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Galleries of a different sort

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Galleries of a different sort

Wikipedia defines a salon as "a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation." The Free Dictionary says it is a "gathering of people of social or intellectual distinction."

'The Physician in Spite of Himself'

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'The Physician in Spite of Himself'

Once again, Theater Artists Olympia has taken a classic and updated to make it, if not better than the original, then at least more enjoyable and laughable for contemporary audiences. Philip Wickstrom and Pug Bujeaud with the TAO collective have updated Molière's 17th-century farce The Physician in Spite of Himself, setting

Janet Marcavage prints at Tacoma Library

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Janet Marcavage prints at Tacoma Library

Janet Marcavage's latest prints at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library are intelligent and aesthetically pleasing - intelligent because the combinations of colors and patterns are clearly well thought out, and pleasing to the eye because they are bright and engaging. I am not one to go around looking for real-world

Southern Fried Christmas tale

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Southern Fried Christmas tale

The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest has migrated from the Kitsap Peninsula to Tacoma to present two popular Tacoma actors in the Southern fried Christmas fare A Tuna Christmas. What a romp! And what a change from the usual holiday stage shows. A Tuna Christmas is a satire with heart. It skewers

'Old Friends New Work'

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'Old Friends New Work'

Art galleries come and go, but Childhood's End Gallery has been a stable anchor in downtown Olympia for 45 years representing a cornucopia of the best local and regional artists. In celebration of the gallery's 45th anniversary, gallery owner Richenda Richardson invited a bunch of favorites from over the years,

Shopping in downtown Olympia

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Shopping in downtown Olympia

The wonder of shopping downtown Olympia is the variety of unique goods to be found within easy walking distance. Here are five recommended downtown shopping destinations. Traditions Fair Trade at 500 5th Ave. SW, is right across the street from Capitol Lake. Traditions offers a smorgasbord of craft items from around

Monty Python's Spamalot at Triad Theater

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Monty Python's Spamalot at Triad Theater

I must confess that I did not have high hopes when I went to The Triad Theater in Yelm to see Standing Room Only's production of Monty Python's Spamalot. My previous experience with small town community theater has never been on a par with Tacoma and Olympia theaters. But the

'Art Without Borders Part One'

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'Art Without Borders Part One'

The Tacoma design showroom and gallery, Matter:Tacoma made modern, is offering a rare opportunity to see the work of French-Tunisian graffiti artist and TED Fellow, eL Seed. His global initiative to share the message of peace through graffiti art is more urgent now than ever. eL Seed has given permission to

'Adventures Through the Anthropocene'

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'Adventures Through the Anthropocene'

Jason Sobottka is a fascinating painter. It's tempting to label his paintings fantasy art, but that would be too easy. There are fantasy elements aplenty, but there is much more to it than that. He paints fantasy creatures and mythological creatures, and he paints common animals such as dogs, rabbits

Holiday on stage

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Holiday on stage

With lots of schmaltz and lots of good cheer, live theater in the South Sound is gearing up for holiday shows.Lakewood Playhouse. The most touching, feel-good holiday show of all time is coming to Lakewood Playhouse this season. You've seen it in countless reruns on TV and probably shed a

'Four by Four' at Art House Designs

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'Four by Four' at Art House Designs

Art House Designs owner Susie Engelstad challenged three other artists and herself to come up with four paintings measuring four feet by four feet for a show to be called, naturally, "Four by Four". Three of the women, Rose Nicholas, Susan Ujcid and Engelstad herself, rose to the challenge. The

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33rd annual Olympia Film Festival

The 33rd annual Olympia Film Festival is now in full swing with films, music, and live performance with local and national talent. The festival features more than 40 film premieres and Dan Savage's "Hump Film Festival." Among the many live and filmed entertainments is Breakin', featuring choreographer and dancer Shabba Doo

'The Beauty of a Shared Passion'

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'The Beauty of a Shared Passion'

The latest exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum, "The Beauty of a Shared Passion: Highlights from the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection," is but a small selection (65 major works of art, mostly from well-known Pacific Northwest artists) of the huge collection the Benaroya family has promised as a gift to

'The Wizard of Oz'

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'The Wizard of Oz'

The Lakewood Institute of Theatre and Lakewood Playhouse are teaming up this year for a joint production of their annual all-ages show. This year's show, their fifth annual, is the perennial favorite of kids and adults alike, The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum as adapted by Robert and Willie

'Tracing Genetic Inheritance'

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'Tracing Genetic Inheritance'

Works from three major installations by Geraldine Ondrizek come together in the show "Tracing Genetic Inheritance: Recent Work by Geraldine Ondrizek" at the art gallery at The Evergreen State College. This is a highly unusual, beautiful and intelligent exhibition that combines science and art in ways that should open the mind

'Dracula' at Tacoma Little Theatre

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'Dracula' at Tacoma Little Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre's rendition of Dracula is creepy, funny, horrifying, and hauntingly beautiful. A highly stylized presentation as directed by Pug Bujeaud with outstanding sets (Blake R. York), lighting (Niclas R. Olson) and costumes (Michele Graves); this production is the epitome of theatricality. Often throughout there are overlapping and widely spaced

'30 Americans' at TAM part two

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'30 Americans' at TAM part two

I reviewed "30 Americans" in this space two weeks ago. With 45 works from 30 of the best African American artists since the 1970s, this exhibition needs more than one column. So here's part two: One of the more impressive paintings I did not touch on in my first review is

An Act of the Imagination

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An Act of the Imagination

An Act of the Imagination by Bernard Slade, directed by Kathryn D. Beall, is, typical of British mysteries, a many-layered story peopled with eccentric characters and featuring surprise twists - in this case, multiple surprise twists. Arthur Putnam (John Pratt) is a successful mystery writer in London. The time is 1964,

We call this home

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We call this home

The exhibition of drawings and paintings by Kathy Gore-Fuss at Salon Refu offers proof positive that practice makes perfect. Gore-Fuss has been making art for a long time. She was one of the first artists I met when I moved to Olympia in 1988. She was good then, and she's

'Elephant & Piggie's' "We Are in a Play"

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'Elephant & Piggie's' "We Are in a Play"

Olympia Family Theater's Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play" is a small play that packs a big wallop for kids. I was not familiar with Mo Willems' series of children's books, Elephant & Piggy, before reading about them in the program. The stories about Gerald, the elephant and

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