‘PEOPLE OF THE ADZE’
Past meets present in a new exhibit of Chinook carving at the Washington State History Museum, featuring work by the Carving Apprenticeship Program of the Shoalwater Bay Indian tribe of Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor and the lower Columbia River. On view from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Dec. 13. $11 adults, $8 senior and student, free for military (through Labor Day), 4 and younger and from 2-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 888-BE-THERE, washingtonhistory.org.
B2 GALLERY IS “DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION”
Opening Saturday at B2 Gallery is “Driven to Abstraction,” featuring work by Northwest artists Becky Knold, Vic Wade and Elmore Williams Jr. Opening reception is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, then the exhibit is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuedays-Saturdays through Aug. 15. Free. B2 Fine Art Gallery, 711 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-238-5065, b2finearts.com.
STEILACOOM PARK CONCERTS
Steilacoom’s Pioneer Park heats up this summer with weekly free jazz and rock concerts every Wednesday evening through Aug. 26. Concerts begin at 6:30. Here’s the schedule: July 1: Wally and the Beaves (rock’n’roll); July 8: Hook Me Up (jazz); July 15: Darren Motamedy (smooth jazz); July 22: Navy Band Northwest; July 29: Wasted on the Way (Crosby, Stills and Nash review); Aug. 5: Fingertips (rhythm and blues); Aug. 12: Michael Powers (smooth jazz); Aug. 19: Danny Vernon (Elvis); Aug. 26: Joey Jewel and the Swinging Orchestra (Sinatra). Free. 1700 Commercial St., Steilacoom. steilacoomsummerconcerts.com
SCOTT FIFE SCULPTURE
New on Pacific Avenue – the last of Tacoma Art Museum’s sculptures commissioned along with the Haub Western art wing revamp. Scott Fife, known for his iconic “Leroy” dog made of sewn cardboard, does more in the same vein with “Explorers,” a bronze faux-cardboardbaby eaglet and bear cub afloat on a raft out the front of the museum entrance. And guess what? You’re totally allowed to climb on it. Viewable 24/7. Free. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org.