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Fall visual art preview

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Fall visual art preview

Autumn always brings a cornucopia of new art exhibits. Among the exhibitions this longtime reviewer is most excited about are two shows by Olympia artist Susan Christian, one at Lynette Charters' All Sorts Gallery and one at Stable Studios in the heart of downtown Olympia -- both small but vital

What's in a crane?

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What's in a crane?

More than 6,000 folded paper cranes by nationally known artist Clarissa Sligh hang from the ceilings and cling to the walls of Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound. Many of the cranes are made from the pages of white supremacist books, plus there are dramatic black-and-white photographs of people who

Opening up the heavens

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Opening up the heavens

Before there were machines called computers, there were women called computers, meaning, according to Peter Shaw (Drew Doyle) in the play Silent Sky at Olympia Little Theatre, "one who computes." Women scientists who were highly overqualified and severely underpaid, were hired to do dull, routine jobs the men scientists would

The Prince man

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The Prince man

In the art of Troy Gua, we see the reincarnation of the minds of Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp. His art is conceptual, brilliant, funny, and drawn/painted/built with exquisite craftsmanship. He is famous regionally, and should be famous nationally and even internationally, for his pop hybrid portraits of celebrities and for

August: Osage County

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August: Osage County

The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts is a play unlike any other. The story unfolds, or should we say erupts, over a few weeks in the rural Oklahoma home of Beverly and Violet Weston. It opens with Beverly (a crusty but kindly old drunk played

"A paper narrative"

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"A paper narrative"

There's a new visual arts venue in Olympia, and I hope this won't be a one-shot deal, but rather the first of many shows to come. Collage artist Evan Clayton Horback secured the use of the balcony area at Browsers Bookshop for an art exhibit space and curated a show featuring

A cat-and-mouse game

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A cat-and-mouse game

Lakewood Playhouse opens its 2017-2018 season with the classic thriller Wait Until Dark, one of the most suspenseful plays ever mounted on stage. The play by Frederick Knott was first performed on Broadway in 1966. A film version starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkan was released the following year, and it has been

Crowded exhibit

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Crowded exhibit

Art galleries by the dozens have come and gone while Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia just keeps rolling along. This venerable queen of South Sound art galleries has shown quality art since 1971 and shows no signs of growing weary. They have introduced many of the region's best artists to

Best event with words: Creative Colloquy

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Best event with words: Creative Colloquy

Since it first appeared on the Web in February 2014, and most especially since its first public event at B Sharp Coffee House the following month, Creative Colloquy (CC) has taken Tacoma and the South Sound's literary community by storm. Readers and writers from Olympia and Puyallup, and all around

Best theater group: Tacoma Little Theatre

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Best theater group: Tacoma Little Theatre

From bright comedies such as Steve Martin's The Underpants and winner of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) New Play Fest Exit Laughing; to the horror of Dracula, with astonishing performances by Jacob Tice, Michael Christopher and Bryan Wane Jansen; to a gripping adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice

Documenting lives

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Documenting lives

A mile away from the Northwest Detention Center where immigrants are held while awaiting deportation, Spaceworks Gallery is holding their second exhibition focusing on immigration, "Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed." This follows "Scars and Stripes," this past spring's exhibition on Cambodian refugees and the U.S. involvement in Cambodia during the

"Perpetual Irrelevance"

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"Perpetual Irrelevance"

Masahiro Sugano's installation at Feast Arts Center is as gutsy as anything you're likely to see, and I mean that both literally and metaphorically. It is gutsy in the sense of taking chances and - slightly more literally, as you will see - in the sense of the popular basketball-metaphor

Fish tale

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Fish tale

Once again, Olympia Family Theater wows audiences with a totally local production. This time it is the ever-popular The Incredible Undersea Trial of Joseph P. Lawnboy, written by Bryan Willis, music by Bruce Whitney and lyrics by Scot Whitney, and produced for OFT by Open Road Productions. Willis, founder of Northwest

Redefining basketry

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Redefining basketry

If your idea of basketry is mired in the 19th century, you need to visit "All Things Considered: Basketry in the 21st Century" at American Art Company for an eye-opening. This is not your grandma's basket weaving; this is contemporary sculptural art, free of all traditional restrictions as to what a

Exhibit shows depth

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Exhibit shows depth

I hesitate to say this is the best juried exhibition yet at South Puget Sound Community College because I can't trust my memory of previous ones. But I can say this: all juried exhibitions have some great work, some mediocre work and a few pieces that make you wonder how

Shakespeare in capitol park

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Shakespeare in capitol park

Leaving Animal Fire Theatre's outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing, my wife said she thought it might be the best Animal Fire show yet. In the moment, I tended to agree; but then I remembered their Hamlet from five years past and realized the obvious: you can't compare these

"In the Spirit"

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"In the Spirit"

There is a small but interesting show of Northwest Native American art now on display at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The 12th annual "In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Art" juried exhibition includes 22 works by artists from Alaska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Washington and Canada, displayed in two

A Servant of Two Masters

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A Servant of Two Masters

A hallmark of New Muses Theatre is adapting old plays for modern stages. The company's founder, Niclas Olson, writes the adaptations and usually both directs and stars in the shows - a heavy load for anyone to carry, but one he shoulders well. Written in 1753 by the Italian playwright Carlo

Warming to sumi art

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Warming to sumi art

I must confess that I've never been a huge fan of sumi art. But I'm getting there. The more of it I see, the more I like it. There are 21 works of art in the show "Bamboo: The Summer Gentleman," and 19 of them are pictures of bamboo. One exception is

First rate - First Date

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First rate - First Date

Harlequin Productions' First Date is a romantic comedy in the tradition of Tracy and Hepburn, Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, updated for the digital age. Updated how? For starters the search engine Google appears in the guise of a woman, and there's a decidedly 21st

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