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Through Dec. 29: "A Story Place"

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Through Dec. 29: "A Story Place"

Nancy Thorne Chambers' installation "A Story Place" is the culmination of a lifelong dream for the Olympia artist. A retired therapist, illustrator and self-taught ceramic artist, Chambers has long wanted to create a life-size storybook world. Imagine this: an 8 by 10-foot diorama featuring 30 life-size woodland

Theater Review: It's beginning to look a lot like solstice

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Theater Review: It's beginning to look a lot like solstice

With the days getting increasingly shorter, the anticipation for the longest night of the year and the steady and glorious return of the sun will soon culminate in the winter solstice. Some will throw parties, others will sleep and people who don't experience a 4 p.m. (or earlier) sunset may

JBLM 787th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company soldier awarded in Afghanistan

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JBLM 787th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company soldier awarded in Afghanistan

A Soldier from the 787th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company earned a battlefield promotion to staff sergeant for his service in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Sammy Caranto was one of three sergeants out of more than 650 serving in Afghanistan selected for promotion by a competitive board in November. Caranto,

Wednesdays: Hip-hop DJ nights

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Wednesdays: Hip-hop DJ nights

As the year winds down - or up, depending how you see it - we reminisce over lost loves and past times, such as Wednesday hip-hop night at Jezebels where $1 wells were served and the place was packed out in downtown Olympia. Jezebels is gone. Two other Wednesday hip-hop options

Feedbag: Return of La Befana, Matador gifts, Holiday at Bayview School of Cooking

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Feedbag: Return of La Befana, Matador gifts, Holiday at Bayview School of Cooking

LA BEFANA Italian folklore includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of Jan. 5 and fills the stockings with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones. Wildside Wines (608A South Oxford St.,

JBLM Maintenance chief awarded Bronze Star

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JBLM Maintenance chief awarded Bronze Star

Chief Master Sgt. John Frazier, 62nd Maintenance Group superintendent, was presented a Bronze Star medal during a small award ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Frazier was deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan from April through October of 2014 as the group level maintenance chief. According to his citation, he melded a

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Kenny Chesney, The Roots, Idina Menzel, The Church, Logic, Yonder Mountain String Band and others ...

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Tickets On-Sale Alert: Kenny Chesney, The Roots, Idina Menzel, The Church, Logic, Yonder Mountain String Band and others ...

We list major concerts going on sale this weekend, as well as national touring acts performing in the Puget Sound this week. SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, 253.627.TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TWEB = Ticketweb, 866.468.7623, www.ticketweb.com   >>> ON SALE NOW The Senate Seattle. Dec. 22-23 7:30 pm. $28.50 (Jazz Alley, jazzalley.com) Sara Gazarek Seattle. Dec. 26-28. $30.50

Tacoma bands' snapshots

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Tacoma bands' snapshots

One unfortunate thing about doing previews for bands is that I don't always have time to do reviews. Bands blow through town, and all I have to go on is their recorded music and whatever cell phone footage has been shot of them at some dingy bar show. If I

Psych-poppers the Hugs prepare for the musical revolution

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Psych-poppers the Hugs prepare for the musical revolution

Is there such a thing as selling out, anymore? Was there ever such a thing as selling out? I've personally never felt an overwhelming desire to shit on bands that I liked way back when after they eventually find success and fame. Is it disappointing for them to change some

Music Critics' Picks: Animal Bodies, Messiah Sing-A-Long, Cardiel

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Animal Bodies, Messiah Sing-A-Long, Cardiel

[INDUSTRIAL GOTH] + SAT, DEC. 6 As much as an album cover featuring a black-and-white photo of a nude woman chained up and wearing a black mask and leather gloves might seem like something out of This is Spinal Tap, it's actually the cover of The Killing Scene by Animal Bodies.

Theater Review: The Head! That Wouldn't Die! original, pan-tastic musical

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Theater Review: The Head! That Wouldn't Die! original, pan-tastic musical

My sister and I once found ourselves pulling into Winslow after 11 p.m. We were shaky from hunger, and the only place open was Denny's. The menu and décor were inviting enough, but I'd rather eat airline food than Denny's. My sister's will prevailed nonetheless. When the food arrived it

Virtual Battlespace at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Virtual Battlespace at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

There's no denying that video games are here to stay. As gaming consoles become more prevalent, the technology behind them is fast becoming an important part of our modern Army. Soldiers with Company C, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, took a breather between

Scholarship named after retiring McChord Thrift Store manager

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Scholarship named after retiring McChord Thrift Store manager

It's a cold Thursday morning as Joan Wasserstrom arrives to the McChord Thrift Shop early as usual. She reaches the door and discovers it's locked and reaches for her keys but they aren't hanging from neck where she usually finds them. She's going to have to get used to that.

Thursday, Dec. 11: The Hugs

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Thursday, Dec. 11: The Hugs

Portland psych-pop group The Hugs has been steadily picking up steam since their formation in 2007 - being featured in illustrious music publications like NME, and sharing the stage with tons of indie rock luminaries - and they've recently released a new EP. "When we were younger, we had

Sunday, Dec. 7: Cardiel

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Sunday, Dec. 7: Cardiel

From Mexico, by way of Venezuela, the psych-hardcore outfit Cardiel make an ungodly racket that belies their status as a two-piece. Even if it's never quite said explicitly, there's a feeling of revolution that permeates their music. Every song seems to be violently pushing back against anything that threatens to

Sunday, Dec. 7: "Messiah Sing-A-Long"

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Sunday, Dec. 7: "Messiah Sing-A-Long"

"'Comfort ye, my people,' saith your God." And with that, one of humanity's crowning achievements in inspirational music gets underway. Who couldn't use some comfort as we approach the winter solstice? Maybe that's why Messiah, which was written for Easter and first performed in April, has become so inseparably associated

Saturday, Dec. 6: Animal Bodies

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Saturday, Dec. 6: Animal Bodies

As much as an album cover featuring a black-and-white photo of a nude woman chained up and wearing a black mask and leather gloves might seem like something out of This is Spinal Tap, it's actually the cover of The Killing Scene by Animal Bodies. Rather than the arena rock

Masters of Revels

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Masters of Revels

Winter solstice is big news around these parts. Olympia Family Theater is halfway through its run of How the Slug Stole Solstice, a charming little musical about a gastropod who's scared of the dark. Now Puget Sound Revels and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts present their 22nd annual

Andrew Rivers headlines Stand Up for a Cure, Tacoma Comedy Club

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Andrew Rivers headlines Stand Up for a Cure, Tacoma Comedy Club

For Andrew Rivers, poking fun at himself just comes naturally. "I have a lot of female friends," the Seattle comedian jokes in an appearance on Fox TV's Laughs. "Because they put me there." Rivers is headlining Stand Up for a Cure, a benefit for research into childhood cancer, at the Capitol Theater

Theater Review: "Scrooge - The Musical" at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Theater Review: "Scrooge - The Musical" at Tacoma Little Theatre

I recently celebrated my five-year anniversary as a theater critic. As befit this occasion, I noshed on humble pie, sour grapes and cold crow with a snifter of rattlesnake venom. I've already reviewed three different takes on Charles Dickens's beloved 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol. Is there anyone older than

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