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Hot popcorn

South Sound Cinema

Hot popcorn

The hot summer movie season is upon us! Captain America: Civil War, aka the Marvel Comics conflict that'll instigate a pair of Infinity War epics, kicks it off May 6. We know it'll be great already, thanks to overseas critics who saw it first. Thus, we can recommend it to

Epic Threepenny

Stage

Epic Threepenny

German playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was one serious dude. He called for a new form of live entertainment: "epic theater," in which empathetic identification with the characters was downplayed in favor of sociopolitical reflection. The characters represented movements, not individuals. The audience was meant to feel distanced from the action,

Idyllic Kubota Garden

Outdoors

Idyllic Kubota Garden

We first visited Kubota Garden only hours after Prince went away. Restoration was desperately needed. Few South Sounders, it seems, have ever heard of Kubota Garden. The park doesn't go out of its way to announce its presence, but it still seems unfair. The suburban hideaway is an easy drive from

Myth, mundane and more

Arts

Myth, mundane and more

First impressions upon entering a gallery are often misleading. Art that might dazzle at first glance often turns out to be flashy but without substance, and works that may be off-putting could be too new or too outside the ordinary to be appreciated until you've had time to study it

Smokes and joy rides

Music

Smokes and joy rides

Most of my friends have become relatively settled people, growing out of endless partying and incredibly long nights - I know I have. It's just a natural process of getting just the right amount of restlessness out of your system as you age into your late ‘20s. But, there were

A chic teriyaki joint

Reviews

A chic teriyaki joint

Announcer:  There are strip mall teriyaki joints and then there are well-decorated pan-Asian eateries that redefine dining next to the Starbucks and Farmers Insurance office.  Hot Ginger in Lacey is nicely designed with attractive lighting and a feel of upscale that takes the diners a little by surprise. Jason:  I figured

Songs of the '50s and '60s

Stage

Songs of the '50s and '60s

Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards by the great songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It's rock and roll; it's rhythm and blues; it's the song track of the 1950s and early '60s with dancing and costumes but no story line or dialogue. When it played on Broadway 20 years

Summer adventures

Outdoors

Summer adventures

You know that friend? The one who comes over for a party but doesn't have a clue it's long past time to leave? Having had too much to drink, they rant about some mean ex and keep raiding the fridge. No. End. In. Sight. Well this week I'm on pins

Leavenworth in the summer

Travel

Leavenworth in the summer

Leavenworth is most known for its annual Oktoberfest, but don't dismiss this Bavarian mountain town in the spring and summer. Situated in the middle of the Cascades almost right between Seattle and Spokane, Leavenworth has it all - proximity to trails and rivers, an adorable town filled with Bavarian appeal

Suds and fun in the sun

Bars & Clubs

Suds and fun in the sun

Nothing conjures up idealized visions of summer quite like the idea of a festival in the park ... unless maybe it's a beer festival in the park (or some equally festive venue.)  This summer's beer festival season is heating up to be a great one, with events ranging from beer-sipping

Summer in Washington state

Travel

Summer in Washington state

Around here, summer means getting outdoors, enjoying and doing. And whether that means hiking up a steep, switch-back trail with a beautiful panoramic view waiting for you on the Olympics or the Cascades, or feeling the tug of a six-pound salmon hitting your bait while fishing on the Puget Sound, there's

Summertime festivals

Attractions

Summertime festivals

Summer is so close, we can almost taste it. By taste it, we mean that it is almost time to savor all our favorite festival and fair foods! With the sunshine comes another round of annual festivals and events taking place in and around the area. With so many different

Summer concerts at Clearwater Casino

Music

Summer concerts at Clearwater Casino

From July 7 to Aug. 25, Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort will present its free summer concert series, "Performances at the Passage." It's the series' 11th consecutive year, and shows will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. The eight-week run will feature a diverse mix of genres ranging from country and pop

Seaside summer in Port Orchard

Outdoors

Seaside summer in Port Orchard

Let's face it: Washingtonians have varying notions of beach life. If anyone in this region owns a bikini, it's because she owns an indoor pool or just got back from somewhere else. Our beach bunnies are actual rabbits, our beach blankets thermal sleeping bags. Cabanas and hot dog stands give

South Sound beach guide

Outdoors

South Sound beach guide

The Puget Sound area is rightly named for a body of water because to live here is to be always moments from a cold jump into saltwater. But because the area was also once covered in Ice Age glaciers, we have a lot of freshwater lakes, too. The following is

Walking rocks

Outdoors

Walking rocks

Put one foot in front of the other. It's called walking, and health professionals have been saying this for years - walking is good for you. What follows is a sampling of where to take a good walk in the South Sound area. Tacoma Nature Center:  Located at 1919 Tyler St., Tacoma, this

Napa of the north

Travel

Napa of the north

For years, travel experts have extoled the virtues of California's Napa Valley, a nexus of wine production and haute cuisine. It's true: Napa's weather and scenery are gorgeous, its food and wine better. Ad Hoc, Celadon and The French Laundry, for three examples, stand as destination restaurants that carry commensurate

2016 Summer Guide

Online Interactive Guides

2016 Summer Guide

The Northwest is an amazing place to be in the summer. As the rains slow down the sun pops up illuminating the mountains, water and trees. Explore the region this year with ideas from our annual Summer Guide. Click here to view our interactive 2016 Summer Guide.

Training for the Pacific

News Front

Training for the Pacific

In single file, the eight Blackhawk helicopters appeared from the south as they approached the Marion landing zone. Slowing to a hover, they gently touched down. Moments later, approximately 80 soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, spilled out of the birds, huddled

Fourth annual Pat's Run

News Front

Fourth annual Pat's Run

Cummings Park along Ruston Way on Tacoma's waterfront last Saturday morning was a flurry of activity as runners, walkers and young families with strollers gathered for the fourth annual Pat's Run, to fundraise for scholarships distributed to military veterans and their spouses by the Pat Tillman Foundation. More than 200 participants

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