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What is going on?

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What is going on?

"Joe Hedges: Empirical Evidence" is the latest exhibition in the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College. The exhibition blends traditional art with science, mechanics, science-fiction. The show includes still-life paintings in oil on canvas, digital prints of imaginative machine-like objects, and fantastical installations involving sculptural objects that appear to

Timing and delivery is everything

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Timing and delivery is everything

What's wrong with these people? Why are they laughing so hysterically at stuff that's only slightly funny? Have they never heard a risqué joke, or am I just totally jaded? Those are the thoughts that often go through my head when attending comedic plays that rely on titillation humor. Not so

"Art Faculty" exhibition at TCC

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"Art Faculty" exhibition at TCC

Talented artists all, members of the art faculty at Tacoma Community College are showing some of their latest works. Exhibiting artists are: Kyle Dillehay; Alice Di Certo; Jenny Roholt; Melinda Liebers Cox; Anthony Culanag; Frank Dippolito; Karen Doten; Rick Mahaffey; Reid Ozaki; and Marit Berg.   Probably the most engaging piece in

Unlike anything else

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Unlike anything else

Lucy Gentry Meltzer's "Biophilia Collection" at Salon Refu is a selection of small voodoo dolls and sculptural figures on dress mannequins standing on the floor and floating from a natural wood frame just below the gallery ceiling. Figuratively, they are wood sprites, fairies, Medieval warriors and goddesses, and a sleek,

Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington

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Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington

My first reaction when I saw that Tacoma Little Theatre was doing Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington was "What a great title" - a switcheroo on the famous Jimmy Stewart film of the same title, but with "Mrs." Instead of "Mr." I had never heard of the play, but assumed

"Behind the Pines"

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"Behind the Pines"

All the way from Berlin, Germany, comes multi-dimensional artist Isabelle Gresser with a multi-media installation on the theme of pine trees, humanity, and international cultures. There are multiple videos with found footage and brilliant editing, drawings, photographs, and one wall featuring student work from a project called "Nocturn Encounters: Utopian

Best kept secret

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Best kept secret

Randy Clark, co-founder of Dukesbay Theater and director of the French farce The Waltz of the Toreadors, said he saw this play years ago at The Seattle Repertory Theatre and loved it, and that he has never seen it performed anywhere since. He said he does not understand why it

Deporting Cambodians then and now

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Deporting Cambodians then and now

Little is known about the United States' involvement in Cambodia during the Vietnam War or about the aftermath - the refugees, the deportees, the Americans in exile. The exhibition "Scars and Stripes" at Spaceworks Gallery examines all of that through photographs, paintings, video and performance art (readers may recall the

Papercuts, pastels and prints

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Papercuts, pastels and prints

I have been following Sherry Buckner's art, mostly in shows at Childhood's End, for well over 20 years. Her latest serigraphs and pastels might be her best yet. There are two groups of these works in the current show. On the first group of panels as you enter the gallery

Alice in Wonderland at Olympia Family Theater

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Alice in Wonderland at Olympia Family Theater

Come out of the rain to kick off spring with Olympia Family Theater's production of Alice in Wonderland - a lot of fun for kids from 3 to 73. Adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll by the multi-talented writer/director/actor Kate Ayers and directed by OFT co-founder and artistic director

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Art Trip Seattle: "Pop Departures" and Juan Alonso Studio

Seattle Art Museum has always been worth the trip. We drove up to see "Pop Departures" at SAM. What a wonderful show! I must admit, however, that my enjoyment of this exhibition was based to some small measure on nostalgia. I was in my sophomore or junior year as an art student

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Trail To Western American Art: Haub Family Collection catalog, TAM Store goods, grand opening events ...

Time is nigh for the opening of the new wing at Tacoma Art Museum. The Haub Family Collection catalog, Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection at Tacoma Art Museum, is now available for purchase in the TAM Store ($45, soft cover). The catalog includes color images for

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Trail To Western American Art: Secret sculpture, Haub wing Harmon beer and Heritage bourbon, TAM Store opens ...

Tacoma Art Museum continues its headlong gallop toward the huge opening day celebration for the new Haub wing Nov. 15. We have the scoop on behind-the-scenes preparations for the big opening. ... Julie Speidel's sculpture "Kinetic Repose" is installed but under wraps near the new glass vestibule entry at TAM's parking

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Trail To Western American Art: Cherokee Nation, Go West Gala, bluegrass coming to Tacoma Art Museum

Opening day for the new wing of Tacoma Art Museum is getting closer by the day, and the museum continues to gear up for a huge celebration. Curators are reviewing, restoring and acquiring period frames for a small number of works in the collection. Painting the galleries is complete, and

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Trail To Western American Art: Painted walls, "Big Red," Celebrity Cake Studio and metal coming to Tacoma Art Museum

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another installment of "Trail To Western American Art," our weekly update on the progress of Tacoma Art Museum's new wing featuring the Haub Family Collection of Western Art, which will officially open Nov. 15 with a huge shindig. Julie Speidel's brightly colored sculpture "Kinetic

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Trail To Western American Art: Sellen Construction dangles the keys

Friday, the Sellen Construction crew removed the banners concealing the Haub Family Galleries wing at the Tacoma Art Museum. The expansion is fully visible, gracing Pacific Avenue. The tall canopy that arches over the museum’s new entry doors connecting the Antoine Predock building and the new Olson Kundig Architects designed

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Trail To Western American Art: colors, video, improved store at Tacoma Art Museum

Things are heating up at Tacoma Art Museum leading up to the big opening of the new wing featuring the Haub Family Collection of Western Art in November. Curator Laura Fry and Museum preparator Ben Wildenhaus are finalizing accent wall colors and working with a scale model to determine the layout

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Trail To Western American Art: Checking in with the Tacoma Art Museum

Construction of the new Tacoma Art Museum wing featuring the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art is in the final stages and the grand opening is set for Nov. 15, 2014. Leading up to the big opening, the museum continues to build enticing art experiences. The walls of the

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Plan Ahead: Sean Alexander and Virginia Bunker at Moss + Mineral

You thought you knew Sean Alexander, didn't you? He's the guy who did the illustrations for the South Sound Users Guide, an artist known for detailed ink drawings. But there is more to Alexander than that. At the Feb. 20 opening at Moss + Mineral you'll see modernest furniture inspired

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Hanging with the mysterious artist Guerrilla Man

The Guerrilla Man sneaks around in the dead of night - and sometimes brazenly in the light of day - and installs humongous metal sculptures in places they're not supposed to be. Sometimes in such out-of-the-way places that the authorities may never find them and remove them. Even if they

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