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Archives: May 2011

May
31st

Suzanna Leigh’s silk paintings and tea in University Place

The Green Spot Tea House and gallery plays host this weekend to painter Suzanna Leigh, whose recent work of paintings on silk were inspired by stories from her travels in China.

Artist reception 2 p.m. June 4. Free. 3318 Bridgeport Way W., Suite B, University Place. 253-565-2832, www.greenspottea.com

 

May
31st

Greek theater in Olympia at Evergreen State College

South Puget Sound isn’t exactly brimming with Ancient Greek theater, so here’s a great chance to see two plays in the one weekend. The Greek Theatre Program at Evergreen State College in Olympia is mounting Euripides’ tragedy “The Trojan Women,” about the slavery and misery that awaits the wives of soldiers in the Trojan Wars, and Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” set in the conflicted end of the Athenian empire and its democracy, as Lysistrata and her female cohorts boycott sex until their men agree to their demands.

Both dramas date from the 5th century B.C., and are fully produced with costumes and

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May
31st

Rainier League of Arts in Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood

Amateur arts group the Rainier League of Arts and Lakewold Gardens present an art show at Lakewold Gardens this weekend. “Spring Is In the Air,” shown in the historic Wagner House, features 70 paintings, blown glass and sculpture by local artists, who will also be painting live in the gardens. The art will be for sale.

“Spring is in the Air” runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3-5, with an artist reception 3-4 p.m. June 5. Entry fee $7/$5/free for under-12. Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood. 253-584-4106, www.lakewoldgardens.org

 

May
27th

Critic’s Picks: Seattle Folklife Festival, Rockwell closes at Tacoma Art Museum, sumi at Mary Boze gallery and American Art Co

Folklife Festival this weekend

If you’ve been to the annual Seattle Folklife Festival you’ll know it’s a great weekend; if you haven’t, check it out: national and local acts from klezmer to kindie rock, busking to drum circles, Celtic to Greek, and all free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today through May 29, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 30. Free (by donation). Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-684-7300, www.nwfolklife.org

Last chance to see Rockwell at TAM

“American Chronicles: the art of Norman Rockwell” closes at Tacoma Art Museum this weekend. The last chance to see all those iconic images and magazine covers

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May
26th

Edgy glass and neon sculpture at Tacoma’s Fulcrum Gallery

It might have a pretentious name, but don’t let that put you off. Fulcrum Gallery’s latest show “Pr3v1ews & Pr0toTyp3s” is an inventive combination of two of Tacoma’s most edgy glass artists – Galen McCarty Turner in flashing weird-science neon, and Oliver Doriss with elegant in-your-face cast glass – and together the effect goes way beyond the sum of the parts.

With Turner around the walls and Doriss in the center, “Pr3v1ews” is an extremely balanced show, which only highlights the way each artist pushes boundaries. Turner creates neon sculptures – twisty, spirally, bulbous tubes of clear glass

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May
25th

Best of Brick House: a whimsical group show from familiar faces at the Tacoma hilltop gallery

Brick House Gallery, despite opening only on third Thursday ArtWalks, has been steadily making a name in the Tacoma art scene for a year now. And this month, doubly so: The red brick house on South Fawcett is one of two local venues hosting superb tapestry work by Washington artists (the other is the library’s Handforth gallery – watch this blog for an upcoming review), and right next door is a white wooden house still under renovation by gallerist Peter MacDonald, who has hung an invitational show made up of the best of Brick House’s artists.

As with

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May
25th

Vashon bi-annual Poetry Fest this weekend

It’s on again: the Vashon Poetry Fest, held every other year at cafes, bookshops, schools and other locations around the island through Memorial Weekend, and featuring poets Sam Hamill, Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda giving readings and workshops, as well as other local poets and spoken word artists.

This year’s theme is “Passport to Poetry,” emphasizing “poetry’s power to cross and erase borders and boundaries,” according to the press release. A festival passport will be given to all participants, and the featured poets echo the theme: Hamill is a former Marine who will read and speak on the relation of

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May
24th

Tacoma’s Broadway Center 2011/12 season tickets on sale Thursday for members/multi-show

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in their "Swan Lake" parody. Courtesy photo.

The Broadway Center for Performing Arts has announced the 2011/12 season for Tacoma’s downtown theaters, and tickets go on sale for members and multi-show packages 11 a.m. this Thursday. General public tickets go on sale July 15.

The new season offers over 30 events from rock, folk and Latin to comedy, theater, dance, film and family programs. Highlights include The Monkees (July) and iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove (August), Latin acts Deseo Carmin (February) and the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra (March), comedians Margaret Cho (October) and Joan Rivers (November), comedy theater such as the Reduced Shakespeare Company (March) and the Seattle Comedy Competition (November) plus comedic drag dance troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (February) and an Audrey Hepburn film series. The locally-produced series of staged August Wilson readings continues.

Tickets available at 253-591-5894 or www.broadwaycenter.org.

 

Here’s the season so far:

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