Pierce College District offers a variety of arts, entertainment, and educational events to enrich the lives of the community members we serve. In addition, some departments like Theatre and Music offer hands-on learning opportunities for our students. More events can be found at calendar.pierce.ctc.edu.
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Nov. 1 – 30: Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery Showcases Faculty Art
The November exhibit at the Fine Arts Gallery celebrates the talents of the college faculty. This year, paintings and prints by Paul Clinton and photographs by David Johnson will be featured. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive, S.W., Lakewood. The Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Olympic Building, Room 265. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/art or call (253) 964-6718.
Nov. 1: Pierce College Presents Multicultural Storytelling
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom student programs will host a multicultural storytelling event on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Theatre. The event features performers from American Indian, Chinese, and Irish heritage that spin their ancestral tales with story and song. The event is free and open to the public.
Award-winner Patrick Ball unites Irish words, traditional music and history in his performance. Author and storyteller Clara Yen recalls centuries old Chinese folktales and family stories about her parents’ life in China. Blackfeet Indian singer, songwriter, lecturer, and storyteller Jack Gladstone blends legend, history, and metaphor into songs. For more information, call: (253) 964-6673.
Pierce College Theatre Presents: The Nerd by Larry Shue
Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m.
Nov.15 and 16 at 10 a.m.
This comedy, about a young architect who is visited by an unknown man who saved his life in Vietnam, was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre before its Broadway production. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $2 for students. The performance is in the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Theatre. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive, S.W., Lakewood. For more information, call: (253) 964-6572.
Nov. 13 – 16: Pierce College Celebrates International Week
A variety of events featuring the diverse cultures that reflect the Pierce College student body and the local community will be showcased. Events will occur at both the Puyallup campus and Fort Steilacoom. The events are sponsored by International Education and Puyallup student programs and are free and open to the public.
An Inter-College International Quiz Bowl kicks off the week on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Puyallup Campus Connection Cafe and the 3rd Floor Cascade Building at Fort Steilacoom. Two five-member student teams will compete simultaneously from both locations answering questions about geography, politics and global issues. A faculty panel judges the event.
Other activities at the Puyallup campus include the following:
- Indian Cuisine led by instructor Sunita Shastri – Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Connection Cafe
- Fair Trade Coffee lecture by University of Puget Sound Professor Warning – Wednesday, Nov. 15, noon, Connection Cafe
- Sumi Painting workshop with Kathryn Whitacre – Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room
- The Middle East – What’s The Deal? panel discussion – Thursday, Nov. 16, noon, Connection Cafe
- Bonus Event: Major Rebel and Terrorist Groups Today lecture by History Faculty Chris Vanneson – Monday, Nov. 27, noon, Multipurpose Room
At Fort Steilacoom, Char Simons will be presenting “Iran: Facts and Fictions” on Thursday, Nov. 16, noon, Cascade Bldg., Board Room.
For more information, call the Puyallup campus at: (253) 840-8416. For information about more events at the Fort Steilacoom campus call: (253) 964-7327.
Nov. 29: Farwest Jazz Night
The Farwest Jazz vocal jazz ensemble will perform with special guests on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Steilacoom Performance Lounge in the Cascade Building. The event is free and open to the public. Farwest Jazz consistently wins the highest awards at regional jazz festivals and regularly performs at the International Association of Jazz Educators convention. For more information, call: (253) 964-6652 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/music.
Dec. 3: Pierce College Music Department JazzNite with Jay Thomas
Pierce College Jazz Ensemble I and II will perform with trumpet and saxophonist Jay Thomas at this popular annual event on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at JazzBones in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 for the general public. Students are free. College credit is available in all performance groups. JazzBones is located at 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma. For more information, contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572.
Dec. 5: Pierce College Fall Film Festival
The Fall Film Festival features films by Pierce College students but is open to submissions from the general public. The event is Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Films should be submitted to the Humanities Desk, Cascade Bldg., Room 365 by 4 p.m. on Nov. 30. For more information, call: (253) 964-6659.
Dec. 8: Pierce College Music Department Performs Winter Concert
The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Concert Band and Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup Concert Choirs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 for the general public. Students are free. College credit is available in all performance groups. For more information, contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572.