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The Barefoot Collective mixes up contemporary dance for free in unusual venues this month.

A Barefoot Collective dancer. Photo: Gary Lappier.

Contemporary dance isn’t stuck in a black-box theater anymore – at least, not this month in Tacoma. The Barefoot Collective, which over its four-year existence has moved from a home studio to a guest residency, a temporary Spaceworks location and finally a nomadic lifestyle, is presenting its fall program in a unique way: free concerts that mix up styles in non-traditional venues from bookshops to libraries to bars.

“We’re modeling it on the way a band would play a set,” says BFC co-director Katie Stricker. “They’re pop-up gigs in local establishments where people go who maybe would not normally seek out (dance) It’s cross-pollination.”

The collective’s dancers are working with seven local choreographers including Michael Hoover, April Nyquist, Stephanie Pederson, Lucas Smiraldo, Dana Livermore and Stricker herself to create one-act programs of 30-40 minutes that feature improvisation, contemporary dance, dance-theatre, butoh-inspired dance and body percussion works, all brand-new. Read more »


Printers and paper-art lovers alike gather at King’s Books this Sunday for the annual Wayzgoose

Tacoma’s a hotbed for the print arts, and there’s nothing to show it quite like the annual Wayzgoose at King’s Books. The Wayzgoose – a medieval term for the annual feast given by a master printer for his employees – is now in its 8th year and humming as much as ever, with a festival involving local artists, giant steamroller prints and, new this year, a mobile print truck, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. this Sunday.

Here’s a disclaimer: My daughter’s actually one of the participants this year, selling her hand-made fashion-based cards. But I see that as a symbol

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Tacoma goes wild for poems during National Poetry Month at Museum of Glass, State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and more

April is National Poetry Month, and Tacoma’s poets are giving all of us plenty of chances to appreciate poetry in a variety of venues. Current Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, past laureate Tammy Robacker, State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and area poets such as Maria Gudaitis and Hans Ostrom will offer readings, workshops and other events. Here’s the list:

Distinguished Writers Series

7 p.m. April 13, free, King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, kingsbookstore.com

Tacoma’s longest-running poetry reading series continues with guest poet Marjorie Rommel and an open mic event.

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“Hip-Heart” free poetry event for young writers offered Sunday at Kings’ Books by Tacoma poet laureate Josie Emmons Turner.

Josie Emmons Turner, Tacoma’s current poet laureate, is hosting the open mic poetry event “Hip-Heart” for high school and college-age student writers this Sunday at King’s Books, Tacoma. Students are invited to read either poetry or short prose. The event is part of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s annual Art at Work month, lasting through November each year.

“Young people have such fresh ideas and so few very public venues in which to share their work.  I am hosting this opportunity for the community to hear and support the work of young writers,” Emmons Turner said. An MFA graduate from

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Critic’s Picks: Local craft-art fair at King’s Books, Dada at Toy Boat Theatre, Tacoma Symphony and small art at Madera

TSO clarinetist Craig Rine. Courtesy photo.

Tacoma Symphony with clarinetist Craig Rine

The Tacoma Symphony moves to the Rialto Theater this weekend for a performance of Bach, Copland and Schumann, including Copland’s Clarinet Concerto written for Benny Goodman and performed this weekend by the TSO’s own Craig Rine. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $12-$62. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9thSt., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

Craft fair for artist-made gifts

If the holidays are getting too commercial for you, support local artists by buying gifts that are truly unique at the annual Tacoma is For Lovers Craft Fair this weekend. Ornaments, jewelry, printed items, handmade books…the list goes on. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20. Free. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, www.kingsbookstore.com

Dada cabaret with Toy Boat Theatre

Know what Dada is? Everything and anything, provided it doesn’t make any sense and is juxtaposed in the oddest way. Toy Boat Theatre presents an original (and free) cabaret version of the early-20th-century art phenomenon in “WaT is DaDa?” 8 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 at Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 19 at Toy Boat Theatre, 1314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. Free. www.toyboattheatre.com

New and Small Works at Madera

The artisans and artists at Madera Architectural Elements present a holiday show of smaller items from their repertoire: felted creations by Jennevieve Schlemmer, mixed media by Chris Wooten, stoneware by Andy Lewis-Lechner and more. Gala opening noon-5 p.m. Nov. 19; then open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 21. Free. Madera, 2210 Court A, Tacoma. 253-572-1218, www.maderawoodworking.com Read more »


Tacoma author Jason Skipper reads and signs his first novel “Hustle” at King’s Books Friday night

Tacoma author Jason Skipper’s first novel “Hustle” lands you right in the middle of a very tough life – one that he lived through himself. Skipper, who’s launching the newly-published “Hustle” at King’s Books Friday night, made his way from selling shrimp on a Texas roadside to completing creative writing degrees from Miami and Western Michigan universities, and teaching writing at Pacific Lutheran University ­– and it’s the first, difficult part of that life that he draws on to write “Hustle.”

A collection of stories woven together into a narrative, “Hustle” is the coming-of-age tale of kid

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Critic’s Picks: Mozart vs. Beethoven at the Sinfonietta, a Poetry Marathon at King’s, cello and piano chamber music and ArtWalk

“Mozart Meets Beethoven” at the Sinfonietta

The Northwest Sinfonietta kicks off a two-concert festival of the two iconic composers, with conductor Christophe Chagnard sharing the baton with Tacoma Symphony’s Harvey Felder. 7:30p.m. Nov. 14. $19-$49. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-383-5344, www.nwsinfonietta.com


King’s Books Poetry Marathon

Like poetry? You’d better, since there’ll be 13 poets of renown reading their work throughout Saturday at King’s Books, interspersed with three open mic sessions for the rest of us. It’s all courtesy of the Puget Sound Poetry Connection. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 14. Free. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave.,

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