Dawn Quinn

Email: dquinn@tacomaweekly.com

15 January 2011

Cheers to 1022 South

One of Tacoma’s beloved cocktail lounges got an impressive nod in the New York Times Jan. 4, but regulars to the bar are already privy to all of the wonderful things the article touted.

1022 South opened in March 2009 as one of Tacoma’s only craft cocktail spots and has since become a stop for both locals and…

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13 January 2011

Gearing up for round three

Spaceworks Tacoma launched in April 2010 with the intent to revitalize empty storefronts in downtown. Since then, the program has had a successful pilot run that was so well received, the program received enough applicants to run through two cycles.

In total, 15 storefronts downtown were available in the initial…

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6 January 2011

Youth Concerts

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is back in 2011, and to celebrate the New Year, the concert series is bringing chamber music ensembles from the Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra (TYSO) for the first time ever to invigorate audiences with these talented young musicians.

According to Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Executive…

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6 January 2011

Words and action

The Conversation, in partnership with Urban Grace Church, will present its annual “Redeeming the Prophetic Vision” event on Jan. 16 to discuss economic and social justice issues that were inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and vision.

“We’re a group of Tacoma and South Sound residents committed…

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23 December 2010

Bringing in 2011

New Year’s Eve in Tacoma has become synonymous with one family-friendly event – the annual First Night celebration that takes place every Dec. 31 in the Theater District.

With roots to the national arts organization Revels, First Night began in Boston when members wanted to create an alternative to the traditional…

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23 December 2010

All Tacoma, all the time

Back in late October, Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) commemorated its 75th anniversary by launching the interactive “Mighty Tacoma: Photographic Portrait 2010.”

The exhibit is designed to display Tacoma’s diversity as a community and its importance as a cultural hub, all while integrating ways visitors…

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16 December 2010

Goldfinch

Tacoma’s indie folk rock quintet Goldfinch has been busy. Playing shows as often as their individual schedules will allow, the local outfit is making music and working feverishly to bring their sound to their fans and the world. Not because they get paid to do so, but because they know this is what they have to do. Read More

16 December 2010

Beauty in numbers

Seattle-based musician-turned-artist John Fisher brings his multimedia art utilizing algorithms, numbers animation and programming to Mineral for the last show of 2010, “Algorithmic Drawings.”
The majority of pieces encased in the show highlight photographs of locations in Seattle and Tacoma - exactly where is…

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10 December 2010

Samdhana Karana Yoga

A new yoga studio joined the 6th Ave. business district back in September, and though Tacoma already has a few yoga studios in business, Samdhana-Karana Yoga has a few elements that make it stand out.

The yoga studio is not only a place where individuals can go to relax, rejuvenate and pose, but it is…

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10 December 2010

Movie, MD

Director Alex Cox of “Sid and Nancy” and “Repo Man” fame is a genius in his own right, if you take a second to think about it. Putting rock stars like Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello and Shane McGowan together (as well as other big names like director Jim Jarmusch and the late, great Dennis Hopper, may he rest in peace)…

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9 December 2010

Holiday Blues

 

Maia Santell and her bluesy backup band House Blend– Ted Dortch on tenor saxophone, Gary Crooks on guitar, Steve Luceno on bass, and Bruce Simpson on drums – will be brining the Christmas spirit to Jazzbones for the fourth year in a row at the upcoming Holiday Concert and Dance.

Jazz and blues fans…

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9 December 2010

Romantic Arias

October through February, the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series offers free classical concerts the second Tuesday night of each month. Though the program is put on in part through grants from the Tacoma Arts Commission and local businesses, in order to keep the program going every year it too needs some help. Enter the…

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9 December 2010

Visions of Sugar Plums

Tacoma City Ballet (TCB) has been bringing a holiday classic to local residents for decades, and this year aims to be one of the best yet as the organization will be putting a different twist on this dance offering.

“The Nutcracker” has been a favorite of families during the holidays for generations, and the…

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2 December 2010

Gifts for a Great Cause

The Hilltop Artists in Residence’s annual holiday sale is coming up, and though it has been happening for years it still remains one of the best opportunities for picking up some of the most unique and one-of-a-kind holiday gift items that Tacoma has to offer.

The non-profit organization, which was established…

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2 December 2010

Health a priority for local college campus

For the third time in recent years, the University of Puget Sound (UPS) has been bestowed with a top rank in a unique and popular contest: a high ranking by the youth arm of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), peta2, for their vegan-friendly cafeteria options.

This year the university was ranked at…

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23 November 2010

Rain on Me

Downtown Tacoma now has another option for that morning or afternoon cup of brew, and the shop happens to be nestled right in the heart of the booming downtown district. Rain City Café and Coffee Company opened its doors on Sept. 10, the brainchild of a few men who used to work in the pizza industry.

Owners Richard…

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23 November 2010

Potential for Growth

The Tacoma Food Co-Op recently held its second annual members meeting on Oct. 25 and discussed some pertinent issues for the organization going forward. The biggest at hand was the decision on whether to purchase a storefront at the current Neighborhood Market, located at 6th Avenue and South Junett Street. 

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18 November 2010

Movie, MD.

Directed by: Woody Allen

2010, Rated: R

Woody Allen fans have learned to not expect much from the revered comedic filmmaker in the 21st century. Viewers either liked or hated 2005’s “Match Point.” There was no absolutely loving it or other in between, but it did affirm that Allen still has…

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18 November 2010

Tacoma drummer moves ahead in contest

One of Tacoma’s own musicians will be representing the city and the Northwest in Guitar Center’s upcoming annual Drum-Off Competition’s western regional competition on Dec. 2 in Hollywood. That musician is 24-year-old Auburn-born now Tacoma-dwelling Nick Pierce.

The competition was created 22 years ago by the…

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10 November 2010

Back to Beale Street 2011

It’s that time of year again. The South Sound Blues Association will be hosting its annual fundraiser, concert and dance at the new Rhythm and Brews club downtown Nov. 14 to raise money to send the Randy Oxford Band to Memphis to compete in the Back to Beale Street 2011 competition.

This year, solo artist JD Hobson…

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