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Theater Review: Stardust Christmas Fandango

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Harlequin Productions’ The Stardust Christmas Fandango is the 22nd show in the series of locally written and produced...

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Theater Review: Winnie the Pooh

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Olympia Family Theater has never done a bad play. Their performances are professionally produced with top-notch adult actors...

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Kathy Gore-Fuss: At Home in Nature

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS For nearly four decades, the art of Olympia artist Kathy Gore-Fuss has moved through a fascinating metamorphosis from multi-media,...

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Apple Tree Showcases Musical Annie

by Tom Simpson for OLY ARTS South Sound children’s theater group Apple Tree Productions will open Annie for a limited run in mid-December. Annie is the first...

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Christmas Carol on stage at Evergreen

by Jerry Berebitsky and Lori Lively Charles Dickens’ classic play, A Christmas Carol, will be performed by 8th grade students from the Olympia Waldorf School (OWS) on...

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Olympia Celebrates a Festival of Lights

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS One of the joys of living in a broad, multicultural society is the resulting plethora of holiday celebrations. Hanukkah, the Jewish...

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The Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed – Messiah Sing-Along

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTs As the winter months descend on the world, the cold and darkness is met with a combination of reverie and revelry. Nights get quieter, and...

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Masterworks Choral Ensemble Brings A Season of Light

by Karen Lunde for OLY ARTS The Masterworks Choral Ensemble will brighten the Washington Center Main Stage on Saturday, December 2, with its annual holiday concert. This...

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SOGO HoHo Holiday Variety Show

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS The holidays kick off with a roar at the 2017 Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) holiday show, sponsored by Tumwater Eye Center,...

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South Sound Sacred Celebrations

by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Winter is a time for family and for fun. Christmas is often celebrated as a single day during which the birth of Jesus Christ is remembered,...

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Olympia Family Theater Becomes the Hundred Acre Wood

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS Olympia meets the Hundred Acre Wood this fall season at Olympia Family Theater. The family production company will perform a theatrical...

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The Stardust Christmas Fandango at Harlequin Productions

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS This season’s The Stardust Christmas Fandango at Harlequin Productions is a Christmas card of comedy, nostalgia and great ’60s music....

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Ballet Northwest brings the Nutcracker back to the Washington Center

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS Once again, the stage at the Washington Center will be filled with mice, soldiers and snowflakes in Ballet Northwest’s 34th annual...

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Studio West’s Nutcracker Brings Ballet to Life

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS No holiday season is complete without settling into a soft, cozy theater seat to watch Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet. Studio...

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Embellishing Ballet: The Nutcracker’s Dazzling Costumes

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS The ways in which The Nutcracker delivers beauty, grace and whimsy to audiences isn’t limited to just dancing (as mesmerizing as...

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Olympia Downtown for the Holidays

by Tom Simpson for OLY ARTS Olympia always welcomes in the new holiday season in style with a joyous celebration full of music, lights and much more. “Downtown for...

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A Stroll through Providence Christmas Forest

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS In its 30th year, Providence Christmas Forest is a different kind of winter wonderland — a forest of trees and wreaths decorated in...

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Kenny G Headlines the Washington Center

(Update: Kenny G show is now sold out) by Karen Lunde for OLY ARTS Kenny G will ring in a joyful holiday season at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts on...

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Governor’s Arts Award for Terry Shaw

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Choir director, composer, and teacher Terry Shaw has won a Governor’s Arts Award, to be presented Nov. 14. Shaw was named a Young Arts...

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Man Forever: Percussive Art in Olympia

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Man Forever represents something of a music nerd’s platonic ideal. Led by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), the vocalist, drummer,...

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The Fall Cookbook Club at Browsers Bookshop

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Few people associate bookstores with intimate potluck dinners, food blogging or local food critics. Yet Browsers Bookshop has been...

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Jeffree Stewart’s Breath and Bone Songs

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Jeffree Stewart has been making art in the Olympia area since the 1970s. Just off a month-long solo show at the Pierce College Steilacoom...

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Lauren Love

Goodnight Desdemona (Hello, Comedy)

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Practically everything William Shakespeare wrote has been subject to parody. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann Marie...

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Nathan Rødahl

Expect the Unexpected From Olympia Chamber Orchestra

by Rosemary Ponnekanti for OLY ARTS Improvisation isn’t usually a thing for classical orchestras, so this year’s season for the Olympia Chamber Orchestra shows just...

