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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

Traveling exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

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Traveling exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

The traveling exhibition "30 Americans," from the famed Rubell Family Collection in Miami, makes its first West Coast stop at Tacoma Art Museum. With 45 works from 30 of the best African American artists since the 1970s, this is one of the more important shows to ever grace the galleries

The Gallery hosts top show

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The Gallery hosts top show

The annual juried art exhibition at Tacoma Community College is usually a sampling of much of the best art created by South Sound artists. There is always admirable art to be seen, and this year is no exception; there are works worthy of admiration by such artists as Lois Beck,

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles at Lakewood Playhouse is not the spooky version of the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but a spoof on it by Stephen Canny and the British comedy troupe Peepleykus (pronounced people like us). It is a Monty Python-style skit expanded to about two-and-a-half hours

A journey into the deep at MOG

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A journey into the deep at MOG

The newest exhibition at Museum of Glass is "Into the Deep," an exhibition of glass art that, according to a nicely worded press release, "connects the fragile beauty of marine environments to the delicate nature of glass." That statement was written either by communications manager Alex Carr or assistant curator

'Resonating objects'

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'Resonating objects'

South Puget Sound Community College gallery director Nathan Barnes noted that Margaret Noble's exhibition, "Resonating Objects," begs the question "what is art?" Is it just painting and sculpture? What about sound, movement, light? What are the boundaries between visual art and the performing arts? There are no easy answers, but

Woolworth Windows fall 2016

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Woolworth Windows fall 2016

Spaceworks Tacoma's latest installations in the Woolworth windows are big, bold and impressive. In the northernmost windows on Broadway are wire animal sculptures by Eva Funderburgh, who says she uses her "simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions." Her animals are hybrid forms, somewhere between realistic and ritualistic,

Classic tale retold

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Classic tale retold

It is hard to imagine a more difficult play to produce on stage than Moby Dick. To my way of thinking it would have to be done either on a huge stage with a multi-million-dollar budget or in an intimate playhouse with nothing but a handful of props. The former

Retro Colby

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Retro Colby

Kittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound kicked off the building's 75th anniversary year with a retrospective of works by printmaker and longtime UPS art professor Bill Colby, who taught there from 1956 to 1989. On display are 26 works, mostly prints and a few watercolors. The works chosen for

The Story of My Life

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The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill opens tonight at Olympia Little Theatre. This rarely produced musical follows a lifelong friendship of Alvin Kelby (Frank Kohel) and Thomas Weaver (Micheal O'Hara). It is directed by Maria Valenzuela. The two boys grow up together. One stays in their hometown

Top South Sound visual arts events

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Top South Sound visual arts events

This critic's choice of the top visual arts events for the fall season is as follows:Artscapes installations, through Nov. 17 Five new Artscapes installations are on display in the old Woolworth storefront and on the adjacent landmark Tollbooth Gallery. Artists selected for this round include Lauren Boilini, Eva Funderburgh, Nola Avienne,

'The Bold and the Black'

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'The Bold and the Black'

Viewing Selinda Sheridan's show at Matter is like walking into a group exhibition of Sumi painters. There are only six paintings in the show, and each of them is so different from all the others that they could easily be mistaken for the work of six different artists. And yet

The Last Five Years at Harlequin

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The Last Five Years at Harlequin

The Last Five Years is a little musical with a big heart, and actors Aaron Lamb and Katherine Strohmaier, directed by Linda Whitney, make of it a mesmerizing evening's entertainment. Composer, lyricist and playwright Jason Robert Brown has created a story told in song that is heart-wrenching and real - no

Mr. Klein's Wild Ride

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Mr. Klein's Wild Ride

Weekly Volcano scribe Christian Carvajal - voted Best Writer in the Weekly Volcano's Best of Olympia poll - has published a new novel under the pseudonym Lynn Savage. It is called Mr. Klein's Wild Ride (Mud Flat Press, 2016), and it is the story of the building and cataclysmic opening

Elise Richman's 'Spectral'

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Elise Richman's 'Spectral'

Elise Richman's unique installation, "Spectral," may be difficult for many to grasp, but should be worth the effort to really look and contemplate deeply. Call it a wall hanging, a painting or assemblage with plastics, this piece explores properties of light and color and was inspired, according to a statement from

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality

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Blurring the lines between fiction and reality

New Muses Theatre Company is among a handful of lesser-known companies that produces excellent theater for mostly sparse audiences. By my count, there were only 10 people in the audience opening night of Luigi Pirandello's absurdist play Six Characters in Search of an Author. The actors outnumbered the audience by

The Army at Kittredge Hall, UPS, during World War II

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The Army at Kittredge Hall, UPS, during World War II

Kittredge Hall at the University of Puget Sound (UPS), home to the Art Department and Kittredge Art Gallery, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. From 1943 to 1944, long before it was home to the Art Department, Kittredge housed the Army Specialized Training Unit. Two hundred and thirty-eight young soldiers

Off-the-wall paintings

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Off-the-wall paintings

One thing paintings by Susan Aurand and Liza Brenner have in common is that both artists build paintings that extend away from the wall, using what amounts to constructed boxes or compartments to hold their paintings. Aurand builds framing devices out of wood that are like finely crafted cabinets within which

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