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Archives: July 2010

July
30th

Critic’s picks: “Hamlet” spoofs at Lakewood Playhouse, free festival at Tacoma Art Museum, Nordic fundraiser for Second City Chamber Series and “Godspell” at the Kitsap Forest Theater

“Rosenkrantz” and “Hamlet” at Lakewood

Lakewood Playhouse present two Tom Stoppard comedies: the wacky “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” a behind-the-scenes version of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” told by the hero’s college buddies, and “The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet,” which is exactly (and hilariously) what it sounds like. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 15. $23/$20/$17/$15. 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

Tacoma Art Museum festival

TAM’s Best of the Northwest Free Community Festival showcases not only local art inside (the Neddys, painter Victoria Adams, plus a local version of “Tacoma’s Got Talent”) but outside also, as the CLAW cartoon

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July
29th

Join Hilltop Arts Night Out at Jason Lee Middle School next Tuesday

 

Next Tuesday you can join glassblowers, hip hop artists and musicians for the Hilltop Arts Night Out at Jason Lee Middle School. The event is part of National Night Out, which encourages communities to make streets safer by being outside, getting to know their neighbors and celebrating together. The Hilltop event is organized by the Hilltop Artists in Residence, a 16-year-old non-profit which teaches glassblowing to students at Jason Lee. On display will be live glassblowing in the school’s Hot Shop, a chalk art contest, graffiti art and dancing from the Fab5 hip hop arts crew, and

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July
29th

Christ Church Episcopal organist David Dahl to retire this Sunday

 

 

David Dahl, organist and director of music ministries for 40 years at Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal Church on North K Street, is retiring this weekend, due to weakening eyesight. His final performance will be at the 10:30 a.m. service on Aug.1. Succeeding him for 18 months as interim music director will be local organ expert Dr. Mark Brumbaugh and his wife Kathryn Nichols as choir director.

“I’ve always found David wonderful in his selection of music and choir direction,” says Jim Limerick, a vestry member at the church. “He has high taste in everything, and is respected nationwide. We’ll

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July
28th

Proctor Farmers’ Market and Proctor Art Gallery stage the second Food Bank Art-a-thon

 

Support artists, farmers and hungry folk at the same time this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers’ Market, where the second Food Bank Art-a-thon is happening from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Begun last year, the Art-a-thon was organized as a way of generating funds to buy fresh produce directly from the Farmers’ Market and donate it to the FISH Food Bank, located nearby at Mason United Methodist Church.

Twelve artists from the Proctor Art Gallery around the corner will set up easels and workstations in a covered area of the market and paint, draw and create art all

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July
28th

Pierce County Sketchcrawl is on again this Saturday in Puyallup

 

Back by popular demand this Saturday is the Pierce County Sketchcrawl, where folks who love to draw gather in Puyallup and tour the town with sketchbooks and pencils.

The Puyallup group is organized by local artist Frances Buckmaster, and meets at 9 a.m. at Forza Coffee on 210 W. Pioneer Ave. near Pioneer Park (look for people sporting art gear). Small groups then disperse to draw and share work around Pioneer Park, a site of Puyallup’s extensive outdoor sculpture gallery.

The Sketchcrawl is part of an international day of sketchcrawling (sign up for the forum at

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July
27th

24 Hour Zine Thing in Olympia this weekend

Alert all zinesters! Olympia’s second annual 24 Hour Zine Thing starts this Saturday evening, courtesy of the Olympia All Ages Project, the Olympia Timberland Library and art space Northern. What’s involved? Making zines – by hand. For 24 hours straight (stock up on sleep ahead of time) participants are challenged to make a 24-page zine from start to finish.

The Zine Thing is strictly low-tech: computer layout is verboten, meaning you make your zine the old-fashioned way, with pens, paper, scissors and glue. Supplies will be provided by feel free to bring your own to use or

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July
27th

Learn how to publish a book at the next Poet Laureate workshop

Want to write a book? Can’t start? Too many rejections? Tacoma’s Poet Laureate is coming to your rescue with a self-publishing workshop this Sunday at Urban Grace Church. A self-published author herself (“The Vicissitudes” (2009, Pearle Publications) included several poems that won her the Laureateship this year), Tammy Robacker has lined up two other published writers to help you out of your rut.

“Indie Lit Chicks on Publishing” is open to poets and writers of all styles, and features Robacker, who also was co-editor of poetry anthology “In Tahoma’s Shadow,” zine creator Zoe Zolbrod whose novel “Currency”

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July
26th

The War Experience Project painting workshop for veterans explores healing through art

 

Tacoma military veterans and their families will have the chance to combat trauma and explore healing through art this weekend in the War Experience Project, brought for the first time to Tacoma by Bellingham vet and self-taught artist Rick Lawson. The Project offers four-hour painting workshops on July 30, 31 and August 2 for veterans and their families at the Tacoma Vet Center.

Sponsored in part by arts non-profit Shunpike, the War Experience Project was started in December 2008 after Lawson, who served as a specialist in Iraq from 2004-05, took an art class at Western

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