Archive | November, 2014

An Evening of Songs in Old Town

21 Nov

Classical Tuesdays Dec 2011 Connelly LawThis year’s Wine & Song Benefit event is December 9th at 7 pm. This annual event is sponsored and hosted by the John Connelly Law Offices and all  proceeds benefit the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series of free concerts.

$25 per person includes an evening of song, wine poured by Ginkgo Forest Winery Tasting Room, and tasty finger foods.

Charles Robert Stephens

Charles Robert Stephens

Gino Lucchetti

Gino Lucchetti

Starting at 7 pm, enjoy solos and duets sung by tenor Gino Lucchetti and baritone Charles Robert Stephens, with Jeffrey Moidel at the piano. Gino will sing the standard Italian opera hits that he does so well and some Neapolitan songs. Charles will sing songs by Jeffrey Moidel, the evening’s pianist, on poems by Pablo Neruda as well as romantic songs from the 1940s and 50s. And, of course, the two men will round out their set with crowd-pleasing duets.

Following the great music you can mingle with a glass of Ginkgo Wine and an array of finger foods.

What: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Wine & Song Benefit
When: December 9, 7 pm
John Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N. 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma
 $25 – purchase in advance at Bayview Optical, 2217 N. 30th Street, #106; remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the benefit

For more information, contact Classical Tuesdays at (253) 752-2135.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Classical Tuesdays through Arts Projects funding.

Creative Space Tacoma

19 Nov

Creative Space Tacoma


Join us for a community conversation about creative vitality and its relationship to space.

Date: Thursday, December 4
Time: 4:30 – 7 pm
Location: Tacoma Post Office Building, Post Hall, 1102 A Street, 4th floor
FREE! Appetizers and drinks will be provided
RSVP: or (253) 383-5622

Space for creative activity is an important ingredient for flourishing neighborhoods and cities and may include traditional venues such as museums and performance halls and non-traditional venues such as churches, parks and coffee shops. Artist live/work enclaves, affordable housing, co-working spaces, special events, and creative businesses activate space, giving life to streetscapes and definition to communities.

How do we build our neighborhoods to include a sustainable creative life-force?
How do we best use our existing assets?

What strategies do we currently employ to engage the creative community?
Where are the gaps?

Special guest Michael Seiwerath, executive director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation will share how they transformed a police parking lot into a beautiful destination including affordable housing, performing arts space, community meeting space and local retail. 12 Avenue Arts just celebrated its grand opening in Seattle and is pivotal to a movement making Capitol Hill a designated arts district.

Wendy Holmes and Teri Deaver from Artspace, the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation will discuss creative place making and announce the launch of Artspace’s new market survey about creative space needs in Tacoma that will enable people to make their specific needs known.

Enjoy refreshments and meet representatives from local organizations and creative space providers including Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office, Tacoma Housing Authority, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Metro Parks Tacoma and more.

This free public event is hosted by the City of Tacoma, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Artspace with the generous support of JPMorgan Chase.

“Athena’s Bling”: Colossal Jewels by Carla Grahn

3 Nov

Spaceworks Tacoma

“Athena’s Bling” includes 14 impressive sculptures of oversized, ornate jewelry.  For a sense of scale, the middle image contains glass doorknobs, and the pink sculpture on the right weighs 80 lbs! Spaceworks photo “Athena’s Bling” includes 14 impressive sculptures of oversized, ornate jewelry. For a sense of scale, the middle image contains glass doorknobs, and the pink sculpture on the right weighs 80 lbs!

By Lisa Kinoshita

Carla Grahn is a Seattle-based artist and metalsmith who experiments with extremes of scale, overturning viewer expectations. “Athena’s Bling”, her installation of larger-than-life jewelry at the Woolworth Windows through Dec. 10, is a highlight of Tacoma’s city-wide Metal-Urge celebration, and a tribute to the symbolic power of the jewel. “This show is ultimately about perception and perspective, finding a balance between the masculine and the feminine, and simply trying to make the world a bit prettier place,” she says.

Grahn’s exhibit gives new meaning to the term, “tons of jewelry.” Her pieces are welded, riveted and screwed with hardware components; ornate necklaces drape with literally yards of industrial-grade chain, and rings (set with “stones” as big…

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