Tacoma Lovers’ Craft Fair opens for gift-giving needs

Staff writerNovember 22, 2013 

Skip the mall – get your Christmas presents from local artists instead. First up on the indie gift fair front is the annual Tacoma Is For Lovers Craft Fair at King’s Books this weekend, where you can buy Matthew Porter’s monkey art, handmade kids’ clothes from Ember Carroll, Rochelle Wells’ jewelry and much more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. Admission is free. 253-272-8801, kingsbookstore.com

Mezzo-soprano Padula in recital at UPS

Mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula sings music by Handel, Schubert, Berlioz and American composer Lee Hoiby on Friday night at the University of Puget Sound, along with pianist Tanya Stambuk, cellist David Requiro and male vocalists from Voci d’Amici. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Schneebeck Hall at UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. $12.50 general admission; $8.50 for seniors, students, military and UPS faculty and staff; free for UPS students. 253-879-3555, tickets.pugetsound.edu

Tacoma Concert Band showcases tuba

Hear tuba virtuoso Pat Sheridan on Sunday in a Tacoma Concert Band show that features solos such as “Flight of the Tuba Bee” plus excerpts from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” Sibelius’ “Karelia Suite” and more. 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Admission is $16-$34. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org, tacomaconcertband.org

Poet Laureate to lead workshop for teens

Tacoma poet laureate and recording artist Lucas Smiraldo gives two free writing and spoken word poetry workshops designed to move poems from paper to microphone to digital media. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 4 in the StoryLab and Olympic Room at the Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 S. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. For ages 12-19; registration required. 253-292-2001, tacomapubliclibrary.org

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