Silent Sky at Tacoma Little Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre is excited to welcome Silent Sky to its stage after having been postponed earlier in the season.  Silent Sky is written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by pug Bujeaud.  

This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of Silent Sky features Jessica Robins as Henrietta Leavitt, Jillian Faulk as Margaret Leavitt, Mason Quinn as Peter Shaw, Rachel Permann as Annie Cannon, and Deya Ozburn as Williamina Fleming.  

Silent Sky will run Friday, July 8, through Sunday, July 24, 2022.  Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  Silent Sky is recommended for ages 12 and up.  

Tickets are $27.00 (Adults), $25.00 (Seniors 60+/Students/Military), and $20.00 (Children 12 and under).  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.  Group rates are available for 10 or more, and special FLEX passes for 6 are only $145.00.  TLT requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door for all audience members and masks will also be required while inside the building. 

There will be a special “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, July 21, 2022.  Tickets for that performance are only available in person or over the phone.

Koresh Dance Company comes to Olympia

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts will host the Koresh Dance Company at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 16 as they perform La Danse.   Led by its founder, Ronen (Roni) Koresh, an Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director, the company’s performance is a passionate and humorous interpretation of three 1910 Matisse paintings of the same name.

According to Koresh, “Matisse painted it three times, each one slightly different.  This performance reflects how I felt when I was looking at each of the paintings.”  The paintings depict a circle of light between five dancing people, but changes in colors used and positions of the dancers inspire different emotional reactions to them.

Showcasing emotional responses is what Koresh aims at.  Through his dance company, located in Philadelphia, Koresh strives to show humanity and relationships between one another.  “I am very invested in people, both communities and individuals, and I like to show our humanity,” he said recently.

La Danse will be performed by five women and five men from across the country, each one a professional dancer from the Koresh Dance Company.  Koresh describes the dancers as brilliant and technically superb which audiences around the world respond to with enthusiasm and joy.

The Koresh Dance Company tours the globe including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico and Guatemala. The April 16 event marks the second time the Koresh Dance Company has visited Olympia.  “I love the area and its beauty.  There are some places you just don’t forget,” said Koresh.

Local dance students can attend two levels of masterclasses from a Koresh Dance Company member for a small fee on the Friday night before the performance.The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of five counties in the South Sound. Located in the heart of the state Capital, the Center has a focus on performing arts that are unique to the region.  The Center presents its own season of nationally and internationally touring artists from a broad spectrum of genres and styles.

Tickets for the Koresh Dance Company performance on April 16th are available from $25-$57 at washingtoncenter.org/event/20-03-28-koresh-dance

Washington Center hosts the Olympia Dance Festival! 

The Washington Center and Ballet Northwest are thrilled to announce the return of Olympia Dance Festival on March 5 at 7:00pm. This will be the 12th Olympia Dance Festival bringing together over 200 performers with dance groups participating from Seattle, Gig Harbor, Renton, Burien, Vancouver and Thurston County. These top dance groups will perform a variety of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, Irish, Chinese, Middle Eastern and more. “After taking a year off in 2021 due to the pandemic, we are thrilled Olympia Dance Festival is returning to the stage of the Washington Center,” says Ballet Northwest Artistic Director Ken Johnson. “This year’s festival will be our biggest yet, and will be an amazing celebration of artistry, technique, diversity, and resilience by these amazing dancers.”

This year the festival will feature guest artists Adji Cissoko & Shuaib Elhassan. Cissoko and Elhassan are dancers with the world-renowned LINES Ballet of San Francisco. They will be performing a contemporary duet by famed choreographer Alonzo King. 

Participating dance groups include:
Ballet Northwest

Debbi’s Dance Etc.

Fang Fei Dance

Haley Prendergast School of Irish Dance

Harbor Dance and Performance Center
Inspired to Move Dance Academy

Johansen Olympia Dance Center

Mas Uda Dancers & Friends

Momentum Dance Academy
Northwest Performing Arts Alliance

Random Acts of Dance Collective
South Sound Dance

Spotlight Dance Center

Studio West Dance Theatre

Tina’s Dance Studios

For ticketing questions or more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.

The Center requires proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test to enter the venue. Details on the current COVID protocols can be found here: www.washingtoncenter.org/events-tickets/plan-your-visit/

Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 17 | 7:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Tess Altiveros, soprano
Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano
John Marzano, tenor
Zachary Lenox, bass
Tickets: $30-$48
Perhaps the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work, George Frederick Handel’s Messiah has transcended its time and place to become a “work of the people” shared by audiences and musicians around the world. This performance will be conducted by Sarah Ioannides and performed by the talented Symphony Tacoma orchestra and vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices—and is a tribute to Symphony Tacoma’s first-ever performance in 1946!
Originally a feature of the Easter holiday, Messiah has become a Christmas season classic. “After all, what is Christmas without the Messiah?” said Music Director Sarah Ioannides. “Two hundred and eighty years since its inception, it has stood the test of time within our community. Last year when we could not gather, we produced the virtual program, A Messiah for Our Time. This year, the musicians of Symphony Tacoma and Symphony Tacoma Voices are excited to perform it live again as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this organization.”
Featured soloists include Tess Altiveros, soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano; John Marzano, tenor; and Zachary Lenox, bass. The 70-member Symphony Tacoma Voices includes professional singers and gifted amateurs who perform regularly in concert with Symphony Tacoma and in stand-alone engagements.
In compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, this year’s performance will be abbreviated to include two 45-minute segments and a 20-minute intermission.
Tickets ($30 for general admission and $48 for reserved seating) are available through the Symphony Tacoma Box Office at symphonytacoma.org or 253-272-7264.
Symphony Tacoma’s 2021-2022 season is generously sponsored by MultiCare and Tacoma Creates. Holiday Favorites is sponsored by Columbia Bank, Frank Tobey Jones, Stadium Thriftway, Charles Wright Academy and Showcase Magazine. Messiah is sponsored by Connelly Law, Pace Dermatology and DP&C.
ABOUT SYMPHONY TACOMA:
Building community through music. Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition for 75 years, Symphony Tacoma annually performs concerts for nearly 20,000 citizens and provides education programs for 7,000 children and adults in Pierce County and the Greater Puget Sound region. The orchestra comprises more than 80 professional musicians and a volunteer chorus of 70. Music Director Sarah Ioannides is renowned for her passionate conducting, creativity, arts collaboration, and commitment to innovation and diversity, making Symphony Tacoma a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape. symphonytacoma.org
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
Symphony Tacoma is committed to providing a safe and healthy concert environment for audiences, musicians and staff for the 2021-2022 Season. All patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination or results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the concert date. Patrons will also be required to wear a mask while attending Symphony Tacoma performances, whether or not they have been vaccinated. Please visit symphonytacoma.org for updated information.

THE NUTCRACKER

It’s Back, Live on Stage!

November 26 – December 28, 2021

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

Streaming Digitally December 20 – 28

SEATTLE, WA – After a long, unexpected hibernation, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s sparkling production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® returns to the stage for live performances this holiday season. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by the world famous PNB Orchestra, PNB Company dancers in show-stopping roles, bright young stars from the PNB School, unique-to-Seattle sets and costumes by Ian Falconer (creator of Olivia the Pig), and McCaw Hall’s lobbies decked out with the season’s best photo ops, PNB’s production is a holiday treasure for audiences young and old.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® runs for 37 performances, November 26 through December 28, 2021 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Tickets start at just $27. New this year, PNB is happy to offer a sensory-friendly matinee on December 21, designed to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for people with sensory-processing challenges to enjoy the performance. (See “2021 Performance Schedule,” below for details.) The Nutcracker will also stream digitally from December 20 through 28, for families and friends to watch from the comfort of home. Tickets for the digital access are $49. For tickets and additional information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer St. (Be mindful of unauthorized online resellers: When purchasing tickets for PNB’s production of The Nutcracker, order directly through PNB for peace of mind.)

While the music and choreography remain the same, audiences will notice a new character making its debut on stage in 2021: When Balanchine choreographed The Nutcracker in 1954, he sought to showcase a global array of cultures, some of which can now be viewed as cultural appropriation. With permission from the George Balanchine Trust, PNB has sought to revise the Chinese divertissement: Elements of racial stereotyping were removed prior to PNB’s 2015 premiere and now, working closely with Phil Chan (co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface), PNB will be introducing the Green Tea Cricket in Act II. “Pet crickets are common and prized in Chinese culture, and Balanchine’s choreography seems wonderfully fitting for a high-flying cricket,” said PNB Artistic Director in his program notes. “We hope our audiences will welcome this charming new character.”

