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The South Sound greets the new year

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The South Sound greets the new year

It might be startling to realize this, but there's no particular reason to begin a new year on the first day of January. It's a week and a half past winter solstice, the shifting date on which the ancient Greeks rebooted their communal calendar, and nowhere near ancient Mesopotamians' preferred

Reunited and it feels so good

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Reunited and it feels so good

Let us now sing once again (or should we say "carol?") the praises of The Christmas Revels at Tacoma Arts Live's Rialto Theater. It's a mid-December medley of family-friendly skits, songs and instrumental performances that showcase a different, though primarily European, culture each year. As it has been for the

Haunted Happenings

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Haunted Happenings

If winding your way half-blindly through a haunted house on Halloween gives you the sniveling fantods, consider downshifting to lighter-hearted Shocktober shindigs. Your lily-livered friends at the Weekly Volcano have you covered. It may surprise you, for example, to learn Halloween's a great night for theater entertainment, thanks to performers

Still livin’ ‘La Vie Bohème’

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Still livin’ ‘La Vie Bohème’

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini was a star in his own time; his legacy remains eminent among the operatic pantheon. Yet even he could never have expected the way his 1896 opera La Bohème, about young bohemians in Paris' earthy Latin Quarter, would be transplanted a hundred years later. A belted

Fairly amazing

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Fairly amazing

It's once again time to "do the Puyallup." Put another way, it's time to plan a family trip to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup -- a town regional newcomers should learn is pronounced "Pyoo-AHL-up" in defiance of all phonetic logic. Once that tongue trick's been mastered, a world of

¡Olé!

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¡Olé!

The term bullfighting tends to evoke images of brave, Spanish toreros in traditional Andalusian costumes called trajes de luces (suits of lights), flamboyantly sweeping their gold and magenta capotes (dress capes) to misdirect angry bulls. (Fun fact: Bulls are color blind. The capotes are red only to obscure bloodstains.) Indeed,

Best of Tacoma 2019: Summer Concert Series in Old Town Park

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Summer Concert Series in Old Town Park

Kim Archer is one of Tacoma's most popular soul singers, but that's not why we interviewed her for this issue. Rather, she doubles as the organizer of your pick for family-friendly venue, the Old Town Park Summer Concert Series, now in its sixth year. That all-ages series runs from the

Best of Tacoma 2019: Cham Garden Korean BBQ

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Cham Garden Korean BBQ

Never in world history has there been a better time to be a hardcore foodie. Educated by thousands of hours of globe-spanning food TV and toting enough celebrity cookbooks to overfill a library, we race into cuisines that would've scared American diners away before the debut of Iron Chef America.

Company of the century

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Company of the century

When Chris Serface became managing artistic director of Tacoma Little Theatre (TLT) May 1, 2013, the company was in serious straits. "We had $10,000 in the bank and floundering ticket sales and attendance," he admits, "and not really a clear idea of what we were going to do

Come sail away

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Come sail away

Born in Aberdeen, Washington, she celebrated her 30th birthday March 7. She stands tall at 89 feet and weighs 99 tons, and boy, is she ever a world-class beauty. Maybe that explains her rapid success in the movie business, starting with her key role in Star Trek: Generations in 1993.

Leaping at windmills

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Leaping at windmills

In early 17th-century Spain, on the plains of La Mancha near the town of El Toboso, a brave hidalgo (minor nobleman) and self-declared knight-errant mounts his timeworn steed to square off against dozens of titanic foes. "Fly not, cowards and vile beings," cries the hero born Alonso Quixano, "for a

A room of their own

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A room of their own

Salon is the French word for room. It sounds much the same in la langue française as it did in Latin (sala) or Italian (salone) in days past, but leave it to the Italians and French to elevate it into the realm of the intellectual. Beginning in the 1500s, artsy-smartsy

A banquet on the boards

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A banquet on the boards

"All the world's a stage," the Bard famously said, "tho' only certain parts deserve to charge admission." Or perhaps we're misremembering. In any case, the South Sound is resplendent with theatrical talent, from amateur, outdoor Elizabethans to union actors beautified by state-of-the-art lighting. Here's a quick survey of regional venues,

Isaan central

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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

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

Teen beats

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Teen beats

"I'm even lethal when I'm unarmed," rapped Public Enemy, "'cause I'm louder than a bomb." That song inspired the title of Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB), a competition for Chicago poets ages 12 to 19. This month-long event was founded in 2001 by Kevin Coval and Anna West of the

A decade of dance

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A decade of dance

"People come to see beauty," said Judith Jamison, former artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, "and I dance to give it to them." Thurston County's about to get served a veritable banquet of beauty in the form of Olympia Dance Festival. The capital city is the hub for a

Best of Olympia 2019: Keith Eisner

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Best of Olympia 2019: Keith Eisner

Keith Eisner's a man of many talents. He and his wife, Debe Edden, are in Olympia Family Theater's upcoming production of The Hundred Dresses. Word's getting out, though: He's also one of Olympia's pre-eminent writers. He teaches writing classes at the Olympia Senior Center, but it was his own work

Best of Olympia 2019: Unloaded Comedy

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Best of Olympia 2019: Unloaded Comedy

A 2012 survey by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Partnership at Drugfree.org found as many as 23.5 million Americans, about one in 10 adults, have at one time had difficulty regulating their use of alcohol or drugs. Thus, about 10 percent of

The red carpet awaits

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The red carpet awaits

The first Academy Awards were presented May 16, 1929, in the ballroom of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Nowadays, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences claims its televised ceremony attracts a billion viewers. That's nonsense, of course; a study by The Hollywood Reporter found worldwide viewership was probably fewer

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