Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Dance Theatre Northwest, Moss+Mineral metal art, drawings at Fulcrum Gallery and Fools Play improv.

Dance Illuminations with Dance Theatre Northwest

University Place’s Dance Theatre Northwest kicks off the Up for Arts series at the University Place Civic/Library building on Friday (Sept. 26), performing works inspired by the current Irish glass show at the Museum of Glass, along with excerpts from classics like “Sleeping Beauty.” Also on view: art by White Dove Gallery’s Retha Hayward and watercolorist Jason Bordash. 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Free. Atrium, Civic/Library building, 3609 Market Place W. (36th Street and Bridgeport Way), University Place.

Moss+Mineral previews MetalUrge festival

Up now at Moss+Mineral downtown are two local metal artists in advance of the city-wide Metal-Urge festival in October: Kyle Dillehay, whose bronze pods contain growing plants, and Quinn Honan, whose coffee table is made from a reclaimed truck bed and sports a steel trough to grow ferns. Also on display are drawings by Jeremiah Maddock. Noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and by appointment through October. Free. 305 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. 253-961-5220,

Fulcrum Gallery gets gutsy

Intricate, colored illustrations of intestines by Noah Struthers are up now on the walls of Fulcrum Gallery, combining the delicate with the surreal in-work by this outsider artist (and co-owner of nearby Second Cycle bike shop). Noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Oct. 17. Free. 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-250-0520,

Fools Play brings improv to Tacoma Youth Theatre

For one night only, the 21-year-old improv team Fools Play brings their fast-paced comedy to Tacoma. They’ll offer another night in Olympia and use the audience size to determine which town will get their regular series in the future. 8 p.m. Sept. 27. $10. Tacoma Youth Theatre, 924 Broadway, Tacoma.