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A captivating voice

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A captivating voice

Do you remember the first time a singer's voice ever truly touched you? In my experience, growing up listening largely to pop songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, I mostly let everything wash over me in a great mass, very rarely tuning in specifically to hear the power behind

Poetry, art and prose

Arts

Poetry, art and prose

Spring is here, people, and it's time to dust off that pile of books on your bedside table and start reading (don't think I forgot about that New Year's resolution you made to read more ...) Luckily, Tacoma's literary landscape is teeming with collaborations this spring, each as fresh as

Burs Restaurant

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Burs Restaurant

ANNOUNCER: Craving comfort food, Dutch and Jackie head to Lakewood where Burs Restaurant has been serving homestyle breakfast, lunch and dinner for 70 years. After several owners during that time and three name changes, the name Burs, along with a commitment to quality food, has stood for nearly 50 of

A show called 'She'

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A show called 'She'

Pierce County AIDS Foundation has set aside a part of their offices as an art gallery, and for the month of March is showing a group of paintings by Robin Annette Jordan called She to bring attention to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Every year throughout the month of

For everyone, not just a few

Music

For everyone, not just a few

It's a funny thing, that subgenre known as Americana. In the nearly 10 years that I've written about music for this fine rag, I've surely used that term many, many times, and I've never thought much further past its surface level connotation: homegrown roots music with ties to country, folk,

A state of affairs

Stage

A state of affairs

There's something difficult about describing what goes on in A Little Night Music -- not because of its madcap plotting, but because of the unexpected manner in which the lunacy unfolds. This is, in its barest of bones, a delightfully amorous sex comedy, delivered via the labyrinthine music of Stephen

Palace intrigue

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Palace intrigue

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman is a riveting comic drama about King Henry II; his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine; his young ward, Alais (sometimes spelled Alys and sometimes Alice); and his three surviving sons: Richard, Geoffrey and John (the eldest, Young Henry, was killed when he and his

Teen beats

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Teen beats

"I'm even lethal when I'm unarmed," rapped Public Enemy, "'cause I'm louder than a bomb." That song inspired the title of Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB), a competition for Chicago poets ages 12 to 19. This month-long event was founded in 2001 by Kevin Coval and Anna West of the

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

I scoured the inter webs for my favorite smorgasbord of foodie theme festivities. I'm delighted to say there's an excess of furry and feathered friends and beer. If either are your bag, then you're in luck. This weekend, Harmon Brewing is kicking off a Hub Meet the Brewer, a South Sound

All breakfast -- all day -- all weekend

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All breakfast -- all day -- all weekend

ANNOUNCER: Located right in the heart of Olympia, Our Table offers diner meals that are driven by local and sustainable ingredients and a friendly staff that keep their customers coming back. In turn, they are known throughout town for their contributions made to the community as well. This week, Dutch

A challenging, verbose theatrical tradition

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A challenging, verbose theatrical tradition

In theater, there's a sea of closed-room dramas that are designed around two or three characters coming at each other to try and suss out the truth of a morally complex mystery. Think plays like Doubt, Tape, or Oleanna -- explosive depictions of conflict between people who have everything to

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a witheringly small alley of pop culture, from how it started to how it looks today. This time: art-rock in the mainstream. I love when art-rock bands -- those noted adversaries to pop music who lurk in the underground -- take the

Art for March

Arts

Art for March

There are times when there is nothing in town for an art reviewer he hasn't already reviewed. But there are some exciting new shows opening in the coming days and weeks. The one I'm most excited about is Kathy Gore Fuss: Above, Below and Beyond, opening March 11 and running until

Thirty-five years of wiggin’ out

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Thirty-five years of wiggin’ out

Thinking about what bands are completely synonymous with Tacoma, I'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better answer than Girl Trouble. The band mixes garage rock with ‘50s rock, a detached cool and an impeccable showmanship, and an abiding love for the City of Destiny that has made them

Real Estate Spring Home Improvement

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My 4 Sons BBQ

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My 4 Sons BBQ

ANNOUNCER: Having hit the one-year open mark, Dutch and Jackie head just out of town to Midland to see what My 4 Sons BBQ is serving. With a menu that's written daily on butcher paper and posted at the door, they could be in for quite an adventure. DUTCH: Let me just get this out

A full day of adventure

Attractions

A full day of adventure

The sprawling Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum packs quite a bit on its large campus that dominates the landscape. The two museum buildings are architectural gems with walls of soaring glass. In addition, there is a movie theater and the Wings and Waves Waterpark with a real Boeing 747 aircraft

The Canterbury sound

Music

The Canterbury sound

Over the past few weeks, in preparation for a move, I've been shuffling through my record collection to decide what'll be coming with me. The vast majority of this collection came from my dad, who left them with me when he left the country. I've still not had the chance

And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World

Arts

And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World

This year's 11th Annual Native American Art Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College is comprised of work from a year-long project called Yeha? that includes performances, videos, storytelling, and works of visual art. The exhibition title is And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World. An exhibition flyer

Epic play comes to Lakewood Playhouse

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Epic play comes to Lakewood Playhouse

Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards for Best Play, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, now playing in repertory at Lakewood Playhouse, is a momentous and epic play, and very likely the best drama of the late 20th century. At seven-and-a-half hours in length, it is also a daunting

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