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Friday, May 3: "What the Frack?"

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Friday, May 3: "What the Frack?"

Fracking isn't magic. What the Frack? is. Friday, magic takes the form of music, dance and thought-provoking performance when Tacoma School of Arts Theater (SOTA) stages What the Frack? - a social commentary about fracking, which is the controversial use of hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from the earth.

Friday, May 3: The Jessica Blinn Quartet

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Friday, May 3: The Jessica Blinn Quartet

"You might say that we are classic elegant swing meets surf guitar," says Jessica Blinn, vocalist and violinist for The Jessica Blinn Quintet that will play Olympia's Urban Onion Friday. The event kicks off a new jazz series for the venue. "We are excited to be playing at a new

Friday, May 3: RowHouse

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Friday, May 3: RowHouse

It's been a pleasure over the past while to watch as RowHouse grew and changed and inevitably found its feet. Fronted by Alex Tapia - previously of Bayonet - RowHouse has finally settled itself into a comfortable groove as a two-piece. Manning the drums are Gary Kawamura, of the jazz

Friday, May 3: The West

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Friday, May 3: The West

From the first, striding chords and skittering drums on album opener, "It Was Disco and It's Over," the West succeed in evoking a dozen beloved influences - from newly deified type like LCD Soundsystem to time-tested gods like New Order. Clearly, the members of the West have an ear for

Outdoor Addict: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is for the birds

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Outdoor Addict: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is for the birds

I'm not a birder. In theory I should be. I mean, I love nature, animals, seeing animals in their world, any reason to get outside and any excuse to travel. Being a birder would facilitate all of these things, but nothing seems more boring to me. Looking through binoculars at

Welcome Weekly Volcano Readers!

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Welcome Weekly Volcano Readers!

You did it! You have found the new home of the Weekly Volcano. All your favorite Weekly Volcano stories - past and future - can be found here on northwestmilitary.com. You have mouthwateringly easy web access to past issues of the Weekly Volcano. Searchable by keyword! Like "conenose"! As always, it's

14th Engineers train play with the new High Mobility Engineer Excavator Type 1

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14th Engineers train play with the new High Mobility Engineer Excavator Type 1

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - If you went to basic training more than a few years ago, you may remember digging a fighting position. After learning about the theory and variations of fighting positions, you had to dig your own. A "Ranger grave" was easy enough to make, but a

Barry Crust and the Brick of Remembrance

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Barry Crust and the Brick of Remembrance

For most people, there are four stages of school: elementary, junior high (middle school), high school and college. Each stage can and usually brings drastic changes to a student's lifestyle and educational setting. Now, a drastic change comes to a specific junior high school - Hudtloff Middle School. In the fall

Rebuilding Day to help vets

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Rebuilding Day to help vets

Complete strangers can do the nicest things for people they've never met. "I've never met any of the people who are here and working out there," Barbara Gilbert, an 80-year-old Lakewood resident and wife of a deceased Air Force veteran, said. "It's absolutely wonderful what they are doing in order to help

Saturday, May 11: The BareFoot Collective's Ides of May

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Saturday, May 11: The BareFoot Collective's Ides of May

Michael Hoover, co-director at The BareFoot Collective, has created a dance piece to his love of punk music, and in particular Tacoma's Girl Trouble, the garage-punk band that has its sights on a 30th anniversary next year. As part of BareFoot's "Ides of May" performance May 11 at the Theatre

Sunday, May 12: Mother/Daughter Fashion Show

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Sunday, May 12: Mother/Daughter Fashion Show

Last Sunday's weather was absolutely beautiful, but you could barely enjoy it since all you could think about was the sad state of your closet. You want flirty skirts and kitten heels in the freshest colors and styles for spring, yet your warm wool trousers and cashmere sweaters are still

Through Aug. 24: "World War II"

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Through Aug. 24: "World War II"

The Karpeles Manuscript Library was founded in 1983 by David and Marsha Karpeles, "who created the museum(s) to stimulate interest in learning, especially in our children," according to its website, which details the national network of history museums, including the one in Tacoma by Wright Park. In a nutshell, the

Saturday, May 11: Foss Waterway Seaport celebration

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Saturday, May 11: Foss Waterway Seaport celebration

For those who didn't attend February's Big Beer Festival at the Foss Waterway Seaport will receive another chance to see the remodeled space when the "Puget Sound's premier maritime heritage, education and event center" reopens to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11. After 18 months of closure for

72 Hour Film Festival celebrated in Tacoma

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72 Hour Film Festival celebrated in Tacoma

Think of all the things you could do in 72 hours. You could watch six installments of the Star Wars series five times. You could walk back and forth from Seattle to Tacoma approximately seven times. You could drive from Tacoma to Yellowstone National Park and back about six times

Chief Warrant Officer 3 drops boots for Dockyard Derby Dames

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Chief Warrant Officer 3 drops boots for Dockyard Derby Dames

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - It is after work and as you walk by one soldier from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade preparing for battle, a helmet gets snapped on, knee and elbow pads get checked and ... roller skates get laced up. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Victoria C. Corrigan, 16th

Wednesday, May 15: Walk Tacoma

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Wednesday, May 15: Walk Tacoma

Why go on a beer run when you can participate in a beer walk. We don't know what that means, but we do know this: Downtown On the Go's Walk Tacoma tours are awesome, and Wednesday, May 15 local historian Michael Sullivan will lead the tour through Tacoma's Brewery District.

Saturday, May 11: "Cosmosis"

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Saturday, May 11: "Cosmosis"

The common interpretation of composer Susan Botti's Cosmosis is it tells the story of a science experiment. The PLU University Wind Ensemble and University Singers set the science-theme poetry of May Swenson to music, answering the question: Can a spider spin a web in space? The multi-discipline, three-part performance depicts

Saturday, May 11: Hilltop Artists Spring Glass Sale

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Saturday, May 11: Hilltop Artists Spring Glass Sale

Hilltop Artists is a nonprofit glass arts program created by the iconic Dale Chihuly designed to use "glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic background to better futures." The program boasts more than 500 students a year, and each year its Spring Glass Sale acts as

Friday, May 10-Sunday, May 12: Rainier Independent Film Festival

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Friday, May 10-Sunday, May 12: Rainier Independent Film Festival

After a movie, most audiences pour our into the blinding sunlight only to eventually refocus on a gray parking lot, maybe the backside of a Dairy Queen and probably three ratty looking shrubs with Good & Plenty boxes wedged in their branches. Pop out of the Rainier Independent Film Festival

Saturday, May 11: Future Bass

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Saturday, May 11: Future Bass

The music that Future Bass residency produces falls into the glitch-hop/indie electroclash/heavy electro dance music category, and they have the talent and the know-how to push glitch-hop further than we knew it could go. Team Electro DJ Broam, Bobby Galaxy, Mr. Melanin (happy birthday!), Del Brown and Najamoniq will lay

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