Community Fall Free For All 2012

Published on September 18th, 2012 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely


Arts All Sorts at Fall Free For All

In only its second year, the Fall Free For All could soon become a traditional part of fall for Tacoma, right along with weather distraction and the Puyallup Fair. The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts hosts the second annual arts festival in downtown Tacoma on September 22 and 23.

Attended by over 6,000 last year, the event was two days of wall-to-wall programming, including giant puppets, music by Kris Orlowski, The Tacoma Round, Drew Grow and The Pastor’s Wives, and several dance and other performances.

This year, the event will occupy in the Broadway Center’s traditional venues – the Pantages Theater, Rialto, Theater on the Square, and black box studios – as well as spill out onto Broadway between 9th and 11th streets.

With a vast number of performances filling these spaces, there is much to talk about.

Fall Free For All 2012With children, visit the outdoor art, like The Fab-5 conducting “spontaneous break-dancing/street performances,” an installation project by Glory Cancro constructing a giant bird nest, the Fall Free For All Dance Festival, curated by Ezra Dickinson and Faith Stevens, including Coriolis Dance Collective and the Tacoma City Ballet, among others. There are also things like a Variety Kids Show, Ukulele Ohana (bring your own and join in), Professor Humbug’s Flea Circus, and Recess Monkey, a band of three elementary school teachers.

Elsewhere in the streets, there will be a busking stage hosted by The Warehouse, face painting, a bouncy house, the Arletta Sound jazz orchestra, and a dance opera with music by the Tacoma Urban Orchestra.

On Saturday night hear My Brightest Diamond, Kelli Schaefer or Vicci Martinez. Sunday night, experience the Tacoma Round, with Shenandoah Davis, Kris Orlowski and Big Sur, all backed by the Passenger String Quartet (of CATHEDRALS: Tacoma fame).

There will be plays, a fashion show, cooking shows, live action short films, poetry, a tea ceremony, and 100 pounds of scrap iron being melted and poured into 300 pounds of ice. What more do you need?

The full schedule is online at the Broadway Center website.

Wristbands to get into the festival are free for everyone. Register online.

See you there.

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About the Author

Most days, Timothy Thomas McNeely leads federal and state education program reviews for the State of Washington. Born in Tacoma, he studied poetry and philosophy in Canada and the United Kingdom. He is editor of the Community and Literature sections for Post Defiance, and writes poetry and prose whenever he can. He and his family live in Tacoma. Find him on Twitter as @ttmcneely.

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