Oh, 2016, you really were something. We had a lot of fun, learned more than we thought could possibly be crammed into a single year, and gave the Carpenters Building a couple of last good runs before renovation. We ended the year with (in our opinion) the best party and art opening our town has seen in a while, and gave us some energy and inspiration to keep pushing into 2017. Between permit submittals, meetings, and planning, we’ve been working with our architects on the look and feel of our future space, and we can’t wait to show it to you. 2017 is going to be one for the books.
Where we’re going
Metro Parks begins a “Relaxing into Wholeness” yoga series at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory (aka the warm and beautiful Wright Park glass house full of plants) on January 4th. It sounds like a soothing time and a great way to recover from the New Year’s Eve weekend. Chandler Woodfin of Feast Arts Center will teach a beginning drawing workshop on January 8th and 9th. Visit the 30 Americans exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum on January 8th before it leaves, when they will hold their free community festival. Dance, spoken word, and a collaborative mural will be happening. On January 11th, The Grand Cinema will be showing off their fancy new video game party rentals with a video game open house. Seriously. You can play video games in an actual movie theater.
What we’re reading
Blu the Baqi set the room on fire with her spoken word at the Colored event on December 29th. Her collection of poems, How to Write a Fire, "effortlessly glides between the solemn and the sensual; the political and the provocative; the traditional and the taboo; resulting in a relevant, poignant and intimate collection that is ultimately an ode to self-discovery, black culture, and personal truth." You can find your copy here and follow Blu on Instagram here.
Who we're watching
Blake Carter is an artist based in Tacoma. Much of his work shows the influence of living and traveling in East Asia for more than a decade. Blake often focuses on subject matter that is commonly seen but overlooked, such as pedestrians, scooters at Taipei intersections, or people doing yard work. You can see Blake's public installation in the Woolworth Windows right now in downtown Tacoma.