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Theater Review: "It's a Wonderful Life" at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Theater Review: "It's a Wonderful Life" at Tacoma Little Theatre

Oh, George Bailey. A heroic, self-sacrificing, and a generally likable fellow. It's nearly impossible not to feel empathy (or resonance) with the dashed dreams and settling for second place for the sake and betterment of others. Unfortunately George is unable to continue saving those less fortunate due to the greed

Theater Review: "Lyle the Crocodile" at Olympia Family Theater

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Theater Review: "Lyle the Crocodile" at Olympia Family Theater

With a larger than usual amount of plays opening Thanksgiving weekend, fellow theater critic Christian Carvajal and I divided and conquered. Each taking two plays we split them up based on several different criteria. One of the plays I was fortunate enough to review was Lyle the Crocodile at Olympia

Theater Review: "The Stardust Christmas Blizzard" at Harlequin Productions

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Theater Review: "The Stardust Christmas Blizzard" at Harlequin Productions

Saturday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Tacoma Little Theatre will host a roundtable conversation between theater practitioners and theater audiences. I've arranged it to start a dialogue that'll serve, I hope, to boost attendance community-wide and give artistic directors a better idea what you want your ticket price to buy.

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Ted Brown Music Company Tacoma - South. Uke 'An Jam. All Ages. 6:30-8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Cascade Community Center JBLM-Lewis Main. Bar Bingo in Heroes Lounge. No cash prizes. 7 pm. Pints & Quarts Pub Westside Olympia - Westside. Bingo. Win prizes. 8:30 pm. NC. Tacoma Comedy

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Red Wind Casino Yelm. Alice Stuart. 6:30 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Barstool Bingo. 6:30 pm.

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Monday, Dec. 9, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday with Black Rose. 7 pm. NC. Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino and Brooke Lizotte Experimental Jam. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 7 pm. NC. Grit City Comedy Club Tacoma -

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. 6-9 pm. NC. Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center Kent. Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Concert. 3 pm. $15-22. Gibsons Frozen Yogurt Tacoma - Stadium District. Kim Archer CD release party for her CD Planet Cool - cool music for kids. 1-2:30 pm. NC. Traditions

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Franciscan Polar Plaza Ice Rink Tacoma - Downtown. Rebekah Ann Curtis on Ice. All Ages. 7-9 pm. Free admission, $4-$8 ice skating. BLUES B Sharp Coffee House - Tacoma. Little Bill Duo, with Rod Cook. All Ages. 7 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Grit City Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Chris Dunham.

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Friday, Dec. 6, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Morso Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Dan Navarro. 8 pm. $25. The Embers at Indian Summer - Olympia. Tarik Bentlemsani. 6 pm. NC. Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi Bar Vashon. The Jeff Kanzler Band. All Ages. 8:30 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Grit City Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Chris

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013: Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar in the South Puget Sound

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Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013: Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar in the South Puget Sound

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Cascadia Grill Olympia - Downtown. Jeremy Serwer. All Ages. 6-9 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. Eagle's Hall Olympia - Downtown. OlyBlues Dance Night. Third floor, no partner necessary. All Ages. 9 pm. $5. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian

Theater Review: "Annie" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

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Theater Review: "Annie" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Try as we might, we critics look forward to some productions more than others. From our perspective, the newer, more cutting-edge shows cluster in late spring and summer, as do the Shakespeares and edgier musicals. Autumn ushers in every new theater season with tried-and-true popular favorites, and as for the

South Sound holiday theater productions

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South Sound holiday theater productions

The "War on Christmas" decried by Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly isn't evident in South Sound theater, which is producing a rich variety of appropriately jolly and family-friendly shows for the holiday season. Weekly Volcano theater critics Joann Varnell and Christian Carvajal chime in with their thoughts on the productions

Check This Out: "Blow Out"

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Check This Out: "Blow Out"

Some days you just don't feel like paying for another Redbox rental, and the next movie on your Netflix queue takes FOREVER to arrive in your mailbox. And recession or no, who can pass up free, convenient entertainment?

Feedbag: Santa loves mousse, Christmas Tea, healthy holiday cooking and more ...

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Feedbag: Santa loves mousse, Christmas Tea, healthy holiday cooking and more ...

SAY HI TO NUCKY What better way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Repeal Prohibition Day than handcrafted cocktails, burlesque dancers and a quartet! At 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 Olympia Film Society will party old school style at the Capital Theater (206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia). Sip classic cocktails and

A grand road trip through real America

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A grand road trip through real America

Tinseltown suffered a heavy blow last week with the tragic death of Paul Walker. I'll resist the temptation to call him a "great thespian," a "master of his craft" or any of the other tried and true cants that frequently appear in celebrity eulogies. I'll just point out that in

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Mayer Hawthorne, Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Benise, Simon Townshend and others ...

Concert Alert

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Mayer Hawthorne, Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Benise, Simon Townshend and others ...

We list major concerts going on sale this weekend, as well as national touring acts performing in the Puget Sound this week and down

The Rock And Roll Lodge and Steakhouse to open in Tacoma

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The Rock And Roll Lodge and Steakhouse to open in Tacoma

What do live rock, 32-ounce steaks and 99-cent beers have in common? Everything. This will be the cohesive vibe of a new Tacoma restaurant, lounge and venue: The Rock and Roll Lodge and Steakhouse. Located at 9825 Pacific Ave., in the former home of the Delmonte's Sports Bar and Sea Galley. The 6,800-square-foot

3 Cheers: Mug City

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3 Cheers: Mug City

Fingerless gloves were an invention intended to improve the ability to wrap your digits around hot mugs. Well, that's only a fraction of the truth. They are meant to improve dexterity of your fingers, which applies the same concepts; take from that what you will. So, naturally, with rumors of

If you only do eight things the week of Dec. 5-11

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If you only do eight things the week of Dec. 5-11

>>> COMMUNITY   YE OLDE TREE LIGHTING   Hear ye, hear ye, longtime (or short time) people of Tacoma and the South Sound! Job Carr, Tacoma's original Gritizen and the first settler in these here parts, has a sweet little museum and original cabin replica in his honor in Tacoma's Old Town district (birthplace

Do Some Good: Thurston County Food Bank

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Do Some Good: Thurston County Food Bank

No one deserves to go hungry, whether it is over the holidays or on any given Tuesday. That's why the Thurston County Food Bank needs your help; the need is always present. The Thurston County Food Bank provides food for 400 families within the county every day. The downtown location, 220

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