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Broadway Center Vision for the Future

The Pantages Theater celebrates its 100th year in 2018. As that centennial approaches, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which operates the theater, is looking ahead to the next 100 years of performing arts programming for Tacoma. They want the next century of the Pantages to start with

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How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

As election season continues to gather momentum, there are a lot of sources out there with opinions about how you should vote. This week we have recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and from the Tacomic.

On Tuesday the Chamber released its recommendations on four of the twelve proposed Tacoma Charter amendments. It's a pretty succinct guide: just ...

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 21, 2014



Resolution No. 39030 A resolution setting Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the surplus and proposed sale of approximately 867 square feet of land owned by the Department of Public Utilities

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Wanted: Long-Term, Creative, Innovative Business Plans

Spaceworks Tacoma is looking for individuals or groups with long-term, creative/innovative business plans. The projects can be for-profit or non-profit, but they should in some way benefit the Tacoma community.

The Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Program offers operating spaces for local businesses

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Tour Harmon Brewery, Learn About The Not-So-Hidden Benefits of Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

Adaptive reuse of historic buildings has been a cornerstone of the revitalization of Tacoma's downtown.

There are plenty of examples of adaptive reuse in downtown Tacoma. Pacific Avenue is at its grandest where it passes between examples of historic buildings adapted and preserved for public uses

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 21, 2014

Budget talk continues to be the biggest topic this week, with conversations around the general fund, and funding for the Foss Waterway Development Authority. We'll also get to learn more about the new Seaport Alliance and plans to make the West End Alcohol Impact Area permanent, among other things.

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Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

Our Voters' Pamphlet showed up yesterday, and from what we hear ballots are in the mail headed to mailboxes everywhere. The big items for Tacoma voters on this November's ballot will be the 12 proposed amendments to the City Charter.

Some of the items fall more into the category of "housekeeping"

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Miko the Cat of King’s Books Passes Away

If you've shopped at King's Books, you have probably crossed paths with Miko the cat as he patrolled the stacks, kept an eye on the register, or napped on any available surface. King's is a special bookstore and Miko has been a part of it for a long time. We have some sad news from sweet pea at

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Museum of Glass Visiting Artists Antoine Pierini and Nicolas Laty

Museum of Glass October 22, 2014 at 4:30 am

Watch contemporary glass history in the making! Artists Antoine Pierini visits the Hot Shop from Tacoma’s sister city of Biot, France.

Pierini’s residency represents a desire to strength the relationship of these two glassblowing cities, and will include a special Kids Design Glass event on

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Romantic Bass Trombone and Friends

University of Puget Sound October 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

University of Puget Sound, School of Music Romantic Bass Trombone and Friends Faculty brass will be featured along with guest artist John Rojak, faculty at The Juilliard School, and member of American Brass Quintet.

$15 general, $10 senior/student/military

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LeMay-America’s Car Museum Family Zone Fun: Hood Ornament Design

LeMay-America’s Car Museum October 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

Visit the Family Zone and design a hood ornament. Museum staff will pick the most creative idea for the month of October and November, offering a special prize for the winners.

10 AM - 5 PM

Free with museum admission, members free

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The New Frontier Bluegrass Sunday

The New Frontier October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The New Frontier Bluegrass Sunday Live bluegrass collective 40 GRIT plays bluegrass jams.

4 PM - 8 PM


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The Haunted Theatre: Backstage Tour & Eerie Dances

Merlino Art Center October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Tacoma City Ballet invites you to celebrate Halloween with this family-oriented production. Take a backstage tour filled with ghostly, yet whimsical, characters. Then watch a delightful performance of spooky Halloween Ballets featuring bats, ghosts, marionettes, monsters, mummified Egyptian cats,

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Lerner & Lowe’s Brigadoon In Concert

Location Name October 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

One of the most intriguing and delightful aspects of a musical show is its ability to open up a whole new world to both its audience and cast. The show that does this better than any other is BRIGADOON.

This is a Scottish fantasy about a town that disappears into the Highland mist and returns

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The Capitol Steps

Pantages Theater October 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

With a never-ending supply of fresh material from elected officials, they put the “mock” in democracy with hilarious up-to-the-minute send-ups that bring down the house . . . and senate!

