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September 10, 2014 at 8:52am

McChord Field honors National POW/MIA Recognition Day with a week of activities

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Friday, Sept. 19.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Friday, Sept. 19, but at Joint Base Lewis-McChord - McChord Field the respects begin Sept. 15 at Memorial Grove and conclude Sept. 19 at The Club at McChord Field Ballroom. The annual recognition is to remember and honor those who have sacrificed so valiantly for their country.

The week of recognition starts at 11 a.m. with a wreath laying ceremony at McChord Field's Memorial Grove - honoring and paying respects to all POW/MIAs, past and present. If bad weather ensues the ceremony will be moved into the adjacent building.

Motorcyclists will gather at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Memorial Grove for their annual ride. Last year this was one of the more popular motorcycle rides in the Northwest. It presents a chance for veterans to meet new friends and renew acquaintances with old ones.

People looking for something more physically energetic can meet at 8 a.m. Sept. 17 for a 24-hour Memorial Run at the McChord Field Track. It's open to all members of the JBLM community. This is a fundraising event. For more information, call 253.982.3339.

The week of events winds up Sept. 19 for a POW/MIA luncheon at The Club at McChord Field Ballroom. RSVP required. For information, call 253.982.7161.

In Viet Nam, 2,338 military personal were originally listed as missing in action. Over the years some bodies have been identified leaving 1,875 military personnel still unaccounted for. It is a tradition for Americans to recover their dead but due to the difficult terrain in Viet Nam, bodies were often challenging to locate. Military personnel just yards apart often disappeared into the jungle and foliage.

Numbers of POWs were relativity small in Viet Nam given the size of the forces employed. The Vietnamese held 766 military personal in captivity, the largest number being pilots and crewmen downed over Hanoi. While in prisons, 114 died of wounds. The small number of captured was more a result of logistics rather than brutality. Guerilla forces, often moving fast and light, had no capacity to take prisoners and captives were often eliminated. 

Remembering MIAs and POWs has become a tradition. JBLM-McChord Field is proud to host the events.

September 11, 2014 at 7:19am

5 Things To Do Today: Le Diner en Blanc, The Art of Girl Trouble, wine and beer tastings, Golden Hour ...

A scene from last year's Le Diner en Blanc at Wright Park. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11 2014 >>>

1. The summer is winding down and clothing retailers are rolling out fall's thick knits and denims, so why on earth are people across the city hitting stores in a mad scramble to find crisp, white duds? It's because Le Diner en Blanc Tacoma outdoor dinner party is from 6-8 p.m. at Wright Park. And if you go and want to help create Instagram pictures as pretty as a postcard, you need to show up in style - all-white style, that is. Yes, looking wicked in white is going to take a little effort, people. But it'll be worth it for what's becoming, along with perhaps the Pride Festival, the fashion spectacle of the summer. Plus, it's a fundraiser for First Night Tacoma. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic. Tables, tablecloths and chairs will be provided.

The kids are back in school, so it's time for you to take care of yourself. Pour at Four wine bar hosts a wine tasting of "Back-to-School" wines, meaning six delicious wines that will help you relax and you will surely enjoy from 5:30-8 p.m. The Copper Door beer store and taproom hosts a launch party for San Diego's Green Flash Brewing's season triple IPA Green Bullet from 7-11 p.m. New Zealand grown Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops were used to create this bold IPA with notes of spicy pine, mango and pineapple. Also on tap will be Flash's Saison Diego, East Village Pilsner and Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA.

3. Filmmaker Isaac Olsen and band Girl Trouble collaborated on a gallery exhibition to accompany the Olsen's film about Girl Trouble, Strictly Sacred. Fulcrum Gallery hosts the exhibit, with an opening-night gala from 6 to 10. It highlights T-shirt art by guitarist "Kahuna" Henderson, paintings by drummer Bon Von Wheelie, a dress worn by octogenarian dancer and Girl Trouble superfan Granny Go-Go, and a massive store of art and arcana from a band that's still happily banging away. Read Christian Carvajal's full story on the show and film run at The Grand Cinema here.

