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Children's theater

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Children's theater

Our children are the future of theater in the South Sound region. The child you see on stage in a TMP Family Theater show or in an Olympia Family Theater Playtime show might very well be the adult performer you thrill to in a mainstage production at any area theater

"47º North, 122º West"

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"47º North, 122º West"

When I walked into the Seaport Museum to see Shon Frostad's painting exhibition, there was a moment when I could not recognize the paintings as paintings, because the museum is filled with boats, anchors, charts, bones of whales, and other memorabilia of sea life, and I thought the paintings I

A Christmas card to Olympia

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A Christmas card to Olympia

Harlequin Productions' The Stardust Christmas Fandango is the 22nd show in the series of locally written and produced holiday musicals that has been thrilling audiences for decades. Harlequin co-founder Linda Whitney calls it a Christmas card to Olympia. The series started in 1994, and Harlequin has done a different variation on

Boom!

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Boom!

Downtown Olympia's Gallery Boom is the newest art gallery in town. But some might question if it's really an art gallery or if it's a flea market for artists. It is jam-packed with paintings, prints, post cards, and craft items of every imaginable sort. The craft items are generally of

Cutting a window into the trestle

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Cutting a window into the trestle

A large mural measuring seven-and-a-half by 48 feet by Tacoma Foundation of Art Award winner Jeremy Mangan, was installed beneath the railroad trestle near Freighthouse Square last week and revealed in an installation celebration at the Amtrak Cascades Station Dec. 15. Titled "The Wood Carving Beach," the mural depicts a beach

Top of their game

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Top of their game

Olympia Family Theater has never done a bad play. Their performances are professionally produced with top-notch adult actors and crew, sometimes with child actors thrown into the mix, and they range in quality from good to very good to knock-your-socks-off excellence. That is to say, some of their shows are

"Codependent Menageries"

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"Codependent Menageries"

In an artist's statement, painter Kate Hubner quotes a dictionary definition of the words in the title of her show at Feast Arts Center. "Codependent: a codependent person is one who has let another person's behavior affect him or her, and who is obsessed with controlling that person's behavior. Menagerie:

Sudden impact

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Sudden impact

It might be a stretch to say there is beautiful art in the exhibition "A History of Violence" at South Puget Sound Community College. But that depends on your idea of what constitutes beauty. The paintings in this show are rough. The colors are harsh; some might even be considered

Two intriguing shows at University of Puget Sound

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Two intriguing shows at University of Puget Sound

Christopher Paul Jordan might well be Tacoma's most prolific artist, and his fame is quickly spreading to Seattle and elsewhere -- deservedly so for this recent Neddy Artist Awards winner, if his latest show at Kittredge Gallery is any indication. The show is called "Latent Home," and it features powerful work

A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol as adapted by James Venturini for Lakewood Playhouse is probably as close to the way Charles Dickens himself would adapt it for the stage if he were alive today. In his day, Dickens toured the world telling stories and reading from his books, so it is appropriate that

"Present/tense"

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"Present/tense"

Husband and wife Malayka and Tom Gormally are highly respected Seattle artists who bring a world of experience to artworks that reflect on current social and political issues in a show called "Present/Tense" at Spaceworks Gallery. Born to immigrant Jewish parents in the San Francisco Bay area, Malayka lived for a

A musical sensation

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A musical sensation

American Idiot the musical was a sensation when it premiered in 2009 (and subsequently moved to Broadway in 2010). Based on the smash hit album by Green Day, the play featured all the music from the album plus Green Day songs from the album 21st Century Breakdown and "When It's Time,"

"Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting"

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"Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting"

Two galleries in the Tacoma Art Museum are filled with 60 paintings from 200 years of American still life painting from the Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection. Included are works by such masters as James Peale, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth and Wayne Thiebaud, plus many lesser-known artists. The paintings are

Holiday happenings on-stage

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Holiday happenings on-stage

Never does a Christmas season come and go without some local theater doing a version of A Christmas Carol. Doing the honors this year is Lakewood Playhouse with an adaptation written by Playhouse stalwart James Venturini. Popular local actors to inhabit the Dickensian world this holiday season include Joseph Grant

Must-see shows

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Must-see shows

Seattle artist Katlyn Hubner is well known in the Emerald City and, if she is not equally well known in Tacoma, she should be, and hopefully will be soon after the opening of her show "Codependent Menagerie" at Feast Arts Center. A menagerie is usually thought of in reference to

A hui at Evergreen

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A hui at Evergreen

This past year, The Evergreen State College in Olympia hosted a gathering of indigenous artists from the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Samoa and New Zealand. In New Zealand and Hawaii, such gatherings of artists are called a hui. It took place at the Longhouse. Artists who took part in the

Academic paintings

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Academic paintings

"Liberal and Phenomenal" is not my assessment of the two current shows at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound. It is the name of the combined shows, each with works by five painters. "Liberal" in the main gallery features paintings by painting professors Michael Knutson (Reed College), Richard Martinez (Whitman),

Real deal

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Real deal

Susan Christian's paintings at Stable Studios are the real deal. They are painting as painting is meant to be: simple, straight-forward, unpretentious and with no trickery whatsoever. Some might see the cut-off figures, oddly elongated formats and mysterious scenes as gimmickry, but they're not; they are simply Christian being Christian

Storytime

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Storytime

All the King's Women at Olympia Little Theatre is a cute, lighthearted play. The concept is inventive, and the structure is unique -- more an evening of storytelling and skits than a play. It is a series of eight short stories about the women in Elvis Presley's life, not his

Must-see show

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Must-see show

Marilyn Frasca is a marvel. If there was ever such a thing as a must-see show, it is Frasca's show of some 56 drawings at Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia. This exhibition is the result of a lifetime, so far, of making art, studying art and teaching art. Her drawing

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