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Music Critics' Picks: RowHouse, The Jessica Blin Quintet, The West, Shyan Selah and the Republic of Sound

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: RowHouse, The Jessica Blin Quintet, The West, Shyan Selah and the Republic of Sound

[INDIE ROCK] + FRI, MAY 3 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

What's The Word?: Farewell

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What's The Word?: Farewell

In the late 90s and early 2000s, I worked for the Tacoma Facts newspaper. The Facts is the oldest, longest running African-American newspaper in the Pacific Northwest and they still publish in Seattle. I was given the job because owner/editor Dennis Beaver liked my spoken word/poetry. Beaver let me write

Through Oct. 31: "Northwest Artists Collect"

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Through Oct. 31: "Northwest Artists Collect"

Exhibiting works by Northwest glass artists alongside selected works from their personal art collections is an intriguing concept for an art exhibition. This is what you can find in the Northwest Artists Collect exhibition at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Seven favorite regional glass artists are shown with works

Thursday, May 2: Federation X

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Thursday, May 2: Federation X

Forming in Bellingham, Wash. in 1998, Federation X has brought a generation of rockers a release from the daily grind with their raw brand of high-energy, low-fi, heavy rock. With a sound that leans toward tumultuous, this band has been compared to Black Sabbath and the Melvins. Thursday, May 2, Fed

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

SpecOps Warfighter Expo May 7-9 at JBLM

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SpecOps Warfighter Expo May 7-9 at JBLM

For the fifth consecutive year, Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host one of the largest technology and equipment shows in the area when the SpecOps Warfighter Expo West takes place May 7 to 9. This year's event will feature even more exhibits and demonstrations than in past years, and, once again, admission

Operation Undergarment benefits Wounded Warriors

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Operation Undergarment benefits Wounded Warriors

True to its name, Operation Undergarment handles the unmentionables, the necessities, the often-overlooked component of a Servicemember's hospital stay ... the undergarments. Whether it's actually underwear, or the accompanying t-shirts, socks, slippers or pajamas, Operation Undergarment works to collect these items and ensure that they are issued to Wounded Warriors. "We

109th Military Intelligence Bn. wins best in Army award

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109th Military Intelligence Bn. wins best in Army award

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The 109th Military Intelligence Battalion, "TF Disrupter", of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, learned April 15 that it had earned top honors as the best military intelligence unit in the Army. The 109th MI Bn. rose above nominees from across the

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

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