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Toy Boat Theatre Rolls Out Dada for Nada, and the Blues to Boot

4 Nov

Enjoy a bit of unhinged thea-tuh in FREE performances of *WaT is DaDa?: an original Dada Theatre Cabaret, conceived by Neo-Dadaist Marilyn Bennett and University of Puget Sound theatre arts students. The troupe calls this a series of command performances (“We command you to attend!”): Nov. 17-18, 8pm, at Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, UPS campus; and Nov. 19, 8pm and 10pm, at Toy Boat Theatre, 1314 Martin Luther King Way, in the Hilltop neighborhood. Price per ticket: FREE! It’s nada for Dada (but donations gladly accepted).

“Prepare to be unhinged, overwhelmed, lambasted, just basted, and caramel,” warns the press release. “Dada is a spook, a tomato, a rocking horse, the wet nurse. Nothing is dada, everything is dada.” Presented by the UPS Department of Theatre Arts in conjunction with Spaceworks Tacoma.

On Nov. 7, at 7pm, Toy Boat is presenting a free reading of Stones in my Passway, Tacoma playwright C. Rosalind Bell‘s screenplay about blues guitar legend Robert Johnson. This is a rare opportunity to hear a diverse company of 12 professional and community actors read this rich, textured and cinematic treatment about the too short life of Robert Johnson. In the American South, in the 1930s, this African-American blues artist developed a sound and approach that was to influence the entire genre of rock-and-roll music, before his untimely death at age 27. Johnson lived and played with passion and abandon; Ms. Bell’s screenplay captures his spirit.

For more information on these shows and the UPS students rockin’ the Hilltop, please click .

Push Your Art Career to the Next Level: Tacoma Arts Symposium, Nov. 19-20

4 Nov


WHAT: Informational and educational sessions for artists and arts organizations
WHERE: University of Puget Sound campus
WHEN: November 19 & 20
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Sign up for all general sessions online at Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
COST: $20 for unlimited sessions both days, $12 for unlimited sessions on either Saturday or Sunday, or $7 for one individual session. Financial assistance is available; please call Naomi at 253.591.5191.

Join us for the sixth annual Tacoma Arts Symposium, an event dedicated to providing local artists and arts organizations with nuts-and-bolts information in order to become and remain successful in the arts. This event includes exciting conversations, workshops and panels designed to get your creativity flowing and push your arts career to the next level. Saturday features a keynote address by Gigi Rosenberg, author of The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing. Sessions include:

·        Keynote Address: From the Elevator to the Auditorium: How to Present Your Art to the Public

·        Marketing with Social Media

·        The Art of Marketing: Tips and Tools for Getting the Word Out

·        Fund Your Projects: Grant Writing for the Visual, Literary and Performing Artist

·        Behind Closed Doors: the Funding Panel

·        Beyond the Elevator Speech: Writing and Talking About Your Work

·        Impact & Intent: Presenting and Perceiving Meaning in Works of Art

·        Engaging with Youth in the Arts

·        Non-Traditional Publishing: Experience from Writers Who’ve Done It

·        Beyond the Line: Poetry in Response to Visual Art

·        Starting a New Arts Group

·        Public Art Perspectives

For a complete listing of sessions, dates and times, check out the Arts Symposium page at

Low-cost, confidential, legal and business consultation clinics
We are running two low-cost, one-on-one, confidential consultation clinics this year:
– Shunpike is offering an Arts Business Clinic on Saturday, November 19
– Washington Lawyers for the Arts is offering an Arts Legal Clinic on Sunday, November 20. Clinics are $20 for a 30-minute session. To register for the Arts Business Clinic, please call Naomi at 253.591.5191. To register for the Arts Legal Clinic, please call Washington Lawyers for the Arts at 206.328.7053.

Art at Work Studio Tour, November 5-6, 10am-4pm

4 Nov

Curious about the creative process and the secret lives of artists? 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of Tacoma’s Art at Work Studio Tour, featuring 57 artists and collaborative studios. This event allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work. You can ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations! All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Studios will also have a limited number of free takeaways by graphics genius Art Chantry: 2011 float pens, key chains and tattoos– you know you want one! This is a free, self-guided tour.

Check out the StudioTour website for all the details including an interactive Google map so you can plot your own course.

Or, ride the ART BUS for the Studio Tour! Make it easy on yourself – let the ART BUS do the driving while you enjoy a guided tour of some of the artists’ studios. There are two tours:
Tour A – Nov. 5, 11 am –1 pm – includes the studios of Jennevieve Schlemmer, Juan La Torre, Manitou Arts Center, Juliette Ricci, and Liz Cotton
Tour B – Nov. 5, 2 – 4:20 pm -includes the studios of Two Ravens, Throwing Mud Gallery, Hilltop Artists, Lori Paine, and Jet Artist Cooperative

Bus leaves from TacomaArt Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
Cost: $10 for one tour, $18 for both tours
Tickets: purchase in advance at or on Nov. 5 a half-hour before departure time on the curb outside Tacoma Art Museum

The 2011 tours include: Continue reading

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