Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks for March 20-26

Discussions, Community Connections At TEDx Tacoma

TEDx — the local version of the internationally known TED talks on technology, entertainment and design — returns to Tacoma with the theme “Did you know?” The talk features speakers such as Brad Busick of the Gates Foundation, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, Grammy-nominated singer William Jordan, and Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute curriculum designer Karen Povey. The event begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at Theater on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. Admission is $35, or $79 with reception. 253-591-5894,

Macalester Choir At Christ Episcopal

The Macalester Concert Choir, from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, will sing a multicultural program at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Christ Episcopal Church. 310 N. K St., Tacoma. The program features music by Lauridsen, Rachmaninoff, Corigliano, Distler and Hassler, plus Gospel-style music, an Indian raga and a world premiere of an Irish blessing. Entry is by donation. 253-383-1569,

Schwartzkopf Ceramics At PLU

International ceramicist Deborah Schwartzkopf shows work at Pacific Lutheran University art gallery this month, focusing on utilitarian yet comforting items such as vases, butter dishes and teapots. The exhibit is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through April 8 at Ingram Hall, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. Admission is free.,

‘St. John Passion’ with Seattle Bach Choir

The Seattle Bach Choir, conducted by Anne Lyman, performs Bach’s monumental “St. John Passion” in a rare Tacoma concert to celebrate the choir’s 30th anniversary. Based on the Gospel of John, “the Passion” tells the Easter story in dramatic baroque language, and features a period orchestra along with soloists Jonathan Silvia (bass) and Ross Hauck (tenor). The concert begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 S. Shirley St., Tacoma. Admission is $18 general; $15 for seniors, students, and military.