Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: Four don’t-miss arts events this weekend

A sumi painting by Selinda Sheridan, now up at Matter gallery, Tacoma.
A sumi painting by Selinda Sheridan, now up at Matter gallery, Tacoma. Courtesy

New Muses does Pirandello

In “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” finishing this weekend at New Muses, Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello blurs the lines between theater and reality. As actors begin rehearsal for a new play, six fictional characters arrive begging for an ending for their story. Directed by Niclas Olson.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $10. Dukesbay Theater, Merlino building, 508 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. 253-254-5530,

Summerplay at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

At Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Summerplay continues, a festival of 10 new short plays from playwrights across the country, presented by Kitsap’s Changing Scene Theatre Northwest.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $18. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. 253-565-6867,,

New art at Matter gallery

Matter gallery now features work by four Tacoma artists. Selinda Sheridan plays with abstraction and subtle humor in sumi ink, Elise Richman explores structural colors via suspended transparent cones, Melissa Balch creates anthropomorphic organic forms in glazed ceramics and Andrew Deem pushes functional boundaries in terra-cotta.

Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Free. 821 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.,

Photography at 253 Collective

Collective member Carla Gramlich exhibits photographs from her recent trips to Iceland and Europe, as well as Tacoma scenes.

Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-8 p.m. third Thursdays, lobby viewing 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. 1901 S. Jefferson St., Suite. 100, Tacoma.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti