Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition

Arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements, Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome are timeless masterpieces. Whether you have seen them in person or not, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will allow you to immerse yourself in the art from a new perspective in an innovative and unique way.

The exhibition’s museum-quality, nearlife-size photographic reproductions of the iconic master’s frescoes were created with special expertise and care using state-of-the-art technology. To help people engage with and comprehend the artwork, the paintings are displayed on 16-foot panels in 34 parts.

As you observe the artwork, you will be overwhelmed by its dimensions, your closeness to the picture, and the modern style of the exhibition. You’ll be able to explore the scenes, including The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, at a close distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel.

“We are thrilled to serve as the only Washington state venue for Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” said David Fischer, executive director of Broadway Center. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from near and far to the awe-inspiring experience of viewing larger-than-life reproductions of these beloved works in an up-close and intimate way.”

The exhibit debuts on Sept. 21 at the historic Tacoma Armory at 715 S. 11th St. and runs through Oct. 14 (dark Mondays and Tuesdays). An optional audio guide with narrative accompaniment will be available in four languages. Advance tickets are on sale at broadwaycenter.org, in person at the Broadway Center box office at 901 Broadway, or by phone at 253.591.5894. Same-day tickets will be available for sale at the Armory.

A special launch party will take place on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.


Adonis Puentes – Bridging Music Cultures

Born into a musical family in Cuba, Adonis Puentes began playing guitar at the age of 6. By the time he was 14, the virtuoso was singing and writing his own music. Nominated for a Juno Award and a Latin Grammy, the singer/songwriter became a great Cuban Sonero very early in life. Sonero is the top honor for a Latin performer and one that Puentes holds dear to his heart.

“I’m a messenger of my Cuban heritage and tradition,” says Puentes, who has traveled to Cuba many times to cultivate those roots. He describes his music as “fusion with Cuban roots.” This is a deep and abiding heritage, he says, especially the síncopa—that fusion between the African and Spanish cultures.

His 2014 album Sabor A Café certainly exudes a Latin flavor with a hint of Afro jazz. Each song reaches the soul with lyrics about heartbreak, forgiveness and even love that endures. During a performance, you will find it difficult to sit still as these original compositions and rhythms lure you to your feet.

“Watching Adonis perform live is a remarkable experience,” says David Fischer, executive director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma. “He is a performer of vibrant energy, combining the many layers and musical style of Buena Vista Social Club, with the charisma of Desi Arnaz. On stage with the all-acoustic voice of Cuba Orchestra, his voice mingles with the piano, bass, horns, and guitar, creating this vibrant, rich, unforgettable sound. It’s fantastic!”

With his goal to bridge generations and culture, Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra is one performance you won’t want to miss. They will perform at the Rialto Theater on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit broadwaycenter.org.


by: Laurie Miller