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133rd Army Band of the Washington Army National Guard

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133rd Army Band of the Washington Army National Guard

Members of the 133rd Army Band of the Washington Army National Guard spent six days in Vernon, British Columbia, rehearsing and performing in the 5th annual Okanagan Military Tattoo, which took place at the Kal Tire Place arena July 28-29. The 133rd's G7 Dixieland Band rocked it out of the

Hanford B-Reactor historical tours

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Hanford B-Reactor historical tours

A visit to the Hanford Unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park located in Richland, is enriching and offers a fascinating STEM tour for children, and a greater insight for adults to understanding the complexities of nuclear negotiations with North Korea and Iran. The B-Reactor National Historic Landmark is

Rocker with a cause

Music

Rocker with a cause

Friday, July 27, tickets went on sale for what promises to be the biggest concert event in Tacoma this year. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh, the legendary Eagle, solo artist and five-time Grammy winner, presents a sterling line-up of American rock and country artists for VetsAid 2018.

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

This is Three Easy Pieces, the column where I examine a bit of pop culture from its birth to today, hoping to give you just a bit of an edge at your next bar trivia night. This month, we're talking bootleg albums. For anyone too young to understand, bootlegs denote

Meet Chris Serface

Stage

Meet Chris Serface

South Sound theater lovers love Chris Serface, actor, director and Managing Artistic Director at Tacoma Little Theatre. From Olympia but now living in Tacoma, Serface has been active in theater from childhood. During his educational and professional career, he has traveled throughout the West, working closely with many theaters as

Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

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Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

ANNOUNCER: Tacoma has its share of small independent coffee shops, and Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. can now be added to the growing list since opening shop in the Proctor neighborhood. We didn't have to ask Jackie and Dutch twice to get them to a coffee spot. DUTCH: I visited on a

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Tacoma Beer Week has arrived. Sunday, Aug. 5, kicks off a seven-day dedication to all things craft brews at 11 Tacoma locations. Beer week is essentially the culmination of several bottle shops, bars and breweries curating tasty hops-driven festivities from beer-pairing dinners to tasting parties, tap takeovers and special brew

Essences of the seashore

Arts

Essences of the seashore

Christopher Mathie is a frequent exhibiting artist at Childhood's End. It's been long enough since I've seen his work that it's a pleasure to see it again, even if the paintings in his current show are a tad too much like ones I've seen before. Is he recycling previously shown

Trading in agitation

Music

Trading in agitation

As I write this, we've just come out the other side of what felt like a never-ending heat wave. Yes, I know there are other places that have it far worse, and a week of 90-degree days isn't the apocalypse I sincerely want to paint it to be, but come

Alaska, the last frontier

Travel

Alaska, the last frontier

There's no better way to appease your inner explorer than by heading to Alaska for an outdoor summer adventure. It doesn't have to be a long adventure -- a few days are all you need -- and it doesn't have to be expensive. Simply pick out a long weekend on

Pedaling around town

Outdoors

Pedaling around town

Sometimes, the last thing any of us want to do on a beautiful summer day is jump into our cars -- which are no doubt hot and stuffy under the heat of the sun -- just to make our way to our favorite neighborhood spots. It's just uncomfortable, not to

Bright sonic warmth

Music

Bright sonic warmth

In the Okkervil River song, "Pop Lie," lead singer Will Sheff calls out an unseen superstar who's the "liar who lied in his pop song," and admonishes the audience that "you're lying if you sing along." While Sheff's target and intentions aren't quite clear, I think it's safe to say

Fools Play

Stage

Fools Play

In some ways, Whose Line Is It Anyway? was both the best and worst thing to happen to improvisational comedy. While the show undeniably introduced the form to an immensely wider audience -- most fans of improv belonged to niche markets in comedy-focused cities like Chicago -- the style of improv it

Pizza Press

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Pizza Press

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie caught wind of the new pizza parlor with a editorial twist opening on the Ave. Once the grand opening lines died down, the two jetted down to get their pizza pie fix. JACKIE: This was the perfect opportunity for a family dinner date, I'd say. My

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Here's the thing, parents gotta eat and they can't always ditch their tiny carbon copies to get out and enjoy themselves. It's tricky to navigate because all too often fellow diners roll their eyes and look on smugly once they spy you and your brood filing into a nearby booth.

Architecture, memory and nature

Arts

Architecture, memory and nature

"Study of Site and Space" at 950 Gallery is the best theme show around. It is a group exhibition featuring 16 Northwest artists that, according to curator and show participant Allison Hyde, "seeks to address the innate human connection to site and space through 2D, 3D and mixed-media art (representing)

Tall Ships return to Tacoma

Outdoors

Tall Ships return to Tacoma

A tall ship is coming to Tacoma, and with them comes a sense of 18th century American history. The historic ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit a number of Washington ports, with the Hawaiian Chieftain docking at the Foss Waterway (705 Dock Street) Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24. The creation

Punk Rock Block Party

Music

Punk Rock Block Party

Alright, let me know if you've heard this one before: Tacoma's music scene has a frustrating habit of fluctuating in waves, experiencing fallow periods and periods of fruitful activity, but it always has its way of bouncing back. Tired though this slightly panicked mantra is, it's mostly been proven to

Moscow Beat

Music

Moscow Beat

Igor Yuzov was born in Germany but spent his formative years in Odessa, in what's now Ukraine but was, at that time, the Soviet Union. His fondness for Beatles and Rolling Stones albums presented a challenge. In those days, he explains, "It was almost like selling drugs. It was part

South Sound spirits

Features

South Sound spirits

Craft distilleries are still a fairly new concept in the South Sound region. It wasn't until 2008 that distilleries were legal in the state of Washington. So, in the past 10 years, we've gone from having not a one, to a select few, and now the distilling scene is picking

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