Remembering Larry Anderson

Few can boast that a U.S. President chose to be photographed with one of his works. Bonney Lake sculptor Larry Anderson can. An image of President Barack Obama was captured with Anderson’s sculpture, “Springfield’s Lincoln”. The bronze portrait is a lifesize sculpture of Lincoln, his wife and two of his sons.

Art is Larry Anderson’s calling and has been for over half a century. His high school and college transcripts would show an insatiable craving for artistic knowledge. Fearing he couldn’t support himself as an artist, he majored in education with a minor in art; in graduate school, he studied painting and minored in sculpture. After teaching for twelve years, he took a gamble to follow his passion—he left education to pursue art full-time. He has been at it for almost thirty-five years.

What inspires you?

For commission work, I do what’s appropriate for the site and setting. I like working one on one with clients, talking with people and doing the research. I try to make my pieces relevant to common, everyday people. Most of my sculpture work is life-sized and ground level so people can touch and relate to them.

What’s made you successful?

I’ve been very fortunate to have had opportunities. We all learn from our mistakes and keep working.

How long does it take to complete a piece?

For life-size work, sometimes it takes nine to twelve months to get it designed and put in place, including research, concept, foundry work and installation.

What was the most surprising compliment you’ve ever received?

While hiking in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, I was riding on a tram to the trailhead. Someone noticed my Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine t-shirt and asked me what my connection was. I showed them the picture of my sculpture, “Continuum” on the back. The individual, a Denver veterinarian, became excited. He had graduated from WSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine and had seen some of my work there. I was surprised at meeting someone in that context who had seen my work.

Which work do you consider most successful?

A Civil War sculpture “Coming Home” at the Ohio Veteran’s Home in Sandusky, Ohio.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
It’s always nice to get a compliment about a piece I completed quite a while ago. I enjoy having so many in the greater Tacoma area.

Janae Colombini

Washington Center for Performing Arts Launches Capital Campaign

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts announced last week at their annual Gala that they will be implementing the first comprehensive capital campaign since construction in 1985. With a goal of raising $8.6 million dollars to overhaul the many components that are at the heart of every theater, the campaign will touch every aspect of the Center’s interior.

Chaired by Alex and Tammy Bunn, the campaign is already 89% of the way to the goal, with over $7.6 million in commitments. With just a little under $1 million to raise, the Bunns are passionate about the facility. “The arts set children and adults up to pursue their dreams,” says Alex. “The Washington Center is an anchor in our community and shines as our region’s most treasured asset.” As a long-time board member and a past board president, Alex has a seasoned perspective on the Center and its needs.

Implemented in two phases, the improvements will be identified in two major categories as backstage and public spaces. Backstage improvements include lighting, sound, curtains and rigging.  All of these elements bring the theater to life for thousands of patrons every year. Public spaces will include 1,000 new seats, carpet, concessions remodel and interior design improvements, as well as infrastructure like HVAC and electrical upgrades.

Eager to ensure the interior of the Center matches the beautiful exterior which was renovated by the City of Olympia in 2014, Executive Director Jill Barnes believes the improvements will protect the community’s past investment and enhance how patrons feel when they walk through the doors. According to Barnes, “delivering a world-class experience is needed to maintain the highest level of quality in every aspect of the Center, from backstage and onstage, to our lobbies and concession areas.” She added, “We are proud to have the opportunity and support to preserve and care for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts like the cultural and community asset that it is.”

Barnes says the COVID-19 pandemic was a hurdle the campaign committee did not anticipate. “The shutdown due to the global pandemic has been devastating to the entire arts industry,” says Barnes. “The reopening of the Center is a true testament to the emotional power of the arts.”

She continues, “We ‘quietly’ embarked on a capital campaign several years ago. The pandemic added significant uncertainty and stress to an already herculean undertaking. The perseverance of staff, crew, and supporters during this time has been nothing short of miraculous. We know the full recovery of the arts may take years, and the possibility to recover in a fully renovated, state-of-the art venue made possible by this community fills me with hope and joy.”For more information about the Washington center, please visit www.washingtoncenter.org.

LoveOly Summer Fest This Year!

The Olympia Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce that they are launching a downtown street festival in historic Downtown Olympia that includes live music and performances, activities for kids and families, interactive art installations from local artists, local community groups, and a Biergarten featuring craft beer from 3 Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse. LoveOly Summer Fest 2021, presented by the City of Olympia, will take place every Saturday from July 10 to August 28, from noon to 6 pm.

