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It's a jungle out there

Attractions

It's a jungle out there

You probably already know about the zoo in Tacoma, or you have visited the Aquarium in Seattle, but did you know you could pet a baby grizzly bear in Oregon, or touch a shark just over the border in California?  How about driving through not one but two wild animal

'Exit Wounds'

Arts

'Exit Wounds'

Thanks to crime shows on television, we know that exit wounds are where bullets leave the body, but to Portland-based photographer Jim Lommasson, the term also refers to the wounds soldiers bring with them when they come home from war. Lommasson's series "Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories - Life after Iraq and

Frames per second

South Sound Cinema

Frames per second

It's been about eight years since I last competed in The Grand Cinema's annual test of filmmaking wills, and I still will occasionally wake up with cold sweats and delirious flashbacks to faulty editing equipment and quickly encroaching deadlines. Then called the 72-Hour Film Festival, it was renamed the 253

Not too jazzed about the KPLU sale?

Music

Not too jazzed about the KPLU sale?

Pacific Lutheran University plans to sell its public radio station, 88.5 FM KPLU - a fixture in the South Sound community since 1966 - to the University of Washington. In turn, UW reportedly intends to fold that station into its own radio station, KUOW, effectively shutting down KPLU and leaving

A double dose of Ibsen

Stage

A double dose of Ibsen

New Muses Theatre Company is performing two plays by Henrik Ibsen in repertory: A Doll's House and Ghosts. New Muses Managing Artistic Director Niclas Olson, who directs and performs in both plays, explained why he decided to do the two plays on a rotating schedule: "When Ibsen experienced the backlash

Have chili on it

Reviews

Have chili on it

Announcer: You got to have a lot of respect for a place that loves what they make ... so much so that there are few boundaries when it comes to the dishes they serve.  Take for example the Chili Parlor on South Tacoma Way.  They love Cincinatti-style chili so much

'Symbiosis in black & white'

Arts

'Symbiosis in black & white'

I am continually surprised by the museum-quality art Gary and Deborah Boone bring to B2 Fine Art. Few commercial galleries, especially not in smaller cities such as Tacoma, can mount shows such as B2's recent showing of works by Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson or bring in top-notch artists such

Lonely beats

Music

Lonely beats

Almost six years ago, I wrote in these very pages about a group called Twig Palace. They were a duo, consisting of Evan Hashi and Colleen Johnson, and their music possessed a certain ramshackle charm. Twig Palace embraced a lo-fi aesthetic that put the duo's charm and eclectic tastes into

Free museum admission

Arts

Free museum admission

Tacoma's major museums will offer free admission to military families from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, Sept. 1, as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across

Top 10 sandwiches

Features

Top 10 sandwiches

Of all the available foods across the South Sound, my favorite has to be the sandwich.  It's the simplicity of it all - bread, meat, and cheese - the formula for success.  However, there are a handful of places nearby that have elevated this to a new standard.  Magical Sandwich

O Fortune!

Stage

O Fortune!

"O Fortuna," the opening chorus of Carl Orff's 1935 classic Carmina Burana, is as famous and ubiquitous a melody as any in 20th-century music. Its staccato chant added drama and majesty to the soundtracks of Excalibur, Speed, and Jackass: The Movie. It powered trailers for Glory and South Park: Bigger,

Sleeping Lady Resort welcomes you

Travel

Sleeping Lady Resort welcomes you

Leavenworth is a popular local getaway, a Bavarian town tucked into the Cascades that's known for its Oktoberfest each autumn. There are a number of hotels in town, but the real jewel of the area is just a few minutes away from the quaint downtown - Sleeping Lady Resort is

Ensemble acting 101

Stage

Ensemble acting 101

Playwright Bryan Willis' riveting play Seven Ways to Get There premiered a year ago this month at ACT Theatre in Seattle and is now being performed by Theater Artists Olympia. It was good in Seattle, and it's even better, perhaps - more intense and more engaging in the intimate performance

A poet and a mother

Arts

A poet and a mother

Salon Refu owner Susan Christian describes the gallery's current show, "Hatch", as an experiment in literary installation. "It began as a chapbook of poems exploring a devastating birth experience and the eventual joys of parenting an uncommonly determined (and exceptionally funny) child. Images from the poems are ‘built out' into

Noise-rock juggernauts

Music

Noise-rock juggernauts

I'm not going to pretend that I know every little in and out of the multitudes of metal's subgenres. Much like when I was read the riot act about subgenres by a commenter after writing an article about techno several years ago, my brother has also impatiently explained the subtle

Rent a kayak

Outdoors

Rent a kayak

If you pay close attention, you might notice a large, yellow orb in the sky, as well as warmer weather and a general feel of excitement in the air. Although the aggressively cloudy nature of the Northwest can make spring feel like a mirage, it's May, therefore time to take

Leave your worries at the door

Stage

Leave your worries at the door

Olympia Family Theater's A Year with Frog and Toad is so joyous that watching it should banish all thoughts of election season politicking. For more than an hour, all worries about war and poverty and climate change should go away. It is the show Olympia Family Theater opened its first season

A distinguished brunch

Reviews

A distinguished brunch

Announcer: You may think of brunch as an exclusive Sunday affair, but in downtown Tacoma, brunch is as much a Saturday get-together as a Sunday event, and with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys, it makes any weekend morning the launch point for a great afternoon (if not early evening nap). 

Bill Colby: 'The sixties'

Arts

Bill Colby: 'The sixties'

Art entrepreneur Lisa Kinoshita, along with birdloft furniture (Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks) and rePly Furniture (Steve Lawler), have opened an exciting new shop on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Called Matter: Tacoma made modern, the new shop is a showcase for furniture, woodworking and visual arts. For its inaugural

Seclusion and screen doors

Music

Seclusion and screen doors

I would never imply, dear reader, that you've never seen the seminal documentary The Last Waltz. But, if you haven't, here are the nuts and bolts of what is rightly considered one of the greatest concert movies ever made: The Band take the stage at the Winterland Ballroom for their

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