Poland sings the blues
Blues Vespers presents an East-meets-West show at B Sharp Coffee House, featuring New Jersey singer Chrissi Poland weaving soul, roots and electro-pop with Northwest blues guitarist Mark Riley. 8 p.m. Friday (June 5). $5. B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley (Court C), Tacoma. 253-292-9969, bsharpcoffeehouse.com.
Handforth’s Tacoma art show
Two new shows at the Handforth Gallery describe Tacoma as only its artists can: wall-relief sculpture by Lynn Di Nino of folk who ride the No. 594 bus to Seattle and what they see out the window; plus a low-relief of an elephant (Tacoma) discovered by self-portrait figures of artists. Reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma. 253-292-2201, tacomapubliclibrary.org.
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‘Night at the Operetta’
Tacoma Musical Playhouse is broadening past musical theater with “A Night at the Operetta” Wednesday, starring tenor Robert McPhearson, sopranos Karen Early Evans and Dana Johnson, and baritone John B. Cooper, with music by Gilbert and Sullivan, Strauss and others. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $25. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. 253-565-6867, tmp.org.
This weekend is your last chance to see “Eloquent Objects,” the magnificent exhibition of still-life paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and her American midcentury contemporaries. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays (summer); show closes Sunday. $14 general, $12 senior, student, military and free for 5 and younger and 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org.