is a four-week Thursday night workshop in hip hop, taught by Quincy Henry (Q-Dot), one of the South Sound’s most prominent artists in funk, rap and hip hop. A Grammy nomination finalist, Henry has toured and performed with Kanye West, Bone Thugs

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Celebrate a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve at the Tacoma Public Library main branch, including harpist Leslie McMichael

Two events at the Tacoma Public Library main branch this Saturday are great for young kids wanting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a reasonable hour. They’re First Night events but are free and don’t need the $10 button. And like other First Night shows, they’re arts-related.

At 11 a.m. kids can party in a Happy Noon Year with a concert, making festive party hats, drinking toasts and watching the ball drop at 12 noon.

At 3 p.m. the library will screen 1917 silent classic “A Little Princess,” starring the angelic Mary Pickford, with a brand-new music score composed

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