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Heading outdoors for the holidays

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Heading outdoors for the holidays

There are countless adventures to be had this winter season, and the Northwest Adventure Center's second annual Winter Kick-Off Expo is where one can find the inspiration to step outside and enjoy all that the Northwest has to offer. Attendees can learn more about the center's outdoorsy offerings during the expo,

Mark Twain Tonight! comes to Tacoma

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Mark Twain Tonight! comes to Tacoma

Sixty years ago an unknown actor Hal Holbrook created a one-man show, Mark Twain Tonight!, which he performed at Lock Haven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania in 1954 and in a small Greenwich Village nightclub. He was 29 years old. The much revered actor - known for playing Abraham Lincoln

Here all weekend

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Here all weekend

Even before he started writing and directing fiercely original movies like World's Greatest Dad and God Bless America, it should be noted that Bobcat Goldthwait was always more than the guy with the squawking voice in the Police Academy movies. As a stand-up comic, finding his footing in the Boston

If William Shatner can, he can, too

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If William Shatner can, he can, too

If you've seen a movie this week, there's a good chance you've enjoyed the work of reliable talent Jeff Daniels. He plays a NASA chief in The Martian and Apple CEO John Sculley in Steve Jobs, written by multiple-award winner Aaron Sorkin. We spoke to Daniels in advance of his

32nd annual Olympia Film Festival

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32nd annual Olympia Film Festival

The creepiest, nerdiest actor in all of filmdom is coming to Olympia as featured artist at the 32nd annual Olympia Film Festival. We're talking Crispin Glover, a.k.a, George McFly in Back to the Future and Layne in River's Edge. "We are delighted to be presenting both of (Glover's) completed films, two

Dragon's Crawfish

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Dragon's Crawfish

One of the great things about the Pacific Northwest is the wonderful variety of cuisine choices we have available just moments from our doorstep. So much so in fact, that we forget that we don't corner the market on great food.  Dragon's Crawfish on the Eastside has shown up just

Night of the Iguana

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Night of the Iguana

Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana, now playing at Dukesbay Theater, is not an easy play to watch. It is tough, complicated and riveting, with a fascinating cast of characters, few of whom are nice people but a few of whom - notably the defrocked Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon

Tickling grey matter

Music

Tickling grey matter

When you're listening to psychedelic music, at some point you have to make a choice: Where exactly do you want your brain to go, and what do you want it to be doing? Some bands are paramountly concerned with melting brains and faces and basically everything that isn't bolted down.

Thinking and Drinking

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Thinking and Drinking

An interesting thing happened at Tacoma's Engine House #9 on Oct. 28, 2015. A packed room was assembled to discuss an important issue. No, the topic at hand wasn't a proposed mixed-use building or the hits and misses of a Seattle sports team: rather, this was a panel-led discussion about

Comedian Josh Blue to perform

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Comedian Josh Blue to perform

Gray, cloudy fall weather got you down? Politics bumming you out? Just plain sick and tired of the daily grind? Maybe what you need is a good laugh and a chance to spend an evening with friends, forgetting those troubles and ... who knows? ... maybe even being inspired. The Olympia

No punches pulled

Music

No punches pulled

Why is it that minimalism always sounds much harsher than the lush efforts of bigger bands? There's an aggression at play with minimalist bands that transcends the limitations of production. Bands like Suicide and producers like Steve Albini recognized this phenomenon, erring on the side of thinness and lo-fidelity in

Hipsters meet Shakespeare

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Hipsters meet Shakespeare

Styles of comedy come in and out of fashion. Comedies of manners were largely confined to the UK; slapstick is interchangeably considered the height of entertainment or the bottom of the barrel; cringe-comedy made a roaring entrance onto the scene with stuff like Christopher Guest movies and The Office, even

Tops in Tacoma

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Tops in Tacoma

The Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe has been a popular watering hole in the McKinley district of Tacoma for years, but while popular to those that know it, it's still an unknown for many local diners.  You literally have to pass the Tacoma Dome and work your car over

'Sensations That Announce the Future'

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'Sensations That Announce the Future'

The latest exhibition in the art gallery at The Evergreen State College takes concentration and thought to comprehend. It is not a show that can be easily enjoyed for its beauty alone, but one that stimulates deep thought from those willing to put forth the effort. It is called "Sensations

Skate to live music in T-Town

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Skate to live music in T-Town

Now in its fifth year, Polar Plaza is known for its open-air skating rink in downtown Tacoma; but this icy arena is so much more than a place to don your mittens and take a spill on the ice. Polar Plaza is also a sweet, little concert venue. That's right

Olympia's Story Slam

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Olympia's Story Slam

StoryOly premiered its monthly Story Slam Tuesday of last week with a dozen funny, poignant, and in at least one instance harrowing stories told by local storytellers. StoryOly is a project of Olympia Actor's League, hosted by Elizabeth Lord and produced by Amy Shephard. Community members come together every month

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Comedian marks anniversary of attack

Ten years ago, on Nov. 20, 2005, the assistant manager of a Tacoma Mall knife shop was making a routine trip to the bank for a deposit when he heard the unmistakable sounds of gunfire. Armed, he attempted to locate and stop the shooter. Unfortunately, the shooter found him first.

A Murder for Old Time's Sake

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A Murder for Old Time's Sake

Presented by Pellegrino's Italian Kitchen and Open Road Productions, A Murder for Old Time's Sake is a musical murder mystery dinner theater extravaganza that just might have you laughing so hard you spit out your Tuscan Pork Loin (or Parsnip Steak Marsala). It's funny; it's got great music, and a

Susan Christian's sticks at Salon Refu

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Susan Christian's sticks at Salon Refu

Susan Christian paints patterns on sticks, and then she props them against walls or lays them on floors or puts them together in relatively rectangular shapes and hangs them like traditional modernist paintings. She's even been known to take photos of them lodged among branches in trees. To some people,

Her Aim is True

South Sound Cinema

Her Aim is True

Saturday, the Rialto will host a double feature of two Tacoma-centric music documentaries. In Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble, you'll see - among many other things in a wildly kinetic time capsule of ‘80s Tacoma rock - Bon Von Wheelie, drummer for Girl Trouble. In the film, she

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