‘Cabaret’ at TLT reveals decadence and danger of the era

LaNita Hudson (L) Haley Kim, Kathy Kluska and Amanda Jackson, the Kit Kat Klub girls surround Mauro Bozzo as the Klub’s Emcee,  in the current production at TLT of “Cabaret.” Photo by DK Photography.

Berlin, 1931:  Hitler’s Nazi slag was just beginning to ooze through the cracks in the Weimar Republic; Sally Bowles was waiting in the wings of the Kit Kat Klub; and life was a cabaret, old chum!

Tacoma Little Theatre presents the theatre’s 96th season’s final production “Cabaret,” with book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. [Read more…]

Tacoma and Puyallup students win big in library card design contest


Greta Jaecklein, 11, of Tacoma, and Karly Dammel, 16, of Puyallup, will see their designs on the next two Pierce County Library System cards. Jaecklein, a 5th grader at Grant Elementary, won in the K-6 category for her lively depiction of frogs jumping into a good book. Dammel, a home-schooled 10th grader, won in the 7-12 category for her colorful design of a reading superhero. View the winning artwork. [Read more…]

‘Buddy’ rocks Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Matt McClure, as Buddy Holly, stands in front of his back-up (Left) Jake Atwood, Megan Worthen (at keyboard in background), Markus S. Kamp (as Jerry Allison), John Miller and Cameron Brown on guitar during the final concert at Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s current production of “Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story.”  Photo by Kat Dollarhide

If you are a native of the Digital Generation, you don’t remember the night the music died. Those who were teeny-boppers in the 1950s will remember February 3, 1959 forever.

That was the night a small plane fell from the sky about five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, and slammed into the frozen earth. That is the night Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles P. Richardson, also known as the Big Bopper, lost their lives and the world lost their music. [Read more…]

Bates: Mastering shears and shaves, Davis makes the cut


Shortly after he graduated from high school in 2001, Jerohl Davis pursued a career in construction. Though it paid well, Jerohl said it was hard to keep busy year-round. “I had to work in the elements: rain, hail, sleet, snow. When I thought of the barbers I knew, they were all real cool guys who carried a certain swagger. They stayed dry all day, with work year-round,” he said. [Read more…]