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This weekend, Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) and Emerald Queen Casino present the annual Taste of Tacoma celebration at Point Defiance Park. More than 30 local and regional eateries offer a variety of delectable dishes, along with more than 70 vendors of commercial and handcrafted items. Enjoy live music and

Roger Waters

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Roger Waters

"If I had been God," sings Roger Waters in "Déjà Vu," "I would've sired many sons, and I would not have suffered the Romans to kill even one." It's the brand of irreverent philosophy we've come to expect from Waters, best known as one of Pink Floyd's two front men from

Christopher Titus

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Christopher Titus

Here's an unsolicited testimonial from someone who knows: "Tacoma (Comedy) Club is so cool," Christopher Titus declared. "(It's like) what I imagine the '60s vibe was, when comedy was this perfect, precious thing ... when Carlin was coming up ... Tacoma's got this smart vibe to it that I really

The freewheelin' Joan Osborne

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The freewheelin' Joan Osborne

For most people, the name "Joan Osborne" immediately brings to mind the smash hit "One of Us," which reached the Billboard top five in February 1996. If that's all you know about Joan Osborne, though, you're missing a voice that shifts from blues to folk to pop without missing a

Indispensable

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Indispensable

Over the long, storied history of Saturday Night Live, two types of performers emerged as enduring successes. The first is a rangy, unpredictable juggernaut of comedy, a showboat for whom SNL's writers trip over themselves to generate flashy material. Bill Murray and Will Ferrell were that type, as is Kate

Eternal rest in T-Town

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Eternal rest in T-Town

If you've ever seen Peter Shaffer's 1979 play Amadeus or the Oscar-winning 1984 film based on it, you know some of the story of Mozart's Requiem in D minor, K. 626 - but you probably know a clever fiction. Shaffer based his work on an 1830 Pushkin play, Mozart and

His and hers

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His and hers

In the summer of love, mid-July 1967, singer Judy Collins was one of the headliners of the famed Newport Folk Festival, along with Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Muddy Waters. Collins also taught a workshop for songwriters; among its attendees were Montreal poet Leonard Cohen, whose song "Suzanne"

Young buskers in love

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Young buskers in love

The musical Once, a hit four months ago at Broadway Center, features a charismatic, young street musician who falls in love, only to face seemingly insurmountable romantic competition. That's a fair description of Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole, the next Tacoma Opera production, except this time the romantic triangle takes a

Sweetheart deal

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Sweetheart deal

For untrained listeners, a night at the symphony can be an intimidating prospect. Is it necessary to rent a tux, wear a monocle, understand French or Latin? Is there a secret handshake? That's where symphonic "pops" programs come in. They're happy compromises between the accessibility of pop-rock with all the

An epic anniversary

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An epic anniversary

A trip to the movies can seem like a fairly impersonal experience in 2017. We book our tickets on Fandango, carefully boxing out other pretenders to our favorite throne, the center seat right behind the aisle so our upcharged, 3-D glasses (recycled for "the environment" - riiiiight) give us the

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Why Adam? Why Odd Otter beer? Here's why: rally behind Team Knowing Stuff

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Getting Doug With Tacoma: Doug Benson is your comedy friend

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