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One singular sensation

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One singular sensation

And one and two and ball change, kick. Each year since 2010, dance troupes from all over Western Washington have come together to show off every little step they take on one expansive stage, The Washington Center. Organizing the 2018 Olympia Dance Festival program is Ken Johnson, artistic director for

Thurgood

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Thurgood

Thurgood Marshall was a great man, but make no mistake: he was human. This, along with highlighting the many accomplishments of his life, seems to be the central thesis of Thurgood, a one-man show that had a life on Broadway with Laurence Fishburne, and is now being staged at Theatre on

Dogs know best

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Dogs know best

At long last, the hugely popular The Art of Racing in the Rain has been adapted for the stage and may now be seen in Olympia at Harlequin Productions. As director and Harlequin co-founder Linda Whitney explains it, "The Art of Racing in the Rain was adapted from Garth Stein's

Look closely

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Look closely

Olympia's newest coffee shop art venue is a tiny shop on Franklin Street nestled between Dumpster Values and Old School Pizza. Bar Francis is a place that you could easily walk right past without knowing it is there. But if you walk right past this month you'll miss some fascinating

How strange it is

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How strange it is

It's the natural state of being to be mystified by the universe -- not in a "the flap of a great bird's wings must be creating this thunder we're hearing!" sort of way, but in an innate curiosity that draws us to explore. Sure enough, the more we explore about

Swim, slide, splash

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Swim, slide, splash

Just 45 minutes south of JBLM, Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound is home to a family-friendly indoor water park. Whatever your thrill tolerance, you'll find it here -- from waves and water cannons to a take-your-breath-away plunge into a giant funnel. While Great Wolf Lodge is a full-service resort, its main

Three easy pieces

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Three easy pieces

Three Easy Pieces is a monthly column where I guide you through a specific pocket of pop culture, showing you how it evolved from its inception to how it exists today. This month, I'm talking about supergroups. Yes, the notion of several famous musicians from other bands forming their own

The Waffle Stop

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The Waffle Stop

ANNOUNCER: This week Dutch and Jackie find themselves craving breakfast throughout the day and land in Tacoma's Proctor district at the Waffle Stop. With waffles ranging from savory to sweet to entirely filling, there is plenty to satisfy.JACKIE: The first thing that caught my attention is that branding is on

Downtown Puyallup: A Primer

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Downtown Puyallup: A Primer

Ah Puyallup, one of those tricky little Pacific Northwest destinations with a name that is hard to pronounce for non-locals. In addition to a river running through and more car lots than you can shake a squeegee at, what does it have to offer? Let me tell you -- loads! Downtown Puyallup

Real Estate Spring Home Improvement Guide

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Real Estate Spring Home Improvement Guide

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Military home-buying challenges

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Military home-buying challenges

A huge benefit of serving in the military is the Veteran's Administration (VA) Loan Program. The program allows eligible veterans to purchase a home with no down payment and no requirement for private mortgage insurance, which can up the cost of a monthly mortgage payment. In this market, there is a

Home on (or off) the beach

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Home on (or off) the beach

Imagine a community in which there are no traffic lights that offers a quiet, laid-back lifestyle. With that thought in mind, now imagine purchasing real estate in Ocean Shores, Washington, and retiring to that community. "It's a community that is affordable both in terms of home values and cost of ownership,"

Embrace your space

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Embrace your space

Frequent moving is part of the story of most military families' lives. It can be sad when you have to leave one home for the next, but it can be exciting, too. What if you choose to look at your next move as a trial run for your forever home?

City living at its best

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City living at its best

City living is all about ease: easy access to entertainment, nightlife, housing, and of course, public transportation. Cities across the Pacific Northwest pride themselves on living up to that "quick and easy" mantra, especially cities like Tacoma. But let's not take the city's word for it when we could just

Fashion found in "RAGS"

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Fashion found in "RAGS"

There's something truly satisfying about spending money on fashion for a cause, especially when "the cause" is none other than YWCA Pierce County. The nonprofit organization has been serving Pierce County and Washington State since 1906, and its programs aid over 15,000 individuals facing domestic violence issues each year. With

Java Tacoma: Covfefe is for Closers

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Java Tacoma: Covfefe is for Closers

If silliness and camp is your cup of tea (or coffee), then you should make every effort possible to get to Dukesbay Theater to see Java Tacoma: Covfefe is for Closers. This is the seventh episode of this ongoing sitcom for the stage. This highly topical comedy filled with local digs,

Grub gossip

Features

Grub gossip

With the return of spring also comes Tacoma Restaurant Week. From April 8-12 and 15-19, a plethora of Tacoma area restaurants give patrons a little nudge to dine with them. Each participating establishment offers a three-course dining experience for a cool $30 or for those offering up a lunch only

Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon

Portland is a fun weekend getaway two hours south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Oregon's largest city, it sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers and is known for its parks, bridges and museums. The centrally located Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Portland is a good choice for families traveling with children.

Play on

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Play on

Most people can't remember old phone numbers or grade-school teachers with whom they spent five days a week, but there's a good chance they can identify dozens of Star Wars action figures, Atari 2600 games or their first Cabbage Patch Kid. Though we didn't always buy them, toys were the

Fish, brews and so much more

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Fish, brews and so much more

ANNOUNCER: Olympia's Fish Tale Brew Pub takes its traditional pub menu, long list of taps and oyster bar north to Tacoma. Fortunately, Dutch and Jackie are at the ready to pop in and check it out.DUTCH: The menu here is familiar to anyone who has visited the original location in

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