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"Of Mice and Men" at Tacoma Little Theatre

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"Of Mice and Men" at Tacoma Little Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre continues an outstanding season with John Steinbeck's classic tale, Of Mice and Men, directed by Niclas Olson, founder and managing artistic director of New Muses Theatre Company, and starring Mason Quinn as George, and Chris James as Lennie. To be clear, this is not just an adaptation

Children's Museum and TAM partnering

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Children's Museum and TAM partnering

Children and families in Tacoma and the South Sound region can now gain free access to Tacoma Art Museum thanks to a new partnership program between TAM and Children's Museum of Tacoma. Young children and their families will be introduced to works of art and different creative processes through hands-on activities

Anne de Marcken's Invisible Ink

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Anne de Marcken's Invisible Ink

Anne de Marcken, whose stunning "Redaction Project" at Salon Refu this past spring I reviewed in this column, is at it again with another intriguing, intelligent and engaging art project. This time it is what she calls a "performative piece" at the Feast Art Center. This project defies easy categorization. It

"My Name is Rachel Corrie" at Harlequin

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"My Name is Rachel Corrie" at Harlequin

At long last, Rachel Corrie has come home to Olympia in the form of Harlequin Productions' presentation of My Name is Rachel Corrie. This is Olympia's first-ever locally-produced full theatrical performance of the play based on the life and writings of the Olympia native who was run over and killed

Group show for dog and cat lovers

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Group show for dog and cat lovers

I must confess: I went to this show expecting it to be the art show equivalent of one of those Facebook posts that say the world is going to hell and everybody's dying, so here's a cute picture of a cat. And there were quite a few bland photos, drawings

'The Seafarer'

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'The Seafarer'

The Seafarer by the great Irish playwright Conor McPherson is among the best plays I have seen in my career as a theater critic. It was my choice as best drama when done by Harlequin Productions four years ago, and now it is playing  for one night only as a staged

Annual postcard show

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Annual postcard show

There are something like 360 art works by approximately 120 artists in the annual postcard show at South Puget Sound Community College. But who's counting. Actually, I am. I counted 118 names on the announcement card, but sort of lost my place while counting, and I multiplied that by three

Art Deco collection at the Museum of Glass

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Art Deco collection at the Museum of Glass

Vases, vases and more vases crowd two large galleries in Tacoma's Museum of Glass - more than 100 Art Deco vases, statuettes, glass plates and wall hangings from the collection of David Huchthausen, famous as an artist and collector. Not coincidentally an exhibition of Huchthausen's own outstanding glass art closed

TLT tackles a classic

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TLT tackles a classic

Tacoma Little Theatre begins 2017 with John Steinbeck's classic tale, Of Mice and Men, directed by Niclas Olson, founder and managing artistic director of New Muses Theatre Company. "It's been a pleasure working with the cast to find new layers in Steinbeck's classic," Olson said. "What jumps out at me every

'Coast to Cascades'

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'Coast to Cascades'

Considered one of the Pacific Northwest's greatest impressionist painters, C.C. McKim was an east coast transplant who moved to Portland from the east coast around 1910, and turned out a large body of glowing, Oregon landscape paintings from then until the early 1930s. American Impressionism was more realistic, more precisely detailed,

Woody and the divas

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Woody and the divas

Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way has reached out to Seattle, and even as far away as New York, in order to start the new year with great musical entertainment, starting with Hard Travelin' with Woody, a glimpse into the life and music of Woody Guthrie, written and performed by New

'Ghost Ship'

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'Ghost Ship'

A multi-media art installation by painter Matthew Olds at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum takes a contemporary look at the ages-old fascination with wrecks at sea. "When thinking about maritime history, the very real threat of losing a vessel one way or another may tip the balance between triumph and defeat,"

'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

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'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's TMP Honor Camp presents the fourth annual A Charlie Brown Christmas, adapted for the stage from the popular television show based on the "Peanuts" comic strips by Charles Schultz. It is directed and choreographed by Deanna Martinez. Honor Camp is a program open to any Camp TMP performer who

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

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