Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Four South Sound arts events not to miss

Jazz band Scenes will play Jazz Live on Sunday at Marine View church.
Jazz band Scenes will play Jazz Live on Sunday at Marine View church. Courtesy

Seattle Dance Fest

Seattle International Dance Festival crams as much innovative, contemporary dance into 16 days as it can. Featured performers include former Spectrum dancers Shadou Mintrone and Derek Crescenti, T42 from Japan and Switzerland, Aura Dance Theater from Lithuania and Seattle’s Jovon Miller.

Friday (June 10)-June 25. Single shows $22 adult, $18 student; $38 two-show pass; $64 all-festival pass. Raisbeck Hall and Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle. 888-377-4510,

Spaceworks ‘Neon’ party

Spaceworks is part city of Tacoma, part nonprofit, and is holding its first fundraiser, an arts party at the newly revitalized Carpenters Building downtown. Spaceworks proteges who are musicians, dancers, actors, artists and fashion designers will light up the building, along with local food and drinks.

6 p.m. Saturday. $30 advance, $40 at door, $50 couple, $125 VIP, $15 youth. All ages. Carpenters Building, 1322 S. Fawcett St., Tacoma.

Tacoma Youth Chorus

The choirs of Tacoma Youth Chorus (plus a special alumni choir) celebrate 25 years of song with a season finale of old and new favorites, and guest artist violinist Svend Ronning.

4 p.m. Sunday. $16. Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. 253-591-6894,,

Scenes at Jazz Live

Jazz trio Scenes closes out the Jazz Live series at Marine View Church on Sunday. Guitarists John Stowell and Dave Peterson, plus drummer John Bishop offer smooth, cerebral jazz at this all-ages, free event.

5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Drive NE, Tacoma. 253-229-9206,

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti