Archive | May, 2012

Two Musical Traditions, One Powerhouse Concert June 2-3

31 May

Musical boundaries will be eradicated when two powerhouse ensembles – The Northwest Repertory Singers (NWRS) and The Total Experience Gospel Choir  (TEGC)- join in performance on June 2 & 3 in Tacoma. This first-ever collaboration in sacred music is creating a buzz amongst music lovers of all stripes.

The Northwest Repertory Singers. Photo courtesy of NWRS.

The Northwest Repertory Singers, under the direction of Dr. Paul Schultz, brings 11 years of concert experience to the bill. Established in Tacoma in 2001, NWRS is one of the Puget Sound region’s premier vocal ensembles, and its mission it is to enrich and educate through the presentation of a creative choral repertoire performed at the highest artistic level.

The Total Experience Gospel Choir, under the direction of Pastor Patrinell Wright, is recognized as one of the most soulful and accomplished gospel choirs in the United States. Pastor Wright started TEGC as a gospel music class at Franklin High School, in Seattle, in 1973. Since then the ensemble has performed on five continents and in 38 countries. TEGC is featured on a Dave Matthews song entitled, “Save Me”.

Photo courtesy of Total Experience Gospel Choir.

The chorale singers and the gospel group have crafted a performance to shake the rafters at Mason United Methodist Church in Tacoma. NWRS Artistic Director, Dr. Paul Schultz, said that the concert will include “interesting music in the sacred harp and Southern harmony styles. Some very unusual sounds will come from us that you may not have experienced in the past.” Some pieces will be performed by each group individually, others together. Schultz calls out Aaron Copeland’s fiendishly difficult “In the Beginning”, and the gospel melody, “For Every Mountain”, as two of the evening’s highlights.

Concert times are Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, June 3 at 3 pm. Dr. Schultz and Pastor Wright will give a pre-concert lecture about the music one hour before each performance. Information about NWRS is available on the website, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Learn more about TEGC here.

Concert tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets with no service fee at 1-800-838-3006 or online. Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for senior/student/military; children under 12 are free. Tickets are also available by calling 253-265-3042. Mason United Methodist Church is located at 2710 N. Madison St. in Tacoma’s Proctor District. Concert guests are encouraged to bring a food donation for the North End FISH food bank.

This is one concert you won’t want to miss!

Tim Walsh: Puget Sound Poetry Connection’s Distinguished Poet

31 May

On the second Friday of every month, Puget Sound Poetry Connection hosts the Distinguished Writers Series at King’s Bookstore, at which a poet of note reads his or her work. An open mic follows – you can come to listen or contribute. On Friday, June 8th, Timothy Walsh takes on the title of Distinguished Poet.

Timothy Walsh

Timothy Walsh’s poems and short stories are known widely, and his inspiration often derives from walks or outdoor excursions near the water.  Timothy grew up in New Jersey, however for the past twenty-five years he has lived in Wisconsin.  He enjoys the outdoors and participates in activities such as kayaking, sailing, canoeing, and gardening.  Timothy is an adventurous man, as you can see, who also lends his enthusiasm for life within the words he writes.  Take a look at this bio (courtesy of King’s Bookstore) to learn more about his accomplishments!

His awards include the Grand Prize in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition and the Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review. He is the author of a book of literary criticism, The Dark Matter of Words: Absence, Unknowing, and Emptiness in Literature (Southern Illinois University Press) and two poetry collections, Wild Apples (Parallel Press) and Blue Lace Colander (Marsh River Editions). He is an Assistant Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Here’s a sampling of one of Walsh’s pieces:

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Grand Cinema 2012 Film Festival Poster Contest

31 May

Here’s your chance to win awesome prizes, a fistful of dollars – and bragging rights for the 2012 Grand Cinema Film Festival poster! Create the winning poster and your art could be seen plastered all over town. The Grand, a non-profit theater, is putting out a call to artists to find the most original design to represent its filmfest. Last year, the contest drew entries from all over the world! Application deadline is Friday, July 6, 2012 (see guidelines below). All entries will be displayed at the theater, and all participating artists will receive two (2) complimentary movie passes to the Grand.

The creator of the winning poster will receive a cash prize of $350, and two (2) festival passes to the Tacoma Film Festival. The winning artist will be asked to assist in creating print ads and promo materials featuring the artwork. Check out this link to see last year’s winning design.

