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Merry olde Christmas Revels

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Merry olde Christmas Revels

As always around the holidays, the South Sound is chockablock with theatrical celebrations tuned to please entire families, from folks Santa and Mrs. Claus' age to their littlest elves. Why, right now you can, and should enjoy The 1940s Radio Hour at Harlequin Productions, A Christmas Story the radio play

Go ahead and jump

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Go ahead and jump

Rather than categorizing Frogz, the show hopping into Tacoma Arts Live's newly refurbished Pantages Theater this Saturday, it might be easier to say what it isn't. It isn't, for example, Aristophanes' classic comedy The Frogs (Bátrachoi), which mocked peacenik progressives and won Athens' Lenaia Festival for Dionysus in 405 B.C.

A pristine Pantages

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A pristine Pantages

Tacoma's Pantages Theater, part of the arts-and-culture complex known for decades as Broadway Center Tacoma, reopens this week after stunning renovations to its interior. That's not the only big news coming out of 901 Broadway, though -- The organization also changed its name, from Broadway Center to Tacoma Arts Live. "The

Olywood 2018

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Olywood 2018

This is the year Olympia Film Society's annual film festival hit the big time. It was named one of the coolest festivals in the world by MovieMaker magazine, which noted, "The audiences are real movie lovers." The festival runs Friday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Capitol Theater. Adding

A little help for our friends

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A little help for our friends

Solo artist, Eagle and quintuple Grammy winner Joe Walsh, brings the second of his annual benefit concert events, VetsAid, to Tacoma Dome this Veterans Day. Proceeds benefit military veterans through at least 19 different organizations, from national groups like Hire Heroes USA and Stop Soldier Suicide to grassroots efforts Arkansas

Copy that!

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Copy that!

Even grown-ups love wearing costumes for Halloween -- the more provocative the better. At Olympia Film Society's (OFS) Capitol Theater, that cosplay rocks. Each year since 2003, OFS has presented a parade of musicians who dress and perform as idols of the past. Last year's mistress of ceremonies, "Vanessa the

The write stuff

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The write stuff

There are men and then there are men -- and then there was Sam Shepard. He was the kind of stolid, square-jawed Midwesterner who seemed born to play Captain America, the Marlboro Man or, if realism is preferred, legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager. That, in fact, is exactly whom Shepard

So continues the tour

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So continues the tour

Would you be comfortable hanging out with your exes? What if one of those relationships was, to put it mildly, tempestuous? Imagine you and your ex were musicians. Could you tour the country with that person, singing songs that remind you of both the best of times and the worst

Time flies

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Time flies

Volta is the Italian word for time; and, in the acrobatic hands of the French-Canadian theatrical franchise Cirque du Soleil, it most certainly flies. The company's 15th production to tour through Seattle draws inspiration from such "extreme" sports as bicycle motocross and bungee jumping. Volta follows a blue-coifed character named

Ming the majestic

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Ming the majestic

China's Ming dynasty endured from 1368 to 1644 A.D. Its emperors ruled an area almost as large as that of the contiguous United States, and for longer than the U.S. has been a country. By 1600, the Great Ming Empire had over 160 million citizens. Among its contributions to world

Get wrecked

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Get wrecked

It isn't often most people get to say this, but holy hand grenade: That's a lot of beads. Shipwreck Beads is a quick jog off Interstate 5 from the Marvin Road exit in Lacey. First-time visitors, lured, no doubt, by the catchy radio jingle, are often stunned into an overwhelmed silence,

Moscow Beat

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Moscow Beat

Igor Yuzov was born in Germany but spent his formative years in Odessa, in what's now Ukraine but was, at that time, the Soviet Union. His fondness for Beatles and Rolling Stones albums presented a challenge. In those days, he explains, "It was almost like selling drugs. It was part

Rocker with a cause

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Rocker with a cause

Friday, July 27, tickets went on sale for what promises to be the biggest concert event in Tacoma this year. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh, the legendary Eagle, solo artist and five-time Grammy winner, presents a sterling line-up of American rock and country artists for VetsAid 2018.

Best Namesake: Tacoma the game

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Best Namesake: Tacoma the game

The year is 2088. Your name is Amitjyoti ("Amy") Ferrier. You've been assigned by the Venturis Corporation to salvage AI hardware from its seemingly empty station in earth orbit, specifically the strategic L1 point en route to the moon. Aiding you in your retrieval efforts is an augmented-reality device that

Best New Restaurant, Best New Business, Best Performance Space, Best Live Music Venue, Best Bookings: Alma Mater

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Best New Restaurant, Best New Business, Best Performance Space, Best Live Music Venue, Best Bookings: Alma Mater

Readers, you don't just like Alma Mater, the new performance-and-dining space between South 13th and 15th on Fawcett, you like like it, perhaps even love it. Well you should, because whether you're an art junkie, foodie or music aficionado, this space offers something for everyone. Maybe that's why you voted

Magical Music Man

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Magical Music Man

Olympia's a town that adores musicians, and it's played parent, host and/or teacher to more than its fair share of name-brand performers. Beat Happening, Beck, Bikini Kill, Kurt Cobain, Kimya Dawson, The Fleetwoods, Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic, Sleater-Kinney -- all have deep connections to Washington's capital city. It's also the

Go Graphic this Weekend

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Go Graphic this Weekend

Every year since 2001, the Olympia Comics Festival has played host to renowned graphic authors and artists alongside homegrown beginners. Casey Bruce and Frank Hussey, owners and operators of Oly comics shop Danger Room, pride themselves on running the oldest alternative-comics event of its kind in the Northwest.  "It really started

Let us introduce to you:

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Let us introduce to you:

Music erases distance. There are about 4,600 miles between Liverpool, England, and northeastern Texas, but those vanished when 9-year-old Dave Walser first encountered the Fab Four on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was early 1964, and even Walser knew his life had just changed. "I'd been playing guitar since I

Nerd-rock nirvana

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Nerd-rock nirvana

By the late 1970s, thanks to American Graffiti, Grease, Happy Days and the televised doo-wop of Sha Na Na, nostalgia for the 1950s had bloomed in pop culture. As any Beatlemaniac, Deadhead or Trekker can tell you, idolatry for the '60s and ‘70s never waned. If anything, then, 1980s revivalism

In search of ...

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In search of ...

Put one way, this summer marks the 60th birthday of one of the South Sound's most legendary residents. Put another way, this mythic figure spans millennia. Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest told tales of wild men in the woods, from the Lummi Ts'emekwes to the Chinookan people's mountain skookums

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