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Critic’s picks: Mozart opera at PLU, Ethnic Fest, Bellevue Arts Fair and Tacoma Art Museum

Free Mozart opera at PLU

You can’t do much better than opera for free, especially when it’s sung by up-and-coming college singers and directed by two of Puget Sound’s best directors. Pacific Lutheran University’s Summer Opera Workshop offers a pair of Mozart opera programs this weekend, free to the public: Jim Brown directs “Cosí fan tutte” at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow; Barry Johnson directs scenes from various Mozart operas at 3 p.m. July 28. Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-535-7602, plu.edu/music/workshops

Ethnic Fest in Wright Park

Celebrate cultures from around the world in Tacoma’s annual Ethnic Fest, held in Wright Park this weekend. Stage shows from Peruvian dance to Columbian folk, from Mexican to Pacific Islander, from Korean drums to salsa, hula and VamoLa will be followed on Saturday night by the free outdoor screening of “Wreck-It Ralph.” And don’t miss all the global food. Noon-7 p.m. July 27 and 28. Free. Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma. 253-305-1022, metroparkstacoma.org/ethnicfest

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Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Art Walk, Stadium Fare, CinemaGig and Eric Carle at Tacoma Art Museum

Gig Harbor Art Walk

The monthly art walk around Gig Harbor’s historic downtown is on again this Saturday, featuring work by Bob Meade and Shirley Fina Lane at Ebb Tide Gallery, Brad Stave and Patrice Bruzas at Gallery Row, Lola Waller at Water’s Edge Gallery and local work at the Harbor History Museum, among others. 1-5 p.m. July 6. Free. Various locations on Harborview Drive and Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor. gigharborguide.com

Craft and arts at Stadium Fare this summer

Check out local artists, artisans and performers at Stadium Fare, the new bimonthly craft fair in the Stadium District.10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 6, 20; Aug. 3, 17, 31; Sept. 14, 28. Parking lot of First Presbyterian, 20 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. facebook.com/stadiumfare

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Instagram your close-ups of the gritty city in Tacoma Art Museum’s #253 StreetArt Photo Contest

Think you take pretty good photos? Then get up real close to Tacoma’s gritty streets and enter some of your shots via Instagram in the Tacoma Art Museum’s #253 StreetArt Photo Contest. You might even win a museum membership for the year.

Inspired by Eric Carle, who, aside from his winsome tissue-paper collages of rubber ducks and brown bears for kids likes to shoot extreme close-ups of streetscapes, the contest is open to anyone with a photo device and internet access. Like Carle, cruise your neighborhood and find the abstract beauty in parking lot lines, drain grates, sidewalk cracks

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Three Tacoma museums for $25 – the new Museum District Pass gets you into Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and the Washington State History Museum

Just in time for summer, tourists and friends from out of town, the Tacoma Museum District has announced a new three-museum pass that gets visitors into the Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and Washington History Museum for just $25 ($20 for seniors, military and students age 6 and up).

In the past the three major Tacoma museums have offered a Wednesday-only discount deal, but the new pass is valid for seven days from the first redemption.

Locations and summer hours are:

Tacoma Art Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

The Museum of Glass is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org

The Washington State History Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 888-BE-THERE, washingtonhistory.org

You can get the pass at each museum, and online at tacomamuseumdistrict.com. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: 72 Hour Film Fest at The Grand Cinema; Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup; Hilltop glass sale and Mothers’ Day at Tacoma museums

72 Hour Film Fest at The Grand

The Grand Cinema’s annual 72 Hour Film Competition is on again, with 30 teams running around Tacoma and frantically making a movie with last-minute criteria: this year the use of a superstition, a flashlight, a letter/message and the line “that wasn’t what I was expecting.” Tonight you can see the results at the viewing party at the Rialto, including food and drinks from Farelli’s, Katie Downs and Stella Artois. 7 p.m. May 10 (doors open 6 p.m.) Advance $13 non-members /$11 members/$15 at door. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. the grandcinema.com

Northwest Sinfonietta finish season with Bruch and Mendelssohn

It’s a highly romantic program for the Northwest Sinfonietta’s season finale. Tchaikovsky gold medalist Mayuko Kamio plays Bruch’s famous Violin Concerto no. 1; the program rounds out with Kodaly’s “Dances of Galanta” and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony no. 3. 7:30 p.m. May 10 (Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle), 7:30 p.m. May 11 (Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma) and 2 p.m. March 12 (Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 Meridian Ave. S, Puyallup). 888-356-6040, northwestsinfonietta.org

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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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Tacoma Art Museum takes Haub wing plans to Landmarks Preservation Commission for May 8 vote

Olson Kundig's rendering of the western (Pacific Avenue side) elevation of TAM's expansion. Courtesy image.
Olson Kundig’s rendering of the western (Pacific Avenue side) elevation of TAM’s expansion. Courtesy image.

The Tacoma Art Museum and Seattle architects Olson Kundig brought their plans for the museum’s new Western American art wing before Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission at a meeting Wednesday night. Details on the renderings include a close-up of the building material – a Tacoma-made fiber and resin composite called Richlite – the louvred windows which will allow street views into the wing’s sculpture hall, layout of five internal galleries and a metal grill on the Pacific Avenue side of the overhanging canopy.

The 16,000-square-foot wing is budgeted at $15.5 million, and purpose-built to house the newly-donated, 280-piece Western art collection of German billionaire Erivan Haub and his wife Helga, who have a home on Fox Island. The Haubs are paying for part of the expansion, which also includes renovation of the existing lobby, street entrance and parking lot entrance areas. You can read more details in Craig Sailor’s story here.

The Commission had no big objections, says architect and commissioner James Steel, but there were some questions about transparency from the street and whether the ivy slope beneath the cantilevered wing would be closed in for safety.

“They did improve the museum’s entrance – it’s more recognizable and transparent from the street,” says Steel. “They improved the pedestrian feel, and it makes a stronger relationship to Tollefson Plaza.”

What’s interesting about the proposal, which the Commission will vote on May 8 (it has jurisdiction over the exterior look of the building, which is sited in the Union Depot conservation district), are the plans, which show close-up details. Read more »


Flora and Fine Arts brings nature onto the walls of Tacoma Art Museum next week

It’s spring inside as well next week, as the second annual “Flora and Fine Arts” show comes to Tacoma Art Museum courtesy of the Tacoma Garden Club. Local designers and floral artists will create 24 arrangements inspired by the current museum show “Drawing Line into Form.” Both shows are open free 5-8 p.m. April 18 for third Thursday; and the “Flora” show will stay up through the weekend.

“The interplay between works in “Drawing Line into Form” and the floral creations of talented local designers will dazzle museum visitors and provide new ways of connecting people through art,” said TAM director Stephanie Stebich.

Part of the private collection of BNY Mellon, “Drawing Line into Form” explores how sculptors sketch and design for their final works. It’s up until May 26 in the museum’s largest gallery.

“Flora and Fine Arts,” modeled on similar events at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, combines flowers, greenery, rocks and other materials into sculptural arrangements inspired by the art on the walls. This year’s show includes a site-specific bonsai installation by Elandan Gardens in the Richard Rhodes “Stone Wave” installation in the interior courtyard.            Read more »