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Three Easy Pieces

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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

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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

An old-fashioned Christmas musical

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An old-fashioned Christmas musical

Christmas might be over, but Harlequin Productions continues celebrating the season until New Year's Eve. For this year's holiday show, Harlequin dove deep into their archives to re-stage their first holiday show, The 1940s Radio Hour. First performed in 1993, this is the one that inspired the theater's Stardust series,

That New Year’s sound

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That New Year’s sound

For just about as long as I've been writing for this fine rag, I've complained about the inherent flaw in New Year's Eve, as a holiday: building up one giant party for an entire year will inevitably lead to disappointment. More than any other holiday (Halloween included), New Year's Eve

Winter in Leavenworth

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Winter in Leavenworth

Leavenworth is magical in the winter. Over half a million lights decorate the town and snow covers the surrounding peaks. A three-hour drive from Tacoma transports you to an alpine-style village with all the charm of Bavaria. Situated at the foothills of the eastern Cascade Mountains along the Wenatchee River, this

The Nordic Museum

Attractions

The Nordic Museum

During the late 19th century, Scandinavian countries were experiencing population growth, famine, and religious and political repression, which resulted in a massive migration to the new lands of America. Roughly 1.3 million Swedes left their homes to find new hope abroad, and by 1890, 7.8 percent of Seattle's population was

Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

Outdoors

Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

Orcas have been spotted in the South Puget Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and as far south as Priest Point in Olympia in recent weeks. Farther afield, a few humpback whales have been seen in the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Rare still this time

Washington’s winter paradise

Travel

Washington’s winter paradise

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is an adventurous person's dream duty station. It's a short distance to the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean for the water lovers, and close to the beautiful Cascade Mountains for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. Unfortunately, skiing can be a costly sport, especially for a big family without

BITE at Hotel Murano

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BITE at Hotel Murano

ANNOUNCER: Located in the heart of downtown Tacoma, you'll find the Murano Hotel. Inside, up just one set of stairs, you'll find locally crafted foods for locals and visitors alike. And this week, Dutch and Jackie weave through the busy shopping traffic to get their teeth into what BITE has

A politician and a painter

Arts

A politician and a painter

Former Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole is a painter and owner of Art Above Gallery, located upstairs in the back of Minka on Pacific Ave. Ebersole pursued painting in his 20s, and after entering politics, he started collecting art in his travels around the world. The current show at Art Above

Song and dance with Charles Dickens

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Song and dance with Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol is one of the most frequently retold stories in all of modern literature, receiving endless adaptations for film, TV, comic books, the stage, and practically any other medium you can imagine. It's easy to see why a story about a rich curmudgeon who lives on a steady

Time to ReLive

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Time to ReLive

It was a sad day when news began to emerge that Tacoma's long-running, family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration First Night would be going dark this year. Several weeks ago, the event's organizers released a statement saying that, due to a lack of funds, 2018's transition into 2019 would have to

Now boarding!

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Now boarding!

At 25 by 95 feet, the Washington State Historical Society's model train exhibit is the largest in the state, boasting a mainline run of 250 feet. Its construction began in 1996 before the Washington State History Museum building was even finished. Freight and passenger cars from four railroad companies run

Brimstone PNW

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Brimstone PNW

ANNOUNCER: New to Gig Harbor is Brimstone, a smokehouse that hasn't seen a meat it won't smoke, or a style, or flavor for that matter. This is a place for people who truly love anything smoked and are willing to try a multitude of flavor palettes. Dutch and Jackie jumped

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

December has got to be the craziest month of the year! We've barely recouped from having to tolerate the family over a Thanksgiving feast before we are thrust into the holiday grind. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, super sales, Pinterest crafts and mad dashes through the mall. It's

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