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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

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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

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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

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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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