253-Second Short Film Party
The former 72-hour Film Fest hasn’t changed in length, just title. Now the 253-Second Short Film Viewing Party, the evening of short films all made locally within one weekend (and to specific parameters) is on Friday (May 15) thanks to the Grand Cinema. Thirty films compete for two $500 cash prizes, and the audience gets takeaways as well. 7 p.m. Friday. $10 advance, $15 at the door. Urban Grace, 902 Market St., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, grandcinema.com.
Hilltop Poetry Slam
The first ever “City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition” is coming this Friday as part of Historic Preservation Month. Open to Tacoma residents aged 12-19, the slam has the theme Hilltop Past, Present and Future, and features performances by local hip hop artists and poets. 6 p.m. Friday (May 15). Sure House Church, 901 S. 10th St., Tacoma. cityoftacoma.org, write253.wordpress.com.
WSMTA Orchestral Recital Series
Every year, the teachers in the Washington State Music Teachers Association coach their students in performing a concerto — and raise the funds to pay an accompanying orchestra. The resulting Orchestral Recital Series runs next week, a free concert series featuring 80 local music students and a variety of composers. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1701 N. Union Ave., Tacoma; also noon and 7:30 p.m. May 23 at First Lutheran Church, 524 S. I St., Tacoma. Free. wsmta.org.
Tacoma Youth Symphony plays ‘Mambo’
The top orchestra in the Tacoma Youth Music Association swings into its final concert of the year this weekend with “Mambo,” a program including Leonard Bernstein’s Latin-inspired “Dances From West Side Story” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4, as well as a student concerto. 3 p.m. Sunday. $8 advance,$10 at the door and $19 balcony. Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org, tysamusic.org.