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Galentine’s Day

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Galentine’s Day

Galentine's Day is a fairly new phenomena and proves the power of pop culture. Media is a powerful tool in manipulating our everyday lives. Remember when everyone was getting "the Rachel" -- that well coifed, medium length shag hairdo that took the world by storm? What about popular phrases like:

Glimpses of bigger stories

Music

Glimpses of bigger stories

Every so often, out of fascination and sadness, I take another look at the career of poor Nick Drake. The English singer-songwriter managed to release just three albums before his untimely death at the age of 26. His first, the lovely and achingly poetic Five Leaves Left, seems like exactly

Revisiting Tacoma Art Museum

Arts

Revisiting Tacoma Art Museum

After visiting the new Benaroya Wing at Tacoma Art Museum for the second time, I wandered through the other galleries, which featured shows I had previously reviewed, and was delighted to see how much I enjoyed revisiting these shows. Which illustrates two important things about TAM: first, that exhibitions remain

Popcorn Bowl

South Sound Cinema

Popcorn Bowl

The Big Game is just around the corner. With that in mind, we've put together a 16-movie bracket for the Popcorn Bowl -- my ranking of the best football films of all time. The brackets have been divided into Pro and Amateur, i.e., films about professional players and teams, and films about

Heartache on tape

Music

Heartache on tape

In the history of rock music, there exists a certain specific oddity that -- while it doesn't happen very frequently -- is always fascinating to encounter: the meta breakup album being recorded about the breakup that is currently happening between members of the band. Broken hearts, love triangles, high drama

A slice of the good life

Stage

A slice of the good life

Saturday's annual Pizza Klatch Gayla is one of Olympia's most eagerly awaited events, with outstanding entertainment, inspirational speeches, and a silent auction -- all to benefit a support and education program for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and their allies. The lunchtime support group serving free pizza started in

Silent Salinity: after the dig

Arts

Silent Salinity: after the dig

Hanging by the entrance to 950 Gallery is a work of art by Mary Coss that appears to be a jumble of words shaped from bent wire and suspended inside what looks like an old window frame. The words, mostly jumbled and unreadable, hang an inch or so in front

Texas de Brazil

Reviews

Texas de Brazil

ANNOUNCER: Tacoma now has its own Brazilian-style steakhouse located at the Tacoma Mall. Dutch and Jackie battled parking to get their hands on as much churrasco cooking as they could manage. JACKIE: The morning before my visit was full of preparation. I had every intention of arriving hungry, releasing my

A cold wave of anxiety

Stage

A cold wave of anxiety

Henrik Ibsen's famous and much-examined A Doll's House is a play that announces itself as being about one conflict, but eventually reveals itself to be about something far larger in scope. As produced by Tacoma Little Theatre, adapted by Marilyn Bennett and Lydia K. Valentine, with direction by Bennett, A

Her, too

Stage

Her, too

We'll state this up front: Benjamin Britten's English-language opera The Rape of Lucretia is about the circumstances preceding and consequences resulting from an act of sexual assault. For that reason it's been a focus of debate since its 1946 premiere. Director Linda Kitchen of Tacoma Opera took the show on

Exploring JBLM museums

Attractions

Exploring JBLM museums

Explore the rich military history of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) at McChord Air Museum and Lewis Army Museum. Both museums are open to the public and admission is free. McChord Air Museum Classified as a Heritage Center, the McChord Air Museum includes a gallery in the tower building on Barnes Blvd, Heritage

Free salmon

Outdoors

Free salmon

Each year, when the salmon begin their long journey back to their birth stream, the Nisqually Clear Creek Hatchery kicks into high gear processing the Chinook salmon for their sperm and eggs. It has been a tradition for more than 20 years for the Nisqually Tribe to give away the

Base monuments mark history on JBLM

Outdoors

Base monuments mark history on JBLM

With a century of history behind it, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) offers newly assigned personnel, their families, and visitors a number of historical markers. The Meriwether Lewis Monument: Just inside JBLM's Liberty Gate stands an impressive bronze statue honoring Capt. Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition. Commissioned

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

The drizzly, grey skies might have you feeling like you don't want to leave the house, but there's a big wide world out there still going about its business as usual. Get out of those jammie pants and get out there. Heck, keep the jammie pants on. There's no judgment

Hanilkwan Bulgogi

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Hanilkwan Bulgogi

ANNOUNCER: This week, Jackie and Dutch head to South Tacoma, a South Sound area known for authentic Asian cuisine. Hanilkwan falls right into that category and serves up a broad variety of Korean dishes amounting to nothing less than a tasty feast.DUTCH: If you have been here before, you should

Shakespeare and #MeToo

Stage

Shakespeare and #MeToo

More than 100 years ago, William Shakespeare wrote a play, Measure for Measure, about the power differential between men and women. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, actor, writer, director and Volcano contributor Christian Carvajal wrote an adaptation of Measure for Measure that will be performed as a one-night-only reading at

Urban axe-throwing trend hits the Northwest

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Urban axe-throwing trend hits the Northwest

After this experience, darts just aren't going to cut it. Once players step up from tossing skinny, pointy tipped projectiles to hurling large axes at a round slab of wood on the wall, there's likely no going back. Although plenty of participants wear flannel, the phenomenon isn't part of some one-off

New wing opens with Benaroya collection

Arts

New wing opens with Benaroya collection

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Tacoma Art Museum celebrated the opening of the new Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing, with its 4,800 square feet of new gallery space including the gorgeous vista gallery with its 46-foot-wide window projecting six feet out from the building's north face. On display in the new

A heart-pumping concoction

Music

A heart-pumping concoction

Is it possible for a musician to be too skilled at playing their instrument? I'll sometimes listen to a progressive rock artist, like Robert Fripp or the Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth, and become lost in thought about how many man-hours it must have taken for these people to get bored

California dreaming

Stage

California dreaming

Neil Simon, Jason Haws, Harlequin Productions. That alone should be enough to convince theater lovers to buy tickets to I Ought to be in Pictures. A typical Simon comedy/drama, this lovely little show elicits laughter, and it is human drama as true as true can be -- despite the required

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