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Tag: Urban Grace Church Tacoma

April
24th

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 »

Oct.
17th

From Russia with strings: the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet plays Borodin and Schumann in Tacoma’s Urban Grace this Sunday

They play international concert halls, they champion old Russian works and they premiere new ones. They’re the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, hailed by German media for their “powerful romantic sound,” and they’re finishing up a West Coast tour with a concert in Tacoma’s Urban Grace Church this Sunday afternoon.

Fresh from a standing ovation from a near-full house in Benaroya Hall’s recital hall, the quartet will play the Borodin String Quartet no. 1 and Schumann’s Piano Quintet, as well as pieces from “Les Vendredis,” short works by Romantic Russian composers which were played on Friday nights

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Jan.
17th

First family concert by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra includes “Peter and the Wolf” at the Rialto this Sunday

Families rejoice: The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra is offering its first annual Family Concert this Sunday, with classical music beloved to many. The program at the Rialto Theater features Prokofiev’s classic musical tale “Peter and the Wolf,” narrated by David Fischer, as well as Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia no. 2 in D major.

It’s an ideal concert for kids in many ways. Not only is it child-friendly in length (about 50 minutes) and at a pleasant time of day, it’s incredibly cheap and highlights two pieces that’ll hook young audience members from the start.

“Peter and the Wolf” was written, in fact,

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Dec.
2nd

Critic’s picks: Cantus at Urban Grace, Vashon studio tour, UPS holiday concerts and Shakespeare at PLU

Cantus sings a World War I Christmas

All-male a cappella vocal ensemble Cantus recreates Christmas of 1914, when a young German soldier initiated a one-night truce of music and peace by singing “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”). Presented by the Broadway Center. 3 p.m. Dec. 3 (pre-show lecture 2 p.m.). $42/$52. Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma. 253-291-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour

Over 40 studios open their doors this and next weekend for the annual Vashon Island Holiday Art Studio Tour. With media including fiber art, glass, jewelry, wood, candles, pottery, tile, mosaic, paper

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June
10th

Critic’s Picks: Seattle International Dance Fest, Flora at Tacoma Art Museum, Hilltop glass sale and TSO Chorus at Urban Grace

Seattle Dance fest

Beginning today the 6th Seattle International Dance Festival offers contemporary dance from Iraq, Japan, Mexico and the United States along South Lake Union until June 19. Art on the Fly is free: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at 410 Terry Ave. plaza, 12-6 p.m. June 11 at streetcar stops. Inside programs are at 7:30 p.m./8 p.m. each evening, $17 advance/$20 at door at Raisbeck Hall, 2015 Boren Ave., Seattle. www.thresholdfestival.org

“Flora and Fine Arts” at TAM

Tacoma Art  Museum plays host to “Flora and Fine Arts,” a collaborative show with the Tacoma Garden Club featuring floral arrangements inspired

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