3. Will Eno, a playwright (and Pulitzer finalist) born in 1965, was cocky enough to write his own, 21st-century take on Our Town. The resulting script, Middletown, is less than four years old, so it truly is about the meaning of life in our time. Its ad copy emphasizes the arc of life from birth to death, and that's a fair summation of the play. An anti-Seinfeld, it's a show about everything. It's loaded with jokes, but none are delivered as jokes. We laugh a few seconds later, having solved a mental puzzle. Read Christian Carvajal's full review of Middletown in the Music & Culture section., then catch it at 8 p.m. at Harlequin Productions.

As a band name, Golden Hour sounds like it would give you a pretty clear idea of what to expect - when using the term for photography, golden hour (or magic hour or lavender hour) denotes the period just before sunset when everything is slightly aglow with a reddish hue, lending a softness and clarity to image, so you might naturally picture a twee gentleness to any band that would adopt the name. While there's a certain delicate air to Portland's Golden Hour, there's a lurking feistiness that lends a twitchy energy to their music. Jangly guitars and cooing vocals will suddenly give way to jubilant yelps. Catch the band with Oh, Rose, Camp Wisdom and Sister Palace at 8 p.m. in Northern.

LINK: Thursday, Sept. 11 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

September 11, 2014 at 11:30am

Jazzbones offers a ritzy retro night of serious girl power

Minneapolis-based Davina and the Vagabonds will bring their rollicking New Orleans-flavored mix of blues, jazz and roots music to Jazzbones Sept. 26. Photo credit: Grinkie Girl Photography/Christie Williams

Who doesn't like a little pizzazz with their jazz? Short answer? No one. Jazzy tunes inherently beg to be paired with a little spice, like a beer and a plate of nachos (don't hold the jalapenos), like a fine wine and ... well, actually pairing wine and spicy food is kind of tricky.

Jazzbones has noted this pairing potential and set out to create the perfect show - soulful tunes both local and from afar coupled with just the right amount of spice. Enter the tri-fold powerhouse that is Davina and The Vagabonds, Champagne Sunday and Gritty City Sirens.

"I heard Davina's Amy-Winehouse-meets-Louis-Armstrong voice layered over the groups piano and brass section and knew that fans of Jazzbones would fall head over heels as I did," says Danno Rankin, general manager at Jazzbones - aka, the man who put this madness all together. "I decided to sprinkle some Tacoma love on it and booked one of my long-time favorites, Champagne Sunday. Adding the Gritty City Sirens burlesque to perform between the sets seemed like a no-brainer as both groups lend to a timeless and sassy ragtime New Orleans jazz sound that will take the audience back to the 1930s era with a new-aged twist." While Davina and The Vagabonds hail from the Midwest, Champagne Sunday and the Gritty City Sirens are both local acts.

For this one evening, Jazzbones will not only be filled to the gills with ritzy retro atmosphere, but also with some serious girl power.

"If I were promoting this show, I think I'd call it: Skin, Soul and a Shit-ton of Fun!" says Jessi Freeden, the soulful voice behind Champagne Sunday. "When we were asked to be on the bill we jumped at the opportunity, even postponing another gig that we had all ready booked for that night. All of these strong, gorgeous, talented women on one stage ... are you kidding me?! Perfect!"

For those new to Champagne Sunday, their sound has been compared to Pearl Jam meets Bette Midler - an intriguing combo, if ever there was one. They like to mix up genres and put some theatrical flare into their performances, which is just one of many reasons why this lineup felt so right. While Freeden isn't positive which of their songs will make the cut for the Jazzbones show, she noted that several of their songs have a cabaret-ish, vaudevillian flare and those will likely be out in full force.

"Also," she adds, "we do an unbelievable cover of Cab Calloway's ‘Minnie the Moocher'. You would be remiss if you didn't stay for that number."

In between the two musical sets, burlesque troupe Gritty City Sirens will take to the stage to sprinkle the aforementioned spice liberally into the show.

"Heather Hostility and I will be rounding out the evening's entertainment with a titillating burlesque performance from each of us," says Gritty City Sirens' Rosie Cheex. "I have a new act to showcase for this event and Heather will be doing one of her favorite crowd pleasing acts. Both groups have a theatrical appeal in their acts, and our burlesque celebrates the feminine form with glamor and humor."  

DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS, w/Champagne Sunday, Gritty City Sirens, 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, $15, 253.396.9169

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

September 12, 2014 at 7:15am

5 Things To Do Today: "And Then There Were None," Park(ing) Day chat, "The School for Lies," Girl Trouble on film ...

"And Then There Were None" opens tonight at the Lakewood Playhouse. Artwork by James Stowe

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 2014 >>>

1 Whodunit? Criminal mastermind Agatha Christie's 1943 And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) - based on her best-selling novel of the same name - is a mind-bending murder mystery that asks that very question. And the Lakewood Playhouse production will keep you guessing, beginning at 8 p.m. Ten strangers are trapped on an island resort and one of them is eliminating them one by one until there are none. If there's a dude wearing a striped shirt and metal claw in the show, our money is on him.

2. Spaceworks Tacoma is excited to announce the latest Spaceworks Creative Enterprise to open its doors, The Blue Octopus on Pearl. Grand opening festivities are set for from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus a reception from 6-8 p.m., at 5013 N. Pearl Street in Ruston. Nationally recognized artist Kerry Cole, owner of The Blue Octopus, offers painting parties, an art gallery, and a painting studio at her new location.

3. Holy Leslie Knope! Can you imagine Tacoma without Optimist Park? Without Ursich Park? Without anywhere to take your dog off the leash and let her run? Even in dense, urban areas, open space is a calming force, giving us a place to sit, lie, tag zombies or walk amidst the birds and the trees. National Park(ing) Day - the annual global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public places - invades Tacoma Sept. 19. First, we need to discuss it. Three speakers will present concepts in Pecha Kucha format (20 slides, 20 seconds each) followed by a discussion on the topic of public space and "parklets" (or mini parks) from noon to 1 p.m. at UW Tacoma (Joy Building 215).

4. In its first full production, Tacoma nonprofit theater Working Class Theater Northwest presents contemporary playwright David Ives’s farce The School for Lies at 8 p.m. in the former Deltan Club space at 733 Commerce. Directed by South Sound theater alum Tom Sanders, with a local cast of six men and three women, the farcical, fast-paced and scintillating comedy runs modern variations on Molière's The Misanthrope.

5. Isaac Olsen, the acclaimed Tacoma filmmaker who gave us Quiet Shoes (2010) and Ich Hunger (2013), is related to the Tacoma band Girl Trouble by blood. He's also the guy our readers named Best Filmmaker in 2014. His new documentary, Strictly Sacred, delves into Girl Trouble's archive of historical treasures. "Girl Trouble is a vastly creative band," Olsen explains, "who have brought all their artistic talents to the fore in the pursuit of pure entertainment experience. They were early pioneers of DIY. ... The other unique aspect of Girl Trouble is that they were avid chroniclers of their own story. ... It's almost as if Girl Trouble has been generating biographical material for the express purposes of a comprehensive film." Strictly Sacred opens Friday at 9 p.m. in The Grand Cinema (voted Best Movie House every year) for a week's run. Olsen will lead a discussion after the film.

LINK: Friday, Sept. 12 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

September 12, 2014 at 2:24pm

Keith Urban's Washington State Fair concert rescheduled

Sad news rocked the Washington State Fair today. Country guitar god Keith Urban canceled his Sept. 13 appearance due to the passing of Nicole Kidman's father, Urban's father-in-law. Appropriately, The Fair sent its condolences to the couple, and went back to work wrangling giant pumpkins.

Then, good news hit. ...

Puyallup, WA - Sept. 12, 2014 - The Keith Urban concert at the Washington State Fair has been moved to next year, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. The concert was postponed due to a death in the family.  

Ticket holders for the 2014 Keith Urban concert have two options with the tickets they presently hold for the show. They are:

1.   Hold onto your 2014 tickets, as they will be the tickets you use for the Sept. 19, 2015 concert date. The concert ticket will also act as your Fair gate ticket and concert ticket. If you keep your ticket to use in 2015, you are guaranteed the same seat you selected for this year's postponed concert.

2.   To return the ticket for a refund, go to your point of purchase. When purchased through the Fair, you will receive a full refund. This transaction must be completed by emailing boxoffice@thefair.com by Friday, October 31, 2014. Or visit the Fair box office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street in person between now and the end of the 2014 Fair.

Ticket holders may still use the Fair gate admission portion of their concert ticket to attend the 2014 Fair, which runs through Sept. 21.

