Tacoma singer Vicci Martinez, who got a big break by becoming a finalist on the first season of "The Voice," is now climbing the charts with "Come Along," the single from her "Vicci" album that features "Voice" coach Cee Lo Green. She's playing The Swiss tonight as part of its 20th anniversary weekend. It's been 10 years since she debuted there.
Three former employees of Engine House No. 9 started The Swiss in 1993. Jack McQuade managed the pub during the day, Bob Hill booked the music and handled the night shift, and Gayl Bertagni ran the kitchen. Twenty years later, McQuade and his wife are keeping the beloved downtown pub going, and marking its longevity with a full weekend of celebrating.
Vicci Martinez was a 16-year-old aspiring performer when she first played at The Swiss 10 years ago. The Tacoma native was just embarking on her singing and songwriting career.
Looking older than your age is not usually a good thing unless youre The Swiss Restaurant & Pub. Not yet old enough to drink (if it were a person), the tavern has become a downtown fixture since opening 20 years ago.
Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville announced its summer concert series on Monday. This summer's visitors include Chris Isaak, Harry Connick Jr., Counting Crows, Pat Benatar, Gladys Knight, Garrison Keillor and more.
ATLANTA — A court hearing on a disorderly conduct charge has been rescheduled for actress Reese Witherspoon, who said she is “deeply embarrassed” by what she said to a state trooper during a traffic stop in Atlanta.
Could you watch 12 movies nonstop and stay awake? For most of us, the answer is no. Luckily for those of you who are fans of The Grand Cinema, you won’t have to to participate in the Grand’s first-ever 24-hour Movie Marathon this weekend.
Hey, kids! It’s time to play “Spot the Influences!”
A Washington pioneer woman might have given the state of Idaho its name. At least the former lieutenant governor of Idaho thinks she did. David Leroy says Luzena Wallace suggested the name of Idaho during a meeting attended by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862.
Say yes to “No.” An entire country did, causing a political earthquake that uprooted a tenacious dictatorship and formed the basis of this smart, involving and provocative new film.
It’s been two years since Centralia’s Charlie Albright last played on The Washington Center for the Performing Arts stage. Since then, the 24-year-old concert pianist has played with the San Francisco, Seattle and Boston Pops orchestras, among others; collaborated with cellist Yo Yo Ma; won a handful of prizes; completed a master’s degree in music at the New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree in economics at Harvard University; and reached 1,300 “likes” on his Facebook page.
It’s a big musical jump from the elegance of Mozart to the driving pulse of mambo, son and cha cha. But combining classical music and Cuba has been a major part of Northwest Sinfonietta’s mission during the past couple of years.
Cant wait until September for country music, Krusty Pups and squealing piglets? Not to worry. The Spring Fair in Puyallup is sort of like Half Christmas for fair fans. The annual shorter, tamer version of the newly rebranded Washington State Fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds, offering fair mainstays such as carnival rides, scones, musical artists and vendors.
Disney is turning "Star Wars" films into an annual summer ritual.
The Motion Picture Association of America announced changes Tuesday to its movie rating system, saying it wants to better inform parents about violence in films.
Kid Rock will wrap up the Washington State Fairs two-week long concert series on Sept. 22, according to a news release from the fairs public relations counsel Karen LaFlamme.
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Can Tacoma finally take a joke? Seattle sketch comedy veteran John Keister thinks so.
Earnest, righteous, historically accurate and often entertaining, writer-director Brian Helgeland’s “42” is pretty much all you could hope for in a Jackie Robinson film biography.
What is reality? In “Trance,” only director Danny Boyle knows for sure. He leaves it to the audience to try to figure out just what’s up, and what’s going down, in this sleek psychological puzzler.
When 50 or so decorated boats sail past the Tacoma Yacht Club in all their finery April 21, Alan Rencowski won’t be on board. As the commodore of the yacht club, Rencowski will be the man on the podium, garnering salutes from crews on passing boats in the 61st annual Daffodil Marine Parade as it makes its way along the Tacoma waterfront to the Thea Foss Waterway.
