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APRIL FOOLS Apology

The Ranger newspaper would like to make a formal apology for our April Fools issue posted online today.  We have done these for years.  Unfortunately, this year, we unintentionally offended some of our readers.  It was our intention to draw light on recent developments in the

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New food options on base

It used to be that when you thought of food on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, you thought about Burger King. And while it's true that this fast food monarch still dominates in feeding troops (with the Lewis Main location ranking number one worldwide in sales for the chain), more dining options

The devil you play!

Music

The devil you play!

In Clarksdale, Mississipi in 1929, Robert Johnson struck a bargain with the devil on a dark, dusty crossroads: In exchange for musical talent, Robert agreed to ... Well, the devil only traffics in one type of currency. That's how Robert Johnson became the "King of the Delta Blues." He also spent

Spring Fair time

Attractions

Spring Fair time

Spring. A time of new life and new beginnings. For more than 25 years, the Washington State Spring Fair has celebrated all that is wonderful about this special season. And this year, there is more to celebrate than ever before with an additional four acres of rides, food, shopping and

Celebrating the Long House

Arts

Celebrating the Long House

The Evergreen State College is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Long House with an exhibition called “Swigwial?txw at 20: Building upon the Past, Visioning into the Future”, featuring works by more than 70 Native artists in paint, print, sculpture, glass, basketry and other crafts. Each of the artists have

Inside dramaturge

Stage

Inside dramaturge

Blame it on Beckett is an intelligently written comedy-drama by John Morogiello and directed for Olympia Little Theatre by Kendra Malm. High on irony and insider-theater references, the humor is esoteric and the drama realistic. Jim Foley (played by Rick Pearlstein in the biggest and best performance I've seen him in

Naked and creaking

Music

Naked and creaking

There are moments in everybody's lives where shepherds emerge to usher you into new musical territories. I often write about how my parents shaped my appreciation of music through their joint effort to get me listening to oldies, and then my father's solo effort to corrupt me with Frank Zappa,

Free concert

Music

Free concert

Over the years, the city of Tacoma has been proud to support the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. Now the two orchestras are joining forces to say "Thank You" to the city with a free concert underwritten by Dr. Hsushi Yeh and sponsored by the Connelly

Playing with local history

Travel

Playing with local history

I watched as the bituminous coal glowed red in a forge. Blacksmith Ray Baker looked and said the coals' temperature exceeded that of molten lava. He shoved a steel rod into the coals; minutes later, he withdrew it and used a pair of tongs to twist it into a circle. This was

Out of Africa

Reviews

Out of Africa

Let's start with the question of "where." The closest Ethiopian eatery to most Weekly Volcano readers is Dukem Restaurant and Market, near the intersection of 518 and 509 highways in Burien. It's in a tightly packed strip mall. Don't let that stand in your way. In fact, bring an empty

A mystic journey continues

Music

A mystic journey continues

Technically, Arlo Guthrie is a one-hit wonder. Thus saith Billboard, anyway. The only chart hit Guthrie enjoyed was a still-familiar number called "City of New Orleans." You know: "Good mornin', America, how are ya? Don'tcha know me, I'm your favorite son ... " The catch is it's not a song

'Embroidered Spaces'

Arts

'Embroidered Spaces'

Canadian artist Amanda McCavour's installation, "Embroidered Spaces" at South Puget Sound Community College, is a magical, gossamer world that is, quite frankly, unlike anything I have ever seen. And believe me, I have seen a lot of art. A lot. But nothing like this. McCavour draws with thread by stitching on

Entourage 2?

Stage

Entourage 2?

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is an odd little number, a simultaneously zany comedy with references and themes, and a steadfastly old-fashioned play about clashing personalities briefly coming together. There are stretches of reality-breaking whimsy surrounded by cynical allusions to shallow pop culture (a fictional Entourage 2 becomes

In the bedroom

Music

In the bedroom

Before we talk about some bands this week, it must be acknowledged what an amazing job Obsidian has been doing, as of late. The relatively new cafe/bar/venue has been absolutely killing it with their shows, quickly rising through the ranks of music spots in Olympia with at least one surefire

The many faces of Aimee Mann

Music

The many faces of Aimee Mann

Thanks to the global memory bank that is YouTube, we can all enjoy the boppy little 1981 single "Give Me Your Face." It's a cut off the album Bark Along With the Young Snakes, recorded, not surprisingly, by a Boston post-punk outfit called The Young Snakes. It's an enjoyable tune,

A walk into tranquility

Outdoors

A walk into tranquility

Think of Lakewold Gardens as an artist's studio. Landscape architect Thomas Church drew the principals that provided the intellectual easel for the creation of the gardens. But Eulalie Wagner, the last matron of the Wagner House, provided the vision and drive that resulted in the creation of a gardening masterpiece. "It's tranquil

A links like no other

Reviews

A links like no other

Announcer: It is difficult to believe that less than a year ago the South Sound was bulging at the seams with famous golfers and the fans that wanted to get a glimpse of them. In June 2015, Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place hosted the U.S. Open - an

'Edvard Munch and The Sea'

Arts

'Edvard Munch and The Sea'

"Edvard Munch and The Sea" at Tacoma Art Museum includes 25 prints and drawings and one oil painting by the Norwegian expressionist and symbolist master. Like most people, I have seen very little of Munch's art other than the two or three pieces that habitually show up in art books,

Out of control bedlam

Stage

Out of control bedlam

There is practically an entire genre of theater about theater, typically farces about bad theater companies doing bad theater. Often these are as bad as the plays they lampoon, but there is one exception - the mother of all farces about theater: Noises Off by Michael Frayn, now playing at

Hopping genres

Music

Hopping genres

One of my favorite musical discoveries of the past decade remains the seven-song debut of That Handsome Devil from 2006. While the band would get more attention later from their modest indie hit, "Rob the Prez-O-Dent," that initial, self-titled album is still a high point for That Handsome Devil -

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