Archive | November, 2013

Lock-On Tacoma!

15 Nov

TheLocksPlease join Sound Transit and the City of Tacoma for the dedication of Diane Hansen’s new public art piece, Lock-On Tacoma.

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 5 pm
Location: ‘A’ Street Passageway between S. 25th Street and 26th Street in Tacoma’s Dome District
Cost: Free and open to the public

Lock-On Tacoma (referred to as The Locks) is a site-specific sculpture by artist Diane Hansen that surrounds the support column for the Sound Transit commuter rail tracks overhead at the ‘A’ Street pedestrian passageway. The Locks is intended as an inclusive communal gathering space in the Dome District. It invites people to bring and leave a lock dedicated to love: love of a special someone, place or memory.

The artwork is part of Sound Transit’s D-M Street rail improvements project, which is part of the Sounder commuter rail Lakewood Extension. Hansen is one of five artists creating public art for the project. Enlarged padlock and skeleton key sculptures, painted in auto enamel candy colors, encircle the top portion of the rail support. Hansen worked with youth from Hilltop Artists to cast glass ornaments for The Locks.

The columns are wrapped in metal mesh to create a screen where visitors can attach their own love locks. Bring a lock to decorate, and attach it with a wish, to the interactive artwork.
About the Artist
Diane Hansen is a Tacoma sculptor and glass artist who works in many mediums and scales. Diane participated in the Public Art: In Depth training program with the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program.

The Ladies of Lyric and Song

7 Nov

Erin Guinup presents “The Ladies of Lyric and Song”. Photo by Kat Hennessey.

Erin Guinup presents her new one-woman show, “The Ladies of Lyric and Song” on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall.  This performance is free to the public.

“The Ladies of Lyric and Song: A Musical Reflection on the Ground-Breaking Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theatre” is a unique concert experience, incorporating theatrical elements, fascinating stories, and a wide variety of songs.  The history of 100 years of musical theatre is traced through the words and music of the women who helped shape it.  Music includes operetta, jazz, golden era, folk-rock, and contemporary musical theatre songs.

Directed by local theatre icon Patti Cohenour (Tony-nominated for Big River, Christine Daae in original Broadway cast of Phantom of the Opera, and Gregory Award winner for Edith/Little Edie in 5th Avenue’s recent production of Grey Gardens), Guinup is joined on stage by pianist Tim Strong.

Erin Guinup has performed a wide range of operatic and musical theatre roles with Tacoma Opera, Rainier Family Opera, Capital Playhouse, Mormon Festival of the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Roles include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Musetta in La Boheme, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and both Mary and Mary Magdalene in productions of Savior of the World. Guinup earned her degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Puget Sound and works as a performer, voice teacher, stage director, conductor, and composer.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this project through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

the BareFoot Collective Brings Free Dance to Tacoma

5 Nov

tBFC Autumn dances

For its second season, the BareFoot Collective is taking dance out of the theater and sharing it with the public through free performances of Autumn Dances all around Tacoma this November.

The BareFoot Collective dancers are working with several local choreographers, including dancers from PLU, Spectrum Dance Theater and MetroArts, to program 30 – 40 minute line-ups of innovative modern dance including improvisation, contemporary, dance-theatre, and hip-hop works to share with audiences in these non-traditional performance spaces.

“The BareFoot Collective has been creating opportunities for dance in Tacoma since 2008.  We are thrilled to partner with local businesses this fall and bring dance to the people where they are.  Tacomans will not have to go to the theater and buy a ticket to see dance this November – the BareFoot Collective is steppin’ out!,”  says co-director Katie Stricker.

You can catch Autumn Dances at any of the following performances:

Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m – Indochine, 1924 Pacific Ave.
Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m – Indochine, 1924 Pacific Ave.
Nov. 9, 3 p.m. – King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave.
Nov. 10, 3 p.m. – King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave.
Nov. 16, 1 p.m. – Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. South
Nov. 19, 7 p.m. – The Mix, 635 St Helens Ave.
Nov. 21, 7 p.m. – N. Dybevik Co., 1312 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Nov. 22, 7 p.m. – Abby’s Wine Shop,  743 Broadway

All performances are free.  For further information check out the BareFoot Collective on Facebook or check their website.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Autumn Dances through its Arts Projects funding program.

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