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Antiquing: not just for geezers

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Antiquing: not just for geezers

When you think of antique stores, a few images pop into your head, none of them likely positive. The stereotype is that they're dusty, filled with old objects that seem like ancient artifacts, and they always seem to have at least one super-creepy doll hiding in there. However, times are

Top chef is Sherpa

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Top chef is Sherpa

It rises to a height of 29,029 feet, or, as one movie put it, "the cruising altitude of a 747." Climbers who aspire to scale it must deal with climatic variations from frostbite to sunburn. Then there are the rockslides and avalanches, edema of the brain and lungs, and an

Sound and color

Music

Sound and color

Years ago, in the long-defunct Stereo Lounge (the space of which is now occupied by the Zodiac Supper Club), I saw Jeffrey Lewis perform. The tiny, intimate, boozy venue was the perfect place to see Lewis perform his offbeat anti-folk, accompanied by illustrations that he would flip through on an

Feels like the first time

Music

Feels like the first time

Generation X grew up on the music of British-American rock behemoth Foreigner. We know every word to such massive hit singles as "Cold as Ice," "Double Vision," "Juke Box Hero," and "Urgent" among others. When these songs appear on classic radio, they're as enjoyable now as they were a generation

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art on display

Arts

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art on display

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art is a relatively new private art school and gallery founded and operated by Tim Matsen in an art space with a short but storied history - former home to Lisa Kinoshita's cutting-edge Mineral Gallery and later Andrea Erickson's modernist Flow Gallery. But TAFA goes in

La Swanky

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La Swanky

Announcer: You can think of La Gitana as a pizza joint, but in a closer look, it's really a stylish Italian bistro that makes great pizza pie.  With two locations, funky Olympia and farmy Yelm, the designers and chefs have come together to create a place that is as pleasing

Apple Tree Productions

Stage

Apple Tree Productions

Apple Tree Productions' fifth summer of theater for children has already begun and will culminate with productions of Seussical the musical and Evita in Concert. Apple Tree's Showcase is a separate class for special-needs students. It is theater games, songs and fun, and it is free. Students can drop in

Practically perfect

Stage

Practically perfect

As an adult, I don't have much of an emotional connection to Mary Poppins. I had seen the film version once or twice as a child, but had largely forgotten the details, so color me pleasantly surprised at sitting down to watch Tacoma Musical Playhouse's production of Mary Poppins and

Peacocks, houses and muses

Arts

Peacocks, houses and muses

Lynette Charters' paintings are unique, not just in her use of media - china marker over acrylic paint mixed with plaster - but in her way of painting. On wood panels, she creates fields of heavily textured globs of color that are almost if not completely non-objective, and then either

It was once better

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It was once better

Announcer: There was a time in Lacey that the Lemon Grass reigned supreme. One of the first finely crafted Asian places in the area, Lemon Grass presented quality ingredients in lovely dishes - hard to beat in an area littered with fast food.  But on a few recent visits, things

Pop with open heart

Music

Pop with open heart

The saying goes that you have your entire life to write your first album (or book or movie or play or really any creative project) and only a year to write your second. It's through this somewhat unfair algorithm that the phenomenon of the "sophomore slump" emerges: yeah, you were

Call it a comeback

Music

Call it a comeback

Music history is littered with talented artists that never quite broke through the noise to capture the public's attention - not quite has-beens, more should-have-beens. It can be incredibly difficult to distinguish yourself from the rabble, no matter how deserving you might be to have your voice heard. In the

Top 5 urban walks in Tacoma

Outdoors

Top 5 urban walks in Tacoma

The Northwest is known for many things, among them the fabulous hiking opportunities lurking around every corner - in forests, in parks or in the nearby mountains. And while Northwest nature is tough to top, Tacoma has more to offer walkers and trekkers than beautiful forest hikes (it has those,

Travel: American Alps

Travel

Travel: American Alps

There's something wonderfully freeing about "can't." North Cascades Lodge is a place where you can't make or receive a phone call. You can't watch TV in your room. You can't read the newspaper. You can't check email or catch up on Facebook. It's off the grid. It's hard to believe

Top 10 places to walk your dog in the South Sound

Outdoors

Top 10 places to walk your dog in the South Sound

With the rainy weeks behind us for another year, now is the perfect time to get out and explore with your favorite four-legged friends.  Here are 10 places in the South Sound to walk your dog. Explore new trails while enjoying the cool temperatures of a dense forest canopy or

Galloping Gertie's turns 64

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Galloping Gertie's turns 64

In this era of innovative chefs and exotic ingredients, it's nice to find a place where culinary time has stood still. Where you can still find the kind of home-cooked meals and generous portions families went out for back in the day. Where everybody knew you - and you knew

Explore the wilds of Washington

Travel

Explore the wilds of Washington

Washington state is a stunningly beautiful state, filled with natural beauty ranging from the lush evergreens of Western Washington to stark deserts and booming agriculture in Eastern Washington. Driving from Tacoma to Sun Mountain Lodge, you'll get to see a bit of everything - and you receive an amazing vacation

Creative Colloquy

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Creative Colloquy

Created by Jackie Fender a little more than two years ago, Creative Colloquy has become the South Sound's preeminent literary event. Creative Colloquy is an online magazine featuring short stories, novel excerpts, poetry and other literary work by mostly Tacoma and Olympia writers. Starting in March 2014, CC started holding

'2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition'

Arts

'2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition'

Upon entering the "2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition" at South Puget Sound Community College, my eyes were immediately drawn to Bernie Bleha's sculpture, "Minaret," acrylic on wood, a colorful tower topped by a playful spire that looks like a tinker toy construction. From there, my gaze went to Carla Louise

Make it yourself

Reviews

Make it yourself

Announcer: You have to love a place that tries hard to do it differently. It doesn't matter if you like it or not, it's fun to be somewhere that is not like anywhere else. The Zodiac Supper Club on St. Helens in downtown Tacoma near the Pantages is all kitsch

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