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'Driven to Abstraction'

Arts

'Driven to Abstraction'

I'm so tempted to make a play on words from the title of this show, but gallery owners Gary and Deborah Boone beat me to the punch.  "Driven to Abstraction" showcases the works of three painters whose common thread is abstraction but whose approaches to art are quite diverse. One of

Deck dining at its best

Reviews

Deck dining at its best

There is still plenty of summer weather left, which means that there are still plenty of days to hit Tacoma's waterfront restaurants with its amazing food and view of Commencement Bay.  Many restaurants have come and gone over the years, but Katie Downs has stood the test of time, well

Big and brassy

Stage

Big and brassy

In the Pixar film WALL-E, a junk-collecting robot is left all alone on Earth with nothing to do except clean up the mess that humans made and pine for companionship. At night, he warms himself in a shipping container with nothing more than his cockroach friend and an old VHS

Seahawks QB hosts football camp

News Front

Seahawks QB hosts football camp

Hundreds of kids had the opportunity to take part in a football camp earlier this month hosted by Super Bowl Champion and Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson. Among the hundreds of children attending were 30 Washington National Guard military youth who saved their parents hundreds of dollars thanks to scholarships provided

Staying cool on JBLM

Military Life

Staying cool on JBLM

Summer is reheating up in Washington, but you don't have to travel far to find places to cool off. Check out these places right on Joint Base Lewis-McChord where you can beat the heat with a dip in the water, or work on your tan.  Shoreline Park  This is a

Victory Farm in Olympia holds grand opening

Outdoors

Victory Farm in Olympia holds grand opening

Over a large plot of land in a quiet east Olympia neighborhood where fertile soil is bountiful, military veterans transitioning from service to civilian life are reconnecting and finding a new sense of purpose. Veterans from all over are coming to Victory Farm, at 718 Milas Ave. NE, started by military

Class acts, class beer

News Front

Class acts, class beer

Like top-of-the-line Mercedes Benzes, Ken Thoburn and Scott Wagner are first class. Both know beer - Thoburn is the founder of Wingman Brewers; Wagner is a managing partner of the Narrows Brewing Company. Both listen to what their patrons say. Some are soldiers. "A soldier from 1st Battalion, 214th General Support Aviation Regiment came

Veterans ride to benefit veteran's home

News

Veterans ride to benefit veteran's home

Veteran riders will take to the streets to support the troops. VFW Post #2669 Motorcycle Riders' Group from the Fred Needham VFW Post, and the Red Dog Saloon, both in Port Orchard, will sponsor the third annual Ride for Veterans, Aug. 8. This daylong event will raise funds for Building #9

Local franchise salutes troops

News Front

Local franchise salutes troops

Hot, fresh and ready to go is a guarantee made by Little Caesar's Pizza and locally, Little Caesar's franchisee Sebastian Brost promises the added guarantee that all military personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Base Kitsap will be supported by his 19 restaurants in Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties. "The

Through the muck

Music

Through the muck

Even if it wasn't always explicit, the punk explosion of the late ‘70s always shared a kindred spirit in the birth of rock in the ‘50s. While the squalls of sound were certainly more extreme, there was always a sense of looking back - just further back than the bloated

Olympia Brew Fest

Bars & Clubs

Olympia Brew Fest

Each year, Olympia Brew Fest strives to give South Sound residents plenty of reasons to get out and drink some beer - as if most Northwesterners need any reason at all. To spice up the afternoon, the Oly Beer Fest brings in food, live music and more, all set against

Salmon derby welcomes military

Outdoors

Salmon derby welcomes military

On Saturday, Aug. 1, anyone can be a winner at the 14th annual South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby. With more than 400 attending, the event is considered to be one of the largest salmon derbies in the region. South King County Puget Sound Anglers (PSA) welcomes young and

Heroes and survivors

Arts

Heroes and survivors

Hey Tacomans, do you know how fortunate you are to have two world-class art museums? Few cities the size of Tacoma have such treasures such as Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass. These museums not only bring great art and great artists to town (and show the works of

Outrageous fortune

Stage

Outrageous fortune

I've recently been rewatching a delightful show from Canada called Slings & Arrows. As the title might suggest, the show has to do with the works of William Shakespeare - namely, a Canadian Shakespeare company that finds itself straining under the pressure of an action movie actor in the title

4000 Miles

Stage

4000 Miles

Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles at Olympia Little Theatre has a you-are-there feel to it. It's a smart script with a naturalistic mix of drama and humor without bombast, and it is performed nicely by four young actors and one seasoned professional, Sharry O'Hare, who has been in more plays than

Authentic hot pot

Reviews

Authentic hot pot

One of the cool things about living in the Puget Sound is the access to great Asian cuisine, and the South Sound is not short on options. The best part of having such an abundance of choices is that one does not have to settle for inferior or Americanized selections.

Dance, fitness and Zumba

Military Life

Dance, fitness and Zumba

For all those dance, fitness, and of course Zumba enthusiasts out there, JBLM's Cowan Stadium (Liggett Avenue and 12th Street, Lewis Main) is the place to be, Aug. 1. JBLM is hosting the Spark Before Dark Event, three hours of Zumba fun. The venue opens at 5 p.m. and dancing kicks

Discover Seattle and Tacoma hot spots

Travel

Discover Seattle and Tacoma hot spots

Spouses are invited every month to enjoy a fun and free trip to Seattle or Tacoma, and get to meet each other thanks to Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials. Once a month, JBLM AFCS (Armed Forces Community Service) hosts a Spouse's Out on the Town Tour. This month they headed to

Team McChord airman wins Colonel Gail Halvorsen Award

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Team McChord airman wins Colonel Gail Halvorsen Award

Tech. Sgt. Nathan Carlson, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron senior information controller, was awarded the 2014 Colonel Gail Halvorsen Air Force Outstanding Air Transportation Individual of the Year Award, July 9. According to the Airlift Tanker Association, the award is given to an outstanding Air Transportation airman for sustained excellence in aerial

Great bike rides around the South Sound

Outdoors

Great bike rides around the South Sound

Come rain or hail or dark of night, Duncan Green can be spotted riding his bike through the streets of Olympia. As the coordinator of Intercity Transit's Bicycle Commuter Contest, Green promotes bicycling as transportation. But riding a bike is also one of his favorite recreational activities. He favors rides on

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