America’s favorite singing political satirists return to inject a much-needed dose of humor and musical

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The Boys Next Door

Pacific Lutheran University October 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

An Off-Broadway success, this touching and funny play focuses on the lives of four developmentally disabled men living in a communal residence.

October 24, 25 @ 7:30 PM

October 26 @ 2 PM

$8 general, $4 senior/alumni, $3 students/youth 18 and under

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Best Hotels in the Pacific Northwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014: Hotel Murano

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Tacoma's Hotel Murano has once again made a "best-of" list. This time the Murano shows up in the top 10 of Condé Nast Traveller's Readers' Choice Awards for Best Hotels in the Pacific NW.

Condé Nast readers liked the glass art theme, the contemporary, but cozy and well-appointed rooms, the fresh menu at Bite Restaurant, and of course the friendly staff. In the past the Murano has earned praise from Forbes, CNN Money, and other international media outlets, as well as appearing on a few other Condé Nast lists.

Nicely done, Murano.

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Glass Patches Seed Passion for Local Art

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Every year Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio makes pumpkins. They're pretty little seasonal works of art that will last longer than your jack o'lantern, and no one has to scoop out the guts.

Each year the artists display and sell their pumpkins at half a dozen locations around the Sound, wrapping up this year at the Pioneer Pavillion in Puyallup this Saturday with 6,000 pumpkins in an 8,000 square-foot space. If you miss them there, though, you can always pick up a pumpkin at the studio just off Pacific on 23rd, or order one online. Or you could schedule your own glass blowing session, and see what you can come up with yourself.

It seems like the perfect intersection of pumpkin month and Tacoma Arts Month.

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Coming soon to downtown Tacoma – Odd Otter Brewing

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Last month Tacoma beer lovers celebrated the opening of Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. Next up is the opening of Odd Otter Brewing, just a few doors down on Pacific. They're hoping to open soon, although it's looking like opening day won't come any sooner than November, according to the brewery's Facebook page.

The doors may not be open yet at 716 Pacific, but the brewers have been busy. Some of their beers made it out to tasting events like Brew53 this summer, but they've got an even more extensive list planned for the tasting room. There's an amber, a strawberry blonde, and a double IPA, alongside some more unusual sounding flavors like the Coconut Chai Porter and Momma Otter's Pancake Porter.

With the imminent opening of Odd Otter and the recently opened Pacific Brewing on Pacific, and just up the hill Tacoma Brewing and the someday plans for McMenamins, are we looking a New Brewery District for Tacoma?

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Infographic: A National-Level Look at FDI in the United States

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Foreign Direct Investment seems to be popping up with increasing frequency in conversations about Tacoma's economic outlook - from the recently-formed Mayor's Commission on International Relations, to the new Tacoma-Seatle Seaport Alliance, to the EB-5 investors interested in develooping a new hotel next to the Convention Center.

In light of increased attention on the importance of international relations for Tacoma, it seems good to know what we're talking about - and where the opportunities and potential benefits lie. Benefits go beyond the jobs directly created when foreign investors come to town.

Subnationally, FDI builds pipelines between US clusters and theiry global counterparts, increasing the flow of economically productive knoledge and forging important trade and investment relationships in the process.

An infographic is a pretty easily digestible way to approach a topic, but it still provides a little food for thought on the possibilities for Tacoma...

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Apply for the Foss Waterway Development Authority Board

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill two three-year terms on the Foss Waterway Development Authority (FWDA) Board.

The FWDA consists of seven members who are appointed by the Economic

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The Phantom of the Opera

Chill with a Friend at an Evening with the 1925 Silent Film, Piano, and Organ

Grab a pew after dark at Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

TACOMA, Wash. – In 1910 French horror writer

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Road Closures for Asphalt Repairs on October 27

On Oct. 27, weather permitting, the City of Tacoma’s Street Operations Division will perform asphalt repairs on McMurray Road between Browns Point Boulevard and Marine View Drive. The street will be

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Lakewood man charged with wife’s murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, with murder in the first degree for shooting his wife to death in their Lakewood apartment. He is

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Hoot ‘n’ Howl lights up the night this weekend at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

EATONVILLE, Wash. – It’s a fall carnival. It’s a costume party. It’s a celebration of wildlife and things that go hoot and howl in the night.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s premier fall event, Hoot

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