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Best of Olympia 2020: Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen

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Best of Olympia 2020: Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen

Born in Indianapolis, grandson of German immigrants, he ran afoul of the law while still in his teens. After getting arrested for auto theft, he enlisted in the Navy but deserted his ship, the U.S.S. Utah, and was dishonorably discharged. He got married but couldn't keep a job. Instead, he

Best of Olympia 2020: Equal Latin vs. Ramirez on 4th

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Best of Olympia 2020: Equal Latin vs. Ramirez on 4th

Given my last name, it stands to reason Latin food is close to my corazón. Even so, despite years of living and dining in Thurston County, I'd never really warmed to south-of-the-border fare in easy walking distance of theaters and other downtown businesses I frequent. That changed in 2019, when

Best of Olympia 2020: Olympia Farmers Market

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Best of Olympia 2020: Olympia Farmers Market

As spring time creeps slowly upon us, it's the time of year we all crave to be outside breathing the fresh air, feeling the warm sunshine upon our faces, and eating local fresh produce straight from the farms. Options are abundant for farmers markets within the Puget Sound Area, but

Best of Olympia 2020: An Illiad

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Best of Olympia 2020: An Illiad

James O'Barr is producing and directing and Scott Douglas is acting in An Illiad, an intense, captivating and intelligent one-man play about the Trojan War and, ultimately, every war since, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. All the ancient gods and warriors are there, including Agamemnon, Achilles, King Priam,

Best of Olympia 2020: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor

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Best of Olympia 2020: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor

(Photo: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor has some unique specialty pizzas. This is the Chicken Divan Pizza: a creamy garlic ranch sauce topped with chicken, fresh broccoli, red onion and tomato, then topped with cheddar cheese, all on their famous thin and crispy crust.) Well after lunch time on a Sunday, Dirty

Best of Olympia 2020: Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

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Best of Olympia 2020: Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

Anyone who has ever lived in a coastal city or town knows the biggest benefit to such a location is the abundance of local, fresh seafood. While Joint Base Lewis-McChord may not be "coastal," we are certainly close enough, and this duty station comes with a plethora of hyper-fresh fish

Best of Olympia 2020: Hands On Children’s Museum

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Best of Olympia 2020: Hands On Children’s Museum

(Photo: The Megan D vintage schooner is a new exhibit that opened in August at the Hands On Children’s Museum. Kids can explore the real wooden vessel, climb up a six-foot rope wall, investigate the crow’s nest, walk the rickety bridge, even captain the ship.) The Hands On Children's Museum in

Best of Olympia 2020: Olympia Film Society

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Best of Olympia 2020: Olympia Film Society

Olympia is a city with a lot of things to be proud of, but one of its most invaluable institutions has to be the Olympia Film Society (OFS). Housed in the gorgeous Capitol Theater since 1990, the OFS has long been Thurston County's premier art house, but it's so much

Best of Olympia 2020: Medicine Creek Café

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Best of Olympia 2020: Medicine Creek Café

You can see it just off the freeway as you zip down on I-5, it looks to be an updated A&W -- rock foundation, bright white paint with clean blue lines. A long carport-styled awning covers the pull-up parking. It looks chipper and inviting at just a glance. Within a

Best of Olympia 2020: Lacey’s mysterious name origin

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Best of Olympia 2020: Lacey’s mysterious name origin

Although little known to most, the naming of the city of Lacey remains mysterious. What is known is that in the 1850s, settlers populated the area. Two of those were Isaac and Catherine Wood. Like many, they worked hard and prospered, but due to the Wood's good reputation as upright citizens, people

Best of Olympia 2020: Downtown, Capitol Lake

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Best of Olympia 2020: Downtown, Capitol Lake

With many fun hot spots for night life seekers, Olympia's epic downtown was voted Best Neighborhood for Singles and Night Life. An unforgettable night awaits just a short drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Take a fun night trip to the Historic District and Capitol Lake (Best Selfie Location) for stunning

The Naturalist & the Trickster

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The Naturalist & the Trickster

What an odd pairing: John James Audubon, the 18th and 19th century artist famous for precise drawings of birds and mammals, and RYAN! Fedderson, Native American artist now living in Tacoma known for contemporary interactive murals and mixed-media art. What they have in common is respect for nature and concern

Thirsty Hound Drinkery

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Thirsty Hound Drinkery

ANNOUNCER: Located on the corner of S 19th St. and Bridgeport Way, where Bridgeport changes to Jackson Ave., the Thirsty Hound Drinkery is answering the call of what this area needs -- a place to hang out and grab a drink. Add a few snacks, some comfy couches and you

Westport in the winter

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Westport in the winter

You may have heard of Ocean Shores, the quaint summer beach town that sits on the top of Grays Harbor in Grays County, Washington, a great getaway for families looking to beach comb. If you were to look on a map, you would see another small coastal town that sits

The Fish Peddler

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The Fish Peddler

ANNOUNCER: Nearly a year after replacing the fresh fish market with a bar space, the Fish Peddler on Dock street in Tacoma continues to draw diners to the Foss Waterway. Though the market is gone, fresh seafood continues to drive the menu, the cozy space and patio on the water

A twist on the Scottish play

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A twist on the Scottish play

Equivocation at Olympia Little Theatre is wild. It is ludicrous. It is funny and tragic and gruesome. Written by Bill Cain and directed at OLT by Pug Bujeaud, the play is a farcical tragedy, a takeoff on and about Shakespeare (Drew Doyle), who is alternately called Shag and Will, his

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to another edition of Three Easy Pieces, where I look at a cul-de-sac of pop culture, from its birth to how it looks today. Since we're bracing for another Valentine's Day, I figured it was time to talk about anti-romantic comedies. Though what precisely defines an anti-romantic comedy can

Winter wonderland adventure on Snoqualmie Pass

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Winter wonderland adventure on Snoqualmie Pass

Enjoy a family friendly day out on Snoqualmie Pass by playing in the snow at Gold Creek Pond and finishing up your day trip with a visit to the charming town of North Bend. Snoqualmie Pass is a mountain pass along Interstate 90 that is located only about two hours

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The happiest place in Seattle

  Disney’s magic reached up from sunny California to the great white (er, wet) north opening the long awaited staging of the hit movie, Frozen, Saturday. High tech, glittering, and senstional best describe the staging, while a stellar cast and tech crew clearly personify Disney’s demand for excellence – an expectation thickly

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