Poster dimensions are 11″ x 17″. Design considerations are left pretty much up to you, but this information must be included:

2012 Tacoma Film Festival
October 4-11, 2012

In addition, there must be blank space left at the bottom (or somewhere else within the design) for sponsor logos. Space should be allotted for a minimum of 10 logos. Please submit entries via electronic format – .pdf or .jpg preferred – and be sure the artwork is printer-ready as the Grand will be printing all the entries and showcasing them at the theater. Please remember space for those sponsor logos!

Send entries to: Good luck!

Apply Now for the 2012 Tacoma Studio Tour!

30 May

Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month – November 3 & 4, 2012
Application deadline: Monday, July 2, 2012, midnight

Are you a professional artist that lives in Tacoma or has a working studio in Tacoma?

Do you want to open your studio to the public, demonstrate how you make your work, host a hands-on activity and help promote the arts in Tacoma?

Then apply to participate in our 11th Anniversary Studio Tour!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking professional artists who are willing to open their studios to the public for our 11th annual studio tour, one of the highlights of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month this November. The emphasis of this two-day event is on raising the visibility of the arts and providing artistic opportunities for the community to connect to the arts. While we encourage artists to have work for sale, the intention is not primarily as a studio sale. Studios will be open on Sat., November 3 and Sun., November 4 from 11 am to 5 pm (note the new times this year). Artists can choose to be open on Sat., Sun. or both days. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive online publicity materials and an interactive map as well as a smaller printed catalog featuring the studios. The studio tours are free to both the artists and visitors.

This year, plans are in the works (by a private entity) to provide a bus tour of studio locations. Studio tour artists will have the opportunity to opt-in to being a stop along the bus tour route for a fee. More information about this optional service will be provided to all participating artists later this summer.

Deadline for submissions is Mon., July 2, 2012, midnight. Applicants will be juried in a competitive process by a sub-committee of the Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of artwork and the overall diversity of the work presented, as well as geographic diversity of the studios. Guidelines below: Continue reading

PA:ID Featured Artist: Lisa Kinoshita

30 May

Lisa Kinoshita at her Spaceworks installation, “CODA”. Photo: Nate Watters

By Hannah Franke, City of Tacoma Arts Intern

Born and raised in the Tacoma area, Lisa Kinoshita is one of the 23 participants in the Tacoma Arts Commission’s Public Art: In Depth (PA:ID) program, training professional Tacoma artists in how to transfer skills from their studio practice to the public art realm.  She moved from Seattle to Tacoma in 2003 and opened her own art gallery, Mineral, which she closed last year in order to focus time on pursuing her own art and freelance writing fulltime.  Lisa is a jewelry artist by training (her work has appeared in the New York Times, ELLE, Seattle Magazine and other publications), and gives credit to the PA:ID program for giving her the skills to bridge the gap between working on projects which use the minute scale of jewelry metalsmithing to large-scale public art pieces.  Thanks to Elizabeth Conner, teaching artist for the PA:ID program, Lisa has been able to hone newly acquired knowledge on topics ranging from proposal development to working with contractors.  Currently, Lisa is underway in developing a vibrant public art work created specifically for Metro Parks’ newly opened, family-centered South Tacoma Activity & Recreation (STAR) Center.

Q & A with Lisa Kinoshita

What interests you about public art?

I’m interested in public art because it encourages interaction and for people to look at their world in subtly different ways.

You are currently working on a proposal for a public art piece at the STAR Center.  What intrigued you about the location and community, and what do you wish for your art to accomplish there?

South Tacoma, where the STAR Center is, is very diverse; it has a natural dynamism and is a neighborhood in the midst of change. In addition to the recreation center there is a weekly farmers’ market, a teaching kitchen onsite, and two community garden plots in the works [all at STAR]. The planning for STAR reflects a respect for nature and restoration. The center is certified LEED Silver to meet certain environmental standards, and its fields and green space are meant to bring people together and to get them outdoors. I hope my art installation, constructed with plants and steel, will create a sense of wonder about nature as a dynamic, beautiful and changeable art medium, one that we need to respect.

As a community center, the site is inherently a place for family learning and discovery; do you plan to incorporate any interactive elements within your work?

I hope my project – which is still in the planning stages, and involves interaction between sculptures and living plants – will attract people interested in green technology, in growing food or simply enjoying all that this beautiful space has to offer.

Have you completed any projects recently?

Here is a public art work that I did this year for the City of Fife while taking PA:ID entitled “Valley Roundelay”:

“Valley Roundelay” by Lisa Kinoshita. Photo: Roger Schreiber.

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Wanted: Bands for Podcast Spotlighting Local Music

29 May

Local musician and Spaceworks artist, Sam Olsen, strums on his skateboard.

