Fri., Aug. 10
HAPPENINGS – Help support local businesses during this progressive shopping and fundraising event in the 6th Avenue business district in two stops, five shops. Starting at Nine Lives Vintage Wears and ending at A Rhapsody in Bloom, there will be plenty of opportunities to gather gifts, buy fantastic goods, enjoy discounts and eat some tasty food. Tickets are $20, which covers dinner, live music, wine tasting and more, in addition to the shopping portion of the event. Proceeds will benefit My Purple Umbrella, an organization that aims to provide a fun, safe and creative environment for gender-variant children 13 and under through play. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are available for purchase at Nine Lives Vintage Wears (3013 6th Ave., suite A), Laughing Lotus (3013 6th Ave., suite B), Casual Comfort Futons and Mattresses (3019 6th Ave.), Orange on Sixth (3715 6th Ave.) and A Rhapsody in Bloom (3709 6th Ave.).
Distinguished Writers Open Mic
ETC – This monthly event features a distinguished writer followed by an open mic. This month features an open mic open to all poets; sign-up is at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. The event occurs the second Friday of every month at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry Connection and the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Sat., Aug. 11
Blues and Brews
HAPPENINGS – The Harmon Taproom is hosting a Blues and Brews event featuring a crawfish boil, sampling of five India pale ales all brewed in-house and live music with Rafael Tranquilino from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $35 per person by reservation only. To RSVP, call (253) 212-2725.
Hip-Hop in the Park
HAPPENINGS – Blending the old style with the new style of hip-hop is helping to bridge the generational gap in Tacoma. People of all ages will converge at Peoples Park from noon to 6 p.m. for the fifth annual Hip Hop in the Park event. Organized by DASH Center for the Arts, the event is designed to bring younger and older community members together in a positive environment. Along with students from DASH Center, performances will include UPC All Stars featuring Angel Mitchell, E-Rich, Tiny Dousha and Vic Hashim, Josh Rizeberg and AWOL. Headlining the event will be Xola aka Kid Sensation, featured in the song “Posse on Broadway” done by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Enjoy local food, retail, arts and crafts and community vendors throughout the day. People’s Park is located at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South 9th Street. Info: http://www.thedashcenter.org.
GLBT Book Club
ETC – Join the GLBT Book Club reading both fiction and nonfiction. The book club is open to everyone. August’s selection is “City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and 70s” by Edmund White (books available for purchase at King’s Books). Meets the second Saturday of every month at 2 p.m. at the Tully’s at 764 Broadway. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Sun., Aug. 12
Live it OutLoud
MUSIC – Live It OutLoud is an eight-week summer music program for aspiring (12 to 18 year old), non-professional musicians produced by Ted Brown Music Outreach and sponsored by Ted Brown Music. Each student is auditioned and placed in a band with a professional music mentor to create, develop and perform on a professional level.
The program is educational, inspirational, nerve wracking and most of all fun. The adrenaline will flow...the power intense. The highlight of the experience is the final concert held on Aug. 12 in Rialto Theater
Bands will perform three songs live before an audience of family, friends, peers and music lovers. This will be a professional concert quality projection, with a stage, lights, sound system and even roadies. This will give everyone a chance to experience live music in a professional atmosphere. A panel of industry professionals will evaluate and score each band's set for performance, songwriting, talent and overall presentation. Tickets: $15.
HAPPENINGS – The final concert on Trinity Lutheran Church’s series Summer Concerts and Ice Cream Socials will take place at 7 p.m. with a concert by duo-organists Jonathan Wohlers and Naomi Shiga. The concert will feature a mixed program of organ music for four hands and four feet as well as solo works followed by an ice cream social. A free-will donation will be taken at the door. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 12115 Park Ave. S. in Parkland.
Mon., Aug. 13
Graphic Novel Book Club
ETC – Join this book club perfect for people just starting to read graphic novels and for confirmed geeks. August’s book is “Berlin Book One: City of Stones” by Jason Lutes (books available for purchase at King’s Books). Meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at 1022 South, Hilltop’s book-themed cocktail lounge located at 1022 S. ‘J’ St. Note: Must be 21 to enter 1022 South.
Sat., Aug. 18
Nonfiction Writers Group
ETC – Join this nonfiction writers group coordinated by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. Writers are invited to bring two pages of double-spaced copy to read, or you can listen and be part of the critique process. Nonfiction writers of history, politics, economics, biography or family history are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome. The group meets at 11 a.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Mon., Aug. 27
Open House at Met Vet
HAPPENINGS – Visit Met Vet from 5-7 p.m. for an artist open house featuring the work of Kim Wake of Black Mutt Studio. Wake creates personalized portraits of your pet, available in rich, beautiful oil pastel or vividly detailed pencil. Light refreshments will be served. Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital is located at 401 Fawcett Ave, suite 100 in downtown Tacoma. Info: http://www.metvetpets.com.
