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2016 Best of Olympia: Kimya Dawson

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2016 Best of Olympia: Kimya Dawson

Years ago, I sat in People's Park to attend an intimate, outdoor show featuring Kimya Dawson. Earlier in the show, one of the opening bands played a cover of "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes. Later, when Kimya Dawson sat down to play, and confessed that she had to leave

2016 Best of Olympia: King Solomon's Reef

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2016 Best of Olympia: King Solomon's Reef

Located on Olympia's 4th Avenue next to the downtown Olympia Transit Center, King Solomon's Reef has been serving traditional American pub fare to generations of Olympians. Its recently updated interior and innovative menu continue to attract both young and old. King Solomon's Reef boasts a menu rich in locally sourced ingredients.

2016 Best of Olympia: The Bread Peddler

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Bread Peddler

If baguettes and levain are The Bread Peddler's bread and butter, the bakery also subscribes at times to the motto, "Let them eat cake." Those hoping for a fresh loaf would be smart to call ahead if they plan to arrive much after noon. But there are plenty of other items

2016 Best of Olympia: Vomity at Le Voyeur

Stage

2016 Best of Olympia: Vomity at Le Voyeur

There's nothing quite like attending a standup comedy open mic. Part of the charm is that it's such a mixed bag: completely new comedians, some others with more experience, comics who've been in the game for a while just swinging through to test out new material. You never know what

2016 Best of Olympia: Hot Toddy

Military Life

2016 Best of Olympia: Hot Toddy

The girl and guy in the shop browse together, murmuring to each other as they intently peruse the fixtures. They thank Sydney Hann, owner of Hot Toddy and exit the store. Customers pop in and out, oohing and aahing over items, occasionally buying socks or jewelry, occasionally putting dresses or

2016 Best of Olympia: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Outdoors

2016 Best of Olympia: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

I'm not a birder. In theory I should be. I mean, I love nature, animals, seeing animals in their world, any reason to get outside and any excuse to travel. Being a birder would facilitate all of these things, but nothing seems more boring to me. Looking through binoculars at

2016 Best of Olympia: Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn

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2016 Best of Olympia: Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn

There's something green at Olympia burger shack Big Tom - and it's not on the menu, which is bare of all vegetables save the humble potato and a few lonely burger toppings. Instead, it's just about everywhere else. Owner Michael Fritsch has taken the classic drive-in and made it green, with

2016 Best of Olympia: Cryptatropa

Bars & Clubs

2016 Best of Olympia: Cryptatropa

When the Olympia bar Cryptatropa opened in 2010, people were suspicious. The red lights, the black booths and the funky name had everyone running around like frightened cats. But just like the Goth kid who wore black makeup in junior high, Cryptatropa has captured a following. Black is alluring, people.

2016 Best of Olympia: Obsidian

Bars & Clubs

2016 Best of Olympia: Obsidian

Obsidian sits in the space that the bars Jezebels and Bar Code once occupied, and before that a Gold's Gym. So in a lot of ways to many in Olympia, anything was an improvement, and why people still vote this as the best new thing though not quite so brand

2016 Best of Olympia: The Lemon Grass Restaurant

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Lemon Grass Restaurant

There isn't a shortage of Thai restaurants in the South Sound, especially in Olympia. Choosing from quality options, you must factor in a key ingredient - ambiance. Every place has a different vibe, and The Lemon Grass Restaurant in downtown Olympia offers a lovely ambiance for a business lunch or family

2016 Best of Olympia: The Gyro Spot

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Gyro Spot

Greek deli-style Gyro Spot boasts fresh, blue paint and stainless steel kitchen equipment. The business may look new, but the sticker on the front door tells curious passersby this place is the new home of longtime restaurant owner, Kenny Trobman. Trobman's signature image - a big-eyed chef with tons of frizzy

Battle at the Baymont

News

Battle at the Baymont

Baymont Inn and Suites houses a boxing night in Bremerton, Washington, for veterans' charity organization. Pacific Northwest Veterans' Organization (PNWVO) is fairly young, as in they came into being in January of this year. The local nonprofit, headed by Mingo Reyna, has partnered with USA Boxing to raise funds for veterans. Baymont

Barnes & Noble to host book signing for JBLM

News Front

Barnes & Noble to host book signing for JBLM

Camp Lewis was established in 1917 as a training camp for the U.S. Army in World War I. Made a permanent post in 1927, Fort Lewis became an important base for training and sending soldiers to combat in World War II and the Korean War. In 1956, the 4th Infantry

Lucky in love

News Front

Lucky in love

When you see them in the rink, roller derby dames look pretty tough. They push. They shove. They suffer bruises and broken bones. They adopt derby names to telegraph their toughness. The women of the Bettie Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's roller-derby team, are no exception. The team opens its season Saturday

JBLM girl wins state championship

News Front

JBLM girl wins state championship

Lourdes (Lou) Faletagoai, the daughter of Sgt. First Class Usoalii Faletagoai, a combat engineer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, took up wrestling three years ago in her sophomore year at Clover Park High School in Lakewood.  As of this past weekend, she is now the Washington state champion in women's wrestling

Oscar parties

South Sound Cinema

Oscar parties

Surely one of the foremost appeals of Hollywood's night of all nights is imagining oneself in attendance. The South Sound offers two big opportunities to share in the glitz and glamour of Oscar night this Feb. 28. I know; I've been there. In a break from current editorial preference, this writer's first-person

The Cars of Downton Abbey

Attractions

The Cars of Downton Abbey

Sure, you could eat lunch at your desk or go to that café down the street with the same old sandwiches every day or you can join the LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM) and its If Cars Could Talk lunch series, held the first Tuesday of every month from

Drive the Blues Away

Music

Drive the Blues Away

Warmer months in western Washington are filled with outdoor festivals, especially beer and wine tastings. As the weather cools down and the rain shows up, many of these festivals go into hiding ... yet it's during the colder months that a beer fest really serves to cheer Northwesterners up. Never fear!

Earning commission

Stage

Earning commission

For two days, after which I was fired, I was a door-to-door salesman for a company that sold home security systems. It remains the worst job I've ever done. From house to house, I peddled fear - that someone would inevitably break into these nice homes and abuse the occupants

What's new at TAM?

Arts

What's new at TAM?

The first thing to catch the eye when entering the gallery of new gifts to the Tacoma Art Museum is Guy Anderson's "Mountain Picnic," a moody painting in oil on paper mounted on plywood. Next to it is an equally dark and moody painting by Paul Horiuchi titled "Religious Heritage",

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