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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

Ski enthusiasts are rejoicing over record snowfalls

Are you a chionophile? The word, according to Wikipedia, refers to “any organisms that can thrive in cold winter conditions.” Broken down to its Greek roots, it means snow (chion) lover (phile).
While some athletes and fitness-minded types hibernate when the days grow short and the mercury plummets, others come out to play. That latter group – skiers, snowboarders, show-shoers, inner-tubers – has been spending an inordinate amount of time on the slopes lately. Perhaps that’s because so far this winter has been nothing short of spectacular for those whose playground is at 4,500 feet and above.
“We’ve already received 179 inches of snow this season,” says Brianna Stoutenburgh, a marketing coordinator at Crystal Mountain Resort on the northeast corner of Mt. Rainier National Park, “and we still have three more… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
Ben Union talks new CD, perseverance

Ben Union is back. The popular Tacoma singer-songwriter – born Ben Mira – released his fourth album, “The Vamp LP,” on Tuesday (available through iTunes and other platforms); and while that disc includes the sort of infectious, pop party jams he's become known for in recent years, it also reveals a more vulnerable side of its maker.
Still recovering from a sold-out CD release party at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe on Jan. 14, Union shared a few insights about the making of his new album and the uncertainty he had to overcome before writing the latest chapter of his career. Here are a few highlights of that conversation.
TW: I recognized some material from the album. For starters, we had “Shake That A--”… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
Weekly Rewind

Smokey Robinson cemented his reputation as the sexiest senior citizen on Earth, delivering “Quiet Storm,” “Cruisin’” and other Motown classics at the Emerald Queen Casino on Jan. 13. Wild Child, featuring singer Darlene Tyler, headlined Jazzbones on Jan. 6. Tacoma educator Maxine Mimms was given the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Services Award Monday during the city’s MLK Day celebration at Greater Tacoma Trade and Convention Center. Shyan Selah was among musical performers that day, and massive trucks demonstrated their noisy, car-crushing power as Monster Jam took over the Tacoma Dome from Jan. 13 to 15.

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Spaceworks gallery displays work by Native American artists
By Dave R. Davison

Spaceworks Gallery, a relatively new enterprise, is showing an exhibit of work by local Native American artists representing a diversity of tribal affiliations. Entitled “Protect the Sacred: Artists for Standing Rock,” all of the work is in one way or another addressing the attempt to stop the…

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Events of the Week: Of Mice and Men Jan. 20-Feb. 5, Friday and Saturday showings 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma, WA 98403 tacomalittletheatre.com Tacoma Little Theatre begins 2017 with John Steinbeck’s classic tale, “Of Mice and Men,” brought to life through…

Nightlife
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, Jan. 20 B SHARP COFFEE: T-Town Blues Revue (blues) 8 p.m., $7, AA G. DONNALSON'S: Ed Taylor (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Notorious 253 (dance) 9 p.m., NC KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: ILLFIGHTYOU, :30 Clique, Zorched Realm, Shawn Parker, Chris Crayzie…

The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

TOLERANCE TALK Syndicated columnist and radio host Irene Monroe will speak on “From Stonewall to Pulse: The Intersection of Race, Sexuality and Religion” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the University of Puget Sound's Schneebeck Concert Hall, located on campus near Union Avenue and North 14th Street. During…

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Events of the Week: The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents The Distinguished Writer Series Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org Featured Reader: Tod Marshall, State Poet Laureate. Marshall teaches at Gonzaga University and is the author of three…

Mark your calendars: DOA and MDC
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Legendary hardcore bands DOA (shown) and MDC are headed to Jazzbones on Feb. 25 with their “Fight Back Tour,” for which MDC says its ever-changing acronym now stands for “Millions of Deceived Citizens”. Adding support that night will be locals Ten Pole Drunk, Dreadful Children and Garbage…

LOCAL WRITERS PREPARE TO RESIST
By Ernest Jasmin

A group of local writers will meet on Sunday, Jan. 15 to discuss ways of combining their art with community activism. Tacoma Writers Resist will hold its first public event at 6:30 p.m. at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., using readings and workshops to spark conversation about community needs and…

Make a Scene: Get the party started, she will: Saucy Yoda returns next week
By Ernest Jasmin

Saucy Yoda has turned to the dark side (sort of), which may come as some surprise to local fans that have followed her since she first surfaced in Tacoma at Maltoberfest, an Oktoberfest-spoofing event held at Bob's Java Jive in 2011. Saucy Yoda being the stage name of Alaska's Melodie Langer who will…

Nightlife
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, Jan. 13 G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Sonic Funk (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Stoned Evergreen Travelers, Cottonwood Cutups, Danny Cash (bluegrass, country, Americana) 8 p.m., $5-$8 KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC PACIFIC BREWING:…

Cats and dogs featured in art at TCC
By Dave R. Davison

The flyer for the Gallery at Tacoma Community College's newly opened show, “Cat People, Dog People,” makes it sound as if this is an intellectually hefty exhibit. “Artists,” says the flyer, “explore the human/pet relationship, the history of domestication, the representation of dogs and…