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Washington National Guard prepares for earthquakes

Military Resources

Washington National Guard prepares for earthquakes

Earthquakes are Mother Nature's way of tapping us on the shoulder to let us know she is still in charge. They are simple events, and earthquakes occur when two layers, or plates, of the Earth shift and run into each other. This action results in seismic waves and the shaking of

Larry Geringer and Tacoma Rescue Mission shelter veterans

Heroes & Awards

Larry Geringer and Tacoma Rescue Mission shelter veterans

Larry Geringer's office used to be a small storage closet. On the desk there's a telephone and an older looking computer. In one of the desk drawers are some snacks. In a corner there is a coffee maker on a small counter.  Under the counter are a few drawers holding some socks,

Theater Review: Animal Fire Theatre's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"

Stage & Visual Reviews

Theater Review: Animal Fire Theatre's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"

Though I admire the Bard of Avon, I'd never before seen or read one of his first plays, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. It isn't highly prized. Some commentators, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch among them, believe Shakespeare farmed out its ending; even the play's CliffsNotes sniff, "(The play) doesn't appear to

WDVA goes to the dogs

Health

WDVA goes to the dogs

Most of us have seen service dogs. Sometimes we'll spy one at a restaurant, laying calmly by its master's feet. Or perhaps in the mall, walking sedately as its owner makes his or her way through hordes of people. Usually distinguished by their tell-tale vests, service dogs are trained to

Medal of Honor retirement for Sgt. Leroy Petry

News Front

Medal of Honor retirement for Sgt. Leroy Petry

The pride shown by Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Leroy A. Petry toward his family and his fellow soldiers is evident as he leans over his knees and talks about his retirement. Petry is a big man full of heart, grace and confidence. He twists his prosthetic hand, the fingers

Friday, July 25-Saturday, July 26: Campfire Cassettes

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Friday, July 25-Saturday, July 26: Campfire Cassettes

Campfire Cassettes was started by Jonathan Buchanan as a way of getting pesky songs out of his head. Sometimes he performs with a full band, but the tour he's on finds him performing solo, with an assist from his tourmate, Todd N Todd (AKA Todd Daniels). The first song on

Saturday, July 26: Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival

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Saturday, July 26: Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival

It was a cool July night in the City of Grit. My fedora pulled down low over my eyes, I peered out through a haze of cigarette smoke as I slunk down South Tacoma Way. Maybe that's why at first I didn't see the hep cat in the zoot suit.

Saturday, July 26: Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat

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Saturday, July 26: Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat

One of the things that tends to deter me from music with the "experimental" label is that it too frequently has a tendency to spiral out into free jazz journeys with no end in sight. My roots are too entrenched in pop construction for me to have much patience for

Tuesday, July 29: Stephen Steinbrink

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Tuesday, July 29: Stephen Steinbrink

Stephen Steinbrink's most recent album, Arranged Waves, was released through Melodic Records, based in Manchester, England. Judging by Steinbrink's music, Manchester has changed a lot since the raucous and experimental days of the '80s. A record label called Melodic is the perfect avenue to find Steinbrink, whose music is pristinely

Through Aug. 14: Bill Colby's "Water And Rocks: A Journey"

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Through Aug. 14: Bill Colby's "Water And Rocks: A Journey"

A visit to Bill Colby's latest exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College is like a trip to the beach. The gallery is filled with - by my cursory count - 44 bright paintings dominated by clear blue water and clear blue sky complemented by rocks

Downtown Puyallup picnic game plan

Features

Downtown Puyallup picnic game plan

The last time I tried to bring a friend to a picnic she ended up leaving early. Why? No one wants to hear about how much my ass hurts from sitting on the ground, much less while they're eating one of my homemade bologna and moldy cheese with mayo sandwiches.

Music Critics' Picks: Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat, Shai, Igor & The Red Elvises, Stephen Steinbrink

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat, Shai, Igor & The Red Elvises, Stephen Steinbrink

[AVANT-POP] + SAT, JULY 26 One of the things that tends to deter me from music with the "experimental" label is that it too frequently has a tendency to spiral out into free jazz journeys with no end in sight. My roots are too entrenched in pop construction for me to

Campfire Cassettes is one man with many words

Music Features & Columns

Campfire Cassettes is one man with many words

At the heart of it all, the power of a singer-songwriter is the ability to convey the perception of a singular vision, of one person letting out everything that's inside them. There's nothing separating them from the listener besides one guitar and one microphone. When this form finds its most

Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival 2014

Music Features & Columns

Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival 2014

It was a cool July night in the City of Grit. My fedora pulled down low over my eyes, I peered out through a haze of cigarette smoke as I slunk down South Tacoma Way. Maybe that's why at first I didn't see the hep cat in the zoot suit.

Maria Muldaur joins the DB Cooper Music Festival

Music Features & Columns

Maria Muldaur joins the DB Cooper Music Festival

Maria Muldaur's 50-year career is probably best described as an odyssey through American roots music. Although she is known worldwide for her sultry 1974 mega-hit "Midnight at the Oasis," which topped the charts, received several Grammy nominations and landed her on the cover of Rolling Stone, Maria was also in on

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Skinny Puppy, St. Lucia, Lecrae, SoMo, Blue Rodeo, Blake Mills and others ...

Concert Alert

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Skinny Puppy, St. Lucia, Lecrae, SoMo, Blue Rodeo, Blake Mills and others ...

We list major concerts going on sale this weekend, as well as national touring acts performing in the Puget Sound this week. SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, 253.627.TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TWEB = Ticketweb, 866.468.7623, www.ticketweb.com   >>> ON SALE NOW The Breeders Seattle. Sept. 10 8:30 pm. $25-$28 (The Showbox, axs.com) Heart Seattle. Sept.

"A Most Wanted Man": A swansong spy thriller for a Hollywood great

Show And Tell

"A Most Wanted Man": A swansong spy thriller for a Hollywood great

I'd like to talk about etiquette for a moment. Telling someone they look like a celebrity is only a compliment if the celebrity is conventionally attractive. No guy wants to hear they look like Steve Buscemi, Clint Howard or the decomposing pilot from Castaway. No woman wants to hear they

Feedbag: Vintage white wines tasting, VIP dinner, Steilacoom salmon bake, Heritage Distilling Batch No. 12

Food Matters

Feedbag: Vintage white wines tasting, VIP dinner, Steilacoom salmon bake, Heritage Distilling Batch No. 12

LOCAL BOOZE RELEASE Heritage Distilling Company has just announced the release of their Batch No. 12 line of spirits. Batch 12 will include a vodka, bourbon and rye whisky all produced and bottled at its Gig Harbor site. The salivating, booze-loving public can get their first sip at

Saturday, July 26: Shai

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Saturday, July 26: Shai

Grab a date; Saturday's show at Jezebels will be historic. Early 1990s R&B harmonizers Shai rolls into Olympia. Not only does this show mark a significant visit from the platinum-selling crooners, but also a going-away party of sorts, as Jezebels - formerly The Mint and Barcode - will be shutting

PGA professionals to help veterans at American Lake Veterans Golf Course

Health

PGA professionals to help veterans at American Lake Veterans Golf Course

Monday, July 28, the American Lake Veterans Golf Course will once again host disabled veterans from around the country for the second annual national Down Range Golf Clinic, a therapeutic program for disabled veterans coordinated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Research has proven that through the social interaction

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