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Everybody gets skewered

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Everybody gets skewered

I can't remember when I've laughed so much as I did at opening night of Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits at Lakewood Playhouse. Forbidden Broadway is a musical review spoof on almost every big hit musical in the past half century and longer in which everybody gets skewered -- from Ethel

Exploring cultural bias

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Exploring cultural bias

Culture, the new exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, is billed as "an exhibition exploring the idea of cultural biases and its influence on the outlook of other cultures." This is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful group show ever to be mounted at

Pastels and Batik

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Pastels and Batik

Sherry Buckner's latest pastel landscapes beg an old question: why do it? Nature can be stunningly beautiful, especially when there are sunsets or stormy skies, or, in the case of Buckner's pastels, mist and fog. But it is so much easier to snap a photo than to paint the scene,

The Journey surprises

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The Journey surprises

Now on view at American Art Company is The Journey, an exhibition of Plein Air Washington Artists. I can't honestly review this exhibition without stating my personal bias -- and yes, critics always have personal biases, no matter how they might try to be objective. The paintings in this show are

An old-fashioned Christmas musical

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An old-fashioned Christmas musical

Christmas might be over, but Harlequin Productions continues celebrating the season until New Year's Eve. For this year's holiday show, Harlequin dove deep into their archives to re-stage their first holiday show, The 1940s Radio Hour. First performed in 1993, this is the one that inspired the theater's Stardust series,

A politician and a painter

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A politician and a painter

Former Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole is a painter and owner of Art Above Gallery, located upstairs in the back of Minka on Pacific Ave. Ebersole pursued painting in his 20s, and after entering politics, he started collecting art in his travels around the world. The current show at Art Above

Kanani Miyamoto’s ‘The In-between’

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Kanani Miyamoto’s ‘The In-between’

Currently on view at Feast Arts Center is an installation called The In-Between by Kanani Miyamoto. It is an installation of printed images that is nigh on impossible to describe because to the best of my knowledge it is a print process that's seldom if ever before been done. According

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol at OFT

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Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol at OFT

Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol is a not-just-for-children adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas ghost story. Olympia Family Theater shortened the play to one hour plus a 15-minute intermission, reimagined all the scary stuff and used puppets for ghosts to make the tale child-friendly. Which it is. But it is equally

I’m F.I.N.E

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I’m F.I.N.E

barry johnson's paintings at 950 Gallery are unlike art seen anywhere else in Tacoma. Judging from what I was told, johnson is self-taught and has been painting only five years. There is an amateurish quality to his paint application, which I suspect is more intentional than not, but his sensibility

Two shows at Department of Ecology

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Two shows at Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology in Lacey is routinely filled with art, with rotating shows of local and area artists in the public spaces. Works by two Olympia artists, Lois Beck and Mary McCann, are now on display in the dining room (McCann) and the lobby (Beck). These artists have shown

In the Shadow of the Master

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In the Shadow of the Master

Learning art by copying the masters is as old as art itself. Artists of the Italian Renaissance traditionally did it, and even today, European artists continue to copy paintings in the Louvre. Peter Paul Rubens, as a prime example, painted a version of Titian's "Venus at the Mirror." Both artists'

Raven and the Box of Daylight

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Raven and the Box of Daylight

Internationally renowned Native American glass artist Preston Singletary returns to Museum of Glass with Raven and the Box of Daylight. Like the best of Northwest Indian artists, Singletary's work blends the traditional art of his tribal ancestors with the innovative methods and aesthetic principles born of contemporary art movements, in his

Familiar Faces & New Voices

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Familiar Faces & New Voices

The exhibition Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art has been on display since this past spring but has not received the fanfare of blockbuster shows like Art AIDS America or Hide/Seek or 2015's Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition. But it is a solid and historically important show highlighting works by

What happens when Tiny Tim grows up?

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What happens when Tiny Tim grows up?

What really happened to make Ebenezer Scrooge change his mind about Christmas, or did he really change his mind at all? Maybe he decided it had all been a dream after all. What else could explain why many years later he could be so stingy as to refuse to give

Amazing art at Tacoma Art Museum

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Amazing art at Tacoma Art Museum

I visited Tacoma Art Museum with the intention of reviewing Sun, Shadow, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier and Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art. After spending time with these two shows, I decided to wander into the Haub Family Collection to see what was there, and I

Funny from start to finish

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Funny from start to finish

Clockwork at Olympia Little Theatre is ridiculously funny. Written by Pat Cook and directed by Robert McConkey, with a huge cast including some of Olympia's best, it is a hilarious marriage of Agatha Christie, Larry Shue and Hee Haw. The Dunwoody clan is the kind of huge family one might expect

‘The Jungle’ and ‘Tsunami Coming’

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‘The Jungle’ and ‘Tsunami Coming’

Featured artists at Minka are Lauren Boilini and Michael Kaniecki. Boilini is a Seattle-based painter and public artist who has been awarded commissions across the U.S. and artist residencies all over the world. Her epic installation "The Jungle" explores themes of overcrowding, aggression and ecological breakdown.      Tacoma artist Michael Kaniecki

A bewitching love story for Halloween

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A bewitching love story for Halloween

Bell, Book and Candle is probably best remembered from the 1958 romantic comedy starring Kim Novak, James Stewart and Jack Lemon, adapted from the Broadway play by John Van Druten. Set in Greenwich Village during the Christmas season, it is the love story of Gillian Holroyd (Novak in the film),

Variations on a theme

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Variations on a theme

The Abstract Expressionist painter Adolph Gottlieb is most famous for his many variations on a single image: a nebulous circular form floating above a rough burst of energetic paint. The similarities between Gottlieb's "Burst" paintings and Olympia painter Becky Knold's paintings at the Washington State Department of Ecology are undeniable.

Elegies at a time of crux

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Elegies at a time of crux

Hooray! Susan Christian returns to Salon Refu (now the studio of artist Lucy Gentry and renamed LGM Studios) with an exhibition of new paintings and constructions called Take a Break. In Christian's most recent previous exhibition, she showed a group of long, thin paintings that were all about emptiness -- curtains

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