Skates, Santa, and this Month's Events

The most exciting thing one could hope for is to be in a music video that involves Santa, roller skates, and a healthy dose of psychedelia. Well, Christmas has come early to the Carpenters Building and we will be filming just that in our assembly hall over the next few weeks. Stay tuned... 
Also in October, as mentioned in our last update, we're working on food menus for our future cafe. Have some strong opinions about it? Want to cast your vote for what our menu should feature? Let us on know on Facebook, Twitter, or email us your thoughts!

It’s hard to keep up with everything happening in the first two weeks of October, so here is a sampling of some stand-out events: Opening night of the Tacoma Film Festival kicks off with As You Are, starring Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things fame and produced by Sean Patrick Burke of Have Not Films (based here in Tacoma). Stick around for the after party downstairs. Also at the festival on October 11th and 13th, The Snout Also Rises, a short documentary from Kris Crews on the adorable Tacoma band Pig Snout (with siblings Dahlia and Lucien, 8 and 11 years old). Phantogram is playing the Paramount Theatre on October 7th, followed by The Julie Ruin at the Showbox on the 8th. Nice moves, Seattle.

This year’s Tacoma Studio Tour, featuring over 50 artist’s open studios across the city, begins on the 15th and will run both Saturday and Sunday. The evening of the 15th, check out The Gritty City Sirens’ Creepshow Peepshow at the Tacoma Little Theater (sorry, kids, 21 and over). And last but not least, 30 Americans opened at the Tacoma Art Museum at the end of September and runs through January.

Ava D Jor of Gritty City Sirens. Photo credit Triptych Image Photography.

Ava D Jor of Gritty City Sirens. Photo credit Triptych Image Photography.


It seems like around this time of year (since 2013), Tenth of December by George Saunders finds its way off of the shelf. While this book of short stories never gets old, one review in AV clubsays of Saunders’ writing, “That fascination with cutting deep while also caring big, mining deep to the core of human misery while always leaving a sightline to that little glimmer of hope above, is what makes Saunders’ stories so gripping.” We think we could all use some glimmer this election season, and Tenth of Decembernever disappoints.

Our featured artist this update, Charhys Bailey, performs the role of Kamush in Forward Flux Productions The Wedding Gift by Chisa Hutchinson, a slavery parable delivered through the lens of sci-fi and dark comedy. You can read more about the production here, and see her performance through October 8th atGay City in Capitol Hill.

Charhys is a multidisciplinary artist, activist and producer originally from Tacoma, Washington where they first fell in love with the performing arts after seeing The Wiz at the Tacoma Little Theater as a first grader in the Latch-A-Key after school program. Charhys is also a teaching artist, trauma-informed suicide prevention specialist, writer, gluten free ethnic foodie and enjoys planning vogue balls and curating creative cultural healing spaces in their spare time. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram via Groundswell Arts Collective.