Arts & Culture

GO Arts: Critic’s Picks

Met Opera Live in HD

If you missed “Rigoletto” and “La Rondine,” you still have time to catch the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series’ final two shows in local movie theaters this summer: “Otello,” Verdi’s masterpiece tragedy, screens July 9 and the baroque pastiche “The Enchanted Island” on July 16. A live event telecast nationwide from the Met, operas screen at 7 p.m. locally; participating cinemas include Century Theatres, 2001 S. Commons, Federal Way; and Cinemark at Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia. Tickets and information at

Creative Colloquy reading features Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the “Cinder” young adult series and a Tacoma writer, is the headliner for this month’s Creative Colloquy reading at B Sharp Coffee House downtown. Along with authors Brook Ellen West, Karen Harris Tully, Michaela Eaves and the winner of CC’s recent youth writing contest Hawwa Alam, Meyer will read from her work and sign copies. Creative Colloquy, a Tacoma-based literary site, holds storytelling readings on the last Monday of each month. Reading opportunities are available on a sign-up basis. 7 p.m. June 30. Free. B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma.

Life is a cabaret for Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Tacoma Musical Playhouse isn’t just sticking with musical theater — it’s launching a cabaret series, too. On monthly summer Fridays (June 27, August 22 and Sept. 5) the community theater will play host to T-Town Cabaret, a two-hour cabaret evening with several performers, plus beer, wine and small plate selections. Kicking off the series this Friday night are Northwest native Christie Murphy, ladies’ trio The Island Sisters and former Tacoma musical director/pianist/singer Michael Bennett. 8 p.m. June 27. $10. Seating limited, no reservations. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-565-6867,

Bill Colby retrospective at Tacoma Community College

Tacoma printmaker and painter Bill Colby has been making art for six decades, showing around the Northwest and collected everywhere from the Library of Congress to Seattle Art Museum. Now Tacoma Community College mounts a retrospective of his joyful, colorful, nature-based work at The Gallery at TCC, with “Water and Rocks: A Journey.” Open noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday through August 14; reception 4-6 p.m. July 17. Free. The Gallery at TCC, 6501 S. 19th St. (at South 12th and Mildred Streeets), Tacoma. 253-566-5000,