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Ch-ch-ch-changes

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

I've lived in Washington for seven short years now, but yes, I have made the pilgrimage to Puyallup to attend the state fair. It's a rite of local citizenship. My wife, an immigrant from that far-off land called Wichita, impressed upon me an obligation to sample Fisher scones with raspberry

Tugboats and talent

Outdoors

Tugboats and talent

Boat lovers of all ages will be thrilled with the 42nd Annual Olympia Harbor Days taking place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-6. This free, three-day festival aims to celebrate the history of tugboats in the South Sound. Guests of the festival can come down to Olympia's Percival Landing Park

Cascadia Grill

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Cascadia Grill

If your culinary tastes range between chili cheese fries and steak and lobster, or anything else in between, then the Cascadia Grill in Olympia is just the place for you.  It is a family-friendly restaurant offering fresh food from nearly any food category that you may be craving at that

Have popcorn, will travel

South Sound Cinema

Have popcorn, will travel

According to Priceline, round trip air fare to Mumbai is currently running around $1,300. Happily, the Lakewood Arts Commission is giving away a cinematic tour of five Asian cities free this Labor Day weekend. You'll be home by Monday night, and all you'll buy is the snacks. First stop: 1938 India,

The Grand Cinema to offer grand discounts

South Sound Cinema

The Grand Cinema to offer grand discounts

Downtown Tacoma's only nonprofit, independent movie theater is proud to once again announce an annual Back to School admission special during the month of September for students and educators. Throughout the entire month of September, admission to any film screening will cost only $5.50 for K-12 and higher-education students, teachers

Fun, new pop-up show

Arts

Fun, new pop-up show

The difference between what B2 Gallery is calling it's "Pop-Up" shows and its regular shows is 1) the Pop-Ups don't run as long and 2) the art is more reasonably priced. As for the quality of the art, there is little or no difference. The "Pop-Up at B2" running through Sept.

Satan Said Dance

Music

Satan Said Dance

There was a time when, for fans of indie music, the genre of dance went underground. For the late ‘80s and into the ‘90s, dancing became persona non grata at most aboveground indie shows, due to the massive influx of irony and detachment. It's hard to pin down exactly when

Lakewood Playhouse Theatre Day

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Lakewood Playhouse Theatre Day

To celebrate a local treasure, the city of Lakewood has proclaimed Sept. 18 Lakewood Playhouse Theatre Day. The day will include a special ribbon-cutting ceremony presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce a reception with food provided by Carr's Restaurant and a house full of local dignitaries and actors from

Casino gives military a whopping discount

Travel

Casino gives military a whopping discount

If you're wanting to get away off base to play a round of golf, reignite the romance with your spouse, or maybe finally get to meet your favorite rock star, Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, a 40-minute drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has what you need. The resort offers three

Fall movie preview

South Sound Cinema

Fall movie preview

Opening Sept. 18: HellionsLook, there's surely no way that Hellions will be raking in the awards, but I will tell you this: judging by the trailer, this flick is bat-s--- insane. This is the kind of bonkers horror movie that will retroactively make The Conjuring try your patience. Demon children

Fall theater preview

Stage

Fall theater preview

I Could Go On Singing: The Judy Garland Songbook For one night only, the life and songs of Judy Garland will be brought to the Centerstage Theatre. Meg McLynn will be portraying the irreplaceable actress and singer as they cover her enormous songbook. - Rev. Adam McKinney Sunday, Sept. 27, 2:30

Visual art

Arts

Visual art

1. The collaborative team of Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace were pioneers of early contemporary glass but have never been as widely celebrated as their contemporaries Dale Chihuly and William Morris. Until now. Welcome to Every Soil Bears Not Everything, a retrospective of works by Kirkpatrick and Mace. Every

Sip at Infinite Soups

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Sip at Infinite Soups

With the fall weather just around the corner, the time for fruity drinks on the deck in the sun are soon to be just a fond memory. This is where Infinite Soups comes in. With a rotating menu, Infinite offers a dozen or so soups on any given day that

Skamania Lodge

Travel

Skamania Lodge

Sometimes taking a vacation outside of Washington is just not in the stars. However, Washington state is not short on amazing vacation destinations. Case in point - Skamania Lodge. Skamania Lodge is the perfect place to get away from it all, quite literally. About 45 minutes from Portland, the lodge is

Fall festivals

Outdoors

Fall festivals

Cozy sweaters, plump pumpkins, colorful leaves, hot cocoa and brisk breezes; what do all of these things have in common? They all signal the arrival of the fall season. There are so many terrific things about fall in the South Puget Sound, so why not celebrate them? Our region boasts unique

Hot new shows

Stage

Hot new shows

Not enough people south of the King-Pierce County line know about Centerstage in Federal Way. I could not count the times over the past 13 years I've been writing theater reviews that I've recommended a play at Centerstage only to discover the person I'm talking to has never heard of

Weightless complexity

Music

Weightless complexity

For people who came of age in the ‘90s, the phrase, "five-finger discount," is instantly recognizable. Still, I doubt that people who are familiar with this idiom actually did much shoplifting. Most of us likely came to know the saying from an iconic episode of The Simpsons' first season, "The

A salute to servicemembers

Attractions

A salute to servicemembers

Active-duty soldiers, Reserve, retired, National Guard, plus their dependents and also disabled veterans, were granted free gate admission to the 2015 Washington State Fair Monday, Sept. 14. The next military appreciation day at the fair will be Monday, Sept. 21. As part of the fair's military appreciation day, patrons Monday were

Celebrating salmon

Outdoors

Celebrating salmon

On Saturday, Gig Harbor celebrates the return of the salmon - a little early. The ninth annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival offers walking tours, boat races, touch tanks, crafts and music but not many salmon, other than dead ones - some that kids will coat with paint to make salmon-printed T-shirts

Native art auction and dinner

Arts

Native art auction and dinner

The Squaxin Island Tribe‘s "Home of Sacred Belongings" Museum Library and Research Center in Shelton will hold its 16th annual Native art auction and dinner, Sept. 19, on site at the museum. Billed as "an experiential evening," the affair will feature Native delicacies, including moss pudding, wild game, carrots or huckleberry

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