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Monday, February 20, 2017 This Week's Paper

Symphony Tacoma to feature violin soloist Kristin Lee

Award-winning violinist Kristin Lee - a rising star in the world of classical music - will make her debut with Symphony Tacoma next week. Lee will be a featured soloist during “Classics III: Mozart & Tchaikovsky,” a program that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, at Gig Harbor’s Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, at Broadway Center’s Rialto Theater. 
The shows will mark Lee’s fourth time collaborating with conductor and Symphony Tacoma Musical Director Sarah Ioannides in a relatively short span. Ioannides first became enamored with Lee’s playing in 2015, the year she had won a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant; and she hired her to perform Jean Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto, op. 47” with South Carolina’s Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which she also directs. 
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First peek inside Stadium’s new Rhein Haus (photos)

Stadium District's long-awaited Rhein Haus will open its doors to the general public on Saturday with a grand opening party that will include music from the Bavarian Village Band. Last night, though, we got a sneak peak inside the spacious, German-themed beer hall and restaurant, along with a few neighbors and other members of the local media. Check out this gallery of photos, taken by staffer Bill Bungard, and read our recent interview with co-owner Rich Fox for a better idea of what to expect… Read Full Story

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“Buck's House Party” will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on March 26 at the Temple Theatre, 47 St. Helens Ave., in honor of Tacoma rock icon John “Buck” Ormsby – of Fabulous Wailers, Little Bill & The Bluenotes and Etiquette Records fame – who died on his 75th birthday on Oct. 29. The lineup will include Little Bill & The Bluenotes; the Fab Wailers, featuring member of the Wailers' later lineups and Gail Harris, who sang with the band in the 1960s; “Angel in the Morning” singer Merrilee Rush; The Ad Ventures, featuring Don Wilson and Nokie Edwards of The Ventures; The Kingsmen who… Read Full Story

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Mark your calendars: Gabriel Iglesias
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Gabriel Iglesias is coming back this year. The popular funny man – known for “The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter” and “Magic Mike,” and last seen locally at the Tacoma Dome in 2015 – will headline the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 Showroom at 8:30 p.m. on April 29. Tickets are on sale…

Weekly Rewind
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Among local bands that Tacoma Weekly photographer Bill Bungard caught this month are (L-R from top) American Wrecking Company on Feb. 11 at Louie G’s Pizza; the Morning After on Feb. 4 at Louie G’s (drummer Anna Seymour shown); Texas guitarist Eric Johnson on Jan. 30 at Seattle’s Jazz Alley;…

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Events of the Week: Tacoma Opera's Eugene Onegin Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Theater on the Square, 310 S 9th St., Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 627-7789 This romantic gem of the Russian operatic repertoire, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has never been presented before by…

The prescription for cabin fever: a bit of urban hiking
By Matt Kite

This has been a long winter, hasn’t it? If, like me, you enjoy exploring the Northwest’s peaks and valleys, but aren’t keen on hiking in snowy conditions, you might be experiencing a bit of cabin fever by now. Since early December, the snowline has been continually dropping. Even relatively…

Make a Scene: Tacoma band Junkyard Jane celebrates 20th anniversary
By Ernest Jasmin

One of Tacoma's most popular bands, Junkyard Jane, turns 20 this year; and Immanuel Presbyterian Church, located 901 N. J St., will celebrate with a special anniversary installment of its Blues Vespers series, which will kick off at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Primary songwriters “Billy Stoops and Leanne…

Symphony Tacoma’s Sarah Ioannides on “Mountain at Sea,” new work Puyallup native Daniel Ott (audio)
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

We caught up with Symphony Tacoma Musical Director Sarah Ioannides for the City Life cover story for our Feb. 17 edition, which focuses on award-winning violinist Kristen Lee making her debut with the symphony during its two-day run of “Classics III: Mozart & Tchaikovsky.” That program will…

PLU’s University Gallery exhibits printmaker Cornwall retrospective
By Dave R. Davison

Pacific Lutheran University's Gallery (housed in Ingram Hall – the school's art building) just opened “Impressions,” a retrospective show of work by printmaker Craig Cornwall, a recently retired professor of art. The show covers a multiplicity of printmaking techniques: lithography, screen printing,…

The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

CLASSICAL VALENTINE Old Town Business & Professional Association presents “Canonici: A Consort of Voices & Lute,” a special Valentine's Day show that will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St. Performers will include Holly Boaz singing soprano, Anny Lyman (mezzo…

The life and times of rock legend Buddy Holly brought to life at TMP
By Dave R. Davison

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's latest main stage production, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” performs a dual function. Not only is it sheer entertainment, it is also a font of information about the pioneering rock n' roll star Buddy Holly, a skinny, nerdy-looking kid from the Texas panhandle. For…

Mark your calendars: Lady Gaga
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Fresh off her appearance at Superbowl LI, Lady Gaga – born Stefani Germanotta – has announced dates for her new Joanne World Tour, which will include an Aug. 5 stop at the Tacoma Dome. The pop star – known for “Poker Face,” “Paparazzi” and other hits – brought her Born This Way tour…