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Archives: July 2011


Critic’s Picks: “Porgy” at Seattle Opera, Colby at Flow gallery, Tacoma’s Ethnic Fest and Johnson at Viceroy

“Porgy and Bess” in Seattle

This weekend sees the opening of Seattle Opera’s production of “Porgy and Bess,” the seminal American opera by jazz master George Gershwin that includes favorites like “Summertime” and “It ain’t necessarily so.” Starring Gordon Hawkins as Porgy and Lisa Daltirus as Bess. 6:30 p.m. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 6, 10, 12 and 20; 2 p.m. Aug. 14.

From $25. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, Seattle. 800.426.1619, www.seattleopera.org

Colby prints at Flow

Respected printmaker Bill Colby shows new work at Flow: the “Helix” series of intricately blended woodcut patterns in bright watercolors.

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Art, wine, music and dance for Tacoma City Ballet’s seventh Studio Art Gallery night

Local artwork, live music, wine, dessert and cool choreography mix together for the Tacoma City Ballet’s Studio Art Gallery VII this Saturday night.

Occuring every few months, the open-house gallery evenings are held in the lavish, gilt-tipped ballroom at the Merlino Building, which TCB and other dance groups use for rehearsals, classes and shows. Work from local artists is displayed round the walls and in the side studios, there’s live music and refreshments, and TCB assistant director Joel Myers will show new choreography performed by TCB dancers.

7-10 p.m. July 30. $5 includes glass of wine and dessert. 21+. Jan

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A big, furry canine car in Old Town Tacoma

Well, I’m not really supposed to cover events that happen to other TNT journalists – but I can’t resist this one. Friends of photographer Janet Jensen (including fellow photographer Peter Haley) had been pestering her for ages about making a certain dog part of her household. Janet had been refusing, and finally they pulled a very conspicuous prank that’s totally worthy of the arts blog – turning Janet’s car into an art installation (a.k.a. furry dog).

It’s amazing what you can achieve with plastic wrap and a whole lot of dog hair salon clippings. Until this morning the car was

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Wooten’s feminine trees, Shakov’s unalluring women at Sandpiper

It’s curious, but the most feminine artworks at Sandpiper Gallery right now are the wire trees. The nude female photographs on the walls, meanwhile, are highly androgynized. Together they make up a duo exhibition at the Old Town gallery by a husband and wife: Vladimir Shakov, who takes the vintage silver gelatin photographs, and Chris Wooten, who makes the trees.

Even though there are just six of them, it’s the trees that catch your eye. Intricate sculptures of copper and colored wire with mixed-media foliage, they float in a fantasy world where nature glitters and trees have spirits. Wooten sculpts

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma poetry walk, Sandpiper Gallery, Jazz Port Townsend and Second City Chamber Series at Lakewold Gardens

Tacoma Poetry Walk

Following on from the recently published Downtown On the Go Walk Tacoma maps, local poet Luke Smiraldo will lead a poetry walk around the brewery district, stopping at various locations to allow participants to write about their surroundings and take in the urban landscape. Journals, water and snacks supplied. Noon today. Free. Starts at University of Washington staircase, 1900 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. RSVP by July 18 to 253-682-1739 or dotg@tacomachamber.org

Shakov and Wooten at Sandpiper

Tacoma husband and wife team Valdimir Shakov and Chris Wooten show individual work at Sandpiper: Shakov’s silver gelatin photographs of shimmer-draped

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Third Proctor Food Bank Art-a-thon this Saturday in Tacoma

Artists from the Proctor Art Gallery are once again volunteering their time and talent this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers Market to help raise money for the Mason Fish Food Bank. The third annual Proctor Food Bank Art-a-thon will see artists painting and making art during market hours to attract donations and pledges to buy fresh market produce for the food bank.

Over the past two art-a-thons the PAG artists, led by Carolyn Burt, have raised $2,700 for the market. Over the same period, the Mason Fish Food Bank has seen an increase of 70 per cent of clients

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American Art Company stays in business with sale

The American Art Company in downtown Tacoma is holding a “staying in business” sale, featuring two dimensional artwork at a 50 percent discount.

The store is a commercial gallery of two and three-dimensional work by local and international artists, as well as offering framing, and has been in business since 1889; at its Broadway location since 1984. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays through Aug. 6. American Art Company, 1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma. 253-272-4327, www.americanartco.com



Still-life with slugs: slimy paintings in Tacoma’s Telephone Room gallery

The latest show in the Telephone Room gallery (a private house gallery in Tacoma) pays tribute not to the tiny room but what’s just outside it in the garden. “Trails” is a series of eight oil paintings by Seattle artist Chris Thompson celebrating slugs and snails – what we fear, what they strive for. Well, metaphorically, anyway.

Thompson does some fun little portraits of snails in unlikely poses – a swashbuckling pirate, a menacing medieval (wielding a mace on each antenna), an army tank – but his best work is the most subtly surreal: slug still-life. Exploring both the

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