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Synthpop two ways

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Synthpop two ways

There's something kind of admirable and romantic about the advent, and continued popularity, and synth music. Synthesizers were created, in part, to provide a more precise engine for creating music, cutting out the middle man that would otherwise be fumbling around with analog instruments like guitars, drums, and bass. Eliminating

Restaurants on JBLM

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Restaurants on JBLM

Covering over 640 square miles, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) doesn't disappoint when it comes to food options. Whether you work on Lewis North, live on McChord, or only come on base to shop at the PX, you won't be leaving hungry. JBLM-Lewis Main Battle Bean Coffee -- Counter service of house brand

Top 10 must-see places to visit

Travel

Top 10 must-see places to visit

The natural areas surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) are stunningly beautiful. There are three National Parks, rocky beaches, rushing waterfalls, historic towns and even a foreign country all within a short drive from the base. This list is compiled from an informal survey of military families and are the places

Top 10 places to take kids in the South Sound

Attractions

Top 10 places to take kids in the South Sound

Whether you want to hit the beach, take a hike or explore a museum, there's much to see and do in the South South. These uniquely Pacific Northwest experiences are sure to entertain kids of all ages -- and parents, too.  1. Hands On Children's Museum For hours of creative play, head

Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

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Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

I'm a firm believer in living life to the fullest -- at least when it comes to sweets. "Life is short, eat dessert first" is my motto. With that said, is there any better way to start the day than with a sweet breakfast? Pancakes, waffles, French toast, or even

A banquet on the boards

Stage

A banquet on the boards

"All the world's a stage," the Bard famously said, "tho' only certain parts deserve to charge admission." Or perhaps we're misremembering. In any case, the South Sound is resplendent with theatrical talent, from amateur, outdoor Elizabethans to union actors beautified by state-of-the-art lighting. Here's a quick survey of regional venues,

A night out at the ballpark

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A night out at the ballpark

Congratulations, baseball fans. After a frigid winter and a snowstorm for the ages, warm nights at the ballpark have returned. And for those new to the South Sound -- you're in luck; the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma and open their

Five local museums you may not have heard about

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Five local museums you may not have heard about

Tacoma has a well renowned museum district, but these five local gems are spread throughout Pierce County. Each has its own charm and captures the joy of collecting something you are passionate about. Tacoma Telephone Pioneer Museum Now that most people use cellphones, many children have never even seen a telephone. This

Spring and summer events near JBLM

Outdoors

Spring and summer events near JBLM

You don't have to travel far to experience some of Washington's best and most famous fairs, parades and festivals. April Kid's FestApril 4, 1-4:30 p.m. Kick off the Month of the Military Child with a "Barnyard Play" theme, including activities, exhibits, displays, crafts, games, farm animals, rock-wall climbing, free bowling, static displays and

Golf courses and  facilities on JBLM

Outdoors

Golf courses and facilities on JBLM

They may not realize it when they are headed for a station at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but military members fond of the links now have easy access to world-class golf as part of their privileges. Of course, the Pacific Northwest made golf news when Chambers Bay in University Place hosted

JBLM fun in the sun

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JBLM fun in the sun

For most of us, it feels like winter has overstayed its welcome. The snow-covered ground was beautiful for a minute, but we are eagerly awaiting the warmer days of spring and summer. It is so close we can practically taste it. We know that the spring and summer months bring

2019 Spring Welcome Guide

Online Interactive Guides

2019 Spring Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see.  Click the link below and start your journey

Musical time travel

Stage

Musical time travel

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is revising the tongue-in-cheek musical The Drowsy Chaperone from their 2010-2011 season with four of the actors from that earlier production: Mauro Bozzo as Robert Martin, John Miller as Mr. Feldzieg, John B. Cooper as Aldolpho, Nancy Hebert Bach as Chaperone and TMP Artistic Director Jon Douglas

Isaan central

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Isaan central

The largest region in Thailand is a landlocked conglomeration of 20 northeastern provinces. At 65,200 square miles, it's a bit smaller than Wisconsin. We'll spare our typesetters the challenge of printing its authentic name, four Thai characters, noting instead that its English-language name has been transliterated as Esan, Isaan, Isan

Tim’s Kitchen

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Tim’s Kitchen

ANNOUNCER: Tim's Kitchen, a popular stop in Orting, opened a second location on South Hill this past month. Dutch and Jackie bring their appetites this week and dive into the huge menu of diner comfort food ranging from breakfast dishes to dinner classics. DUTCH: The weekend breakfast crowd here can cause

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Restaurant openings, closures and brew and dumpling-fueled festivities abound in this week's edition of Grub Gossip. Celebrate spring with the Dumplings and Beers Night at Dystopian State Brewing Company Friday, March 29, 5-9 p.m. Indulge in hand-crafted, traditional Siberian dumplings served with a dollop of sour cream and freshly chopped dill.

Pick of the crop

Arts

Pick of the crop

By definition, the Juror's Invitational at South Puget Sound Community College should be an exhibition of the best of the best. Featured are works from the award-winning artists from the 2018 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition, selected by juror Asia Tail. Absolutely, she did choose some outstanding artists, but she also

Herky-jerky chaos

Music

Herky-jerky chaos

I've written before about bands that can seem antagonistic or confrontational toward their audience. Sometimes, this can make for a frustrating, distancing listen, pitting the band against the listener in a way that come off as more of a turn-off than a challenge. Other times, for reasons I don't quite

Seeking refuge

Stage

Seeking refuge

Screaming Butterflies Productions, an independent theater company based in Tacoma, will be putting up a production of Lisa Loomer's mystical, family-friendly fable ¡Bocón! The story concerns a young boy named Miguel, a loquacious storyteller, who gets labeled a bocón (AKA "big mouth"). As Miguel flees an oppressive regime in Central

Good Fortune

Stage

Good Fortune

Some comics just have it. They're blessed with a fresh look, a distinctive voice, a hot take and it seems they hit the national market as overnight successes. Unfortunately, though, in the overcrowded world of standup comedy, even so-called overnight success is bound to be the result of over a

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