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The Ladies of Lyric and Song

7 Nov

Erin Guinup presents “The Ladies of Lyric and Song”. Photo by Kat Hennessey.

Erin Guinup presents her new one-woman show, “The Ladies of Lyric and Song” on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall.  This performance is free to the public.

“The Ladies of Lyric and Song: A Musical Reflection on the Ground-Breaking Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theatre” is a unique concert experience, incorporating theatrical elements, fascinating stories, and a wide variety of songs.  The history of 100 years of musical theatre is traced through the words and music of the women who helped shape it.  Music includes operetta, jazz, golden era, folk-rock, and contemporary musical theatre songs.

Directed by local theatre icon Patti Cohenour (Tony-nominated for Big River, Christine Daae in original Broadway cast of Phantom of the Opera, and Gregory Award winner for Edith/Little Edie in 5th Avenue’s recent production of Grey Gardens), Guinup is joined on stage by pianist Tim Strong.

Erin Guinup has performed a wide range of operatic and musical theatre roles with Tacoma Opera, Rainier Family Opera, Capital Playhouse, Mormon Festival of the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Roles include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Musetta in La Boheme, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and both Mary and Mary Magdalene in productions of Savior of the World. Guinup earned her degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Puget Sound and works as a performer, voice teacher, stage director, conductor, and composer.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this project through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.


The Bridle Show

24 Dec

IMG_5811What: Artist Talk by Lisa Kinoshita
Where: Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 South, MLK Street  Tacoma, WA 98405
When: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 5 pm
Cost: Free

Lisa Kinoshita’s Bridle Show explores the vanishing art of horsehair hitching, a traditional Western art whose most skilled practitioners are amongst the inmates at Montana State Prison (MSP). Kinoshita traveled to the prison to interview inmates who are making horsehair art, and she took up the parallel art of leather braiding and knotting, a time-honored practice of vaqueros, American Indians and cowboys, to collaborate on a single horse’s bridle which demonstrates the beauty of a functional art form revered in centuries past.

Since the 1800s, inmates at MSP have kept this incredibly intricate and increasingly rare art alive inside prison walls, passing on their knowledge from hand to hand (mostly) under supervised conditions. Hitching exists at other prisons, in Washington (Walla Walla), Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona, but none surpasses the quality of work coming out of Deer Lodge, MT. Observers say this practice has been shown to help reduce tension in the prison environment and build inmates’ self-confidence, while also contributing to victims’ restitution. Inmates are allowed to sell their finished pieces, such as horsehair bridles, for up to thousands of dollars in the prison gift shop. In the process, they are keeping alive a skill that few modern artisans have the time or patience to master.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to help fund this project through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.


Hitched horsehair reins by MSP inmate. Unlike braiding, hitching consists of thousands of miniscule half-hitch knots, tied 5-10 hairs at a time.

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