Archive | November, 2012

LAST CALL: Prime vendor spaces for First Night

30 Nov

This just in from Tacoma art booster Angela Jossy, who has rented a large glass storefront on Broadway for First Night: “I still have a few vendor spaces left for my indoor space at the First Night Festival. Today was the deadline but I’d like to fill the whole space up so I’m making one last call out. Please email me at ASAP if you’d like to vend (artists $75, non-profit $25, food $150).” Angela says there’s some wiggle room on the payment schedule, so interested parties should give her a shout.

“We’ve got some great food vendors signed up and my band line up is fantastic! We’ve got Death By Stars, Big Wheel Stunt Show and Sweet Kiss Momma. Its going to be a great night. Hope you can all join us!” For more information about volunteering as well as vending on New Year’s Eve, check out the post here.

96 Oscars, 241 Emmys, 85 Tonys – are you next?

30 Nov

Attention, thespians – did you know that the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (the peeps who bring you the Oscars) offers audition and scholarship opportunities? With campuses in Los Angeles and New York, world-renowned instructors and a history of producing some of the most respected actors in the industry, The Academy has launched thousands of careers for more than 128 years. Check out their website for scholarship opportunities, full-time programs and summer programs, curriculum, admissions and financial assistance. Act now!

Wine & Song Benefit to support Classical Tuesdays

30 Nov

Pianist Denes Van Parys and soprano Christina Kowalski. Photo courtesy of Classical Tuesdays

Join Classical Tuesdays in Old Town on December 11, 2012, for an evening of Wine & Song. This annual benefit supports Classical Tuesdays, a free chamber music series that showcases the Puget Sound region’s professional musicians. This special evening will feature the compelling lyric soprano Christina Kowalski in a program of music by the Romantic composer, Franz Schubert. Accompanying her will be pianist, composer and conductor Denes Van Parys.

The Connelly Law Offices in the Ruston district.

A native of Germany, Kowalski graduated with a master’s degree in music and drama from the Hochschule für Musik und Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Her voice has been described as possessing “glowing heights and warm depths” and excited audiences in the United States and Europe.

Van Parys has led performances of numerous opera companies, theaters and orchestras in the US and abroad. He has conducted national tours of Broadway musicals, and traveled frequently to Asia where he has led several orchestras.

Franz Schubert, wine and hors d’oeuvres add up to a festive evening! Photo courtesy of Classical Tuesdays

The beautifully refurbished Connelly Law Offices is the perfect setting for this festive holiday event! All ages are welcome to attend. For more details call 253.752.2135, or click here. Wine & Song Benefit, Tuesday, December 11 at 7 pm. Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N. 30th St., Tacoma. Admission: $25 advance tickets available at Bayview Optical or purchase at the door.

The Tacoma Arts Commission supports the Classical Tuesdays series through Arts Projects funding.

The Museum of Glass pulls in $630,000 at Red Hot

29 Nov

MOG founders Dr. Phil and Gwen Phibbs and Leslie and Dale Chihuly enjoy the after party. Photo courtesy of MOG

Kudos to the Museum of Glass for raising over $630,000 at its  Annual Red Hot Party & Auction, and for awarding $20,000 to outstanding artists! More than 300 artists and art lovers attended Red Hot, MOG’s big annual fundraiser – and 10th birthday party – that took place in September. The bidding was hot and heavy during the live and silent auctions which featured 114 works of glass art, plus a slew of wine packages, jewelry art and “experiences.” The event raised more than $630,000 to support the Museum’s exhibition, education and visiting artist programs.

Event co-chairs John Xitco and Hollie Bostrom. Photo courtesy of MOG

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the donors, friends and artists who support Museum of Glass,” stated Museum of Glass Executive Director Susan Warner.  “The funds we raised from this fabulous event will help us build on our success by embracing a bold strategy for innovation for the next decade and beyond.  Cheers to the next 10 years at MOG!”

