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Crowded exhibit

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Crowded exhibit

Art galleries by the dozens have come and gone while Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia just keeps rolling along. This venerable queen of South Sound art galleries has shown quality art since 1971 and shows no signs of growing weary. They have introduced many of the region's best artists to

Best event with words: Creative Colloquy

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Best event with words: Creative Colloquy

Since it first appeared on the Web in February 2014, and most especially since its first public event at B Sharp Coffee House the following month, Creative Colloquy (CC) has taken Tacoma and the South Sound's literary community by storm. Readers and writers from Olympia and Puyallup, and all around

Best theater group: Tacoma Little Theatre

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Best theater group: Tacoma Little Theatre

From bright comedies such as Steve Martin's The Underpants and winner of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) New Play Fest Exit Laughing; to the horror of Dracula, with astonishing performances by Jacob Tice, Michael Christopher and Bryan Wane Jansen; to a gripping adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice

Documenting lives

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Documenting lives

A mile away from the Northwest Detention Center where immigrants are held while awaiting deportation, Spaceworks Gallery is holding their second exhibition focusing on immigration, "Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed." This follows "Scars and Stripes," this past spring's exhibition on Cambodian refugees and the U.S. involvement in Cambodia during the

"Perpetual Irrelevance"

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"Perpetual Irrelevance"

Masahiro Sugano's installation at Feast Arts Center is as gutsy as anything you're likely to see, and I mean that both literally and metaphorically. It is gutsy in the sense of taking chances and - slightly more literally, as you will see - in the sense of the popular basketball-metaphor

Fish tale

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Fish tale

Once again, Olympia Family Theater wows audiences with a totally local production. This time it is the ever-popular The Incredible Undersea Trial of Joseph P. Lawnboy, written by Bryan Willis, music by Bruce Whitney and lyrics by Scot Whitney, and produced for OFT by Open Road Productions. Willis, founder of Northwest

Redefining basketry

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Redefining basketry

If your idea of basketry is mired in the 19th century, you need to visit "All Things Considered: Basketry in the 21st Century" at American Art Company for an eye-opening. This is not your grandma's basket weaving; this is contemporary sculptural art, free of all traditional restrictions as to what a

Exhibit shows depth

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Exhibit shows depth

I hesitate to say this is the best juried exhibition yet at South Puget Sound Community College because I can't trust my memory of previous ones. But I can say this: all juried exhibitions have some great work, some mediocre work and a few pieces that make you wonder how

Shakespeare in capitol park

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Shakespeare in capitol park

Leaving Animal Fire Theatre's outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing, my wife said she thought it might be the best Animal Fire show yet. In the moment, I tended to agree; but then I remembered their Hamlet from five years past and realized the obvious: you can't compare these

"In the Spirit"

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"In the Spirit"

There is a small but interesting show of Northwest Native American art now on display at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The 12th annual "In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Art" juried exhibition includes 22 works by artists from Alaska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Washington and Canada, displayed in two

A Servant of Two Masters

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A Servant of Two Masters

A hallmark of New Muses Theatre is adapting old plays for modern stages. The company's founder, Niclas Olson, writes the adaptations and usually both directs and stars in the shows - a heavy load for anyone to carry, but one he shoulders well. Written in 1753 by the Italian playwright Carlo

Warming to sumi art

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Warming to sumi art

I must confess that I've never been a huge fan of sumi art. But I'm getting there. The more of it I see, the more I like it. There are 21 works of art in the show "Bamboo: The Summer Gentleman," and 19 of them are pictures of bamboo. One exception is

First rate - First Date

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First rate - First Date

Harlequin Productions' First Date is a romantic comedy in the tradition of Tracy and Hepburn, Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, updated for the digital age. Updated how? For starters the search engine Google appears in the guise of a woman, and there's a decidedly 21st

"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.

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