“Music You Don’t Have, But Should” is a locally produced podcast heard worldwide on iTunes, Stitcher, and It’s hosted by musician/producer Andy Hall, and features original music from professional independent musicians and bands from throughout the world.

Hall is putting together an episode featuring bands from the South Sound area– Tacoma, Pierce County, Olympia, Puyallup, etc. NO KING COUNTY OR SEATTLE. He’ll do another episode for that. This time, it’s only for South Sound bands with original music, no covers. You can check out over a year’s worth of “Music You Don’t Have, But Should” at to get an idea what the show is about. There are thousands of listeners every month, so this would be a great way to promote local original music. The show is aiming at a mid-July podcast date.

So if you’re an original musician or band with original music (or know of any), click here for information on how to submit music for consideration for the podcast. Please include your reply email address in the body of the email. Best of all, it’s totally FREE!

Fast and Racy: LeMay Museum Opening, June 1-3

28 May

The largest automobile museum in North America opens in Tacoma, Washington, next Friday

“It’s the most extraordinary collection I’ve ever seen. It’s the most comprehensive anthology of vehicles in this country. The Harold LeMay collection is a gem in the crown of American automotive history and has the potential to become the most complete and exciting automotive history experience in the world.” Molly Carsten, Curator, Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, MO

ACM: a gleam in the late Harold LeMay’s eye. Photo: David Imanaka.

Car buffs: start your engines to get the first peek at the bevy of beauties lined up inside LeMay: America’s Car Museum (ACM), opening June 1-3. The LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-1990s, has honed its collection down to a gleaming core of several hundred for its grand opening exhibition in the 165,000-square-foot museum facility next to the Tacoma Dome.

Legendary cars such as the Tucker, the Duesenberg, a 1947 Spyder Corsa and an Indianapolis racecar are a few of the stars of ACM, a museum designed to preserve and celebrate the history of the world’s automotive culture. And not only its history, but its future – one of the opening exhibits, “Alternative Propulsion”, showcases electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), diesel-powered vehicles, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and cars powered by bio-fuels.

Gritty Tacoma will show its spiffed-up side when the $60 million museum opens next weekend. On Saturday, June 2, at ACM’s 3.5-acre Haub Family Field, the grand opening commences with a traditional ceremony and native blessing by members of the Puyallup Nation followed by an appearance by Gov. Christine Gregoire, and Nancy LeMay, wife of the late museum founder, Harold LeMay. The day’s events include an autograph signing by Seattle Mariners superstar, Edgar Martinez, and a free concert by Tacoma artist Kim Archer, and multiple Grammy Award winners, Asleep at the Wheel.

Photo: David Imanaka.

The sleek, four-story museum will present six opening exhibits, including “Alternative Propulsion”, and a “British Invasion” collection (very Bond, James Bond) of the 1960s celebrating the designs of Jaguar, Triumph and Austin-Healy.

Of special interest for art lovers is an exhibit co-presented by ACM and the Museum of Glass, of classic hood ornaments recreated as 25″ glass sculptures by glassworker John Miller, and MOG hotshop artists. Trucks and motorcycles also form an important element of the collection. ACM’s mission is to portray present achievements and future directions in the transportation industry, including design, technology and products – but most of all, America’s love affair with the automobile.

The ultimate car showroom was just a gleam in the eye of Harold LeMay, back in 1998, when he conceived the idea of a place to house his more than 3,500 vehicles. LeMay was a magnate in the recycling/solid waste collection industry, with companies in five South Sound counties. He passed away in 2000 at age 81, but his dream grew, and today the nine-acre ACM campus – with a world-class museum as the hub – features a 3.5 acre show field to host everything from drive-in movies to rock concerts to vintage car events. There is also an educational center and library, a café/restaurant, a gift shop, meeting rooms and a banquet hall. Continue reading

Free Museum Admission for Active-Duty Military

27 May

This summer, local museums are joining more than 1,500 museums across America in saluting troops. For the third consecutive year, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, and Washington State History Museum are joining forces with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. From Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012, active-duty military personnel and up to five of their immediate family members are eligible for this offer, which is valid for all military branches—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active-duty National Guard and active-duty Reserve members.

“Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year.”

This year museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year. Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and children’s museums. Other local Blue Star Museums include Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Seattle Art Museum, The Museum of Flight, Wing Luke Museum, and The Henry Art Museum. For a full listing of Blue Star Museums both in Washington and around the country, visit Continue reading

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