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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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Critic’s picks: “Spring Awakening” at University of Puget Sound, Bach at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma Symphony’s family concert and the Tacoma Youth Symphony at the Rialto

“Spring Awakening” at UPS

A play that shocked its 19th-century audience and a rock musical that dives right into the same material is what makes up “Spring Awakening” – a 2006 Broadway remake of the coming-of-age story that traverses youth longing, homosexuality, child abuse, rape, suicide and abortion with a passionate rock score by Duncan Sheik. UPS theater students mount a full production this and next weekend, directed by Sara Freeman. 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 and 7-9, 2 p.m. March 10. Mature audiences only. $12.50/$8.50. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-6013, ups.universitytickets.com


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Brass Unlimited plays annual free Pops Concert at Tacoma Community College

Tacoma ensemble Brass Unlimited hosts it’s 5th annual free Pops Concert this Sunday at Tacoma Community College.  Trombonist Gary Shutes is the soloist for a program that includes two Henry Mancini numbers, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” musical salutes to Copland and Sinatra, music from Riverdance and a medley of music by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Playing alongside Brass Unlimited will be a 16-member brass and rhythm section directed by TCC music chair John Falskow.

3 p.m. April 29. Free. Tacoma Community College building 2,  6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. 253-759-9511, brassunlimited.org, tacomacc.edu



“Social Injustice” at Tacoma Community College hits many issues with many artists

Ann Johnston-Schuster, "Shock and Awe." Image courtesy TCC gallery.

There’s “Social Injustice” at Tacoma Community College gallery – from the point of view of artists, that is. A new group show features 24 local artists in a big group show addressing social justice issues, and as you’d expect from such a big show, the effects are as diverse as the issues opened up, from racism to violence to poverty to war.

In the entry are a mixed bag of paintings. Karen Benveniste uses stark color fields and shadows in her neo-Cubist oils of cityscapes, contrasting corporate wealth with black poverty. They’re not subtle, but they’re striking, and portray tough survivors instead of victims. Alain Clerc is less successful with a New Age-y wash of blues, with a bright white supernatural figure in the middle. The fact that he’s moping over his own situation doesn’t help the triteness.

Alice di Certo, "Untitled" from "Skin and Flesh" series. Image courtesy TCC gallery.

Further inside, the gallery showcases some of the best of local work (though not always new.) The untitled photograph from Alice di Certo’s “Skin and Flesh” series is beautiful to see again, the black and white body parts melding and anonymously, sensually unidentifiable. If only there were more…although her “Voices” video, cropping interviews about racial discrimination to just a mouth, makes its meta-racial point well.

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