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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

Candid shots of T-Town

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Candid shots of T-Town

"The Urban Sketchers" exhibition at Handforth Gallery in the downtown Tacoma Public Library is delightfully lightweight. The walls are filled with quick sketches in pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and other media of mostly local scenes familiar to many Tacomans - some by well-known local artists and some by artists

StoryOly final slam and Grand Slam

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StoryOly final slam and Grand Slam

On the 16th of August, South Sound storytellers will entertain a sure-to-be packed house at Rhythm and Rye in Olympia for the last of this year's StoryOly story slams before the 12 top storytellers of the year meet in the Grand Slam, Sept. 17. Every month on the third Tuesday, approximately

Different perspective

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Different perspective

As retrospective exhibitions go, this one is unusually small, filling only one of the smaller galleries in the Museum of Glass. What it lacks in scale, it more than makes up for in its dramatic presentation. The walls of the gallery are black and the room is dimly lit with

Best of Tacoma 2016: Lakewood Playhouse

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Best of Tacoma 2016: Lakewood Playhouse

A balanced mixture of comedy, drama, musicals, old favorites, modern classics and cutting-edge new theater - truly everything a theater can possibly pack into a single season - makes Lakewood Playhouse's 2015-16 season a natural choice for our readers' pick for Best Local Theater Group. "We are so honored to have

Colored pencil art

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Colored pencil art

The "Colored Pencil Society of America's 24 International Exhibition" at American Art Company is surprising on many levels. For starters, the 119 works of art that crowd the gallery walls are really paintings, not drawings, by almost any criteria, despite being done with pencils. Second, the detailed technical expertise and

'2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition'

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'2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition'

Upon entering the "2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition" at South Puget Sound Community College, my eyes were immediately drawn to Bernie Bleha's sculpture, "Minaret," acrylic on wood, a colorful tower topped by a playful spire that looks like a tinker toy construction. From there, my gaze went to Carla Louise

Creative Colloquy

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Creative Colloquy

Created by Jackie Fender a little more than two years ago, Creative Colloquy has become the South Sound's preeminent literary event. Creative Colloquy is an online magazine featuring short stories, novel excerpts, poetry and other literary work by mostly Tacoma and Olympia writers. Starting in March 2014, CC started holding

Peacocks, houses and muses

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Peacocks, houses and muses

Lynette Charters' paintings are unique, not just in her use of media - china marker over acrylic paint mixed with plaster - but in her way of painting. On wood panels, she creates fields of heavily textured globs of color that are almost if not completely non-objective, and then either

Apple Tree Productions

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Apple Tree Productions

Apple Tree Productions' fifth summer of theater for children has already begun and will culminate with productions of Seussical the musical and Evita in Concert. Apple Tree's Showcase is a separate class for special-needs students. It is theater games, songs and fun, and it is free. Students can drop in

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art on display

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Tacoma Academy of Fine Art on display

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art is a relatively new private art school and gallery founded and operated by Tim Matsen in an art space with a short but storied history - former home to Lisa Kinoshita's cutting-edge Mineral Gallery and later Andrea Erickson's modernist Flow Gallery. But TAFA goes in

Display of brilliance

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Display of brilliance

I have followed the work of Barlow Palminteri and Nathan Barnes for quite some time, and have written laudatory reviews of each separately, but never have I seen their paintings shown together or in such a huge show as in the current exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College.

Little shop of awesome

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Little shop of awesome

I don't want to be caught gushing like a pre-teen meeting Justin Bieber, but I can think of nothing but high-decibel superlatives when trying to write about the performances of Gretchen Boyt, Rich Garrett, John Serembe and Brad Walker in Harlequin Production's Little Shop of Horrors. I remember seeing it

B2's swan song

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B2's swan song

For six years, B2 Fine Art Gallery has offered Tacoma a smorgasbord of art from emerging locals to established international art stars. And now they offer up their final show before packing up and moving north to the Emerald City. The current show, "The Naturalist: A Landscape Abstraction," slightly misnamed, features

'Into the Woods'

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'Into the Woods'

New Muses Theatre Company's Into the Woods at Dukesbay Theater is the third version of this popular Stephan Sondheim musical I have reviewed, and it is quite different in some important ways, primarily in that it is scaled down with a much smaller set in a smaller space with fewer

Complete Word of God

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Complete Word of God

If you are easily offended by irreverent humor, steer clear of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at the Midnight Sun. They don't make them any more irreverent. Produced by Theater Artists Olympia and written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor for The Reduced Shakespeare Company,

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