Sunday, February 14, 2016 This Week's Paper
Sunday, Feb. 14
Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture
Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA
“It won’t kill you to spend time with a friend who has AIDS,” states a 1988 poster that shows a thin young man, alone in a blue room, with his head in his hands. The provocative poster, housed in a national collection of AIDS-related graphics, came from a time when misinformation and fear were almost as cruel as the disease itself to the thousands of AIDS/HIV sufferers. Too often, those diagnosed were shunned or even abandoned by family and friends. This story and many others are documented in the free exhibit, Surviving and Thriving—AIDS, Politics, and Culture, at Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, from Monday, Feb. 8, until Sunday, March 20. The traveling exhibit of artwork, large poster panels, and memorabilia tells the stories of people who lived with AIDS, who died from it, or who were involved in tackling the national crisis. The special Puget Sound exhibit will include artwork made by volunteers, staff, and advocates of Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF), which has partnered with Collins Library Info:
Kids ‘n’ Critters - 9:30 am
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA 98328
Up to 4 kids (12 and under) get in FREE with each full-paying adult or senior. Enjoy crafts, activities, and trailside encounters with Northwest Trek's smaller animals. Join a kid-friendly, 30-minute Discovery Tram Tour to spy on moose, bison, elk, and other herd animals roaming freely through a 435-acre natural habitat. Learn more at
Annual Lunar New Year Tai Ji Seminar - 10:00 am
The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA, 98505
In collaboration with Evergreen academic programs, the Wonder Collective is sponsoring the Annual Lunar New Year Tai Ji Seminar. For over a decade, Master Chungliang Al Huang has facilitated a unique movement-based seminar which provides attendees with an introduction to the principles and philosophy of Tai Ji and the expressive art of Chinese calligraphy. This immersive weekend workshop will be held in the Longhouse on the Evergreen Campus in Olympia. $10 each for Evergreen students, faculty, and staff. $65 for all others. Info:
Evolution: Art, Science & Adaptation, an art exhibition - 10:00 am
Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park, 316 South G Street, Tacoma, WA
Free. Artist reception Jan. 15, 6-8. W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory and Metro Parks Tacoma is pleased to present a groundbreaking art exhibition, EVOLUTION: Art, Science & Adaptation Jan. 15 through March 6, 2016. This group exhibition explores the phenomenon of evolution through the lens of contemporary art - all within the lush environs of W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, one of three major Victorian-style hothouses remaining on the West Coast (the others being located in Seattle and San Francisco). In this show, "evolution" covers a full spectrum of meanings. Human culture, society, art and belief systems grow increasingly complex and adaptive over time, in much the same manner as species of flora and fauna do. Eleven regional artists explore the concept of evolution through mediums including ceramics, sculpture, video, diorama, and landscaping. Artists: Susan Surface, Brent Watanabe, Deanna Pindell, Phil Roach, Don High, Claudia Riedener, Jennifer Robbins, Ed Kroupa, Yuki Nakamura, David Blakesley, Dion Thomas. In addition to the EVOLUTION show, an extravagance of exotic tropical plants and seasonal floral displays await discovery at Seymour Conservatory. This historic glass conservatory, with its distinctive 12-sided central dome, is listed on the National Historic Register. 3,000 panes of glass make up the dome and wings of the conservatory. EVOLUTION was curated by Lisa Kinoshita, an artist and independent curator who specializes in art programming for unusual spaces. Info:
Love at the Zoo - 10:00 am
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98406
Feel the love as Zoo animals enjoy heart-shaped treats and enrichments! Info:
For the Love of Lino! - 12:00 pm
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Italian glass Maestro Lino Tagliapietra will spend two weeks in the Museum of Glass (MOG) Hot Shop from February 10 through 21. Over the weekend of February 13 and 14, Museum visitors will be treated to awe-inspiring glassmaking demonstrations, as the Maestro and his world-renowned team of artists make the largest vessels of his residency—a feat that requires incredible skill, strength, and seamless teamwork. Tagliapietra’s Visiting Artist Residency will kick off with a “Tips and Tricks” special presentation in the Hot Shop on February 10 starting at 9 am. Artist John Kiley will provide in-depth commentary about glassmaking techniques while Tagliapietra works. The presentation is open to the public and included with Museum admission. Info:
Tango Facilitation - 12:00 pm
3505 S. 14th Street Tacoma WA, 98405
There is a Tango Facilitation (Guided Practicas, beginners and Intermediate) every Sunday 12-2 pm at 3505 S. 14th Street Tacoma WA, 98405 Admission $10. Contact: Luis Perez 253-304-8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) For further information visit
Second Sunday Concert Series - 1:00 pm
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 S. G. St. in Wright Park
