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Archives: Aug. 2012


Critic’s Picks: Photography at the UPS Collins library, Indian art at SAAM, glass workshops at Museum of Glass and Olympia Harbor Days

Qatar photography at the Collins

Husband and wife team Andrew Gardner (UPS anthropology associate professor) and Kristin Giordano (photographer) blur genre boundaries in a new exhibit at the Collins Library at the University of Puget Sound, exploring the lives of labor migrants in the Gulf Coast. 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday through September. Free. Collins Memorial Library, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 523-879-2664, pugetsound.edu/library

Indian art at SAAM

Seattle Asian Art Museum goes to India with two new exhibits of old and contemporary art from the subcontinent.

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Vicci Martinez, Fab-5, Recess Monkey, Squeak Squawk and Double Shot Theatre among many offerings at Broadway Center’s Fall Free for All later this month

Put it on your calendar now – the 2012 Fall Free for All festival, organized by Tacoma’s Broadway Center for Perfoming Arts September 21-22, is bigger and better than ever, with headline acts like singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez and kindie rockers Recess Monkey. Best of all, it’s still all free.

A teaser for the Broadway Center’s new season and an enticement to get new theater-goers downtown, the Fall Free for All was a success last year, though Sunday saw far fewer crowds and a less festive atmosphere. This year, though, the headline act Vicci Martinez is sure to draw crowds, and

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Skyward art and Elvises at this year’s Bumbershoot, on in Seattle this weekend

Most people think live music when they think of Bumbershoot, Seattle’s famous Labor Day weekend arts festival in the Seattle Center. But if you have time in between the bands you came to hear, there’s plenty of visual art too.

“Skyward” is one of the headline visual art exhibitions at Bumbershoot this year, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and the beginning of popular cartoon The Jetsons. Curated by Shelly Leavens of the Gage Academy of Art and metalsmith Jana Brevick, “Skyward” brings together a variety of artists envisioning a future lived in the

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Critic’s Picks: Rainier League of Arts at Weyerhaeuser, Play Buffet, Puyallup Arts in the Park and Lakewood Playhouse

Rainier League of Arts at the Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Gardens

A mixed media art show by the Rainier League of Arts will be held in the unique Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Gardens in Federal Way beginning Saturday. More than 22 works range from jewelry and blown glass to paint. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Sept. 19; artist reception 1:30-4 p.m. Aug. 26. Free. Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way. weyerhaeuser.com

Lakewood’s “Love Letters” continues

Lakewood Playhouse’s unique spin on A.R. Gurney’s 1989 play “Love Letters” continues this weekend and through Aug. 28. The play, telling the story of a written romance that lasts a

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Sculptural and serene sumi-e at Tacoma’s Flow gallery; Diane Hansen’s Venus glass next door at 301 Puyallup

Tacoma’s gallery scene is rapidly dwindling to one open only on third Thursdays; but there are two mini-galleries along Puyallup Avenue that are nevertheless visible from the street the rest of the time (and from inside too, if you make an appointment). Flow and 301 are just one door apart, and while this month’s offerings are quite different, they both offer serene sculpture in two very different media: sumi-e at Flow, and glass at 301.

At Flow, Selinda Sheridan pushes sumi-e to its three-dimensional limits and beyond. Always refined, ever inventive, her work is a delight to see: tiny cocoons

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The darkness of Mexico’s drug wars, now on the walls in Tacoma at Brick House gallery

Richard Turner, "Fiesta with Masks." Courtesy image.

When Tacoma artist Richard Turner built a winter home just south of Acapulco, Mexico a few years ago, it was a place of sunshine, tourists and good times. His art was bright, simple oils that used primitive thick black outlines and vibrant limes, aquas and oranges to convey the joy of life there. In the last few years, though, life has turned dark: the tourists dwindling, business bad and violence escalating from the battle between drug lords and the U.S. government. Expressing this in art, Turner started darkening his paintings with black shadows, copying Internet photos and taking local portraits of those who suffer. The result is up now at Brick House Gallery as “Darkness and Light,” and it’s a show well worth seeing and thinking about.

The “light” half of the show mostly fills the front room of the old brick venue. Brightly hued and simplistic, the Picasso-esque curves and humanistic animals tell fantasy stories set in a sunlit Mexican landscape – “Fiesta with Masks” is an annual holiday in the town where Turner spends half his year. Pinks, greens and vermilions bounce around the canvas, and blue circles radiate joyfully from the masked revelers (even the dog). Dual portraits of a youthful king and queen are tinged with hesitation in the form of black shading, but the calm expressions still speak of peace.

Not so in the main room, where drug barons grin handsomely through oiled black mustaches and criminals cringe at their own execution. Read more »


Tacoma Opera to partner with Tacoma Symphony for performances; other changes in the works

Tacoma Opera director Noel Koran. Courtesy image.

Noel Koran, in his first full season as director of Tacoma Opera, has announced that the company has agreed to partner with the Tacoma Symphony to provide the orchestral score to two of the season’s three operas. The change is one of several which include morphing the Young Artists program into a mainstage opera, casting out-of region singers, programming more well-known operas and featuring Koran himself as stage director for “Così fan tutte” and “La Traviata.”

We’re really excited about this relationship,” said Koran. “We have a long-standing relationship with our own orchestra, but in this economic environment there’s a lot of focus from funding organizations on collaboration. And our best-selling production ever was “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” which was done in conjunction with the Northwest Sinfonietta.” Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Tacoma pottery sale, Click Flick at the Grand, hooch at Auburn’s White River Valley Museum and summer sumi-e at B2 Gallery

6th Annual Pottery Sale

Local potters like Susan Thompson, Charan Sachar and more team up for the annual group sale of seconds, overstock and regular items in the Stadium District. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. 717 N. D St., Tacoma. 253-678-9184.

“Alvin and the Chipmunks” free at The Grand

This month’s Click Flick at the Grand Cinema is the 2007 “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” where the trio of high-pitched cuddly critters made their debut for later success. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Aug. 18. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema,

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