A Roundabout Tale

There’s a zebra in Joanne Sessions’ living room. Three giraffes, a peacock and some horses, too. This menagerie is what remains of a remarkable project Sessions began over a decade ago. Sessions and her husband, Dale, are the project managers on…

Six Questions for a Young Playwright

Nate Harpel received a degree in theatre from Western Washington University and came to Tacoma to launch his career. His play, Zero Divided By Zero, will be read on September 11th as part of the Tacoma Actors Guild’s New Plays in Performance series…

Urban Mixology

Some places are just cool. Step through the door and you can feel it all come together: the right spot, friendly people, perfect music, delicious drinks. Good old-fashioned integrity. Gracing Hilltop since spring 2005, The Monsoon Room (1022 South J….

Scenester Seamsters

Next time you’re downtown on Pacific Avenue, near the corner of 21st, take a look in the display windows at UrbanXchange, a shop packed with hip, recycled apparel and accessories. If your timing is right, you’ll catch clothing designers Daniel…

Curator’s Eye: Hunger Artist

PB&J, 2001, Mixed Media, 48 x 74 inches, Private Collection
Selected by Lani Ladbon, University of Washington-Tacoma Gallery
Bret creates work that’s visually stimulating, intriguing and, at the same time, socially conscious. Is it necessary for…

We Are Family

With an approach centered on building community, the downtown School of the Arts is improving overall student performance while encouraging creativity.
On Elise Clark’s second day at her new high school, the sophomore was surprised to find herself…

Urban Indian

Shaun Peterson combines ancient traditions and contemporary technologies to make thoroughly modern native art.
Photograph by Karie Hamilton
The Indian name given to the Puyallup tribal member in a traditional naming ceremony a year ago is…

The Next Wave

Tacoma Art Museum is well-positioned to help put the city on the art world map.
Dale Chihuly, Ma Chihuly’s Floats, 2006, Blown glass. Photograph: Teresa N. Rishel.
Antoine Predock envisioned the central courtyard as a moss garden. When heat…