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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

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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

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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

Epic play comes to Lakewood Playhouse

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Epic play comes to Lakewood Playhouse

Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards for Best Play, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, now playing in repertory at Lakewood Playhouse, is a momentous and epic play, and very likely the best drama of the late 20th century. At seven-and-a-half hours in length, it is also a daunting

Best of Olympia 2019: Harlequin Productions and Olympia Family Theater

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Best of Olympia 2019: Harlequin Productions and Olympia Family Theater

It's a tie. And rightfully so, because the theaters our readers chose as best in Olympia are two very different theaters that appeal to different audiences (with significant overlap), and they are each excellent in what they do -- easily equal in quality of production to the very best in

Best of Olympia 2019: Jen and Ted Ryle

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Best of Olympia 2019: Jen and Ted Ryle

Last year, Olympia Family Theater was recognized with an Excellence in the Arts Award in a gala at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. This year, we choose the amazing couple behind the success of OFT as our Best Theater Couple: Jen and Ted Ryle. Founded in 2006 by Jen

Raven and the Box of Daylight

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Raven and the Box of Daylight

Raven and the Box of Daylight at Museum of Glass is a dramatic presentation in glass art of one of the more enduring stories in the Tlingit tradition as created by internationally renowned artist Preston Singletary. Singletary is a Tlingit American from the Pacific Northwest. He studied glass art in residencies

A new art venue for T-town

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A new art venue for T-town

There's a new art venue in Tacoma that has the wonderful advantage of being easily accessible to the public, and open from early morning to late at night seven days a week. A collaboration between Tacoma Gallery, LLC (Jane and Jason Sobottka) and Alma Mater, the gallery space is the

A story with a capacious heart

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A story with a capacious heart

Flora & Ulysses, based on the children's book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, is a children's story that appeals to people of all ages. With phrases like "a capacious heart" and "loneliness makes us do terrible things," and such sophisticated concepts as temporary blindness caused by trauma, and

Revisiting Tacoma Art Museum

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Revisiting Tacoma Art Museum

After visiting the new Benaroya Wing at Tacoma Art Museum for the second time, I wandered through the other galleries, which featured shows I had previously reviewed, and was delighted to see how much I enjoyed revisiting these shows. Which illustrates two important things about TAM: first, that exhibitions remain

A slice of the good life

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A slice of the good life

Saturday's annual Pizza Klatch Gayla is one of Olympia's most eagerly awaited events, with outstanding entertainment, inspirational speeches, and a silent auction -- all to benefit a support and education program for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and their allies. The lunchtime support group serving free pizza started in

Silent Salinity: after the dig

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Silent Salinity: after the dig

Hanging by the entrance to 950 Gallery is a work of art by Mary Coss that appears to be a jumble of words shaped from bent wire and suspended inside what looks like an old window frame. The words, mostly jumbled and unreadable, hang an inch or so in front

Shakespeare and #MeToo

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Shakespeare and #MeToo

More than 100 years ago, William Shakespeare wrote a play, Measure for Measure, about the power differential between men and women. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, actor, writer, director and Volcano contributor Christian Carvajal wrote an adaptation of Measure for Measure that will be performed as a one-night-only reading at

New wing opens with Benaroya collection

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New wing opens with Benaroya collection

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Tacoma Art Museum celebrated the opening of the new Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing, with its 4,800 square feet of new gallery space including the gorgeous vista gallery with its 46-foot-wide window projecting six feet out from the building's north face. On display in the new

California dreaming

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California dreaming

Neil Simon, Jason Haws, Harlequin Productions. That alone should be enough to convince theater lovers to buy tickets to I Ought to be in Pictures. A typical Simon comedy/drama, this lovely little show elicits laughter, and it is human drama as true as true can be -- despite the required

Quantity and quality

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Quantity and quality

The defining thing about the annual postcard show at South Puget Sound Community College is humor, is variety, is lots and lots of little works of art -- is most of all that nothing is rejected. Every work submitted is accepted into the show without judgment, which means inevitably there

Everybody gets skewered

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Everybody gets skewered

I can't remember when I've laughed so much as I did at opening night of Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits at Lakewood Playhouse. Forbidden Broadway is a musical review spoof on almost every big hit musical in the past half century and longer in which everybody gets skewered -- from Ethel

Exploring cultural bias

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Exploring cultural bias

Culture, the new exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, is billed as "an exhibition exploring the idea of cultural biases and its influence on the outlook of other cultures." This is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful group show ever to be mounted at

Pastels and Batik

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Pastels and Batik

Sherry Buckner's latest pastel landscapes beg an old question: why do it? Nature can be stunningly beautiful, especially when there are sunsets or stormy skies, or, in the case of Buckner's pastels, mist and fog. But it is so much easier to snap a photo than to paint the scene,

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