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Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to Three Easy Pieces, where I look at a particular pocket of pop culture, from its birth, to how it looks today. This time, with the holiday season underway, I'm calling the bluff of every bro who argues that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. What are some other

Tokeland

Travel

Tokeland

The cute little town of Tokeland sits on the north end of Willapa Bay and the southwestern coast of Washington state. The pristine bay is a wonder to behold and has miles of undeveloped shoreline. There are two reasons to visit Tokeland: Nelson's Crab and The Tokeland Hotel. Both of

Twelfth Night

Stage

Twelfth Night

We're awfully lucky, in the South Sound, to be exposed to as much great theater as we are. In addition to the more painstakingly elaborate productions put up at places like Lakewood Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and Olympia Little Theatre, among others, we're also granted the opportunity

A one-of-a-kind holiday show

Attractions

A one-of-a-kind holiday show

It has to be something special to brave the traffic and drive from the South Sound area up to Bellevue. Snowflake Lane is the something special. The event has become a well-loved holiday tradition with up to 10,000 spectators attending each evening. "Snowflake Lane is a one-of-a-kind, free holiday show you

2018 Holiday Guide #4

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2018 Holiday Guide #4

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2018 Holiday Guide #4.

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Some folks are already near frantic with the holiday festivities underway. The awkward office Christmas party is looming, the mall looks like a special circle of Dante's Inferno, and there's still one more family gathering you have to endure your weird Aunt Sally and her reminding you she used to

The Melon Seed Deli

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The Melon Seed Deli

ANNOUNCER: The Melon Seed Deli in the Oakland neighborhood of Tacoma anchors an area more well known as the area one drives through to get to Home Depot or Target. But this week, Jackie and Dutch make a stop at the deli/frozen yogurt shop.DUTCH: Following a Thanksgiving where I obviously

To awaken and soothe

Music

To awaken and soothe

Where were you when you first were moved by the music of just one voice and one instrument? You'd be a liar if you didn't say that you'd crossed this threshold as a very small child. While we, as a species, quickly become accustomed to a big band full of

Two shows at Department of Ecology

Arts

Two shows at Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology in Lacey is routinely filled with art, with rotating shows of local and area artists in the public spaces. Works by two Olympia artists, Lois Beck and Mary McCann, are now on display in the dining room (McCann) and the lobby (Beck). These artists have shown

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

It's no great secret that, while the holiday season may bring its share of joy and merriment, it can also be an achingly sad time of year for so many people. Somehow, a lot of holiday entertainment not only doesn't shy away from this aspect of the season, but places

Holiday movie preview

South Sound Cinema

Holiday movie preview

Season's screenings! Should we wait till December to talk about the 2018 holiday movies I'm most excited to see, or should we dive right in and open our previews early? I say: EARLY! Roma (Dec. 6) Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, the blazing talent behind Gravity (for which he won a best director Oscar), was inspired

Holiday lighted boat parades

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Holiday lighted boat parades

Living along the Puget Sound affords us a few coastal traditions. One coastal tradition is a lighted boat parade. Often sponsored by local yacht clubs, these parades of boats are annual events, which helps to kick off the holiday season. Here are three lighted boat parades in our area. "The lighted

2018 Holiday Guide #3

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2018 Holiday Guide #3

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2018 Holiday Guide #3.

Go ahead and jump

Stage

Go ahead and jump

Rather than categorizing Frogz, the show hopping into Tacoma Arts Live's newly refurbished Pantages Theater this Saturday, it might be easier to say what it isn't. It isn't, for example, Aristophanes' classic comedy The Frogs (Bátrachoi), which mocked peacenik progressives and won Athens' Lenaia Festival for Dionysus in 405 B.C.

In the Shadow of the Master

Arts

In the Shadow of the Master

Learning art by copying the masters is as old as art itself. Artists of the Italian Renaissance traditionally did it, and even today, European artists continue to copy paintings in the Louvre. Peter Paul Rubens, as a prime example, painted a version of Titian's "Venus at the Mirror." Both artists'

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

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The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

If you love movies and you love karaoke, then you will love The Greatest Showman Sing-Along Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Washington Center in Olympia. This fun event is reminiscent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume, so wear your best circus, animal or

Let there be lights!

Outdoors

Let there be lights!

The holiday season is filled with social engagements and established traditions. From cookie baking to Hallmark movies, to ugly sweaters and mystery gift-giving exchanges, the wonders of wintery goodness make for a delightful time of year. Amongst the whirlwinds of candy canes and Christmas carols, consider incorporating a trip to

The Social Bar and Grill

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The Social Bar and Grill

ANNOUNCER: Though the summer months have come and gone, Dutch and Jackie longed for sweeping views of Foss Waterway and peeks of The Museum of Glass. Naturally, they jetted down Dock Street to indulge in The Social Bar and Grill. JACKIE: I've been a fan of The Social from day

Shopping in Port Orchard

Travel

Shopping in Port Orchard

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the rush of shopping and gift giving is nearly upon us. Embrace this wonderful time of year by seeking out and enjoying all the holiday merry making. There are many beautiful towns and shops close by that deck the halls and hang the mistletoe

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

The 1954 film White Christmas occupies an odd little corner of the holiday entertainment pantheon. While it's certainly a favorite for some families, it doesn't frequently get mentioned alongside established classics like It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Story, despite starring old Hollywood stars like

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