Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks for the week of Aug. 15-21

Third Thursday art: Museums and more

Next Thursday is Tacoma’s monthly ArtWalk, with late-opening galleries, free museums and extra events. Among the offerings this month: a Western reading club meet-up and Matika Wilbur’s Native portraits at Tacoma Art Museum, and a tango night at the Museum of Glass (see below). The free ArtWalk runs 5-8 p.m. Friday at various locations: see

Christ Episcopal organ recital

Samuel Libra, the newly appointed organist at Seattle’s St. James Cathedral, plays the Third Fridays at Noon recital at Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal Church this month. On the Brombaugh pipe organ, he’ll play Frescobaldi and Sweelinck, Bach’s “Passacaglia in C minor,” and 20th-century American composers. The concert begins at 12:10 p.m. Aug. 15 (today) at Christ Episcopal, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. Admission is by donation. 253-304-7027,

Tango at Museum of Glass

Dancing tango against a sunset waterfront backdrop surrounded by crystalline glass art has to be one of Tacoma’s most romantic summer moments. The annual milonga on the Museum of Glass plaza is on again at 5 p.m. Sunday at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma (waterfront side). It’s free. 253-222-0105,

Harbor History Museum’s Maritime Art show

The 15th annual juried Maritime Art Exhibition is on now at Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum, with work in many genres and media celebrating life on the water. The exhibition is viewable 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Sept. 14 at 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. Admission is $7 adults; $6 seniors, military; $5 ages 7-17; free ages 6 and younger. 253-858-6722,