Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks for Nov. 14-20


Tacoma Art Museum opens its new $15.5 million wing for Western American Art this weekend, unveiling its new Haub collection plus a revamped lobby, sculptures and plenty of cowboy-themed entertainment. Here is the schedule: Go West benefit cocktail gala is at 6:30-11:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 14); tickets are $275. The free public opening festivities run 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, including the 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. art-making and sewing circle, 11:30 a.m. Puyallup Canoe Family drumming, noon-1 p.m. zoo wildlife, 1-4 p.m. stagecoach rides, 1-2 p.m. living history presentation, 2:30-4 p.m. curator talks, 3-5 p.m. Native American storytelling, 3-5 p.m. live music. On Sunday, there is a members’ party that runs 7-11 p.m. and includes food, drink, and live music by The Tallboys; tickets are $15 for members, $50 general admission. The museum is at 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Information: 253-272-4258,


Puyallup’s 4th Wall Players present Tennessee Williams’ 1944 classic “The Glass Menagerie,” featuring local actors Samantha A. Camp, Emily Elkins, Tony Onorati and Ryan St. Martin. Opening night is 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 14), then showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 29 (no show Thanksgiving) at the 4th Wall Players Theatre, 15019 Meridian E., Puyallup. Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 seniors; $10 students and children 18 and younger. 253-820-6887,


Sara Freeman directs “Unwritten Women: Five Short Plays” by Washington playwright Elena Hartwell at the University of Washington Tacoma this weekend, with a cast combining five UWT students and professional actor Marilyn Bennett. The production includes original music by UWT’s Nicole Blair. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 14) and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cherry Parkes Building, Room 007 (the Broadcast Studio) at UWT (entrance immediately adjacent to Indochine), South 19th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. Admission is free.


The University of Washington Tacoma bookstore hosts a launch and signing for “University of Washington,” a comprehensive history of the university’s 150 years by UW alumna and retired staff member Antoinette Wills, and archivist John D. Bolcer. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the UWT Bookstore, 1754 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-692-4300,