Random Thoughts: Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made Of

Sometimes the elephant in the room is a thing that brings delight.
The other day, I came across an old photograph of myself. I was about six years old and my hair was blowing in the blustery wind of a Wisconsin winter. My family had gone on an…

What Tacomans Are Reading

Tim Close, Director, Museum of GlassThe Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
I find the writing intriguing, although work has caused me to put it down and pick it up too many times. It’s about a dysfunctional African American family dealing…

You Should Be Dancing

To help kick off his year’s Art at Work Month, MLKBallet (mlkballet.org) will perform the second installment in its series of dance programs entitled “Move!” If you missed the first one, here’s that second chance life doesn’t often provide….

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Six Questions for Kareem Kandi

Kandi Kareem is a saxophonist, arranger, composer and instructor at both Pierce College and Tacoma School of the Arts. He also teaches privately, conducts Pierce’s Jazz Ensemble II and gigs at Jazzbones, Cutters Point and other venues around the…

Gifts From the Margins

Want to do some good while shopping for gifts this holiday season? Buy and give outsider art. ArtRod’s new gallery, Critical Line (741 St. Helens, 253.444.2741), is exhibiting — and selling — the work of homeless artists in a show called…

What I’m Listening To

Kathryn Smith, General Director, Tacoma Opera
Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor (LSO Live)An absolute joy of an opera — partly comic and partly just plain gorgeous. We are performing it in…

The Right Stuff

Warren Caves is a self-professed art material geek. “When I was a kid, I got art supplies instead of toys,” he explains. “I was always drawing on, cutting up and gluing things together.” Now, this Army vet and dot-com boom and bust survivor…

Causes Célèbres

Tacoma Symphony
This is an anniversary year for concert music in Tacoma. A triple anniversary celebration is in progress, in fact, with the Northwest Sinfonietta in its 15th year, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra marking its 60th and the Tacoma…

The Florida Report

Jeroen Oerlemans Fotografie
Guru of urban reformation and author of the best-selling Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida returns to Tacoma, September 21-22, where he wowed ‘em as keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting…

This Old House

The renovation of the Pantages Theatre, to be completed in October, is a $5 million-plus upgrading of the historic venue. The lobby has been doubled in size, a new box office and concession stand were installed, restroom facilities expanded, ceilings…