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"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

More sticks at Salon Refu

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More sticks at Salon Refu

Once again, Susan Christian is showing her painted stick constructions at her own gallery, Salon Refu. The paintings are assemblages of various kinds of sticks, mostly lathe, which she puts together in rectangular shapes and paints as if they were stretched canvases. The last time I reviewed an exhibition of these

Gypsy at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Gypsy at Tacoma Little Theatre

The musical Gypsy with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents and starring Ethel Merman as the iconic stage mother, Rose, opened on Broadway in 1959. Three years later came the film version with Rosalind Russell as Rose. I saw the film when I was

James Mongrain and the Stroemple Collection

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James Mongrain and the Stroemple Collection

I was overwhelmed upon stepping into the James Mongrain and Stroemple Collection at the Museum of Glass. It was like stepping into some decadent over-decorated castle - a long shelf running the length of one wall stuffed to overflowing with delicate and elaborately decorated Venetian glass vessels, and on tables

"Scars and Stripes"

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"Scars and Stripes"

Now open at Spaceworks Gallery is a startling exhibition presented by Red Scarf Revolution that explores the impact of war, genocide, resettlement, and deportation of Cambodian Americans today. Curated by Silong Chhun, founder of Red Scarf Revolution, the exhibition features photos and text from "Khmer American: Naga Sheds Its Skin," an exhibition

Unidentifiable but fascinating

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Unidentifiable but fascinating

I was warned ahead of time by Salon Refu owner Susan Christian that Dan Barron's pop-up exhibition of "extraordinary" photos was going to be "exceedingly unnerving" and "incomprehensible." With words like that, how could I not be intrigued? So I took myself down to Salon Refu, the most innovative gallery in

The odd, the quirky and the fabulous

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The odd, the quirky and the fabulous

Hilarity, innovation and all-around fabulousness meets South Sound theater patrons this month in performances that seldom get reviewing because there are so few opportunities to see them, starting with Theater Artists Olympia's Playhouse Creatures in the intimate space of The Midnight Sun. This one started its run in February and

Doubt at Lakewood Playhouse

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Doubt at Lakewood Playhouse

John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, A Parable, has earned the rare honor of taking home the trifecta of awards: the Tony, the Academy Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Chances are you've seen the film starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but if you have not seen it live on stage -

Company celebrates Black History Month

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Company celebrates Black History Month

Tacoma artist Lacey Reuter was only 17 years old when she created the "Harlem Renaissance" paintings now on display at American Art Company, said gallery director Tammy Radford. It's an impressive body of work for anybody, especially a 17-year-old. There are five large paintings, each measuring 5-foot, 5-inches by 5-foot,

2017 Best of Olympia: Salon Refu

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2017 Best of Olympia: Salon Refu

If I could choose two galleries, I would start with Childhood's End because they have consistently shown top-notch local and regional artists since 1971. Many of the best local artists got their first major exposure at Childhood's End, and the gallery continues to show works by such stellar artists as

2017 Best of Olympia: Seven Ways to Get There

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2017 Best of Olympia: Seven Ways to Get There

Olympia has fantastic theater. Picking the best is nearly impossible, but after much deliberation, I landed on playwright Bryan Willis' riveting play, Seven Ways to Get There, as performed by Theater Artists Olympia (TAO). My reasons are many. First, to acknowledge Willis, a home-grown playwriting genius who is the founder and

Wall fodder

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Wall fodder

The Ways We See," now showing in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, are paintings by Lois Beck, Mia Schulte and Becky Knold, three women whose paintings have a lot in common - so much so, in fact, that unless you have studied their paintings in detail

Grant offers new opportunities

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Grant offers new opportunities

The Evergreen State College Foundation recently received a $1 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies for the expansion of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center's Indigenous Arts Campus. The Arts Campus provides teaching and learning opportunities for the creation of indigenous art forms, including those that may be

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