Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Marita Dingus at Kittredge, book art at the Collins, downtown theater tours and quilts at American Art Company

Marita Dingus’ art at Kittredge

Seattle artist Marita Dingus opens the Kittredge Gallery season with "They Still Hold Us," work that, through discarded and cast-off materials, references the persistence of cultural injustices that affect people of color and runs as part of the university’s Race and Pedagogy Conference at the end of September. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday Aug. 25-Sept. 27. Free. Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-2435,

Art books discussion at the Collins

A panel presentation on "Artist Books as Catalysts for Change" will feature artists Laura Russell, Malpina Chan, Amy Ryken, Deborah Greenwood and Lucia Harrison Thursday at the University of Puget Sound’s Collins Memorial library. It’s part of the library’s current exhibit "Book Power Redux," up through Oct. 15. Panel: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Room 020, Collins Library, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. Free. Library hours: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Monday; then 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday through October. 253-879-3669,

Tour downtown theaters

How well do you know Tacoma’s three theaters? Every first Thursday, Broadway Center volunteers lead a walking through through the Pantages, Rialto and Theatre on the Square, where you can learn about the history and current renovation plans. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 4 (and every first Thursday). Free. Begins at Broadway Center’s booth at the Tacoma Farmers Market, South Ninth Street and Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894,

Art quilts at American Art Company

Abstracts, landscapes, textile sculpture – it’s all there at the 12th annual Northwest Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibit, now up at American Art Company with artists like Ann Johnston, Carla DiPietro, Linda Frizzell and more. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 4. Free. American Art Company, 1126 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-272-4327,