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Critic’s Picks: Show closings at Tacoma Art Museum, Jazz Live at Marine View, Blues Vespers and Urban Sketchers at the Washington State Fair

Harmonica player Paul Green will head up the annual Blues Vespers harmonica showcase at Immanuel Presbyterian on Sunday in Tacoma.
Harmonica player Paul Green will head up the annual Blues Vespers harmonica showcase at Immanuel Presbyterian on Sunday in Tacoma. Courtesy

Show closings at Tacoma Art Museum

Catch two fascinating exhibits at Tacoma Art Museum before they close to make room for the incoming “Art AIDS America” show: “Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff” kicks stereotypes of American identity in the face with paintings and prints that blend Japanese American heritage and comic-book flair; while “Partners in Northwest Art” celebrates the Aloha Club’s partnership in helping build TAM’s collection. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays. Both shows close Sunday. $14 adult; $12 senior citizen, student, military; free for 5 and younger and 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org.

Jazz Live at Marine View

This popular jazz series kicks off the fall season with CJQ, a “high-energy showband with a fresh approach to jazz and contemporary music,” according to the press release by pianist Chris James, bassist Osama Afifi, sax player Wayne Ledbetter and drummer Wade Reeves. 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Drive NE, Tacoma. 253-229-9206, marineviewpc.org, cjq.us.

Blues Vespers at Immanuel Presbyterian

The 10th season of the award-winning Blues Vespers at Immanuel begins with the popular Paul Green Harmonica Showcase, which began the series in 2005 and features some of the Northwest’s best harmonica players: Jim King, Jay Mabin and Green himself, including a “harp blow-off” finale. 5 p.m. Sunday. Free; offering taken. Immanuel Presbyterian, 901 N. J St., Tacoma. 253-627-8371, ipctacoma.org.

Urban Sketchers do

Washington State Fair

Tacoma’s Urban Sketchers group heads out to Puyallup to do the Washington State Fair on Friday, meeting at 10 a.m. Friday (Sept. 11) just inside the Gold Gate to sketch animals, rides and people. The group will meet at the gate again at 12:30 p.m. to share sketches.

Tickets $10 adult/$7.50 senior citizen, student (by Thursday) or $12/$9 at gate; free entry 9 a.m.-noon Friday (Sept. 11) with nonperishable food donation. Washington State Fairgrounds, Gold Gate, Ninth Avenue Southeast, Puyallup. thefair.com, urbansketcherstacoma.blogspot.com

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