washington center for performing arts

New Exterior for the Washington Center for Performing Arts?

The Olympian has a story about a City Council unanimous decision to replace the exterior on the Washington Center for Performing Arts. According the story, the work is expected to cost $3.4 million.

$3.4 million. That's a lot. Too bad the exterior isn't holding up, but then, 26 years is a long time.

I'm not saying to drape plastic.

But maybe the repairs could be accomplished in less expensive ways.

Is there only one company that was contracted to perform an estimate/bid/consult on the project?

Backstage Pass

Backstage Pass is a collection of singer/songwriters from around the country that unite for special performances as an ensemble group. The show offers a unique opportunity for audiences to have a sneak peak into the songwriters creative process and discover a hit song's true meaning, its intention and its journey to number 1. This particular group of musicians, who have given so many artists the pulse of their music, represent the very best of songwriters in America today. A virtual jukebox of experience, this group of singer/songwriters directly influence the stations we tune our radio to. This collection of singer/songwriters: Maia Sharp, Tony Haselden, Georgia Middleman and Craig Carothers have written for the likes of The Dixie Chicks, Colin Ray, Terri Clark, Peter, Paul, and Mary; Lorrie Morgan, Faith Hill, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, Martina McBride, Lisa Loeb, Cher, Shania Twain, Shenandoah, Trisha Yearwood and Kathy Matea. They occasionally unite for special performances as an ensemble group, and Back Stage Pass offers a unique opportunity for audiences to have a sneak peak into the songwriters creative process and a song’s journey to #1 on the charts. This group of musicians, who have given so many artists the pulse of their music, represent the very best of songwriters in America today.

Masterworks Choral Ensemble presents Spring Time: Modern Style

We all long to return to a simpler time, a more innocent age. So it was with John Rutter when he decided to compile a collection of his favorite folk songs from the British Isles. As he puts it, traditional songs form a “common musical currency.” For Springtime, Masterworks performs Rutter’s collection, “The Sprig of Thyme,” alongside Jonathan Willcocks’ modern composition, “Lux Perpetua.” In “Lux Perpetua” the solemn threat and heavy tread of war is powerfully interspersed with tender prayers for peace. This timeless work calls us to reflect on the significance of peace and unity in our lives today. Pre-concert lecture starts at 7:00 Washington Center for Performing Arts For more information and tickets visit www.mce.org Tickets may also be purchased at the Washington Center.

Olympia's 150th Birthday Celebration

Free, @ The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

Photographic Odyssey

September 21st Council Meeting Extended Public Hearing at the Washington Center for Performing Arts

After the public hearing at the Washington Center Yesterday I went on a photographic odyssey. It was a gorgeous day, much like today, except there were more clouds and there was less of a gusty breeze. First I went to the port plaza. There were a few other people there also enjoying the beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Port Plaza Dock West View 180º

After that I went to Watershed Park. It was a great day for a walk around the loop trail. The Old Growth Forest smelled great. I saw 7 other people while walking the loop.

Citizens for the Future
Citizens for the Future

Check below the fold for a slideshow.

Council Hearing on Zoning

I posted an update about the meeting at In the Course of Events (Wednesday, September 17, 2008, title for future reference, or here is a direct link: Public Hearing on Isthmus Rezone).

I am hoping someone will post a run-down of local rezone hearing commentary.

Did anyone else find the meeting exhilarating?

George Orwell's 1984

I have been thinking about the concept of perpetual war. What are some of the consequences of the perpetual war economy? George Orwell's classic novel, 1984, speaks directly to that question. I urge you to read it, or to remember it if you have already...


The following is something that I wrote up a while ago, after seeing the Actor's Gang performance of "1984" at the Washington Center for Performing Arts:

An adaptation of Orwell's 1984 for stage, it was a great performance.

Masterworks Choir Celebrates Carole King

Masterworks Choral Ensemble's Singing in the Halls:

Music of Carole King from the '60s and '70s

Masterworks Choral Ensemble revisits the brilliance of Carole King and the legacy of the Brill Building. "Singing in the Halls" is Masterworks' season finale, celebrating the music of Carole King from the 1960s and 1970s. The 65-voice choir, Singers ensemble, and soloists perform with an instrumental combo on June 14, 2008 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. The pops-style concert begins at 7:30pm, with a pre-concert lecture at 7pm, and complimentary desserts during intermission.

Historical Perspective

Let's go back to the 1960s and look in on the Brill Building, a place of great influence, and the amazing talent of one individual, Carole King. The Brill Building seems to be the center of the music industry's universe. Located in New York, it attracts the best and the brightest: mainstream popular music's singers, songwriters, publishers and producers. In this setting, Carole King and partner Gerry Goffin turn out song after song for pop vocalists, girl groups and boy bands. From 1960 to 1968 Carole King captures popular sentiments in words and melodies for more than 20 major hits, all written for others. From our present-day perspective, we can say Carole King's beginnings as a songwriter seem selfless. As we know, she came into her own fame with a string of hits and top selling albums, starting with Tapestry in 1971. The rest, as they say, is history.

Something Good

War and Hope

This is a reminder for OG's performance at the Washington Center. It's coming up this Sunday. Hurry up and get tickets before it's sold out!

War and Hope
MARCH 16 , 2008
Washington Center for the Performing Arts
7:00 P.M.

Featured artist:
The Olympia Choral Society

Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
Mass in D minor, "Lord Nelson Mass"

The Great Ocean Adventure - Free Event

  • Featuring Jean-Michel Cousteau, Educator, Environmentalist, & Film Producer
  • Saturday, March 15, 2008
  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia
  • Free Event and Open to the Public
For over 40 years, Jean-Michel Cousteau has been an advocate for the environment through his explorations of the earth’s oceans, rivers, and inlands. The son of ocean explorer Jacque Cousteau—he worked alongside his father exploring and filming underwater, producing documentaries, and speaking out for the protection of oceans, marine life, and aquatic environments.
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