How is Theatre Northwest going to survive at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts when Tacoma Actors Guild couldn’t last in fatter times? “We have no full-time salaried staff,” explains Charlotte Tiencken, one of four TNW directors. “TNW doesn’t have to rent a theatre, or worry about a marketing department or box office staff.” BCPA handles that. Every penny TNW raises goes for sets, actors, play royalties. And TNW has one more savvy tactic: “We use Tacoma-based artists,” says Tiencken. “That’s huge.” Next at TNW: an alcoholic professor and a lit-crazed hairdresser rescue each other in Educating Rita (May 15–30).
Breaking the Glass Ceiling
“The glass world has traditionally been dominated by men,” comments Museum of Glass director Timothy Close, “but the number of women artists creating with glass is growing.” To illustrate this trend, the Museum of Glass is hosting visiting female artists in back-to-back residencies this spring. In April, Hot Shop audiences met Chin-Yu Fu, Laura Diaz de Santillana and Flo Perkins. This month the series continues with Clare Belfrage and Nancy Blair. Visit museumofglass.org for schedules and to view live glassmaking streamed straight from the Hot Shop.
Books and literary cocktails set the mood at the new bar 1022 South (1022 J St., open daily at 4:00 p.m.). A scan of the spines reveals diverse tastes: Franzen’s The Corrections, Faludi’s Stiffed, and a primer on dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard. “Check out the metaphysics and erotica from the ’70s — those crack me up,” says bartender Chris Keil, who sounds as well read as he is versed in mixology. Keil confirms countless hours of recipe R&D. The Borges-inspired “Garden of Forking Paths” is a favorite, with tequila, mint, lime, cilantro and Serrano peppers. Epic-poetry fans and sweeter palates may prefer an apple libation that brings Milton to mind.
Newspaper Noir: On the Trib’s Inside the Newsroom, John Henrikson blogs about Noir City, a SIFF Cinema festival: “Judging by the movie poster, being night editor is a dark, edgy profession, full of intrigue, guns and blonds. It was probably different back in the 1940s, but based on my experience, the job isn’t that glamorous. The only murder taking place is when I kill the overflowing e-mail in my inbox.”
Crossed Wires: Warren of Tacoma Art Supply on Tacoma’s ListServ in March: “We’re still here! Qwest just messed up and disconnected the wrong number. [Ethernet] switches can be tricky if you have the rookie making the change. It’s not like I’m asking them to cross-port me to a competitive local carrier or something!”
A Hybrid Business Model: Dale on Tacoma Untapped relates that “Azarra Salon has applied for a liquor license to sell bottles of wine for off-site consumption.” Marguerite responds: “I wonder if they served drinks on site if we’d see an increase in fashion-forward hairdos?”