Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: The best of South Sound arts this weekend

New Zealand organist Thomas Gaynor will play a recital at Christ Episcopal on Friday.
New Zealand organist Thomas Gaynor will play a recital at Christ Episcopal on Friday. Courtesy

Rock out with Recess Monkey

With songs such as “Penguinese,” “Sack Lunch” and “Boogie Monster,” it’s hard not to love Recess Monkey, especially if you’re under the age of 10. The trio of Seattle teachers blends indie rock with a kids’-eye view of life at major festivals, and this weekend they bring it down to Mason United.

6 p.m. Saturday. $5. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma. 253-759-3539,

T-town Blues Review at Blues Vespers

This month’s Blues Vespers features the T-town Blues Review, the house band at the B Sharp Coffee House, with guest trombonist Randy Oxford. As usual, the evening includes a few poems and brief reflection by Pastor Dave Brown and a collection for the musicians.

5 p.m. Sunday. Donation. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St., Tacoma. 253-627-8371,

New Zealand organ star plays Christ Episcopal

Thomas Gaynor, a rising star in the concert organ world, is the artist this week at Christ Episcopal’s popular third Friday lunchtime concert. Born in New Zealand and currently a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Gaynor has won international competitions in Germany, Australia and the U.S. He’ll play a program of Bach, Pachelbel, Mozart and Cabanilles.

12:10 p.m. Friday (March 18). By donation. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. 253-282-1569,

See new play on Tylenol murders at Centerstage

Alan Bryce’s new play, “Death on the Supermarket Shelf,” about the 1982 Tylenol murder scandal, continues at Centerstage with local actors and powerful music. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Mar. 26. $30 adult; $25 seniors, military; $10 25 and under. Centerstage Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444,

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti