Critic's Picks: Women composers at Second CIty, Poetry Month, puppets at Tollbooth Gallery and 30th anniversary of Ebb Tide Gallery

Tacoma News TribuneApril 3, 2014 

Women composers rule at Second City Chamber Series

Breaking the glass ceiling has historically been hard for women composers. Now three local musicians – flutist Wendy Wilhelmi, bassoonist Elizabeth Paterson and clarinetist Florie Rothenburg – devote an evening to showcasing work by 20th-century women, from Francois Devienne to Ludmilla Ulehla. 7:30 p.m. April 4. $27 general/$25 senior, military/$10 students/free for 18 and under. Annie Wright Great Hall, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE,

April is Poetry Month

Beginning next week, Tacoma’s poetry community get together for a myriad of events celebrating National Poetry Month, including the Puget Sound Poetry Connection’s distinguished writer series on April 10, a Kevin Miller poetry workshop on April 12, Friends of the Gig Harbor Library reading with Robert McNamara on April 17 and Live at the Auricle, hosted by Tacoma poet laureate Lucas Smiraldo, on April 24. For a complete list of events see

Alt-puppet film in Tollbooth Gallery

Now up in what’s possibly the world’s smallest cinema – the tiny Tollbooth Gallery in downtown Tacoma – is Brian Parker’s stop-motion animation “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” starring the skateboarding, hard-living puppets of Jeremy Gregory. 24/7. Free. Corner South 11th Street and Broadway, Tacoma.

Gig Harbor’s Ebb Tide Gallery celebrates 30 years

Founded in 1984, Gig Harbor artist co-operative Ebb Tide Gallery celebrates 30 years next Thursday with an open house. With drinks and treats, the celebration coincides with the historic downtown’s inaugural Second Thursday night out, when businesses and galleries stay open late. 1-9 p.m. April 11. Free. 7809 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor. 253-851-5293,,

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568

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