Ladies Sing the Blues

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The community is invited to hear David Deacon-Joyner, PhD. speak on the unique style and perspective of women who have sung the American musical art form- the Blues. We will hear recordings of these artists from the 1920′s and ’30′s, how they impacted the recording industry, and started the nationwide popularity of female blues singers of African descent, whose appeal crossed the lines of race.

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The History of Sports in Tacoma and Pierce County

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Attention sports enthusiasts! Author and local sports historian, Marc Blau, will give a presentation which will cover a multitude of sports (professional and amateur) and the personalities that have helped establish our local sports history. He will show a video of rare sports-related footage, and display items from his extensive collection of sports memorabilia. Blau’s books will be available for sale.

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Fran Postma to speak on “Early Women In Flight”

Jackie Cochran learned to fly in just three short weeks. She set more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other pilot (male or female) in aviation history. Fran Postma, in recognition of Women’s History Month, will tell this fascinating story of the true native-born heroine.

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A Tale of Six Strings: History of the Guitar

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From its humble beginnings as a small, 4 string instrument in the 16th century, the development of the guitar has followed a winding path through constantly changing musical tastes over the last 500 years. PLU music professor, Elizabeth C.D. Brown will illustrate this journey with performances on Renaissance, Baroque, nineteenth century, and modern guitars. Ms. Brown will intersperse her musical numbers with commentary on the physical and musical development of the guitar.

Join us on Thursday, February 27th for this class the Garfield Book Company at PLU from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (208 South Garfield St. in the Parkland area) You may register at the door- $10 per person. Contact Laura at stewarla@plu.edu / (253) 241-4166 for more details, or go to our website- www.plu.edu/lifeelderhostel.

Undersea Wonders: from Bonaire to the Salish Sea

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Master scuba diver, Thomas Nicodemus, will give a presentation of photographs taken while diving in the warm waters of the Caribbean isle of Bonaire, and in the cold waters of the Salish Sea. In addition, Nicodemus will explain the aims of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and his role in their Advanced Assessment Team, working for the health of our marine environment.

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Sarah Murdoch to speak on Art History

Sarah Murdoch is coming to Tacoma to give a presentation entitled, “Art: Medieval Times to Michelangelo.” One of Rick Steves’ most experienced and versatile tour guides, Murdoch considers her career a perfect fit, as it combines her love of art, history and travel. There’s still room to join us this Friday, February 7th to hear Sarah speak.

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