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The Steamboat Stringband Jamboree has Americana covered

Music

The Steamboat Stringband Jamboree has Americana covered

For as much as can be said about how loudly and resoundingly garage rock and grunge have dominated the music landscape of the Pacific Northwest, there's always been the existence of stringbands, plucking away on the edges. It's worth remembering, after all, that the official Washington state dance is the

Beer across the bridge

Bars & Clubs

Beer across the bridge

In the Northwest, beer and coffee are staples of the average diet. If you're looking for a well-sized, yet still approachable beer fest, look no further than the 4th Annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival. Each year, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival grows a bit. In its first year, only 11 brewers

253-Second Short Film Festival

South Sound Cinema

253-Second Short Film Festival

Over the past weekend, some 30 groups of ambitious filmmakers took to the streets to frantically craft short films for The Grand Cinema, all in service of the 253-Second Short Film Festival. Formerly known as the 72-Hour Film Festival, the event got rebranded this year to help further distinguish itself

Take a taste of the Mediterranean

Features

Take a taste of the Mediterranean

Nestled just minutes from downtown Tacoma, and on the edge of the historical Stadium District; The Hub restaurant and Harmon Taproom have become a Tacoma favorite. Though part of the Harmon Brewing Company, The Hub has its own unique atmosphere and neighborhood feel to it. Its bicycle-themed pub-style restaurant setting

Nothing to misunderstand

Music

Nothing to misunderstand

You might say that the release of Ethan Tucker's new album Misunderstood is a triumph, the overcoming of the Record Business' particularly harsh version of Murphy's Law. At first glance, it would seem that in the two years since he signed a contract with Capitol Records, everything that could have gone

Counting up

Music

Counting up

Limitations are part of what makes the greatest music so effective: pairing down what it's possible to do with the medium allows you to explore what's best to do. There's a reason why there are so few truly great double and triple albums. Bands like Queen and Joe Jackson have

Love and war

Stage

Love and war

Centerstage's For All That is a phenomenal show. I left the theater wondering how I could possibly review it when it left me speechless. In many ways, this performance is the best thing I've seen on stage in years, and the marvel of it is that it was written by

Art Chantry Speaks

Arts

Art Chantry Speaks

Art Chantry is Tacoma's most famous graphic designer, known worldwide, or at least USA-wide, for his rock concert posters and album covers. He's done work for Nirvana and Hole, and his art has been shown in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum,

Rock on with bouldering

Outdoors

Rock on with bouldering

Dirt bag. Rock fiend. Send master. Also known as rock climbers. Around here they are dedicated, motivated and officially insane. They live for this stuff. Especially boulderers. Bouldering outside is its own adrenalin rush. You haul in crash pads (large portable mats that offer some protection for a hard landing)

Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction

Arts

Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction

That's the product of 123 years of Tacoma air," Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction, Jennifer Aarde tells me. Sanford and Son has been providing a unique shopping experience as the largest singly owned antique shop in the Pacific Northwest located in downtown Tacoma since 1985. The space is like

Summer in Washington state

Outdoors

Summer in Washington state

Around here, summer means getting outdoors, enjoying and doing. And whether that means hiking up a steep, switch-back trail with a beautiful panoramic view waiting for you on the Olympics or the Cascades, or feeling the tug of a six-pound salmon hitting your bait while fishing on the Puget Sound, there's

Revolt Revolt race forward with dynamic restraint

Music

Revolt Revolt race forward with dynamic restraint

Remaining stagnant as an artist is a fear that seemingly everyone besides Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay has. To come back, release after release, with the same sound and vision is death even to superstars like Katy Perry. Reinvention comes, part and parcel, with being a creative person. Even still,

Troubled love

Stage

Troubled love

The wartime love story Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, is now playing at Harlequin Productions in Olympia. It is an intense and intimate portrait of a pair of lovers - Sarah Goodwin (Jenny Vaughn Hall) and James Dodd (Matt Shimkus) - whose passionate devotion and equally

The Buddy Holly Story opens at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Stage

The Buddy Holly Story opens at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Don McClean said the day Buddy Holly died was "the day the music died," but Buddy's music will never die. I first saw BUDDY at the Tacoma Little Theatre in 2009 and then at the Capital Playhouse in 2012. And now it's going to rock the big stage at the

Quiet on the set

South Sound Cinema

Quiet on the set

Given our unpredictable spring weather, sometimes the safest entertainment bet is a movie ticket. We're inundated with promos for rabidly anticipated May releases like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. Disney's Tomorrowland is right around the corner. But where are the smaller, smarter,

Johnny's Bistro adds history to the local dining scene

Features

Johnny's Bistro adds history to the local dining scene

What used to be primarily commercial properties, downtown Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway has gone through some drastic changes over the last few years. The construction of condos, coffee shops and concrete sidewalks has created a bit of a hidden gem in Tacoma, and the addition of Johnny's Bistro to the

Worth the flight downtown for French-style cuisine

Reviews

Worth the flight downtown for French-style cuisine

Three words come to mind at the end of a meal at Aviateur in Tacoma: authentic, eloquent and simple. I admit, the atmosphere may be a little distracting as you're immersed in a confusing mix of retro-modern décor interrupted by pieces of typical French-bistro styled art, but where the eatery

Poulsbo celebrates Viking Fest

Outdoors

Poulsbo celebrates Viking Fest

Jorgen Eliason, an immigrant from Norway, settled along the lush, green area of the Kitsap Peninsula that is now known as Poulsbo along with his family. Historians say their settlement along Liberty Bay (formerly Dog Fish Bay) opened the door to hundreds of Norwegian and Scandanavian immigrants in the late

Foraging for morel mushrooms on base

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Foraging for morel mushrooms on base

It's morel mushroom season in the Pacific Northwest, and sources tell us the edible fungus can be found at Joint Base-Lewis McChord near the cemetery. We talked to Alex Anton, the executive chef at the Smoke + Cedar about how to choose good mushrooms, how to prepare them and what you

Summer theater classes

Stage

Summer theater classes

For children bitten by the acting bug there are opportunities galore in the South Puget Sound region to learn and to perform with summer theater camps and classes. Starting with Olympia Family Theater in Olympia, a relative newcomer among area theaters that produces fantastic theater geared toward children and performed by

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