Home and Leaving Home: Mary Lucier at TAM opens Nov. 22

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Tacoma, WA – Mary Lucier helped to pioneer video art in the 1970s and has continued to innovate in this genre for more than 40 years, achieving acclaim through national and international exhibitions. Lucier’s compelling 5-channel video and audio installation The Plains of Sweet Regret opens at Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) on Saturday, November 22, and will be on view through February 8, 2015. Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret is a sweeping, poetic response to the austere landscape, historic boom-and-bust cycles, and the resilience of the inhabitants who live and work in the harsh terrain of the northern Great Plains. Through multiple video channels and the accompanying sound composition, Lucier vividly conveys the realities of economic distress, agricultural production, migration and depopulation. [Read more…]

‘Fantasy Lights’ opens Nov. 27

The 20th annual Fantasy Lights display will again dazzle viewers with new themes and yearly additions to the largest drive-through display of lights in the Northwest. Fantasy Lights operates for 35 nights, November 27-January 1, 2015, nightly from 5:30-9:00pm.

The beautiful two and a quarter mile drive takes place in Spanaway County Park, 14905 Gus G Bresemann Blvd., just west of 152nd/Military Road and SR 7 (Pacific Ave) in Spanaway, WA. The fee per car is $14 and $45 per bus (25+ passengers). Half price nights for cars only: Dec 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 10. For more information and driving directions call 253-798-3330, or www.piercecountywa.org/parks

UP for Arts concert set for Nov. 21

UP for Arts Fall Arts and Concerts Series continues on Friday, Nov. 21 (7:00-8:30 pm). Join us for a fabulous evening with Pianist Scott Cossu and flutist John Croarkin performing a blend of jazz, classical and ethnic music. Scott was one of the original artists to sign with Windham Hill along with being labeled a “Jazz luminary of the future” by Billboard Magazine. Local artist Lori Forrest will also be on hand exhibiting her absolutely exquisite graphite works. [Read more…]

‘A Year with Frog & Toad: The Musical!’ at Lakewood Playhouse, Dec. 11-21

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The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present its third annual “special” joint presentation with its very own Lakewood Institute of Theatre — A Year with Frog & Toad: The Musical! — for 10 shows only! This wonderful, heartwarming and whimsical musical is based on the beloved children’s books by Arnold Lobel – book and lyrics by Willie Reale / music by Robert Reale. The show will be performed on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.

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March sisters march into Lakewood Playhouse

Beth March, played by Marissa Tate, shows Mr. Laurence, acted by Joseph Grant, pages from  her book in a scene from “Little Women,” the current production at The Lakewood Playhouse. Photo by Kate Paterno-Lick.

“Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott’s timeless story about the coming of age of the four March sisters, has lived in the hearts of children for almost 150 years.  Marian De Forest adapted the novel into a play in 1911, retaining all of the love and compassion given the story by the original author.

There is little doubt that this is a play primarily aimed at the female audience of any age, since it primarily deals with girls – the sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.  However, even boys will fall in like with the loving relationships between the family members and Jo’s indomitable spirit. [Read more…]

Life of Civil War Infantrymen topic of Nov. 16 gathering

Alan Archambault will give an illustrated presentation on the world of Civil War Infantrymen based on his two recent sketchbooks of the subject. He will discuss the weapons, uniforms and equipment of the sodiers as well as their day to day lives in camp and on the battlefields at a 2 p.m. Nov. 16 gathering at Historic Fort Steilacoom‘s Quarters 2. (on the grounds of Western State Hospital). A book signing will follow. Books are available at the Fort. Call 253-582-5838.

217-year-old George Washington visits Olympia for state’s 125th anniversary

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Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) is honoring Washington’s 125th anniversary of statehood with a Gilbert Stuart original. An American painter from Rhode Island, this artist’s best known work – a handsome portrait of George Washington – will visit the state capital and share a photo opportunity with Governor Jay Inslee. On loan from TAM for the November 11 sesquicentennial, this important painting’s short journey will be undertaken with care just days before it debuts as one of the stars in TAM’s new exhibition Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection, opening November 15. [Read more…]