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Lemolo, MLKBallet and Barefoot Collective in The Kaleidoscope Dance at Urban Grace this Saturday

Lemolo – Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox – play live with contemporary dance this Saturday at Urban Grace. Photo: Genevieve Pearson.
Lemolo – Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox – play live with contemporary dance this Saturday at Urban Grace. Photo: Genevieve Pearson.

New choreography meets live music this Saturday as indie rock female duo Lemolo collaborates with two Tacoma contemporary dance companies – MLKBallet and The Barefoot Collective – in the warm acoustics of Urban Grace Church. The collaboration is not the first such collaboration; MLK’s Move show once featured Vicci Martinez playing a couple of numbers before she got famous, and TBC is known for including a couple of live musicians in their dance shows, from solo viola to jazz combo. But “The Kaleidoscope Dance” is entirely live from beginning to end, and sets some of Tacoma’s best choreographers to the rock duo’s 2012 debut album “The Kaleidoscope,” played in its entirety.

Lemolo, made up of Port Orchard gals Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox, has wowed the Seattle area scene over the last year.  They’ve been called everything from “heavenly and haunting” (City Arts Magazine) to “fragile yet strong” (Seattlepi.com), layering high ethereal voices over guitar riffs and sparse drums. Read more »


Barefoot Collective heading for Theatre on the Square – and raising funds online to do it

The Barefoot Collective, which for many years has operated out of small or shared spaces, and for the last 18 months out of temporary Spaceworks sites, is planning a professional show on the Theatre on the Square stage on Broadway. To get there, the Tacoma contemporary dance collective is raising community funds through online campaign site indiegogo.com.

It’s an unusual move for The Barefoot Collective. The company was formed several years ago as an alternative dance ensemble, creating works collaboratively and utilizing unusual spaces such as commercial lofts or light rail stops. For a year it shared space

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Barefoot Collective presents “Ides of May” as part of Spaceworks Tacoma

This weekend sees a contemporary dance concert unusual in a number of ways. Firstly, it’s put on by the Barefoot Collective, but features not only their professional work but that of Gig Harbor High School students as a result of free workshops given there recently by the group. And secondly, it’s not at a theater: Instead, the show is at an empty storefront space on Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, as part of the Spaceworks program.

The high school workshops are new to Barefoot, a contemporary dance collective which has been giving creative and unusual performances over the last few years

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Symphony, “Shark Tale,” Barefoot Collective and Rumi at The Priory

Tacoma Symphony at the Rialto

Janet Sung and Mendelssohn are the stars of this weekend’s Tacoma Symphony Orchestra program. The young violinist virtuoso plays the composer’s famous concerto; also on the program are Ravel’s haunting “Tombeau de Couperin” and Beethoven’s exuberant Symphony no. 7, all in the beautiful acoustics of the Rialto. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. $12-$62. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

Click Flick: “Shark Tale”

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is the 2004 animated “Shark Tale,” about a little fish with big dreams and big adventures. Doors open 10 a.m.,

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Pole dancing events coming up next week in Tacoma


Seen pole dancing yet? Next week you’ll have two opportunities to see local pole dancers show off their athletic art here in Tacoma – at Barefoot Collective’s 8@8 night on Monday, and at Poledello dance studio on Wednesday.

The Monday night 8@8 is part of a regular Barefoot series of works-in-progress nights. Each performer gets around eight minutes to present something they’re working on, with eight performers starting at eight o’clock (get it?) The audience gives feedback, and it’s a great chance to see new work and offer your take on it. Monday night’s line-up includes a

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma City Ballet, Barefoot Dance, D.A.S.H. Showtime and Vietnam vet play reading

Tacoma City Ballet’s “Fingers and Toes”

In collaboration with guitarist Neil Anderssen’s band Malibu Manouche, Tacoma City Ballet’s new performance “Fingers and Toes” choreographs to the band’s new album of surf-toned jazz. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $10. Jan Collum ballroom, Merlino Building, 508 S. 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, www.tacomacityballet.com

Barefoot Dance Film Night

A casual evening of short dance-based art films by local artists, hosted by the Barefoot Collective. 8 p.m. March 1. $5, hot drinks, popcorn and cushions provided. Studio B, Tacoma City Ballet, Merlino Building, 508 S. 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, www.barefootcollective.org

Showtime at the D.A.S.H. center


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Critic’s Picks: “I Love You” at Encore, new Woolworths Windows, Barefoot Dance “On the Margin,” and wooden sculpture at Kittredge

“I Love You, You’re Perfect…” at Encore

Encore! Theater Company in Gig Harbor presents the hilarious off-Broadway musical revue “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” a series of scenes with four actors exploring relationship quirks. Opens 7:30 p.m. tonight, then 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat-Sun through Jan. 14. $18/$14. 6615 38th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor. 253-858-2282, www.encoretheater.org

Korean art in the Woolworth Windows

Just up in the Woolworth Windows downtown: a collection of work by Korean artists organized by Art Connection Korea, and sponsored by Tacoma Contemporary. 24/7 through Apr. 25. Free. Corner Broadway, Commerce and South 11th Streets, Tacoma. www.tacomacontemporary.org

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Barefoot, Sinfonietta and upcoming Move!

Well, I was busy this weekend. Apart from an illuminating concert from the Northwest Sinfonietta (to find out just what difference a conductor makes, go here for the review) I also went along to the Barefoot Collective‘s latest evening show at the Merlino Arts Center. The review’s here, but I just have to say that seeing what Barefoot and Tacoma City Ballet are doing in that building to create a multi-discipline, collaborative arts center is inspiring. The two very different dance companies share rehearsal space, collaborate on projects, join each other in class and

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