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Archives: April 2010


Let your inner letterpress-artist go wild at this weekend’s Wayzgoose

It’s back, and it’s worth waiting for – Tacoma’s annual Wayzgoose, delayed from the usual February date, is on again this Sunday from noon-4 p.m. at King’s Books. Okay, the usual question: what the heck is a Wayzgoose? For those who haven’t been there, it’s an ancient term for a get-together of printers. No, not the computer kind. The real, flesh-and-blood kind. 

The South Sound has an unusually high proportion of letterpress artists: people who stockpile whole basements full of antique lead type, hand-cranking printing machines and art-deco woodcuts, and they put out such cool stuff as the

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“Hubble 3D” is out of this world

The Carina Nebula, photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope (NASA photo)


There is perhaps no wider gulf between reality and fiction than that in the world of space exploration.

From the days of “Buck Rogers” to “Avatar” Hollywood has repeatedly returned to the gold mine of outer space for science fiction pay dirt.

Reality, on the other hand, has had all the appeal of a documentary on pouring asphalt. NASA has done little to dispel this. Spend a few minutes watching the space agency’s TV channel and you’ll soon be nodding off to long uninterrupted shots of control rooms and unidentifiable space station parts orbiting high over earth. It’s enough to keep a bear in hibernation an extra month.
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The glint of gold – King Tut coming to Pacific Science Center

UPDATE: A representative at Pacific Science Center tells me this is a different show than the one currently in New York City, with different artifacts. So, if you saw that National Geographic-produced show in San Francisco or NYC you’ll see a different show at PSC. Still, the burial mask is not allowed to leave Egypt.

It’s official: King Tut is making his way back to Puget Sound next year after a 30-year absence.

The Pacific Science Center announced today it’s bringing “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” to Seattle, opening May 24, 2012.

Museum officials and

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Dances of many styles (including Bollywood) at PLU this weekend

Pacific Lutheran University students will bring a wide variety of movement styles to campus during “Dance Ensemble” this weekend.

The event, featuring Bollywood, Modern, Ballet and Step, will be in the Eastvold Auditorium on the PLU campus Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Thirteen original dance numbers will be performed by the university’s School of Arts and Communication. The ensemble is directed by Associate Professor Maureen McGill.

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Is King Tut coming to Puget Sound?

The Pacific Science Center in Seattle is making an announcement this morning regarding “one of history’s most treasured stories.” The only clue they sent out was a quote: “Everywhere a glint of gold…”

That’s a line from Howard Carter when he opened King Tut’s tomb in Egypt.

There’s a National Geographic-produced show that just opened in New York after closing in San Francisco. There’s no word of where it’ll head after it closes there in 2012.

Will it head to Seattle?

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed of whatever PSC’s big announcement is, King Tut or not.


World folk art at state history museum

You’ll find a world of folk art this weekend at the Washington State History Museum.

“With our Hands: World Folk Art Festival” is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Master folk artists will demonstrate their work and hands-on activities will fill this two-day festival. Enjoy performances, talk to master artists and learn about world folk art traditions. Participate in folk arts traditions such as Mexican wax flower dipping, Yakama bead working, Latvian embroidery and more.  All activities are free with museum admission, $6-8.
Schedule of performances and workshops:
Saturday and

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“The Goonies” comes to the Grand Cinema

It’s a free family movie day again at the Grand Cinema when “The Goonies” plays Saturday, April 17.

The series of gratis films has proven to be so popular that the movie house will show this film on two screens.

The 1985 film, with young versions of Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, was filmed in Astoria, Oregon. The Goonies are a group of friends that search for a lost treasure in underground caves. Spine tingling adventure and camaraderie ensue.

In the 25 years since the film was released it has achieved cult status. Fans still make pilgrimages to Astoria

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