Unwieldy, overlong and overly reliant on melodramatic coincidences, “The Place Beyond the Pines” is better than it has any right to be, thanks to its cast.
A drama about father-and-son war veterans is one of the six films showing during Tacoma Community College’s Diversity Film Festival at the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma.
Thank goodness for two local Presbyterian churches that, apart from their spiritual content, offer Tacomans regular free jazz and blues concerts in acoustically fantastic venues (though they may take up a donation for the musicians).
Rain (likely) or shine (less so), white-glove-clad princesses and brilliant yellow daffodils will adorn floats Saturday as the Daffodil Festival’s Grand Floral Parade weaves through four Pierce County cities.
Pop culture Q&A Question: I thought “The Killing” or its new name was to come back to TV. Still planned for the future? Did I miss it because of a new title?
Paul McCartney will play at Seattle’s Safeco Field at 8 p.m. July 19, the first ever major concert at the Mariners’ home field, Live Nation announced Monday.
Hunters should expect to see an average number of wild turkeys in the field when Washington’s spring hunting season opens April 15.
A few years ago, while members were looking for ways to celebrate those participating in the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic while battling Parkinson’s disease, Team Parkinson’s considered borrowing an old cycling tradition.
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NEW YORK – It’s fair to say that Mads Mikkelsen dines out on his new starring role.
As the ampersand between their names indicates, “Ginger & Rosa” are inseparable, pals since birth, best friends for as long as anyone can remember. At least until now.
“We all have our moments,” says Yuval Diskin. “Maybe you’re shaving and you think, ‘I make a decision and x number of people are killed.’ The power to take lives in an instant, there’s something unnatural about it.”
Relentless, pitiless, bloody and intense — that’s the remake of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead.”
Forget blowing the images up to IMAX size and converting the lunging velociraptors and T. Rexes into 3-D. The best reason to revive “Jurassic Park” for its 20th anniversary is Jeff Goldblum.
In the early 2000s, Christopher Titus was on top of the comedy heap. After a successful stand-up career, he landed his own self-titled FOX-TV sitcom. The show was both highly rated and critically acclaimed.
Its no secret that the flat Skagit Valley looks a lot like the Netherlands. It also is filled with that über-Dutch crop tulips. Now that April is here and all those blooms are painting the fields with vivid yellows, reds and pinks, it makes sense to tour around them on that quintessential Dutch form of transport: the bicycle.
Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who become the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 70.
NEW YORK – When Larry Hagman died of cancer last November, TNT’s “Dallas” reboot was put to the test over how to write his character out of the show.
Looking for something to keep the kiddos busy this spring?
Students from Cheryl Hackinens fifth-grade class at Tacomas Skyline Elementary School watched from home as their teacher won $11,450 on national television Thursday night, by guessing phrases such as fettuccine alfredo and early bird special effects.
People have been trying to film Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” the talismanic Beat novel, just about since the day it was published in 1957. “Heart Beat,” the 1980 semi-biopic, with John Heard as Kerouac; Nick Nolte as his madman muse, Neal Cassady; and Sissy Spacek as Cassady’s second wife, Carolyn, captured a little of the reckless spirit caroming around the room, grabbing from Kerouac’s lush, lunatic teletype-roll tome and from Carolyn Cassady’s memoirs. And there have been other imitators and aspirants.
It’s the finest weapons porn multimillions can buy. It’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
Max Irons and Jake Abel are chasing each other up and down a hallway at the Ritz-Carlton while Stephenie Meyer looks on with a maternal smile.
In the future, hunger, violence and money have disappeared. Lying is unthinkable. And stealing – from the place where one acquires one’s every need, a building labeled “Store” – is pointless. Because we’re all wearing spotless white suits and driving shiny, chrome-plated Lotus Evoras. Well, a lot of us are.
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