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Critic’s Picks: Costa Rica oils in Puyallup, Aussie glass at Museum of Glass, native Northwest art at Washington State History Museum and Korean art at Tacoma Community College

Imaginary birds and more at Puyallup’s City Gallery

Puyallup oil painter Bonnie Miller shows abstract and figurative work at Puyallup’s Valley Arts United City Hall Gallery in “Farther: New Explorations in Imaginary Worlds.” The vividly-colored paintings include a series of imaginary birds inspired by a recent trip to Costa Rica. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 23. Free. Puyallup City Hall 5th floor, 333 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. bonniemillerart.wix.com, valleyartsunited.org

Aussie artist visits Museum of Glass

Australian artist Gabriella Bisetto will be the visiting artist at the Museum of Glass’ Hot this weekend. Lecturer at the University of South Australia, Bisetto’s work ranges from conceptual installations to delicately curved blown glass shapes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and June 29, noon-5 p.m. June 30 with concluding lecture 4 p.m. June 30. $12 adults/$10 seniors, students, military/$5 ages 6-12/free for under-6. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org

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Three Tacoma museums for $25 – the new Museum District Pass gets you into Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and the Washington State History Museum

Just in time for summer, tourists and friends from out of town, the Tacoma Museum District has announced a new three-museum pass that gets visitors into the Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and Washington History Museum for just $25 ($20 for seniors, military and students age 6 and up).

In the past the three major Tacoma museums have offered a Wednesday-only discount deal, but the new pass is valid for seven days from the first redemption.

Locations and summer hours are:

Tacoma Art Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

The Museum of Glass is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org

The Washington State History Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 888-BE-THERE, washingtonhistory.org

You can get the pass at each museum, and online at tacomamuseumdistrict.com. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: 72 Hour Film Fest at The Grand Cinema; Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup; Hilltop glass sale and Mothers’ Day at Tacoma museums

72 Hour Film Fest at The Grand

The Grand Cinema’s annual 72 Hour Film Competition is on again, with 30 teams running around Tacoma and frantically making a movie with last-minute criteria: this year the use of a superstition, a flashlight, a letter/message and the line “that wasn’t what I was expecting.” Tonight you can see the results at the viewing party at the Rialto, including food and drinks from Farelli’s, Katie Downs and Stella Artois. 7 p.m. May 10 (doors open 6 p.m.) Advance $13 non-members /$11 members/$15 at door. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. the grandcinema.com

Northwest Sinfonietta finish season with Bruch and Mendelssohn

It’s a highly romantic program for the Northwest Sinfonietta’s season finale. Tchaikovsky gold medalist Mayuko Kamio plays Bruch’s famous Violin Concerto no. 1; the program rounds out with Kodaly’s “Dances of Galanta” and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony no. 3. 7:30 p.m. May 10 (Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle), 7:30 p.m. May 11 (Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma) and 2 p.m. March 12 (Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 Meridian Ave. S, Puyallup). 888-356-6040, northwestsinfonietta.org

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Tacoma documentary on the MLK Ballet dance company by Mick Flaaen screens next Wednesday at the Washington State History Museum for the Seattle True Independent Film Festival

The Moving Company performs "Funeral" in Mick Flaaen's film "A Funeral Dance." Courtesy image.
The Moving Company performs “Funeral” in Mick Flaaen’s film “A Funeral Dance.” Courtesy image.

Next Wednesday night, two things are combining in the theater of the Washington State History Museum: the Seattle True Independent  Film Festival is making a debut appearance in Tacoma, and T-town filmmaker Mick Flaaen is seeing the final-cut screening of his fascinating 2012 documentary “A Funeral Dance,” capturing the backstage drama at MLK Ballet’s Moving Company as they prepare a new show.

For both festival and filmmaker, it’s a big deal.

“Any time you get into a festival, it’s a big deal,” says Flaaen, who caught STIFF’s attention last year with his short film “Paint” about Tacoma’s graffiti murals. “It’s so competitive now because of digital film. Festivals used to get around a thousand entries; now they’re getting three times that. Sundance got 11,000 entries last year.”

But Flaan is proving he’s got competitive chops. Read more »


Tacoma goes wild for poems during National Poetry Month at Museum of Glass, State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and more

April is National Poetry Month, and Tacoma’s poets are giving all of us plenty of chances to appreciate poetry in a variety of venues. Current Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, past laureate Tammy Robacker, State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and area poets such as Maria Gudaitis and Hans Ostrom will offer readings, workshops and other events. Here’s the list:

Distinguished Writers Series

7 p.m. April 13, free, King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, kingsbookstore.com

Tacoma’s longest-running poetry reading series continues with guest poet Marjorie Rommel and an open mic event.

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Critic’s picks: guitarist Michael Nicolella, Tacoma City Ballet, flamenco at New Frontier and Kopachuck trees at Washington State History Museum

Guitarist Michael Nicolella plays Grace Lutheran

Seattle classical guitarist Michael Nicolella, called “one of the contemporary guitar’s most gifted stars” by Classical Guitar magazine, will perform works by J.S. Bach, Albeniz, Elliott Carter and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco this Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church. 7 p.m. Mar. 24. $10 suggested donation. Grace Lutheran, 6202 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. 253-472-7105,gracelutherantacoma.org

Free Tacoma City Ballet preview

Get a sneak peek at the Tacoma City Ballet’s big spring repertory program tonight at a free preview. Choreographers Erin Ceragioli, Travis Goldman and Joel Myers will talk about the works they’re creating for the program,

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Critic’s picks: oils at Fulcrum, “In the Spirit” at History Museum, Click Flick “Madagascar” and recycled art at Proctor

Industrial oils at Fulcrum

Fulcrum Gallery’s latest show “Science and Industry” features Peter Sheesley’s moody oil paintings of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Aug. 13. Free. 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-250-0520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com

“In the Spirit” at the History Museum

The Washington State History Museum has just opened its annual “In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts” exhibit. The juried show features 21 artists like Chholing Taha and Jennifer Johns in a range of media and styles from traditional to modern. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Aug. 28. $8/$7/$6/free for

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Mummies and Deadies get in free this Saturday at the Washington State History Museum

This Saturday, halfway between Mothers’ and Fathers’ Days, kids can get their parent in free to the Washington State History Museum with one paid child admission to see current exhibit “Wrapped! The Search for the Essential Mummy,” as well as the rest of the museum.

Special events include an appearance by Stanley the Camel, Egyptian cookie decorating station and hieroglyphic etching. “Wrapped!” features Tacoma’s own mummy Ankh Wennefer, bought last century by Allen Mason, and the history that went with it.

The Washington State History Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1911 Pacific

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