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"Zen" at Allsorts Gallery

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"Zen" at Allsorts Gallery

Hart James is fairly new to the Olympia art scene. I first saw her work in 2013, at which time she was showing a group of flowery collages that verged on surrealism. Soon after she began showing solid, heavy landscapes perhaps influenced by Cezanne landscapes that were solid and somewhat

Catch Me If You Can

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Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can at Tacoma Musical Playhouse is simply a lot of fun, from the opening song, "Live in Living Color," to wonderfully surprising twists at the end. Based on the film of the same title starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, this musical romp tells the tale

The Pajama Game

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The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game has a long and storied history, beginning with its debut on Broadway in 1954 featuring the choreography of the great Bob Fosse, with Shirley McClain as an unnamed dancer, and through two Broadway revivals and a film. The Pajama Game won the Tony Award for Best Musical

Disturbing and provocative art

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Disturbing and provocative art

It was just this past December that I reviewed Katlyn Hubner's paintings at Feast Arts Center. In that review, I made the audacious statement, "...  might be the best figure paintings I have ever seen outside a major museum." And now she's showing in Tacoma again, this time at 950

Expanding your mind

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Expanding your mind

La Sala is Spanish for "living room," and Priscilla Dobler's installation by that name at Feast Arts Center is a conceptual environment that questions how a person's living room affects their life -- turning on its head the concept that we affect the spaces in which we live. After all,

Award-winning artists at SPSCC

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Award-winning artists at SPSCC

An invitational exhibition is something new and exciting for the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College. Juror Amy McBride invited 10 award-winning artists from the 2017 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition to display their best works. I haven't the space to write about all 10 artists, so that will leave

Open your heart

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Open your heart

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Olympia Family Theater is something special. It is unlike anything ever seen at OFT, a theater specializing in children's plays performed by mostly adult actors -- with on rare occasions an adult play. This play appeals to all ages. I often watch the

Captive light

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Captive light

For a short period of time during her long life, Seattle photographer Ella E. McBride was revered internationally, but after her death in 1965, at the age of 102, much of her work was lost, and today she is little known. Perhaps this Tacoma Art Museum exhibition will help restore

Different but similar

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Different but similar

A line is defined as the path of a moving point. If the point is three-dimensional and a foot or two in size in every direction, and if it doubles back on itself and crosses its own path like an Escher drawing or like a meandering line drawn without lifting

Darkly mysterious winter scenes

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Darkly mysterious winter scenes

Jonathan Happ is an artist who is new to me. Before knowing who he was or anything about his art, I happened to glance at his paintings through a window as I was driving past Childhood's End Gallery, and I immediately thought I have to see these paintings. Happ paints darkly

Java Tacoma: Covfefe is for Closers

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Java Tacoma: Covfefe is for Closers

If silliness and camp is your cup of tea (or coffee), then you should make every effort possible to get to Dukesbay Theater to see Java Tacoma: Covfefe is for Closers. This is the seventh episode of this ongoing sitcom for the stage. This highly topical comedy filled with local digs,

Look closely

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Look closely

Olympia's newest coffee shop art venue is a tiny shop on Franklin Street nestled between Dumpster Values and Old School Pizza. Bar Francis is a place that you could easily walk right past without knowing it is there. But if you walk right past this month you'll miss some fascinating

Dogs know best

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Dogs know best

At long last, the hugely popular The Art of Racing in the Rain has been adapted for the stage and may now be seen in Olympia at Harlequin Productions. As director and Harlequin co-founder Linda Whitney explains it, "The Art of Racing in the Rain was adapted from Garth Stein's

Sculptures lead the way

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Sculptures lead the way

"The 2018 Annual Student Art Show at University of Puget Sound" presents the best work from the last two academic years of UPS art classes as chosen by the juror, Tacoma artist Anida Yoeu Ali. The show includes pieces by everyone from first-year students to seniors. The quality of the

Best of Olympia 2018: Harlequin Productions

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Best of Olympia 2018: Harlequin Productions

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Weekly Volcano readers have voted Harlequin Productions best theater group. Founded and run by Scot and Linda Whitney, Harlequin has been offering South Sound audiences the best in local theater since it began on a small scale with shows in the

Best of Olympia 2018: Olympia Family Theater

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Best of Olympia 2018: Olympia Family Theater

Olympia Family Theater doesn't have far to look in search of original plays, because there is a treasure chest of talented playwrights right here in Olympia. Starting with an adaptation of the popular children's tale The Wind in the Willows by local playwright Andy Gordon with music by Bruce Whitney and

Making difficult look simple

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Making difficult look simple

CJ Swanson's paintings brighten the walls at Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Shop in Olympia. I've been keeping up with Swanson's art since she and her husband, the painter David Noah Giles, opened the now defunct Art on Center Gallery in Tacoma so many years ago. Back then, her paintings reminded me

3 Impossible Questions

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3 Impossible Questions

3 Impossible Questions at Olympia Family Theater is a world premiere locally written play based on beloved Islamic folk tales and stories that have been passed down generation to generation about the wise Mullah (teacher or master) Nasreddin. Olympia writer, actor and director Christian Carvajal says he was inspired to write

"Colonial Walk" overwhelms

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"Colonial Walk" overwhelms

Much as been written online and elsewhere about Minoosh Zomorodinia's "Colonial Walk," an art installation and gallery exhibition, parts of which are on display at Feast Arts Center. According to the gallery website, it is a project in process that investigates the relationship between the self and the natural environment,

Food for thought

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Food for thought

An exhibition of art about food is a delightful concept -- lighthearted and lightweight.  Most of the art in the "Food in Art" exhibition at Tacoma Community College consists of pop-style paintings of food, many of which are clever and funny, such as Diane Fairbanks' "Deception Pass Doughnut," a painting

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