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Solo expansion

Music

Solo expansion

How long is it reasonable for a one-person band to stay a one-person band? Is there a threshold an artist reaches where they've had enough of their albums being described as "homespun," and so decide to take the all-important step of getting the band together? Folks like Iron and Wine,

A new art venue for T-town

Arts

A new art venue for T-town

There's a new art venue in Tacoma that has the wonderful advantage of being easily accessible to the public, and open from early morning to late at night seven days a week. A collaboration between Tacoma Gallery, LLC (Jane and Jason Sobottka) and Alma Mater, the gallery space is the

Nonstop showstoppers

Stage

Nonstop showstoppers

There are few names as synonymous with musical theater as Andrew Lloyd Webber. For decades, Webber has balanced artistic moxie with an unabashed crowd-pleasing mentality in such a successful way that it's likely many people's first exposure to musicals was through one of his shows. Consider what a monumental career

Online guides for 2019

Online Interactive Guides

Online guides for 2019

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Career & Education

Online Interactive Guides

Career & Education

Click here to view our interactive 2019 Winter Career & Education Guide.

Exploring Seattle’s iconic attraction

Attractions

Exploring Seattle’s iconic attraction

A fun day trip in Seattle includes exploring the site of the 1962 World's Fair. The Seattle Center has such an interesting history, with many of the buildings and attractions part of the fair. With the space race heating up, science became the theme, and many of the attractions were

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

It's time, again, for Three Easy Pieces, the column where I examine a pocket of pop culture, from its birth to today. This month: hangout movies. The definition of a hangout movie is nebulous enough that a great many movies can get assigned this designation, but the basics of the

Brews, dogs and games

Reviews

Brews, dogs and games

ANNOUNCER: Right in the heart of downtown Puyallup along Meridian that features several locally popular bars and food joints, CaskCades has carved out its own little niche offering diners a selection of creative hot dogs and plenty of family games, both in board and arcade versions. Dutch and Jackie head into town with their

A story with a capacious heart

Stage

A story with a capacious heart

Flora & Ulysses, based on the children's book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, is a children's story that appeals to people of all ages. With phrases like "a capacious heart" and "loneliness makes us do terrible things," and such sophisticated concepts as temporary blindness caused by trauma, and

Galentine’s Day

Features

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

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