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Capitol Theater, photo by Jaima Lyons

Olympia Film Festival: A New Perspective

(photo by: Jaima Sadira) by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS It’s no secret the filmmaking world is male-dominated. With every straight, white, college boy setting out to...

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Tales Told in Ten: A Theater Festival

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Gather three dozen creative people. Give them a prompt and some help with props. The following day, they’ll serve six fresh bite-size...

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The Pumpkin House

by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Pumpkin carving is an annual tradition at the Halloween season. In Olympia, the act of pumpkin carving has become a refined art form for one...

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Poet Nikkita Oliver Returns to Olympia for 2017 Women of Achievement Celebration

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS In November, YWCA Olympia is welcoming back nationally known slam poet Nikkita Oliver to Olympia. Last spring, Oliver was keynote...

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Kathy Dorgan

New Drama at Olympia High School

by Tom Simpson for OLY ARTS Kathy Dorgan, Olympia High School’s Julliard-fellow drama teacher, is bringing to the South Sound a four-act drama that opens next...

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THEATER REVIEW: Young Frankenstein

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Now Extended thru End of November Anyone who enjoys comedy and horror has seen the classic Mel Brooks movie Young...

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REVIEW: Susan Christian’s Long Journey

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Susan Christian’s paintings at Stable Studios are the real deal. They are painting as painting is meant to be: simple,...

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John Welsh

John Welsh’s Grand Finale

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS After 18 years as music director of Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, John Welsh will retire at the end of this season. Welsh, who has...

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Nathan Rødahl

Nathan Rødahl Conducts Olympia Chamber Orchestra

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Native Olympian Nathan Rødahl will conduct the Olympia Chamber Orchestra’s fall concert, where Arriaga’s Symphony in D, Janacek’s...

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Olympia Beer advertisement: "Always Welcome"

“It’s the Art” of Olympia Beer Advertising

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS “It’s the water” is the slogan that put Olympia on the map — even though Olympia Beer was brewed in Tumwater. Now the Olympia...

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Alice in Chains, from Night of the Living Tribute Bands 2016

Return of Night of the Living Tribute Bands

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS It’s another night of rockin’ recollection. On October 28, the Capitol Theater will host the 14th-annual Night of the Living Tribute...

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Pisano and Imogen in Harlequin Productions' Cymbeline

REVIEW: Cymbeline at Harlequin Productions

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Few community theaters, or for that matter few theaters of any kind anywhere, are willing to tackle William Shakespeare’s...

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“Intimacy Happens,” mixed media by Marilyn Frasca, photo courtesy of the artist

REVIEW: Marilyn Frasca at Childhood’s End

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Marilyn Frasca is a marvel. If there was ever such a thing as a must-see show, it’s Frasca’s show of some 56...

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OLY ARTS Editorial Change

OLY ARTS announces the departure of long-term managing editor Christian “Carv” Carvajal, who served as the publication’s founding editor. Carvajal...

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Andy Akiho

Emerald City Music Grooves With Andy Akiho

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Emerald City Music has recently started its second season. Just about everything about ECM’s shows strays from the highfalutin norm...

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Young Frankenstein Comes Alive

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS NOW EXTENDED THRU NOV 26 Standing Room Only in Yelm, the same outfit that brought last season’s hilarious Spamalot, taps into the same...

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The Midnight Sun Performance Space

A Farewell to the Sun

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS After 24 years filled with performances of all kinds — from original plays to a concert by Modest Mouse — The Midnight Sun is slated to...

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Heather R. Christopher as Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

REVIEW: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at OFT

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at Olympia Family Theater is a fun play that breezes nonstop through almost-constant...

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The Midnight Zone

Now Entering: The Midnight Zone

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS This Sunday, Olympia Improv Collective launches a new show — and a new form of improvisational theater. In its fall series of shows,...

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Piaf! The Show

Parisian Piaf: Sa Vie en Rose

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS A touch of French cabaret comes to Olympia in the form of Piaf! The Show at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Produced by...

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"Street Love," mixed media by Evan Clayton Horback

Welcome to Fall Arts Walk 2017

OLY ARTS is very happy to be the print-media sponsor for Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk 2017.  In 2017, Fall Arts Walk and Procession takes place on these days: Arts...

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Masterworks Choral Ensemble

Surprises in Store From Masterworks Choral Ensemble

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS This season, Masterworks Choral Ensemble will travel to the frontier, celebrate the sometimes-overlooked talents of female composers and...

