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Puyallup River Rock Festival

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Puyallup River Rock Festival

There are few art forms more uniquely American than rock and roll - the music genre originated in the 50s when great artists like Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley had the genius idea to combine blues/R&B and country music. The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts, owned by

Rodeo family fun

Outdoors

Rodeo family fun

Who doesn't enjoy a rodeo? Horses and cows and calves and bulls and cowboys and cowgirls - what's not to love about that? On Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, the Roy Pioneer Rodeo will put on a great rodeo experience that's fun for the whole family. Located in the

The Wiz at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

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The Wiz at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

The Wiz hit Broadway like Soul Train on steroids in 1975, winning seven Tony Awards, including best musical. It was followed-up three years later by a popular film version starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. To ask any community theater to follow that is a tall order. Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Eating close to Thea Foss Waterway

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Eating close to Thea Foss Waterway

Announcer: The greater South Sound area is not lacking in waterfront dining. From Browns Point, slicing through the downtown, around the bend at Point Defiance and on down to Olympia, diners can have views of ships, ferry boats, kayakers, seals and islands to their heart's content.  You can eat on,

A peek at the future

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A peek at the future

I almost missed seeing the "11th Annual Student Art Exhibition" at South Puget Sound Community College. It has only another week to run. If I were cynical enough, and I admit that I often am, I could say, "What's the big deal? It's only a student show." There's some truth

Muddling through

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Muddling through

One of my favorite Christmas songs - and I like so very few - is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It's a lonely little number that reflects the quiet ambience of winter, while still largely sending a positive message. The most interesting part of the song, though, comes at

Music

Lakewood celebrates

It's hard to believe, but it really has been two whole decades since Lakewood first incorporated into a city. That means that right around the time the rest of us were nervously re-spooling our Scotch-taped Tragic Kingdom cassettes with a #2 pencil, ensuring our Jinco pants had the precise amount

'Future of Flight' and Boeing tour

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'Future of Flight' and Boeing tour

The Seattle area is known for many things - rain, the Puget Sound, coffee. It's also known as the birthplace of the world's biggest aerospace company, Boeing. Today, Boeing has plants and offices in many other locations, but its largest factory remains just north of Seattle in Everett. And that factory

Going Irish in Puyallup

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Going Irish in Puyallup

Announcer: There are plenty of Irish dining options in the South Sound, probably one close to where you live.  For those in Puyallup, the choice is easy - Flanagan's right there on the main street in the valley.  They are the new kids on the block, having just opened this

Food truck festival

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Food truck festival

Summer is fast approaching, as you can surely tell from the Washingtonians that spontaneously combusted over the past weekend. With these hot months comes more excuses to go outside, necessitating an influx of festivals and events to take advantage of people heroically deciding to leave their homes. Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Cultivating farmers markets

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Cultivating farmers markets

Farmers markets are great summer fun.  My favorite is the Olympia Farmers Market.  The smells of the different foods, the colors of the fruits and vegetables, and the plethora of jewelry, glassware, meats and bakery items is overwhelming. Located at 700 Capitol Way North in Olympia, the 40-year-old market is open from

Blue felt

Stage

Blue felt

There's always been plenty of room for blue humor and bawdiness in musical theater, even if it can sometimes feel like a more squeaky clean environment. Avenue Q is a musical that plays on misconceptions - pitching itself as a sort of children's puppet show crossed with a riff on

New gifts and purchases at Tacoma Art Museum

Arts

New gifts and purchases at Tacoma Art Museum

As an art critic and lifelong student of art, I must confess that my education is sorely lacking in certain areas - 19th and 20th century Western art being a prime example. I don't mean Western as opposed to Asian or Egyptian or African; I mean American cowboy art and

Fractured soul

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Fractured soul

As odd as it seems now, I somehow got through most of my formative years without having really heard the music of Prince. I suppose I knew from places like Saturday Night Live and other cultural pockets about his "Artist Formerly Known As" period, and from Chappelle's Show that he

International departures

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International departures

Travelers can fly directly to places as far away as Beijing, Dubai and Hong Kong from Sea-Tac International Airport, so it only makes sense that exotic fare should be available nearby. Yet most passengers are regrettably unaware of anything more challenging than a 6 a.m. Cinnabon in the Seatac area.

Going underground

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Going underground

Announcer: If you have not taken your stomach for a ride in downtown Olympia, then it is missing a great deal about Northwest cuisine. While there are plenty of places cooking fancy dinners on the waterfront, in Olympia, the mood and scene are often funky at best.  There is no

Top five: Walk in the woods

Outdoors

Top five: Walk in the woods

There are many things the Northwest does well. Coffee. Beer. Scenic water views. We also stand out in terms of our greenery. There's nothing quite like a Northwest forest, from its giant ferns at ground level all the way up to its towering Douglas firs. Northwest forests are pleasantly easy

Betty Ragan

Arts

Betty Ragan

Betty Sapp Ragan passed away a year ago. She was an excellent artist, and she left behind an impressive body of work, a lot of which is now being shown in an exhibition of photo collages and prints at the Mary Bozeman Gallery in the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Curated by

Complete Word of God

Stage

Complete Word of God

If you are easily offended by irreverent humor, steer clear of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at the Midnight Sun. They don't make them any more irreverent. Produced by Theater Artists Olympia and written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor for The Reduced Shakespeare Company,

Father's Day ideas

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Father's Day ideas

Father's Day always seems so tricky to plan. Mother's Day is usually pretty simple: flowers, chocolate, seeing the extended family, and so on. But unless your dad has a very specific passion, it can be tricky to find a way to give him an awesome day. Well, the Volcano is

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