Arts & Culture

Critic's Picks: Outdoor jazz at PLU, Gig Harbor Art Walk, Museum of Glass day and Toy Boat Theatre

Jazz under the PLU stars

Starting next Thursday jazz aficionados can take in some of the best Northwest talent for free and enjoy late summer evenings at the same time, thanks to Pacific Lutheran University’s 16th annual Jazz Under the Stars series. Every Thursday prime local jazz artists play in the outdoor amphitheater outside the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, with free coffee and the Keck Observatory open for star-gazing after some shows. Concerts: 7-9 p.m. July 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7 and 14; observatory open July 31, Aug. 7 and 14. Free. Mary Baker Russell amphitheater, PLU, 12180 Park Ave. S, Tacoma.


Gig Harbor art walk

Gig Harbor’s monthly art walk not only features late-opening galleries but downtown shops, artist demos, refreshments, live music and more. 5-8 p.m. July 10. Free. Harborview Drive and surrounds, Gig Harbor. 253-851-8136,


Museum of Glass free anniversary day

The Museum of Glass turns 12 this Saturday, and will celebrate with free entry for children 12 and under (with a paid adult), plus $2 off admission for anyone who wears 12th Man Seahawks gear. Throughout the day there’ll be cupcakes, balloon art, chalk art on the plaza and various discounts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 6. $12 adult/$10 senior, student, military/free for 12 and under. 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM,


Toy Boat Theatre does "Maids"

After a couple of years hiatus, Toy Boat Theatre (last seen in a Spaceworks residency on Martin Luther King Jr. Way) is back in action with "Maids," Jean Genet’s infamous play based on a true 1933 story of two Paris sisters who murder their mistress, amid plenty of sexual jealousy. Mature audiences. 10 p.m. July 10 (preview), 11, 12, 18 and 19, with post-show salon talkback. $10. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801,; tickets at