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Molsky's Mountain Drifters

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters at Nova Middle School

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS What happens when you mix a well-established fiddler with the best next-generation, traditional-music players you can find? You get...

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The Illustrious Ms. Hattie Hotpants

Behind the Scenes of Cabaret Derriere

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS The creators and performers of Olympia’s Own TUSH! Burlesque are promotional wordsmiths, though some of their enticements are...

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The Heartsparkle Players

A Commitment to Collaboration

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Holding collaborative, public performances for decades is a noteworthy feat for any organization, but for The Heartsparkle Players,...

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the cast of All the King's Women

Not Just an Elvis Play at OLT

by Rosemary Ponnekanti for OLY ARTS One doesn’t have to be an Elvis Presley fan to like All the King’s Women — Director Toni Holm is proof of that. More of a...

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Jazz Walk

Even More Spectacle at Jazz Walk

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS When Arts Walk ends, Jazz Walk begins. The second-annual Olympia Jazz Walk, a fundraiser for the nonprofit JazzClubsNW, is timed to keep...

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Olympia Peace Choir

Community Peace Walk at Heritage Park

by Karen Lunde for OLY ARTS From the earliest tribal welcome songs to anti-war and protest anthems, music has given a powerful voice to messages of peace. The Olympia...

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

The Washington Center Season Launch

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS The Washington Center for the Performing Arts has been closed for the summer while the City of Olympia made updates to the HVAC system. Rest...

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The REDS

Fiddle Fest Keeps It Traditional

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Within the citywide celebration that is Arts Walk, there’s nestled a mini-festival with a focus on the fiddle. Fiddle Fest, scheduled for...

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Olympia Symphony Orchestra

Olympia Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Statements

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS In October, Olympia Symphony Orchestra embarks on an ambitious celebration of its 65th year. The program Opening Statements launches the...

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Olympia Zine Fest

Zines for All

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS For those wanting to find an escape from mainstream media, zines provide a type of oasis. Olympia Zine Fest celebrates its third year this...

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Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show

Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Hold on to your seats, Olympia, because the Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show is back, and it’s slated to...

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"Go-Stay," painting by Susan Christian

Susan Christian at Stable Studios

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Stable Studios is tucked away in an easy-to-overlook building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Cherry Street in downtown Olympia. The...

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Amy Solomon-Minarchi

Amy Solomon-Minarchi at Fall Arts Walk 2017

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Olympia poet Laureate Amy Solomon-Minarchi is doing everything she can to change the perception of poetry as a stuffy, elitist art...

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Tom Rieger, left, and Amos Callender, right. Photo courtesy Thomas Architecture Studios.

Sand Carving at Thomas Architecture Studios

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS For the two days of Arts Walk and approximately a week thereafter, Thomas Architecture Studios will present sand carvings by Amos Callender...

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Mariella Luz

Mariella Luz at Fall Arts Walk 2017

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS In any community you’ll find people like Mariella Luz, who not only participate in the arts but actively support them. She does so...

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Promised Land, courtesy Tall Firs Cinema

Promised Land From Tall Firs Cinema

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS St. Martin’s University will screen the award-winning, social-justice documentary Promised Land, which follows the Chinook and Duwamish...

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"Fly Away," painting by Lonnie L. Spikes Jr.

OLY ARTS Cover Artist Lonnie Spikes

by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Lonnie L. Spikes Jr. is the artist whose piece “Fly Away” graces the cover of the Fall Arts Walk edition of OLY ARTS. “Fly Away” was...

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Random Acts of Dance Collective at Arts Walk

by Christina Butcher and Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Olympia Arts Walk is a celebration of the visual arts, but it’s also an opportunity to demonstrate the physicality of...

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"Street Love," mixed media by Evan Clayton Horback

Mixed Media From Evan Clayton Horback

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Evan Clayton Horback is the cover artist for this year’s Fall Arts Walk program, with a piece called “Street Love.” Horback grew up...

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Lacey Children’s Day

Lacey Children’s Day at Huntamer Park

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS With the help of Lacey Timberland Library, Lacey Loves to Read and the North Thurston School District, Lacey’s Parks and Recreation...

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Olympia Waldorf School

Olympia Waldorf School Concert

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk is chock-full of entertainment, with acts filling every available space. Adding to that vibrant environment...

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RADCO's "Tennis Shoes and Tutus"

Open Doors for Arts Walk at The Washington Center

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS The Washington Center for the Performing Arts will throw its doors open during Fall Arts Walk. On Friday, see an hour-long performance by...