 

2021 NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

 

Day

Date

Times

Friday

Nov. 26

2:00 pm & 7:30pm

Saturday

Nov. 27

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday

Nov. 28

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Friday

Dec. 3

7:30 pm

Saturday

Dec. 4

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday

Dec. 5

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Thursday

Dec. 9

7:30 pm

Friday

Dec. 10

7:30pm

Saturday

Dec. 11

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday

Dec. 12

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Wednesday

Dec. 15

7:30 pm

Thursday

Dec. 16

7:30 pm

Friday

Dec. 17

7:30 pm

Saturday

Dec. 18

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday

Dec. 19

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Tuesday

Dec. 21

2:00 pm** & 7:30 pm

Wednesday

Dec. 22

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Thursday

Dec. 23

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Friday

Dec. 24

12:30 pm

Saturday

Dec. 25

No show, ho, ho, ho!

Sunday

Dec. 26

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Monday

Dec. 27

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Tuesday

Dec. 28

12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

**Sensory-Friendly Performance                                                                                                         

PNB is happy to present an inclusive, sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker on Tuesday, December 21 at 2:00 pm. This matinee will feature a supportive environment to welcome children and adults affected by autism or with other sensory needs, so that they may share the experience of live ballet with friends and family. Modified lighting and sound levels, allowance of devices and fidgets, entry/exit privileges, trained staff, and designated quiet and activity areas will be offered at the performance.

 

TICKET INFORMATION & SPECIAL OFFERS

 

Tickets to PNB’s live and/or digital performances may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

·         Phone – 206.441.2424

·         In Person – 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

·         Online (24/7) – PNB.org

 

(Tickets are also available – subject to availability – 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall. In-person ticket sales at the McCaw Hall Box Office are subject to day-of-show increases. Advance tickets through the PNB Box Office are strongly suggested for lowest prices and greatest availability.)

Tickets for the live performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® are $27 – $200 ($27 – $161 for children 14 and under. All ages require a ticket for admission, including babes-in-arms. For helpful hints and frequently asked questions about attending the ballet with children visit PNB.org/Community/PNB-Kids.) Some prices are subject to change.

Health & Safety: In accordance with King County regulations, PNB patrons 12 and older must be able to show proof that they are fully vaccinated at the time of their entry into the theatre and will also need photo ID upon entering McCaw Hall. All patrons must be masked. For details and more information, please visit PNB.org/Health.

The show must go on: Pacific Northwest Ballet is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances will not be cancelled for sleet, snow, or Seattle traffic. In the unlikely event that the status of a performance does change, an announcement will be posted on PNB.org.

 

Groups of ten or more may enjoy discounts up to 20% off regular prices: Contact Group Sales Manager Julie Jamieson at 206.441.2416 or JulieJ@PNB.org for ticketing assistance. (Discounts are not valid on lowest-priced tickets and may not be combined with other offers.)

Tickets for PNB’s digital-only presentation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® are $49, and viewing access for the program is December 20 – 28.

NW

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month formally recognizes the history, heritage, and culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
Fort Nisqually was established in 1833 by the Hudson’s Bay Company at Nisqually Delta on the traditional lands of the Sequalitchew Nisqually People. It was later reconstructed on the traditional lands of the Puyallup People. Coast Salish people have lived on and stewarded these lands since the beginning of time. The image above, included in our current exhibit Artists of Fort Nisqually, is courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum is a depiction of the diverse communities of Fort Nisqually circa 1845-46.
“This land was a part of Indian Country. The men of the Hudson’s Bay Company were guests here.” – Cecelia Svinth Carpenter, Nisqually Historian
Help Plan our Final Panel: November 11Learn More:
Fort from Home Puget Sound Treaty War Panel. An award-winning series that advances native voices in the telling of Puget Sound history. The program covers the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty, the Treaty War, and its aftermath.
Join us as we continue the conversation. The award winning Puget Sound Treaty War Panel series resumes on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 6pm.
The Puget Sound Treaty War ended in 1856 but the battles continued – in fishing wars, boarding schools, land settlements, tribal sovereignty and in tribal stewardship and memory. The final panel in the series involves a range of perspectives, and looks toward the lasting impacts of these historic battles. And we want to hear from you.
Attendees are asked to submit their questions on the lasting legacy of the Treaty War in advance of this program. Email submissions to: fortnisqually@tacomaparks.com or submit anonymously here.
Help Plan our Final Panel: November 11
Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations. This online exhibit by the National Museum of the American Indian tells the story of the relationship between Native Nations and the United States through eight treaties, including the Medicine Creek Treaty.
To learn more about regional tribes:
puyaləpabš (Puyallup): http://www.puyallup-tribe.com/ourtribe
Squaxin Island Tribe: https://squaxinisland.org
Help Plan our Final Panel: November 11

