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Meet Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell

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Meet Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell

As Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell is about to move into his new command position at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the best way to see what he'll do as the new commander of the 7th Infantry Division is to look at what he's done. In Ferrell's last assignment, he talked about the importance

Local craft distilleries release new products, Seahawks cocktails

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Local craft distilleries release new products, Seahawks cocktails

Small craft distilleries have gained recognition nationally and have become the preferred source of spirits for many - from speakeasies to dive bars and everything in between, including personal liquor cabinets. This isn't a surprising trend considering the quality and variety of product that craft distilleries are putting out into

The Bicycle Thief: "The Armstrong Lie"

Show And Tell

The Bicycle Thief: "The Armstrong Lie"

I was all set to review The Invisible Woman, just another of the many great films playing at The Grand Cinema. I spent the past week boning up on my Dickens so I could make a passable attempt at aping his writing style. Then, editor Pappi Swarner ran some ambitious,

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Jack Johnson, Bruno Mars, Suzanne Vega, Paula Poundstone, Sea Wolf, Terraplane Sun and others ...

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Tickets On-Sale Alert: Jack Johnson, Bruno Mars, Suzanne Vega, Paula Poundstone, Sea Wolf, Terraplane Sun 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

Return of Bob's Java Jive

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Return of Bob's Java Jive

From the outside, nothing much seems to have changed about the world famous Bob's Java Jive. Still a dingy kettle nestled on South Tacoma Way, still the place where junkie William Hurt and junkier Keanu Reeves were hired to kill a man in I Love You To Death (seriously, go

Music Critics' Picks: Camp Wisdom, Full Moon Radio, Alex's Hand

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Camp Wisdom, Full Moon Radio, Alex's Hand

[FOLK ROCK] + FRI, JAN. 31 On a recent re-watching of the great Band documentary, The Last Waltz, I was once again struck by the sheer awkwardness of that final performance. As all of the film's guest stars come back on to perform "I Shall Be Released" together, what they end

Aerialists flying high in Olympia

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Aerialists flying high in Olympia

Sara Sparrow is an entertainer. She is a contortionist, an aerialist, a dancer, a master of acrobatics and a teacher. She has, as she calls it, "a circus background." Many of Sparrow's shows are performed in Seattle, where she does solo and collaborative work and is a member of the Aerialistas,

Visual Edge: Left to the Elements at Handforth Gallery

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Visual Edge: Left to the Elements at Handforth Gallery

The latest show at Tacoma Public Library's Handforth Gallery features paintings, photography and mixed-media works by three artists, all of which investigate the effects of time as weather wears away urban and industrial buildings and machinery. What strikes me about these works is that they all seem to be crying

Sunday, Feb. 2: Alex's Hand

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Sunday, Feb. 2: Alex's Hand

Few things tend to evoke more viscerally polarized reactions in music lovers than this series of words: "they're like a progressive jazz-fusion band." At that point, you absolutely know whether you're in or out. All of those obnoxious people who claim to be into "all kinds of music" - throw

Saturday, Feb. 1: Full Moon Radio

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Saturday, Feb. 1: Full Moon Radio

Full Moon Radio, the female trio who has been on my must-listen list for at least a year, has added a fourth female member AND is playing their first Tacoma show. So, for those of you who live north of their normal playing ground of Olympia, and haven't had a

Through Feb. 28: "Left To The Elements"

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Through Feb. 28: "Left To The Elements"

The latest show at Tacoma Public Library's Handforth Gallery features paintings, photography and mixed-media works by three artists, all of which investigate the effects of time as weather wears away urban and industrial buildings and machinery. What strikes me about these works is that they all seem to be crying

Saturday, Feb. 1: Wimps, Grave Babies, Full Moon Radio, Wild Berries

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Saturday, Feb. 1: Wimps, Grave Babies, Full Moon Radio, Wild Berries

Bob's Java Jive hasn't always had the easiest time existing as a worthwhile place to go and see music. In the past few years, shows had begun to dwindle - so much so that, as a music columnist, I would give up for months at paying attention to the Jive's

Friday, Jan. 31: Judy Collins

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Friday, Jan. 31: Judy Collins

The life and career of folk singer Judy Collins is almost too storied to get into without resorting to bullet points: her rise through the ranks of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early '60s; her discovering of Leonard Cohen (which led to her making the

Friday, Jan. 31: Camp Wisdom

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Friday, Jan. 31: Camp Wisdom

On a recent re-watching of the great Band documentary, The Last Waltz, I was once again struck by the sheer awkwardness of that final performance. As all of the film's guest stars come back on to perform "I Shall Be Released" together, what they end up creating is a gangly

First Wednesdays: Aerialists Take Off

Viva South Sound

First Wednesdays: Aerialists Take Off

Sara Sparrow is an entertainer. She is a contortionist, an aerialist, a dancer, a master of acrobatics and a teacher. She has, as she calls it, "a circus background." She performs at the monthly "Brotherhood Takes Flight" show, where she occasionally guest performs with the Tallhouse Arts Consortium. "I don't know of

Madigan Army Medical Center moves forward

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Madigan Army Medical Center moves forward

In early February, Col. Ramona Fiorey will mark six months as the 38th commander of Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "I think things have been going very well, of course we've had challenges but nothing out of the ordinary for a military medical treatment center," she said. For instance,

Maj. John Weldon swims with the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium sharks

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Maj. John Weldon swims with the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium sharks

One of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's own is not only dedicated to serving in uniform he also routinely dons a wetsuit to help out underwater. Maj. John R. Weldon, of the Western Air Defense Sector, is a regular volunteer diver at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) where he spends his

Miracle at JBLM to be told in "Chicken Soup for the Soul"

Military Life

Miracle at JBLM to be told in "Chicken Soup for the Soul"

It's every parent's worst nightmare - a phone call from the hospital telling you that your child has had an accident and is on life support. Teresa DeLeon-Cook got that call March 18, 2009, an hour after her son, Dustin, 19, fell more than 40 feet off a bridge into the

Swap Meet Mama website empowers secondhand market

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Swap Meet Mama website empowers secondhand market

Anyone with kids knows the truth about buying anything for children - kids outgrow just about everything in five minutes. While many parents still venture forth to the Baby Gap to bedeck their little ones in the latest and greatest, many others look to the secondhand market. And why not?

Veteran resources changes

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Veteran resources changes

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been overhauling its services in an effort to reach more of the growing veteran population than ever before. The result is an increase in online resources, published materials and overall community outreach for these men and women who served. Locally, there are two VA medical

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