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Top of their game

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Top of their game

Olympia Family Theater has never done a bad play. Their performances are professionally produced with top-notch adult actors and crew, sometimes with child actors thrown into the mix, and they range in quality from good to very good to knock-your-socks-off excellence. That is to say, some of their shows are

Mod for the holidays

Music

Mod for the holidays

The holidays can be a tough time for a lot of people, especially in the chilly, perpetual darkness of a Pacific Northwest winter. This article hits the streets Dec. 21, the winter solstice; frequently, the solstice is referred to as the shortest day of the year, but it might be

Cutting a window into the trestle

Arts

Cutting a window into the trestle

A large mural measuring seven-and-a-half by 48 feet by Tacoma Foundation of Art Award winner Jeremy Mangan, was installed beneath the railroad trestle near Freighthouse Square last week and revealed in an installation celebration at the Amtrak Cascades Station Dec. 15. Titled "The Wood Carving Beach," the mural depicts a beach

Chang Thai

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Chang Thai

ANNOUNCER: By now you may be wondering, do Dutch and Jackie love Asian fare, or what? Clearly, the answer is yes and luckily, there is no shortage of exotic dining options here in the South Sound. This week our two foodies hit up newly opened, Chang Thai in Lakewood. JACKIE:

Boom!

Arts

Boom!

Downtown Olympia's Gallery Boom is the newest art gallery in town. But some might question if it's really an art gallery or if it's a flea market for artists. It is jam-packed with paintings, prints, post cards, and craft items of every imaginable sort. The craft items are generally of

Marzano

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Marzano

ANNOUNCER: Jackie and Dutch take their Italian cravings to Marzano in Parkland this week. Family owned and operated for nearly 30 years, their philosophy is that every diner is family here. Mangiare! DUTCH: I love the household atmosphere when you walk in the door. Plus, the smell of food cooking is

Online Interactive Guides

Winter Guide 2017

Check out our Winter Guide for outdoor winter fun for you and the entire family. The Pacific Northwest has plenty of activities and destinations perfect for the winter season. Click here to view our interactive 2017 Winter Guide.

Not a moment too soon

Stage

Not a moment too soon

It takes a special kind of year to make us nostalgic for 2016. So how do we bid 2017 a proper adieu, given it's impossible to set a trash fire on fire? On calendar milestones like these, it's vital to cut loose and greet the future with optimism and, face

Ring it in right

Music

Ring it in right

Last week, famed Genesis drummer and frontman Phil Collins took to Twitter with a suggestion of how to ring in the New Year. He said that, if you start listening to "In the Air Tonight" on New Year's Eve at 11:56:40 p.m., that iconic drum break will start at precisely

A family of student leaders

Military Life

A family of student leaders

Jennifer, age 17; Jessica, age 16; and Jason Niemi, age 13, all attend Harrison Preparatory School in Lakewood. The three find that Harrison Prep is extremely dedicated to their students. The principal and teachers exhibit a sincere devotion toward not only educating their students, but also helping them become the

Veterans satisfy South Sound's thirst

News

Veterans satisfy South Sound's thirst

With the presence of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and a growing reputation for fine craft beers and spirits, it seems fitting that so many distilleries in Tacoma would be veteran-owned. Started by retired Army Sgt. Andrew Fairchok and former airman Rodney Kaeding, the Old Soldier Distillery brews what their website describes as

Let's get cozy

Features

Let's get cozy

There are few things in this world that can make you instantaneously feel warm and cozy. None of these you'll necessarily discover readily available while dining out like say a pup's silky soft fur, the content purr of a kitten, lush velvety blankets or a lover's embrace. As a chill

3uilt Tacoma

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3uilt Tacoma

ANNOUNCER: Jackie and Dutch head to downtown Tacoma to explore a counter service-style stand-alone eatery within the 7 Seas Brewery warehouse. This sounds crazy, but it is a new concept that is becoming popular throughout the South Sound. Pronounced Built, but spelled 3uilt, they were up for the adventure. JACKIE: Dutch,

A Christmas card to Olympia

Stage

A Christmas card to Olympia

Harlequin Productions' The Stardust Christmas Fandango is the 22nd show in the series of locally written and produced holiday musicals that has been thrilling audiences for decades. Harlequin co-founder Linda Whitney calls it a Christmas card to Olympia. The series started in 1994, and Harlequin has done a different variation on

"47º North, 122º West"

Arts

"47º North, 122º West"

When I walked into the Seaport Museum to see Shon Frostad's painting exhibition, there was a moment when I could not recognize the paintings as paintings, because the museum is filled with boats, anchors, charts, bones of whales, and other memorabilia of sea life, and I thought the paintings I

Top 10 movies of 2017

South Sound Cinema

Top 10 movies of 2017

After all these years and all these movies, I'm more appreciative than ever when a movie takes me by surprise in a positive way. And that happened a LOT in 2017. Wonder Woman, Split, Get Out, Lady Bird, Logan. One great surprise after another, and yet I couldn't quite find

Heroism continued

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Heroism continued

What follows is part two of this reporter's look at the actions of servicemembers whose names honor Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Nisei: Technician Fifth Grade James Okubo At the start of World War II, Okubo was one of the 110,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry to be interred at the Heart Mountain War

The night awaits

Travel

The night awaits

Saturday nights in Vancouver's historic Gastown district are all about live music, exceptional cocktails and exquisite cuisine. Forget about history tours and sightseeing, which you can find plenty of during daylight hours -- we're talking about the quintessential nightlife experience, my friends. Located just north of downtown Vancouver, Gastown is the

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Men’s, er, public house

Doyle's Public House Where: 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.238.5359 When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily Scene: Dark with plenty of wood and tile — very manly. Menu: Simple but manly with stews, sausages, subs and nuts. Drinkies: Yep. A great collection of Irish whiskey, plus a collection of beer from the UK (and

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Cinema for Chocophiles

Just in case you haven’t had enough chocolate for the upcoming Chocopalooza holiday, here are a few of our favorite films to check out to give you something to think about while you munch on truffles and kisses. For even more ideas, go to the Internet Movie Database — www.imdb.com

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