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What's The Word?: Hilltop hip-hop

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What's The Word?: Hilltop hip-hop

Many blogs and websites will let ya know who are the hottest MCs in the game. I give kudos to those spots. I frequent them often. These sites have a plethora of trendy, hipster, white guy, frat-hop and cool guy fashionista hip-hop. One thing these online entities usually lack is

The Rockford Files: Record Store Day 2013

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The Rockford Files: Record Store Day 2013

For music fans whose album collection can be found meticulously alphabetized in milk crates, carefully stowed in their car's center console, or maybe just piled up next to the stereo from incessant listening - rather than digitally stored on their hard drive - one of the most important days of

40 years of KAOS

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40 years of KAOS

It was 1973 when student Dean Katz applied for the call letters KESC and opened the commercial-free, independent broadcast radio station on the campus of The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Katz quickly turned around and claimed the letters KAOS, a seemingly more appropriate metaphor for the cross-cultures that inhabited

Family and loved ones of deployed soldiers 'Walk to Afghanistan' to show support

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Family and loved ones of deployed soldiers 'Walk to Afghanistan' to show support

Sweat pouring down faces and heart beats racing. Bright colored signs and smiling faces. Children running around with dogs following closely behind. Laughter, hugs, and smiles can be heard from far away. This is a site all too common at the "Walk to

Procession of the "New" Species

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Procession of the "New" Species

From leopards and ladybugs to whales and wild flowers, Mother Earth and all her species will be celebrated in the Procession of the Species - Olympia's beloved 19th annual tribute to natural selection, human creativity, and the flora and fauna of the planet. The afternoon of Saturday, April 27, about

Through July 21: "Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle"

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Through July 21: "Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle"

Count yourself blessed, Tacoma, because you get to see something few people in the world have seen. Throughout his career Eric Carle, famous for children's books such as Brown Bear - Brown Bear, What Do You See? And The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more than 70 other picture books -

Through April 28: "Reservoir Dogs"

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Through April 28: "Reservoir Dogs"

On the off chance you've never seen the movie, here's the gist: a crime boss named Joe Cabot and his adult son, "Nice Guy Eddie," hire six thugs under pseudonyms to pull a diamond heist. The heist, which we never see, goes utterly sideways, and the thieves reassemble at their

Saturday, April 20: 24 Hour Movie Marathon

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Saturday, April 20: 24 Hour Movie Marathon

The weekend of April 20-21, The Grand Cinema is hosting our first ever 24 Hour Movie Marathon. This is an event that we've wanted to do for a long time, but finally moved forward with this year as a support event for our Digital Conversion Campaign — to which all

Sunday, April 14: Sadie and the Blue-Eyed Devils

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Sunday, April 14: Sadie and the Blue-Eyed Devils

With all of these new bands turning their eyes backward in time, it becomes something of a wash to find unique voices amongst the nostalgia. For Sadie and the Blue-Eyed Devils - an act that specializes in reviving the sounds of Dust Bowl-era music - the charm comes from the

South Sound's blues mojo on full display at Gray Sky Blues Festival

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South Sound's blues mojo on full display at Gray Sky Blues Festival

The Gray Sky Blues Music Festival promises that, "Though the skies may be gray ... Great music will brighten your day!" The annual Tacoma event, started in 2008 when the Daffodil Parade organizers approached the Tacoma Events Commission, asking for help to get more people to attend the long running parade.

Saturday, April 13: Anuhea

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Saturday, April 13: Anuhea

Have you ever listened to the radio while visiting Hawaii? There's usually one classic rock station and the other dozen or so stations are "Island" music. Soulful, groovy and lyrically lovely, with songs of sunsets and lovers, Hawaiian radio stations compliment and create the vibe of the tropics. You can bet

Saturday, April 13: KAOS FM 40th Anniversary Party

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Saturday, April 13: KAOS FM 40th Anniversary Party

This Saturday, KAOS 89.3 FM celebrates their big 4-0 at the Olympia Ballroom with AfroMassive and Kasata Sound, two groups that will get into your bones with their funk, jazz and rhythm. KAOS has been long been know for their fun, and continue to bring new and refreshing topics to

Saturday, April 13-Sunday, April 14: The Double Shot Festival of Overnight Plays

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Saturday, April 13-Sunday, April 14: The Double Shot Festival of Overnight Plays

Ordinarily, writing a short play takes weeks or even months. As it moves into production, everyone from the cast to the director to the guy who delivers sandwiches has editorial input. What began with a clear authorial vision might veer off in any number of unexpected directions. The Double

Saturday, April 13: Wild Moth

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Saturday, April 13: Wild Moth

The formula of "loud-quiet-loud," as formalized by the Pixies and popularized by bands like Nirvana, is a deceptively simple, yet frequently engrossing, way of assembling songs. These frantic bursts of noise that encapsulate stretches of gentle reflection - it's a hell of a way to demand attention from a listener.

Saturday, April 13: Gray Sky Blues Music Festival

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Saturday, April 13: Gray Sky Blues Music Festival

The annual Gray sky Blues Music Festival began in 2008 when the Daffodil Parade organizers approached the Tacoma Events Commission, asking for help to get more people to attend the long running parade. Seizing on the opportunity to bring some brightness to the mid-spring doldrums, the Commission envisioned the Gray

MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: Wild Moth, Anuhea, Sadie and the Blue-Eyed Devils, Cusses

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MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: Wild Moth, Anuhea, Sadie and the Blue-Eyed Devils, Cusses

>>> Saturday, April 13 WILD MOTH The formula of "loud-quiet-loud," as formalized by the Pixies and popularized by bands like Nirvana, is a deceptively simple, yet frequently engrossing, way of assembling songs. These frantic bursts of noise that encapsulate stretches of gentle reflection - it's a hell of a way to demand

Downrange Golf Clinic: Taking ‘the next step’

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Downrange Golf Clinic: Taking ‘the next step’

Will Silva knows how to play golf, but it was only until recently the JBLM fire prevention officer learned what he was doing wrong with his game.The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events teamed up with the Professional Golfers' Association Monday for the

New sexual assault documentary, ‘The Invisible War,’ required viewing for all I Corps NCOs and officers

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New sexual assault documentary, ‘The Invisible War,’ required viewing for all I Corps NCOs and officers

  One after another their faces fill the screen. They are familiar. They are men and women we served with, from our neighborhoods, from our lives. Their stories are each unique and yet somehow the same. One by one, from each of the services, enlisted and officer, they

Becoming a casualty assistance officer ‘a calling,’ chief says

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Becoming a casualty assistance officer ‘a calling,’ chief says

On Easter Sunday while children participated in backyard egg hunts and neighbors greeted each other at church, a team from JBLM's Casualty Assistance Office arrived at Gray Army Airfield for another sort of family gathering - to support a grieving father, mother and wife as they

JBLM Students learn math’s not boring

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JBLM Students learn math’s not boring

  Lessons in computer-aided drafting, engineering and robotics might sound like the curriculum of a local college or university, but the students who learn about these subjects through a new program located on JBLM are still years shy of high school graduation. STARBASE, which began at JBLM in

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