Arts & Culture

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

Kari Tirrell, “Full House,” from the pastels exhibit at American Art Co.
Kari Tirrell, “Full House,” from the pastels exhibit at American Art Co. Courtesy

South Sound singing and ringing

The Tacoma Singing Society performs its first concert alongside the new Tacoma Ringing Society and South Sound Youth Choir. Under director Megan Oberfeld, the two choirs and handbell choir combine for a program themed “Earth, Air, Fire and Water.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday. $15. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma.

Pastels at American Art Co.

Landscapes, abstracts, photorealism — It’s all there in the 30th annual international pastels exhibit by the Northwest Pastel Society at American Art Co.

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through June 11. Free. 1126 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-272-4327,

‘Avenue Q’ opens at Lakewood Playhouse

Described as “Sesame Street meets South Park,” the three-time Tony winning musical “Avenue Q” uses puppets and actors to tell the coming-of-age story of a college grad who discovers real adult life. Note: Contains very mature and adult content. This is the final show of the playhouse’s 77th season.

8 p.m. Thursday, June 9 and 16 (all pay what you can), 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 3. $29 adult; $27 military; $26 senior; $24 student, educator. 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood. 253-588-0042,

SaveKPLU jazz event at Cheney Stadium

Tacoma’s jazz musicians are rallying around the campaign to save KPLU radio from being bought by KUOW. Near its $7 million goal, the campaign is holding a jazz evening fundraiser at Cheney Stadium featuring the Kareem Kandi Band, the David Joyner Trio and the Tracy Knoop Quartet, plus on-air radio personalities in the Summit Club, evening dancing with Studio 6, Rhubarb the Reindeer and a wiffle ball field.

5 p.m.-midnight Friday (May 27). Advance tickets: $15 adult; $5 kids; $30 family (for up to five people); $25 VIP. All ages. Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti