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Family problems

“Under a Mantle of Stars” Harlequin Productions presents this comedy by the author of “The Kiss of the Spider Woman” that deals with a middle-class family that is taken off guard when two masked strangers come to the door. Everyone thinks they know who the strangers are, but they don’t since

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Break the "Wind"

Classic shows are always fun, but spoofs of classics are generally hilarious. A South Sound case in point is Olympia Little Theater’s staging of “Moonlight and Magnolias,” which opens this week. This Ken Ludwig comedy takes a look behind the curtain of the golden age of Hollywood in a fictional way,

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Remembered Light, Sex Workers Art Show and more

THE STAGE “The Weir” Some of the best plays in the South Sound might just be playing in the imaginations of the audiences who attend a special staged reading. Lakewood Playhouse presents a staged reading of “the Weir” by Conor McPherson for three days. The show is a simple work that lets

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Revisiting racism

“It’s not how you talk, not how you dress, not what kind of music you listen to … but people just don’t get it,” says comedian, author, actor and talk show host Brian Copeland. “They think it’s a show that tells you how to act white.” The confusion centers around the

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Jake steps up to the plate

The birth of a new beer pub always brings a little tear to my eye. But a new one just steps from my house makes me openly weep like a dad on his daughter’s wedding day. Such bawling came with the opening of Jake’s Bar and Bistro at 215 Wilkes Street

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Mascot tryouts underway

While most were still snug in their beds this morning, 20-year-old South Hill resident Payton Foutz was giving his all during today’s tryout for Tacoma Rainiers popular mascot Rhubarb the Reindeer. Foutz seemed a bit nervous at first when he entered the conference room at the Rainiers Administration Offices in

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Jill Ogden and Noel Miller

Fashion emergencies and wardrobe malfunctions can ruin a perfectly fabulous evening. Last week I had a fashion emergency — my head malfunctioned after watching the Seahawks game at The Red Hot, dinner at Twokoi Japanese Restaurant, and after dinner drinks across from Monkey at The Swiss before hitching a ride

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Happy, warm knits

Bored with the winter gear you’ve already been in for months? Tacoma resident Kelli Story translates her knitting skill into wearable art in the shape of gloves, scarves and hats to give your wardrobe a pick-me-up. The vibrant color of yarns she uses is in such contrast to the stark

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In the bag

Post-holiday purge Finding it difficult to find room for all of my new presents, I realized I needed to do a wardrobe and possession purge. I do this about three times a year, seemingly with the seasons but more truthfully on compulsion. I take a large box and then stand in

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On local screens this week

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM: Two of the universe’s great hunters battle once again for space supremacy. (R) – BW Galaxy Tacoma 6: Thurs 12:45, 2:55, 5, 7:10, 9:25. Lakewood Cinema 15: Thurs 12:25, 2:55, 5:10, 7:35, 9:30, 10:10. Fri-Thurs, Jan. 17 12:25, 2:55, 5:15,

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Marilyn Manson and others on sale

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Jeff Coffin and the North Thurston High School Jazz Band Olympia. Jan. 19 8 pm. $10-$25 (Minnaert Center, 360.596.5501). Winston Jarrett Tacoma. Feb. 1 9 pm. $10 (Jazzbones, 253.396.9169). The

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DJs and blues switcheroo

Bobble Tiki doesn’t claim to be the most observant Tiki in the world, but he’s fairly adept at noticing the obvious. When Bobble Tiki slipped inside Jazzbones last Wednesday, it didn’t take him long to realize he wasn’t looking at the Blues Theatre he was expecting. Randy Oxford was nowhere

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'Survey' says ...

“Stretched Horse,” 2004, concrete and steel, by Mike Moran   ‘Survey’ says ... mike moran’s paintings are the real treasure at the evergreen galleries  / by alec clayton The Mike Moran exhibition continues through March 16 at Evergreen Galleries, Gallery IV in Olympia. The survey of works created between 1982 and 2007 covers the

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JBLM gym opening to families

  Jensen Gym will open to military family members on a limited basis starting August 26, said Major Gen. Steve Smith, deputy commanding general, I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, during a townhall meeting Tuesday. AD: Get a master's degree at your own pace in 7 classes with GI Bill/TA - info

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The Most Awesome Protagonist

There’s not much room on Le Voyeur’s stage. Anyone who’s been to the Olympia club knows that. For this reason, and many others, when the one man band known as The Most Awesome Protagonist hits Le Voyeur this Sunday, Jan. 13, it’ll be a perfect fit. The Most Awesome Protagonist is

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How to release a CD

Software programs like Garageband and Cubase have made it easier for bands to go the DIY route and record their music at home, but after the stop button is pressed on the last take, the business side of the process begins. This is often the biggest challenge for independent musicians.

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“We will do our best”­­

  As Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials scramble to find more spaces for military families suddenly in need of day-long childcare for their school aged children, youth program officials emphasized Wednesday that they’ll do their best to help children stay connected to their remote learning during their time in on-base programs this

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Reservists have rights at work

  The last thing reservists and National Guard members called to duty should expect is to find their civilian job no longer there when they return. Yes, employers face burdens and inconveniences when an employee leaves for an extended period of time, but laws are in place to protect military members.

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Should you own two homes?

  It is bound to come up in a military homeowner’s mind. Should you keep your current home and rent it out while buying another home at your next duty station?   An expert at Harborstone Credit Union says you need to know how VA loans work before boxing yourself into a corner.   Seeing

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