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"The evening and the evening out"

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"The evening and the evening out"

Discovering the work of Serrah Russell, first through Feast Art Center and then through the Internet, was a pleasure for which I am grateful. Russell is a Seattle photographer, video artist and sculptor. As a way of not allowing shock, sadness, anger, fear, or confusion from trapping her in a standstill

Laughter and surprises

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Laughter and surprises

Theater Artists Olympia's 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche might be one of the most difficult reviews I've ever written, because I don't want to give anything away, and this insanely funny romp is so full of surprises that I can hardly say anything without divulging something you should not know

New kid in town

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New kid in town

Jeff Pasek is relatively new to Olympia. He moved here from Ohio in 2014. The first I heard of him was when I saw a post about this show on Facebook. I was excited by the vibrant color and exuberance of his paint application. So I Googled him and found

Love Letters at Olympia Little Theatre

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Love Letters at Olympia Little Theatre

Love Letters by A. R. Gurney presents 50 years in the life of a loving couple, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, as seen through letters they wrote to each other beginning in the second grade and continuing until maturity. Traditionally, the play has been presented with different actors

Legendary sculptor at Spaceworks Gallery

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Legendary sculptor at Spaceworks Gallery

Tacoma's own Bruce Bickford, the legendary animator famous for his work on the Frank Zappa movie Baby Snakes, has his first Tacoma art exhibit at Spaceworks Gallery, and it's a doozie. The show includes two animated videos, still frames from many of his animated films, sculptures of clay and of

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Longtime and much celebrated Tacoma theatrical director David Domkoski directs his last show in Tacoma before moving to the East Coast. The play is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. This modern classic set in the Wild West in 1890 is based on a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson.

Student standouts

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Student standouts

As a former college art teacher, meaning as someone who has at least a little knowledge of what might reasonably be expected of college art students, I think the overall quality of the "12th Annual Student Art Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College" should be better than it is.

Show of darkness

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Show of darkness

The first thing that strikes the eye upon walking into Larry Calkins' show "Something Happened Again Tomorrow" at the Feast Art Center, is a pair of rust-colored figures hanging in the windows. Hanging as in lynched. The overall impression, not just of these figures but of the entire show, is

Fishnapped at Olympia Family Theater

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Fishnapped at Olympia Family Theater

What a wonderful play! Fishnapped at Olympia Family Theater is a wild and rocking, sweet and touching musical ostensibly for kids but a treat for all ages. And it is a world premiere locally written and produced. It was written by Amy Shephard and Andrew Gordon with music and lyrics

Nicholas Nyland partners at Matter

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Nicholas Nyland partners at Matter

Artist, curator and gallery owner Lisa Kinoshita recently announced that local artist Nicholas Nyland has joined Matter co-owners Kinoshita and furniture maker Steve Lawler of rePly Furniture as a third partner. "And wait ‘til you see the changes he's wrought at the gallery," Kinoshita exclaimed in an email brimming with

Who art thou?

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Who art thou?

Shakespeare in Hollywood by legendary playwright Ken Ludwig, author of such popular plays as Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, and Twentieth Century, brings a bit of magic and a lot of mayhem to Olympia Little Theatre. The concept is brilliant, even as it asks audiences to forsake logic

"Cultural imPRINT"

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"Cultural imPRINT"

"Cultural imPRINT: Northwest Coast Prints" is an exhibition of some 45 prints by artists from the many Northwest coastal tribes over a period of six decades. From the earliest works to the most recent, these prints demonstrate a melding of ancient traditions with the latest aesthetic practices from the times

Mall honors military

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Mall honors military

Beginning May 20, Capital Mall in Olympia's West Side will display its annual Military Appreciation Exhibit honoring community members who have served in the U.S. military, or are currently serving. This will be the first annual such exhibit according to Capital Mall marketing director Christina Eudy. "Capital Mall is requesting photos

Going out in style

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Going out in style

Salon Refu ends its brief but amazing history as the only gallery in South Puget Sound to rival major galleries in major cities with a two-person show of works by Jean Nagai and Peter Scherrer. The gallery will close its doors at the end of this month, but not necessarily

New Muses Theatre does Peer Gynt

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New Muses Theatre does Peer Gynt

Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt is a monumentally ambitious play for a community theater to produce. The original was done completely in verse and was performed in five acts with more than 40 scenes in different locations and times, and it alternated between realism and fantasy. New Muses Theatre Company's version, adapted

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

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