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Eccentricity is Bliss

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Eccentricity is Bliss

A bit of farce and a bit comedy of manners, Noël Coward's Hay Fever seems as fresh and saucy on stage at Tacoma Little Theatre as it must have when it premiered almost a hundred years ago -- thanks to terrific directing by Rick Hornor and an amazing cast headed

We love you, Conrad

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We love you, Conrad

In 1957, Elvis Presley was drafted into the Army, and millions of teenagers thought the world was coming to an end. This was the inspiration for the early 1960s stage show and movie Bye Bye Birdie starring Dick Van Dyke. Heartthrob Conrad Birdie (Duncan Menzies) -- based on Elvis but named

Expression in glass and paint

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Expression in glass and paint

Oliver Dorris is kind of a big deal in Tacoma -- gallery owner, glass artist, popular DJ, and two-time Foundation of Art nominee (one-time winner). A selection of his glass works from two distinct series are now on display at Minka. One series is his popular and quirky baby head

Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

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Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

Niclas Olson is the founder and Artistic Director of New Muses Theatre Company in Tacoma. He adapts the primarily classic plays the company produces, and more often than not directs their productions and performs in the leading role. Plus, he does light design and other technical work for New Muses

Nora Helmer’s world

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Nora Helmer’s world

Henrik Ibsen's controversial classic A Doll's House as presented at Harlequin Productions, is stunning. And as relevant now as it was when it shocked theater-goers in 1879. Director Aaron Lamb has updated it with modern sets, costumes, music, and a highly stylized opening and closing that are breathtaking. For the first

The teachers show their stuff

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The teachers show their stuff

Today and tomorrow (May 2-3) are the last two days of the art faculty exhibit at Tacoma Community College. A college faculty art exhibit is where the teachers get to put their art where their mouths are -- to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Kyle Dillehay and Marit

An epic tale of the South

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An epic tale of the South

Now playing at Olympia Little Theatre is the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry. Recent conflagrations over the treatment of race relations on stage and screen in BlacKkKlansman and The Green Book cast doubts on the treatment of race in the Oscar-winning film version of

Christmas in springtime

Stage

Christmas in springtime

Plays about incompetent theater companies putting on bad plays are so common as to be practically a genre of their own. Some are as bad as the absurd performances they satirize, but there have been a few on stage and screen that are outstanding. The classics of this type are

Sweet Things on paper

Arts

Sweet Things on paper

The Evergreen State College graduate Ashley Miller has returned with a photography exhibition called Sweet Things in Galerie Fotoland, first floor Library Building. The press release and a printed statement on the gallery wall refer to her pictures as still-life photography, but although they are formally like traditional still-life arrangements, they

The art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

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The art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's In the Footsteps of My Ancestors at Tacoma Art Museum is a knockout punch to the emotions. Paintings and prints on display range from the 1970s to 2017, and from the earliest to the latest they are expressive and exciting. Upon stepping into the gallery, I immediately

Collaboration transforms 950 Gallery

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Collaboration transforms 950 Gallery

Elise Richman and Nicholas Nyland are ubiquitous presences in Tacoma art spaces, but what they've done together at 950 Gallery is something one has to wonder if either of them could have done alone. Their site-specific and collaborative installation is one large piece of abstract art with individual pieces that

Charlie Brown is  still a good man

Stage

Charlie Brown is still a good man

That's the way to do it, Centerstage. This is the way "Peanuts" should be produced on stage. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is based on the comics by Charles M. Schulz, adapted for the stage with book and music by Clark Gesner, and directed at Centerstage by Tyler Harr.

Mountains, thickets and tangles

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Mountains, thickets and tangles

A warm and welcoming glow washes over you as you step into the gallery at Childhood's End. It's not just that the art on display is good, which it is. It's the spacing of the art and the dominant colors that flow wavelike from painting to painting from the warm

Musical time travel

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Musical time travel

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is revising the tongue-in-cheek musical The Drowsy Chaperone from their 2010-2011 season with four of the actors from that earlier production: Mauro Bozzo as Robert Martin, John Miller as Mr. Feldzieg, John B. Cooper as Aldolpho, Nancy Hebert Bach as Chaperone and TMP Artistic Director Jon Douglas

Pick of the crop

Arts

Pick of the crop

By definition, the Juror's Invitational at South Puget Sound Community College should be an exhibition of the best of the best. Featured are works from the award-winning artists from the 2018 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition, selected by juror Asia Tail. Absolutely, she did choose some outstanding artists, but she also

Idyllic landscapes and frightening worlds

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Idyllic landscapes and frightening worlds

I thought the art of landscape painting had reached an unstoppable point of redundancy at which original landscapes were no longer possible, and then Olympia artist Kathy Gore Fuss started painting in nature in all sorts of weather amongst the trees in Priest Point Park and the industrial business of

A show called 'She'

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A show called 'She'

Pierce County AIDS Foundation has set aside a part of their offices as an art gallery, and for the month of March is showing a group of paintings by Robin Annette Jordan called She to bring attention to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Every year throughout the month of

Palace intrigue

Stage

Palace intrigue

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman is a riveting comic drama about King Henry II; his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine; his young ward, Alais (sometimes spelled Alys and sometimes Alice); and his three surviving sons: Richard, Geoffrey and John (the eldest, Young Henry, was killed when he and his

Art for March

Arts

Art for March

There are times when there is nothing in town for an art reviewer he hasn't already reviewed. But there are some exciting new shows opening in the coming days and weeks. The one I'm most excited about is Kathy Gore Fuss: Above, Below and Beyond, opening March 11 and running until

And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World

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And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World

This year's 11th Annual Native American Art Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College is comprised of work from a year-long project called Yeha? that includes performances, videos, storytelling, and works of visual art. The exhibition title is And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World. An exhibition flyer

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