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May
31st

Critic’s Picks: Kal Penn at Seattle Science Festival, outdoor-themed art at B2 Gallery, Assemblage Theater does “Bluebeard” and Australian glass at Museum of Glass

Actor Kal Penn, who'll narrate at the Seattle Science Festival opening next week. Photo courtesy SSF.
Actor Kal Penn, who’ll narrate at the Seattle Science Festival opening next week. Photo courtesy SSF.

Kal Penn narrates Philip Glass work for Seattle Science Festival

Actor Kal Penn (“Harold and Kumar”) joins the Seattle Science Festival’s opening night to narrate the West Coast premiere of “Icarus at the Edge of Time,” a science-inspired multimedia work with visuals by AI+AI and music by Philip Glass, played by the Garfield Symphony Orchestra under Marcus Tsutakawa. The festival continues through June 16 at the Seattle Center and other venues. 8 p.m. June 6. $60/$30. Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle. 877-784-4849, seattlesciencefestival.org

“Catch and Release” at B2 Gallery

B2 Fine Arts Gallery offers the outdoor-themed exhibition “Catch and Release,” featuring the work of photographer, conservationist and fly fisherman Henry Haneda, as well as landscape photographer Jeff Mitchell and mosaic artist-cum-kayak instructor Joseph Kaftan. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through June 15. Free. 711 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-238-5065, b2finearts.com

Assemblage Theater presents “Bluebeard”
Four women raised inside an abandoned church since infancy thanks to an apolcalyptic ice-age; a domineering matriarch in charge; a bizarre twisting of the usual rules of parenthood, gender and political order – that’s “Bluebeard,” a reworking of the original creepy fairy tale by British playwright Pericles Snowdon. See the West Coast premiere here in Tacoma thanks to Assemblage Theater. 8 p.m. May 31, June 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15; Pay-What-You-Can shows June 6 and 13. $14 adults/$7 students. Chapel at Urban Grace, 902 Market St., Tacoma. assemblagetheater.com, brownpapertickets.com

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March
8th

Critic’s Picks: PLU Choir of the West, B2 Gallery, Pierce College Gallery and Seattle Art Museum

Choir of the West at PLU Sept. 24, 2012. (Photo/John Froschauer)Choir of the West at Christ Church

Music at Christ Church presents Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the west this Tuesday. They’ll be singing a preview of their upcoming concert at the national choral directors’ conference in Texas, with a program ranging from Brahms and Poulenc to a world premiere by PLU faculty member Brian Galante. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 12. Donation at the door. Christ Episcopal Church,
310 N. K St.,
Tacoma.
253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

B2 Gallery celebrates Women’s Day

Celebrate International Women’s Day (that’s today) with Tacoma’s B2 Fine Art Gallery, as they show work by Northwest illustration artist Jill Neal, whose “I’m Every Woman” series depicts strength among women in all endeavors. 5-9 p.m. tonight, then 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays through April. Free. B2 Gallery, 711 St. Helens Ave. suite 100, Tacoma. 253-238-5065, b2finearts.com

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Jan.
11th

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 »

Nov.
23rd

Critic’s Picks: “The Sound of Music,” Tacoma’s Gritty City Gift Fair, B2 Gallery and Lelavision at MoG

Sing along with (or just watch) “The Sound of Music”

Sometimes it’s just not enough to watch that family favorite film, “The Sound of Music.” If you love singing along with Julie Andrews to all those fab songs (“Doe a Deer,” “Edelweiss”) then you’ll want to get your costume on and go to the sing-along screenings at either the Pantages or the Washington Center. If you want to see the Von Trapp family come to life, head to a live theater performance at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Sing-alongs: 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. $24. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org. Also 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at Washington Center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. $16/$14/$5. 360-753-8586, washingtoncenter.org

Theater: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 16 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 5116 6th Ave., Tacoma. $29/$27/$20. 253-565-6867, tmp.org

Gritty City Gift Fair

Among the many opportunities to buy local, artist-made, one-of-a-kind gifts is the Gritty City Gift Fair, held in conjunction with Tacoma’s annual tree lighting ceremony tomorrow. Find handmade ornaments, letterpress cards, hand-crafted fashion and more. 3-9 p.m. Nov. 24 (tree lighting 6 p.m. across the road). Free. 906 Broadway, Tacoma. facebook.com Read more »

Dec.
26th

Four abstract artists fire up Tacoma’s B2 gallery in “Cold Fusion”

Jeff G. Mitchell, "Fatal Edge." Image courtesy B2 Gallery.

Following on from its “Hot Fusion” show in summer, Tacoma’s B2 gallery on St. Helens Avenue downtown highlights four abstract artists for “Cold Fusion,” a show that includes some extremely strong work in painting and photography.

Best of the bunch is Judy Hintz Cox, whose painterly abstracts play with a textured white background imprinted with elements of black and just one other color. Almost sumi-like in the way she pays attention to paint drips and single, wide brush strokes, Cox uses the single colors judiciously to speak eloquently and emotionally. In “Fear Not 2” the splash of rust red falls on the thickly spread white like the shock of blood on snow. Just visible underneath the background are hints of newsprint, like a memory. Other red works are equally strong; those on a corridor wall with apple-green and more Miro-like geometrics, like “Inspired by Cello,” are less effective, with simpler texture in the background.

Photographer Jeff Mitchell exhibits two series all of the same object, one black-and-white, one color. It’s so close-up as to be unrecognizable, though it’s reminiscent of the curvy lines of the Bilbao Guggenheim museum, frequent inspiration of photographers around the world for its space-age asymmetry and shiny metal surface. Closely cropped, Mitchell’s black-and-white photographs bring out the light playing on the curves, tricking the eye’s perspective like an Escher drawing, the shadows flattening into the foreground and the shiny light flipping into the background. The color series isn’t as arresting but the composition is still compelling, placing curves and lines in unexpected parts of the frame.

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Aug.
26th

B2 and Mavi galleries open in Tacoma with a stylish but definitely commercial flair

Tacoma’s two new galleries, B2 and Mavi Contemporary Art, opened last Thursday with two quite different styles but a common aim: market appeal.

B2 (pronounced B-squared) is in fact part of a framing and commercial art dealing business, and it shows in the smooth, fairly unchallenging work that’s on view. Which isn’t to say the work’s not good. Chinese brush artist Jun Kang Ye’s paintings of animals and birds take a tight focus, with a light stroke creating realistic feathers and fur. Her birds, llamas and horses have whimsical, almost human expressions, and the two-tone background is soothing. Keith Lazelle’s

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