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2019 Spring Welcome Guide

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2019 Spring Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see.  Click the link below and start your journey

Musical time travel

Stage

Musical time travel

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is revising the tongue-in-cheek musical The Drowsy Chaperone from their 2010-2011 season with four of the actors from that earlier production: Mauro Bozzo as Robert Martin, John Miller as Mr. Feldzieg, John B. Cooper as Aldolpho, Nancy Hebert Bach as Chaperone and TMP Artistic Director Jon Douglas

Isaan central

Features

Isaan central

The largest region in Thailand is a landlocked conglomeration of 20 northeastern provinces. At 65,200 square miles, it's a bit smaller than Wisconsin. We'll spare our typesetters the challenge of printing its authentic name, four Thai characters, noting instead that its English-language name has been transliterated as Esan, Isaan, Isan

Tim’s Kitchen

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Tim’s Kitchen

ANNOUNCER: Tim's Kitchen, a popular stop in Orting, opened a second location on South Hill this past month. Dutch and Jackie bring their appetites this week and dive into the huge menu of diner comfort food ranging from breakfast dishes to dinner classics. DUTCH: The weekend breakfast crowd here can cause

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Restaurant openings, closures and brew and dumpling-fueled festivities abound in this week's edition of Grub Gossip. Celebrate spring with the Dumplings and Beers Night at Dystopian State Brewing Company Friday, March 29, 5-9 p.m. Indulge in hand-crafted, traditional Siberian dumplings served with a dollop of sour cream and freshly chopped dill.

Pick of the crop

Arts

Pick of the crop

By definition, the Juror's Invitational at South Puget Sound Community College should be an exhibition of the best of the best. Featured are works from the award-winning artists from the 2018 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition, selected by juror Asia Tail. Absolutely, she did choose some outstanding artists, but she also

Herky-jerky chaos

Music

Herky-jerky chaos

I've written before about bands that can seem antagonistic or confrontational toward their audience. Sometimes, this can make for a frustrating, distancing listen, pitting the band against the listener in a way that come off as more of a turn-off than a challenge. Other times, for reasons I don't quite

Seeking refuge

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Seeking refuge

Screaming Butterflies Productions, an independent theater company based in Tacoma, will be putting up a production of Lisa Loomer's mystical, family-friendly fable ¡Bocón! The story concerns a young boy named Miguel, a loquacious storyteller, who gets labeled a bocón (AKA "big mouth"). As Miguel flees an oppressive regime in Central

Good Fortune

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Good Fortune

Some comics just have it. They're blessed with a fresh look, a distinctive voice, a hot take and it seems they hit the national market as overnight successes. Unfortunately, though, in the overcrowded world of standup comedy, even so-called overnight success is bound to be the result of over a

Spokane -- a surprising wine destination

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Spokane -- a surprising wine destination

Spokane has no estate wineries but is rapidly becoming a wine destination due to its downtown Cork District. Focused in the urban core of downtown Spokane, there are 16 award-winning wineries within walking distance of each other. Throw in a great food scene with two James Beard Chef semifinalists, Jeremy

Military jets return to Ruston Way this 4th of July

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Military jets return to Ruston Way this 4th of July

It has been more than five years since the U.S. Armed Forces military aircraft have participated in Tacoma's 4th of July Freedom Fair and Air Show due to Sequestration. Three military aviation community outreach single ship demonstration teams from the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy are scheduled to appear

One bourbon, one wine and one beer

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One bourbon, one wine and one beer

ANNOUNCER: This week, Dutch and Jackie had beverages on the brain and skipped spots with a traditional menu. Join them on their journey as they sip, chug and throw back a few. JACKIE: Let's kick things off with the hard stuff. Chambers Bay Distillery is a small space -- tucked away

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

While we've just entered the first week of spring, I'm already daydreaming about outdoor foodie festivities, picnics and patios. We're close but not there quite yet. While that shiny, hot orb in the sky teases us for just awhile, we are going to select a few foodie-themed festivities before we

Idyllic landscapes and frightening worlds

Arts

Idyllic landscapes and frightening worlds

I thought the art of landscape painting had reached an unstoppable point of redundancy at which original landscapes were no longer possible, and then Olympia artist Kathy Gore Fuss started painting in nature in all sorts of weather amongst the trees in Priest Point Park and the industrial business of

A captivating voice

Music

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'

Arts

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

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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

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