Filed under: Concerts, Music, Puyallup,

September 13, 2014 at 6:21am

5 Things To Do Today: Hilltop Artists 20th Anniversary, Pint Defiance party, Moveable Feast, Golden Drugs ...

Hilltop Artists students from the last 20 years show their creations at the Museum of Glass. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13 2014 >>>

1. Museum of Glass and Hilltop Artists present "Hilltop Artists 20th Anniversary," an exhibition highlighting the impact of glass art on the lives of youth, the Hilltop neighborhood, and beyond, opening at 10 a.m. in the Museum of Glass. The exhibition will consist of glass objects, images, and videos, telling a story that spans the past 20 years of Hilltop Artists and the community it serves. The exhibit runs through Feb. 1.

2. The South Sound is quickly becoming a major craft beer destination. Pint Defiance Specialty Beer Store and Taproom is quickly becoming one of the centers of the local craft beer scene. Read Pappi Swarner's love letter to Pint Defiance, then head to the Fircrest beer haven to help them celebrate their second anniversary beginning at 11 a.m.

3. The third annual Moveable Feast - Tacoma’s largest mobile food truck festival - is returning to Cheney Stadium with more than 20 trucks infiltrating Cheney’s infield, and eight bands including Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Rusty Cleavers, Michelle from the Club and Stephanie Anne Johnson. A wide-range of craft beers will be available for guests 21 and older as well. This year’s event will have two sessions from 12-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.

4. During the last incarnation of the Tacoma music festival Squeak and Squawk, we were lucky enough to see a band from Oakland, California, called Twin Steps. Led by Drew Pearson, their maniacal frontman, Twin Steps are a stubbornly undefinable group of weirdos who mix warped vocal samples with visceral percussion and interchangeably nightmarish and sweet vocals. Pearson is returning to the Northwest with his new project, Golden Drugs, which streamlines the mayhem of Twin Steps in exchange for a more concentrated dose of dread. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Golden Drugs in the Music & Culture section, then catch the band with Chung Antique, Clayface and Derek M. Johnson at 8 p.m. in Northern.

5. Toucan Sam and the Fruitloops seems like a perverse exercise in buckshot blasts of gimmickry. Made up of a Polyphonic Spree-level assemblage of musicians, the Fruitloops specialize in orchestrated punk rock explosions of popular songs done in ukulele. Still, one can only scoff so much in the face of 15 people armed with ukes and dressed in rainbows and sparkles. It's enough to forgive any sense of calculation on Toucan Sam's part, and they're actually quite impressive musicianship allows everyone to relax and enjoy the novelty of this absurd band. Think of them as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, but for misfits. Once they pack themselves into the cozy concrete confines of Le Voyeur at 10 p.m., one will be hard-pressed not to join in with the goofy spirit of the whole thing.

LINK: Saturday, Sept. 13 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

September 14, 2014 at 7:55am

5 Things To Do Today: Jazz LIVE at Marine View, Dayclub, Groovin Higher Orchestra, Stand-up Truth or Dare ...

Saxophonist Mark Lewis and his quartet launch the Jazz LIVE at Marine View series tonight.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 14 2014 >>>

1. Jazz LIVE at Marine View is one of the best jazz series in the South Sound, and it isn't even in a club. The venue is actually a church off beautiful Marine View Drive in Northwest Tacoma; it also happens to host a treasured music series for free. The series starts up again at 5 p.m. with Mark Lewis Quartet featuring guitarist Milo Petersen who has been honored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the Seattle Arts Commission. Petersen has performed with a wide array of artists including Eartha Kitt, Ernestine Anderson, Julian Priester, Cedar Walton and Mose Allison. Saxophone and flute master Mark Lewis, bassist Chuck Kistler and drummer Brad Boal.

2. The Social Bar and Grill's patio is a lovely spot to while away a weekend afternoon, sipping cocktails and old world red wine and watch condo residents walk their dogs. Come Sunday afternoon, tables mean nothing as resident DJ Mr. Melanin and rotating guests spin an eclectic and extremely tasteful selection of lounge, bossa nova and electro soul music 2-6 p.m. This quadruple threat of delicious food, booze, sun and hip tunes is known as Tacoma's only daytime summer party, "Dayclub." Today marks the last Dayclub of the season. Mr. Melanin says it's going to be off the hook.

3. A Most Wanted Man is a taut, tense spy thriller, a fitting swan song for Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a poignant reminder of why he was a most wanted man in Tinseltown. Read Jared Lovrak's review of the film here, then catch it at the Capitol Theater at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

4. Rich Wetzel's Groovin Higher Orchestra will drop in on Stonegate Pizza to perform a rockin' big band jazz dinner show from 5-8pm.

