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Top 5 cookies in Tacoma

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Top 5 cookies in Tacoma

When it comes to dessert, sometimes what you need is a slice of decadent tiramisu, filled with rich and complex flavors, the contrast of creamy mascarpone with the sharpness of espresso. Or perhaps crème brulee or cheesecake or even bread pudding. But sometimes what you need is something more down-home,

Oly's rainforest

Outdoors

Oly's rainforest

Tucked away in a southeast neighborhood of Olympia lies Watershed Park, one of the area's most beautiful and private forest parks that's home to a winding trail and wooden bridges over Moxlie Creek. Olympia's water supply came solely from the wells in Watershed Park from the late 1800s until the 1950s,

Different perspective

Arts

Different perspective

As retrospective exhibitions go, this one is unusually small, filling only one of the smaller galleries in the Museum of Glass. What it lacks in scale, it more than makes up for in its dramatic presentation. The walls of the gallery are black and the room is dimly lit with

What dreams may come

Music

What dreams may come

A funny thing happens when people watch dogs sleep. Sometimes, when a dog is truly, deeply asleep, their paws will twitch uncontrollably, in a more frantic version of the little tremors that roll over our bodies when we're similarly sunken into a REM state. What's odd is the amount that

2016 JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo Program

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2016 JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo Program

Pierce County's largest event is a fun, 2-day packed Air Show and Warrior Expo saluting both air power and Army power ... an amazing day that also features the Thunderbords and the Army's premier parachute team the Golden Knights.  Click here for the official guide to air show. Click here to

Brew Five Three

Bars & Clubs

Brew Five Three

Now that we're firmly implanted into summertime and the torrid sun is giving its all to melt us, it only seems logical that a cold beverage would be the perfect remedy to combat the heat. Hoppy day drinking is coming back to Tacoma this weekend in the form of a

Animal sanctuary on adorable display

Attractions

Animal sanctuary on adorable display

In a world! ... where the Mariners are eight-and-a-half games back, summer movies have only been OK, and presidential candidates bet millions on who can be least popular, we need an August pick-us-up. On Facebook, the response to that necessity is simple: baby animal videos. In real life, the kind

StoryOly final slam and Grand Slam

Stage

StoryOly final slam and Grand Slam

On the 16th of August, South Sound storytellers will entertain a sure-to-be packed house at Rhythm and Rye in Olympia for the last of this year's StoryOly story slams before the 12 top storytellers of the year meet in the Grand Slam, Sept. 17. Every month on the third Tuesday, approximately

Down home goodness

Reviews

Down home goodness

Announcer: After several weeks of somewhat cranky reviews, the boys were pleasantly surprised to step inside Pacific Southern near the Tacoma Mall to discover good, quality Southern food that won't help your heart but certainly pass the taste test.  Jake: I really like that the house-made sweet tea and lemonade is

Influence raid

Music

Influence raid

I admit to having some knee-jerk biases when it comes to finding bands to write about in this here rag. A lot of things that immediately turn me off are ways in which bands choose to describe themselves: whether it's a lack of enthusiasm in one's own music, or a

Candid shots of T-Town

Arts

Candid shots of T-Town

"The Urban Sketchers" exhibition at Handforth Gallery in the downtown Tacoma Public Library is delightfully lightweight. The walls are filled with quick sketches in pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and other media of mostly local scenes familiar to many Tacomans - some by well-known local artists and some by artists

Eating your way around the world in Olympia

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Eating your way around the world in Olympia

Though Olympia is a small city, its wide range of restaurants makes it a great place to try something new. On any given day, one could eat his or her way around the globe, from Thai and French dishes to Russian dumplings and hand-rolled Italian pasta. Tucked away along 5th Ave.

Summerplay 2016

Stage

Summerplay 2016

Established theater companies aren't always interested in taking risks when it comes to selecting plays to produce. Thankfully, playhouses in the South Sound have been taking steps over the past few years to change this, to step out of their comfort zones and put new and exciting works on their

Good tavern eats

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Good tavern eats

Announcer: They call it a bar and grill, but by all indications, think of the Log Cabin in Lacey as a tavern with really good food.  They won't get a Michelin Star or anything, but if you like fried sandwiches, sandwiches and alcohol, a stop here (without the kids -

Off-the-wall paintings

Arts

Off-the-wall paintings

One thing paintings by Susan Aurand and Liza Brenner have in common is that both artists build paintings that extend away from the wall, using what amounts to constructed boxes or compartments to hold their paintings. Aurand builds framing devices out of wood that are like finely crafted cabinets within which

Without a free hand

Music

Without a free hand

What is it that drives an artist to start a one-person band? Frequently, the prevailing wisdom is that a one-person band is born out of a musician not wanting to compromise his vision by collaborating with others, but that might be a little simplistic. Some musicians like to impose limits

The Army at Kittredge Hall, UPS, during World War II

Arts

The Army at Kittredge Hall, UPS, during World War II

Kittredge Hall at the University of Puget Sound (UPS), home to the Art Department and Kittredge Art Gallery, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. From 1943 to 1944, long before it was home to the Art Department, Kittredge housed the Army Specialized Training Unit. Two hundred and thirty-eight young soldiers

Far-flung and local

South Sound Cinema

Far-flung and local

If there is a good and decent force in this universe, the hot months of 2016 should be on their way out. While my desire for fall to get here already is mostly a selfish one, there are perks for the lot of you, as well; chiefly, we are approaching

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality

Stage

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality

New Muses Theatre Company is among a handful of lesser-known companies that produces excellent theater for mostly sparse audiences. By my count, there were only 10 people in the audience opening night of Luigi Pirandello's absurdist play Six Characters in Search of an Author. The actors outnumbered the audience by

Tacoma's Swan Creek Food Forest

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Tacoma's Swan Creek Food Forest

On Tacoma's eastside, Swan Creek Park is a somewhat hidden and undiscovered-to-some 373-acre oasis with an active salmon stream, a vast network of pedestrian trails and a 50-acre mountain bike trail system. It's also home to a food forest, which is a one-acre plot permaculture garden utilizing the natural processes

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