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2019 summer food festivals

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2019 summer food festivals

One of my favorite things about the Pacific Northwest is how much better the food tastes. Words like fresh, local and farm-to-table epitomize the food culture in this area. One of the best ways to experience this is by visiting summer food festivals. Hood Canal Shrimp Fest, May 25-26 This fun, family-friendly

2019 Summer Guide

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2019 Summer Guide

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Tacoma Wayzgoose

Arts

Tacoma Wayzgoose

"Fifteen years ago, most people in Tacoma didn't know what letterpress was. I used to joke that they thought the process was as simple as pressing a button until things fell out (of the press), and then we'd have a print! Nowadays, there's an impressive public knowledge in Tacoma about

The Red Elm Café

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The Red Elm Café

ANNOUNCER: Directly in the heart of Tacoma's Hill Top neighborhood is the Red Elm Café. With limited kitchen space, they have utilized a panini press and a waffle iron to offer a simple, healthy yet creative menu with nothing over $6. This week, Dutch and Jackie head out to see

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

I'm spiraling this year. The Easter Bunny visited our house a day early, you know, because Sunday was such a busy work day for us. You'd think the kids would be excited about such a thoughtful bunny hopping through the house with plastic eggs full of sugary sweet snacks and

Christmas in springtime

Stage

Christmas in springtime

Plays about incompetent theater companies putting on bad plays are so common as to be practically a genre of their own. Some are as bad as the absurd performances they satirize, but there have been a few on stage and screen that are outstanding. The classics of this type are

Sweet Things on paper

Arts

Sweet Things on paper

The Evergreen State College graduate Ashley Miller has returned with a photography exhibition called Sweet Things in Galerie Fotoland, first floor Library Building. The press release and a printed statement on the gallery wall refer to her pictures as still-life photography, but although they are formally like traditional still-life arrangements, they

McMenamins Elks Temple opens this week

Attractions

McMenamins Elks Temple opens this week

After sitting empty for more than 20 years, the historic 1916 Elks Temple has been restored and brought back to life by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin. The two are passionate about saving important community buildings. Their family-owned company, McMenamins operates 55 pubs, restaurants and historic hotels in the Pacific

Experience the Paine Field Aviation District

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Experience the Paine Field Aviation District

There has been a lot of buzz in local news lately about the new airport at Paine Field, but it is also the home of five unique aviation-themed attractions. You can learn about historic aircraft at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum or watch state-of-the-art Boeing planes being assembled

The art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Arts

The art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's In the Footsteps of My Ancestors at Tacoma Art Museum is a knockout punch to the emotions. Paintings and prints on display range from the 1970s to 2017, and from the earliest to the latest they are expressive and exciting. Upon stepping into the gallery, I immediately

Welcome to the family

Stage

Welcome to the family

The South Sound theater community is populated with a cavalcade of intensely passionate participants -- both onstage and behind the scenes. It's an unending source of joy to see so many familiar names pop up as actors or crew members for all the plays that we get to enjoy from

Asian fusion comes to Olympia

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Asian fusion comes to Olympia

ANNOUNCER: It doesn't take much to get Jackie and Dutch to take a trip south to Olympia to try out a new place. And this week, the trip offers a Korean-inspired menu packed with fresh ingredients and lots of flavor options for them to choose from. JACKIE: I'd like to come

Those overcast blues

Music

Those overcast blues

It's wild to step back and consider that the Gray Sky Blues Music Festival has been alive and kicking in Tacoma for 12 years. This Saturday will mark the event's entry into the dozen-timers' club, and that milestone once again shines a light on how infrequently blues music gets mentioned

2019 Spring Career & Education Guide

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2019 Spring Career & Education Guide

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Top five

Music

Top five

April marks my 10th anniversary writing for the Weekly Volcano. In that time, the vast majority of my coverage has centered around music in the South Sound, and it's been a real roller coaster ride to see how the scene has shifted and developed. Fallow periods come and go, but

Collaboration transforms 950 Gallery

Arts

Collaboration transforms 950 Gallery

Elise Richman and Nicholas Nyland are ubiquitous presences in Tacoma art spaces, but what they've done together at 950 Gallery is something one has to wonder if either of them could have done alone. Their site-specific and collaborative installation is one large piece of abstract art with individual pieces that

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Mother Nature has teased us with a window or two of blissed, sunny rays of sunshine, which means more and more foodie festivities will be taking place outdoors! This is a good thing because we can now pretend that putting on our walking shoes and putting in our steps for

Beefy’s Burgers

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Beefy’s Burgers

ANNOUNCER: Gone is Fish Fish Fish on Sixth, and in its place is another burger concept from the owners of Shake Shake Shake. Dutch and Jackie head down the Ave to get their hands on a burger made from fresh beef. DUTCH: Not a lot of interior change happened from the

It’s all about the art (books)

Arts

It’s all about the art (books)

What better way to welcome the sun back into our lives this April than by heading to the park with a good book ... or two ... or three ... or four ... okay, you get the point! There's something magical about cracking open a new book while lounging in

A room of their own

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A room of their own

Salon is the French word for room. It sounds much the same in la langue française as it did in Latin (sala) or Italian (salone) in days past, but leave it to the Italians and French to elevate it into the realm of the intellectual. Beginning in the 1500s, artsy-smartsy

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