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Tag: The Grand Cinema

June
14th

Critic’s picks: Tacoma art mingle, Click Flick at The Grand Cinema, jazz at Tacoma Musical Playhouse and the Tacoma Singing Society

Walk the art at Third Thursday Art Mingle

Next Thursday is the monthly art walk around Tacoma, where museums are free and galleries open late with special events. Take the Art Bus to unexpected art spaces (tacomaartbus.com), see Kathy Gore Fuss’ Northwest landscape oils at Gallery 301 (301 Puyallup Ave., only open during this event), see new work at galleries like Fulcrum (1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way) and visit Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.), the Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St) and the Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave.) for free. 5-8 p.m. June 20. Free. tacomaartgroup.com

See “The Lorax” free at the Click Family Flick

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is “The Lorax,” last year’s sweet animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic with feathery orange trees and a deep environmental message. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. June 15. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

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March
15th

Critic’s Picks: Theater at PLU, choral and organ at Christ Episcopal Tacoma, Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet and Click Flick at the Grand

The Christ Church choir. Courtesy image.
The Christ Church choir. Courtesy image.

Organ recital and Lent evensong at Christ Church

Two musical events at Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal this week celebrate the beautiful Brombaugh organ and the wealth of Lenten choral music: an all-Bach organ recital by Naomi Shiga at noon today and choral evensong on Sunday with music by Byrd, Brahms and more. Recital: 12:10 p.m. today, entry by donation. Evensong: 5 p.m. March 17, free. Christ Episcopal Church,
310 N. K St.,
Tacoma.
253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

How I Learned to Drive” at PLU

Pacific Lutheran University’s school of drama continues the Pulitzer- and Obie-winning “How I Learned to Drive” this weekend. The Paula Vogel play set in the 1960s and’70s is sometimes described as one of the most disturbing love stories in theater, dealing with pedophilia, incest and misogyny. It’s presented as part of the university’s SOAC series on themes of empowerment in the arts. 7:30 p.m. today and March 16; 2 p.m. March 17. $8. Studio Theater, Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-535-7411plu.edu

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Feb.
22nd

Critic’s Picks: “The Woman in Black” at Lakewood Playhouse, reduced Shakespeare at Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma’s Oscars party and “Quartet” at The Grand cinema

Lakewood Playhouse does “The Woman in Black”

The second-longest running play in London, this ghost mystery will have you on the edge of your seat. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 22-Mar. 17. Pay-What-You-Can 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24/$21/$18. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood. 253-588-0042, lakewoodplayhouse.org

TLT does abridged Shakespeare

If you’ve never seen “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” then you’re in for a lot of side-splitting laughs at Tacoma Little Theatre. Opening this weekend, the three-person show romps through all 37 of the Bard’s works (plus some sonnets) in a two-hour comedy rollercoaster. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 22-Mar.3. Age 13+. $9.50. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma. 253-272-2481, tacomalittletheatre.com

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Oct.
8th

The Tacoma Film Festival winners, plus the poetic “Valley of Saints”


Gulzar Bhat at Dal Lake in "Valley of Saints." Courtesy image.

And the winners are…(drum roll)…The winners of each category in the Tacoma Film Festival were announced to an almost-full house at the Grand Cinema last night by filmmaker Warren Etheredge. Six of the seven winners will be screened again on Wednesday at the Grand, with a screening of the seventh later today.

Best Feature Documentary was “Lemon,” a powerful, tightly-edited telling of how three-time felon Lemon Anderson clawed his way back out of the ‘hood via spoken word poetry. “Lemon” will screen at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 10.

Best Regional Film was “Brightwood,” a 19-minute coming-of-age story beautifully shot on the San Juan islands. It will screen at 6:15 p.m. today at the Grand.

Best Narrative Feature was “Dead Man’s Burden,” a post-Civil War drama about rough justice with gorgeous wide-landscape cinematography. It screens at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Best Narrative Short was the black-humor-filled “Curfew”; while Best Documentary Short was “Odysseus’ Gambit” about a Cambodian American park chess player and Best Animated Film was the short “Thumb Snatchers from the Moon Cocoon,” a mock-horror flick on a Texas cow ranch. All the winning shorts will screen 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Read more »

July
20th

Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Art Festival, Click Flick at the Grand, Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Choir of the West at PLU

Gig Harbor arts fest

Gig Harbor arts it up this weekend with the 28th annual Summer Art Festival. More than 130 artists and artisans will show their wares along Judson Street in the historic waterfront district, plus live music, food and chalk art on Saturday. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. July 21-22. Free. Judson Street, Gig Harbor. Free shuttle service from Gig Harbor Medical Center, 6401 Kimball Drive. peninsulaartleague.com/artFest.html

Click Flick: “Nanny McPhee”

This months’ free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma is “Nanny McPhee,” the 2005 comedy starring Emma Thompson as a quirky,

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May
18th

Critic’s Picks: Click Flick “The Princess Bride” at The Grand, Gaelic Storm, Tacoma City Ballet’s Storybook Theater and Pachamama at Pantages

Click Flick is “The Princess Bride”

This months’ free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is “The Princess Bride,” the hilarious medieval adventure spoof with Cary Elwes as a dashing Errol Flynn lookalike. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

In for a Gaelic Storm

Swashbuckling Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm sweeps back into the Pantages this weekend for an evening of the rollicking fun that made them famous in the movie “Titanic” and just earned them a #1 on the Billboard

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Sep.
16th

Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Studio Tour, Park(ing) Day in Tacoma, Click Flick at the Grand and Art Chantry at Fulcrum and

Gig Harbor studio tour

Gig Harbor’s annual self-guided Open Studio Tour is on again this weekend, with 28 artists in 25 studios in a variety of media. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept 17-18. Free. Various locations; get map online. 253-549-7551
www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org

Temporary street art on Park(ing) Day

Walk around downtown today and check out the temporary art literally on the street for Park(ing) Day, a one-day global event when artists, activist and regular citizens transform city parking spots into temporary public parks. Last year saw parking spots become tropical zones, picnic areas, art installations and even a tiny farm.

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Aug.
19th

Critic’s Picks: Click Flick at the Grand Cinema, quilt art at American Art Co and “Words” on Tollefson Plaza, Tacoma

Click Flick: “Horton Hears a Who”

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is the animated, Dr. Seuss-based “Horton Hears a Who.” Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

Quilt Invitational at American Art Company

The American Art Company’s 11th Northwest Contemporary Art Quilt Invitational is always a chance to see the latest trends in quilt art – new fibers, new techniques, new views. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays

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