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Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2009 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
August 21, 2009 6:00 am

Judy Gilbert, “Electron Dance.” Photo Jerry Gilbert.

Mad Hat gets waxed

Local artist Judy Gilbert recently turned from watercolor to encaustic ("painting" with pigment and wax.) The results – hypnotic swirls, textured lions’ manes – are on view at Mad Hat Tea Company. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day through September. Free. 1130 Commerce St., Tacoma. 253-441-2111, www.madhattea.com

"Port Gamble Anthology": a play about a town

All Port Gamble’s a stage this Saturday thanks to the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance and the Academy of International Education. Japanese students and NPA playwrights act this adaption of Edgar Lee Masters’ "Spoon River Anthology," translated to Port Gamble and set in various locations around town through the day. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Free. LOCATTION TBD. www.northwestplaywrights.org

Free reading of two local plays at Origin 23

Give your feedback at a café reading of two plays by local playwright Nick Stokes, slated for full production this November: a tale of homeless locals in Fireman’s Park and the story of a couple snowbound in a Montana motel. 7 p.m. Aug. 24. Free. Origin 23 Coffee, 3518 6th Ave., Tacoma. www.northwestplaywrights.org

Bustles, corsets and bras at White River Valley Museum

This Auburn history museum is showing "Suffer for Beauty," a history of women from 1850-1950 through undergarments like the 18-inch-waist corset and the hobble skirt. Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday Aug. 18-Nov. 8. $2 adults/$1 children and seniors/free on Wednesdays. White River Valley Museum, Les Gove Park, 918 H St. S.E.,

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