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
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