ckneller's Blog

Jan. 31, 2008 at 8:54am

Monkeying Around

Last night was the 100th Monkey party, and what a night it was. Stepping into JazzBones was like walking into an LA nightclub. There were so many  people there that I actually had to force my way up to the bar to get a  drink. Later on as I was scouting the food table, I heard one guy mention  that there was no wine there. Duh, dude. You're in a bar.

With the hundreds of people stuffed into JazzBones' small downstairs, it was quite the event. Everyone seemed to be having a great time interacting with the people at their tables, drinking a bit, watching the ArtSlam slides, and later on listening to Debrah Page.

I however, never got to hear the band play. With everyone engaged and nowhere to sit, I quitetly finished my drink, and headed over to the Parkway for a bite to eat and a good conversation. (Aside: Why did I see several football-player size guys ordering pear cider? Isn't that a girly drink?)

It takes a certain kind of person to be unattached and able to thrive in the kind of situation that 100th Monkey is... but I just wasn't feeling it last night. But many kudos to whoever organized it - 100th Monkey is the place to be for a good party.

Your roving art reporter,

Chuck

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Jan. 18, 2008 at 9:41am

Third Thursday Report

Last night was a pretty great night for art. I saw the Renoir exhibit
at TAM, bumped into a few friends at the new Impromptu Gallery, and
I'm not entirely sure that I didn't crash a private party at Helm.
Still, they had a really cool cardboard sculpture there I wanted to
see.

Then, by chance, I found a new minimalist/abstract piece commissioned
by the City that was absolutely astounding. Just across the street and
down a bit from Helm was an amazing work of art. I believe it was
called 'Overboard, Three Parts'. I'm hopeful that the City will
continue to commission these pieces in the future, as I think they add
a lot of class and character to the area, and help establish Tacoma as
the place to go for great art.

Your roving art reporter,
Chuck K

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