GO Arts: Critic's Picks: Cuban film at UPS, harp concert at Visitation Catholic, Java Tacoma at Dukesbay and gongbi painting at the APCC

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 27, 2014 

Cuban film, salsa at UPS

As part of the Tacoma Sister Cities Film Festival, the Cienfuegos committee will host a Cuban cultural evening next Thursday at the University of Puget Sound. Salsa instruction and dancing, snacks and a post-film discussion will bookend the new Cuban film “Esther, Somewhere” by Gerardo Chijona, about two old men looking for the secret history of the women they loved: one a moonlighting bolero singer, one just disappeared. 6 p.m. cultural activities, 7 p.m. film, April 3. $5 suggested donation. University of Puget Sound, Commencement Hall (New building), first floor, projection room; 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. pugetsound.edu.

Harp concert by candlelight at Visitation Catholic

Tacoma harpist Margaret Shelton joins with singers Danielle and Haley Curl to present a Lenten concert of sacred, contemplative music for voice and harp. Performed by candlelight with periods of meditative silence and readings, the concert includes music by Bach, Henriette Renie and Marie-Therese Sokol, as well as Gregorian chants and modern hymns. The concert will raise money to repair last year’s rain damage at Visitation STEM Academy. 7 p.m. March 29. $10 suggested donation. Visitation Catholic Church, 3314 South 58th St., Tacoma. 253-473-4960, visitationchurch.org

Java Tacoma’s “Merry Wives Americano”

Dukesbay Productions brings on the fourth in its “Java Tacoma” theater sitcom series this weekend with “Merry Wives Americano,” a contemporary, Tacoma-themed take on Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” that has three coffeeshop friends dealing with a ‘suave but untrustworthy stranger.’ Written by Matthew Anderson with music by Allan Loucks. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays March 28,29, 30; April 4,5,6,11,12,13. $10 includes coffee and snacks. Dukesbay Theater, Merlino Building, 508 Sixth Ave. #10, Tacoma. 253-267-0869, javatacoma.brownpapertickets.com, dukesbay.org.

Gongbi painting at Asia Pacific Center

Local artist Kathy Thurston presents a show of Gongbi painting, a traditional style of Chinese ink painting recently brought to the U.S.A. by a cultural artist exchange set up by Asia Pacific Cultural Center founder Patsy Surh O’Connell. Thurston gives a contemporary interpretation of the art based on her nature photographs. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and some Saturdays through Apr. 30. Free.Asia Pacific Cultural Center,4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. 253-383-3900, asiapacificculturalcenter.org

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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