Poet laureate event at B Sharp Coffee
Join poet and youth activist Cathy Nguyen as she is made Tacoma’s newest poet laureate at a poetry event Friday. Previous laureates will read and perform, including William Kupinse, Antonio Edwards Jr. and outgoing laureate Lucas Smiraldo, as well as musicians and composers. 6-8:30 p.m. Friday. Free. B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Court C (Opera Alley), Tacoma. tacomaculture.org.
Historic Tacoma postcard exchange
Create a handmade postcard of a historic Tacoma building — loved or hated — and bring it along to swap at the second year of the Postcard Exchange Project hosted by Historic Tacoma Friday. Each postcard must be a photo, drawing, digital image, watercolor or other original artwork, 4x6 inches and stamped, with identification of the building and room for a label. Cards will be displayed at the event, then mailed to participants. 7-9 p.m. Friday. Free; bring food/drink to share. Arts and Crafts Press, 2515B South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. historictacoma.org.
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May Day with the Revels
Sing and dance in the month of May in Wright Park with the Puget Sound Revels, who’ll bring their annual May Day event to the park, complete with maypole and ribbons, flowers for crown-making and plenty of songs. 6-7:30 p.m. Friday. Free, all ages. Wright Park between pond and playground, 501 S. I St., Tacoma. pugetsoundrevels.org.
Beatrice Herrmann winners’ recital
The winners of this year’s Beatrice Herrmann youth instrumental competition will perform in recital this Saturday in Theatre on the Square. Winners of the three age divisions range from 13-22 years old, and include soloists on piano, cello, marimba and euphonium; composers include Gershwin, Chopin and Liszt. 3 p.m. Saturday. Suggested donation $5-$8. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org.