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A Very Special Valentine's Day in Kitsap

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A Very Special Valentine's Day in Kitsap

Join these Kitsap Restaurants for Special Valentine’s Day online menu options that are delicious and affordable. Make a reservation at one of the listed restaurants on Valentine’s Day for dinner, and either print or mention the special Northwestmilitary.com menu to your server. Prices are as low as $40.00 a couple on

The towering monolith of Black Sabbath

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The towering monolith of Black Sabbath

Some bands are so distinctive and influential that to describe them would be redundant. These are artists who've risen to such a level that their names are used to describe other artists. Chuck Berry, the Beatles, the Sex Pistols, the Talking Heads - these are not simply musical acts, but

A deeper vision

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A deeper vision

According to optometrist and visual injury specialist Dr. Thomas Politzer, "Eighty to eighty-five percent of our perception, learning, cognition and activities are mediated through vision." What we think, in other words, is defined largely by what we've seen. Vision is a marvelous gift, but it can inspire and enable some

Hypnotic fireworks

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Hypnotic fireworks

Last year, Matt Berninger of the National and Brent Knopf of Menomena teamed up for an unlikely side project called El Vy. While the National's stately, mature indie rock might not seem like it would mix easily with Menomena's fractured experimentalism, the resultant product brought out new sides to each

Surprising 3-D show

Arts

Surprising 3-D show

Winter Pop-Up at B2 Fine Art Gallery is a surprisingly rich collection of sculpture, basketry and pottery by (mostly) artists who are new to the Tacoma art scene - the one exception being longtime local favorite Ric Hall, who is showing a totally new work never before seen and a

Ring of Fire at Centerstage

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Ring of Fire at Centerstage

Ring of Fire at Centerstage in Federal Way is wonderful entertainment, well worth the drive. Adapted from the Broadway Production by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Jason Edwards, it is a hybrid falling somewhere between a play and a musical revue. It tells the life story of Johnny Cash through his

Fire up the pizza

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Fire up the pizza

Announcer: Elemental Pizza branched out of Seattle and opened its first South Sound location this past Fall, bringing more wood-fired pizza to the area but with a more gritty, industrial, Tacomaness feel about it. It fits here aesthetically. Located along Pacific Avenue among the University of Washington-Tacoma complex in the

Nothing says Valentine's Day like a musical

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Nothing says Valentine's Day like a musical

Like fine wine paired with rich chocolate or imported cheese, dinner and a show is an undeniably palatable combination that pairs well with romantic occasions such as Valentine's Day. Fortunately for all, the South Sound region is filled with playhouses and theaters, as well as restaurants of every stripe. The

A cupcake love story

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A cupcake love story

Nothing says "I love you" like sweet treats for your sweetheart, and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we've searched the South Sound for the sweetest choices.  When looking for portable desserts that are pleasing to both the eyes and taste buds, the cupcake is the way to go. 

Gabriel Rutledge in Olympia

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Gabriel Rutledge in Olympia

You would think it would be tough for a guy doing 200-plus comedy shows a year to be much of a family man, but even though he bills himself as a professional comedian and an amateur husband and father, Olympia's Gabriel Rutledge makes it work. And for him, it's a

Art, science and adaptation

Arts

Art, science and adaptation

Lisa Kinoshita curates art exhibits in fantastic venues and presents the work in such a manner that it blends in with, becomes a part of, and enhances what is already there. She did it beautifully at the Seaport Museum last summer and has now done it again at the W.W.

Circle Mirror Transformation

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Circle Mirror Transformation

And now for something completely and delightfully different - Circle Mirror Transformation at Olympia Little Theatre, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker and winner of the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play. It might seem silly and disjointed at first, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded.

Sincerity and frivolity

Music

Sincerity and frivolity

I've spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about a trend among bands that emulate the sounds of ‘60s and ‘70s garage-pop: for whatever reason, a relatively significant number of these bands end up covering "Hang On Sloopy" by the McCoys at some point in their careers. If I were

Avengers assemble!

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Avengers assemble!

It's not often we get to break such stories, but a Norse demigod, Thor, has demolished and scattered the fragments of a Cosmic Cube in order to keep it away from his adoptive brother, the trickster deity Loki. The Cube is a battery fashioned by the Beyonders, a higher-dimensional species,

Breaking up

Music

Breaking up

Every great band deserves a killer breakup album. Beck had his with the lush Sea Change, Chris Isaak had the stone-cold classic Forever Blue, Kanye West had the claustrophobic oversharing of 808s & Heartbreak, and Bob Dylan gave us the anger and sense of betrayal on Blood on the Tracks.

Filipino food at Nisqually Hill

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Filipino food at Nisqually Hill

Announcer: One of the benefits of living on the Pacific Rim is the access to amazing foods on both sides of the world's biggest ocean. We are blessed with Asian and Island specialties prepared by those with ties to the regions they present. Cebu, a mainstay at the top of

Aaron Badham and Rita Robillard at UPS

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Aaron Badham and Rita Robillard at UPS

Aaron Badham's playful and inventive sculptures can be seen in the main gallery space in Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, while Rita Robillard's restful and hotly colorful Pacific Northwest landscapes grace the smaller back gallery. I was pleasantly surprised by Badham's sculpture after having seen photographs. They are not as

On the Verge

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On the Verge

Eric Overmyer's strange and marvelous comedy, On the Verge, is like a marriage of Tom Stoppard and Monty Python. As presented by Theater Artists Olympia, it is a technical marvel. With little but a few wrapped boxes, some beautiful video projections and a plethora of props, TAO has turned the

2016 Best of Olympia: Capitol Theater

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2016 Best of Olympia: Capitol Theater

The Capitol Theater, home of Olympia Film Society (OFS) and your choice for Best Movie Theater, Best Sign and Best All-Ages Venue, is a place where miracles happen. In just the last two weeks, Dan Rather relived his downfall at CBS News, a second-generation clone met her genetic ancestor, and

2016 Best of Olympia: The Westside

Travel

2016 Best of Olympia: The Westside

Nestled along the western shore of Budd Inlet is Olympia's Westside neighborhood. A short drive from the capitol and only a few blocks from Olympia's trendy downtown area, this historic community boasts an active real estate market with affordable, classic homes, mostly built between 1940 and 1960.  The Westside neighborhood

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