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Archives: Nov. 2011


Identities, portraits and a free community festival at Tacoma Art Museum

It’s all happening at Tacoma Art Museum this Sunday: The annual Let It Snow free community festival also includes the second annual 20/20 Identity and Portrait Project, featuring 20 local individuals sharing stories and photographic portraits in anticipation of the major photographic exhibition Hide/Seek coming to TAM in 2012.

The festival ushers in winter with music from bell choir the Rainier Ringers, dance performances from Metro Arts and Grant Elementary students, make-it-yourself pop-up holiday cards or ornaments and more. You can also walk across Pacific Avenue to the new ice rink, co-sponsored by the museum. All museum entry is

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Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tickets go on sale Saturday

Dane Agostinis as Beast and Emily Behny as Belle. Photo by Joan Marcus

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. The show will play The Paramount Theatre February 21-26.

Tickets start at $25 for the Broadway musical and will be available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
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Lakewood Playhouse does “Oliver”

Okay, full disclosure – this is a post about which I am completely and utterly biased. My daughter Bianca is in the youth chorus of “Oliver,” which just opened at Lakewood Playhouse, and so of course I think it’s a great show.

But there are other reasons, nothing to do with her, why you might think it’s a great show too. First of all is the musical itself: Written by pop music composer Lionel Bart, its 1960 London premiere got 23 curtain calls thanks to Bart’s witty lyrics and catchy songs (think “Consider Yourself,” “You’ve Got to Pick a

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Tacoma makes curator’s cut in online photo gallery of 1970s pollution

In the 1970s the Environmental Protection Agency lauched it’s own Farm Security Administration-like photo documentation of America, with an emphasis on environmental degradation.

Alan Taylor of The Atlantic Monthly recently spent some time combing through the Library of Congress’s collection of 15,000 photos to present 46 of them here in the project called DOCUMERICA: Images of America in Crisis in the 1970s. And, yes, Tacoma and Seattle are in there.


The Esoterics sing the O antiphons for Advent at Christ Episcopal in Tacoma

Interestingly, for a secular choir, The Esoterics are welcoming the pre-Christmas season of Advent with – well – a Christian Advent program. The Seattle a cappella choir, with its adventurous director Eric Banks, strong voices and innate musicality, is known for singing completely out of the box; but if you think their Admirabile program is the usual Christmas listening experience, think again. They’ll combine Arvo Pärt’s “Magnificat” with renditions of the O Antiphons (music based on the seven names for Christ in the Bible) by three contemporary composers: the Estonian Pärt, the Polish Pawel Lukaszewski and Seattle’s own John Muehleisen,

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Critic’s Picks: Dorito-fed art at Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker” in Seattle, Tollefson Plaza Skate Rink art and Kinoshita at Fulcrum

Lynn Di Nino, “Pin a Dorito on an American.” Photo courtesy Tom Holt and Elayne Vogel.

Dorito-fed Americans in GTCF show downtown

Twelve nominees for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s annual Foundation of Art award, as well as award winner Jessica Spring, will exhibit their work in the street window of Tacoma’s Chamber of Commerce building this week. Among them is Lynn Di Nino, whose installation of five rotund, corn-fed paper-mache figures is titled “Pin a Dorito on an American.” Preview 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30, then viewable 24/7 through January. Free. Chamber of Commerce building, 11th and Pacific Avenues, Tacoma.www.tacomafoundation.org

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

PNB’s famous “Nutcracker,” a sparkling collaboration between choreographer Kent Stowell and illustrator Maurice Sendak, opens this weekend in Seattle, with local caroling groups and lobby activities before each show. Nov. 25-Dec. 27. $28-$123. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org

Artist market and mural at skate rink

When Tollefson Plaza turns into an outdoor skating rink today, it’ll include some art: See Jeremy Gregory’s 27-foot Seuss-inspired “Twoville” on a wood frame surrounding the Christmas tree lot trailer, the yellow-floats pool installation by Holly Senn, Janet Marcavage and Bret Lyon, and the many artist-made goodies on sale at the European-style holiday market. Art 24/7, market 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2. Free. Tollefson Plaza, 1900 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. www.polarplaza.com

Caribou art by Lisa Kinoshita at Fulcrum

Local metalsmith, jeweler and installation artist Lisa Kinoshita explores themes of backyard wildlife and suburbia in “Study #1: Backyard” at Fulcrum Gallery. Noon-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Dec. 3. Free. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-2500520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com

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A Collins Library exhibit at Tacoma’s University of Puget Sound explores transgender identity through photography and written word.

Irielle Dean, "Lukas G." Courtesy photo.

It’s not fantastic art, but it moves you just as much. “T-Town Transgender Neighbors: A Portrait Exhibition,” which just went up at the University of Puget Sound Collins Library, is a portrait show in the deepest sense of the work: 13 works of photography and text that delve into the most fundamental aspect of people’s lives, their gender.

The show impresses, not with visual tricks, but with stories. Each of the 13 folks shown in 11×13 photograph and text has coped in some way with transgender issues, with outcomes ranging from crossdressing acceptance to surgery and a complete estrangement from their old life. The photography by Irielle Dean is polished but conventional, subjects posed in front of Tacoma landmarks like the Narrows Bridge or Wright Park. There are a couple that have more depth of eye, like “Lukas G.”, slouched defiantly in front of a slash of graffiti downtown, the light bisecting him on a diagonal. But in a way, the conventionality does more than place these people squarely in our own neighborhood; it frames them as would a prom or wedding photo: mainstream, accepted.

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“Hip-Heart” free poetry event for young writers offered Sunday at Kings’ Books by Tacoma poet laureate Josie Emmons Turner.

Josie Emmons Turner, Tacoma’s current poet laureate, is hosting the open mic poetry event “Hip-Heart” for high school and college-age student writers this Sunday at King’s Books, Tacoma. Students are invited to read either poetry or short prose. The event is part of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s annual Art at Work month, lasting through November each year.

“Young people have such fresh ideas and so few very public venues in which to share their work.  I am hosting this opportunity for the community to hear and support the work of young writers,” Emmons Turner said. An MFA graduate from

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