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Actor Ratzenberger talks ‘Cheers,’ Pixar and local ties

John Ratzenberger may not have high-profile leading roles on par with, say, George Clooney, but he's still easily one of the most recognizable stars of TV and film.
What fans stop him for, though, depends greatly on their age bracket.  “It's right across the board now,” said the Emmy-nominated actor, who became a household name in the '80s playing know-it-all mailman Cliff Clavin in NBC-TV's “Cheers.”
“It's equally 'Cheers,' 'Made in America' and my Pixar work,” he said. “On the DVDs they show the actors recording, so I get recognized by really young children now. It's a treat. I really enjoy talking to people and seeing what they're about, so it's not an invasion at all.”
Ratzenberger will be in town next week as the keynote speaker at this year's Tacoma Film Festival, which will run from Oct.… Read Full Story

Tacoma Arts Month 2015
Tacoma Film Festival

The 10th annual Tacoma Film Festival kicks off with a screening of “When I Live My Life Over Again” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Grand Cinema, and here are some of the biggest deals related to this year's event. 
25 New Faces of Film: The Grand's annual showcase of up-and-coming filmmakers has been rolled into TFF festivities for 2015. “Film Maker magazine creates this list of emerging filmmakers to be on the watch for each year,” Grand Cinema spokeswoman Darcy Nelson explained. “We're allowing the opportunity for people to watch films created by this year's nominees, and then also to meet them and connect with them at the film screenings and at special events.”
Movie buffs can catch “Killing Them Safely”… Read Full Story

Make a Scene: Comedian Mohr promises to ‘wreck house’ in Tacoma

In no time, Jay Mohr shifts into his go-to Tracy Morgan impression, familiar to fans of the popular comedian's stand-up and his sports talk program, “The Jay Mohr Show,” which airs from noon to 3 p.m. locally, weekdays on KHHO-AM (850).
“You sound fiiiiiiine,” he says, speaking in Morgan's thick Bronx drawl on his end of the phone line. He apologizes for missing an appointment, then recalls the fiasco that was a previous appearance in Washington.
“So, Tacoma. I have never been to Tacoma,” he says, speaking normally now. “I've been to Spokane, and at a 1,500 seat theater I sold 500 tickets when I was doing (my TV… Read Full Story

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Friday, Oct. 2 JAZZBONES: Gilby Clark, Sin Circus (rock) 8 p.m., $15 B SHARP COFFEE: Gary Shutes Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA DAWSON'S: Rock N' Roll Magic (rock) 9 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Sanction (dance) 9 p.m., NC KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC LOUIE G'S: Lo There Do I…

Mark your calendars: Deck the Hall Ball 2015
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Seattle rock station KNDD-FM (107.7, “The End”) has announced the lineup for its holiday music gala, Deck the Hall Ball, which will be headlined by the ever-popular Death Cab for Cutie this year. Also on the bill for Dec. 8 at KeyArena are Cage the Elephant, Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon, Alabama…

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Museum of the Week: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. Wed. – Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: Explore, discover and connect with history. Experience life in Washington Territory during the fur trade era. Fort Nisqually, the first European…

Jay Mohr on Tom Cruise: “He was trying to kill me with these scenes” (audio)
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

In this week's City Life section, we catch up with comedian, actor and sports talk show host Jay Mohr who will headline two big sets at Tacoma Comedy Club on Oct. 10. As promised, we edited together some outtakes from our chat in which Mohr recalls bombing on "Saturday Night Live" before…

‘Oliver’ opens TMP season
By Steve Dunkelberger

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is set for a must-see season if their opener, “Oliver” – a musical retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale “Oliver Twist” – is any indication. What stood out overall in the production was the polish in the set and light design that amplified the already stellar…

TCC’s 13th Annual Juried Local Art Show
By Dave R. Davison

The Gallery at Tacoma Community College is currently hosting its 13th annual Juried Local Art Exhibition. The event is always a magical mingling of work by a cast of local artists, many of whom are perennial favorites. Former UPS art instructor Bill Colby has contributed collages made with papers…

The Things We Like
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

AFRO LATINO RHYTHMS Seattle percussionist, DJ and drum instructor Arturo Rene Rodriguez is offering an Afro Latino drum and rhythm circle/class, and no experience is necessary. All levels welcomed. Saturdays beginning Oct. 10, 10-11 a.m. at Ted Brown Music, 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd. Info:…

So long, Washington State Fair - we hardly knew ya (photos)
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The Washington State Fair drew to a close over the weekend, taking any illusion that it might still be summer with it. Sigh. Tacoma Weekly photographer Bill Bungard was there, capturing Puyallup's last great escape before the realities of homework and blustery autumn set in. Click the photo above…

Maybe not ‘the realest,’ but Aussie rapper Azalea thrills youngish crowd in Puyallup
By Ernest Jasmin

“First things first, I’m the realest,” goes the opening salvo of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” among the most ubiquitous hits of 2014. That sentiment has been widely debated since the Australian-born rapper took the pop world by storm, becoming the poster girl for cultural appropriation in the…

A selective listing of events for Tacoma Arts Month
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Over 300 events are listed on the Tacoma Arts Month calendar. Here are a few juicy tidbits to choose from in planning your October. Proclamation of Tacoma Arts Month Sept. 29, 5 p.m., free Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 1st Floor, Council Chambers Mayor Strickland proclaims October to…