Wednesdays at Lakewold Gardens
ETC– The Pacific Northwest has the most beautiful long summer evenings, creating a wonderful ambiance at the gardens. Lakewold Gardens wants to share the summer night experience with its visitors, which is why it is extending its hours every Wednesday in August. Come to the gardens to escape the heat, or to relax after a long day – either way a summer night at Lakewold is unlike any other. Standard admission fees apply. Lakewold Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each Wednesday in August. Info: 12317 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W. in Lakewood.
The Washington Homebuyers Association is a non-profit organization that is committed to educating people who are interested in buying their first home. The following seminars are free: Aug. 14 from 2-7 p.m. at the Moore Branch Library (215 S. 56th Ave.); Aug. 22 at Lakewood City Hall from 12:15-5:15 p.m., room 1D (6000 Main St. S.W.); Aug. 27-30 from 6-7:20 p.m. at the Coldwell Banker Bain Office Building (3560 Bridgeport Way in University Place); and Sept. 5 from 2-7 p.m. at the Moore Branch Library. Info: (253) 682-1157.
ART – “The Marioni Family: Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry” celebrates the work of Paul Marioni and his children Dante and Marina. The exhibition showcases how the artists engage with form, materiality and tradition, each in their own thought-provoking and individual styles. It is on display at Tacoma Art Museum through Sept. 23.
ART – “Marie Watt: Lodge” is a mid-career retrospective of this Portland artist at Tacoma Art Museum. The title of the exhibition refers to space of welcome; at its center is a hearth, a place where stories are shared. It is on display through Oct. 7.
The Gallery at TCC
ART – An exhibition of paintings and prints by Alain Clerc and David J. Roholt is on display in The Gallery at Tacoma Community College through August. Admission is free. Gallery hours during summer quarter are Mon.-Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is located on TCC’s Tacoma campus. To access, use the entrance just off South 12th Street between Pearl and Mildred streets. Info: http://www.tacomacc.edu.
ETC – In 1940 novelist John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts chartered the boat Western Flyer for a journey to the Gulf of California in Mexico. Their six-week voyage formed the basis of their book “Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research.” The 76-foot purse seiner was built in Tacoma by Western Boatbuilding Company. The book and the boat are examined in the exhibit “Voyage of Tacoma’s Western Flyer: John Steinbeck in the Sea of Cortez,” on display at the main branch of Tacoma Public Library. The exhibit, organized by Foss Waterway Seaport, provides unique insights into the two men’s personal experiences during their expedition on board the Western Flyer, an introduction to their crew and a brief history of Tacoma’s boatbuilding industry. The exhibit runs through Aug. 25.
ART – “Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection” is on display at Tacoma Art Museum. The works on view are some of the best from its collection of paintings by Northwest artists. It runs until March.
Listen Live at Lunch
ETC – This First Lutheran Church free concert series is in its fourth season, with performances taking place every Wednesday at noon. The church will open its doors to people who want to eat their lunch in the sanctuary and listen to live music, ranging from classical to jazz. First Lutheran Church is located at 524 S. ‘I’ St. Info: http://www.firstlutherantacoma.com
ART – “Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly” runs through Oct. 21 at the Museum of Glass. The exhibit showcases works made by Chihuly in his early career, from 1968 through the 1980s. The artwork displayed includes 30 transitional pieces from prominent local collections and the museum’s permanent collection, along with historic exhibit posters from the Mary Hale Cockran Library. Collectively, the works chronicle Chihuly’s influence as an artist, a visionary and a pioneer of the American studio glass movement. Info: http://www.museumofglass.org.
Glass Art Master
ART – Museum of Glass is showcasing items created by a glass art master over the past 10 years in “Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra.” The Italian artist has invented numerous techniques and designs that are technically flawless and visually breathtaking, yet filled with complexity and difficulty. He is recognized around the world as the maestro of contemporary glass. The exhibition shows his evolution to larger works, bolder colors and patterns over his nearly 50 years as an artist. It runs through Jan. 6, 2013.
