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South Sound Magazine Minute
CULTURE

The Best of the South Sound 2016

During the past several months, we’ve polled our readers to find their favorite spots around the South Sound. Businesses aiming to win asked clients for votes, too, all hoping for a coveted Best of the South Sound title. From cheap eats to best brunches to the prime spots in the great outdoors, this is your reader-voted guide to everything "best" in the South Sound. Thanks for voting and congrats to the winners! View the list here

CULTURE

Sneak Peek at Tacoma’s New McMenamins

McMenamins is currently working on a $32 million remodeling project to turn the old and vacant Elks Lodge into a hotel, brewery and community center by 2017. The lodge was built in 1915 and served as the center of the Tacoma Elks fraternal order until 1967. For about 50 years it hosted squatters and graffiti artists. We toured the building with the McMenamin brothers who revealed new details about the future of the historic building – including plans for a secret bar! Read on

TRAVEL + OUTDOORS

Baby Animals at Northwest Trek 

Northwest Trek is currently having a cuteness overload. This spring, there have been five orange bison calves, an elk calf, two bighorn sheep lambs, and trumpeter swan goslings. And these cute baby beavers! And there is more cuteness on the way. Elk calves and deer fawns are expected this summer. In the meantime, we’ve got pictures of these furry little babies. See more here!

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT

Northwest Art Now at Tacoma Art Museum 

Local artist Humaira Abid was a top art student in her homeland of Pakistan. She decided to major in wood sculpture because few women were doing it. “Wood is generally a male-dominated medium in the world, and there’s no woman’s voice in it,” she said. Abid uses her art to start conversations about women’s experiences — miscarriages, menstruation — that can be considered taboo to talk about. She’s one of the many artists featured in TAM’s new exhibition NW Art Now which focuses on Northwest artists producing work on identity, social justice, and the environment. It will be open until Sept. 4. 

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT

Smokey Joe’s Café

Tacoma Little Theatre is putting its own twist on Broadway’s longest running musical revue. Smokey Joe’s Café incorporates 40 hit songs in a 1950s setting. Take a nostalgic trip down rock 'n’ roll memory lane with song like Stand By Me, Yakety Yak, On Broadway, and more. Tickets are still available. 

Photos courtesy 2) Lauren Foster 3) Denette Cowan 4) Zoe Kahn 5) Tacoma Little Theatre via Facebook

Also online:

Meet the South Sound magazine Citizen of the Year Janet Runbeck. 

Norway dignitaries recently visited the Tacoma Art Museum. Find out why

A new Tacoma hair salon just opened on historic property. Meet the owner here.

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