The Olympia Film Society (OFS) has partnered with the Downtown Alliance to produce the headline acts for the festival on the Main Stage in the Entertainment Area, sponsored by Olympia Federal Savings. The Black Tones will kick off the summer concert series on Saturday, July 10.

Seattle-based rock ‘n’ roll band, The Black Tones welcomes audiences into their musical family every time they take the stage. Whether sharing an evening with the group as it opens for Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie, or Mavis Staples or rocking a late-night gig as the band headlines its own show (with mother and siblings in tow) at a prominent Emerald City venue, to know The Black Tones is to be a part of their extended sonic kin.

The Black Tones, which has already traversed the U.S. playing festivals in Nevada, Mississippi, and Oregon, and boasts their own hate group-fighting 8-bit video game will look to the new year with vigor, releasing a 7” on Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready’s record label in March. Undoubtedly, the band will pop up on the soundtrack to a family reunion near you.

Local support band Low Wires a new and unique PNW sound that includes members from the Dirty Birds and Residents Kings plus new indie sweethearts The Cavities featuring Harrison Hannon and Gabe Judd of Monk Flower.

Lacey in Tune Returning This Summer

Just in time for summer, things are opening back up! We once again can attend beloved events that are often highlights of our year. The City of Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation, along with presenting sponsor Chick-fil-A, is just as excited as you are to see the return of Lacey In Tune at Huntamer Park. It’s just not summer without this incredible series that is free for all to enjoy.

Starting July 6 and running through August 10, Tuesdays will be full of entertainment the entire family will love! The shows start at 6:30 p.m., giving you plenty of time to pick-up that barbecue to-go, grab some blankets or chairs, and head to the park. This year’s line up includes comedy acts, magic and music, including a Harry Potter-themed night you won’t want to miss! The well-known Jeff Evans will dazzle you with magic while Alex Zerbe will make you laugh until your sides hurt.

Children’s Entertainment Series

  • July 6: Alex Zerbe, zaniac comedy juggler
  • July 13: Eric Ode, original music for kids and families
  • July 20: Buck and Elizabeth, musical comedy and ventriloquism
  • July 27: Ruth and Emila, mom/daughter kid’s music duo
  • August 3: Tonks and Aurors, Harry Potter wizard’s rock
  • August 10: Jeff Evans, magic show

Need a break during your lunch hour? Head to Huntamer Park at 12 p.m. for Lacey In Tune’s summer concert series. From July 7 through August 11, you can get some fresh air, sunshine (hopefully!) and relax while listening to some amazing artists. Each week is a different genre, so you can experience everything from traditional jazz and Sinatra, to rock. “Every year we are excited to welcome back the Army National Guard Rock Band,” says Sieler. “Full Metal Racket has performed at our series every year since 2008! They are back again!”

Concert Series

  • July 7: Washington National Guard Patriot Brass, traditional jazz
  • July 14: Dueling Crooners, sounds of Sinatra and more
  • July 21: The Electrics, midtown to Maroon 5
  • July 28: Washington National Guard Full Metal Racket, rock band
  • August 4: Swantowne, variety of music
  • August 11: Dmitri Matheny, jazz: Stevie Wonder Songbook
Lacey in Tune Movies in the Park

If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive date night or family night, head to Lacey in Tune on Friday nights! Four fun films are planned for this summer that make for great outings with your kids, significant other, or friends. Lacey in Tune has a mix of classics and new favorites that everyone is sure to enjoy. And watching a movie under the stars at the park is an experience unlike any other. The movies are projected onto a giant, 18-foot-square screen that brings them to life. If you haven’t done it, this is your year! Movies start at 8 p.m. at Huntamer Park.  “While we wait for it to get dark enough, we have some fun games folks can play for a chance to win great prizes provided by our sponsors!”  shares Sieler.

Movies in the Park Series

  • July 16: “The Goonies “(PG)
  • July 23: “The Croods: A New Age” (PG)
  • July 30: “Wonder Woman 1984” (PG-13)
  • August 6: “Jumanji: The Next Level” (PG-13)

A Few Changes

While it’s amazing that things are returning to normal, we still have guidelines that must be followed. At this time, in Phase 3, the State requires events to follow certain COVID-19 safety measures including: masks worn by anyone over the age of 5, small group gatherings up to 15 people, which need to be 6 feet from other groups, and capacity limited to 50% of outdoor area, explains Sieler.

