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Archives: Dec. 2011


Mt. Rainier art mightn’t work for Olympia, but it’s perfect for Tacoma veterans’ clinic

Olympia artist Kim Merriman has turned a rejection from Olympia’s new City Hall into a gift for herself and the new VA Puget Sound health clinic on American Lake in Tacoma: a triptych painting a light-infused scene of Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound in fused glass and brushed aluminum.

Merriman, who worked for 20 years as a portrait photographer and has recently begun working in glass and metal, created the triptych as a submission to the juried selection of art for Olympia’s new City Hall building. The glass piece shows a soaring blue-and-white Mt. Rainier, with sunset

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Critic’s picks: Rich Wetzel’s jazz at the Harmon Tacoma, First Night Tacoma, Carmina Burana in Bellevue and the Seattle Symphony

Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra at the Harmon

Usher in 2012 with big band jazz played by Rich Wetzel and his Groovin’ Higher Orchestra this New Year’s Eve at the Harmon Brewery & Restaurant. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Free, all ages. Harmon Brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. 253-383-2739, www.harmonbrewingco.com

First Night Tacoma

Arts-based, family-friendly, alcohol-free First Night is back, celebrating the incoming New Year with giant dragon puppets, fire performers, fire pits, bands, dancing and more. Begins with parade 6:30 p.m. from Sanford and Son along Broadway to the Pantages Theater (901 Broadway), then various downtown locations until midnight.

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Celebrate a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve at the Tacoma Public Library main branch, including harpist Leslie McMichael

Two events at the Tacoma Public Library main branch this Saturday are great for young kids wanting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a reasonable hour. They’re First Night events but are free and don’t need the $10 button. And like other First Night shows, they’re arts-related.

At 11 a.m. kids can party in a Happy Noon Year with a concert, making festive party hats, drinking toasts and watching the ball drop at 12 noon.

At 3 p.m. the library will screen 1917 silent classic “A Little Princess,” starring the angelic Mary Pickford, with a brand-new music score composed

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Four abstract artists fire up Tacoma’s B2 gallery in “Cold Fusion”

Jeff G. Mitchell, "Fatal Edge." Image courtesy B2 Gallery.

Following on from its “Hot Fusion” show in summer, Tacoma’s B2 gallery on St. Helens Avenue downtown highlights four abstract artists for “Cold Fusion,” a show that includes some extremely strong work in painting and photography.

Best of the bunch is Judy Hintz Cox, whose painterly abstracts play with a textured white background imprinted with elements of black and just one other color. Almost sumi-like in the way she pays attention to paint drips and single, wide brush strokes, Cox uses the single colors judiciously to speak eloquently and emotionally. In “Fear Not 2” the splash of rust red falls on the thickly spread white like the shock of blood on snow. Just visible underneath the background are hints of newsprint, like a memory. Other red works are equally strong; those on a corridor wall with apple-green and more Miro-like geometrics, like “Inspired by Cello,” are less effective, with simpler texture in the background.

Photographer Jeff Mitchell exhibits two series all of the same object, one black-and-white, one color. It’s so close-up as to be unrecognizable, though it’s reminiscent of the curvy lines of the Bilbao Guggenheim museum, frequent inspiration of photographers around the world for its space-age asymmetry and shiny metal surface. Closely cropped, Mitchell’s black-and-white photographs bring out the light playing on the curves, tricking the eye’s perspective like an Escher drawing, the shadows flattening into the foreground and the shiny light flipping into the background. The color series isn’t as arresting but the composition is still compelling, placing curves and lines in unexpected parts of the frame.

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Critic’s picks: “Oliver” at Lakewood Playhouse, “Pinocchio” at Centerstage Federal Way, “A Christmas Carol” at Tacoma Little Theatre, and glass miniatures at Traver Gallery

Last call for “Oliver” at Lakewood Playhouse

There’s one last chance tonight to see “Oliver,” that Lionel Bart hit about a young orphan who falls in with singing pickpockets amid songs like “Consider Yourself.” 8 p.m. tonight. $28/$25/$22. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

One more “Pinocchio” at Centerstage Theatre

One last chance tonight to see the British panto-inspired version of “Pinocchio,” replete with cross-dressing Dame, silly gags and song. 7 p.m. tonight. $27.50/$22.50/$10. Centerstage Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com

And two more shows of “A Christmas

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South Kitsap High School music program wins $10,000 in Schools of the Rock Battle of the Bands

South Kitsap High School has won the fifth annual Schools of The Rock Battle of the Bands competition, sponsored by The Rock Wood Fired Pizza restaurant. The school’s music program won the $10,000 prize in the competition that pitted 28 high school marching bands from across Washington and the Portland, Ore. area against each other with online video recordings of rock hits.

The 10 schools with the most text votes were judged by a panel of celebrity judges, including Andy McKeag from The Presidents of the United States of America; Brad McDavid, band leader at the University of Washington;

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UPS professor and writer Hans Ostrom sees his novel “Three To Get Ready” go to film as “Napa,” starring Rose McGowan

It sounds like every writer’s dream: Have a book published,  have a Hollywood director pick it up and turn it to film, and even get a role yourself. That’s what’s happening to Hans Ostrom, professor of African American Studies and English at the University of Puget Sound, whose 1991 murder mystery “Three to Get Ready” is about to film as “Napa,” in Napa itself, under the direction of Michael Kerr and featuring Rose McGowan. And Ostrom himself has a role.

“It’s pretty exciting – it’s the first screenplay I’ve had produced,” says Ostrom, who has been writing

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Celebrate the light with storytelling theater group Live Paint at Tacoma’s Swasey Library

Imagine a show that brings together art, theater and music, together with telling stories, and you’ve got Live Paint, a Tacoma-based kids’ creativity group that has been helping local kids (and adults) tell stories through the arts for a few years now. It’s been hosting free shows at Tacoma Public Library branches this month, and Thursday afternoon at Swasey branch is the last show.

The company was founded by professional actor Cindy Arnold, who draws on cultural travel to Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia for the stories and cultural artifacts in the Live Paint shows. The company has

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