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Tag: Puget Sound Revels

May
3rd

Critic’s picks: Tacoma Art Museum free festival, Vashon Island art studio tour, medieval music at Revels and Brass Unlimited’s Pops at Tacoma Community College

TAM free festival and paper installation

Celebrate Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th birthday in its new Pacific Avenue building with a free community festival tomorrow. Activities include a community paper art installation and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4. Free. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

Vashon Art Studio Tour

Vashon Island’s many artists open up their doors this and next weekend in the annual spring studio tour. The self-guided driving tour is free and features 23 studios in media including blown glass, jewelry, woodwork, candles, pottery, tile and mosaic, sculpture, prints and painting. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4-5, 11-12. Free. For maps see vashonislandartstudiotour.com or most island businesses. For ferry schedules see wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.

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April
26th

Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Performing Dance Company, Haimovitz/O’Riley at the Rialto, Gaelic at Museum of Glass and Salish Sea Early Music fest at Trinity Lutheran, Tacoma

 

The Tacoma Performing Dance Company in "Carmen Variations." Courtesy photo.
The Tacoma Performing Dance Company in “Carmen Variations.” Courtesy photo.

Tacoma Performing Dance Company offers new choreography at Stadium

The spring show for the Tacoma Performing Dance Company goes from brand-new choreography by director Jo Emery set to both country-and-western and Adèle, to ballroom-inspired work, to a “Chicago” number, to the ballet works “Carmen Variations” and “Tinkerbelles Fairies.” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 27. $22 adults/$18 youth. Stadium High School performing arts center, 111 N. E St., Tacoma. 253-759-5714, tacomaperformingdance.org

Haimovitz and O’Riley fuse classical and rock at Rialto

Bending genres in a unique collaboration this Saturday are pianist Chritsopher O’Riley, host of NPR’s “From The Top” and acclaimed recording artist, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, in a program blending Radiohead, Arcade Fire and Blonde Redhead seamlessly with Stravinsky, Piazzolla and Bach. 7:30 p.m. April 27. $19-$54. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

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Dec.
17th

The Christmas Revels in medieval Haddon Hall (aka Tacoma’s Rialto) is full of joy, marvelous music and spirits of the best kind.


The Christmas Revels. From left: Harold Smelt, Tony Curry, Keith Dahlgren, Sophie Clements and Kate Witt. Courtesy photo.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Puget Sound Revels, and so you’d expect a bigger production than most years. What you get, though, in this year’s Christmas Revels – set in 12th century England, and performed in Tacoma’s Rialto Theater – is a professional production that has the best music, most interesting plot and highest production values of any Revels in the last eight years.

Creating a professional-looking Revels isn’t easy. All but a few of the cast are amateurs who rehearse their folk-songs and dances after their day-job is over, and there’s a children’s chorus (16-strong this year), many of whom have never been on stage before. Sets are built by family members, costumes are sewn by friends. Even the paid musicians are sometimes a grab-bag.

But this year it all comes together with a resounding hurrah. Most successful of all is the plot, something the folk-tradition-based Revels doesn’t often come with, and this is spun out with engaging skill by five talented actors. Read more »

April
26th

Celebrate May Day (whatever the weather) in downtown Tacoma with the Puget Sound Revels and Tacoma Art Museum

It may not seem like spring this week, with way more weeds than sunshine, but Sunday is May Day: the first of May, traditionally a holiday in Europe to welcome in warmer weather. (One can always hope, right?) From medieval times, villagers would take the day off to sing, gather flowers and dance around a maypole, making complex patterns with ribbons. You too can celebrate May Day, either with the Puget Sound Revels or Tacoma Art Museum.

If you’d like a taste of that tradition, the Puget Sound Revels folks will be welcoming in May Day as they

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May
21st

Critic’s Picks: Violinist Mary Manning, PLOP puppetry, “Doubt” and world music group Libana

Mary Manning concert

Violinist Mary Manning of the Northwest Sinfonietta will play 19th-century favorites in a solo recital, “Melodie” with pianist Bruce Berry. Program includes Schumann, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and more. 8 p.m. tonight. Admission by donation to benefit Peninsula Youth Orchestra and Chapel. The Chapel on Echo Bay, 400 Sixth Avenue, Fox Island. 253-549-7039, www.foxislandchapel.org

Puppetry of Dan Luce at PLOP

Olympia’s cutting-edge puppet company presents the weird and wistful puppetry of co-founder Daniel Luce. 8 p.m. tonight and May 22. $12/$8 student. Northern, 321 4th Ave., Olympia. 360-481-3029, www.plopolympia.org

Gold From Straw does “Doubt”

Tacoma’s newest theater company

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April
26th

Sing in May with the Revels at Tollefson Plaza

 

 

Ready for some sunnier weather? Then join the Puget Sound Revels in Tollefson Plaza this Saturday from 2-3:30 p.m. to dance, sing and otherwise make merry on May Day. There’ll be Maypole dancing, flower decking, poetry reading and plenty of folksongs. 

And no, you don’t need to know how to do any of it! If you want a last-minute practice session, there’s one from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday April 30 at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma (enter through the double glass doors in the basement on the alley side of the building.) But the Revels folks

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