Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Studio Tour, St. Olaf Orchestra, art at B2 Gallery and Gig Harbor Film Festival

The St. Olaf orchestra.
The St. Olaf orchestra. Courtesy

Tacoma Studio Tour

Get a peek at how 57 of Tacoma’s artists do their work at the annual Tacoma Studio Tour this weekend. Artists in all genres will open their studios to share art, tools and techniques, with hands-on activities and work for sale. There’s a passport you can stamp for entry into a drawing and an optional Art Bus. The self-guided tour runs from 11 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Art Bus covers eight studios from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, $11 regular and $22 VIP (includes gift bag) from Tour is free. At 35 locations around Tacoma. See for details and interactive map.

Pop-Up Art at B2 Gallery

The Fall Pop-Up Art show at B2 Gallery downtown features local artists such as Becky Frehse, Alan Newberg, Brian Fisher and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 24. Free. 711 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-238-5065,

Gig Harbor Film Festival

After opening Thursday with a gala and celebrity visit, the Gig Harbor Film Festival continues through the weekend with a roster of indie and popular films, including the local 72-Hour Film Competition. Friday-Sunday. Single tickets $8, $6 seniors; eight-movie pass $45; VIP Pass $115; opening gala $45. Galaxy Theatre Uptown, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor.

St. Olaf Orchestra in concert

The St. Olaf Orchestra, led by former Tacoma Youth Symphony director Steven Amundsen and dubbed one of the best college orchestras in the country, plays in Tacoma this weekend. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $20. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894,,

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568