In order to follow these rules, Lacey in Tune will have free pre-registration that is required for entry. You can register on the City of Lacey website. “This allows us to update guests about any changes or reminders of rules, and be sure we don’t exceed capacity,” Sieler continues. “Governor Inslee has stated that on June 30 mandates and restrictions will be lifted, but at this time, we are not sure if that includes every aspect or not, so we are proceeding as if we continue in phase 3 because we don’t know specifics. Our hope is all things like crowd gathering limits will go away and all who want to come enjoy the shows can!”

In addition to state guidance, Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation will also be following Thurston County Health Department guidance to the series.

Be sure to bring your own seating and blankets, and leave space between other parties. You are encouraged to bring your own food to enjoy, as currently no food vendors are committed. Check the Lacey In Tune webpage for updates as this may change. Otherwise, picnic baskets from home are great, or stop by one of our amazing local restaurants and grab something to go on your way to the park.

When you get to the park, be ready to check in at a welcome tent. Then look for the group circles marked out, choose a spot and get ready to be entertained! With good food, good company and great entertainment, Lacey In Tune is sure to make this summer one you will remember long after sweater season returns.

For more information and to register, visit the Lacey In Tune webpage.

Spring 2021

Community

Saint Martin’s 125th Anniversary Celebration

Artist Debra Van Tuinen’s New Olympia Gallery

Providence St. Peter Hospital’s Virtual Christmas in the Forest 2020

Rolf’s Import Auto Celebrates 50 Years

Truly a Life, Handmade

Cascade Regional Blood Service Celebrates 75 Years

Asia Pacific Cultural Center Steps Up TO Help Community

Radiology Scholarship for TCC Students

Cuisine

Delicious Take-Out, Just Add Park Bench

Amp Your Health with Greens this Spring

Home & Garden

Olympia Craftsman Redesign

Outdoor Living Design

Shopping

Bring Spring Fashion in with Flair

Wellness

Heart Disease Linked to Food Insecurity

Code Lavender: Caring for our Caregivers

Willamette Valley Wine Escape

Yoga and Meditation in Your Workday

Simple Ways for Seniors to Stay Fit When Staying Home

4 Trips on 2 Wheels in the Greater Olympia

The weather is now warmer and we are ready to get out of the house and explore the region on two wheels. Imagine the wind in your hair without a care as you explore the flat, paved biking trails and parks in the greater Olympia area.

  1. The Chehalis Western Trail is a quiet, scenic 22 miles heading south from Olympia. You’ll be near Olympic Crest Coffee Roasters in Lacey just about the time you get thirsty for a hot or iced beverage. Farther along the trail, take a break to explore over 100 sculptures and the maze at Monarch Sculpture Park. The Chehalis Western Trail ends at the intersection with the Yelm-Tenino Trail.
  2. Millersylvania State Park has 7 miles of bike trails to explore, a fun outing with young riders in your family. You will need a Discover Pass to enter the park.
  3. The Yelm-Tenino Trail connects several small towns along 14 miles of its eastwest route. Enjoy water views at McIntosh Lake and Cochrane Memorial Park. Stop for sweet treats at Main Street Cookie Company in Rainier and count the historic sandstone buildings in Tenino. Watch for scheduling news about the popular farmers markets in Yelm and Tenino.
  4. Farms, wineries and attractions on the Thurston Bountiful Byway have revised schedules; check before you head out. Or, follow the map and simply enjoy miles of bountiful biking and save side visits for another day.

Comedy and Beatboxing with Tyler Boeh

Next week, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present the comic talents of Tyler Boeh on Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the Washington Center Main Stage as part of their Best of Comedy Underground Series.

As an award-winning, beatboxing talent, Boeh has the ability to shift seamlessly from well-crafted material to improvised exchanges.  Boeh has appeared on “NESN Comedy All-Stars,” “Celebrity Name Game,” and two seasons of “Laughs on Fox.”  He has also released comedy albums and recently released a Dry Bar Comedy special, “Wait For It,” that has garnered over 25 million views online.  Don’t miss your chance to catch Boeh live.  Tickets can be purchased for the live and streaming show at https://www.washingtoncenter.org/event/the-best-of-comedy-underground-2/ starting at $26 for the live show and $12 per household for the streaming show.  The Best of Comedy Underground Series is sponsored by Olympic Rental & Landlord Services. Grab your tickets for this exciting show before they’re gone!

Summer Events in Sumner, WA!

Following a year of event cancelations and housebound only activities, the Sumner Main Street Association is planning a fun filled summer of activities to get you out of the house.  Eager to resume their robust calendar of annual events, the team is working through ever-changing state and county restrictions.