Dale Chihuly and Team Chihuly creating a soft cylinder during the After Party. Photo courtesy of MOG

An evening highlight was the first-ever after party in the hot shop, featuring Dale Chihuly. Chihuly, along with artists Joey Kirkpatrick, Flora C. Mace and James Mongrain, provided live theater by creating a “Soft Cylinder” for Red Hot nightowls. The piece was auctioned off the pipe with proceeds benefiting the museum.

Ian MacNeil, owner of Glass Distillery donated vodka that filled the limited-edition decanters that made up the table centerpieces. Photo courtesy of MOG

In recognition of the museum’s 10th anniversary, the guest tables featured centerpieces of limited-edition liquor decanters stamped with a commemorative medallion made by the hot shop team. Each decanter was filled, appropriately, with Glass Vodka provided by Ian MacNeil of Seattle’s Glass Distillery.

Red Hot 2012 once again featured a juried art auction. Jurors included independent curator Margery Aronson; Linda Tesner, director and curator of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College; and Patricia Watkinson, retired executive director of Pilchuck Glass School.  The judges evaluated the artwork and awarded the Red Hot 2012 Artist Grand Prize to Armelle Bouchet O’Neill from Seattle. Bouchet O’Neill earned a $10,000 cash prize and a week-long Visiting Artist Residency in the museum’s hot shop.

Event co-chairs Rachel and Scott Carroll. Photo courtesy of MOG

Two additional awards were presented: Artists’ Choice, which was determined by votes from Red Hot contributing artists, and People’s Choice voted by the evening’s guests.  Raven Skyriver from Stanwood, WA, was took both the honors, earning two $5,000 cash awards and two week-long hot shop residencies.

Congratulations, Museum of Glass and participating artists!

Apply now for 2013 community-based arts projects funding

28 Nov

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2013. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 and is used to support community projects that focus on the arts. The application deadline is 5 pm. on Dec. 6, 2012.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held Nov. 8 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 434.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including but not limited to arts components of festivals; arts workshops; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 21, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.

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‘Tis the season for the Nutcracker(s)…

28 Nov

Photo courtesy of Tacoma City Ballet

Whether The Nutcracker is an annual rite or you’ve yet to experience the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies, here’s your chance: three South Sound ballet companies – Tacoma City Ballet, Tacoma Performing Dance Company and Ballet Northwest – have all announced 2013 productions of the beloved ballet.

The Nutcracker is based on L’Histoire d’un Casse Noisette (The Story of the Hazelnut-Cracker) by Dumas Père, which is itself based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the score for the ballet which premiered in Russia on December 17, 1892. It was first performed in its entirety in the US on December 29, 1944 by the San Francisco Opera Ballet, and the rest is history!

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Tacoma City Ballet (TCB) is proud to present the 15th anniversary of its beautiful, history-infused production of The Nutcracker. This production is based on the ballet as it was first performed by the Imperial Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, in 1892. Opening December 8 in the grand setting of the Pantages Theater in Tacoma, TCB will perform with live accompaniment from Northwest Sinfonietta. The Nutcracker will run Saturdays and Sundays from December 8-23.

Photo courtesy of Tacoma City Ballet

This production debuted in Tacoma in 1998, after TCB Artistic Director Erin Ceragioli received a grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation to recreate the historical Nutcracker. The scenery, set pieces, props, and costumes followed the original libretto and their creation required a skilled team of artisans and volunteers. Now, in its 15th year, TCB is proud to present a production that adheres to the story, scenic design, costuming and choreography as it was originally created by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

This season, The Nutcracker runs December 8-23 at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway in Tacoma. Tickets are $19-$60 at or call 253.591.5894 or 800.291.7593. Military, student, senior and group discounts are available. For further information, contact Melissa Lovejoy Goldman at 253.272.4219 or visit

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Tacoma Performing Dance Company (TPDC) welcomes you to a captivating new production of The Nutcracker choreographed and staged by Artistic Director (and local dance legend) Jo Emery with Amity Howell-Sloboda, and Jean Milano. This is a production of great energy and charm, featuring more than 125 dancers to tell the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, sugarplums and dancing delights.

