Arts & Culture

Bloomsday at Kings Books, “Defending the Caveman,” Salish Sea Early Music and Metropolitan Ballet premiere

Bloomsday at King’s Books

James Joyce fans, rejoice (reJoyce?) — Bloomsday has come to Tacoma. The annual worldwide literary tradition of reliving the events of Joyce’s mad-but-brilliant novel “Ulysses,” which was set on June 16, 1904, will happen this June at King’s Books. Actor and director Marilyn Bennett will read Molly Bloom’s lusty, lengthy monologue; her guitarist husband Peter Pendras will accompany. True to the Irish writer, neighboring Irish pub Doyle’s will offer specials for the night. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801,,

‘Defending the Caveman’

Broadway’s longest-running solo play comes again to Tacoma, bringing with it a comedic explanation of just why men and women seem to come from different planets. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and June 19-20; and 3 p.m. June 20-21. Tickets are $19, $36 and $49. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894,

Salish Sea Early Music does Beethoven

Linda Melstead on baroque violin, Steve Creswell on violin and viola, harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie, and Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute join together for “The Art of Modulation” next week in the Salish Sea Early Music Festival. The program includes music from Phillidor’s “The Art of Modulation,” as well as other baroque chamber music. 7 p.m. Thursday. Suggested donation $15-$25; $5-$10 students; free for 17 and younger. Trinity Lutheran, 12115 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-537-0201,

Metropolitan Ballet premiere

Inspired by Clay Rice’s silhouette-style children’s picture book “The Stick,” Metropolitan Ballet has created a brand-new ballet based on the book’s visuals and on its celebration of the imagination of children. Thanks to the U.S. Open taking over the parking lot of the Met’s usual performance venue, the ballet “Imagination Lives Inside of You” will be at Pacific Lutheran University. 7 p.m. Friday (June 12). $12-$18. Karen Hille Center, PLU, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-472-5359, metropolitanballet,