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Tacoma Film Festival

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Tacoma Film Festival

We've been covering the Tacoma Film Festival for a number of years, at this point, and one of the pleasures of doing so has been in charting its steady rise to becoming one of the Pacific Northwest's preeminent annual cinematic events. Since its humble beginnings at the Grand Cinema, 13

Can't-miss Tacoma Film Festival offerings

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Can't-miss Tacoma Film Festival offerings

While our usual advice, when confronted with an overwhelming festival, of any sort, is to take your chances on any random entertainment you may not have heard of, throwing a dart at a board isn't always enough. After all, we're also opinionated film nerds, and we can't pass over the

Don't panic!

Stage

Don't panic!

Eighty years ago, this month, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players took to the radio to broadcast a live adaptation of HG Wells' classic tale of an alien invasion, The War of the Worlds. What followed, as legend has it, was widespread panic from listeners who believed they were actually

The good, the bad, and the what-the-heck

Arts

The good, the bad, and the what-the-heck

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: juried exhibitions are always a mixed bag of the good, the bad, and the what-the-heck. Given that, the annual juried exhibition at the gallery at Tacoma Community College weighs much more heavily toward the good, with a few pieces that could

Lo-fi hero

Music

Lo-fi hero

Early in the lives of many a burgeoning music nerd, there occurs a watershed moment where you're exposed to a band that unites your current passion for discovery with your love for novelty songs instilled in you in early childhood. These bands are a little funnier, a little weirder, a

Explore Puget Sound with JBLM Scuba

Outdoors

Explore Puget Sound with JBLM Scuba

Is it any surprise to learn that, according to Army Times, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the most requested duty station in the U.S.? Mount Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, and hundreds of miles of Puget Sound shoreline are only a short drive away. MWR recognizes that Washington state is a dream

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

It's the spookiest month, and thus the spookiest Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a corner of pop culture from its birth to today. I'm thinking, now, of horror movies. While horror has classically been shrugged off by the snooty gatekeepers of fine cinema, there's one subgenre that's even more

Cascadia Grill

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Cascadia Grill

ANNOUNCER: Craving classic, comfort dishes with a twist and a little Pacific Northwest kitsch, Jackie and Dutch settle into Olympia's Cascadia Grill this week. DUTCH: The Cascadia Grill is one of my favorite things about Olympia! The eclectic scene and friendly service simply add to the quality and creativity offered

2018 Fall Career Guide

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2018 Fall Career Guide

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The write stuff

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The write stuff

There are men and then there are men -- and then there was Sam Shepard. He was the kind of stolid, square-jawed Midwesterner who seemed born to play Captain America, the Marlboro Man or, if realism is preferred, legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager. That, in fact, is exactly whom Shepard

Dry Powder

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Dry Powder

Dry Powder is billed as a comedy, and yes, there is a lot of humor in this tale of high-finance shenanigans. But there's a lot of searing drama as well, as Jenny (the versatile Helen Harvester), Jeff (the comedic Ryan Holmberg), Seth (film actor Brian S. Lewis) and Rick (South

Son of the Velvet Rat

Music

Son of the Velvet Rat

In radio pop, there's frequently an atmosphere of worshipping the young and pristine, and eschewing the unique and experienced. Talent shows like American Idol and The Voice rendered this subtext overt, sacrificing cherubic, would-be stars week after week, before arriving at one performer to be fed into the music industry's churning machine. While more

Vail Resorts honors legacy and the U.S. Armed Forces

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Vail Resorts honors legacy and the U.S. Armed Forces

In 1957, World War II veterans Pete Seibert, who served in the 10th Mountain Division, and Earl Eaton, an Army engineer, climbed to the top of Vail Mountain and decided to build a ski resort. Sixty-one years later, Vail Resorts includes 12 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.

Salamone’s Pizza

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Salamone’s Pizza

ANNOUNCER: When word on the street had it that there was New York-style slices of pizza pie right here in Tacoma, the masses flocked to the intimate space that was slinging slices. Dutch and Jackie were on standby, awaiting shorter lines. The time has finally arrived for Salamone's Pizza. JACKIE:

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

I know, I know, it's barely Halloween and I'm all in. It's time for pumpkin spice everything that will soon segue to Egg Nog obsession and forced family meals slathered in gravy and tryptophan. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though, let's talk gumbo, pumpkin brews and chef appearances. I love

Elegies at a time of crux

Arts

Elegies at a time of crux

Hooray! Susan Christian returns to Salon Refu (now the studio of artist Lucy Gentry and renamed LGM Studios) with an exhibition of new paintings and constructions called Take a Break. In Christian's most recent previous exhibition, she showed a group of long, thin paintings that were all about emptiness -- curtains

2018's Fall Tacoma Restaurant Week

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2018's Fall Tacoma Restaurant Week

Being frugal can be a good trait, it helps you save money for life's necessities, or if you're lucky you can tuck dollars away into savings for retirement or ... I dunno, whatever savings goes towards. Knowing when to treat yo'self is also a positive trait. Self-care is good for

Variations on a theme

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Variations on a theme

The Abstract Expressionist painter Adolph Gottlieb is most famous for his many variations on a single image: a nebulous circular form floating above a rough burst of energetic paint. The similarities between Gottlieb's "Burst" paintings and Olympia painter Becky Knold's paintings at the Washington State Department of Ecology are undeniable.

Sixteen candles

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Sixteen candles

It's a curious trait we have of striving to summarize eras in easily quantifiable terms, regardless of whether or not those designations hold up to scrutiny. An easy place to look for this behavior is in the repeated, exhausting attempts to define generations -- what it means to be a

A bewitching love story for Halloween

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A bewitching love story for Halloween

Bell, Book and Candle is probably best remembered from the 1958 romantic comedy starring Kim Novak, James Stewart and Jack Lemon, adapted from the Broadway play by John Van Druten. Set in Greenwich Village during the Christmas season, it is the love story of Gillian Holroyd (Novak in the film),

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