TPDC will present The Nutcracker Ballet: Tacoma’s Finest Holiday Tradition at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center at 111 North E Street on Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, December 16 at 2 pm and 6 pm. Purchase tickets in advance at 253-752-8530, or at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $22 for adults; $18 for seniors and students 16 and under; group rates are also available.

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A cappella holiday tunes by your favorite indie bands

27 Nov
In the spirit of the can’t-miss Cathedrals: Tacoma series of alternative music concerts, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is presenting BARE Tacoma, a special holiday concert and a cappella evening featuring singers from many local indie bands. This first show (of what is hoped to become an annual holiday tradition) will feature Shenandoah Davis, Sean Nelson (of Harvey Danger), Tacoma School of the Arts Choir, Noah Gundersen, Le Wrens, Luke Stevens, Goldfinch, Colin Reynolds, Elk & Boar, Hannalee, Eternal Fair, and more! They’ll be singing their own songs, covers, and holiday classics without instruments – a cappella and bare.

Elk and Boar. Photo courtesy of Broadway Center

BARE Tacoma invites you to see some of your favorite vocalists from the region’s indie music scene put away their instruments and simply sing for you. Get ready for clear, pure beauty in the warm acoustics and welcoming space of historic Immanuel Presbyterian, a North End church for 124 years. This Mission-style church, laden with stained glass is the (unorthodox!) site of one of Tacoma’s most compelling new music series, Cathedrals: Tacoma.

Aaron Stevens of Goldfinch. Photo courtesy of BCPA

Show is Friday, December 7, 2012 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 North J Street in Tacoma. Show is at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $16 each. Buy them online or at the Pantages Box Office.

Hannalee. Photo courtesy of BCPA

Sean Nelson (of the band, Harvey Danger). Photo courtesy of BCPA

Sibling songsters Noah Gunderson and Abbey Gundersen. Photo courtesy of BCPA

Shenandoah Davis. Photo courtesy of BCPA

Luke Stevens. Photo by Scott Haydon, courtesy of BCPA

Presented by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Immanuel Presbyterian Church.

“Sounds of the Season” with Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

26 Nov
WHO: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra with guest artist Maria Valenzuela (vocalist); and guest ensemble, Tacoma Youth Chorus
WHAT: Sounds of the Season Concert
WHERE: Pantages Theater
WHEN: Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 pm
ADMISSION: $24, $42, $62, $77. Tickets at

Photos courtesy of BCPA

Sounds of the Season is the annual “musical collage” of seasonal delights presented by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Music Director Harvey Felder has once again assembled a variety of musical styles and sounds – from carols to popular holiday melodies, from pops to classics – sure to please all ages.

This special evening at the Pantages Theater will include music by the orchestra; songs to spotlight TSO’s guest soloist, the lovely and talented Maria Valenzuela; and works showcasing the Tacoma Youth Chorus (TYO) – plus a caroling medley where the audience can sing along.

Maestro Felder has joined forces with Judy Herrington, director of Tacoma Youth Chorus; Valenzuela; and TSO arranger Bo Ayars to create a never-before-heard program. Ayars is known for creating arrangements of seasonal favorites that perfectly match the talent of the vocalists with the punch, sizzle and sparkle of the 80-piece orchestra.

Celebrating its 21st year, the TYO is made up of seven auditioned youth choirs ranging from grade to high school. Soloist Maria Valenzuela last performed with TSO during its Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration in 2005. She has also appeared with the Seattle Bach Choir, Oakland Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and as a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus. She made a special appearance in the Carnegie Hall celebration, Merry Christmas NYC, in 2007. Recent performances include as “Luisa Contini” in NINE with Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and as “Maria Merelli” in Tacoma Little Theatre’s Lend Me A Tenor.

Information and tickets at

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