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Give in to the wanderlust

Travel

Give in to the wanderlust

Some of us are always on the hunt for adventure. We crave travel, yearn for exploration, and wile away the hours by staring wistfully into the distance. We've got wanderlust -- a strong desire to travel -- and sometimes there's nothing to be done about it except to give in

‘To Sing of Beauty’

Arts

‘To Sing of Beauty’

In case you haven't noticed, Tacoma's art scene is no longer provincial. The City of Destiny is now a center of grown-up art, art that is socially and politically hip, that comments on current issues that can dare to be innovative and risky. Part of it might be an influx

Just a pop song

Music

Just a pop song

Stiff Records mainstay Wreckless Eric, after the success of his indelible "Whole Wide World," wrote "A Popsong," all about the fear and anxiety of being asked by his label to come up with a hit; as Wreckless Eric says, it's "just a pop song," so why is it so hard

Anderson Island Film Festival

South Sound Cinema

Anderson Island Film Festival

In an age where streaming services have done their part in solving the problem of everyone having access to an abundance of films, another problem has presented itself: there's an overabundance of selection and a lack of concern about the level of quality of these films. Imagine the time you

Olympia’s fall theater scene

Stage

Olympia’s fall theater scene

I know it's the oldest cliché in the book, but Olympia's fall theater scene has something for everyone, from mystery to comedy to children's fare to musicals, and various mixtures of all that. Harlequin Productions' season runs later than other theaters, meaning as the fall season opens everywhere else, they are

Wooden City

Reviews

Wooden City

ANNOUNCER: Located on the far end of Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma just off the edge of the Stadium District, Wooden City takes over the spot formerly occupied by Café Vincero. Award-winning chefs offer a variety of selections ranging from wood-fired pizzas and burgers to oysters on the half shell

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

The action of placing a bright, shiny, red apple on a teacher's desk is the symbolic epitome of the beginning of the academic year. It's rumored that this version of nature's candy has something to do with wisdom, but I think we gift our educators with it because it is

Hall of Valor

Arts

Hall of Valor

The Hall of Valor, a new gallery at the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), opens Saturday, Sept. 15. The gallery is a series of five bays each representing two battles that units associated with Camp Lewis, Fort Lewis or JBLM (depending on the year) fought in. "So much

Ming the majestic

Stage

Ming the majestic

China's Ming dynasty endured from 1368 to 1644 A.D. Its emperors ruled an area almost as large as that of the contiguous United States, and for longer than the U.S. has been a country. By 1600, the Great Ming Empire had over 160 million citizens. Among its contributions to world

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Stage

Brighton Beach Memoirs

The household presented in Lakewood Playhouse's production of Brighton Beach Memoirs is one of a rumbling, simmering strife. Economic hardships and unresolved resentments have been so thoroughly woven into the fabric of this family that everyone has been inured to a general feeling of anxiety. I certainly felt a bit anxious watching

Blissful exuberance

Music

Blissful exuberance

Paul McCartney recently did an interview where he ran down some of the best songs that he wrote for the Beatles. At a certain point, after discussing the likes of "Hey Jude," "Let It Be," and "Blackbird," McCartney noted how proud he was that, for the most part, Beatles songs

Bright scenes of sea and land

Arts

Bright scenes of sea and land

I wasn't sure I wanted to review Barbara Noonan's work at Childhood's End Gallery because the image I saw on the announcement looked too much like too many other landscapes I have seen -- pretty, predictable and unimaginative. But when I saw the work in the gallery, I recognized a

Hike, bike, paddle and strike

Travel

Hike, bike, paddle and strike

If you're bored while vacationing in Bend, Oregon, you're not doing it right. That's right, we're calling you out, fellow travelers, for twiddling your thumbs in one of the most adventure-friendly cities in the Pacific Northwest. Bend, Oregon, is an adventurist's wonderland, and its location in central Oregon -- along

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

Another month, another edition of Three Easy Pieces, where I explore a specific pop cultural subject from its birth to how it looks today. It's generally accepted that remakes of movies are never as good as the original -- and I'd usually tend to agree. This month, I'm looking at

Summit Pub

Reviews

Summit Pub

ANNOUNCER: The Washington State Fair season is in full effect, giving Jackie and Dutch the perfect excuse to hit up some Puyallup area hot spots. This week, they wanted to take a peek at Summit Pub's new digs. JACKIE: I'd never been to the OG Summit Pub so I don't have

Fall Guide 2018

Online Interactive Guides

Fall Guide 2018

Not sure what to do this fall? Check out our Fall Guide for ideas for you and the entire family. The South Sound has plenty of activities and destinations perfect for the autumn season. Click here to view our interactive 2018 Fall Guide.

Tacoma Film Festival needs your help

South Sound Cinema

Tacoma Film Festival needs your help

For the past 13 years, the Tacoma Film Festival has been one of the bright spots of Tacoma's cultural landscape. Bringing in exciting voices and visions in film from all over the world -- including featuring the best local talents -- TFF has grown into a cinematic behemoth, as essential

Carol Hannum: Worlds Apart

Arts

Carol Hannum: Worlds Apart

Carol Hannum is an underappreciated local treasure. Her art has been shown in museums and galleries and is in private and public collections worldwide, including many in Lacey and Olympia, and she has taught at South Puget Sound Community College. And yet, a glance at her resumé indicates she has

Time flies

Stage

Time flies

Volta is the Italian word for time; and, in the acrobatic hands of the French-Canadian theatrical franchise Cirque du Soleil, it most certainly flies. The company's 15th production to tour through Seattle draws inspiration from such "extreme" sports as bicycle motocross and bungee jumping. Volta follows a blue-coifed character named

Set on shuffle

Music

Set on shuffle

I recently stumbled across a baffling playlist on Spotify called "Songs to Sing in the Shower." It seemed like the ideal soundtrack to cruising around on a sunny almost-autumn day, but I was quickly surprised by a series of songs that were either picked by a blindfolded person throwing darts

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