Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks for the week of Sept. 5-11

‘DOCTOR FAUSTUS’ performance at Dukesbay THEATER

It’s not often that Tacoma sees an Elizabethan play that’s not Shakespeare. Grab the opportunity this month when New Muses Theatre Co. performs “Doctor Faustus,” a classic by Christopher Marlowe that tells the tale of what happens when you sell your soul to the devil, done in a production that combines a steampunk aesthetic with modern technical magic. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 5-20; 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 7-21 at Dukesbay Theater, 508 Sixth Ave. #10, Tacoma. Tickets are $15 and $10.


Caroline Swinehart plays Bach along with rock musicians The Br’ers and Nicolas Hartzell to accompany a presentation on marine life in Puget Sound by Washington State University ecotoxicology professor John Stark this Friday (Sept. 5). Among other topics, Stark will talk about his recent White House interview on the economic implications of pollution on local shellfish and salmon. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Northern Pacific Coffee Company, 401 Garfield St., Tacoma. 253-537-8338


New sculpture by Karsten Boysen on display in the lower room of Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton plays with the contrast between the solid and the ethereal: “Threading the Ether” uses salvaged steel, bronze and other materials to “reveal the insubstantial” in everyday life. The free exhibit is open 1-9 p.m. Friday, continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays through September at 331 Pacific Ave., Bremerton. 360-377-8327,


Students from around the state show their best photographic work in the community space at Tacoma Art Museum this month in the annual Washington State High School Photography Competition. Taken from the juried competition open to all ninth- to 12th-graders in any Washington school, the show features 36 works in 12 categories in both black-and-white and color. See the exhibit 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on the third Thursday through Sept. 27 at 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Admission is $10 adults; $8 seniors, students, military; free for ages 5 and younger. Also, free for everyone from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 253-272-4258,