GO Arts: Critic's Picks: Living history at Bethlehem Lutheran, jazz at TMP, ArtWalk at the Old Post Office and "Spamalot" at Lakewood Playhouse

Staff writerJune 12, 2014 

At Bethlehem Lutheran, history storyteller Karen Haas presents Civil War history as seen by women of the period.

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Living history of Civil War women

In a Living History presentation this Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran, performer Karen Haas will tell the stories of a group often forgotten in Civil War history: women. Combining diaries, letters and songs, Haas portrays women’s lives in a time of violence and change. Includes dessert potluck.7 p.m. June 14. Suggested donation $10. Bethlehem Lutheran church, 101 E. 38th St., Tacoma. 253-474-0525, blctacoma.com

Tacoma Musical Playhouse does jazz

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is expanding beyond musical theater. Last month saw an operetta evening; this weekend sees a jazz evening with Hot Club-style band Pearl Django and award-winning Seattle singer Gail Pettis. 3 p.m. June 15. $25. TMP, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-565-5857, tmp.org

ArtWalk at the Old Post Office

Spaceworks Tacoma – the non-profit filling empty commercial spaces with art – will showcase new and old artist groups in the Old Post Office building next Thursday for an ArtWalk Happy Hour. Included: a pop-up gallery from Jeremy Gregory and Kris Crews; open studios for PolyRev, Kristin Giordano, Abby Kok, and Alana Tamminga; film by Kris Crews; the DASH Center’s open house; a Hotel Luzon memorial exhibition by Jori Adkins; lobby art and music from DJ Mr. Melanin. 5-8 p.m. June 19. Free. Old Post Office, 1102 A St., Tacoma. spaceworkstacoma.wordpress.com

“Spamalot” and poster signing at Lakewood Playhouse

Not only is this the opening weekend for “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at Lakewood Playhouse, it’s also the unveiling of a clever poster project that’s been a year in the making. For each of the theater’s productions this year, graphic artist James Stowe has created a poster that fits with the rest to produce one long poster with characters from Agatha Christie to King Arthur. Get a signed one at the annual Party on the Patio meeting 5:30 p.m. June 14. “Spamalot” runs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 2 p.m. July 4 and 8 p.m. June 19 and 26 (Pay-What-You-Can) through July 13. $29 adults/$27 military/$26 seniors/$24 student and educator. 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-58-0042, lakewoodplayhouse.org

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

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