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Tag: Telephone Room


Buddy Bunting’s nostalgic road-trip art at the Telephone Room


Most of us, on receiving a wrong-number telephone message, would erase it and forget it. Seattle artist Buddy Bunting turned it into art, and the obvious place for it was Tacoma’s tiny Telephone Room Gallery. Opening this Friday at the Telephone Room, a closet-sized gallery in a private North End house, is Bunting’s “Montana (erased),” an installation of paintings, photographs and objects that combines nostalgia and sociology with the erroneous voicemail at its center.

Pick up Bunting’s own handset inside the room, and you can hear the message, left on his phone while he was on a

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“Clicks and Pffts” in the Telephone Room

The Telephone Room Gallery is moving into purely aural art. At 12 ½ square feet and dubbing itself “the world’s second-smallest art gallery” (the smallest is, of course, the former TV Tacoma booth near the Woolworth Windows on Broadway), this tiny gallery has been quietly hosting some original, quirky art over the last year. This month it’s Portland artist Jessica Robinson, with her soundscape “Clicks and Pffts.”

It’s always fascinating to see how art works so completely differently in such a small, intimate space. Housed in a tiny room in co-founder Heide Fernandez-Llamazares’ North End house, the gallery is

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Critic’s picks: Barefoot “Extension” dance, the Telephone Room gallery, MOVE! by MLKBallet and ArtWalk

“Extension” at Barefoot

The Barefoot Dance Collective is inviting companies from around the country to perform in their contemporary dance event “Extension.” Puget Sound companies include Stone Dance Collective, Northwest Dance Syndrome, Tindance, and Stimulate Dance; plus Somebodies Dance Theater from San Diego and Donna Davenport from New York. 8 p.m. tonight and June 12. $12/$15. Merlino Arts Center, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-777-8728, www.barefootcollective.org

New work at the Telephone Room gallery

A collector-mania installation by Julie Rivera, a reworked chandelier by Ben Hirschkoff and playful garden sculpture by Nicholas Nyland make up the June show at the world’s second-smallest

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Critic’s Picks: “Canoe Way” documentary, “H.M.S. Pinafore” at Lakewood, Cary Grant at TOTS and new Telephone Room show

“Canoe Way” film documents traditions

Locally-made independent film “Canoe Way: The Sacred Journey” documents the culture and spirituality of Coast Salish people. A Q-and-A with filmmakers Mark Celletti and Robert Satiacum, son of Chief Robert “Bob” Satiacum, follows the screening at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Free. Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1115 South 56th Street, Tacoma. 253-474-4646, www.tuuc-wa.org, www.canoeway.org

Lakewood Playhouse does “Pinafore”

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore,” about a wacky ship’s crew and a sailor who loves the captain’s daughter, gets a superbly silly dusting off at Lakewood Playhouse. 8 p.m. Fri-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. through April

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