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Archives: Sep. 2010


‘Local Sightings’ brings Northwest talent to screen

Several South Sound filmmakers have films showing in the NorthWest Film Forum’s Local Sightings festival this week.

The festival, now in its 13th year, runs Friday through Wednesday at the Film Forum’s cinemas on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Six feature films and 75 shorts will be screened. Friday’s opening-night film is the coming-of-age dramedy “Bummer Summer” by Olympia filmmaker Zach Weintraub. It shows at 7 p.m.

Also on the schedule is Tacoma filmmaker Jason Gutz’s documentary “Heaven Failed,” which will show at 5 p.m. Saturday. The film explores the life and dreams of David

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New gallery opening this weekend with Puyallup’s Art and Wine Walk

Puyallup has a brand new art gallery, starting this weekend. Gallery Three on the ground floor of the new City Hall building is a cooperative of local artists, and a division of the non-profit arts group Valley Arts United. The opening coincides with the Puyallup Art and Wine Walk.

From the press release: “Gallery Three is place where people can come to appreciate quality art and support local artisans by purchasing a variety of affordable pieces including pottery, jewelry, glass, sculpture and paintings. It’s also where you can experience, connect and learn about an array of creative arts

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Soprano Kimberly Giordano in recital at PLU


Popular Tacoma opera soprano Kimberly Giordano and pianist Rhonda Kline will perform in recital at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall next Thursday. Giordano is known from her performances as Micaela in “Carmen” and Marguerite in “Faust” with Tacoma Opera,  and will sing Nedda in TO’s  “I Pagliacci” next spring. 

For this recital, part of PLU’s Artist Series, Giordano and Kline will reprise recent successful performances in Seattle and New York, including songs by Bellini, Schubert, Schumann, Canteloube, Hundley, Mollicone and Sondheim.

8 p.m. Oct. 7. $8/$5 for seniors and PLU alumni. Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-535-7787, www.events.plu.edu


James Hume tags Mona’s backside


If you ever thought Sandpiper Gallery was just for calming photographs of Puget Sound sunsets, you obviously haven’t been down there lately. Thanks to concrete art diva Lynn DiNino, the gallery is transforming into an alter-ego of quirky sculpture, wearable art and now graffiti-based subversive wit from Lakewood painter James Hume.

Apart from his famous father Ed Hume of Northwest gardening fame, Hume’s best known for Kulture Lab, the insta-gallery phenomenon which sprang up in various downtown venues a few years ago and involved the dark, moody painters based in Rampart Gallery, among others. Hume’s own work is sarcastic

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Tour Fort Nisqually by candlelight

Time travel back to 1859 during Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s annual Candlelight Tours this weekend. On Friday and Saturday evenings the former Hudson’s Bay Company fort will be lit with campfires and candles (and hopefully some stars and a moon), peopled with re-enactors portraying the laborers, servants and rich folks of the time.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to adopt 19th-century speech yourself. According to the press release, “these people from the past won’t be aware of their 21st-century visitors. To them, tour groups are merely spirits from the future.” Indeed.

One-hour tours begin every 15 minutes

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Critic’s Picks: Museum Day, state high school photo show, Fulcrum Gallery, the Gallery at TCC

Free museums on National Museum Day

National Museum Day is this Saturday, and a handful of local museums are participating in the Smithsonian Magazine-organized event by offering free admission. Museums include: Fort Nisqually, Foss Waterway Seaport, Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma; the Frye Museum, Burke Museum, Seattle Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; and the Hands-On Childrens’ Museum in Olympia. Get your downloadable tickets and information at www.smithsonianmag.com.

State high school photo show at TAM

The 2010 Washington State High School Photography Exhibit is on again at Tacoma Art Museum, featuring

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Mourn the Luzon with cardboard costumes and a flashlight Wake


Do you miss the Luzon? The historic 1891 Burnham and Root-designed building was demolished at Pacific and South 13th exactly one year ago, and Tacoma’s artists and historians are planning a wake. This Sunday they’ll be at the former Luzon site wearing costumes inspired by other historic Tacoma buildings (saved or razed). There’ll be a parade, cake, and flashlight-spotlit speakers including Sharon Winters from Historic Tacoma and Jennifer Mortensen of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

Winters will speak on at-risk historic Tacoma buildings, while Mortensen will speak on the Luzon itself.

Don’t have a historic-building costume handy? Join

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Northwest Film and Arts Festival at the Robert Daniel Gallery

Can’t wait for the Tacoma Film Fest at the Grand Cinema? The Northwest Film and Arts Festival is on this weekend at the Robert Daniel Gallery, giving local artists and filmmakers the chance to show work. The works are all short videos ranging from short stories to music videos to skits, and the walls of the screening room will be lined with black-and-white photography. As well, there’ll be painting, color photography and live music, plus – of course – popcorn.

Artists include filmmakers Art Reynolds, Daniel Garrison and Natalie Smith, and photographer Lila Schaffler.

6 p.m. Sept. 25-26. $10. Robert Daniel Gallery, 2501

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