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Tag: Tacoma Public Library


Celebrate a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve at the Tacoma Public Library main branch, including harpist Leslie McMichael

Two events at the Tacoma Public Library main branch this Saturday are great for young kids wanting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a reasonable hour. They’re First Night events but are free and don’t need the $10 button. And like other First Night shows, they’re arts-related.

At 11 a.m. kids can party in a Happy Noon Year with a concert, making festive party hats, drinking toasts and watching the ball drop at 12 noon.

At 3 p.m. the library will screen 1917 silent classic “A Little Princess,” starring the angelic Mary Pickford, with a brand-new music score composed

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Celebrate the light with storytelling theater group Live Paint at Tacoma’s Swasey Library

Imagine a show that brings together art, theater and music, together with telling stories, and you’ve got Live Paint, a Tacoma-based kids’ creativity group that has been helping local kids (and adults) tell stories through the arts for a few years now. It’s been hosting free shows at Tacoma Public Library branches this month, and Thursday afternoon at Swasey branch is the last show.

The company was founded by professional actor Cindy Arnold, who draws on cultural travel to Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia for the stories and cultural artifacts in the Live Paint shows. The company has

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Critic’s Picks: “Java Tacoma” theater, Eastern Pierce County studio tour, Tacoma Philharmonic kids’ concert at Theatre on the Square and Peter Fletcher at the Tacoma library

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher at the Tacoma Public Library

Peter Fletcher, an award-winning national classical guitarist called “taut and incisive” by the American Record Guide, will play a free concert this Sunday at the Tacoma library main branch. The program features selections from Fletcher’s 2008 CD of baroque music, as well as work by Ravel, Tarrega, Grieg and more. 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Free. Tacoma Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacompubliclibrary.org

“Java Tacoma” continues café theater

“Java Tacoma,” the locally-written soap opera comedy, continues this month at Trinity Presbyterian Hall. Written by Curtis

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Critic’s Picks: Rainier Arts Fest at Ashford, 24-Hour Comics Day in Lakewood, Seattle Mandolin Orchestra in Tacoma and Tacoma Film Fest

Rainier Arts Festival in Ashford

The fifth annual Rainier Arts Festival is on again in Ashford, with live music, art, food and activities for all ages at the foot of Mt. Rainier. Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Free. Whittaker’s Basecamp, 30027 SR 706 E., Ashford. www.rainierarts.com

24-Hour Comics Day

Locals join cartoon artists all over the world in 24-Hour Comics Day, a challenge to create 24 pages of comics in 24 hours. Drop in and see them scribble – or do it yourself. From 10 a.m. Oct. 1. Free. Comic Book Ink, 2510 S. 24th Suites 15A-B, Lakewood. 253-761-4651,

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Downtown library opening Sundays for special events (including me!) April 3 through May 22

Having recently closed doors on two branches and reduced hours at the downtown branch for financial reasons, the Tacoma Public Library is opening up again for a pilot project: special events at the downtown main branch on Sunday afternoons. From 1-5 p.m. every Sunday from April through May, the downtown branch will be open and featuring events designed to get folk through the doors – a jazz orchestra, family films, book talks and a community conversation on May 1 with a panel of local artists and moderated by me!

The project is a pilot one, and if there’s enough interest,

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Free Arts Month: Tacoma Art Museum (and several others), courtesy of your local library

Libraries are wonderful places, and one of Tacoma’s best-kept arts secrets is hidden inside your local library – the Art Access Pass. Never heard of it? You’re not alone; most people I’ve mentioned it to haven’t either. It’s a pass that’ll get you free into the Tacoma Art Museum,  Washington State History Museum or Tacoma Art Place, along with three other people, anytime you like. All you need is a library card (apply for these at any branch of Tacoma, Puyallup, Pierce County, Roy City or Joint Base Lewis McChord libraries).


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Free Arts Month: Art Chantry talks dirty graphics at the library

Tonight I went to hear nationally-known graphic designer Art Chantry do a show-and-tell at the Tacoma Public Library main branch. Chantry’s renowned for his work on posters, skateboards, record covers, magazines and more – you can read all about him here thanks to my colleague Debby Abe, and a tribute here by reader columnist Tom Llewellyn.

I’m certainly glad I got there with 10 minutes to spare – the Tacoma-raised artist drew a standing-room only crowd in the library’s Olympic Room, and for good reason. He’s as witty as his work, taking us through decades of

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Local poster artist Art Chantry at Tacoma Public Library

Seattle-based graphic artist  Art Chantry is known around the world for his vibrant, pop-and-psychedelic influenced posters, album covers and magazine covers, not to mention sunglasses and skateboards. Raised in Tacoma, Chantry’s worked for Sub Pop, The Rocket, Hempfest and Seattle’s Bathhouse Theatre, and is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the Louvre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (how’s that for diverse?)

And he’s coming to the Tacoma Public Library next week to talk about it all. Next Wednesday Chantry will be at the main branch downtown for a free

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