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Great enthusiastic noise

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Great enthusiastic noise

Charles Dickens' Oliver! is why I'm in theater. It's not that I love the play to death or anything, but many moons ago my brother ran follow spot for a children's production of the musical through Tacoma Little Theatre, and my whole family was doomed. So it's always fun to

Occupy Neverland

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Occupy Neverland

Piers Chater Robinson's Peter Pan is adapted from the play by J.M. Barrie. The story strikes a chord with kids who don't want to grow up, as well as adults who wish they were responsibility-free like children. Or people who just wish they could fly.   Having only experienced Disney's version

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Old School Gifts

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Old School Gifts

  Elf slippers What elves put on after work >>>Made from repurposed wool sweaters, elf slippers by Oakville designer Shari Trnka are cute, cozy and environmentally correct. The wool has been felted (meaning it's washed and dried so it shrinks and becomes softer and denser). The slippers, in sizes for all ages,

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Tradition lives on

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Tradition lives on

Immigrants from Italy bonded throughout the K Street area neighborhoods in the late 1940s - now known as Tacoma Hilltop - with cultural traditions brought over with their families.  My father-in-law, Joe DeRosa, was part of one of those families. "Oh we all roamed the area back then.  It was me,

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Traditional treat

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Traditional treat

A German winter holiday tradition you know about: the Christmas tree, serenaded in "O Tannenbaum." One you're not likely to know about: the springerle, a holiday cookie made by pressing dough into a carved board. The cookies are three-dimensional works of art, appearing like tiny sculptures. Learn to prepare this traditional treat

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Creating a wonderland

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Creating a wonderland

The holiday season in these parts can be particularly frustrating. Twinkling lights and red/green motifs are typically betrayed by cruelly bitter winds and dismal rain. People hold their breath for snow, and continue to hold it if it sticks around for more than a day. Feeling the holiday spirit can

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: An iconoclast's Christmas

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: An iconoclast's Christmas

It's hard to decide what to do this time of year. For many people, the holiday season is simple and routine. But for a growing number of people, plain old Christmas doesn't cut it anymore. People are slicing and dicing tradition in larger and larger numbers. Some are tired of

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: A tale of downtown Tacoma

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: A tale of downtown Tacoma

Once upon a time, downtown Tacoma was a bustling place. A place filled with people - yes, real live people who went downtown for fun rather than business. This was especially true during the Christmas season. In the days of yore, before malls stole the show, downtowns were where the party

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Duck The Malls

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Duck The Malls

Yes, the Olympia Film Society's Duck the Malls is a craft fair, but as the name suggests, it's a crafts fair with a decidedly alternative approach. "It's an alternative to the mall, but it's also an alternative to your conventional craft fair," says Ira Coyne, who organizes the event and runs

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: DYI Santas

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: DYI Santas

The holidays are right around the corner, and yet you can't find that perfect gift. Why not make it yourself? Whether you've got the skills to paint the Sistine Chapel or can't even draw a stick figure, making a gift is possible, and local artists are here to inspire you. There are many

Still on point

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Still on point

If you follow the South Sound hip-hop scene by now you've probably heard the name Xperience a time or two.  For the past 10 years XP has been solidifying his name as one of the best artists in our area, and he continues to make big moves for himself. Through

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Liquid Soul Coffee Roy. Open Mic. Hosted by David Wayne. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Cork! A Wine Bar Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. YPN Holiday Party, featuring live music. 8 pm. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. The Junction Sports Bar and Grill

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Amocat Cafe Tacoma - Triangle District. Amocat Live! featuring the Amocat House Band. All Ages. 7 pm. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Blue Creepers. All Ages. 6 pm. Seastar. All Ages. 8 pm. The Spar Olympia. Paul Mauer. 8 pm. NC. Cafe Luna Vashon. Ronnda Cadle, Heidi Swan. All Ages. 7 pm.

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Baby Gramps. All Ages. 8 pm. Cafe Luna Vashon. Gregg Curry. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Harbor Voice Music, hosted by Kathyanne Baumgardner. All Ages. 1 pm. Kings Books Tacoma - Stadium District. Bryan John Appleby. 7 pm. NC LakeBridge

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Sunday, Dec 11, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Sunday, Dec 11, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Northern Pacific Coffee Co Tacoma - Parkland. Jeriactric Jazz. All Ages. 11 am-1 pm. NC. Auburn Ave Theater Auburn. Men Of Worth: A Winter's Carol. All Ages. 8 pm. $18-$20. Immanuel Presbyterian Church Tacoma - Northend. Music Sunday. All Ages. 10:30 am. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma -South. Acoustic Jam with Jeff Morgan. 8 pm. NC BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday. 7 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 7 pm. NC. Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. Tap Room Trivia. $50 cash prize for the winner of each round.

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC O'Blarney's Irish Pub Olympia - Eastside. Irish Sessions. Live traditional Irish music. 7:30 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino Band rockin' blues. 8:30 pm. NC. Summit Pub Puyallup. Tim Hall & The Band Real Times. 7:30 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Cloud Chowder. All Ages. 6 pm. BLUES Charlie's Sports Bar and Grill Olympia - Downtown. Blues Jam with Blues Attitude. 9 pm. NC. Midtown Grill Bonney Lake. Wednesday Night Blues Jam. All Ages. 7-11 PM. COMEDY/GAMES Pints & Quarts Pub Westside Olympia - Westside. Bingo. Win prizes. 8:30 pm. Free. Tacoma

WHAT'S THE WORD?: On the dial

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: On the dial

I can't believe I've gone this long without writing about local hip-hop on the radio. I probably will miss some hip-hop radio shows in this run-down, so please hit me up and tell me what I'm missing. I'll update local hip-hop radio in a future column.  As far as I know,

PLACE: Dockside Donuts

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PLACE: Dockside Donuts

Place: Dockside DonutsOpen: 24 hoursWith: A drive-thruLocated next to: Red's Valley PubWhich is next week's: Three Drink MinimumCan you believe: I'm back off the wagon?That was: A dumb question, I knowMy point is: There's a donut placeLocated next to: A BAR!My two fantasy worlds: Have finally collidedMy overall sin: Gluttony Let

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