1. You mooned Bus #37 outside Oakbrook Elementary School in 1978. You depantsed Sid at Lakes High School in 1981. You streaked down Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma in 1983. You skinny-dipped at Owen Beach in 1985. You went to law school in 1988. You have had a life-full of truth or dare games. May we suggest the Stand-up Truth or Dare game at 8 p.m. in the Tacoma Comedy Club. Jubal Flagg hosts five comedians who will perform stand-up, then spin the Wheel of Terror to find out their fate. The other comedians get to come up with questions and challenges, and the audience gets to decide what they have to do. It should be old school for you.

LINK: Sunday, Sept. 14 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

September 15, 2014 at 7:35am

5 Things To Do Today: Juried Art Exhibit, Military Monday, Prohibition romance, Brazilian jazz ...

The artwork of Becky Knold will be on display as part of the 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibit at TCC. Photo courtesy of beckyknoldcontemporaryart.weebly.com

MONDAY, SEPT. 15 2014 >>>

1. In the 12 years since its debut, the Juried Art Exhibit at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College has not only grown in scope, but it's also become a favorite for South Sound art lovers. Nearly 40 artists - a who's who of the South Sound arts scene - have works in the 12th annual show, which opens at noon for a six-week run. Awards will be presented at the 4-7 p.m. Sept. 18 reception. Artists include: Bill Colby, Andrea L. Erickson, Ric Hall, Fumiko Kimura, Becky Knold, Ron Schmitt, LeeAnn Seaburg Perry, Sharon Styer, Jason Sobottka, William Turner, Sarah Waldo and others.

2. The 2014 Washington State Fair celebrates the U.S. armed forces by hosting its annual Military Monday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free gate admission is offered to all active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans, when each shows valid military ID at any gate. March over to the traveling dental office exhibit, where Joint Base Lewis McChord gives Fair guests insight into toothache relief and other dental issues when troops are deployed. This display is staged to look like dental offices taken to war zones. They will also perform demonstrations at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. with a four-cell move team in riot gear against an aggressor. The action will capture the attention of all who attend. Several non-profit organizations related to the military will have booths at Military Appreciation Days. Hobby Hall is showing their stars and stripes with their staged recruitment office and Vietnam War memorabilia display, open for the duration of the Fair. Memorabilia will include military nurse uniforms, a military Jeep and more. Do the hoo-ah!

3. Flash back to the Roaring 20s, when Port Angeles was in the midst of the Prohibition: Booze was banned, stealthy bootleggers, rum-runners and manufactures of moonshine roamed the streets. Local author Karen Barnett captured the scene in her book, Mistaken, a suspenseful, historical romance set in and around Port Angeles, Wash. during Prohibition. Barnett will discuss Mistaken at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

4. Jazz rock fusion quartet Hook Me Up performs at 8 p.m. in The Swiss Restaurant and Pub.

5. Led by Brazilian-born vocalist Adriana Giordano, the septet En Canto busts out the music as rich and varied as the people and places of Brazil: forró and baião from the northeast, bossa nova and choro from Rio, and sambas from every city and town. Catch the septet at 8 p.m. in Rhythm and Rye.

LINK: Monday, Sept. 14 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

September 15, 2014 at 4:21pm

1-37 Field Artillery Regiment NCOs focus on leadership, resiliency

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Quintanilla, C Battery, 1-37 37th FA Reg., demonstrates the proper position of an exercise during a Physical Readiness Training refresher course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sept. 3. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin

Professional athletes are known for their commitment to excellence. Physicality is only one aspect of their success. In order for the quarterback of a football team to be put his team in the position to win, he has to study his game - which often means that he watches hours of film. 

Similarly, an effective Army leader has to know their own strengths and weaknesses. But how does that leader scrutinize their own performance as a leader and a team member?

For the noncommissioned officers from 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, the answer was Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness training. The CSF2 program teaches skills related to resilience and enhanced performance to improve the professional and personal lives of Soldiers and their families.

The NCOs took part in a two-day course on effective leadership development and a Physical Readiness Training refresher course. Topics centered on situations the NCOs would encounter on a day-to-day basis from supplements usage to how adopt a leader philosophy with a heavy emphasis on group participation and discussion.

