Posts categorized “Tacoma”

Friday, 1 February 2019

A Giant Octopus Has Surfaced in Downtown Tacoma

It's a g-g-g-g-ghost!

It’s a g-g-g-g-ghost! Photo Source

Okay, so it’s not an actual octopus; it’s a massive, badass sculpture at the corner of Pacific Ave and South Tacoma Way (map) called “Gertie’s Ghost.” It was created by artists Sean Orlando and David Shulman, who were inspired by the ill-fated Galloping Gertie bridge.

“We were enamored with the story of the giant octopus that lives in the wreckage of the bridge,” Shulman told the Tribune. “We kind of fused all of those things together to try and build something that was evocative of an old railroad trestle but had the tapering lines and organic curves of an octopus’s tentacles.” Source

You can watch a timelapse video of its installation here!

You can read more about its creation and installation in this great Tacoma News Tribune article and on Sound Transit’s website.

I personally love this. I (almost) always love massive installation sculptures. Tacoma actually has a lot of great public sculptures! I’ve always thought it would be kind of cool to have a feature on this website where I take pictures of every single public sculpture within the city limits (but who has the time for that?). There’s another massive installation sculpture going into the in-progress Dune Peninsula park, called “Alluvion” that’s made of deconstructed pipes that reference the old Asarco smelter smokestack that used to be on that site:

By the way, Dune Peninsula is so named in honor of Frank Herbert (author of Dune), who grew up in Tacoma! Neat!

Categories: Art & Artists, Featured Posts, Tacoma.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Two Times the Hallowlarity with Fools Play This Saturday!

Two, Two, Two Shows in One Day!

Two, Two, Two Shows in One Day!

Yes, that’s right: the Saturday before Halloween (October 28th, 2017), Fools Play Improv is performing not just one, but two shows!

First there’s a show in Olympia at 8:00PM:

Hallolympia!

Hallolympia!

Then there’s a show up in Tacoma at 10:30PM:

Tacoween!

Tacoween!

Because the show in Olympia gets out around 9:30 or so, it is actually possible to see BOTH shows!

Details:
Fools Play in Olympia
Saturday, October 28th 8:00PM
@ The Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave, Olymipa, WA (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

Fools Play in Tacoma
Saturday, October 28th 10:30PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA (map)
All-Ages, Only $10!

There’s probably gonna be some Halloween Humor (Humorween/Hallowumer) at these shows! WHAT COULD BE BETTER NOTHING COULD BE BETTER.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Toddler Tour of Tacoma

A Pictoral Journey.

A Pictoral Journey.

Just this past rainy Monday, my family and I were all driving around in our car (well, Carrie was the only one actually driving; Avery & I were riding in the backseat). My 3-year-old daughter asked if she could use my phone to take photos out the window. She ended up taking 86 photos in about 10-15 minutes. Here are my nine favorite in random order (click any to embiggen):

Also, at one point she put the camera lens down right on her leg and said, rather ominously, that she wanted to “take a photo of the darkness.”

The Darkness

The Darkness

Where’s her Pulitzer for Photography, Pulitzer peoples??

Categories: Life, Pictures, Tacoma, Weather, Wee Beb.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

March to Fools Play This Month!

"March"… get it? MARCH? Because it's the MONTH of MARCH!?

“March”… get it? MARCH? Because it’s the MONTH of MARCH!?

Hey, gang, here’s the info for the Fools Play Improv shows that are happening in March, and to which you should March (get it!?!?!?!? In all seriousness, though, you probably shouldn’t literally march to them unless you live within a comfortable marching distance from one of the venues. Otherwise you should drive to within a comfortable marching distance from the venues and then march to them (please check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to march before embarking on any march)).

Olympia on March 18th!

Olympia on March 18th!

Details:
Fools Play Improv in Olympia (Faced Book event)
Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 PM
@ South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-Ages, $5

In Tacoma on March 25th!

In Tacoma on March 25th!

