Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor art walk, puppets at Fort Nisqually, Seattle Opera at MOHAI, and the Rijksmuseum on film

Gig Harbor Art Walk

Gig Harbor’s monthly art walk, where galleries stay open late and offer artist demonstrations, refreshments and music, is now part of the town’s “Thursday Night Out” event on the second Thursdays of the month. This month’s Art Walk features jeweler Kit Kuhn demonstrating lost-wax casting, photographer Jim Nelson demonstrating at Water’s Edge Gallery and glass artist Kathe Robel at Full Moon Art Gallery. The free Art Walk runs 5-8 p.m. Aug. 14 on Harborview Drive and its surroundings in Gig Harbor. 253-851-8136,

Puppets and more at Fort Nisqually

Puppets, re-enactors and 19th-century artifacts are among the many ways Fort Nisqually will bring the 1850s to life this weekend at the annual Brigade Encampment. More than 100 re-enactors will dress in period clothes and run through a series of 19th-century skills, as well as offering hands-on activities for families such as spinning and wood-carving. Punch and Judy puppet shows will be produced, and the new exhibit, “Archeology at Fort Nisqually,” will showcase recovered artifacts from the historical site. The encampment runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort Nisqually at Point Defiance Park, North Pearl Street, Tacoma. Admission is $5-$9, and free for age 4 and younger. 253-591-5339,

Live opera at MOHAI

Get behind the scenes of opera at the Museum of History and Industry this Saturday as Seattle Opera offers a free community open house. Visitors can see live stage-combat demonstrations; meet wig, makeup and costume designers; make their own winged helmets (just like “Ride of the Valkyries”); and hear Wagner Competition contestants Marcy Stonikas and Ric Furman sing live. The open house runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N, Seattle. 206-324-1126,

The story of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum renovation

If you thought adding a new wing to Tacoma Art Museum was production enough, imagine what it’s like to renovate 322,000 square feet of a 130-year-old museum full of Old Master treasures. That’s the story of the restoration of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum, home to more than 1 million Dutch, European and Asian art works. That story is on screen this Sunday at The Grand Cinema in Oeke Hoogendijk’s acclaimed 2013 documentary “The New Rijksmuseum.” TAM director Stephanie Stebich and architect Kirsten Murray introduce it with a 20-minute presentation on TAM’s own expansion. The screening is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grand, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $9.50 general; $7.50 seniors, students, military and children. 253-593-4474,