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Controversy turns 'Golden'

“The Golden Compass” is a darker, deeper fantasy epic than the “Rings” trilogy, “The Chronicles of Narnia” or the Potter films. It springs from the same British world of quasi-philosophical magic, but creates more complex villains and poses more intriguing questions. As a visual experience, it is superb. As an

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Awake

Do not believe anything you hear about "Awake," do not talk to anyone about it, and above all do not even GLANCE at the poster or ads, which criminally reveal a crucial plot twist. This movie, which was withheld from critics and has scored a pitiful 13 percent on the

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Velella Velella

The Northwest has never exactly had a funk scene; our bleak and bitter winters aren’t exactly conducive to music that really grooves. For a band to take that road is a commitment to a genre wrought with kitsch, almost guaranteeing that they’ll be playing to a niche, but Seattle’s Velella

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Powerful singer/songwriter

In case there were any doubts, Bobble Tiki is not a lesbian, and he’s not bi-sexual. Bobble Tiki doesn’t claim to know a lot about himself, but if there’s one thing he feels like he has a grasp on it’s his sexual preference. Sure, there was that one time in

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Seeing Red

Quick, how many Grammy nominated bands are playing Maggie O’Toole’s this week? If you said “None, Matt Driscoll is obviously high,” you’re only half right. As it turns out, Red, a Nashville-based alternative Christian band, does have a Grammy nomination under their God-fearing belt. And they’ll be plugging in at Maggie’s this

2018 Winter Guide

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2018 Winter Guide

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Sampling serious suds and quirky culture

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Sampling serious suds and quirky culture

Breweries abound in the Pacific Northwest, but even in that environment, Portland, Oregon, is known as a craft-beer mecca. According to oregoncraftbeer.org, the Rose City has 77 craft beer breweries; that grows to 117 when you leave Portland proper to include the greater metro area of the city straddling the

Good eats on wheels

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Good eats on wheels

ANNOUNCER: Open just a few months now, the Street Eats Mobile Eatery is beginning to get a solid customer base willing to follow them around the South Sound. Floating between Bonney Lake and Tacoma, Dutch and Jackie got out the GPS this week and chased them down. DUTCH: Chasing down a

The Journey surprises

Arts

The Journey surprises

Now on view at American Art Company is The Journey, an exhibition of Plein Air Washington Artists. I can't honestly review this exhibition without stating my personal bias -- and yes, critics always have personal biases, no matter how they might try to be objective. The paintings in this show are

Foodie-themed festivities for New Year’s and beyond

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Foodie-themed festivities for New Year’s and beyond

As one year comes to a close and another is looming just ahead, I make it a point to refresh my admiration of the local culinary culture by finding delectable happenings around the South Sound. There's never a shortage of something going down from pairing dinners to cooking courses. Here's

An old-fashioned Christmas musical

Stage

An old-fashioned Christmas musical

Christmas might be over, but Harlequin Productions continues celebrating the season until New Year's Eve. For this year's holiday show, Harlequin dove deep into their archives to re-stage their first holiday show, The 1940s Radio Hour. First performed in 1993, this is the one that inspired the theater's Stardust series,

Royal Canadian Air Force complete training at WADS

News Front

Royal Canadian Air Force complete training at WADS

The Western Air Defense Sector hosted 11 air battle managers of the Royal Canadian Air Force for a five-week period this fall in order to complete their qualification training. The air battle managers were deployed from 3 Wing and 22 Wing of the RCAF. The 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational

Army-funded technology wins Oscar

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Army-funded technology wins Oscar

Creative geniuses behind digital humans and human-like characters in Hollywood blockbusters Avatar, Blade Runner 2049, Maleficent, Furious 7, The Jungle Book, Ready Player One, and others have U.S. Army-funded technology to thank for visual effects. That technology was developed at the U.S. Army Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of

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Oh Voices

It’s not easy to be happy. It might surprise you to know that making cheerful music that doesn’t sound cheesy is a challenge for many musicians. When I hear a band that is making happy music that doesn’t involve lyrics about getting wasted or carving initials in leather seats, I

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Original Booty Burglars

If the Original Booty Burglars are one thing, it’s, well, original. They’re original and ridiculously entertaining. It’s not quantum physics. It’s rock and roll. The Original Booty Burglars know how to take control of a stage and know how to mesmerize a crowd. The first time I saw the Booty

Former Madigan doctor shares new mental health therapy

Military Life

Former Madigan doctor shares new mental health therapy

With his salt and pepper hair, square jaw, and handsome good looks, you might figure Dr. Kris Peterson as a retired Army colonel. When you combine this (strength and confidence) with the soft-spoken psychiatrist's easy-going demeanor, you can see how patients find it easy to connect, to trust him with

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Failing Winter, Empire Brass and others

Friday, Dec. 7 CLASSICAL the empire brass Tuba players are always getting the shaft. Their instrument can weigh almost 30 pounds, they rarely get to play a song’s melody, and they can’t help but sound like a sea lion with too much fiber in its diet. But The Empire Brass Holiday Pop

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Java Fusion Coffee House and Deli

Java Fusion Coffee House and Deli opened a little over a year ago on Sixth Avenue near the Narrows Bridges in the west end of Tacoma. Owned by Tacoma natives Marguerite Yoshino and family, the coffee house imparts a warm and welcoming vibe not only projected by charming employees, but

That New Year’s sound

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That New Year’s sound

For just about as long as I've been writing for this fine rag, I've complained about the inherent flaw in New Year's Eve, as a holiday: building up one giant party for an entire year will inevitably lead to disappointment. More than any other holiday (Halloween included), New Year's Eve

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Bubbles From Around The World

Thursday, Dec. 6: Bubbles From Around The World, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 7-Saturday, Dec. 8: Smorgasbord of Wine & Port, 6-10 p.m., $5, Pairings Fine Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th

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