Arts & Culture

Female composers rule at Second City Chamber Series

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. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Annie Wright Great Hall, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $27 general admission; $25 for seniors and military; $10 for students; and free for 18 and younger. 253-572-TUNE,

Events around Tacoma to celebrate Poetry Month

Beginning next week, Tacoma’s poetry community will gather for myriad 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, go to

Puppet film now playing in tiny 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. Admission is free to the 24/7 screenings at the corner of South 11th Street and Broadway, Tacoma.

Gallery party coincides with gig harbor Second Thursday

Founded in 1984, Gig Harbor artist cooperative Ebb Tide Gallery celebrates 30 years next Thursday with an open house. The celebration coincides with the historic downtown’s inaugural Second Thursday night out, when businesses and galleries stay open late. The gallery will be open 1-9 p.m. April 11 at 7809 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor. Admission is free. 253-851-5293,,