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The progression

The mid-1970s marked the birth of hip-hop, and ever since the artistic genre has expanded all around the world. Today there are many versions of hip-hop, but originally it came out as raw organic expression. Hip-hop continues to branch out, but in which way is mainstream hip-hop growing? Do we

TASTE THIS: Covington Cellars and Two Vintners wine tasting, half-price bottle nights and more ...

Sipping Out

TASTE THIS: Covington Cellars and Two Vintners wine tasting, half-price bottle nights and more ...

Thursday, Sept. 1 Half-price bottle wine night for wines less than $100, Maxwell's Speakeasy, 454 St. Helens, Tacoma, 253.683.4115. Half-price wine, 3-close, Harmon Tap Room, 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.212.2725. $3 Thursdays: $3 beer, $3 wells, $3 for two hot dogs, 4 p.m. to close, Hell's Kitchen, 928 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003. Wine

Mondays: Blues night

Nightlife It List

Mondays: Blues night

Monday is typically a black hole for nightlife. Sure, if you run a sports bar, you'll do well during the World Series or football season, but for most eating and drinking establishments, it's just dead, dead, dead. There's a darn good reason why so many bars are empty on Mondays.

Daily: Party deck

Nightlife It List

Daily: Party deck

The Tides Tavern is on the waterfront in a very On the Waterfront way. The Gig Harbor institution isn't glitzy, pretentious, or expensive. There isn't beer pong, saketinis or salad bars. The Tides is simply an informal, neighborhood hangout with great pizza and chowder, friendly service and a killer view

PCSing with Pets

Taking your pets to Hawaii

Maybe you have heard of the strict regulations that Hawaii imposes on pets coming from the mainland or other countries/continents. Rightfully so, as the Hawaiians are simply trying to protect the beauty of the islands. While it is important it can also be very confusing as well

Health

Tricare: home-delivered medication with no copayment

Beneficiaries of the TRICARE military health plan can obtain 90 days of home-delivered medication with no copayment and can get free vaccinations at participating pharmacies without seeing a doctor. These measures can make life a bit simpler for beneficiaries of the military health plan, Navy Rear

Tacoma loves beer

Features

Tacoma loves beer

What magic fermented yeast, grain and water can become when proportioned correctly. Pilsners, lagers, Hefeweizens, ales (of all sorts); wheats, barleys, stouts and all the other delicious brews.  It's enough to make a grown man cry.  The triumph of the ages: BEER. To celebrate the fabulous concoction the third annual Tacoma Craft

Neighborhoods

Cozy cafes we love

The hustle and bustle of work will make anyone want to get away, even if just for a few hours on Saturday morning. Local businesses in each Tacoma, Olympia, Steilacoom and right here on post have numerous places that you can chill and have a cup of coffee at. Here

Kids

Military and child custody

Military members have a unique challenge when it comes to child custody. The challenges that come with visitation, living arrangements and scheduling can be complicated for any civilian family. Factoring in deployments, training and the moves that many military members encounter makes the already complicated into extremely complex. All too

Active Duty & Education 10 Tips for Success

Education

Active Duty & Education 10 Tips for Success

Whether it is returning to college or just beginning down that track, enrolling in higher education while on active duty can be daunting. Here are ten tips for smoothly completing a degree. 1.     Establish an obtainable goal. Be very concise but make it achievable, "I want to receive a bachelor's degree

Kids

Operation Give a Hug Dolls Provide Needed Comfort to Military Children

Seven year-old Andrew wasn't sure how long his step-dad, Ben, was going to be gone.  He just knew he was leaving and would miss him.  Andrews's mom, Tara, received an Operation Give a Hug Doll as Ben was leaving for deployment and immediately put a picture of her husband on

Morning Quickie Newsletter Giveaway: "Weird Al" Yankovic (Closed)

PROMO

Morning Quickie Newsletter Giveaway: "Weird Al" Yankovic (Closed)

(THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO JAMIE!) Weird Al Yankovic really needs no introduction. He preceded the Jerky Boys, he made Michael Jackson think twice about wearing red leather, he may have caused the disappearance of Canadian band Crash Test Dummies. The king of musical parodies will perform  at 7:30 p.m.

DAMAGE REPORT: B-Day parties & all-ages venues

Music

DAMAGE REPORT: B-Day parties & all-ages venues

40! TODAY!   Thursday, Sept. 1 is my birthday party at Hell's Kitchen. What does it mean? The chance to bear witness to powerfully loud-ass bands like Bremerton's Out, Sleeper Cell (featuring John Purkey of Subvert/Machine infamy), Eroder and Regional Faction. Also, come out and see the great changes in floor

Pearl's new gig, Artest's dancing shoes and Tebow's latest honor

Cup Check

Pearl's new gig, Artest's dancing shoes and Tebow's latest honor

STRIKE ONE After a one-week dalliance with the world of fantasy football advice (like a red-eyed, slack-jawed Brandon Funston ... only less fat in the face) I'm back to the normal routine this week - three Strikes and one Dumb Jock. It's my bread and butter. My Hall and Oates. My kibbles

CONCERT ALERT: Uncle Kracker, The Devil Wears Prada, Rocky Votolato and others ...

Concert Alert

CONCERT ALERT: Uncle Kracker, The Devil Wears Prada, Rocky Votolato and others ...

We list major concerts going on sale this weekend, as well as national touring acts performing in the Puget Sound this week and down the road. . SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, 253.627.TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, 800.325.SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, 866.468.7623, www.ticketweb.com . >>> ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 10 AM Robert

Retirement concerns

Focus

Retirement concerns

There's been a lot of talk - and a lot of worry - about the recent DoD proposal to change the long-standing military retirement system, which only entitled Servicemembers who ended their service after 20 years to receive full retirement benefits. A top concern is that the current all volunteer

Roller derby is strength, strategy and sass

Focus

Roller derby is strength, strategy and sass

It may be the most misunderstood sport in the country. Participants wear fishnet stockings, short shorts and tend to be covered in tattoos. Loud punk and rock music are standard pre-bout entertainment. But make no mistake about it - the players are athletes, and Roller Derby is the real deal. A spate

Veterans

VFW sponsoring Operation Rising Star

At 37 Army bases around the world, singers are either resting their voices and preparing to compete against their peers or they are already belting it out weekly during 2011's Operation Rising Star. Now in its sixth year, the competition mirrors a certain popular television singing competition and allows contestants, who

A shared survival

Operation Family Support

A shared survival

Family members of fallen active-duty Servicemembers, retirees and veterans came together Saturday on Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the 5th annual Surviving Family Member Appreciation Day. Sponsored by JBLM Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and held at the American Lake Community Center on Lewis North, the event served as a way to "honor

A move to the medical field

Operation Family Support

A move to the medical field

When Tiffany Maple went with her husband, Staff Sgt. Marcus Maple, to the Stone Education Center this summer so he could look into college classes, little did she know that she would walk out a step closer to enrolling in a phlebotomy course at Bates Technical College. The mother of four,

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