Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks for Feb. 13-19


Early fiddle expert Shula Kleinerman will lead dances from the Renaissance to the 19th century at a unique Valentine’s Ball hosted by the Puget Sound Revels. Dessert and drinks are included at this 21-and-older-only event in one of Tacoma’s finest North End homes. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Longbarn residence, 3724 N. 38th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $50 per couple.,


Seattle Symphony guitarist Michael Nicolella plays solo at the Harbor History Museum next Thursday as part of the museum’s new concert series. A prominent solo artist, Nicolella plays music from Bach and Scarlatti to Jimi Hendrix, as well as his own compositions. The music beginst at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. Admission is $20 for non-members, $15 for members. 253-858-6722,


There are 12 animals in the Chinese New Year zodiac — and Tacoma is approaching its 12th year of Monkeyshines, a grass-roots art event where local glassblowers anonymously make and hide glass floats around town on the evening of Asian New Year. This year, to celebrate the final year of the cycle, more than 1,600 Year of the Ram-adorned balls and medallions will be joined by clay, knit, marble and other handmade gifts hidden by various community members. No date has been announced, but Asian New Year falls on Feb. 19, so start looking around that date in public but unexpected spots.


More than 10,000 people flock to the annual free Asian-Pacific New Year celebrations at the Tacoma Dome, hosted by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center. This year, the 17th, celebrates Pakistan as the featured country, with music, dance, food and other cultural festivities. The free event runs 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. 253-383-3900,