Tacoma Urbanist

Aug. 19, 2010 at 12:01am

Spend A Romantic "Movie Night" in Tollefson Plaza Tonight!

Tonight (Thursday) at 8:30 p.m. in Tollefson Plaza!

Cancel your reservation at The Herbfarm up north and watch a free movie locally in Tollefson Plaza:

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by Erik on 8/19/2010 @ 1:43am
Also, check out this performing artist in Tollefson who is camped out there this week with martyr like dedication:

If it seems hot enough downtown to spread out a beach towel on Tollefson Plaza, then go ahead youll be in good company. Artist A.K. Mimi Allin is there every afternoon this week through Saturday with her own towel, plus lifeguard chair and flags, for her 10-minute performance art piece Seaside Opera.

Allin has set up a weirdly ambient atmosphere, flying in the face of this concrete desert. The chair-tower is blue and orange, flat blue fabric waves drape the ground, and behind her theres a record of evocative Japanese flute music on an LP turntable. Littering the plaza are a towel with books and sunscreen, flip-flops, a plastic lobster pot, rubber waders and the delicate chime of seashells from a table umbrella.


Mimi Allin performs Seaside Opera 2-7 p.m. on the half-hour, every day this week through Aug. 21, and through 8 p.m. Aug. 19. Performances last 10-15 minutes. Free. Tollefson Plaza, N. 17th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. The show is part of Spaceworks Tacoma, filling vacant downtown spaces with art: www.spaceworkstacoma.com More information: www.thepoetessatgreenlake.blogspot.com


by fredo on 8/19/2010 @ 7:38am
Erik, I hope all these wonderful community building events like the Frost Park Chalkoffs, the Broadway Farmers market, the Thursday art galleries and the aforementioned movie night at Tollefson Plaza will help build enthusiasm for DT. It would really be wonderful to have a thriving DT area like Portland or Seattle. Smaller of course, but still focused on bringing people together. There are some great pictures in the Richards Collection of enormous throngs of people DT during the war years. Wish we could recapture that spirit.

by Erik on 8/19/2010 @ 12:32pm
Spew coverage:


by Erik on 8/19/2010 @ 3:54pm
Thanks Fredo.

Tacomans are searching for something that will "work" somewhat in Tollefson Plaza until it is finally filled in with a building in a few years.

A movie night and some letters around may be the best we can do in the interim.

by Jesse on 8/19/2010 @ 4:37pm
I know you're not in charge of this Erik but can I make a request for Ferris Beuller's Day Off to the powers that might read this? I'd go to that one.

GREAT idea. Movies in the square! Can they do this every week during the summer from here on out?

by Erik on 8/20/2010 @ 1:21am
Perfect suggestion Jesse especially for Tollefson Plaza.

by boearc on 8/20/2010 @ 7:57am
Great event. 70-75 stalwarts enjoyed a great movie and communty fellowship. And the space worked reasonably well - why? - because the large screen brought a defined edge to the plaza and created a reasonable urban outdoor room. Set-up should be a template for how to set a stage in the plaza for future events. Thanks to Go Local, Click and crew (and Marty for the film). Now if we could only get some street trees and some gushing water in the fountains - then the space might actually get bonafide!

by fredo on 8/20/2010 @ 8:15am
Once Tacoma gets it's digital billboards I expect we'll see many similar spontaneous street events where people bring their lawn chairs and coolers and enjoy the goings-on! There will be a tremendous amount of community building and attendees will enjoy, not old movies from the closeout bins, but fresh new infomercials in actual living color! Tacoma, your utopia is just around the corner.