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Oh, Kitschmas tree

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Oh, Kitschmas tree

"What's wrong with the same old thing? "I think that question answers itself." - actual dialogue from The Stardust Christmas Commotion Indeed it does. Coincidentally, my wife and I had just caught the end of Ratatouille on TV. The bloodthirsty critic voiced by Peter O'Toole in that film, Anton Ego, says of

Theater Review: The bright stars of "Barefoot in the Park"

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Theater Review: The bright stars of "Barefoot in the Park"

In my Stardust review, I cited a line from Ratatouille: "The new needs friends." That line, delivered by "Anton Ego," means the best thing a critic can do is focus attention on quality work that doesn't come with a built-in audience. Often, as in The Head! That Wouldn't Die!, it's

Visual Edge: Kelle McLaughlin at Fulcrum Galley

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Visual Edge: Kelle McLaughlin at Fulcrum Galley

If you haven't seen Kellë McLaughlin's art, which I had not until this week, you really should. Her "Bestial Mirrors" at Fulcrum Gallery is a skillfully presented mythology or bestiary of imaginative and fierce imagery. In bold wood block prints and even bolder ceramic sculptures, McLaughlin creates hybrid creatures with

Col. Leonard Kosinski tapped to take command of 62nd Airlift Wing

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Col. Leonard Kosinski tapped to take command of 62nd Airlift Wing

It's official. Col. Leonard J. Kosinski will assume command of the 62nd Airlift Wing from current Commander Col. David Kumashiro in 2015. Kosinksi currently works as the vice commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing on Travis Air Force Base, California, where he is responsible for the readiness and well being

Friday, Dec. 26-Sunday, Dec. 28: Comedian Andrew Rivers

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Friday, Dec. 26-Sunday, Dec. 28: Comedian Andrew Rivers

As the son of longtime Seattle DJ Bob Rivers, Andrew Rivers got accustomed early to the not-always-flattering spotlight. "I was the butt of so many jokes on the radio show," he says. Maybe that's why - despite his jokes about how he's not tough enough to walk those female friends to

Wednesday, Dec. 17: Olympia Aloha Ukulele Pu'ukani Holiday Concert

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Wednesday, Dec. 17: Olympia Aloha Ukulele Pu'ukani Holiday Concert

The bronzed and scaly receptionist lady made me too scared to say no to her vacuum-saleswoman-like spiel, and that was that. I am now tanning, you pale freaks. I got a sunburn on my first visit, and though every time I go in there it feels like I'm buying drugs

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. St. Practice Day. 5 pm. Rialto Theater Tacoma - Downtown. The Christmas Revels. All Ages. 7:30 pm. $12-$32. Ted Brown Music Company Tacoma - South. Uke 'An Jam. All Ages. 6:30-8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Wed

Tuesday, Dec. 16: Banned Book Club chats "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

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Tuesday, Dec. 16: Banned Book Club chats "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? Did you know he was a spy? Before beginning his literary career,

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. Rialto Theater Tacoma - Downtown. The Christmas Revels. All Ages. 7:30 pm. $12-$32. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend.

Monday, Dec. 15: Cedar Shakes

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Monday, Dec. 15: Cedar Shakes

We like Travis Champ for the same reason we like fried pickles, Schlitz in a bottle and all breeds of big dogs - they're all good things that come without an ounce of pretense or posing. Poet Champ came into some Oregon coastal notoriety with his poetry collection, Old Nehalem

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Monday, Dec. 15, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Steilacoom Pub and Grill Steilacoom. Monday Music, featuring Kurt Lindsay. 7 pm. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Uke-Olympians. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday with Black Rose. 7 pm. NC. The Swiss Tacoma -

Sunday, Dec. 14: BroHo Anniversary Party

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Sunday, Dec. 14: BroHo Anniversary Party

It has been 12 years since The Brotherhood Lounge morphed from the dank, labor bar into one of Olympia's beloved hotspots; 12 years of soul nights, dance parties, aerial artists and more bands than you can ever want to count. By the time owner Pit Kwiecinski purchased The Brotherhood in

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. 6-9 pm. NC. Rialto Theater Tacoma - Downtown. The Christmas Revels. All Ages. 1 pm & 5:30 pm. $12-$32. BLUES Dave's of Milton Milton. Blues Jam, hosted by Doug McGrew. 7:30 pm. NC. Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues

Saturday, Dec. 13-Sunday, Dec. 14: Holiday Artists Market

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Saturday, Dec. 13-Sunday, Dec. 14: Holiday Artists Market

Tacoma's acclaimed Fulcrum Gallery hosts its annual Holiday Artists Market Saturday and Sunday offering one offs, B-sides and studio gems from such artists as Kellë McLaughlin, Darlene Dihel, Ometepe Art (Victor Inmaculada and Maria Davis), Artifaex Studios (Michael Wishwell), Mossport Studios (Gail Kelly) Scott Nelson and Lynne Farren and gallery

Saturday, Dec. 13: Volkssport Time Sequence Stride

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Saturday, Dec. 13: Volkssport Time Sequence Stride

First, Albert Einstein suggests time gets a bit loopy out in the cosmos, crumpling like tissue paper within black holes. Then, we learn in quantum mechanics the motion of subatomic particles is impossible to measure and time tends to evaporate. Next, weird science's latest revolution, we‘re being served up "string

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Bryan Bowers. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$15. Rialto Theater Tacoma - Downtown. The Christmas Revels. All Ages. 2 pm & 7:30 pm. BLUES B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Downtown. Little Bill & The Blue Notes. All Ages. 8

Friday, Dec. 12: Obsidian Grand Opening

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Friday, Dec. 12: Obsidian Grand Opening

Seasoned musicians Nathan Weaver and Chris Beug recently opened Obsidian concert venue and cafe in downtown Olympia. They chose the name because of the healing and purifying properties associated with the black crystal formed from fast cooling volcanic lava. The aesthetic of Obsidian is an amalgamation of the building's existing

Friday, Dec. 12: Stand Up For A Cure

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Friday, Dec. 12: Stand Up For A Cure

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

Friday, Dec. 12 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Friday, Dec. 12 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Urban Grace Church Tacoma - Downtown. Magical Strings 36th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert. 7:30 pm. $12-$28 in advance, $3 more at the door. B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Downtown. Ty Elwin. All Ages. 8 pm. $3. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Tommy Johnagin. 8

Thursday, Dec. 11: Student Film Showcase

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Thursday, Dec. 11: Student Film Showcase

Watch out, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan: A new generation of directors wants your jobs. These aspiring filmmakers will showcase their efforts at the second annual TCC Student Film Showcase. A team-taught class at Tacoma Community College's Gig Harbor campus host a film event that will raise funds for student

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