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‘Fracture’ delivers as an intelligent thriller

The old, wealthy husband.  The young, beautiful wife.  The torrid affair.  The gun.  The perfect crime.  The surprise twist ending.  These are the main ingredients of “Fracture,” director Gregory Hoblit’s latest film, in which he makes generous use of Hollywood’s tried-and-true recipe for intelligent thrillers — films that don’t rely

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Dave Matthews and others on sale

on sale now Groundation Olympia. April 27 7 pm (all ages) and 11 pm (21+). $10, $15 booth (The Vault, www.buyolympia.com). The Presidents of the United States of America Parkland/Tacoma. May 4 8 pm. $20-$25 (Olson Gym, Pacific Lutheran University, TW). Hiromi Seattle. May 8-9 7:30 pm. $20.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Lifesavas, Strange Fruit

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Jazz and blues are back

Immediately following the Tacoma Daffodil Grand Parade in downtown Tacoma Saturday, the Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival will hit four downtown venues — Greater Tacoma Convention Center, The Swiss, The Harmon Pub and Brewery, and the Tacoma School of the Arts on Broadway. The Festival was founded in 2004 by Rich

Friday, June 11: Marcy Playground

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Friday, June 11: Marcy Playground

You're probably familiar with the Marcy Playground story - or at least the band's hit "Sex and Candy."  The song came from Marcy Playground's platinum-selling, self-titled, major label debut, released by Capitol Records in '97 and highlighted by a grunge-stained take on folk rock and the occasional children's rhyme.  As

Old stomping grounder

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Old stomping grounder

Roughly 15 years later, and millions of records removed (almost all of them sold in the late ‘90s - an era that feels like eons ago), John Wozniak is headed back to Olympia. And he's bringing the band that took him away in the first place, Marcy Playground, with him. If you

Through June 20: "Plaza Suite"

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Through June 20: "Plaza Suite"

Neil Simon's Plaza Suite debuted in 1968, four months before I was born, so it was probably inevitable that I found myself contemplating the passage of time as I watched Olympia Little Theatre's revival.  In three acts, each of which take place in Suite 719 of the

Suite nostalgia

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Suite nostalgia

Neil Simon's Plaza Suite debuted in 1968, four months before I was born, so it was probably inevitable that I found myself contemplating the passage of time as I watched Olympia Little Theatre's revival.  In three acts, each of which take place in Suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel in

Risky business

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Risky business

The 20th season of Harlequin Productions in Olympia begins this winter, so it was a fine time to sit with founding members Scot and Linda Whitney for a look back.  What began as a fairly routine interview morphed into a fascinating conversation about one of theater's most daunting ongoing challenges: 

3 DRINK MINIMUM: Varsity Grill

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3 DRINK MINIMUM: Varsity Grill

Look here, Tacoma Farmers Market. If you served alcohol, I wouldn't have to drag my ass outside of your barricaded confines for a little hooch after lunch; I'd have one-stop gluttonous shopping all within one downtown Tacoma block.  But NO.  Instead, you heed all county/city permits, rules and regulations -

Fanaticism, food and booze

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Fanaticism, food and booze

Our little Northwest piece of the world will take part in global fanaticism beginning June 11 when team captains shake hands for the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the Tacoma area, Doyle's Public House is pretty much synonymous with soccer.  Doyle's patrons are quite familiar with St.

Friday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Aug. 31: Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tugboat Races

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Friday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Aug. 31: Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tugboat Races

You poor, tragic thing. Your friends have all but deserted you for a fabulous holiday weekend camping in the mountains, and you are stranded, Banarama-style, here in the South Sound. The only way to exact revenge is to have a better time than those so-called friends. This calls for some

Goth's game plan

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Goth's game plan

Have I ever met someone of the goth persuasion? Sure. Could I pick a goth kid out of a lineup? Probably. Do I know what a goth actually is? No fucking clue. Goth is one of these frustratingly murky terms that worms its way into the zeitgeist, but after years of existing

Saturday, June 5: Undy 500

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Saturday, June 5: Undy 500

Saturday morning starting at Cheney Stadium, the 5K Undy 500 - described as a "brief run" (get it?) - will raise money for the Colon Cancer Alliance, a patient advocacy group dedicated to ending the suffering of colon cancer victims and raising awareness of colon cancer in general - the

Saturday, June 5: Northwest Convergence Zone Birthday Party

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Saturday, June 5: Northwest Convergence Zone Birthday Party

Time flies when you're having fun and doing something that needs to be done. So is the story of the Northwest Convergence Zone weekly podcasts, which will celebrate its first birthday Saturday with a big-ass throw-down at Stonegate Pizza featuring musical guests The Legend of Bigfoot, Big Wheel Stunt Show,

Saturday, June 5: Les Femmes Du Jazz

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Saturday, June 5: Les Femmes Du Jazz

Throwing a "@" in the name of something automatically makes it a little cooler. Just ask the Den. Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Lance Buller know this all too well, which may be why they call their annual jazz-tastic concert series jazz@TMP - hitting TMP Saturday and bring together the amazing

Friday, June 4: Speak Your Soul

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Friday, June 4: Speak Your Soul

While you may never become America's Next Top Poet -maybe you would enjoy checking out the monthly Speak Your Soul open mic - this month setting up shop at the event's new location, The Den @ UrbanXchange. Held the first Friday of every month - this month's Speak Your Soul

Tuesday, June 8: Rock In Peace 2

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Tuesday, June 8: Rock In Peace 2

The spirit of Brian Redman - musician, bartender, friend, superhero - still hangs heavy over Tacoma; it always will. The man touched so many lives, a fact evident long before the tragic scooter accident that took his life last September. Tuesday, Doyle's Public House will hold Rock in Peace 2,

Saturday, June 5: Mark Lindquist Campaign Kickoff Party

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Saturday, June 5: Mark Lindquist Campaign Kickoff Party

On Friday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist - who was appointed to the position after Gerry Horne retired last year - will kick off his first bid for official election with what we can only expect to be a star-studded "kick off party" - which in the business of politics,

Beauty pageant organized to help soldiers

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Beauty pageant organized to help soldiers

Kim Roeddle loves to organize events. "It is a strength I have," she commented as she sat in a local coffee shop. "I like to think outside of the box." A veteran journalist and committed military wife, Roeddle is the driving force behind the area's first ever Liberty Natural Beauty Pageant. "This event

Friday, June 4: Dance Oly Dance

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Friday, June 4: Dance Oly Dance

When Olympia and public access television combine, well, the results can be downright spectacular - or, at the very least, pretty entertaining to watch when you're high. So is the story of Dance Oly Dance, the famed Thurston County TV (TCTV) show that features gyrating, Olympia absurdity at 8 p.m.

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