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2016 Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show

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2016 Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show

The largest Fourth of July celebration in the South Sound is on Ruston Way. Packed with food, music, an air show and fireworks, this is the place to be for big city action.  Click below for the program guide. Click here to view our interactive 2016 Freedom Fair program.

Sleeping on the job?

News Front

Sleeping on the job?

Sleep deprivation is no joke; with consequences relative to both personal health and military performance, the issue of not getting enough sleep is one that should be taken seriously. Dr. Elham Rezvanian, who specializes in neurology and sleep medicine has been in the medical field for 15 years, and with

Never open?

Features

Never open?

The drive-in burger joint is as American classic as red pickup trucks and fake wrestling. That might be why they still thrive, despite giant fast food chains becoming more and more prominent over the past few decades. The key is that they're usually local operations that have a strong history,

B2's swan song

Arts

B2's swan song

For six years, B2 Fine Art Gallery has offered Tacoma a smorgasbord of art from emerging locals to established international art stars. And now they offer up their final show before packing up and moving north to the Emerald City. The current show, "The Naturalist: A Landscape Abstraction," slightly misnamed, features

Horns blaring, swearing

Music

Horns blaring, swearing

When people think of Tom Waits, they generally conjure up a picture of the junkyard-instrument-wielding madman and, perhaps, rightfully so. After all, I was first introduced to Tom Waits through his 1988 concert film Big Time, when he was already almost a decade into his initial foray into experimental insanity.

'Into the Woods'

Stage

'Into the Woods'

New Muses Theatre Company's Into the Woods at Dukesbay Theater is the third version of this popular Stephan Sondheim musical I have reviewed, and it is quite different in some important ways, primarily in that it is scaled down with a much smaller set in a smaller space with fewer

Tenor, actor, Mandy

Music

Tenor, actor, Mandy

Actor Mandy Patinkin said director Rob Reiner gave him his choice of roles in the much-loved 1987 film adaptation of The Princess Bride. After almost three decades, it's impossible to say what may have drawn Patinkin to Spanish swordmaster Inigo Montoya in particular, but it's worth noting that Patinkin's own

Lines are drawn

Reviews

Lines are drawn

Announcer: The boys are drawing a line in the sand this week over a stop at Fresh Rolls in University Place. Jake is a fan; Jason isn't so sure. What has them up in arms and ready to call their mom to mediate? It's all over the word, fresh. Jake: True

Tasting Tacoma

Features

Tasting Tacoma

The Taste of Tacoma is an annual tradition for foodies in Pierce County. The large number of vendors, trucks and entertainment at the Point Defiance-located festival has been a kick-off to summer for the past 30 years, and 2016 looks to be no exception. In fact, the Taste is getting

Military Life

Military kids shine

Art can be seen just about anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Inspiration is drawn from nature and experience and has no age requirement. For two local students, art is not just a hobby - it's a passion that landed them both first place in their categories in the 20th annual

A valley of plenty

Travel

A valley of plenty

Washington state is one of the largest producers of fruits and vegetables in the country. And while you may find some of that bounty here on the westside, to fully experience and taste the diversity, you need to drive over the mountains to eastern Washington. Start at the Yakama Nation Fruit

Honoring the WASP

News

Honoring the WASP

"Book groups are like friendships," James Atlas wrote last year in a New York Times article. "Some coalesce and die out in a few years; others last a lifetime." Founded in 1941, Lakewood's Friday Book Club fits squarely into the latter category. One of the longest continuously running book clubs

Suits for soldiers

Military Life

Suits for soldiers

Transitioning from the military to civilian life can be complicated. Finding a civilian job after years spent working for Uncle Sam can be the most stressful part. Good job leads and carefully crafted resumés are only part of the puzzle. The fact is, military uniforms are often inappropriate when interviewing

News Front

How to communicate in a 9.0

"We have close to 20,000 people that are participating," said Digital Media Coordinator for the Washington Military Department and Deputy Chief for the External Affairs Pod for the Cascadia Rising Exercise, Steven Friederich. Essentially, the purpose of last week's Cascadia Rising Exercise was to practice response efforts if a massive, 9.0-earthquake

Ready for big one

News Front

Ready for big one

A disaster can occur at any time, many times without notice. "For some hazards, such as severe winter storms and floods, it is known several days in advance that they are coming," said the Washington Military Department's Communication Team Lead, Mark Stewart.  "For other hazards, such as this Cascadia Rising event,

Irene and Issac

Military Life

Irene and Issac

A soldier and a female airman met in Korea in 1995. Love brought them together,  and sacrifice kept them together as they grew a family.  Now, one wants to recognize the other for all those years of service and sacrifice.   "Most military families consist of the husband being in the

Organization to help create homes for homeless veterans

News

Organization to help create homes for homeless veterans

Homelessness has been a major issue in the veteran community for some time now, and efforts from both private groups and the Department of Veterans Affairs have struggled to mend the issue. However, the group Carry Me Productions (CMP) may have a unique solution to try to reverse this trend

Places beyond the stars

Music

Places beyond the stars

Boy, there sure was a time when musicians were totally obsessed with outer space, wasn't there? The obsession roughly began in the ‘60s with the advent of psychedelic music, giving us legit weirdos ? and the Mysterians and Sun Ra - two people who may or may not have actually

Father's Day ideas

Outdoors

Father's Day ideas

Father's Day always seems so tricky to plan. Mother's Day is usually pretty simple: flowers, chocolate, seeing the extended family, and so on. But unless your dad has a very specific passion, it can be tricky to find a way to give him an awesome day. Well, the Volcano is

Complete Word of God

Stage

Complete Word of God

If you are easily offended by irreverent humor, steer clear of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at the Midnight Sun. They don't make them any more irreverent. Produced by Theater Artists Olympia and written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor for The Reduced Shakespeare Company,

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