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Archives: April 2012

April
18th

A true circus of book-art by Tacoma print artist Jessica Spring at the University of Puget Sound’s Collins Library, plus artist talk by Yuki Nakamura

Letterpress blocks by Jessica Spring. Courtesy photo.

Collins Library has done it again: The University of Puget Sound library is home to yet another wonderful exhibit of book-based art, this time by Tacoma letterpress artist Jessica Spring in a kind of “Greatest Hits” compilation of her work over the last decade. Called “Circus Libris,” it truly is a circus of books: books leaping over horses, tumbling in pyramids and generally doing the kinds of tricks you don’t expect from paper and ink.

In six vertical and five horizontal glass cases the books highlight Spring’s eternal inventiveness and skill in print arts. They range over various forms, subjects and styles, but one thing sings through – the ability of handmade books to transform even mundane ideas into works of art.

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April
18th

“Cats” fills Seattle’s Paramount this week with great ensemble singing and dancing, and plenty of pyrotechnics

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer from "Cats." Photo: Joan Marcus.

Bursting back into the glamorous Seattle Paramount Theater this week is “Cats,” the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on T.S. Eliot’s “Book of Practical Cats.” Touted as the original production, this “Cats” makes a splash largely due to its excellent ensemble singing and dancing, as well as some laugh-out-loud highlights – despite a whole lot of unnecessary pyrotechnics.

As everyone discovered when this musical hit the London (then New York) stage and changed musical theater forever, “Cats” relies on atmosphere rather than plot – and this production well and truly delivers. With the original set and costume design by John Napier, the larger-than-life garbage pile and fuzzed-up cat faces from sleek Siamese to mangy cur are kicked up a notch by some brilliant make-up, which you get to see up close as the cats (sorry, that would be ‘cast’) dart into the audience, hissing in faces to great effect at the start. Read more »

April
18th

Auction of Betty Mears’ art collection on Saturday at Franke Tobey Jones, Tacoma

The extensive art collection of the late Tacoma resident and artist Betty Mears will be auctioned Saturday at Franke Tobey Jones retirement home by Pacific Gallery Artists, of which Mears was a member. Mears, an artist collected locally and nationally and winner of the 2001 Pierce County Margaret K. Williams Award, passed away last year at age 92.

Mears’ collection includes around 200 pieces of her own multimedia art and painting, plus a small collection of work by other artists both framed and unframed.

1-4 p.m. April 21. Free. Franke Tobey Jones Wellness Center, 5340 N. Bristol St., Tacoma.

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April
17th

Printers and paper-art lovers alike gather at King’s Books this Sunday for the annual Wayzgoose

Tacoma’s a hotbed for the print arts, and there’s nothing to show it quite like the annual Wayzgoose at King’s Books. The Wayzgoose – a medieval term for the annual feast given by a master printer for his employees – is now in its 8th year and humming as much as ever, with a festival involving local artists, giant steamroller prints and, new this year, a mobile print truck, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. this Sunday.

Here’s a disclaimer: My daughter’s actually one of the participants this year, selling her hand-made fashion-based cards. But I see that as a symbol

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April
17th

Bellarmine junior organizes fundraising exhibit of Nativity House art

A junior at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma has turned her compassion and generosity into an art exhibit to both highlight and raise money for the art therapy room at Nativity House, a downtown Tacoma homeless day shelter. Ally Pepin saw the art and met the artists while volunteering at Nativity House, and along with two student clubs has organized a one-day exhibit of the art at Bellarmine to raise funds for the Nativity House art room.

From Pepin’s press release: “Maybe it’s the only way they are able speak to people, maybe it’s therapy or maybe it’s their

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April
16th

Lakewood mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges wins two national opera awards

A Lakewood native has taken out two major opera awards totaling $20,000 in the last month. J’nai Bridges, 25, a mezzo-soprano who grew up in Lakewood and who recently graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, was last week awarded a Sarah Tucker Study Grant of $5,000, part of the Richard Tucker Foundation awards to recognize young opera talent in America.

The award, one of several given each year to young singers transitioning from study to professional career, follows on the heels of Bridges’ receipt of the Marian Anderson Award Prize, a $15,000 cash prize which

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April
13th

Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Performing Dance, glass at Seymour Conservatory, TEDX Talk at Museum of Glass and Salish Sea at Christ Episcopal

Tacoma Performing Dance Company dances “From the Heart”

This Saturday the Tacoma Performing Dance Company presents “Dances From the Heart”, a spring repertory program of new work by artistic director Jo Emery and guest choreographers Amity Howel-Sloboda, Jean Milano, Anna Herron and Amity Kernen. Using crescendos and stirring scores, the program explores research on how music affects heart rates and rehabilitation, and half of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 14. $22/$18. Stadium High School Performing Arts Center, 111 N. E St., Tacoma. 253-752-8530, tacomaperformingdance.org

Hilltop glass tribes at Seymour Conservatory

The Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park is now home to some newly-created archeological relics, blown in glass. “Shared Values: The Lost Tribes of Hilltop” features work of the Hilltop Artists in Residency, based at Jason Lee Middle School, as they create everyday objects reflecting an imaginary long-lost tribe. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays through May 24. $5 suggested donation. Wright Park, 316 S. G St., Tacoma. 253-591-5330, metroparkstacoma.org/conservatory. Read more »

April
12th

Gritty City Sirens are back at Tacoma’s Jazzbones with raunchy burlesque and dancer Joel Myers

Tacoma’s burlesque troupe the Gritty City Sirens took their tasseled, booty-shaking show to the next level a month ago when they ramped up for a Valentine’s show in the Pantages Theater, complete with local dancer and Tacoma City Ballet associate director Joel Myers in a star role. This weekend they’re back in the intimate (ahem) surrounds of Jazzbones for a show that includes Myers plus returning Siren Miss Pistolita.

The show, emceed by the smooth-faced Pretty Ricky and graced by the curves and feathers of performers like Rosie Cheex, Ava D’Jor, Polly Puckerup, Heather Hostility, Funny Face Fanny

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