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Summit Pub

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Summit Pub

ANNOUNCER: The Washington State Fair season is in full effect, giving Jackie and Dutch the perfect excuse to hit up some Puyallup area hot spots. This week, they wanted to take a peek at Summit Pub's new digs. JACKIE: I'd never been to the OG Summit Pub so I don't have

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

Another month, another edition of Three Easy Pieces, where I explore a specific pop cultural subject from its birth to how it looks today. It's generally accepted that remakes of movies are never as good as the original -- and I'd usually tend to agree. This month, I'm looking at

Hike, bike, paddle and strike

Travel

Hike, bike, paddle and strike

If you're bored while vacationing in Bend, Oregon, you're not doing it right. That's right, we're calling you out, fellow travelers, for twiddling your thumbs in one of the most adventure-friendly cities in the Pacific Northwest. Bend, Oregon, is an adventurist's wonderland, and its location in central Oregon -- along

Bright scenes of sea and land

Arts

Bright scenes of sea and land

I wasn't sure I wanted to review Barbara Noonan's work at Childhood's End Gallery because the image I saw on the announcement looked too much like too many other landscapes I have seen -- pretty, predictable and unimaginative. But when I saw the work in the gallery, I recognized a

Blissful exuberance

Music

Blissful exuberance

Paul McCartney recently did an interview where he ran down some of the best songs that he wrote for the Beatles. At a certain point, after discussing the likes of "Hey Jude," "Let It Be," and "Blackbird," McCartney noted how proud he was that, for the most part, Beatles songs

Brighton Beach Memoirs

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Brighton Beach Memoirs

The household presented in Lakewood Playhouse's production of Brighton Beach Memoirs is one of a rumbling, simmering strife. Economic hardships and unresolved resentments have been so thoroughly woven into the fabric of this family that everyone has been inured to a general feeling of anxiety. I certainly felt a bit anxious watching

Ming the majestic

Stage

Ming the majestic

China's Ming dynasty endured from 1368 to 1644 A.D. Its emperors ruled an area almost as large as that of the contiguous United States, and for longer than the U.S. has been a country. By 1600, the Great Ming Empire had over 160 million citizens. Among its contributions to world

Hall of Valor

Arts

Hall of Valor

The Hall of Valor, a new gallery at the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), opens Saturday, Sept. 15. The gallery is a series of five bays each representing two battles that units associated with Camp Lewis, Fort Lewis or JBLM (depending on the year) fought in. "So much

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

The action of placing a bright, shiny, red apple on a teacher's desk is the symbolic epitome of the beginning of the academic year. It's rumored that this version of nature's candy has something to do with wisdom, but I think we gift our educators with it because it is

Wooden City

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Wooden City

ANNOUNCER: Located on the far end of Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma just off the edge of the Stadium District, Wooden City takes over the spot formerly occupied by Café Vincero. Award-winning chefs offer a variety of selections ranging from wood-fired pizzas and burgers to oysters on the half shell

Olympia’s fall theater scene

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Olympia’s fall theater scene

I know it's the oldest cliché in the book, but Olympia's fall theater scene has something for everyone, from mystery to comedy to children's fare to musicals, and various mixtures of all that. Harlequin Productions' season runs later than other theaters, meaning as the fall season opens everywhere else, they are

Anderson Island Film Festival

South Sound Cinema

Anderson Island Film Festival

In an age where streaming services have done their part in solving the problem of everyone having access to an abundance of films, another problem has presented itself: there's an overabundance of selection and a lack of concern about the level of quality of these films. Imagine the time you

Just a pop song

Music

Just a pop song

Stiff Records mainstay Wreckless Eric, after the success of his indelible "Whole Wide World," wrote "A Popsong," all about the fear and anxiety of being asked by his label to come up with a hit; as Wreckless Eric says, it's "just a pop song," so why is it so hard

‘To Sing of Beauty’

Arts

‘To Sing of Beauty’

In case you haven't noticed, Tacoma's art scene is no longer provincial. The City of Destiny is now a center of grown-up art, art that is socially and politically hip, that comments on current issues that can dare to be innovative and risky. Part of it might be an influx

Give in to the wanderlust

Travel

Give in to the wanderlust

Some of us are always on the hunt for adventure. We crave travel, yearn for exploration, and wile away the hours by staring wistfully into the distance. We've got wanderlust -- a strong desire to travel -- and sometimes there's nothing to be done about it except to give in

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

The restaurant industry is a lot like life. We celebrate small victories, birthdays and gatherings and mourn the loss of loved ones. If you love to eat out like me, it can be an emotional rollercoaster. Especially lately, it feels as though we are in the midst of a movement.

Hop Jack’s

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Hop Jack’s

ANNOUNCER: With already five locations throughout the Puget Sound, Hop Jack's opened a sixth location in Lakewood this summer. Advertised as the neighborhood gathering place, Dutch and Jackie head out to see why everyone is gathering here.DUTCH: Walking into Hop Jack's, you're hit with the buzzing of conversations, TVs with

OFT receives Award of Excellence

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OFT receives Award of Excellence

At the Washington Center for the Performing Arts' third annual Center Stage Awards & Gala in July, 232 guests cheered as Olympia Family Theater was presented with an Award of Excellence for "achievement in the arts." "This was an extraordinary evening of generosity and love for the arts," said Washington Center

“Make/Do” at History Museum

Arts

“Make/Do” at History Museum

"Make/Do" at the Washington State History Museum is an exhibition of fine and utilitarian art made with found and previously used items from the 1700s to contemporary works by local and regional artists including Marita Dingus, Pat Tassoni and Jean Mandeberg. There are 180 items on display from children's toys made

Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

Travel

Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor, "the maritime city" is a quaint waterfront city located nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This beautiful town makes for a perfect weekend getaway or even a short daytrip. Getting There Gig Harbor is a quick and beautiful drive within half an hour from JBLM. Take I-5 north and take exit

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