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May 14, 2014 at 7:36am

5 Things To Do Today: Kye Alfred Hillig, Zodiac art, beer tastings, Funderdome and more ...

Kye Alfred Hillig presents his new song sat the Urban Grace tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 2014 >>>

1. Kye Alfred Hillig has produced an incredible body of work over the past few years. At 7 p.m. in Urban Grace, he'll release his latest set of songs, on the Real Snow LP. On record, Hillig is a restless explorer of delicate melodies and grandiose styles, dipping his toe in electro-pop, U2-esque melodrama and dusky folk-rock. As a solo performer, Hillig frequently strips everything down to just him and a guitar, embracing the troubadour motif, and exposing his barebones songwriting in the process. Tonight's show will see him off as he takes to the road on a tour down the west coast.

2. Good news! Artist Yvette Endrijautzki's "CONSTELLATION - an Overture to the Zodiac," which features 40 local, national and international artists interpreting the 12 Zodiac signs via different media, has been extended to June 13 at Tacoma's Fulcrum Gallery. Check it out from noon to 6 p.m.

3. The "Root and Wing" exhibit fills The Evergreen State College Lab 1's lobby space with organisms that seem to grow from the ceiling and walls. Artist Sumi Wu used cast bronze, cast aluminum, and hand-blown glass to create lively, colorful, organic forms that embody the beauty and flow of nature while evoking natural processes of change, relationship, evolution, and adaptation. The installation, which was erected in December, will finally receive its dedication at 3 p.m. During the ceremony, Wu will dance to music by Benjamin Starshine, Anne Rutherford will tell stories and Paul Susi will bust out a monologue.

4. Two beer events will take place tonight — Pike Brewing tasting at STINK and 10 Barrel Brewing tasting at Puyallup River Alehouse. Check out the New Beer Column for details.

5. Oh sure you have your giant floating laughing lips and your hissing Mad Max-ish funny cars shooting flames 400 feet into the air and improvised kitchen-sink costumes and requisite body painting and sword fights and psychedelic light show like you're entering another planet, as if you have stepped out of reality as you know it and into a place where anything goes and usually does and no one really thinks much of it except that it's usually pretty relaxed and ridiculous and surreal and friendly and funny. This is pretty much a given. It's Harlequin Productions' Funderdome improv comedy show at 8 p.m.

LINK: Wednesday, May 14 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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