Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Museum of Glass, brass in Old Town Tacoma, “Dirt” at the Collins library, and wilderness author at UPS

Catherine Alice Michaelis’ “Soil Dwellers.”
Catherine Alice Michaelis’ “Soil Dwellers.” Courtesy

Last summer weekend at Museum of Glass

Looking for something to do on Labor Day? It’s the last weekend of summer hours and admission at the Museum of Glass. The museum is open the entire holiday weekend, including Labor Day. Active-duty military families with up to five guests can enter for free during the final weekend of the summer Blue Star Museums program. Working in the Hot Shop is guest artist John Hogan (Monday-Tuesday). In the galleries are Dale Chihuly and Shirley Klinghoffer. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays after Labor Day), noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $15 adults/$13 AAA/$12 seniors, students/$5 ages 6-12/free for under-5 and military through Labor Day. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM,

Outdoor brass at Old Town Park

The Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series kicks off with a free outdoor brass band concert next week in Old Town Park. In the tradition of British brass bands, Brass Band Northwest brings boogie woogie and marches with a 30-piece band of cornets, flugelhorn, alto horns, baritones, euphoniums, trombones and tubas, plus percussion. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Old Town Park, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma (if raining, concert inside Slavonian Hall next to the park). 253-752-2135,

‘Dirt’ at the Collins library

To honor the United Nations’ International Year of Soils, the University of Puget Sound is kicking off six months of art, poetry, natural science and talks with an exhibit of artist books at the Collins Memorial Library. “Dirt? Scientists, Poets and Book Artists Reflect on Soil and Our Environment” brings together poetry and book art from around the world, together with natural history specimens of creatures that inhabit this fragile environment. The exhibit’s opening, including a reception, is from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, with a curator talk at 7 p.m.; the exhibit is then open during library hours through Dec. 6 (see the website for hours and related events). Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3675 (hours), 253-879-3669,

An author talk on wilderness

Best-selling nature book author Gary Ferguson comes to the University of Puget Sound on Thursday to give a talk about the “Promise of the Wild.” A renowned speaker, researcher and the author of 22 books on nature and science, Ferguson is an explorer of America’s backcountry and of the intersection between humans and wilderness. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Free and open to the public. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3100,