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More foodie festivities

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More foodie festivities

If your New Year's resolutions resolution has fizzled, fear not. The beginning of the year is an arbitrary marker. Start again. My high hopes of delving deep into the foodie festivities of 2019 have been a bit neglected. By neglected I mean to say that if I'm not going to

Creamy blissfulness

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Creamy blissfulness

ANNOUNCER: Locally sourced and naturally flavored ice cream is now available in University Place in the same complex as Whole Foods. Dutch and Jackie grabbed the kids and headed out to indulge themselves to try as many flavors as they could manage.DUTCH: I really liked the location, though only a

Exploring the Sea to Sky Highway

Travel

Exploring the Sea to Sky Highway

The Sea to Sky Highway, a section of Canada's Highway 99, stretches from Horseshoe Bay past Whistler to Pemberton in British Columbia. The winding highway received its name due to the change from a coastal highway at sea level, which follows along the edges of coastal mountains, to a mountain

Contact high

Music

Contact high

It's fascinating to look at little wellsprings of artistic inspiration -- groups of like-minded people, assembled at one pivotal moment in time -- and see how their influence can reverberate for decades after. One of the most influential groups of artists to have emerged in the past few decades, though,

Exploring cultural bias

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Exploring cultural bias

Culture, the new exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, is billed as "an exhibition exploring the idea of cultural biases and its influence on the outlook of other cultures." This is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful group show ever to be mounted at

Judging Hamlet

Stage

Judging Hamlet

If William Shakespeare's plays have engaged in a competition to see which of them will end up with the most adaptations and re-imaginings, I think it's safe to say that the two works that have come out on top are Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. The latter makes an awful

Oz the great and powerful

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Oz the great and powerful

For readers of a certain age, MGM's 1939 musical version of The Wizard of Oz was less of a movie and more of an annual holiday rite. In the decades before ubiquitous home video and content streaming, Judy Garland and cohorts were given featured TV broadcasts, originally between Thanksgiving and

A gem of commiseration

Music

A gem of commiseration

Sometimes, we want our music to be aspirational. When we're listening to Kiss or Jay-Z or any number of SoundCloud rappers, we want to place our bodies inside theirs, to experience the solo jet planes, endless parties, and the lavish lifestyle that they're brazenly living. This is a paradigm so

Pastels and Batik

Arts

Pastels and Batik

Sherry Buckner's latest pastel landscapes beg an old question: why do it? Nature can be stunningly beautiful, especially when there are sunsets or stormy skies, or, in the case of Buckner's pastels, mist and fog. But it is so much easier to snap a photo than to paint the scene,

A few events this first weekend of 2019

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A few events this first weekend of 2019

With the new year I'm usually all gung-ho and supportive of those with resolutions. But with 2019 being rung in with the motto "new year, new me!" being proclaimed by many and hashtagged to high heaven, I'm feeling a little less hopeful about dietary resolutions. Don't get me wrong, I

Fern Room

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Fern Room

ANNOUNCER: With vintage and retro so popular, the space formerly Tacoma Cabana, the new Fern Room is oozing with a 1970's vibe. From the décor, to the music, to the menu itself, everything is a journey to the past. Jackie and Dutch boogie on in to get the skinny. JACKIE: Holy

Worst movies of 2018

South Sound Cinema

Worst movies of 2018

Here we go. The 10 worst movies I experienced in 2018. 10. Bohemian Rhapsody Yes, Rami Malek delivered fine work as Freddie Mercury, and yes, I know Bohemian Rhapsody has become the most financially successful musical biopic of all time. That doesn't change the fact that it's a watered-down, clumsily shot, sometimes ridiculously

Best movies of 2018

South Sound Cinema

Best movies of 2018

What a year it was for movies! Some critics are saying 2018 was the best film year of the 21st century, and it's hard to disagree. Check out this list of memorable films: Annihilation; Avengers: Infinity War; Ben Is Back; Boy Erased; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Creed 2; Eighth Grade; The

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

It's Three Easy Pieces, where I look at a piece of pop culture from its birth to today. This month, I've chosen body-swapping movies, and I'll freely admit that this topic has backed me into a corner. While I thought I'd write about movies where characters literally swap consciousnesses into

2018’s Best of Theater

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2018’s Best of Theater

Before I started reviewing theater a few years ago, I was only vaguely aware of how many good productions are put up in the South Sound over the course of a year. This year was my first full year of reviewing shows on a more active basis, splitting duties with

2018 Winter Guide

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2018 Winter Guide

Click here to view our interactive 2018 Winter Guide.

Sampling serious suds and quirky culture

Travel

Sampling serious suds and quirky culture

Breweries abound in the Pacific Northwest, but even in that environment, Portland, Oregon, is known as a craft-beer mecca. According to oregoncraftbeer.org, the Rose City has 77 craft beer breweries; that grows to 117 when you leave Portland proper to include the greater metro area of the city straddling the

Good eats on wheels

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Good eats on wheels

ANNOUNCER: Open just a few months now, the Street Eats Mobile Eatery is beginning to get a solid customer base willing to follow them around the South Sound. Floating between Bonney Lake and Tacoma, Dutch and Jackie got out the GPS this week and chased them down. DUTCH: Chasing down a

The Journey surprises

Arts

The Journey surprises

Now on view at American Art Company is The Journey, an exhibition of Plein Air Washington Artists. I can't honestly review this exhibition without stating my personal bias -- and yes, critics always have personal biases, no matter how they might try to be objective. The paintings in this show are

Foodie-themed festivities for New Year’s and beyond

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Foodie-themed festivities for New Year’s and beyond

As one year comes to a close and another is looming just ahead, I make it a point to refresh my admiration of the local culinary culture by finding delectable happenings around the South Sound. There's never a shortage of something going down from pairing dinners to cooking courses. Here's

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