Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 16, 2008 at 12:05am

Tacoma City Arts Mag Covers Chalkings w Erik Hanberg


Erik Emery Hanberg Deployed to
Cover Frost Park Chalk Off



I am gradually warming up to the Tacoma City Arts Magazine, issue by issue.

For starters, I like that the Tacoma City Arts Magazine is not afraid to employ the word "Tacoma" in their title. 

Apparently, the editors believe that the word Tacoma will help them more than hurt them and are making a commitment, for better or worse, to attach to and identify with this 200,000 populated city with all its strengths and warts.  That's meaningful




(images from City Arts Magazine)

I learned from Ensie at Both Hands that a copy was available at Stadium Thriftway, the only known place in Tacoma that has copies.

The second reason that I like Tacoma City Arts Magazine is that they are trying to be relevant to arts people desire and enjoy in Tacoma rather what the art establishment wants them to enjoy.  A very challenging task.

Frost Park Chalk Off Coverage:







Frost Park Chalk Offs are now gearing up for the 11th Episode. 


There are hundreds of online pictures on the Chalk Off events, four videos, prominent coverage in the printed version of the News Tribune and their political blog and countless other blogs in the city.

Nevertheless, it is still nice to see the Chalk Offs gain some recognition in the central arts magazine in the city.  Better yet, Tacoma City Arts Magazine assigned independent theater proprietor Erik Hanberg of The Horatio Theater to the task.

He writes:

Sometimes the best events don't need "official" organizing to get started, they just happen.
          ...
"R.R. has a way of motivating you," explains Andrea Trenbeath Lowen, a jeweler covered with black smudges when interviewed.  Two sidewalk squares away, illustrator James Stowe's blue jeans have turned pink with chalk dust.

...
A single hour of communal creativity every week has transformed Frost Park into a place you want to go.

The Urbanist is also mentioned.   Also in the article is a great picture of Laura Hanan chalking.  Pick up a copy and read the whole article.

Cross referencing the article with the Frost Park Scoreboard, Hanberg looks to be reporting about Episode IV on May 2, 2008 when the event was just getting off of the ground.

Frost Park is a great many things to many people.

For the Tacoma City Arts Magazine, it was a test of relevance to the art and entertainment that is meaningful to Tacomans.

Here's what it came down to

Would the Tacoma City Arts Magazine recognize a grass roots artistic event that was not a recipient of any arts grant or part of any traditional art institution and which had purchased no advertising?

Fortunately, the answer was yes. 


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by NineInchNachos on 6/16/2008 @ 9:05am
the hanan photo is electrifying. Nice colors... and the baby arm coming out of her power helmet gives me the willies.

by scout on 6/16/2008 @ 9:31am
"Would the Tacoma City Arts Magazine recognize a grass roots artistic event that was not a recipient of any arts grant or part of any traditional art institution and which had purchased no advertising?"

And (IMHO) that is the best, most legitimate recognition. NAKR (No Ass Kissing Required)

by fredo on 6/16/2008 @ 9:40am
I don't know why Tacoma City Arts is such a hard magazine to find. The only place I've seen it was at my doctor's office waiting room. He kept me waiting so long I was able to read from cover-to-cover an infinity of back issues. It's a great mag.

by thriceallamerican on 6/16/2008 @ 9:53am
I think that it went from being simply "City Arts" to "Tacoma City Arts" because Encore Media Group is expanding their City Arts empire to include editions for the Seattle and Eastside markets. Making it all the more awesome that it all started here.

by NineInchNachos on 6/16/2008 @ 10:00am
any body catch the shrek musical in seattle ?

by Erik on 6/16/2008 @ 11:33am
I don't know why Tacoma City Arts is such a hard magazine to find.

Its actually in a lot of places. But somehow, the new edition was only available in limited (or place) for several days.

I think that it went from being simply "City Arts" to "Tacoma City Arts" because Encore Media Group is expanding their City Arts empire to include editions for the Seattle and Eastside markets.

Fine by me. They could have named it "Puget Sound Arts Magazine." In the end, I am interested in the result rather than the intent. Tacoma has an endless list of well intended disasters.

the hanan photo is electrifying. Nice colors... and the baby arm coming out of her power helmet gives me the willies.

Yeah, the colors were pretty vivid.



Episode IV pictorial memories:

www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-urbanist/se...

by scout on 6/16/2008 @ 12:12pm
Who is that scary broad? :-0

by Sherri on 6/16/2008 @ 2:12pm
The July issue of City Arts Tacoma just became available this last Friday so you saw one of the first issues to hit the streets. It is in well over 200 locations throughout Pierce County. If you have trouble finding it contact me or go to www.cityartsmagazine.com. for location information.

by morgan on 6/16/2008 @ 4:56pm
I like to get my copies at Blackwater... along with a mighty fine espresso!

by Erik on 6/16/2008 @ 5:14pm
I like to get my copies at Blackwater... along with a mighty fine espresso!

I had the only new edition of Tacoma City Arts in Blackwater which drew quite a bit of attention.


by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 6/16/2008 @ 7:49pm
Middle Floor Merchants at Sanford and Son Antiques (743 Broadway and 744 Commerce) also has City Arts Magazine.


Deborah Ritchie (On The Cover) will be performing on Thursday at their new gallery this Thursday the 19th.

FREEEEE!

"Naked Tacoma"

I got a PEEK at some of the photos.

WOW!

Impressive CLOSE-UPS of some you know whats!!!!!!!

The DELIGHT GALLERY will open Thursday, June 19th during Tacoma's ARTWALK!

We're kicking things off the RIGHT WAY!!!

Our debut show is called NAKED TACOMA.... you can guess what that is about.



Wine will be served.


Deborah Page (Ritchie) will sing and play guitar.


Prints will be for sale.


Yes, it really will be naked...

Thursday, June 19th
5-9pm
@ the new DELIGHT GALLERY inside the Middle Floor Merchants @ Sanford