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Tacoma Arts Month

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Tacoma Arts Month

Olympia, with just shy of 50,000 citizens, will spend this weekend enjoying its biannual, downtown celebration, Arts Walk. With over four times as many residents, Tacoma needs more. That's why October is Tacoma Arts Month -- but even that's not enough. The 16th annual festival stretches over six weeks, from

Everyone has a song

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Everyone has a song

For those of you that have a mom, you know she tends to be right more often than you are. She says things like clean your room and asks you if you ate today, and when your 9-to-5s become 9-to-midnights she fights you to give yourself some of what we

The possibilities of glass and steel

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The possibilities of glass and steel

Since the Museum of Glass opened in Tacoma in 1992, it has brought cutting-edge, contemporary art to audiences each year. The museum's tilted, steel and glass cone has even become a symbol of creativity as artists collaborate in the glassblowing studio beneath it and audiences look-on nearby. The museum draws

Keeping it classic

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Keeping it classic

ANNOUNCER: This week, Dutch and Jackie are transported from Olympia's bustling, Bohemian downtown to a true speakeasy style joint as they crossed the threshold into Dillinger's Cocktails and Kitchen Rum Room. JACKIE: The ambiance is delightfully swanky. A rich and plush character is set with beautiful hanging chandeliers, a distinguished

The Cat in the Hat

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The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat at Olympia Family Theater is a fun, little play that breezes through non-stop and almost constant motion for under 40 minutes with no intermission. As everyone who remembers the book by Dr. Seuss knows - and who doesn't remember the book? - there are not a

Really good stuff

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Really good stuff

Juried art exhibitions inevitably include a few clunkers, a few so-so works, and -- if we're lucky -- some excellent art. Sometimes the inconsistency in quality is because there were not enough good entries to choose from, and sometimes it is because the juror feels compelled to include a variety

Mad musical machines

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Mad musical machines

For many casual fans of music, there can be a rigidity to the ways in which a musician is allowed to express themselves. Without necessarily being conscious of it, the listener will pay deference to tradition and professionalism: music is made by guitars, drums and pianos, that look demonstrably how

A triumphant human spirit

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A triumphant human spirit

Hell cannot triumph over the human spirit. Born in 1922 on Vashon Island, Benjamin Wilson grew to personify the above words. After dropping out of Vashon High School, he joined the Army in 1940 and eventually was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. After the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, he

Connected to you

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Connected to you

Connections are fulfilling, and the United Service Organizations Northwest strengthens America's servicemembers by keeping them connected to family, home and country. A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO Northwest relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support its work. The USO Northwest continues to support America's military

Take A Walk in the Dark

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Take A Walk in the Dark

Celebrating Halloween is all about the thrills, isn't it? We're drawn to the heart-pumping rush, the gleeful feeling we get from scaring the pants off each other as we amble through the dark once a year. Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers (BOSS) and Family and Morale, Welfare

The Triad gets spooky

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The Triad gets spooky

I'm sure we all have figured out by now that it is October. Not only is the weather getting more beautiful, but everyone who has Halloween as a favorite holiday is already celebrating it in one way or another. You either love it or you hate it, but no matter

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

In Three Easy Pieces, I deconstruct one specific genre of pop culture, from its birth through how it exists today. This month, I'm looking at cartoons for adults. When did animation shift from a medium cultivating imagination in kids to something to expand the minds of grown-ups? BIRTH: Fritz the Cat Honorable mention: Fantastic

El Borracho

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El Borracho

ANNOUNCER: Yet another Seattle success has branched out to the Tacoma area. In this case -- the easy-going Mexican cantina El Borracho, located on 6th Ave. in the North End. Jackie and Dutch jumped at the chance to leave the kids behind and grab some tequila and bites at an

Cymbeline

Stage

Cymbeline

I've struggled with how to approach diving into Harlequin Productions' staging of Cymbeline, which it seems is a fairly normal reaction that many have had to the work, since its first production around 400 years ago. One of William Shakespeare's final plays - generally categorized as one of his "late romances,"

Must-see show

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Must-see show

Marilyn Frasca is a marvel. If there was ever such a thing as a must-see show, it is Frasca's show of some 56 drawings at Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia. This exhibition is the result of a lifetime, so far, of making art, studying art and teaching art. Her drawing

What Tacoma needs

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What Tacoma needs

Hey, look: I've long since admitted that I will first pay attention to a band with an attention-grabbing name. There's no getting around it. I have relegated myself to a world where I'm inundated with bands and sounds that are fated to sound exactly the same. Because of this, I've

A history second to none

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A history second to none

At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, many soldiers wear the 2nd Infantry Division's Indianhead patch. The division has a storied history, and it involves JBLM. Both the base and the division were formed around the same time: Camp Lewis opened Sept. 5, 1917; the 2nd ID was organized Oct. 26, 1917. It is the only

It's salmon time

Outdoors

It's salmon time

Beginning in September and lasting through December, salmon run in our area. The fish return from the Pacific Ocean into the Puget Sound and then travel back to the streams and rivers of their birth to spawn the next generation. It is an epic tale of survival: A female salmon

Gig Harbor Film Festival

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Gig Harbor Film Festival

One of the best parts of autumn is the unbridled flow of quality films that tend to inundate theaters. Even disregarding the mainstream output that makes up the majority of what people will be seeing, the Pacific Northwest becomes overrun with film festivals. We've already written about the Destiny City

Tinder Live

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Tinder Live

Online dating has survived years of skepticism and scoffing from those who believe true human connections can only be made in person; for some, admitting that they'd met their significant other on the Internet was felt to be a fairly taboo confession. But, with the Internet increasingly invading every aspect

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