GO Arts

Everything new on the walls, stage, screen and streets of Tacoma and South Puget Sound.

NOTICE: GO Arts has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved GO Arts.
Visit the new section.

Tag: University of Puget Sound


Celebrated opera baritone Sherill Milnes comes to Tacoma for public talks, workshop and fundraiser for Tacoma Opera’s Young Artist program

Opera fans, rejoice: Sherill Milnes is coming to town. No, not to sing – the former opera superstar’s heyday was in the last quarter of the 20th century, and it was a big one, ranging over almost every baritone role in the repertoire and every major house on several continents. But Milnes will be giving four public events: one this Saturday at a interview meet-and-greet fundraiser for Tacoma Opera’s Young Artist program, free one-hour talks at both the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University next Monday, and a vocal workshop Monday night at UPS.


Read more »


Spoken word artist and activist Walida Imarisha performs at UPS with Fab-5 crew


Walidah Imarisha. Courtesy photo.
Walidah Imarisha. Courtesy photo.

Walidah Imarisha, a spoken word artist, educator, writer, and innovative voice on issues of youth and justice, will perform with the Fab-5 artistic youth group next Thursday, April 25, at the University of Puget Sound.

The performance is free.

Imarisha, a teacher in Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s women’s studies program and Southern New Hampshire University’s English department, will address how educational systems often alienate youth through a hidden racism.

“Students feel marginalized, silenced, invisibilized, demonized, criminalized, without that being said explicitly,” Imarisha told UPS Professor Dexter Gordon in a recent interview. “They’re not learning about themselves and everything they do learn about themselves is negative. Many young, brilliant folks have dropped out of school because they were saving their spirits. And we have to see that as a survival tactic.”

Fab-5 is a Tacoma youth organization that offers creative outlets for underserved urban youth, including DJing, spoken word and writing, breakdancing and visual art. Read more »


Art+Science Salon at Tacoma Art Museum explores individual and species identity through eco-artist Jackie Brookner’s work

Jackie Brookner, "The Gift of Water." Courtesy image.
Jackie Brookner, “The Gift of Water.” Courtesy image.

Art and science meet next Thursday at Tacoma’s second Art+Science Salon, a panel discussion and conversation joining the two disciplines and presented by the University of Puget Sound and Tacoma Art Museum. From 6-8 p.m. on April 18 the free salon at the museum will focus on a discussion between UPS neuroscientist Siddarth Ramakrishnan and New York-based eco-artist Jackie Brookner, with a panel of faculty and students from UPS.

Brookner, a professor at Parsons New School of Design, creates large artworks in collaboration with scientists, including a current NEA-sponsored project in Fargo, North Dakota. Her sculptures are living, plant-based systems that clean polluted water and storm runoff, such as “The Gift of Water” near Dresden, Germany, a pair of giant cupped concrete hands covered in mosses that are moistened by and purify water from a natural swimming hole.

“We are very excited to have Jackie with us,” says Ramakrishnan, who is leading the UPS committee that organizes the salons. “The title of the event will be ‘Individuals, Identities and Interfaces.’ We will touch upon the collaborative process between artists and scientists, and discuss what it means to be an individual, the relation to our environment and what constitutes the ‘inside’ versus the ‘outside’. We will draw upon science and art and philosophy and brainstorm with the audience on future projects.” Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Edible Book Fest at UPS, Pam Ingalls at Brick House, new work at American Art Co and Mark O’Connor fiddling the Rialto

image004Edible books at UPS

Yes, you can have your book at eat it too. The University of Puget Sound’s annual Edible Book Festival is on again this Monday in the Collins library, spurring dozens of highly competitive and wacky entries from “Much Andouille About Nothing” to “Of Rice and Hen.” It’s part of the international Edible Book Festival. The categories are extensive – including Most Humorous, Most Geautiful, Most Delicious and Creeps Me Out – and the only rules are that it be (mostly) edible and inspired by a book. The festival is held April 1. Entry drop-off 8-11 a.m., show hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m., awards ceremony 3:30-4 p.m. with light refreshments (but, alas, no book eating). Free. Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. pugetsound.edu, books2eat.com

Pam Ingalls’ paintings at Brick House

Pam Ingalls shows still lifes, landscapes and nudes painted in the Russian Impressionist style with deep vivid colors and loose brushwork at Brick House Gallery. 5-9 p.m. third Thursdays and by appointment. Free. Brick House Gallery, 1123 S. Fawcett St., Tacoma. 253-627-0426, thebrickhousegallery.com

New work at American Art Co. Read more »


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


Read more »


Art and science meet in new salon discussion series at Tacoma Art Museum

Lelavision. Photo: Peter Haley for The News Tribune.
Lelavision. Photo: Peter Haley for The News Tribune.

What happens when artists and scientists get together? You’ll find out at a new series of discussion salons organized by the University of Puget Sound and hosted at Tacoma Art Museum. The first is this Thursday; the next April 18; each will feature local artists and scientists presenting work and ideas in a fast-paced five-minute slideshow format similar to the broader-themed Pecha Kucha nights that have happened in Tacoma and around the world over the last few years. The Art+Science Salons will always occur on third Thursdays, the museum’s free admission night.

“It’s all about getting some connections happening between artists and scientists,” said Siddharth Ramakrishnan, the new chair of neuroscience at UPS, whose idea the series was. “We’re hopeful that people will be inspired by others’ work and decide to go out for a coffee and talk abut working together.”

That science and art have many collaborative possibilities has been shown already in Tacoma by the Vashon-based Lelavision, a husband-and-wife duo who combine physical theater, musical sculpture and dance to illustrate scientific ideas and theories such as epigenetics or flower reproduction. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Two celli at UPS, Seattle Symphony celebrates Asia, mosaics at MoG and discounts at Fort Nisqually

“A Due Celli” at University of Puget Sound

You don’t often get to hear two world-class cellists play duets, but at UPS tonight artist-in-residence David Requiro and guest artist Meta Weiss will play a concert of music from Paganini’s “Moses” variations, arranged for two cellos, to Schubert’s string quintet in C major, expanded by Maria Sampen, Jennifer Caine and Tim Christie on violin and viola.

7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-6013, pugetsound.edu

“Celebrate Asia” with the Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony honors the local Asian community with its fifth annual “Celebrate Asia” concert at Benaroya Hall this Sunday. The East-West program features Japanese blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsjuii playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert no. 1, Indian violinist

Ambi Subramaniam and mridangam player Mahesh Krishnamurthy playing “Shanti Priya,” written by renowned Indian violinist and composer L. Subramaniam, plus Debussy’s “Pagodes,” a Bali-inspired orchestral piece and a new work for shakuhachi flute. Pre-concert activities include local dance companies and a lion dance, with taiko drumming following the show.

Pre-concert lobby music 3 p.m., concert 4 p.m. Jan. 27. $19-$76. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 866-833-4747, seattlesymphony.org

Mosaics at Museum of Glass

Read more »


Digital and physical mesh in the mystical Nakamura-Campbell exhibit “Kukai” at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound

Inside Kittredge Gallery it’s very, very dark. Eerie blips and taps punctuate the stillness. And in the center of the room is a kind of temple created by light, inhabited by seven inscrutable ceramic priests. It’s “Kukai,” a brand new collaborative installation by Tacoma ceramic artist Yuki Nakamura and Vashon digital media artist Robert Campbell that redefines each art form into something both ancient and futuristic.

The set-up’s cleverly simple. Seven foot-high clay towers – beautifully made, like unusual chess pieces – stand on a dark, mirrored surface, which reflects their length down into eternity, and also

Read more »