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Archives: Oct. 2012


KPLU announces Sunday schedule changes

Reruns are out at KPLU. New content is in. Sort of.

The station announced today that “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland will be dropped. “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” will fill that time slot.

The public radio station at Pacific Lutheran University (88.5 FM) is one of Puget Sound’s main providers of National Public Radio programming and, of course, jazz.

Beginning this Sunday’s KPLU’s program schedule will change between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. KPLU’s Assistant General Manager/Director of Content Joey Cohn said the 94-year-old McPartland hasn’t recorded a new show for over two years and KPLU has been airing reruns.

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Flea and swap meet, classical music, Holiday Food & Gift Show and run down of local pumpkin patches and more this weekend

Swap and Flea Cheney Stadium
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20, Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. $1. 206-790-2505,

Evergreen’s Harvest Festival noon-6 p.m. Oct. 20, The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia. Free.

Growing Orchids 1 p.m. Oct. 20, Orting Pierce County Library, 202 Washington Ave. S., Orting. Free. Go to to register.

Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist 2 p.m. Oct. 20, Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. Free.

White River Fall Bazaar
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 21, White River

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Enjoy lutefisk, laugh with Tim Allen, see competitive ice skating, Bill Cosby plus lots of jazz this weekend and beyond

It’s all about Norway and its traditions at the Lutefisk Dinner and Bazaar. Enjoy a traditional meal and check out crafts for sale from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma. Dinner is $20. Call 253-627-9012 or go to

With a résumé that includes the sitcom “Home Improvement,” the voice of Buzz Lightyear, “The Santa Claus” film series and the TV show “Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen is a household name in comedy. He’ll joke around at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th

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Josh Lucas and his ‘Red Dog’ kick off Gig Harbor Film Festival

Hollywood star Josh Lucas grew up in Gig Harbor and tonight he returned home to show a film he’s particularly proud of.

The star of “Sweet Home Alabama” and this year’s TV drama “The Firm” is a Gig Harbor High School graduate.

“Red Dog” is a 2011 Australian film that’s gone on to be the eighth highest grossing movie in that country. It tells the true story of a stray kelpie that worked his way into the hearts of a small mining community in Australia’s Outback. The dog had a profound effect on the town’s inhabitants through his quirky

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Devil On A Leash CD release party Saturday at Louie G’s.

Local genre-defying band Devil On A Leash will be releasing their debut album Puppet Shadows on Saturday in a CD Release show at Louie G’s.

Devil On A Leash is a line from a Tom Waits song. Band member Ben Stephen says, “Like Waits, our music does not conform into a specific genre.”

The songs have been described as a garage pop sound that experiments in hard rock and psychedelic.

Stephen continues: “We are all local Tacoma boys who graduated from Stadium and Bellarmine and have been playing gigs in the Tacoma/Seattle area for a few years

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Elvis takes out Tacomans on ‘Family Feud’

Tacoma’s Myers family lost their feud to an Arizona family on Thursday.

Tralayne Myers, her brothers Arnie, Charles, Brandon and father Arnold, were competing on TV game show “Family Feud.”

The show opened with an exchange between Arnie Myers and Harvey. Arnie works at Nintendo and told Harvey about the upcoming Wii U gaming console. Harvey wanted to know more. “You’re going to have to buy it to find out, brother” Arnie told Harvey.

Harvey then turned his attention to Tralayne who told him she was named after an alien guest star on TV’s “Star Trek.”

“So, he didn’t

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Five days of food and gifts begins now

Today at 11 a.m. the Tacoma Dome swings open its doors for the 30th Annual Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival. The event runs through Sunday.

With more than 600 exhibits it’s the largest holiday event on the West Coast. Yes, we’re still in October but I suppose you can’t start selling holiday items too soon.

Vendors will be offering arts and crafts, gifts, seasonal decorations and gourmet foods.

Here are some highlights:

“Cooking for the Holidays” showcases local chefs, culinary schools and restaurants. This event features culinary artists sharing recipes and special techniques to help you

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Endeavor who? Our space shuttle opens for viewing Nov. 10

You’ve seen the non-stop coverage of the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s arrival in Los Angeles: The hundreds of trees that were cut down, the long crawl to its new home. I’m surprised it wasn’t covered in graffiti by the time it got there.

None of that would have been necessary if NASA had given a space shuttle to the Museum of Flight, conveniently located next to Boeing Field. But what they did give to the museum is nothing to sneeze at: a full size replica trainer of a shuttle. And all you wanna-be astronauts can go inside for the

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