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Archives: July 2011


New Tuesday film series starts at the Grand Cinema

On Tuesday a film will open and then close at the Grand Cinema after just two showings.

The short run of “City of Life and Death” isn’t due to bad reviews – its garnered critical acclaim – but because it’s the first in a new Tuesday-only series of films at the Grand.

Despite the Grand’s addition of a fourth screen at the theater in December 2009 director Philip Cowan said he still doesn’t have enough theaters to show all the films he’d like to.

“Give me another screen and I’d still find more movies I want to play,” Cowan said.
The movies Cowan is choosing for the series reflect quality films but wouldn’t necessarily support a week’s worth of audiences. They also offer a new movie to Grand regulars who may have seen everything the theater has to offer in any given week.

“I can guarantee you on a Tuesday a chance to see something you haven’t seen,” Cowan said.

The films are new releases but the theater plans to show some classic 35mm prints from time to time, Cowan said.

The Grand continues to be Pierce County’s only regular movie house for independent, non-mainstream films. “City of Life and Death” is no exception. The film follows the 1937 Imperial Japanese Army siege to the Chinese capital of Nanjing which killed as many as 300,000 citizens. “The Rape of Nanking,” as it’s often called, is still an open wound in China and the Japanese movie caused controversy there.

Other upcoming films range from romantic comedies to a documentary on the Earth Liberation Front.

There will be two opportunities to see the films on Tuesdays: a matinee at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Due to the varying length of films those times may vary slightly from week to week.

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Things to do for the next 7 days

Today and Sunday

There’s not many things that say the Pacific Northwest more then a salmon bake. There are two to choose from:
 First up is the annual Kiwanis Salmon Bake from 4-8 tonight at Steel Lake Park, 2410 S. 312th St., Federal Way. It features live entertainment and a hot dog meal for kids. Tickets are $20, kids’ meal is $5. Call 206-510-3192 or go to
 The Steilacoom Historical Museum Association is hosting its Salmon Bake from noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Sunnyside Beach, Steilacoom. Enjoy music by the Irish Seisun Band from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Indian

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A variety of outdoor concerts, interactive comedy and dancing happening tonight

It’s a warm sunny day and what better weather then to go to an outdoor concert. Here are few happening in the area:

Westsound Home & Garden Summer Concert Series featuring Austin Radio at 6 p.m. tonight, Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive N.W., Gig Harbor. It’s free. 253-851-4557,
Curran Apple Orchard Summer Concert Series featuring Department of Washington American Legion Band at 6:30-8 p.m. tonight, Curran Apple Orchard Park, 3920 Grandview Drive W., University Place. It’s free. 253-460-2530,
Jazz Under The Stars featuring Johnaye Kendrick, Seattle vocalist at 7 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater

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Grant Peeples plays Morso August 6

Singer/songwriter Grant Peeples plays at Morso August 6 as part of his West Coast debut.

Peeples’ songs are a mix of satire and social commentary on the state of America as he sees it. His official bio sums it up nicely…

He violates the “ No Trespassing” signs, peeks over the backyard fences of the culture. Then he picks up his guitar and lets you know what he’s seen–unapologetically–like a poet would anchor the Six O’clock News.

Peeples lived for 11 years on an island off the coast of Nicaragua. When he returned to the U.S. in 2006,

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Guitarist Ana Popovic sings the blues at Jazzbones Sunday

One of the world’s top female guitar players, Ana Popovic, brings her impressive skills to Jazzbones Sunday for a 7 p.m. show.

The singer/songwriter is a native of Serbia but has fully embraced American blues – with her own interpretation. Popovic has become something of an underground guitar sensation. She was recently a special guest during B.B. King’s German tour.

Tickets for Sunday’s show are $16.50 advance and $20 day of show.

Popovic is releasing her sixth studio album, Unconditional, August 16 on EclectoGroove Records.


Things to do for the next 7 days


Billed as the nation’s largest Christian music festival, Creation Festival Northwest includes three days of music, teaching, baptism, camping and fellowship. The annual event is coming back to the Enumclaw Expo Center, 45225 284th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. today through Sunday. Performers include Toby Mack, Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band and more. Day tickets are $49, entire event tickets range from $60-$155. For more information,


If you’re a lover of cars, especially classic ones, the Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals car show is the place to be this weekend. The annual event features more

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What’s happening tonight

Happenings up north:

Indigo Girls with Mount Moriah 7 p.m. tonight, Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle. $26,

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers playing at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. $20-$125,

Catch Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire playing country, rock, metal and soul as part of the Kent Summer Concerts: Thursdays at the Lake, 7-8:30 p.m. tonight, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St., Kent. Free. (253) 856-5050,

Downtown Tacoma will be hoppin’ tonight:

It’s Tacoma ArtWalk tonight. The museums will be offering free admission and many galleries

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