November 9: a Musical Trip from Spain to Mexico!

Tuesday November 9th at 7:00pm join us in Slavonian Hall, Old Town Tacoma!

(Concert will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube and Facebook for virtual viewing at a later date)

Join Trío Guadalevín for a musical journey that will travel from Spain/the Mediterranean to Veracruz, La Huasteca and the Pacific coast of Mexico, with novel arrangements shaped from son huasteco, baroque melodies, son jarocho, Sephardic Jewish balladry, Zapotec songs and more.

Many instruments and sonorities new to our experience will be heard! The trio features Abel Rocha (voice, harp, jarana, guitar, quinta) with Gus Denhard (baroque guitar, oud, jarana, theorbo and vihuela) and Antonio Gómez (panderos, cajón, teponaztli, jarana and additional percussion).

This concert debuts a new collaboration with Ke Guo, (voice, harp, dizi) which harks back to the Manila-Acapulco trade route that connected China with Mexico, by way of the Philippines. A student of Spain’s Paco Diez, Ms. Guo will also perform a selection of Sephardic Jewish music.

For more information, see https://classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

For in-person attendees:

Welcome back! Come prepared to show proof of vaccination (a photo on your phone will do the trick) and wearing a mask. Because word is out that the series is live in Slav Hall, we recommend that you pre-register – by writing prryker@gmail.com. Arrive by 6:50 to claim your seat.

We will set out a maximum of 49 chairs spread out at appropriate distance so we are all comfortable and confident of our health safety.

As much as we have enjoyed our intermissions over these many years – getting to know each other and the musicians – we will not take an intermission and will not serve coffee. Let’s play it safe so that we can enjoy this and many more live performances!

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Nathalie Bajinya’s Future Is Bright

Nathalie Bajinya has been fascinated by textiles and fashion design from a very early age. She once cut up her mother’s dress to fashion into her own clothing designs at age four.

Originally from the Congo and orphaned at a young age, Bajinya learned to sew while living in an orphanage in Kenya. Excelling at the craft, fashion design quickly became a lifelong passion.

Today, under the label Undeniable Bajinya, Bajinya translates her sewing and design skills into exquisite one-of-a-kind garments and accessories in her Lakewood shop, Undeniable Bajinya.

Home to couture gowns, wedding dresses, and custom-tailored fashions, Undeniable Bajinya’s signature designs are vibrant cotton and wool dresses and jackets that combine French fashion with African colors and American styles.

A rare talent, Bajinya can look at a swath of fabric and intuitively know what design will best highlight the fabric’s motif or drape. “When I look at fabric I see something that is telling a story,” says Nathalie.

Often made with distinctively colorful and elaborately designed African wax print fabric – commonly referred to as the “wax hollandais,” “ankara,” or “kitenge” – Undeniable Bajinya’s unique designs encompass innovation, artistic creativity and the consumer’s choice to celebrate life through their clothing.

Recently featured on King 5 Evening, the segment thoughtfully shared Nathalie Bajinya’s journey, showcasing her love of fabric and her passion to design and sew beautiful garments.

In May, with only two weeks to prepare, Undeniable Bajinya featured twelve of her original designs during Africa Fashion Week Seattle in Redmond, Washington.

Without patterns, Bajinya designs, sketches, and crafts each of her beautifully unique fashions from customers’ measurements. She says there is nothing like a dress made exactly to your measurements.

