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At the best of times, being a lover of film provides an unending journey of discovery, sifting through the hundreds of films released each year in search of gems. This feedback loop of sorting and viewing and discarding and embracing new sights and voices has been reinforced in recent years

A life in character

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A life in character

Visitors to legendary comic Emo Philips' Wikipedia page learn in its first sentence that Philips is a master of the paraprosdokian. That was a new one on us, too. A paraprosdokian, from the Greek for "counter to expectations," is a witty remark in which the last phrase is a surprise

Not spooky but plenty ooky

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Not spooky but plenty ooky

I'm absolutely certain that there's a way to make a musical version of The Addams Family that lives up to the source material's macabre inscrutability and iconic style, but I've unfortunately yet to see one. The Addams Family musical - with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise, and

Raise a glass!

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Raise a glass!

It goes by the Latin name Homarus americanus. It can stretch to over two feet long and weigh 40 pounds. An Atlantic-dwelling, herring-munching monster, it's the heaviest arthropod on the planet. Forget Jurassic Park, this spiny devil originated during the Cambrian explosion a half-billion years ago. Pretty intimidating, right? Now

Better than bein' nobody

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Better than bein' nobody

Some artists are so inextricably associated with where they come from that it's nearly impossible to not mention them and their hometown in the same sentence. Once this connection gets formed in your mind, there's no getting rid of it. I could ask 100 random people the first thing they

Traveling exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

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Traveling exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

The traveling exhibition "30 Americans," from the famed Rubell Family Collection in Miami, makes its first West Coast stop at Tacoma Art Museum. With 45 works from 30 of the best African American artists since the 1970s, this is one of the more important shows to ever grace the galleries

Call it a day

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Call it a day

In a place like Tacoma, it can be easy to get a little cozy and start taking things for granted. There are certain businesses, people, bits of natural beauty, artists and bands that we all collectively assume will just be around forever. When it comes to bands, it's easy to

Airman volunteers to make outdoor recreation more available

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Airman volunteers to make outdoor recreation more available

Airman Marc Tiemeyer has led an active life. Born and raised in Forks, Washington, Tiemeyer came from a logging family. "When I was growing up, I was surrounded by the outdoors, and the forest was my playground and my refuge," said Tiemeyer.  "I spent my youth hiking ... hunting, camping

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Fall fun continues in the South Sound

You don’t have to go scary to enjoy the Halloween and harvest-time options available around the South Sound and beyond this month, and many won’t give a fright to your pocketbook. Whether you want to dress up your children, yourself or your fur kids, take a romp

Klaatu barada nikto!

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Klaatu barada nikto!

This weekend, Lakewood Playhouse will host close encounters of the radio kind. For his ninth year in a row, James Venturini is directing a cast of vocal talents to perform, live on stage, a radio-drama-style program for Halloween. Venturini and his cast create live sound effects as well. This year's

In My Life

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In My Life

One would be hard-pressed to find a group of artists, at least in the modern era, who have been more intricately and consistently studied than the Beatles. Since emerging in 1963, the lives of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - individually and together - have been catalogued and documented to

'Elephant & Piggie's' "We Are in a Play"

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'Elephant & Piggie's' "We Are in a Play"

Olympia Family Theater's Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play" is a small play that packs a big wallop for kids. I was not familiar with Mo Willems' series of children's books, Elephant & Piggy, before reading about them in the program. The stories about Gerald, the elephant and

We call this home

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We call this home

The exhibition of drawings and paintings by Kathy Gore-Fuss at Salon Refu offers proof positive that practice makes perfect. Gore-Fuss has been making art for a long time. She was one of the first artists I met when I moved to Olympia in 1988. She was good then, and she's

The power of pink

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The power of pink

This might be the first time a dish of nachos was good for someone's health. Patrons of The RAM may be surprised to find Easter-pink tortilla chips in their Mexican fare, but that ingredient is meant to raise awareness of breast cancer prevention and treatment. "Our nacho chip provider is

Solid execution

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Solid execution

ANNOUNCER: Open for several months now, Cooks Tavern near Tacoma's Proctor District has found an audience - diners that like well-crafted food in a light, easy-going environment with plenty of unique twists on the menu to keep things interesting.  Though, why call it a tavern? JASON: Why they named a restaurant

Moving through clouds

Music

Moving through clouds

One of my favorite songs by Ween is a shady little ditty called "Zoloft." Coming from a band that once claimed to have recorded an album under the influence of huffed Scotchgard - though they later fessed up to this being a lie, just the "most slime-bag thing" they could

Shop for a mattress

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Shop for a mattress

How much is a good night's sleep really worth? According to one 20-year veteran in the mattress market, it's less about worth and more about our personal tastes and how much we want to spend. "A high price doesn't always correlate to a better bed. I've had customers find that a

LGI's new JBLM-adjacent housing developments

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LGI's new JBLM-adjacent housing developments

Looking for a first home can be a sizeable task. How do you know a good deal when you see one? Are you secretly being ripped off? This can be especially difficult when looking at newly built housing developments, where some homebuilders have methods of deceiving the buyer, so you

Buying a home can be filled with questions

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Buying a home can be filled with questions

Before you buy your first new home, before you write your name on that expensive, 30-year mortgage agreement, you might want to get some advice first. There's a lot to know. And the first thing Brooke Villano, who works with Veterans National Lending Group, wants military veterans to know is that there's

Casual lifestyles influence home decor

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Casual lifestyles influence home decor

They say that time changes everything. While it might not be true about everything, it is certainly true about design trends found in homes. Families have said so long to the traditional and formal decorating styles that were once popular. Buyers have shifted into purchasing more casual, contemporary pieces of

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