Satisfy your urge for a Sunday afternoon sensory experience with a monthly visit to Metro Parks’ W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park. The Second Sunday Concert Series offers a menu of acoustic sounds to suit various tastes including folk, rock, pop, blues and jazz. Live performances take place on the second Sunday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. It’s a great way to take in the latest Conservatory exhibit of exotic and seasonal flowers and foliage while treating your ears to the sounds of noteworthy soloists, duos and trios. Take a seat in the middle of the antique greenhouse or stroll around and listen while the music plays. Cost: Free admission. Suggested $3 donation. Partial schedule (expect performances to be added): Jan. 10, Geoffrey Klok; Feb. 14, Hanna Broback and Allan Boothe; March 13, Sweet Mary; April 10, Good Vibes Trio; May 8, Gina Belliveau; July 10, Kareem Kandi Trio; Sept. 11, Kathye Long; Nov. 13, The Winterlings; Dec. 11, Eugenie Jones. Info:
Circle Mirror Transformation - 1:55 pm
Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Avenue NE, Olympia, WA 98507
Pulitzer Prize winning author, Annie Baker’s 2009 play about an unlikely collection of strangers who sign up for an “Adult Creative Drama” class. Unfolding like a charmingly funny indie film, the group starts off playing the teacher's imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games. But as their relationships develop over the course of the summer, the seemingly silly games generate real-life drama. Tickets are $11 - $15 and are available online at or at, Yenney Music (2703 Capital Mall Dr SW, Suite 201). The theatre is located at 1925 Miller Avenue NE in Olympia (off Bethel on the Eastside). For more information please call (360)786-9484 or visit our website at
RING OF FIRE - 2:00 pm
Centerstage! 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98003
From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits—including I Walk The Line, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, and the title tune—paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black…a salute to a uniquely American legend! Though he is never impersonated, Johnny Cash's remarkable life story is told through his music. Cayman Ilika and Jared Michael Brown are two of Seattle’s most exciting young musical theatre talents. Cayman Ilika appeared at Centerstage and at ACT Theatre as Patsy Cline in Always…Patsy Cline. She has been nominated for two 2015 Broadway World Awards (Local) as “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” – one for her performance in the title role of Mary Poppins at the Village Theatre and one for her role in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris with ACT and 5th Avenue Theatre. Jared Michael Brown was awarded 'Critic's Choice for Person to Watch' in Seattle's's Awards. He has appeared Oklahoma! Cinderella, Saving Aimee and A Christmas Story at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Jared previously appeared at Centerstage in I Love You Because, directed by Brandon Ivie. All shows are at the Knutzen Family Theatre. January 22nd through Feb. 14th. Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for Seniors and Military; $15 for anyone under 25 years of age. Tickets may be purchased at 253 661 1444 and at Perfo.rmance dates and times also at
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change - 2:00 pm
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406
Tacoma Musical Playhouse (TMP) brings back the highly-popular musical comedy and the second-longest running Off-Broadway musical in American theater. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway musical. Since its debut in 1996, the show has been an international hit and has been translated into 14 languages. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is so popular because it’s one of the most heartwarming pieces in contemporary musical theater. It’s a show for everyone because it is so relatable. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change offers the perfect date show. With four actors playing over forty roles in a hilarious evening scaling the dizzying spectrum of relationships, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change reveals the difficulties and joys of connecting with another person, no matter what age. Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’ Rated PG13. Info:
Tacoma Opera: Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. - 2:00 pm
Rialto Theater, 310 S 9th St, Tacoma, WA 98402
“Sing to Love!” – The original bubbly operetta: Die Fledermaus (or The Revenge of the Bat) takes place at a magnificent masked ball that brings together an array of charmingly unique characters — a bourgeois couple with marital problems, a star-struck maid, a lusty Italian tenor, and even a kindly prison warden. This three-act musical confection takes you from boudoir to ballroom to jail cell in a cheerful romp full of mistaken identities, abundant flirtations, and light-hearted deceit, all coupled with Strauss’s unforgettable and sparkling melodies. More Information about Die Fledermaus: First produced on 5th April, 1874, at the Theatre an der Wien, Vienna. London production on 18th December, 1876, at the Alhambra Theatre (in English). The original source for Die Fledermaus is Das Gefängnis (The Prison), a farce by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix (1811–1873). Another source is the French vaudeville play Le réveillon, by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, which was first translated by Karl Haffner into a non-musical play to be produced in Vienna. However, the peculiarly French custom of the réveillon (a New Year’s Eve supper party) caused problems, which were solved by the decision to adapt the play as a libretto for Johann Strauss, with the réveillon replaced by a Viennese ball. At this point Haffner’s translation was handed over for adaptation to Richard Genée, who subsequently claimed not only that he had made a fresh translation from scratch but that he had never even met Haffner. Info:
