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JBLM team - on target

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JBLM team - on target

Airsoft is a military simulation sport that brings the warrior out in people. "It sure beats sitting at home and playing Xbox," joked Paul Asetre, the sport's leading advocate in the Puget Sound. Airsoft participants range in age from high school to well past retirement age.   "We used Airsoft for training while

Cozy escapes

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Cozy escapes

One look out your window and it's easy to see that winter is quickly upon us all in the South Sound. The wind, rain and cold have arrived in full force to erase any doubt that summer weather might stick around a bit longer. Now is the time of year

Holiday cooking tips from Pacific Grill

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Holiday cooking tips from Pacific Grill

We blinked and now the month of November has arrived. It is the time of the year when we start making plans to have family and friends over to celebrate all we have to be thankful for.  Those plans will almost always be centered around a Thanksgiving meal. If it

Urban Elk at full swing

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Urban Elk at full swing

ANNOUNCER: Smoke+Cedar was a great place. It was sad the day they closed - the food and ambiance were outstanding - finely crafted by the geniuses behind Pacific Grill.  They left big shoes to fill - not enviable to the new owners who re-opened the space, changed the name to

10 feet off of Beale

Music

10 feet off of Beale

Culturally, America has nicked a lot of its favorite arts from around the globe. As a relatively new country, this isn't so much of a surprise; inventing and nurturing homegrown modes of expression is something that takes time and care. And, being a melting pot of a nation, the stewing

Once upon a barstool

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Once upon a barstool

Few events in life are more tumultuous, more exhausting and elating than falling in love. That emotional tsunami is captured beautifully by writer-director John Carney's 2007 film Once, which finds a Dublin street musician in a "meet cute" and romance with a flower seller from Czechoslovakia. Imagine that experience eight

'The Wizard of Oz'

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'The Wizard of Oz'

The Lakewood Institute of Theatre and Lakewood Playhouse are teaming up this year for a joint production of their annual all-ages show. This year's show, their fifth annual, is the perennial favorite of kids and adults alike, The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum as adapted by Robert and Willie

'The Beauty of a Shared Passion'

Arts

'The Beauty of a Shared Passion'

The latest exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum, "The Beauty of a Shared Passion: Highlights from the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection," is but a small selection (65 major works of art, mostly from well-known Pacific Northwest artists) of the huge collection the Benaroya family has promised as a gift to

South Sound Cinema

33rd annual Olympia Film Festival

The 33rd annual Olympia Film Festival is now in full swing with films, music, and live performance with local and national talent. The festival features more than 40 film premieres and Dan Savage's "Hump Film Festival." Among the many live and filmed entertainments is Breakin', featuring choreographer and dancer Shabba Doo

Songs of anxiety

Music

Songs of anxiety

Music serves different purposes at different times. For a large majority of people, music helps to calm the nerves and transport the listener out of the pummeling existence of everyday life. In a climate like the one we're currently inhabiting, this soothing effect becomes a necessity, lest we all simultaneously

2 Chainz in Tacoma

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2 Chainz in Tacoma

Making the decision to change your name to 2 Chainz is a conundrum we've all surely encountered in our lives. As an up-and-coming rapper, Tauheed Epps always went by Tity Boi, but decided to switch things up in 2011, after (perhaps correctly) assuming that the 2 Chainz moniker would be

Local candy for grown ups

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Local candy for grown ups

While Laffy Taffy, Tootsie Rolls and Dumdums may appease the knee high set, a grown-up sweet tooth often calls for something a bit more sophisticated. Well fear not! The Tacoma area offers treats to satisfy even the most adult cravings. Johnson Candy Company, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday;

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2016 Veterans Day

  Click here to view our interactive 2016 Veterans Day Guide.

Voices of angels

Music

Voices of angels

In late-15th-century Austria, the use of boys' choirs in Catholic mass was already a longstanding tradition. In 1498, Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I moved his entire court, musicians included, to Vienna. Thus was born the Vienna Chapel Imperial. Maximillian decreed that a choir of two adult bass singers and six

Welcome home!

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Welcome home!

Ron Swarner was one of the cofounders of the Weekly Volcano back in 2001. He moved on from this paper in April 2015, but his Tacoma-loving, hipster-booster soul is in every drop of ink. When he retired from print journalism, he said he was interested in opening a little bar

No coming home

Stage

No coming home

Since seeing Dukesbay Theater's production of A Piece of My Heart, I've struggled with sorting my feelings about what, I would argue, is a play with its roots firmly entrenched in emotional manipulation. From a purely objective standpoint, an emotionally manipulative piece of art isn't fundamentally a bad thing, depending

'Four by Four' at Art House Designs

Arts

'Four by Four' at Art House Designs

Art House Designs owner Susie Engelstad challenged three other artists and herself to come up with four paintings measuring four feet by four feet for a show to be called, naturally, "Four by Four". Three of the women, Rose Nicholas, Susan Ujcid and Engelstad herself, rose to the challenge. The

Analog comfort

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Analog comfort

The Beatles were fond of saying that their favorite contemporary American musician was Harry Nilsson, and it's not hard to see why. With the voice of an angel, capable of operatic bravado ("Without You"), surging rock wails ("Jump Into the Fire"), and impish character work ("Coconut"), Nilsson was an almost

Rush In Dumplings

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Rush In Dumplings

Announcer: Dining in the Northwest you are exposed to a plethora of international flavors, but those are mostly from the Pacific Rim. We don't get a lot of European and Caribbean foods. In Olympia, however, is a tiny eatery serving Eastern European dumplings ... and darn they are good.Jason: The

Travel

Get away for winter break

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Leisure Travel Services staff members want to help you plan your escape during winter block leave with tips and discounts available on places around the state, country and the world. The travel service has two locations on JBLM and provides service members and their

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