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Wounded warrior band, Vetted, to perform

Music

Wounded warrior band, Vetted, to perform

Each day, 22 wounded warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury commit suicide, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. That amounts to 8,000 veterans per year taking their own lives. Vetted, the first nationally recognized all-wounded warrior rock band based in Houston, Texas, believes one solution

Classic love

Stage

Classic love

I can't help but wonder why in the world any actor or any director or producer would want to do Romeo and Juliet when it's already been done so many times in so many ways. Niclas Olson said, "I think a lot of it has to do with how much

It's Greek to Me

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It's Greek to Me

It's Greek to Me has been an institution in Tacoma for over 22 years, and if you've ever grabbed a gyro from the drive-thru, then you have been part of their success over the years.  This past spring, owner Jim Wick made the move across the street. The new location

New year, new look

Features

New year, new look

Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel is excited to share their new renovations with the public. The $45 million dollar renovation project will be unveiled in phases over the next several months, starting with 40,000 square feet of additional gaming space, a portion that opened just before New Year's Eve. The

'Creative Cowboys'

Arts

'Creative Cowboys'

I have never been a huge fan of cowboy art, so I was surprised to find I actually enjoyed "Creative Cowboys" and its companion show, "Saddles, Spurs and Quirts" as much as I did. "Creative Cowboys" celebrates cowboy culture in the Pacific Northwest from art about cowboy festivals and rodeos from

Catchy and ragged

Music

Catchy and ragged

I've said it countless times in articles I've written about bands in the almost seven years I've been doing this, but that's because it's truly stuck with me in the way that most insights in music journalism don't: "The better the person's voice, the harder it is to believe what

This beer leads the way

Bars & Clubs

This beer leads the way

Last August, former Army Ranger, Justin Shine, of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, attended a benefit release party at Narrows Brewing Company on 19th street in Tacoma to highlight Narrows Brewing's latest achievement, "Lead the Way IPA." The party was to raise funds for

Bundle up and see the snow

Outdoors

Bundle up and see the snow

One of the many great things about living in Washington is the proximity to outdoor adventures, and now is the perfect time of year for snow enthusiasts. Although there may not be any snow on the ground here, that doesn't mean it can't be found.  On the contrary, snow abounds

Around the world in 80 minutes

Music

Around the world in 80 minutes

There are writers who classify Portland-based Pink Martini as a lounge band, but it's clearer to call it a danceable jazz combo with international flair. Pianist Thomas Lauderdale was hoping to be mayor someday and founded Pink Martini in 1994 as a backing band for political fundraisers. His plan derailed when

Maxwell's Speakeasy

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Maxwell's Speakeasy

If you have expensive taste when it comes to food, it can be a little tough on your pocketbook. But don't fret, after being closed for several months due to flood damage, Maxwell's in Tacoma has reopened and once again is offering happy hour each afternoon from 4-6 p.m.  This

Sex, math and monkey bites

Stage

Sex, math and monkey bites

In one way, dear reader, it would be very difficult for me to describe the plot of Arcadia without spoiling it for you; in another way, it may actually be impossible for me to spoil this play to anyone. Going into this production, the managing artistic director of the Lakewood

'Transitions and Reflections'

Arts

'Transitions and Reflections'

The term "Textile Paintings" is my term, not the artists and not the gallery's. It's what I see as the best possible descriptor of Barbara Lee Smith's art at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College. It's neither fabric art nor painting, and yet it combines some of the best elements

Smothered in charm

Music

Smothered in charm

You can be forgiven for thinking that Marion Walker is some rootsy folk singer from the ‘60s that was lost to the sands of time, or that she may be a retro-leaning find that is being groomed by producers that would like to snake their way into the currently profitable

Winter adventure hikes

Outdoors

Winter adventure hikes

If you're a fan of Bear Grylls' rugged outdoor survival TV show, and if you're looking for your own exciting outdoor adventure, then you'll want to talk with Robert Conrad. For the seventh straight year, Conrad, the program manager for Northwest Adventure Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), will lead an

Outdoor adventure awaits

Outdoors

Outdoor adventure awaits

They're the equivalent to the outdoor answer man. They're Jacques Cousteau, Jim Whittaker and Jean Claude Killy all rolled into one. Whether you're looking for a place to hike, swim, ski or go whitewater rafting, or whether you're looking for a place to dock your boat or ride your four-wheeler, then

Mexican restaurants que amamos

Features

Mexican restaurants que amamos

We don't really care to enter the debate what is authentic Mexican food and what's not.  We like home grown recipes from Mexico, and we also enjoy the Americanized versions of Mexican food.  Both have a place in our stomachs.  After several years away from these pages, we are back

A Tacoma time capsule

South Sound Cinema

A Tacoma time capsule

It's remarkable to think about how new the art form of motion pictures is. To this day, some people don't even consider films to be an art because of how new they are. A little over a century ago, the Lumiere brothers began filming things as simple as someone doing

Do svidaniya, Banya

Travel

Do svidaniya, Banya

In movies, the second a guy walks into a Russian spa, he gets whacked by some goon from the Organizatsiya. That violent fantasy couldn't be farther from the truth. This is the first in a series of Volcano articles about winter getaways within reasonable driving distance of the South Sound. For

Scott Young at Stable Studios

Arts

Scott Young at Stable Studios

Is it kosher for an art critic to say he doesn't know what he thinks about an exhibition he's reviewing? Somehow it doesn't seem right, and yet we're human. Sometimes it takes us more time than we have to study an artist's work and mull it over before coming to

Not just for kids

Stage

Not just for kids

Watching TMP Family Theater's Junie B. Jones was a joyful experience. This upbeat musical is based on the popular children's book series by Barbara Park. And it's not just for children. My wife and I don't have any young children, and we enjoyed it as much as many musical comedies

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