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A season of fierce women’s soccer

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A season of fierce women’s soccer

Despite being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three years ago, Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves is not well known, which is probably why more than half the seats at Lakewood Playhouse were empty opening night. That's also why community theaters are reluctant to try new or little-known plays, and that's

March into theater

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March into theater

Local theaters offer up a smorgasbord in March, from world-class musicals and dramas to fairy tales and more, starting with Tacoma Arts Live's Disenchanted, a fairytale for the 21st century playing one night only, March 14 at the Pantages Theater. Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and other popular

Best of Olympia 2020: An Illiad

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Best of Olympia 2020: An Illiad

James O'Barr is producing and directing and Scott Douglas is acting in An Illiad, an intense, captivating and intelligent one-man play about the Trojan War and, ultimately, every war since, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. All the ancient gods and warriors are there, including Agamemnon, Achilles, King Priam,

The Naturalist & the Trickster

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The Naturalist & the Trickster

What an odd pairing: John James Audubon, the 18th and 19th century artist famous for precise drawings of birds and mammals, and RYAN! Fedderson, Native American artist now living in Tacoma known for contemporary interactive murals and mixed-media art. What they have in common is respect for nature and concern

A twist on the Scottish play

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A twist on the Scottish play

Equivocation at Olympia Little Theatre is wild. It is ludicrous. It is funny and tragic and gruesome. Written by Bill Cain and directed at OLT by Pug Bujeaud, the play is a farcical tragedy, a takeoff on and about Shakespeare (Drew Doyle), who is alternately called Shag and Will, his

The most farcical farce of all

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The most farcical farce of all

The verdict has long been in: Noises Off is funny. New York Post critic Clive Barnes called it "the funniest farce ever written," and Frank Rich in The New York Times said it "is, was, and probably always will be the funniest play written in my lifetime." For directors and actors,

Revolutionary African-American men

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Revolutionary African-American men

Iconic African-American men are saluted in this traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian. "We are honored and thrilled to feature Men of Change: Power, Triumph, Truth. As of now, we're one of only two museums on the West Coast that will host this phenomenal exhibition (from the Smithsonian). We encourage everyone to

Great American musical classic

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Great American musical classic

The great American musical classic An American in Paris is coming to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for one night only, tonight, Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. The beloved musical features music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. The play was inspired by the 1951 film starring

Invasive Species

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Invasive Species

As themes for art exhibitions go, Invasive Species might be one of the most intriguing imaginable. It's a horror show in the making -- animals brought in from foreign countries that destroy local plants and animals, plants such as kudzu from Japan that overrun everything in their path, species of

Family theater family

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Family theater family

Olympia Family Theater is a family affair in every possible meaning of the phrase. The company was co-founded by Jen Ryle, along with Samantha Chandler in 2006, and Ryle is the company's artistic director. Her husband, Ted, has written and co-written many OFT shows, including the original adaptation of Cinder

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Art Trip Seattle: "Pop Departures" and Juan Alonso Studio

Seattle Art Museum has always been worth the trip. We drove up to see "Pop Departures" at SAM. What a wonderful show! I must admit, however, that my enjoyment of this exhibition was based to some small measure on nostalgia. I was in my sophomore or junior year as an art student

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Trail To Western American Art: Haub Family Collection catalog, TAM Store goods, grand opening events ...

Time is nigh for the opening of the new wing at Tacoma Art Museum. The Haub Family Collection catalog, Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection at Tacoma Art Museum, is now available for purchase in the TAM Store ($45, soft cover). The catalog includes color images for

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Trail To Western American Art: Secret sculpture, Haub wing Harmon beer and Heritage bourbon, TAM Store opens ...

Tacoma Art Museum continues its headlong gallop toward the huge opening day celebration for the new Haub wing Nov. 15. We have the scoop on behind-the-scenes preparations for the big opening. ... Julie Speidel's sculpture "Kinetic Repose" is installed but under wraps near the new glass vestibule entry at TAM's parking

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Trail To Western American Art: Cherokee Nation, Go West Gala, bluegrass coming to Tacoma Art Museum

Opening day for the new wing of Tacoma Art Museum is getting closer by the day, and the museum continues to gear up for a huge celebration. Curators are reviewing, restoring and acquiring period frames for a small number of works in the collection. Painting the galleries is complete, and

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Trail To Western American Art: Painted walls, "Big Red," Celebrity Cake Studio and metal coming to Tacoma Art Museum

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another installment of "Trail To Western American Art," our weekly update on the progress of Tacoma Art Museum's new wing featuring the Haub Family Collection of Western Art, which will officially open Nov. 15 with a huge shindig. Julie Speidel's brightly colored sculpture "Kinetic

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Trail To Western American Art: Sellen Construction dangles the keys

Friday, the Sellen Construction crew removed the banners concealing the Haub Family Galleries wing at the Tacoma Art Museum. The expansion is fully visible, gracing Pacific Avenue. The tall canopy that arches over the museum’s new entry doors connecting the Antoine Predock building and the new Olson Kundig Architects designed

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Trail To Western American Art: colors, video, improved store at Tacoma Art Museum

Things are heating up at Tacoma Art Museum leading up to the big opening of the new wing featuring the Haub Family Collection of Western Art in November. Curator Laura Fry and Museum preparator Ben Wildenhaus are finalizing accent wall colors and working with a scale model to determine the layout

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Trail To Western American Art: Checking in with the Tacoma Art Museum

Construction of the new Tacoma Art Museum wing featuring the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art is in the final stages and the grand opening is set for Nov. 15, 2014. Leading up to the big opening, the museum continues to build enticing art experiences. The walls of the

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Plan Ahead: Sean Alexander and Virginia Bunker at Moss + Mineral

You thought you knew Sean Alexander, didn't you? He's the guy who did the illustrations for the South Sound Users Guide, an artist known for detailed ink drawings. But there is more to Alexander than that. At the Feb. 20 opening at Moss + Mineral you'll see modernest furniture inspired

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Hanging with the mysterious artist Guerrilla Man

The Guerrilla Man sneaks around in the dead of night - and sometimes brazenly in the light of day - and installs humongous metal sculptures in places they're not supposed to be. Sometimes in such out-of-the-way places that the authorities may never find them and remove them. Even if they

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