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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

Grizzle Grazzle

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Grizzle Grazzle

Political sloganeering aside, this is not an especially patriotic time in the good ol' U.S. of A. Last Fourth of July, an annual Gallup poll found only 47 percent of Americans to be proud of their nationality. In the 18 years this poll has been conducted, it's the first time

BECOMING: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH MICHELLE OBAMA POSTPONED

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BECOMING: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH MICHELLE OBAMA POSTPONED

Live Nation and Crown Publishing announce Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, will be postponed to Sunday, March 24. Acting out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of guests, Mrs. Obama's show is being rescheduled due to predicted winter snow conditions

Her, too

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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

Oz the great and powerful

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Oz the great and powerful

For readers of a certain age, MGM's 1939 musical version of The Wizard of Oz was less of a movie and more of an annual holiday rite. In the decades before ubiquitous home video and content streaming, Judy Garland and cohorts were given featured TV broadcasts, originally between Thanksgiving and

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

Merry olde Christmas Revels

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Merry olde Christmas Revels

As always around the holidays, the South Sound is chockablock with theatrical celebrations tuned to please entire families, from folks Santa and Mrs. Claus' age to their littlest elves. Why, right now you can, and should enjoy The 1940s Radio Hour at Harlequin Productions, A Christmas Story the radio play

Go ahead and jump

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Go ahead and jump

Rather than categorizing Frogz, the show hopping into Tacoma Arts Live's newly refurbished Pantages Theater this Saturday, it might be easier to say what it isn't. It isn't, for example, Aristophanes' classic comedy The Frogs (Bátrachoi), which mocked peacenik progressives and won Athens' Lenaia Festival for Dionysus in 405 B.C.

A pristine Pantages

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A pristine Pantages

Tacoma's Pantages Theater, part of the arts-and-culture complex known for decades as Broadway Center Tacoma, reopens this week after stunning renovations to its interior. That's not the only big news coming out of 901 Broadway, though -- The organization also changed its name, from Broadway Center to Tacoma Arts Live. "The

Olywood 2018

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Olywood 2018

This is the year Olympia Film Society's annual film festival hit the big time. It was named one of the coolest festivals in the world by MovieMaker magazine, which noted, "The audiences are real movie lovers." The festival runs Friday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Capitol Theater. Adding

A little help for our friends

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A little help for our friends

Solo artist, Eagle and quintuple Grammy winner Joe Walsh, brings the second of his annual benefit concert events, VetsAid, to Tacoma Dome this Veterans Day. Proceeds benefit military veterans through at least 19 different organizations, from national groups like Hire Heroes USA and Stop Soldier Suicide to grassroots efforts Arkansas

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