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Saturday, Feb. 16: Big Beer Festival (sold out)

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Saturday, Feb. 16: Big Beer Festival (sold out)

Ed. note: The Big Beer Festival is sold out. The brilliant minds that brought you the wildly successful Tacoma's Craft Beer Festival are going bigger. By bigger, I mean bigger beers. By bigger beers, I mean stronger beers. The first annual Big Beer Festival will consume the Foss Waterway Seaport -

Saturday, Feb. 16: Survival Knife

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Saturday, Feb. 16: Survival Knife

Survival Knife is Kris Cunningham on drums, Meg Cunningham on bass, Brandt Sandeno on guitar and Justin Trosper on guitar and vocals. Yes, Meg and Kris are married, and yes, Sandeno and Trosper are two of the original three members of Olympia's infamous '90s indie rock predecessors, Unwound. All right, now that

Saturday, Feb. 16: Dancing with the Tacoma Stars

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Saturday, Feb. 16: Dancing with the Tacoma Stars

Dancing with the Stars is a TV show that pairs professional dancers with famous people - stars who often wouldn't know the bunny hop if it bit them in the ass. Each show, an unlucky couple gets voted off. By the end of the season, the only

Through Feb. 23: "Pizza Man"

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Through Feb. 23: "Pizza Man"

Pizza Man, directed by and starring Pamela Arndt, has much to recommend it. Amanda Navarez's delicate house music is a welcome deviation from the usual canned stuff. The prerecorded music, when it does kick in, is apt and evocative. The show has a point of view, and its tech elements

Through March 6: "An Abstract - Representational Continuum"

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Through March 6: "An Abstract - Representational Continuum"

There is an excellent art exhibit in the gallery at The Evergreen State College. It is called An Abstract - Representational Continuum and it juxtaposes abstract art with slightly surrealistic photographs culled from the college's art collection. Included are works by well-known West Coast artists and a few nationally-recognized artists.

Saturday, Feb. 23: Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball

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Saturday, Feb. 23: Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball

The Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball is coming soon to serve up a delicious course of glamour with a heaping side serving of fairytale magic. Don your mask, dress to the nines, and be ready to dance the night to music. The Mid-Winter Masquerade is part of Tacoma City Ballet's Soiree Series, which

JBLM compost business booming despite federal budget woes

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JBLM compost business booming despite federal budget woes

  As Department of Defense military and civilian employees begin to feel the pinch of spending cuts tied to the federal budget, personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are finding ways to do more with less - less waste, that is. Nearly 4,000 tons of JBLM's organic waste are

Art helps build unity among spouses

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Art helps build unity among spouses

Even when physically apart, art has the ability to bring people together. While 296th Brigade Support Battalion Soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan the past year, art classes helped them stay connected with their Families. With their Soldiers recently returned, Family members' artwork was displayed in an exhibition

Dog, handler begin first mission together

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Dog, handler begin first mission together

  FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan - After hours of climbing over the rugged grape rows of Afghanistan in search of a weapons cache, Pfc. Franklin Sena and his platoon heard the familiar sound of small-arms fire coming at them. Since Sena could not positively identify the shooter to

She’s on the run

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She’s on the run

As a resident in training at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ashley Urick works 60 to 80 hours a week. Despite her ambitious schedule, the JBLM Army captain makes time to run. While it's a challenge to train with a demanding work schedule, her dedication to her sport continues

I Corps leader setting fitness example

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I Corps leader setting fitness example

During his 30-year Army career, I Corps Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell has promoted fitness for Soldiers. "Too many times in Iraq or Afghanistan I would see Soldiers breaking down because they weren't training right and they weren't fueling themselves right," he said. "If we're truly tactical athletes

Sunday, Feb. 17: Numero By Northwest

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Sunday, Feb. 17: Numero By Northwest

"Numero By Northwest" is an unusual DJ showcase at The Brotherhood Lounge Sunday. And by unusual, I mean rare - but I also mean weird, which in Olympia, equates to awesome. The Numero Group's Ken Shipley, Justin Trosper from Unwound/Survival Knife and DJ Wildman James will spin soul, garage and

USO Northwest new “No Dough Dinners” a sure hit

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USO Northwest new “No Dough Dinners” a sure hit

You may know that the United Service Organization Northwest (USONW) has a location on McChord Field. You may also know that its Shali Center is the only non-profit organization on Joint Base Lewis-McChord that takes care of deploying troops after they say their goodbyes. Now, the USONW is expanding its

Deployed 62nd Airman breaks records

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Deployed 62nd Airman breaks records

SOUTHWEST ASIA - In six months Staff Sgt. Ryan Stoks expedited more than 413 missions and moved more than 18 million pounds of cargo to set new aerial port expeditor records for Air Mobility Command and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. What began as a simple challenge with his fellow 8th

Group commander leaves for wing commander position

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Group commander leaves for wing commander position

Trading in the shiny, state of the art jets at McChord Field for the old-school aircraft of Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio does have its reward - position of commander for the 910th Airlift Wing. Col. James Dignan, 446th Operations Group commander here, will be leaving McChord Field toward the end

Airman discovers Grandad is WWII hero

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Airman discovers Grandad is WWII hero

Staff Sgt. Martin Hensen of the Maintenance Squadron at McChord Field didn't know his grandfather was an unsung World War II (WWII) hero until he came to visit last summer. A simple evening of reminiscing for Jan Hensen, 93, unknowingly sparked a series of events no one could have foreshadowed.

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Spar Cafe Olympia - Downtown. James Coates. 8 pm. NC. Cascadia Grill Olympia - Downtown. Jeremy Serwer. All Ages. 6-9 pm. NC. Olympic Club Hotel and Theater Lewis County. Justin & Lucy Page. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Matrix Coffee House Lewis County. Open Mic Night.

Thursday, Feb. 21: "The Beauty From Alhambra"

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Thursday, Feb. 21: "The Beauty From Alhambra"

Anyone who believes that Tacoma is still a blue-collar backwater town with few ties to the outside world had better stay away from the 11th annual Sister Cities International Film Festival, which launched two weeks ago. The experience might just shatter everything that poor soul holds to so misguidedly. Tacoma

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Spar Cafe Olympia - Downtown. Jabi Shriki, Jeremy Serwer. All Ages. 8 pm. NC. Matrix Coffee House Lewis County. Lilly Moon. All Ages. 8 pm. $6. BLUES Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi Bar Vashon. OneNiteStand. All Ages. 8:30 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian

Thursday, Feb. 21: "Scarlet" Book Release Party

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Thursday, Feb. 21: "Scarlet" Book Release Party

Marissa Meyer is a YA author from Tacoma and a Pacific Lutheran University graduate. She's a fan of Firefly. She wrote Sailor Moon fan fiction for 10 years. Cinder, the first book in her Lunar Chronicles, is about an android Cinderella in futuristic China was on the New York Times

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