TMP’s ‘Shrek’ provides fun fare for the family

Now get this: “Shrek The Musical,” this season’s opening production at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, is the story of a green ogre whose loving family kicks him out at age seven with the admonition to go into the world and find his own life and his own swamp.

After finding the ideal place where he can be alone with no one to bother him, he is accosted by, of all things, a wise-cracking talking donkey which stand up like a human and wants to be Shrek’s friend. [Read more...]

Tacoma Art Museum unveils new wing, Sept. 26, 9:30am

For the past year Tacoma Art Museum has been constructing a new wing along busy Pacific Avenue in the heart of Tacoma. The building has been shrouded behind construction fencing and big banners, concealing much of the action.

On Friday morning, September 26, 9:30 am, join us as Sellen’s construction crew rips off the banners offering the first exterior reveal of the beautiful new Haub Family Galleries wing, designed by Seattle’s award-winning Olson Kundig Architects. Unique features include six sliding screens across the front of floor to ceiling windows, designed specifically for Tacoma Art Museum and operated by a hand-crank in the sculpture hall; sustainable features include Richlite siding and repurposed aluminum panels. Countdown, banner removal, and the construction fence demo begin at 9:30 am in front of Tacoma Art Museum at 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 98402. [Read more...]

TNT: Critic’s Picks: Dance Theatre Northwest, Moss+Mineral metal art, drawings at Fulcrum Gallery and Fools Play improv.

“Dance Illuminations with Dance Theatre Northwest

“University Place’s Dance Theatre Northwest kicks off the Up for Arts series at the University Place Civic/Library building on Friday (Sept. 26), performing works inspired by the current Irish glass show at the Museum of Glass, along with excerpts from classics like “Sleeping Beauty.” Also on view: art by White Dove Gallery’s Retha Hayward and watercolorist Jason Bordash. 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Free. Atrium, Civic/Library building, 3609 Market Place W. (36th Street and Bridgeport Way), University Place.”

Read the rest of Rosemary Ponnekanti’s story in The News Tribune.

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UP for Arts “Dance Illuminations,” Sept. 26, 7pm

Dance Theatre Northwest will perform “Dance Illuminations,” including dance, music, and an accompanying lecture by Artistic Director Melanie Kirk Stauffer. Featured works will include “Tribute” and excerpts from “Sleeping Beauty.”

Featured artists are White Dove Gallery owner Retha Hayward who will exhibit her work and other artists along with Water Color artist Jason Bordash.

The event will take place at the UP Civic/Library Building Atrium, 3605 Market Place, W, from 7-8:30pm Admission is $10, $5 for students, and free for UP for Arts members.

Say ‘Boo’ at the zoo for a fabulous fall festival, $3 off admission

TACOMA, Wash. – There’s a new “animal” at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this fall.

Scientific name: Scarecrowus Octoberus. Visitors will find these strange and wonderful creatures all around zoo grounds, along with a stunning array of intricately carved pumpkins, creative decorations and animals enjoying their own special trick-or-treat goodies. [Read more...]

Journalist Leslie Helm to speak on Saturday

“Helm mines the many treasures of his family’s past, and the multicultural futures of his adopted, Japanese children, to investigate the mysteries of identity that are locked away inside all of us. The family fortune disappears, and relatives scatter in the winds of war and reconstruction. But this lovely story remains, about an erudite man trying to make sense of the world, of the past, and of himself.” — Alex Beam (Boston Globe columnist) review of Helm’s memoir, Yokohama Yankee: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan. [Read more...]

Tacoma City Ballet forming Snow Chorus

In October of 2014, Tacoma City Ballet will be forming a Snow Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Despina Alatsis, to sing in the annual production of “The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut” at the beautiful Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma. Tacoma City Ballet will be hosting a vocal audition for all female student vocalists, ages 13-18, to not only participate in this beautiful production seen by thousands each year, but to receive professional vocal training*. [Read more...]

3rd annual Oktoberfest Biergarten!

Join us Friday, Sept 26th 4:00-9:00pm and toast amongst your friends with Rebuilding Together South Sound!

Delicious beer, wine, hard cider, games, raffles, prizes, live German oompah band for music to dance to for 4 hours, plenty of warm pretzels and authentic German food, and tons of fun! Don’t forget to wear your dirndl or lederhosen and bring your favorite beer stein! [Read more...]