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Archives: Feb. 2010

Feb.
26th

Critic’s Picks: Tacoma City Ballet, Barefoot Dance, D.A.S.H. Showtime and Vietnam vet play reading

Tacoma City Ballet’s “Fingers and Toes”

In collaboration with guitarist Neil Anderssen’s band Malibu Manouche, Tacoma City Ballet’s new performance “Fingers and Toes” choreographs to the band’s new album of surf-toned jazz. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $10. Jan Collum ballroom, Merlino Building, 508 S. 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, www.tacomacityballet.com

Barefoot Dance Film Night

A casual evening of short dance-based art films by local artists, hosted by the Barefoot Collective. 8 p.m. March 1. $5, hot drinks, popcorn and cushions provided. Studio B, Tacoma City Ballet, Merlino Building, 508 S. 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, www.barefootcollective.org

Showtime at the D.A.S.H. center

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Feb.
25th

Another Dennis James video

This was made at the same time as Rosemary’s and I should have posted it sooner, but I was out of town. Sorry for the delay.
Joe Barrentine | Staff Photo

Feb.
25th

Dennis James playing the glass armonica

If any of you read my story last Sunday on local musician and Renaissance Man Dennis James, you’ll realize that the chance to see and hear someone playing the glass armonica is both right on our doorstep (James lives at the Harmon Lofts downtown) and very rare (he’s one of only a few players in the world, and is moving soon to the East Coast.)

For those who haven’t read the story: The glass armonica is an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin, and involves a set of concentric glass bowls played by rubbing the rims with a wet finger.

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Feb.
24th

Bid for local-artist-designed furniture at Chair Affair fundraiser for the Northwest Furniture Bank

I don’t often cover fundraisers in this blog, or elsewhere – there are just too many, all very worthy, and too many other purely artistic events that it’s my beat to cover. But occasionally, something comes up that’s both, and this week, the Chair Affair is one such.

The Northwest Furniture Bank is holding its inaugural Chair Affair auction at the Tacoma Art Museum on March 4. The event features dozens of unique chairs designed and decorated by local artists, including a Hosukai tribute by Judy Buskirk, a bondage-inspired Dominatrix chair by Judy Gilbert and Chholing Taha’s

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Feb.
23rd

Safeco makes large art donation to Washington Art Consortium

Safeco Insurance announced recently that it has donated more than 800 works from the Safeco Art Collection to the Washington Art Consortium, an educational cooperative of seven Washington museums including the Tacoma Art Museum. The Safeco collection is the oldest and most renowned corporate collection of exclusively Northwest art, said the corporation in a press release, and this donation represents the company’s “continued commitment to the Northwest community.”

Among the donation are works of art by internationally known Northwest artists Jacob Lawrence, Fay Jones, Morris Graves, Barbara Thomas and George Tsutakawa, and includes includes nearly 500 works on paper,

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Feb.
23rd

Make your own tiles with artist Claudia Riedener

Tacoma artist Claudia Riedener has one of my favorite houses in the city. Outside there’s a fascinating jungle of plants that inspire her hand-made, nature-based tiles, and inside is like an exotic Asian temple filled with just those tiles, tendrilling up kitchen walls, bamboo-ing around the bathroom and generally making the walls as three-dimensional as they can get. Here’s a story I did on her last year.

But until now, if Riedener’s work inspired to you craft your own clay relief tiles, you had to figure it out for yourself. No more. This weekend Riedener is holding two

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Feb.
22nd

Theatre Northwest romp in with a hilarious “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Theatre on the Square

From snazzy dance numbers to perfectly-timed farce, Theatre Northwest’s current production of the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is everything you want a theater piece to be. After a few not-quite-there shows, it seems the one-year-old professional company has now found a secure footing.

Filling up the Theatre on the Square stage last weekend with lush Mediterranean sets of marble balustrades and bougainvillea, TNW told the story of two rival con-men on the French Riviera with all the poise and panache of a big city company. Sets ran on and off smoothly, the orchestra was both excellent and unobtrusive, and a backdrop of projected images gave both atmosphere (olive-fringed sunsets) and irony (a moon rising at just the right moment.) The chorus segued in and out of cute costumes and suave choreography with professionalism.

But it was the cast of “Scoundrels” that really made this production glitter. Read more »

Feb.
18th

TCC literature teacher wins sonnet prize

Richard Wakefield, long-time literature instructor at Tacoma Community College, is the winner of  this year’s Howard Nemerov Sonnet Competition. The competition is an annual event established in 1994 by former poetry journal “The Formalist” , and carries a $1,000 cash prize. 

Wakefield’s winning sonnet “Petrarch,” a Petrarchan sonnet commenting on that Renaissance poet from a 21st-century perspective, was chosen from around 3,000 entries, and will be published in the magazine “Measure.” 

Wakefield, a graduate of the University of Washington and former literary critic at the Seattle Times, has taught English literature classes at Tacoma Community College for 25 years, also serving as an adjunct faculty member at

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