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Critic’s picks: Cathedrals at Immanuel Presbyterian, Adams at Seattle Symphony and Art Museum, organ at Christ Episcopal and Tapestry in Tacoma

Christ Church noon organ recital

The Third Fridays at Noon recital series at Christ Episcopal continues today with Dana Robinson, organist and pianist from the University of Illinois, playing Bach, Buxtehude and Beethoven. 12:10 p.m. today. Entry by donation. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

“Cathedrals” series rocks Immanuel Presbyterian

The next in Tacoma’s “Cathedrals” series of indie rock in acoustic venues features Denver folk group Paper Bird, Seattle singer Shenandoah Davis and Tacoma duo Elk and Boar (Travis Barker and Kirsten Wenlock), in the warm intimacy of Immanuel Presbyterian. 8 p.m. tonight. $16. Immanuel Presbyterian,

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Summer fun at the Tacoma libraries begins Saturday with Bakra Bata

It’s summer – and anyone with kids knows what that means. Nearly 12 weeks of either camp or daycare (which can get expensive), or else becoming your child’s unpaid, unappreciated personal entertainment manager. Luckily the Tacoma Public Library is here to help and save your sanity. The library’s annual Summer Reading Program comes with a slew of free concerts, activities and fun stuff that’s good for both boredom and budget. Plus kids can sign up to read and potentially win prizes.

The program kicks off this Saturday with Bakra Bata, a steel drum and percussion ensemble that draws from the root traditions of trans-Atlantic cultures. Banging, hitting and grooving, they’ll play at 11 a.m. (Wheelock branch, 3722 N. 26th St), and 2 p.m. (Moore branch, 215 S. 56th St.)

This Saturday also sees a show by wacky music quartet Locust Street Taxi, at 1 p.m. (Main Branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.) Read more »


Sherman Alexie reads and signs new book “Blasphemy” at Urban Grace

blasphemy cover art“Blasphemy” in a church? Well, yes, if it’s Sherman Alexie‘s new book.

The acclaimed Washington writer comes to Tacoma’s Urban Grace Church next Tuesday, reading from and signing his latest book of bitingly candid short stories, “Blasphemy” in a free public event organized by the Tacoma Public Library.

A collection that Publisher’s Weekly called “glimpses into a harried and conflicted humanity” with “plenty of bawdiness and Alexie’s signature wicked humor,” “Blasphemy” was released in October last year and instantly made the top-books lists in Kirkus Review, the New York Times and NPR. In 30 short stories Alexie covers contemporary issues like racism, addiction and infidelity with his usual candor and sharp wit, ranging from road-trip morality tales to lethal wind-turbines, from Asian manicure salons to donkey basketball leagues, from homeless Indians to hearing loss.

Born in 1966 to a Coeur d’Alene father and Spokane Indian mother, Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and has had an award-winning 20-year career publishing 20 books of adult and young adult novels as well as short stories. He lives in Seattle. Read more »


Critic’s picks: Brass Unlimited, Bill Colby at Tacoma library, Click Flick at the Grand and Museum of Glass show

Sounds like Brass Unlimited

Brass Unlimited’s 15th annual “Sounds of Brass” concert happens this Sunday, featuring guest soloist Tracy Knoop on sax. On the program of the free concert by the 15-member ensemble are excerpts from Stravinsky’s “Firebird” suite, Arban’s “Fantasie Brilliante” and several Gershwin preludes. 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. Mark’s Lutheran, 6730 N. 17th St., Tacoma. 253-759-9511, brassunlimited.org

New Bill Colby prints at the library

Veteran Tacoma printmaker and educator Bill Colby shows new work at the Handforth Gallery in Tacoma’s main library branch beginning tomorrow. Inspired by travels, from Italian staircases to Asian brushwork and

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Newbery book ultra-short film competition opens for Tacoma Public Library festival

Calling all filmmakers, of any age! The Tacoma Public Library is joining in the annual national 90-second Newbery Film Competition and Festival this year, asking for submissions of films that tell the story of a Newbery medal or honor book in just 90 seconds, with screenings of the best videos on February 23.

Anyone can make a film – adult or child –with the only rule being that it needs to tell the complete story of a Newbery winning or nominated book (not just a trailer) in a ridiculously short 90 seconds or under. Submissions are posted as YouTube videos,

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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 »


Alfredo Arreguin paints lush mysteries at the Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery

Work by Alfredo Arreguin, now up at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library main branch. Courtesy image.

Alfredo Arreguin sees patterns. The Mexican-born, Seattle-based artist whose work is in the National Museum of American Art and has shown at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, paints lush landscapes comprised of patterns – intricate geometrics that hide or reveal larger portraits of animals or people. It’s a masterful effect, but the only chance Tacomans have had to see this work lately is at the Tacoma Art Museum, where Arreguin’s Frida Kahlo portrait was included in the exhibit about her several years ago. Now the Handforth Gallery at the Tacoma Public Library main branch is full of these mysterious, lush-colored patterns, each mingling Arreguin’s Mexican roots with visions of his adopted Northwest home in “Alfredo Arreguin: Selected Paintings.”

Staring into each of these paintings is like a journey back and forth along the eye’s perspective plane. In “El Arete,” for instance (the Kahlo portrait), Frida stares fiercely out with unblinking dark eyes, her lips blood-red, her hair-piece immaculately beautiful. But close-up her curvy outlines and smooth skin are made up of a grid of cross-like flowers and vaguely Native American faces, squares and diamonds alternating with subtly colored outlines. The effect is both wild and tamed, order coming out of chaos, a living person at once assembling from and dispersing into the atoms of the land that produced her. Read more »


Tacoma Public Library workshop for teens to tell their stories through words, music

Teens will get instruction from top Tacoma artists and writers over the next few months, thanks to the Tacoma Public Library and its main branch StoryLab, a recent grant-funded room at the branch which is open and free to all youth and supplies computers, cameras, recording devices and multimedia software for exploration.

“Hip Hop with Q-Dot” is a four-week Thursday night workshop in hip hop, taught by Quincy Henry (Q-Dot), one of the South Sound’s most prominent artists in funk, rap and hip hop. A Grammy nomination finalist, Henry has toured and performed with Kanye West, Bone Thugs

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