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Bars & Clubs

Food, football and fun

When it comes to football season, even casual sports fans appreciate good food, fans and atmosphere - and finding the right spot to watch the game can be half the fun. For casual and hardcore enthusiasts alike, here are a few favorite bars and restaurants in the South Sound to keep

Tacoma Arts Month

Arts

Tacoma Arts Month

Who doesn't love an entire month devoted to the arts? October in Tacoma is Arts Month and it's all inclusive fun. Tacoma Arts Month begins, as such things should, with a party. In this case, the opening night gala will be held in Tacoma's historic Armory, 715 S. 11th St., at

Tricks and reads

Arts

Tricks and reads

It's hard to say whether kids or adults get more excited about the Day of the Dead. It's the one night of the year when everyone feels entirely comfortable schlepping around suburban neighborhoods dressed in a cosplay outfit. The kids are stuck wearing spectral sheets and plastic masks, but we

White Horse in Olympia

South Sound Cinema

White Horse in Olympia

You've probably heard the ancient tale of Pheidippides, an Athenian herald in handmade sandals who ran 25 miles home to the Acropolis from the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C., thereby reporting Greek victory over the Persians. You may not know he accomplished this shortly after sprinting the 150-mile round

Go inside The Vault

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Go inside The Vault

The great thing about a city that thrived in the pre-WW2 era is that there are great old buildings that are being utilized as condos, studios and restaurants all over town. This makes for some venues that draw people in for the old timey feel, and if you add quality

Circle of Friends

Arts

Circle of Friends

If there are noticeable similarities between the works by the half-dozen artists now on view at Fulcrum Gallery, it is because they are friends who met while living in New York in the early 2000s and have continued to influence each other since - Patrick Berran, Ben Grasso, Jean Pierre

Calendar Girls live

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Calendar Girls live

Calendar Girls, adapted by Tim Firth from the movie of the same name, is a sweet and frothy comedy with a heartfelt underlying theme of self-acceptance and caring for others. Chris (Kathy Harris) and her best friend, Annie (Jane Brody), are fed up with the leadership style of the president of

An impossible beauty

Music

An impossible beauty

There's a little-seen but eminently watchable movie from 2013 called Grand Piano. The film, framed as a sort of cross between Speed, Phone Booth, and the most stressful recital you've ever seen, stars Elijah Wood as a concert pianist who spent years in seclusion following a poor performance of a

History, mis-history and mystery aboard the USS Turner Joy

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History, mis-history and mystery aboard the USS Turner Joy

You expect certain things from a naval museum. History. War stories. And ships; of course, you expect to see drawings of ships, models of ships, and facts and figures about ships. You get all this when you go to a certain museum in Bremerton, but you get so much more.

Free night for military

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Free night for military

Here's a "thanks for your service" with a buzz to it. Saturday, Oct. 10, there will be free admission for military families for a night of car racing at the Evergreen Speedway. They're calling it military appreciation night. Whether you're active-duty, retired or in the Reserves, admission is free for a military

Navigating the Tacoma Film Festival

South Sound Cinema

Navigating the Tacoma Film Festival

This year marks the 10th anniversary of what has now become the definitive film event in Tacoma: the Tacoma Film Festival. Since its humble beginnings a decade ago, the Tacoma Film Festival has grown into a globetrotting roundup of the best and the brightest in film, as well as stubbornly

The Head That Wouldn't Die! Redux

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The Head That Wouldn't Die! Redux

At the end of 2014, Theater Artists Olympia produced a musical comedy called The Head That Wouldn't Die! which was probably the biggest hit of the season if not the biggest hit of TAO's entire history. In my Dec. 9, 2014 review I wrote: Theater Artists Olympia's original musical The Head That

On point

Stage

On point

We know you don't give a tinker's toss about ballet. You're sitting there, sipping your latte, looking ahead to a series of beer flights and bearded folkie shows this weekend. That's fine. We like that stuff, too. What you may not know about Swan Lake, though, is this: it's a

'Art AIDS America' at Tacoma Art Museum

Arts

'Art AIDS America' at Tacoma Art Museum

If I were allowed 6,000 words instead of 600, I probably still couldn't do this exhibition justice. The amazing thing about it is that it was locally curated, by Tacoma Art Museum's Rock Hushka with co-curator Jonathan David Katz from the University at Buffalo (New York). The exhibition is organized

Afrofuturist soul of Aeon Fux

Music

Afrofuturist soul of Aeon Fux

Certain bands and artists come along that blow one's little, wannabe music-loving mind. Tom Waits did it for me when my dad showed me Big Time; St. Vincent threw me for a loop when I saw her video for "Marrow;" Prince challenged my sexuality the first time I heard "Darling

Sometimes a fantasy

Music

Sometimes a fantasy

In musical jargon, a fantasia is a freestyle composition, arrived at by improvising. We know it better as the title of Walt Disney's 1940s collection of animated classical music videos. Disney's mesmerizing cartoon, recorded in and presented via way-ahead-of-its-time multitrack sound, was nevertheless a financial failure till 1969. (Audiences of

Stink and El Tufo

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Stink and El Tufo

Stink Cheese and Meat, with its signature sandwiches, has been satisfying the lunch crowds in downtown Tacoma since it opened its doors in 2011.  Since that time, Stink has added an attached wine bar to ensure success with the after-work crowds as well.  El Tufo, Spanish for stink, is of

Five great places to watch something

Outdoors

Five great places to watch something

Most of the time we spend our lives rushing between points A and B - running errands, getting to and from work, hurrying between appointments and friends and obligations. How often do you just stop and look at what's around you? Chances are you don't. And, really, not just anywhere

Live Fox Sports boxing in Shelton

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Live Fox Sports boxing in Shelton

Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, a 25-minute drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is home to some of the finest spas, lodging and Las Vegas-style gaming. But a signature attraction it holds above all other Washington state casino resorts are its nationally televised boxing events held in the Skookum Creek

Safe Halloween fun

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Safe Halloween fun

The month of October usually means that there are a wide variety of Halloween-related events taking place. Children are probably busy picking out their costumes and planning what to do with their trick-or-treating loot. There is plenty of fun to be had before Halloween officially takes place at the end of

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