“Back in my country, you don’t buy a dress from a store, you go to a tailor,” Bajinya said. “We don’t have that here in
America. Everyone should have access to custom garments that fit perfectly, not just famous people.”

For Additional Information
Undeniable Bajinya
6405A Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood
undeniablebajinya.com

KELLY LENIHAN

Debra Van Tuinen’s New Gallery

Layers of blue, grey and silver leaf create deep and translucent layers that almost obscure the tiny boat in Debra Van Tuinen’s “Adrift” which is currently on view at her new gallery in downtown Olympia. The work, which seems to change from different angles, was created during the long months of the pandemic. For Van Tuinen, it reflects the crashing waves of confusion and deep sense of isolation many people struggled with and experienced in 2020.

With over a 40-year career as an artist, art teacher, and art supporter, Van Tuinen’s dedication to not only creating but sharing her work was not deterred by the limitations of the lockdown. The arrival of this new gallery, which opened in August of 2020, comes at an incredibly important time for art aficionados. Restricted from visiting museums, Van Tuinen’s work is viewable from the street through giant, light-filling windows as well as for private appointments. “I want people to be able to see my work and learn about what I do. You don’t have to be able to buy a piece,” said Van Tuinen.

Additionally, as travel restrictions limit explorations and adventures, it is through her work that new views can be found and savored. Focused on the personal exploration of landscape, many of these works can transport you
instantaneously to other places for that much needed change of scenery.

“Van Tuinen’s paintings possess radiance,” wrote LA art critic Doug Meyer. “They bask in the reflected light of a physical universe beyond the picture plane.”

She hopes to have a large grand opening to celebrate the new gallery and participate in the spring Art Walk in Olympia.

Eventually, she’d like to offer classes in the adjoining studio on encaustic techniques. Until then, Van Tuinen encourages people to walk by and enjoy the work on view.

With a career that has taken her art work around the world and included in private, corporate and museum collections, the Pacific Northwest is lucky to have an artist that remains grounded and accessible to anyone interested to enjoy the voyages of her work.

For Additional Information
Van Tuinen Art
vantuinenart.com

BY HILLARY RYAN

Washington Center Launches Capital Campaign

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts announced last week at their annual Gala that they will be implementing the first comprehensive capital campaign since construction in 1985. With a goal of raising $8.6 million dollars to overhaul the many components that are at the heart of every theater, the campaign will touch every aspect of the Center’s interior.

Chaired by Alex and Tammy Bunn, the campaign is already 89% of the way to the goal, with over $7.6 million in commitments. With just a little under $1 million to raise, the Bunns are passionate about the facility. “The arts set children and adults up to pursue their dreams,” says Alex. “The Washington Center is an anchor in our community and shines as our region’s most treasured asset.” As a long-time board member and a past board president, Alex has a seasoned perspective on the Center and its needs.

Implemented in two phases, the improvements will be identified in two major categories as backstage and public spaces. Backstage improvements include lighting, sound, curtains and rigging.  All of these elements bring the theater to life for thousands of patrons every year. Public spaces will include 1,000 new seats, carpet, concessions remodel and interior design improvements, as well as infrastructure like HVAC and electrical upgrades.

Eager to ensure the interior of the Center matches the beautiful exterior which was renovated by the City of Olympia in 2014, Executive Director Jill Barnes believes the improvements will protect the community’s past investment and enhance how patrons feel when they walk through the doors. According to Barnes, “delivering a world-class experience is needed to maintain the highest level of quality in every aspect of the Center, from backstage and onstage, to our lobbies and concession areas.” She added, “We are proud to have the opportunity and support to preserve and care for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts like the cultural and community asset that it is.”

Barnes says the COVID-19 pandemic was a hurdle the campaign committee did not anticipate. “The shutdown due to the global pandemic has been devastating to the entire arts industry,” says Barnes. “The reopening of the Center is a true testament to the emotional power of the arts.”

She continues, “We ‘quietly’ embarked on a capital campaign several years ago. The pandemic added significant uncertainty and stress to an already herculean undertaking. The perseverance of staff, crew, and supporters during this time has been nothing short of miraculous. We know the full recovery of the arts may take years, and the possibility to recover in a fully renovated, state-of-the art venue made possible by this community fills me with hope and joy.”For more information about the Washington center, please visit www.washingtoncenter.org.