>>> Sgt. Pierce Burkhart, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, finishes an iteration of the rower during a Physical Readiness Training refresher course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sept. 3. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin

"We believe that where the rubber meets the road is with the staff sergeants and the sergeants first class. If we can work with them, we can make a (big impact) within the unit," said Sgt. 1st Class Charles Quintanilla, assigned to C Battery, 1-37 FA. Quintanilla is the battalion master fitness and master resiliency trainer and also an instructor for the PRT portion of the course.

Quintanilla said the NCOs possessed the main of the traits of strong leadership - empathy, confidence, and tactical and technical knowledge, but this training was designed to add to that base. He compared it to tightening a shot group at the weapons range: focused practice breeds meaningful results.

For PRT, he said that it's also important that soldiers understand the reason behind the movements. PRT is designed to mimic combat movements and to prevent injuries. If the movements are done correctly, they have a big impact on the soldier's ability to function in a combat zone with the added weight of their gear.

Additionally, Quintanilla said morning PRT sessions are the perfect opportunity to set the tone for the workday.

"This is how we kick off our day. I feel that if we are doing the right thing at 6:30 am, we'll carry that momentum throughout the rest of the day. We can't start the day by cutting corners," he said.

Quintanilla said more than 19 years into his career and several iterations of the course, he continues to learn from CSF2, his peers and even the most junior soldiers.

Sgt. Zachary Hoffman, an artilleryman with C Battery, 1-37 FA, and one of the NCOs taking the course, found that it was a chance to hear honest critique about his leadership style and to learn new skills for counseling and working with his soldiers.

"I didn't think this training would be that beneficial to me, because I was confident before, but I've learned a lot about communication. On how to be a clear, positive speaker and receiver," said Hoffman.

He said it was important to be flexible. Each member of the team might have an opinion on how to make a mission happen, but the role of the leader is to find the best way and then see that it gets done.

Staff Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin is with the 19th Public affairs Detachment.

>>> Sgt. 1st Class Raymond White, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, and other noncommissioned officers conduct Physical Readiness Training as part of a two-day leader development course. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin

September 16, 2014 at 8:04am

5 Things To Do Today: Never Young, "Beyond The Edge," The Lost Abbey, Pablo Menendez and Mezcla ...

Don't adjust your computer screen. It's Never Young.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 2014 >>>

1. Have you ever listened to some good, punky emo and wondered where all the sci-fi sound effects were? Wonder no more! Hailing from Oakland, California, Never Young have oddly decided to plant their feet in the netherworld where space-age wonder and full-throated, anthemic punk meet. Catch th eband with Trout Stream and Whatfunlifewas at 10 p.m. in Le Voyeur.

2. At 11:30 a.m., May 29, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest at 29,035 feet, the highest point on earth. The Beyond the Edge filmmakers gathered the journals, photographs, stories and interviews with the climbing expedition who were a part of this monumental achievement, and visually recreated it. Catch the film at 2:15 and 6:20 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

3. The ParkWay Tavern isn't calling it good after its recent massive IPA Fest. The North Slope Tacoma pub hosts the San Marcos, California, Belgian-inspired brewery The Lost Abbey and its brews at 5 p.m. We have no idea what will be poured, but our guess the beers will be high in alcohol and at least one named after some poor chap who forgot it was his turn to drive the plague cart.

4. A patchwork of agricultural lands, booming border towns, and fast-growing cities line the United State-Mexico border. Teams of border patrol agents cruise the landscape in white and green jeeps, hoping to stem the tide of illegal immigrants seeking to cross into the United States. Against this backdrop, Peg Bowden, a retired nurse, volunteers at a migrant shelter in the Arizona borderlands, a sort of third country, with one foot in Mexico and the other in the United States. Bowden has stories. She gathered them into a series of true stories and personal reflections: A Land of Hard Edges: Serving the Front Lines of the Border. Hear her stories at 7 p.m. in Immanuel Presbyterian Church.

5. One of today's foremost ambassadors of Afro-Cuban msuic is Pablo Menéndez and his band, Mezcla. Known for their fusion of Cuban jazz, Afro-Cuban rumba, and Cuban rock and son (salsa), the guitarist and his band have been influencing the Caribbean music scene since their formation in 1985. Renowned musician Carlos Santana once described Mezcla's music as "the cleanest, freshest water I have ever tasted." enjoy the band at 7:30 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall at the University of Puget Sound.

LINK: Tuesday, Sept. 16 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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