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Wide-eyed wonder

Music

Wide-eyed wonder

Years ago, when I was making my first little excursions into the world of the deeply nerdy and wonderfully heartfelt world of artists like They Might Be Giants, Daniel Johnston, and Jonathan Richman, my dad would poke fun at me by pointing out the frivolity and randomness of their song

"Agamemnon" scores big

Stage

"Agamemnon" scores big

Watching Agamemnon at Dukesbay Theater opening night was a totally immersive theatrical experience. This is the way theater was in the beginning when many theatrical traditions still in common use were first invented, and it plays as well in 21st century Tacoma as it must have in Greece 2,400 years

Top ten pizzas

Features

Top ten pizzas

Everyone has one of those days when they just can't find the energy to make dinner at home. And an easy go-to always comes around to pizza ... it's fast, it's convenient, and it always hits the spot. However, there is no excuse for South Sounders to settle for cardboard

Visual Edge: 'Paint, Steel Porcelain'

Arts

Visual Edge: 'Paint, Steel Porcelain'

It makes my heart happy to see that Laura Hanan has re-opened Brick & Mortar Gallery. The once funky little gallery on Pacific at 9th street is now elegant and welcoming and in business again after a hiatus of six years with a selection of Hanan's paintings plus porcelain wall

Taqueria El Antojo

Reviews

Taqueria El Antojo

Mexican food is easy to find in the South Sound, and cheap Mexican food seems to be even easier. However, finding affordable authentic Mexican cuisine takes a bit more effort.  Fortunately for South Sounders, Taqueria El Antojo has a ton of affordable offerings served up quickly that taste great.  And

The hub ... a baloo

Outdoors

The hub ... a baloo

The U.S. Open will operate two parking lots with free shuttle service back and forth to Chambers Bay, which is better than sitting for three hours on Bridgeport Way inching your way towards the big tournament. Surviving the free lots, however, takes a little inside knowledge.  Here's a brief explanation for

All eyes on UP

Outdoors

All eyes on UP

A nation of golfers' eyes will be on University Place next week, however, a lot of people will be told they're looking at Seattle.  That's okay.  The once sleepy town of UP knows how to fight for what it wants, and over the past 10 years, that is apparently to

Getting to the parking lots

Outdoors

Getting to the parking lots

No one really knows what's going to happen. Sure, planners have spent years anticipating traffic problems surely to rise when you hold one of the country's biggest sporting events on a cliff with one road in and one out, but that will not matter when you just wanted to grab

Beer and the Open

Outdoors

Beer and the Open

Beer is good. Beer is great. And during the U.S. Open, there are a couple key places to stock up your rental fridge or pack the cooler for watching the tournament on TV (pretty sure you can't take it into the venue). For brewpubs, Narrows Brewing on the upper end of

Stock your rental

Outdoors

Stock your rental

If you are renting a home during the U.S. Open, and you need to keep the refrigerator stocked, you have come to the right place. Grocery shopping near Chamber's Bay is amazing. Sure, there are Safeway and Fred Meyer, but the specialty stores will keep your pre- and post-functions deliciously

How to avoid the Open

Outdoors

How to avoid the Open

If your plan is to stay as far away from the U.S. Open in University Place as you can, but staying home isn't what you want to do either, allow us to suggest a few alternatives: Cars There are a few car-related diversions to grab your fancy between June 15 and June

Keeping it off kilter

Music

Keeping it off kilter

"Clap Your Hands," the first song on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's self-titled debut, was met with a lot of resistance by music critics. The lo-fi, circus-y feel of the song, was interpreted as the band being needlessly difficult, especially as the entree to an album full of buzzing, synth-y,

Playful Lakewood

Arts

Playful Lakewood

Lakewood is regarded by most as a working-class town. Its own website calls it a "host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord." All well and good, but nothing about that identity screams "playground," though that is the theme for a new exhibit opening there. It may surprise you, then, to learn

Intriguing installations

Arts

Intriguing installations

I search my mind and my memory banks for clues as to the meanings of Nathan Orosco's installation, "Take It to the Bridge" and Sarah Casto's "We Part to Meet Again," but I can't imagine what must have been going through the artists' minds - what message, if any, they

Women and men

Stage

Women and men

Look. Women and men? They be different. Driving, shopping, asking for directions, watching sports, cooking their own food, planning weddings, being prone to or shunning commitment, knowing how to set the time on your VCR, etc. These are struggles we deal with every day of our lives! Luckily, there is

Markets abound near JBLM

Outdoors

Markets abound near JBLM

Farmers market season is upon us. Get ready for sunny days, warm weather and fresh, local fruits and vegetables. We're incredibly lucky to live in such a fertile area and have access to so many local farms and markets.  What better way to buy local and support small businesses than

Hilltop Kitchen

Reviews

Hilltop Kitchen

There's a lot to be said about finding your favorite foods and eating them over and over again. After all, that is why these dishes have become our favorites. However, sometimes we just need to escape from our own comfort zone and try something new and unique in the hopes

Best places to watch the U.S. Open

Travel

Best places to watch the U.S. Open

If you're expecting the typical sports bars and restaurants to make up my list of best places to view the U.S. Open, you would be mistaken. This article is for the viewer who wants to view the most exciting event to be hosted by the Northwest since, well, last December's

Top five golf courses in the South Sound

Travel

Top five golf courses in the South Sound

Although I am not usually a writer, everyone on our staff suggested I write this story when we discussed featuring the top golf courses in the South Sound. Looks like my occasional runny nose, cough and low-grade fever on warm Friday afternoons aren't fooling anyone. In order to bring some

Take a hike

Travel

Take a hike

Currently, Grandview, the road in front of the U.S. Open is closed until after the tournament, more than a week later. Your opportunity to has come to an end. But, once the hoopla is over, you may return, and the best way to check out the enhancements and changes is on

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