According to Sumner Main Street Association Executive Director, Jill Starks, “The word of the year is ‘nimble,’ because as a group we need to be able to switch things up without too much notice. Our community is very supportive about our last-minute adjustments, because they also want the events to happen.”

The Sumner Main Street Association works to stimulate economic growth and revitalization, enhance beautification, nurture historic preservation, and ensure the vitality of downtown Sumner.   With criteria that 50% of the buildings in a designated area need to be at least 50 years old, only three Main Street Associations are certified in Pierce County.

2021 marks the year that seven buildings in the Sumner Main Street Association turn 100. To celebrate the Association has created virtual tours through Pretty Gritty Tour company, self-guided in person tours and intimate events implemented by business owners from each of the respective buildings.

In June, A Picket Fence and Sparrow & Nightingale located at 1006 and 1008 Main will be featured.  Then in July, Hometown Charm Café and Inta Vintage, also located on Main at 1012 and 1109 will follow.  Wrapping up the Centennial Celebration at 1119 and 1002 Main will be Northlight Interiors and a collection of businesses including the Main Street Association and finally Sumner Woodworkers at 908 Cherry in August.

Other events planned for Summer 2021 include the Classy Chassis car show which will feature about 200 cars, food and music on Sunday, August 8th.  The season will wrap up with a summer block party, “Fall for Sumner”, scheduled for August 28th.  

To learn about upcoming events, visit https://www.sumnermainstreet.com

Tacoma Little Theatre Receives National Award

Fans of community theatre have cause for celebration– the Tacoma Little Theatre has been honored with the Diamond Crown Organizational Award by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT)!

The AACT Diamond Crown Organizational Award recognizes longevity and vitality of AACT member theatres that have expanded programming and/or facilities in the past ten years and have the administrative leadership to remain vital to their communities for the next ten years. Recipients must have been in continuous operation for seventy-five years.

Tacoma Little Theatre (TLT) was founded in 1918 as the Tacoma Little Theatre and Drama League, and at 103 years is among the oldest community theatres currently operating in the United States. TLT’s vision is to offer a destination for the diverse community of Tacoma and Puget Sound by offering a well-rounded season of mainstage productions, staged readings, murder mysteries, special events, and a year-around education program serving both adults and children. TLT increases community awareness through special ticket programs and embracing other non-profit and service organizations, such as United Way. With the support of the community and local funders, TLT was able to complete a full remodel of its auditorium and lobby spaces, beginning in June of 2020. This was the first major upgrade since the 1950s, and came as a result of listening and responding to patron feedback.

After a break in response to the Covid pandemic, the theatre is looking forward to welcoming back patrons in the fall of 2021! Stay tuned for updates on future Tacoma Little Theatre productions.

Indochine’s Creativity in Crisis

What do you do in a community crisis? If you’re Russel Brunton at Indochine in downtown Tacoma, you figure out how to prepare tasty meals for hungry local heroes and keep your staff on the job.

From the early days of the coronavirus challenge, Brunton joined several other restaurant owners to provide nutritious meals for medical personnel at local hospitals. They worked in collaboration with Hero Meals. Donors provided funds, and Downtown Tacoma Partnership ordered and delivered meals. Indochine has prepared some 30 delicious meals a week.

“It’s great to work with Downtown Tacoma Partnership,” Brunton said. J.D. Elquist is a fantastic coordinator. They promote online. He communicates daily, and people cooperate. Consistency is really important.”

“The shutdown has been an exercise in creativity,” Brunton explained. “We reduced our prices by 25 percent. The challenge has been to keep the food fresh and to keep the boxed orders straight.” Brunton found that fried rice, noodles and curry dishes travel especially well, but he tries to add something different to the menu every week.

During difficult weeks it hasn’t been just about the food or about community service. It’s been about individuals who need to work. Brunton says Indochine has been aggressive about keeping people employed. “It’s important to keep our group together, to keep everyone active, to keep their skills sharp,” he said. “Our business is skill-based and team-oriented.” 

“I think the most exciting thing to me is when we are able to bring staff members back to work,” Brunton said. “We have a lot of young people working at the restaurant, and when we can bring one back, it is a great feeling. They are excited to get back to the restaurant and get back to work.”

Most staff work in the kitchen to prepare the signature Indochine dishes. During the shutdown phase, three or four team members have worked in the front on every shift to distribute pickup orders. 

Cooperation, creativity and community service have been key to weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.

EMILY HAPPY

For more information: 

Indochine

www.indochinedowntown.com 

1924 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 

(253) 272-8200