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Recital for rare pedal harpsichord at Christ Episcopal, Tacoma

Mark Brombaugh's pedal harpsichord. Photo courtesy Mark Brombaugh.
Mark Brombaugh’s pedal harpsichord. Photo courtesy Mark Brombaugh.

Harpsichord recitals are rare enough in Tacoma, but this Friday Mark Brombaugh offers early music enthusiasts an even rarer opportunity: a recital on a harpsichord with pedals. Playing music by Bach, Vivaldi, Couperin and Buxtehude in the resonant acoustics of Christ Episcopal, where he is the organist, Brombaugh will perform on a pedal harpsichord that he commissioned from Hill and Tyre of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The instrument actually consists of two large harpsichords played by one musician at the same time: a standard double-manual harpsichord at normal height played with the hands, and a second one underneath it at ground level connected to organ-style pedals and played with the feet like an organ.

Says Brombaugh: “While no examples of pedal harpsichords survive from the baroque era, it is believed that organists owned them for practice purposes, since churches were unheated and extra help was needed to work the organ bellows.”

Anyone who’s ever tried to play music in an unheated church in winter – as well as anyone who’s ever pumped bellows by hand for hours –will appreciate this. Read more »


Market Street mural encourages living in downtown Tacoma – and writing about it

Downtown On the Go's mural at Market and 11th Streets, Tacoma. Courtesy photo.

The latest installation of murals brightening empty Tacoma streets is now up at Market and 11th Streets downtown. Sponsored by “Downtown on the Go,” a collaboration between the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit and downtown businesses which promotes public transport and downtown living, the mural on the empty red brick building invites participation from passers-by about why they’d want to live downtown.

Inspired by the “Before I Die” walls, a global public art project begun by New Orleans artist Candy Chang which gives space for passers-by to chalk in what they’d most like to do before they die, the “On the Go” mural covers the building’s half-dozen boarded-up doorways with gray-painted plywood stenciled with the lines “I’d live downtown if…” followed by writing space.

The mural is opening to the public tonight at the First Night New Year’s Eve celebrations. Read more »


Tacoma Art Place to close doors August 31

After four and a half years, nonprofit community arts center Tacoma Art Place will be closing doors on its street-front location on the Hilltop Aug. 31. Lack of funding is the primary reason for the closure, which will only affect TAP’s brick-and-mortar venue; mobile outreach activities will continue in schools and community centers.

From its beginnings, TAP has relied on donations, grants and yearly memberships to stay afloat. Founder Linda Danforth conceived of the community art-making and teaching venue after a trip to Africa, where local women were taught sewing and other income-generating crafts, with equipment supplied in

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South Kitsap High School music program wins $10,000 in Schools of the Rock Battle of the Bands

South Kitsap High School has won the fifth annual Schools of The Rock Battle of the Bands competition, sponsored by The Rock Wood Fired Pizza restaurant. The school’s music program won the $10,000 prize in the competition that pitted 28 high school marching bands from across Washington and the Portland, Ore. area against each other with online video recordings of rock hits.

The 10 schools with the most text votes were judged by a panel of celebrity judges, including Andy McKeag from The Presidents of the United States of America; Brad McDavid, band leader at the University of Washington;

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” Christmas jazz from Rich Wetzel, HART glass sale and brass quintet Christmas in Gig Harbor

Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

Tacoma City Ballet performs its annual “Nutcracker” with Pantages sets, the Northwest Sinfonietta orchestra and original Russian choreography. 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 21. $19-$60. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Rich Wetzel’s big band holiday jazz

Get your holiday groove on with big band Christmas jazz played by Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra this weekend – all the favorites, with a swing. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tacoma Community College building 2, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

Hilltop Artists’ in Residence holiday glass

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Critic’s Picks: University of Puget Sound symphony/choir, Regency Quartet at Gig Harbor’s Agnus Dei Lutheran, the South Sound Classical Choir and Lisa Creed at Mavi Contemporary in Tacoma

Free UPS symphony/choir concert

University of Puget Sound’s symphony orchestra and three choirs will give a free concert tonight, featuring Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no. 1 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with student soloists, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Duane Hulbert on piano and three choirs. 7:30 p.m. tonight. Free. Schneebeck Concert Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, www.pugetsound.edu

Regency Quartet at Agnus Dei Lutheran

At Agnus Dei Lutheran church in Gig Harbor, the third concert in this year’s series features the Regency String Quartet. The resident faculty quartet at Pacific Lutheran University, the quartet will play music

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Mineral gallery closing; Flow opening on Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma

Mineral art space in Tacoma’s Stadium District has closed, and a new gallery will be opening in its place on May 19: Flow. Run by sumi-e and calligraphy artist Andrea Erickson, the gallery and studio will open with the show “Commencement,” featuring work by Erickson, Fumiko Kimura, Selinda Sheridan and Kathryn Whitacre, in a mixture of watercolor, mixed media, jewelry and three-dimensional art.

Andrea Erickson is a local sumi-e and calligraphy artist who has shown at  the Bellevue Art Museum , the Western Washington State Fair, the Handforth Gallery at the Tacoma Public Library, the Kirsten, Sandpiper and White Dove Galleries,

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Critic’s Picks: Gold from Straw’s “Sloth” at Theater on the Square, Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” in Auburn, “Fiddler on the Roof” in the Pantages and Tacoma’s 100th Monkey party

Gold From Straw’s premiere of “Sloth”

Gold From Straw theater company presents the world premiere of “Sloth,” a dramatic comedy by Bruce Post about a reclusive widowed firefighter who’s dragged out of inaction by neighborhood drama. Opens 8 p.m. tonight, then 8 p.m. Apr. 23, 28,29,30, May 6, 7, 13, 14; 2 p.m. Apr. 23, 30, May 7, 14. $26/$23/Pay-What-You-Can Apr. 28. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.goldfromstraw.org

Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” live in Auburn

The nationally touring, Tony-winning live theater version of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “The 39 Steps” comes to Auburn this

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