Published on February 18th, 2014 | by Katy Evans


2/20/14: Third Thursday Turn Up

Third Thursdays have been a cause for celebration in Tacoma for many years; a day each month dedicated to local creativity and art. Sometimes those celebrations are quieter than others, but not so on February 20, 2014. This impending Third Thursday seems just a little more aggressive, a little more assured, and definitely busier than its predecessors. Here’s what’s up:

Beyond Urban Branding: 2014 Urban Studies Forum, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue, UW Tacoma Campus

From the website: “UW Tacoma Urban Studies Fifth Annual Forum will offer a chance for Tacoma and South Sound communities and beyond to hear about urban branding — what it is and what it is not. It will encourage participants to discuss and consider how a process to brand a city or region can be a unifying force for the entire community — encouraging the development of an authentic vision and the stories and narratives that make a place unique.”

Shoot the T Photo Contest Finalists at the Gallery of Ambition, 11 am – 9 pm, 313 S 9th Street, Tacoma 98402

Since the beginning of February, hundreds of Tacomans have participated in #ShoottheT, a local Instagram competition. More than 2,500 photos have been submitted and on Thursday, the Gallery of Ambition debuts the 50 finalists. Vote for your favorites in person.

Sean Alexander & Virginia Bunker at Moss + Mineral, 4 – 8 pm, 305 South 9th St, Tacoma 98402

From the website: “Join us at an opening for Sean Alexander and Virginia Bunker, two Tacoma artists with divergent styles. Alexander is known for precise, folk art influenced ink drawings. At this show he takes off in new directions with hand-built modernist furniture inspired by mid-20th century design, plus digital art and oil paintings in a grouping titled ‘Western Art Collection’. Bunker is a style expert who knows her Galliano from Ghesquiere and everything in between – M+M is proud to introduce her debut collection of women’s accessories made from luxurious upcycled materials at this special in-store event.”

Art+Sci, 6 pm, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 98402

From the website: “Meet Professor of Digital Media Arts Victoria Vesna, director of UCLA’s ArtSci Center, on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Tacoma Art Museum. Enjoy a conversation about her collaborations in ArtSci, from nano to neuro, and beyond.”

The ART BUS Tour, 6 pm, meet at the curb between Tacoma Art Museum and Union Station

From the website “ART BUS is a bus tour on the Third Thursday of each month in conjunction of Tacoma Art Walk. Always different art exhibits. Always a different celebrity tour guide. Always great prizes. Ride the Art Walk with us.” This Thursday, ART BUS will tour the following galleries and small businesses: Gallery of Ambition, Embellish Multispace Salon, Brick House Gallery, Tacoma Custom Jewelry, Constellation Art Gallery, Ginkgo Forest Winery, and B Sharp Coffee House. Tickets are required and can be purchased here.

Pints for Pachyderms at the Parkway Tavern, presented by Drinking for Conservation, 6 – 10 pm, 313 N I St, Tacoma 98403

Drinking for Conservation has been quietly raising funds for wildlife conservation through their so-simple-it’s-brilliant partnership with the Parkway Tavern, the Swiss, and other local bars. Every month, they host an evening where 50 cents of every drink purchased between 6 and 10 pm is donated to animal conservation. Go toast for elephants this Thursday.

Poppet with Mirrorgloss and True Holland at the New Frontier, 9 pm, 301 E 25th St, Tacoma, 98421

Hypnotic and occasionally aberrant melodies overlayed with nearly operatic vocals, Olympia’s Poppet makes magical music. Poppet celebrates her CD release in Tacoma with local funk heroes Mirrorgloss, and Seattle band True Holland.

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Founder and Co-Managing Editor at Post Defiance, Katy writes and fundraises for Tacoma. Follow her @katynicoud.

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