Dave R. Davison

Originally from the tiny town of Clovis on the high plains of Eastern New Mexico, Dave R. Davison grew up in an Air Force family. A graduate of Clover Park High School, Dave worked for a time in warehouses, industrial facilities and art galleries. He returned to his studies at University of Washington where he earned degrees in International Studies, Comparative Religion and Art History. In addition to writing in several genres, Dave is a painter, sculptor, ceramicist and graphic designer. He is often seen walking his dog on Tacoma streets, especially on wet evenings.

Email: dave@tacomaweekly.com

28 April 2016

ComicStrip Cabaret begins new time slot at Jazzbones

The ComicStrip Cabaret returned to the stage April 21, after having had to drop March from its third Thursday schedule. The monthly burlesque show – a bawdy variety of comedy, music, acrobatics and striptease acts – has moved from Tacoma Comedy Club to Jazzbones where the show is able to open at 8 p.m., far more amiable…

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28 April 2016

PLU’s University Gallery shows art seniors’ ‘In Flux’

One of the local rites of spring is the showing of artwork by graduating seniors of the art departments of area universities. As the academic year draws to a close, the fledgling artists that have honed their skills and developed their ideas get one more showing in the school art gallery before they are shoved out of the…

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14 April 2016

TMP’s ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ takes audience on ride through the Reign of Terror

Tacoma Musical Playhouse just opened “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” the latest main stage production of the theater’s current season. The show is a visually dazzling, musically thrilling romp through the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. TMP’s “Pimpernel” is the version that ran on Broadway in the late 90s,…

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31 March 2016

Painter Sperry pays homage to Tacoma

Tacoma’s own homegrown artist Gerry Sperry is currently showing more than two dozen of his paintings at the Handforth Gallery, which is housed in the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library. The show, entitled “A Glancing Light,” will be on view through April 23.
Sperry depicts landscapes, cityscapes and figures,…

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24 March 2016

TSO’s ‘Water Passion’ popular at packed house performance

On March 20, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra brought its Pantages Theater audience to its feet for a prolonged, standing ovation after a mystical, magical performance of composer Tan Dun’s “Water Passion.”
The Passion of Christ refers to the short, final period of Jesus’ life: His betrayal, arrest, scourging,…

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17 March 2016

Two Kittredge artists work to reveal unforeseen content

The University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery – understated as it is – almost always puts on great art shows that are more interesting that any other shows in town, including the Tacoma Art Museum. The Kittredge’s current display is a case in point. James Allen’s “Anesidora, in the main space and Deborah Kahn’s…

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3 March 2016

TAM exhibits retrospective of artist-explorer John Mix Stanley

Tacoma Art Museum is currently hosting “Painted Journeys – The Art of John Mix Stanley,” which features works by the artist-explorer that documented the peoples and landscapes of the American West in the pre-civil war era. Despite setbacks that would have driven most people into despair, Stanley (1814-1872) kept on…

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25 February 2016

‘The Love Smack’

A festive atmosphere reigned as the Women’s Flat Track Derby Associated Dockyard Derby Dames (Tacoma’s roller derby league) came together for “The Love Smack” on Feb. 20. Featuring four teams contesting in two bouts, “The Love Smack” marked a milestone as the DYDD’s 10th season rolls toward its zenith, the May…

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11 February 2016

Celebrate the rhino at Mad Hat Tea Company

On Feb. 13, The Mad Hat Tea Company, Tacoma’s urban teahouse, opens an art exhibit called “The Black Rhino Show.” This is Mad Hat’s first art show in more than a year. In the past there have been memorable shows like the “Crow Show” and the delightful “Dodo Show.”
The Black Rhino show features work by…

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11 February 2016

Melissa Balch shows unique ceramic forms at Moss + Mineral Gallery

The Moss + Mineral Gallery is hosting a show by ceramics artist Melissa Balch. Called “Last Dance.” The show features Balch’s fantastical and unique ceramic works that were done during the course of a career in clay that lasted only five or so years before the artist set the potters’ tools aside and immerse herself…

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11 February 2016

Make a Scene: TMP brings comic relief to romance in time for Valentine’s Day

Tacoma Musical Playhouse has unveiled its latest mainstage show. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day. It is a delightful romp through all the twists, turns, triumphs and travails involved in the perpetual romantic entanglements between the sexes. Written by Joe DiPietro…

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