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Sock Monkeys for Social Justice

Sock Monkeys for Social Justice at Arts Walk

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS A barrel of sock monkeys will take the POWER center by storm this Arts Walk. Each sock monkey, created by members of Parents Organizing for...

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Gaelic Storm

A Gaelic Storm Is Coming

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Few bands can boast having over 3,000 live performances under their belt. Gaelic Storm, on the other hand, can do exactly that, and the...

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A Night With Janis Joplin

A Night With Janis Joplin — CANCELED

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Adapted from a press release dated September 27: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts regretfully announces that the Northwest tour...

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Shakespeare’s Surreal Fantasy

by Rosemary Ponnekanti for OLY ARTS Cymbeline is a romantic Shakespeare play with a ridiculously big cast and totally random plot devices, so why is Harlequin...

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"Fly Away," painting by Lonnie L. Spikes Jr.

Cover Artist Lonnie Spikes

by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Lonnie L. Spikes Jr. is the artist whose piece “Fly Away” graces the cover of this edition of OLY ARTS. “Fly Away” was created by...

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Brian Jansen

Brian Wayne Jansen: Brave Chameleon

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Whether as the lothario Vince in Brian Willis’s Seven Ways to Get There, the title character in Agamemnon, the purely evil Emperor...

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Keith Eisner

Writer Keith Eisner Wins an O. Henry Award

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Olympia actor, teacher and writer Keith Eisner has won an O. Henry Award. His short story “Blue Dot” was one of 20 chosen for...

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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, cast photo by Kate Ayers and Austin Lang

The Iconic Cat in the Hat at Olympia Family Theater

by McKenzie Murray for OLY ARTS Beginning September 29, the iconic Cat in the Hat himself will appear on the Olympia Family Theater mainstage. OFT’s fall production,...

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Olympia Family Theater season 2017-2018

Journey With Olympia Family Theater This Season

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Let Olympia Family Theater take you on a fantastic voyage during its 2017-2018 season. “All good stories take us on a journey in some...

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Dave Mason, photo by Chris Jensen

Alone Together With Dave Mason

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Some musicians have managed to Zelig themselves throughout the history of rock, placing themselves alongside legends at such perfectly...

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Matthew Randazzo V

Olympia Author Brings Mobster Back to Life

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Were there really mob bosses in the sleepy city of Des Moines, Iowa? According to Matthew Randazzo V, a true-crime author and leading...

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Hot Club Sandwich

Join the Hot Fan Club

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS There’ll be a special on the menu next Friday at Traditions Café: Seattle’s Hot Club Sandwich, a multilayered creation of gypsy...

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David Wright, photo by James Fulkerson

David Wright, 1946-2017

Thespian David Wright was born near Christmas in 1946. He died this week in Olympia at age 71. Wright was considered a master of the stage and worked regularly as an...

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Silent Sky

REVIEW: Silent Sky at Olympia Little Theatre

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Before there were machines called computers, there were women called computers, meaning, according to Peter Shaw (Drew Doyle)...

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painting by Susan Christian (detail)

Susan Christian, Post Salon Refu

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Many Olympians know Susan Christian as the former owner of gallery Salon Refu, rather than as a lifelong artist and painter. But truth...

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Jordan Richards

A Production on Two Wheels: Bicycle Noir

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Bicycle Noir is theater on the move. Bicycling is an integral part of the comedy by Olympia’s Bryan Willis — and it won’t be just...

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REVIEW: August: Osage County at Harlequin Productions

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts is a play unlike any other. The story unfolds, or...

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John Luther Adams

Classical Energy at Emerald City Music

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Continuing its quest to bring classical music to the people, Emerald City Music has returned for a second season. Formed in 2015 by Andrew...

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Studio West Dance Academy’s Decade of Dance

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Nine years ago, Studio West Dance Academy had two studios, four instructors and one office administrator. Flash forward to this, the...

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Amy Solomon-Minarchi

Bus Stop Poetry

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Bus stops are not very interesting places. Because of that, most of us spend our time at bus stops with our heads buried in a book,...

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Sip, Savor & Stroll

Experience Downtown Flavors at Sip, Savor & Stroll

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS On September 9, the Olympia Downtown Association will host the first-ever Sip, Savor & Stroll, a culinary tour of downtown Olympia....

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Marcus Volk

Marcus Volk: A Man and His Guitar

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Performing as one person with one acoustic guitar, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. That archetype provides just about the...

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