Details:
Fools Play at TLT in March! (Faced Book event)
Saturday, March 25th, 10:30 PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (map)
All-ages, $10 (buy tickets)

Ready… MARCH!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

It’s TWO, TWO, TWO Times the Fools Play This January!

In Olympia on 1/21 and Tacoma on 1/28!

Laugh with the fishies in Oly!

Laugh with the fishies in Oly!

Fools Play Improv continues to perform in Olympia in 2017! You can see them at The South Sound Estuarium on Saturday, January 21 at 8pm. Tickets are only $5 at the door Olympia is a great community for the arts—to the degree that even a marine life discovery center by day features Fools Play’s hilarious spontaneous theater at night! Don’t miss it!

Details:
Fools Play In Olympia (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, January 21st 8:00 PM
@ The South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map
All-Ages, $5

Come on down to T-Town!

Come on down to T-Town!

For those of you in Tacoma, Fools Play performs at Tacoma Little Theater on Saturday, January 28 as part of series of shows occurring the 4th Saturday of each month. Tickets are $10 at the door. These late night shows feature booze at the concession stand and many of Fools Play’s freshest faces onstage. Fun for everyone but especially those over 21!

Details:
Fools Play In Tacoma (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, January 28th 10:30 PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (map)
All-Ages, $10

The Fools are excited to offer two shows on two different Saturdays in two different cities. And guess what: I SHALL BE PERFORMING AT BOTH (health and circumstances permitting). If I can be at both shows, SO CAN YOU!

See you there/then!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My Famous Friends Are at Jet City Comic Show This Weekend!

Fall into "The Abyss"

Fall into “The Abyss”

The Abyss

First off, I’m super excited that two of my Fools Play colleagues, Andre the Crimson Fool and Laramie the Olive Fool, have published a (bizarre) book called “The Abyss.” They’re exhibiting it at JCCS right now!

Creator’s Edge Press

My pal Travis runs a comic book company! Go check out this Creator’s Edge Press booth and pick up some awexome indie comix like “Billy Love Nibbles” or “Prince of Pieces.”

Jet City Woman?

Jet City Woman?

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

A former fool (Mike the Green Fool) and his friend Greg wrote a comic book last year that got published by Oni Press (the same company that published “Scott Pilgrim”). Greg is exhibiting it!

Sweetgyrl Designs

Greg’s wife Anne runs Sweetgyrl Designs, which offers awexome pop-culture tchotchkes. All the retro 80’s stuff you’ve been looking for, handmade and vintage! This year it looks like the booth has a “Stranger Things” vibe to it!

Sometimes I’m amazed at how my life is just filled with artists of all sorts. Anyway, head to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (map) this weekend to attend Jet City Comic Show!

Categories: Comics, Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, My Famous Friends, Tacoma.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Twice the Fools Play This Saturday!

Tacoma or Olympia? YOU DECIDE!

Tacoma or Olympia? YOU DECIDE!

Tomorrow (Saturday, October 22nd 2016), Fools Play Improv is performing NOT ONE, but TWO shows!

First you can see Fools Play at the Olympia’s South Sound Estuarium at 8:00 PM. Then you can see Fools Play at the Tacoma Little Theatre at 10:30 PM:

Fishy fishy fishy fishy boom boom boom

Fishy fishy fishy fishy boom boom boom

It should be noted that the South Sound Estuarium and Tacoma Little Theatre are about a 30-minute drive apart (in good traffic), so it is actually possible to go see BOTH shows. I, however, will only be performing in Tacoma.

It should also be noted that this isn’t the first time Fools Play Improv has performed at the Tacoma Little Theatre. NO! Fools Play had a memorable run there a couple of decades ago as well:

Let's do the Time Warp again...

Let’s do the Time Warp again…

South Sound Estuarium:
309 State Ave NE, Olympia (map)
8:00 PM

All-Ages, $5.00
Tacoma Little Theatre:
210 N I St, Tacoma (map)
10:30 PM
All-Ages, $10.00

Concessions (including BOOZE) are available!

LET’S SEE YOU IN SOME CAPACITY TOMORROW!

Categories: Fools Play, Tacoma.