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Monday, Dec. 9: TCC Student Film Showcase

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Monday, Dec. 9: TCC Student Film Showcase

Watch out, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan: A new generation of directors wants your jobs.These aspiring filmmakers will showcase their efforts at the first TCC Student Film Showcase. A team-taught class at Tacoma Community College's Gig Harbor campus launched a film event that will raise funds for student veterans in

Sunday, Dec. 8: Let It Snow Community Festival

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Sunday, Dec. 8: Let It Snow Community Festival

We don't know about you, but we usually don't want any visual reminder of our behavior during holiday parties. We don't want to know that we become beet-red and look like a slackjawed mental patient. We don't want to see an action shot of us throwing napkins, ice cubes, coasters,

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Theater Review: "Lyle the Crocodile" at Olympia Family Theater

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Theater Review: "Lyle the Crocodile" at Olympia Family Theater

With a larger than usual amount of plays opening Thanksgiving weekend, fellow theater critic Christian Carvajal and I divided and conquered. Each taking two plays we split them up based on several different criteria. One of the plays I was fortunate enough to review was Lyle the Crocodile at Olympia

Through Dec. 22: "It's a Wonderul Life"

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Through Dec. 22: "It's a Wonderul Life"

Not many (IF any) audience members will show up to Tacoma Little Theatre without having seen the classic Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore version directed by Frank Capra. It's practically mandatory holiday viewing and is designed to tug on heartstrings and fill the audience with holiday

South Sound holiday theater productions

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South Sound holiday theater productions

The "War on Christmas" decried by Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly isn't evident in South Sound theater, which is producing a rich variety of appropriately jolly and family-friendly shows for the holiday season. Weekly Volcano theater critics Joann Varnell and Christian Carvajal chime in with their thoughts on the productions

Through Dec. 22: "Lyle the Crocodile"

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Through Dec. 22: "Lyle the Crocodile"

Quite possible the loudest laughter was from the adults in the audience but the kids were clearly entertained as well. All the actors were good but the standouts were Eric Crawford (Hector P. Valenti), Kate Ayers (Lyle), Mandy Ryle (Joshua), Amanda Stevens (Ms. Nitpicker) and Ted

Through Jan. 11: "Northwest Mystics"

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Through Jan. 11: "Northwest Mystics"

The "Northwest Mystics" exhibition at Tacoma's B2 Fine Art Gallery is a museum worthy exhibition of works by the Northwest School and the Hood Canal Colony. From the 1920s through the '50s and ‘60s, these were the artists who put the Pacific Northwest in America's art consciousness: Guy Anderson, Elton

Theater Review: "The Stardust Christmas Blizzard" at Harlequin Productions

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Theater Review: "The Stardust Christmas Blizzard" at Harlequin Productions

Saturday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Tacoma Little Theatre will host a roundtable conversation between theater practitioners and theater audiences. I've arranged it to start a dialogue that'll serve, I hope, to boost attendance community-wide and give artistic directors a better idea what you want your ticket price to buy.

Through Dec. 31: "The Stardust Christmas Blizzard"

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Through Dec. 31: "The Stardust Christmas Blizzard"

As show director and company artistic manager Linda Whitney conceded in her curtain speech, the recession has bludgeoned the arts business. I'm not sure Harlequin is thrilled with doing Stardust each November, either, but the show must go on. Save smartsy plays for spring, when attention

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Ted Brown Music Company Tacoma - South. Uke 'An Jam. All Ages. 6:30-8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Cascade Community Center JBLM-Lewis Main. Bar Bingo in Heroes Lounge. No cash prizes. 7 pm. Pints & Quarts Pub Westside Olympia - Westside. Bingo. Win prizes. 8:30 pm. NC. Tacoma Comedy

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Red Wind Casino Yelm. Alice Stuart. 6:30 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Barstool Bingo. 6:30 pm.

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Monday, Dec. 9, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday with Black Rose. 7 pm. NC. Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino and Brooke Lizotte Experimental Jam. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 7 pm. NC. Grit City Comedy Club Tacoma -

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. 6-9 pm. NC. Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center Kent. Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Concert. 3 pm. $15-22. Gibsons Frozen Yogurt Tacoma - Stadium District. Kim Archer CD release party for her CD Planet Cool - cool music for kids. 1-2:30 pm. NC. Traditions

Saturday, Dec. 7: Aquarius Space Out

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Saturday, Dec. 7: Aquarius Space Out

Whoooooooa man, I'm tripping on some heavy stuff! What's that, dude? What am I on? Just a little Geist and the Sacred Ensemble, that's what. No, that's not some kinda new drug. They're a band, man. And they're laying down their sound - think Gregorian chant meets mind-expanding electronic freakiness

Saturday, Dec. 7: Puyallup Holiday

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Saturday, Dec. 7: Puyallup Holiday

I know what you're thinking: Another Christmas; another year rushing out trying to find gifts for your loved ones that actually mean something; another year of trying to avoid the mall; another year of trudging through the dark and cold for a tree, and then dragging the ornaments down from the

Saturday, Dec. 7: Jim Woodring Day

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Saturday, Dec. 7: Jim Woodring Day

Washington state has a pedigree of comic-book artists to make any bullpen on any coast nervous. And it's certainly more than enough to justify the geek-chic culture. Comic book artist/writer Jim Woodring, who resides in Seattle, has made a name in the comic book world. He has penned the surreal

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Franciscan Polar Plaza Ice Rink Tacoma - Downtown. Rebekah Ann Curtis on Ice. All Ages. 7-9 pm. Free admission, $4-$8 ice skating. BLUES B Sharp Coffee House - Tacoma. Little Bill Duo, with Rod Cook. All Ages. 7 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Grit City Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Chris Dunham.

Friday, Dec. 6: Dan Navarro

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Friday, Dec. 6: Dan Navarro

Dan Navarro, whose songs have been covered by Pat Benatar ("We Belong"), Dionne Warwick, Dave Edmunds, the Bangles and a host of others, was one-half of the very successful songwriting/performing team of Lowen and Navarro for 29 years, although as far as performances go he's had to go it alone

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Friday, Dec. 6, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Morso Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Dan Navarro. 8 pm. $25. The Embers at Indian Summer - Olympia. Tarik Bentlemsani. 6 pm. NC. Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi Bar Vashon. The Jeff Kanzler Band. All Ages. 8:30 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Grit City Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Chris

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