ART – Venetian artists Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana have joined forces to create “Scapes,” a dynamic and entirely new body of work at Museum of Glass. The exhibition comprises four rooms based on the Hindu belief that the universe is divided into separate spheres of existence: Earth, Space, Sun, and Moon and Constellations. The de Santillanas have interpreted elements of the Hindu cosmology in glass, creating spaces in which forms and colors correspond to physical phenomena, or the visible universe, and evoke an atmosphere of cosmic vibration. Each installation is composed of a limited, but strikingly vibrant, color palette. The exhibit runs until January.
‘Hope in Hard Times’
ART – Washington State History Museum’s “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit showcases the 1929 Wall Street collapse as it plunged Americans into a period of great uncertainty as unemployment skyrocketed, banks failed and housing foreclosures hit record highs. President Herbert Hoover put it succinctly: “About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.” “Hope in Hard Times” shares how ordinary people worked for change in their communities, pulling together to find ways to deal with the crisis. A billy club used during the 1934 “Battle of Smith Cove,” Works Progress Administration artifacts and everyday items are among some of the objects showcased in this exhibition. The paintings and sketches of Ronald Debs Ginther, also featured in the exhibition, comprise one of the most complete visual records of the Great Depression. The exhibit runs through Nov. 4. Info: http://www.washingtonhistory.org.
Hot Hula Fitness
ETC – Every Monday through Wednesday, Asian Pacific Cultural Center hosts hot hula fitness classes from 7-8 p.m. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific islands, hot hula fitness incorporates easy to perform dance moves set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. Hot hula fitness is a fun, new and exciting dance workout that isolates your larger muscle groups, quads and arms, providing a total body workout in 60 minutes. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy hot hula fitness. Admission: $6 (discount with APCC membership). APCC is located at 4851 South Tacoma Way.
Steilacoom Farmers Market
ETC – The Steilacoom Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. The Steilacoom Summer Concert series offers a free concert across the street from the market each week at 6:30 p.m. Shop in an open-air market overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. For weekly fresh finds at the market updates, follow the market on Facebook or join the mailing list at http://steilacoomfarmersmarket.org.
‘In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts’
ART – The seventh annual “In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts” exhibit is at the Washington State History Museum. The exhibit displays artwork from more than two-dozen Native American tribes and runs through Aug. 26, culminating with the In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Market & Festival on Aug. 11. The exhibit is curated and juried through a partnership with The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education & Cultural Center, and celebrates the cultural traditions and modern expression of Native artists throughout the Pacific Northwest. General admission: $9.50 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, children 5 and under admitted free. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: http://www.washingtonhistory.org.
Knitters, Crocheters Unite!
ETC – Loving Hearts is a charitable knitting and crocheting group comprised of volunteers. The group makes hats for chemotherapy patients, baby items, blankets, wheelchair and walker bags, fingerless gloves for veterans and also organizes a backpack program for children. The group meets Aug. 14 from 1-3 p.m. and Aug. 22 from 7-9 p.m. at WayPoint Church, located at 12719 134th Ave. Kp N. in Gig Harbor. The group is also in need of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks and button donations. Info: email@example.com.
MUSIC – Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages drum circle every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. You do not need to have a drum to participate. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.
ETC – Suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? Attend this support group, which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities building, located at 6315 S. 19th St. The group’s mission is to improve the morale of people coping with these challenges. Its activities include face-to-face encouragement, networking, sharing of resources as well as individual discoveries.
Charity Boot Camp
ETC – Jeff Jowers, owner and founder of Tacoma’s Ultimate Fitness Boot Camps, is hosting charity fitness boot camps every Saturday benefiting Mary Bridge Tree House. People who sign up for Ultimate Fitness Boot Camp can now donate pieces of clothing, which earns them a spot in a fast-paced, interval-style class free of charge. Info: http://www.tacomabootcamps.com.
Free First Weekends
ETC – Bank of America bankcard holders and employees receive free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum the first weekend of every month as part of Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. Info: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.
Organizing for America
ETC – Organizing For America is a grassroots movement with the goal of re-electing President Barack Obama in 2012. It is an organization of volunteers hoping to educate, recruit and build a strong network all across the United States. The group welcomes all interested parties to attend their monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at Native Quest, located at 2354 Jefferson Ave. in Tacoma.
The Valley Chorale
ETC – The Valley Chorale, a soprano-alto-tenor-bass singing group, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Aylen Junior High School, located at 101 15th St. S.W. in Puyallup. If you like singing, contact Joy Heidal at (253) 848-1134 or Dixie Byrne at (253) 677-5291 for more information and a personal invitation to join the group.
Memory loss support
ETC – Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with dementia. A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia will be held the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Contact group facilitator Chuck Benefiel at (253) 584-3267.
MUSIC – Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages ukulele circle every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.