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Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Out of Town Action

Posted by on January 3 at 11:53 AM

I just got the Olympia Film Society calendar, and it’s the usual run of second-run, vaguely low-profile stuff (plus a week of Rent, bizarrely) that played Seattle ages ago. But there was one surprise. OFS is getting Duma, the pet cheetah movie that made Manohla Dargis’s top ten list, which hasn’t yet played Seattle, and certainly won’t by the time it opens in Olympia on January 21. Might be worth a trip.

Definitely worth a trip: the Hesse Collection on view at Portland Art Museum. It’s two floors packed with anything and everythingófrom commissioned tapestries to 2nd century B.C. Isis pendants, Faberge eggs to a stunning Hans Holbein Madonna & child, rifles emblazoned with anti-Papist propaganda to a pair of 18th century swivel chairsóbelonging to Germany’s artistocratic Hesse family. I went with my parents, who enjoyed themselves, and my grandfather, who had never been to an art museum before. He pronounced it “interesting but tiring.” Indeed. The Hesse Collection will be in Portland through March 19, and then it’s going straight back to Germany. Meanwhile, SAM has lamps. Through tomorrow, and then they’re shutting down for the year.

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ah, olympia: the slow man's seattle.

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