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Orienteering Fort Steilacoom Park

Outdoors

Orienteering Fort Steilacoom Park

Cascade Orienteering and the City of Lakewood have joined forces to bring a quickly growing outdoor event to Fort Steilacoom Park for the first time this weekend. While the park hosts the JROTC National Championships this Sunday, March 6, Lakewood city officials will conduct an orienteering race of their own. The

Rising below

Stage

Rising below

Roger Ebert enjoyed telling a story about sharing an elevator with Mel Brooks once, not long after the release of Brooks' film The Producers. A woman got in, scowled at Brooks, and announced, "Your film was nothing but vulgar." "Madam," a miffed Brooks replied, "my film rises below vulgarity." In some ways,

People's choice at Tacoma Art Museum

Arts

People's choice at Tacoma Art Museum

By definition, "people's choice" shows are always well loved. When the works the people have to choose from include such giants of early modern art as Mary Cassatt, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Degas and Pierre-August Renoir, how can the popular choices go wrong? On the other hand, such shows tend toward

Waiting in the Wings

Stage

Waiting in the Wings

The witty title Waiting in the Wings is the kind of turn of phrase playwright Noel Coward is famous for. Actors wait in the wings before going on stage, but in Coward's play, which runs this weekend only as a staged reading at Olympia Little Theatre, "The Wings" is the

Food for the soul

Features

Food for the soul

Charlie Wilkins recently brought the cuisine and culture of the Hawaiian Islands to downtown Olympia. The Lanai Café, located at 514 Capitol Way South, opened at the end of August last year. "Hawaii is the only place in the world I know of that welcomes and sends away strangers with affection," Wilkins

Finding good food in the valley

Reviews

Finding good food in the valley

Announcer: The boys are always reminded that there is good food and drinks in the Puyallup Valley, it's just that they aren't as well publicized. But, once again, they walked away from a downtown establishment excited to have discovered a new home for their tastebuds. Jake: One great thing about Crockett's

Jolting excursions

Music

Jolting excursions

A few years ago, I saw a show at the New Frontier where multiple bands got together to cover the entirety of the late Jeff Buckley's classic album, Grace. What that night illuminated to me was that, no matter how iconoclastic and indelible the music of Jeff Buckley was, those

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Features

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

More than fifteen hundred years ago, an English priest named Patrick made a name for himself by bringing the Christian faith to the pagan Irish. Legend tells us, that one of the miracles he did to prove that his message was from God involved driving poisonous snakes off the island.

1st Annual Distillers Guild in Washington state

Bars & Clubs

1st Annual Distillers Guild in Washington state

First, there was coffee. Then, there was craft beer. Now, there are spirits. Washington state's insatiable thirst for unique and homebrewed beverages is driving a growing distillery scene throughout western Washington. The first annual South Sound Spirits Celebration is a sign of how successful distilleries in Washington are, and it gives

Rustic bliss

Travel

Rustic bliss

Even as a teenager I dreamed of becoming a writer. I had a particular idea of what that meant. I imagined myself in a lakeside room, a cedar fire crackling away as I pounded out breathtaking prose on the best typewriter money could buy. (It was the early '80s.) I

'Systems of Place'

Arts

'Systems of Place'

The more time I spent in the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College looking at art by Chad Erpelding and Florin Hanegan, the more fascinating the work became. And despite being totally different in subject matter, style and media, I began to see striking similarities between Hanegan's life-size linocuts

A ramshackle vision

Music

A ramshackle vision

When I first discovered The Soft Bulletin by the Flaming Lips, it was an eye-opening experience. I had only recently begun digging into music in earnest, and so I was floored to be confronted with this candy-coated pop opera fronted by what I assumed was a madman (recent events have

Death on the Supermarket Shelf

Stage

Death on the Supermarket Shelf

The new play Death on the Supermarket Shelf, written by Alan Bryce and directed by Tina Polzin, premiered March 3 at Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way. This is Bryce's first play since last year's smash hit musical For All That. Death on the Supermarket Shelf is most definitely not a

Offering an olive branch

Reviews

Offering an olive branch

Announcer: Who doesn't like a tea house? It doesn't matter if you sling hammers or papers for a career, everyone can embrace their inner pinkie finger and enjoy a spot of tea, a cucumber sandwich, and a little lace.  The Olive Branch in Tacoma is the right place for all

A unique learning experience

Attractions

A unique learning experience

Located about 30 minutes north of Bremerton and just a couple of minutes off Washington Highway 308, the Naval Undersea Museum rises imposingly out of the forest. The architecturally modern building bids passersbys to stop and take a look because an adventure awaits. The adventure begins before one can even park

Fork this

Features

Fork this

Gentle Reader, a day may come when our appetites diminish, when our desire for food and wine in staggering abundance no longer tugs at our bellies. Our hunger sated, our thirst at long last slaked, we may forsake our annual festivals and content ourselves with the two for $20 menu

It's a hard-knock life

Stage

It's a hard-knock life

Everyone knows the story of Annie: a cheerful, young orphan girl charms her way into the heart of a cantankerous rich man during the Depression with her unyielding sense of optimism and spunk. Catchy songs are sung, tender moments are witnessed, and happy endings are plentiful. Now, the family favorite

Olympia Acoustic Festival 2016

Music

Olympia Acoustic Festival 2016

There's no shortage of music festivals in western Washington, but true music festival bliss is finding a festival that's not too big, yet not too small. A festival that hones in on the music that speaks to your soul. A festival that recognizes what the residents of a community need

Skates and school dances

Music

Skates and school dances

Roller rinks hold a place of power in the minds of people of a certain age. The further away we get from our childhoods, the more mythical the stature of roller rinks becomes. For me, the vibe of roller rinks combined my two least favorite adolescent experiences: going to a

Tamales in East T

Reviews

Tamales in East T

Announcer: Authentic Mexican food, the kind that is more than cheese smothered on tortilla, is easy to come by in the City of Destiny.  Plenty of hard working, skilled cooks from Mexico have made a home here, and have introduced us to the amazing flavors from their kitchens, including Los

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