We’re being bombarded with announcements for art events this weekend, and have art alerts up the proverbial yin-yang. So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, search no further – pencil in a date night, speed dial the sitter, or better yet, pick an activity the whole family can get excited about – from lush chorale music to a reading by a punk poet, Tacoma is flush with choices.
1. Distinguished Writers Series: John Burgess, March 9 at Kings Bookstore
Next up in Kings‘ series of talks by writers of note is Seattle poet John Burgess. A board member at Hugo House and co-conspirator with the Band of Poets, Burgess has published books including Punk Poems, A History of Guns in the Family, and Graffito (all Ravenna Press). He was a Jack Straw co-founder of Burning Word Festival, and is currently editor for the online lit journal Snow Monkey. Burgess grew up in upstate New York, and migrated to Seattle in 1985. He’ll read March 9, 7 pm, at Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens. Info at 253.272.8801 or http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
2. Down the Rabbit Hole Opening at Pacific Lutheran University, March 9
On Friday, PLU presents the opening night for Rabbit Hole, the third event in its School of Arts and Communication (SOAC) 2011-2012 Focus Series which addresses one theme through different disciplinary lenses. This year’s theme is compassion, and a panel discussion and reception will take place prior to Rabbit Hole‘s opening curtain. David Lindsay-Abaire’s play, which won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is a story of loss, heartbreak and forgiveness as a family attempts to move on after a life-shattering accident. This night of drama is presented by SOAC and the PLU Department of Communication and Theatre:
5:30 pm – Theatre Alumni Panel in Ingram 100
6:30 pm – Reception with light refreshments
7:30 pm – Rabbit Hole in the Studio Theater
Other performances March 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 pm; March 18 at 2 pm. For tickets, call 253.535.7150. Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 students with PLU identification. Directions and information: http://www.plu.edu/soac/focus-series/rabbit-hole.php. Information on the 2011-2012 Focus Series: http://www.plu.edu/soac/focus-series/.
3. Experience the Best of the Northwest, March 10 in the Proctor District
Get ready for a powerhouse concert showcasing the rich and dynamic Northwest choral arts tradition Saturday, March 10, when the Northwest Repertory Singers (NWRS) teams up with two of the finest choirs in the Pacific Northwest – the University of Puget Sound’s Dorian Singers, directed by Anne Lyman, and the Pacific Lutheran University Chorale, directed by Brian Galante. NWRS Artistic Director Paul Schultz will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St. in the Proctor District. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets online or at 1-800-838-3006. Admission is $18 general; $15 senior/student/military; 12 and under free. UPS and PLU students with student IDs, $8.50. Visit http://www.NWRS.org or call 253-265-3042 to find out about special restaurant discounts on concert weekend, and how to win tickets to future NWRS concerts.
4. Take a Stand: Video Blogging with Reel Grrls, March 10-11 at the Downtown Library
We don’t know if it’s solar flares or something in the water, but suddenly the Tacoma Public Library is the hip place for teens to be. This weekend, teen grrls and young women ages 13 to 20 are invited to attend an intensive two-day blogging workshop covering script writing, video shooting/composition, editing with Final Cut Pro, and media literacy analysis. No previous video experience necessary. Pretty cool, huh? Main Downtown Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. South, Olympic Room and Story Lab. Registration is required at 253.292.2001 ext. 1795 or online at http://www.tacomapubliclibrary.org. Saturday session, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday session 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Lunch is provided. Learn more about Reel Grrls at http://www.reelgrrls.org.
5. Live Paint Presents a FREE Winter Family Event, March 10
Spaceworks Tacoma artist-in-residence Cindy Arnold invites kids of all ages to check out and fun around at her theater studio on the Hilltop this weekend! Her workshop, Live Paint, is hosting a FREE family art-making event on March 10, 1-2:30pm, to celebrate the last months of winter through interactive theatre, story, craft projects and other seasonal surprises! This event is designed for children ages 3 to 5 years and their families, but children of all ages are invited to attend. Donations are welcome. Live Paint, 1314 MLK Way.
6. History, Art, and the Novel, March 11 at Tacoma Art Museum
Greater than the Sum of their Parts: Combining the Arts is the theme of TAM’s Literacy Month Author Series featuring the Seattle7Writers. These authors will discuss how writers use other art forms as catalysts and inspiration for their writing. This Sunday, March 11, the topic is History, Art, and the Novel. Writer Indu Sundaresan (Taj Mahal Trilogy) will lead a virtual tour through the hallways of 17th-century India’s palaces, harem apartments, forts, gardens, and tombs, discussing how existing structures and historical accounts influenced the writing of her novels. Dave Boling (Guernica) will explain how the horrific Nazi bombing of the Basque village of Guernica in 1937, spurred the creation of Picasso’s iconic anti-war mural. Series continues through March 25, Sundays at 2 pm. Cost: Individual lectures $10 ($5 for members and students); complete series $35 ($15 for members and students). Click here to purchase tickets. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., 253.272.4258. http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
7. RAGS Wearable Art Show at the NEW Mercedes-Benz Showroom in Fife, March 9-11
Stumped for fresh gift ideas for your favorite fashionista? Consider giving a gift certificate to the RAGS Wearable Art Sale and Gallery! Seventeen years old and going strong, RAGS is a juried show that benefits the YWCA’s domestic violence prevention and intervention programs. In its 17-year history it has raised $982,000 for the local YWCA! Discover fabulous handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories created by artisans from across the country at the event’s new address at 1701 Alexander Ave. East (across the freeway from the old location) in Fife. Admission: free. Hours: Friday-Saturday, March 9-10, 10 am-6 pm; Sunday, March 11, 10 am-4pm. Information: RAGS Hotline (253) 272-4181, ext. 352.
8. Views from Within Opening March 11 at the Handforth Gallery
The Downtown Library’s art gallery presents Tacoma artists Angela Wales Rockett and Karen Utter as they exhibit work from their shared Opera Alley studio. Come view Utter’s fantastical pastel topiaries and Rockett’s evocative inner landscapes March 10th through April 30th and let yourself be drawn into the view from within. Meet the artists on Sunday, March 11, 2–4 p.m. Main Downtown Library, Handforth Gallery, 1102 Tacoma Ave. South. Info: http://www.tacomapubliclibrary.org.
9. Luck o’ the Irish, March 10 at the Museum of Glass
It’s March Madness Day at the Museum of Glass! Little leprechauns will get ready for St. Patrick’s Day by making a felted shamrock pin with artist Jennifer Adams on Saturday, 1 – 4 pm. Also, enjoy acoustic guitar performances by local 14-year-old phenom Nolan Garrett and pick up a scavenger hunt guide to explore the artwork in the gallery with the kiddos. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St. in Tacoma. Contact: 866.4MUSEUM (866.468.7386); email@example.com