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'Multiverse of Madness' requires work, still satisfies

As I'd anticipated, "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" was well exceeded by "Everything Everywhere All at Once" as a free-for-all romp across multiple universes, but what I suspect...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 12, 2022

'Kustom Laser Art by Oz' featured in May

The Belfair Self-Storage art wall is devoting May to showcasing Allyn resident Michael Osborn's "Kustom Laser Art by Oz" lasear-cut wood artwork, complete with an artist reception featuring Osborn at...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 12, 2022

Port, Salmon Center make park progress

When the Port of Allyn followed up on Sweetwater Park during the port commissioners' May 2 meeting, Port Executive Director Lary Coppola said Kathleen Barrantes, the grant writer the Salmon Center hir...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 12, 2022

Port of Allyn reviews technical matters

The Port of Allyn reviewed several technical matters during the port commissioners’ May 2 meeting. Port Executive Director Lary Coppola said he sent a letter to Mason County commissioners to say the port was reducing its Comprehensive Economic Deve...

 

'Unbearable Weight' showcases Cage's career

What's perhaps most notable about "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent," a charmingly affectionate sendup of the iconically bizarre public persona of Nicolas Cage, is that its most compelling...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 5, 2022

North Mason seeks makeup days, new board member

As of April 21, the North Mason School District needs makeup days and a new board director. Superintendent Dana Rosenbach submitted a waiver to make up for the days the district missed due to weather and emergencies. Rosenbach said state law...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 5, 2022

Hawkins Middle School comes together 'in concert'

A performance by the Hawkins Middle School Orchestra for the North Mason School Board on April 21 led middle school Principal Robert Kalahan to catch the school board up on the school’s progress through COVID. After the orchestra played the songs...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    May 5, 2022

North Mason superintendent criticizes funding

North Mason School District Superintendent Dana Rosenbach spoke out at the school board’s April 21 meeting about how the decade-old McCleary v. Washington decision has affected funding for smaller school districts. Rosenbach criticized the effect...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    April 28, 2022

Hoodsport prepares for Memorial Day

Hoodsport business owner Jan Morris offered an update on the May 15 Fjordin Crossin event to Port of Hoodsport commissioners April 13. Morris, owner of The Hardware Distillery, said event organizers are trying to enlist local and regional...

 

'The Northman' dives deep, delivers visceral thrills

Tell me a tale of the past, and I'll often spot what you're saying about the present. The first two "Godfather" films ostensibly chronicle the ascendance of the Mafia in American culture in the 20th...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    April 28, 2022

After long wait, 'Addams Family' takes North Mason stage

7 p.m. on May 13 marks the first of North Mason High School’s six presentations of its spring musical production “The Addams Family,” which NMHS Drama Club Adviser Hilary Gennaro noted is long overdue. “We were set to produce this two years...

 

Shelton's Museum Contempo teams up with artist

Shelton's Museum Contempo has used the social media skills of one local artist to provide all of the gallery's artists with global exposure. Museum Contempo is at 68 SE Lynch Road in Shelton, but...

 

'Everything Everywhere' overwhelms with possibilities

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" premieres May 6, but in spite of how much I'm a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and of director Sam Raimi in particular, I'm sure that film has...

 

Glass blower straddles art scene in Shelton, Tacoma

Shelton High School graduate Ty Nault went from pushing paper to being inspired by the artwork within walking distance of his office jobs. He followed up on his childhood fascination with stained...

 

Commemorating Bruce Willis' career with his best roles

On March 30, Bruce Willis' family announced his retirement from acting after he was diagnosed with aphasia, which impairs the ability to comprehend language and communicate. The Los Angeles Times...

 

'Moon Knight' shines brightly, 'The Bubble' deflates

I did not attend the premiere of Marvel/Sony's "Morbius," because however long or convoluted my reviews are, I actually don't believe in wasting your time or mine. Check out the other reviews online,...

 

'Halo' OK for newcomers, maybe not longtime fans

Not all nerds are nerds about everything, so while I'm a nerd about a broad spectrum of media, my one big shortfall is that I've never been a nerd about video games. I'm prefacing my review of the...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    March 24, 2022

League of Women Voters discusses local journalism

The League of Women Voters of Mason County heard from a pair of veteran journalists on "The Decline of Local Journalism and Its Impact on Democracy" during its March 15 meeting. Sally Carpenter Hale retired in 2019 after 40 years with The Associated...

 

Belfair Self-Storage showcases Alice Durrie

Artist Alice Durrie has embraced an eclectic variety of media in her attempts to capture and convey the beauty she sees in seemingly insignificant and naturally occurring phenomena around her....

 

'Servant of the People' is an inspiring winner

Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger were able to lean on their movie careers to get elected governor of California, which led Reagan to higher office and Schwarzenegger back to Hollywood. Donald...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    March 24, 2022

Fishery task force meets with Squaxin Island Tribe

Port of Grapeview officials received a monthly update last month on the work of the Case Inlet Fishery Task Force from task force facilitator Brad Pomroy. The task force is supported by the Grapeview...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    March 24, 2022

Port of Grapeview putting property up for sale

The Port of Grapeview agreed to put property up for sale for a minimum price of $100,000 after a public hearing at the port’s March 15 meeting didn’t draw any negative reactions. The 1.74-acre parcel designated as 12108-21-90041 is zoned...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    March 17, 2022

Port of Hoodsport in process of clearing hazard trees

The Port of Hoodsport is still dealing with the fallout of its hazard trees and is considering upcoming waste disposal needs. The port’s vouchers for February totaled $14,797.30, which port Operations Manager Kathleen Wyatt said is higher than the...

 

'Star Trek: Picard' season 2 continues to deliver

So much of the 10-episode first season of "Star Trek: Picard" in 2020, on what's now Paramount+, was devoted to cleaning up the collateral damage of 2002's "Star Trek: Nemesis" and J.J. Abrams' 2009...

 
 By Kirk Boxleitner    News    March 17, 2022

Cleaning up Dewatto campground

The Port of Dewatto closed out its regular meetings for the winter with an update from port campground coordinator Joe Newman, who said he visited the campground several times during the winter to...

 

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