ManeStage Theatre Company presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 2:00 pm
The Sumner Performing Arts Center, 1707 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390
ManeStage Theatre Company is thrilled to continue its Ninth Season with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – The Broadway Musical! This hilarious and beloved story will be performed by a talented group of over 50 experienced, local, performers and musicians! Starring Carson Haskell as Tom Sawyer, Bryce Smith as Huckleberry Finn, Megan Olson as Becky Thatcher, Lynn Pratt as Aunt Polly and John Kelleher as Judge Thatcher, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an iconic journey down the Mississippi that is not to be missed! Set in 1840’s Missouri, the classic Mark Twain story jumps off the page in this musical adaptation! Join Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huckleberry Finn in a tale of thrilling escapes, comedy and inspiration! The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – The Broadway Musical will open February 6, 2016, at the Sumner Performing Arts Center located at 1707 Main Street, Sumner, Washington. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, February 6 at 7pm, Sunday, February 7 at 2pm, and the following weekends on Friday, February 12 at 7pm, Saturday, February 13 at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday, February 14 at 2pm, Friday, February 19 at 7pm, Saturday, February 20 at 2pm and 7pm, and closes Saturday, February 21 at 7pm. The show is directed and choreographed by ManeStage Theatre's Executive Director Brenda S. Henson. The Music Director and Piano Conductor is local composer Daniel Schreiner. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $18 for students, seniors (55+) and military and $12 for children 10 and under. Please no children under 3 or babes in arms. Info: or call (253) 447-7645.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula - 3:00 pm
Rialto Theater, 310 S 9th St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Dracula’s Coming to Tacoma for Valentines Day. Get Out the Garlic and Holy Water For a Night of Great Radio Theater. Treat your Valentine to a live radio play where “love sucks!” In Charles Morey’s acclaimed adaptation, Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil, necessary for rest between his victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce Dracula’s heart with a wooden stake- setting up an epic confrontation of good vs evil. Over the years, the story of Dracula has been used as commentary in modern studies of psychology, women’s issues, and colonialism, while never losing its place as one of the greatest horror stories ever told. For ticket information go to or call 855-705-7419. Info:
Second City Chamber Series: “Valentine Chocolates” - 4:00 pm
First Lutheran Church, 524 S I St, Tacoma, WA 98405
Puget Sound audiences know cellist Julian Schwarz. He's appeared with pianist Natalya Agayeva and violinist Brittany Boulding on the Second City Chamber Series, and appeared as both soloist and conductor of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra as well as soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta. And, of course, he's son to longtime Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz. Schwarz left Seattle nearly a decade ago, initially to attend the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, and now he makes his home in New York City. He returns to the city of his youth the winter however, with his partner in music and in love, Marika Bournaki, to perform a program of music well suited to Valentine's weekend. Among these pieces devoted to romance are amorous musings by Richard Strauss and David Diamond, as well as Schwarz' own adaptions of three favorite Kreisler bonbons, most recently performed by Artistic Director Svend Rønning as part of the Spotlight Series concert "Doppmann the Composer." Info:
Geoffrey Castle & his All Star Band with guest vocalist Josephine Howell - 5:00 pm
Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma, WA 98422
Jazz LIVE at Marine View: Geoffrey Castle is a pioneer on the electric six-string violin. From his beginnings as a street musician in New York City and Paris, he rose to play in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of M. Butterfly. A theme of Castle’s career is to change people’s pre-conceived notions of what is possible on a violin, which he does every time he takes the stage. A bandleader, producer and solo artist with several critically acclaimed releases on the Twisted Fiddle Music label, Castle loves to bring his diverse background to his high-energy Celtic Celebrations. With a core band that features Darin Watkins on drums and Eric Robert on keyboards, this power trio creates a sound that is as unique as it is crowd pleasing. Castle has long been an advocate of community outreach and school performances, inspiring the next generation. School assemblies, workshops and fundraiser performances are all part of his genuine desire to keep music alive among the younger generations. Appearing with Castle and his band is the much-acclaimed, soulful songstress Josephine Howell, adding to the ambiance of this Valentine Day’s concert. Admission free to all ages. Info: