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Best of Olympia 2014 Music: Best New Band - Fruit Juice

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Best of Olympia 2014 Music: Best New Band - Fruit Juice

Interviewing Fruit Juice, voted the Best New Band in Olympia by you lovely readers, was the best band interview I've done in a long time. It may have been the bottle of wine I finished prior, or it may have been the band's own intake of whiskey and beer, but

Best of Olympia 2014 Music: Pig Bar, Elbow Coulee, DJ Drastic, Vital Records, Captain Algebra and others ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 Music: Pig Bar, Elbow Coulee, DJ Drastic, Vital Records, Captain Algebra and others ...

Best biggest little venue   PIG BAR   The little wood-wall bar tucked off the side of Dickerson's BBQ has picked up some musical steam this year thanks to booker/bartender and this year's best music booker winner Andy Geertsen. When we asked what his favorite shows of 2013 were, he had a hard time

Through April 19: "Spin 1: 1001 Faces Exhibition"

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Through April 19: "Spin 1: 1001 Faces Exhibition"

I entered the "1001 Faces Exhibition" at B2 Fine Art Gallery with less than stellar expectations, after having been inundated with tribal masks for more than 20-odd years since moving to the Pacific Northwest. But I must say I was pleasantly surprised and even moved by

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Thursday, March 13-Saturday, March 15: "Singing the Diaphragm Blues"

I've enjoyed Rebecca Lea McCarthy's performances before, most recently in Arsenic and Old Lace at Lakewood Playhouse. In 2012, I nominated her "Doris" from Olympia Little Theatre's Same Time, Next Year for a Carvy. Turns out she's an author, too, and her second book, Writing the Diaphragm Blues and Other

Sunday, March 9: Nervosas

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Sunday, March 9: Nervosas

If the punk movement was about tearing down the bloated, cliched foundation of popular music, then post-punk was the beginning of the steady rebuilding process. Like all manner of nebulous music terms, post-punk has come to mean a variety of different things to different people. Bands grouped into the post-punk

Saturday, March 8: T-Pain

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Saturday, March 8: T-Pain

Jay-Z proclaimed "Death of Auto-Tune," but by judging from the prolonged career of rap/pop artist T-Pain, the death of auto-tune has been much exaggerated. T-Pain's career has continued to flourish; his recent hit, "Up and Down", is still pumping on the radio airwaves and in the clubs. In fact, the dread-headed, top

Saturday, March 8: Broken Water

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Saturday, March 8: Broken Water

Olympia's Broken Water is terrifically mesmerizing. Listening to the avant-garde, shoegaze threesome forces a sort of centering that is hard to come by. For instance, when typing and listening, I literally had to pull my fingers from the keyboard, lay my head back and close my eyes will the talents

Saturday, March 8: Lark vs. Owl

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Saturday, March 8: Lark vs. Owl

Lark vs. Owl refer to their music as "the new hard rock," which is the sort of self-aggrandizing statement that I can totally get behind. While a duo of multi-instrumentalists utilizing ukulele, glockenspiel and loop pedals - not to mention the very name of the band - may not smack

Friday, March 7: Coma Figura

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Friday, March 7: Coma Figura

Near as I can tell from what little music is available of Coma Figura, one might describe them as a sort of Foxygen or Titus Andronicus for the bedroom pop set. These are bands that mash together influences and jumble them up into something that surges past imitation and into

Your business vs. military relocation

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Your business vs. military relocation

"Being an Army wife and Air Force mom often leaves me with lots of time on my hands and I had a strong desire to remain an avid participant of small business success in America," said Stacy Wilson, owner of Stacy's Closet. That desire is not unique. Many military spouses have

Urban Spelunker: Olympia's South Capitol Neighborhood

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Urban Spelunker: Olympia's South Capitol Neighborhood

The Legislative Building, on the grounds of the State Capitol in Olympia, is reason enough to visit the area. It's a majestic historical sight to behold day or night. And though downtown Olympia is the more walkable of business districts, the Capitol district homes several hot spots among the serene,

Madigan sleep center opens

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Madigan sleep center opens

"We all have bad nights of sleep, it is a misconception that anyone sleeps well all of the time," said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Vincent Mysliwiec, Madigan Army Medical Center's sleep medicine chief. In late February, the renovated sleep laboratory at Madigan on Joint Base Lewis-McChord opened its doors to continue its

Empowerment toolkits for military kids

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Empowerment toolkits for military kids

Trevor Romain knows what it is like to feel different. The popular South African children's book author and motivational speaker remembers growing up with dyslexia. Until fourth grade, he was in special education classes because of his learning disability. "I know first-hand how difficult it is to grow up feeling ‘different,'"

Air Force tribute racecar

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Air Force tribute racecar

When spring finally rolls around, servicemembers are being invited to Evergreen Speedway to watch the Air Force tribute car, owned and operated by Boyatt Racing, speed around the track and compete in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. "We run the super late model now - which means more motor, more

Cavalry soldiers of the 4-2 SBCT endure rain, water for silver spurs

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Cavalry soldiers of the 4-2 SBCT endure rain, water for silver spurs

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Drenched in ice-cold, pouring rain and shivering, Spc. Gilbert Venzor thought he just might break. After being soaked and muddy for nearly 18 hours, he had to remind himself just how much he wanted his silver spurs. Venzor and other soldiers of 2nd

Final Manchu Mile completed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Final Manchu Mile completed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The sound of just over 30 pairs of boots crunching wet gravel surrounded me. The boots belonged to Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. At times, cold rain fell straight down; at other times it slanted with the wind.  Our way was marked by

Theater Review: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Harlequin Productions

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Theater Review: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Harlequin Productions

I still vividly remember the night I first saw Thomas "Tennessee" Williams' The Glass Menagerie. The show concluded in a mother-daughter tableau so gorgeous, so inarguably perfect and right, that it sealed the deal on my adult fascination with theater. I'm not saying Williams makes it easy for directors. He

Visual Edge: "Gothic Forest" soothes in Olympia

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Visual Edge: "Gothic Forest" soothes in Olympia

There's only one thing to see in the art gallery at South Puget Sound Community College, but it will draw you in like the smell of pine leaves in a forest. It is Mike Adams' "Gothic Forest." The installation incorporates video projections on suspended sewn-mesh forms evocative of natural forests and

JBLM Main room named after Sgt. 1st Class Charles D. Main

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JBLM Main room named after Sgt. 1st Class Charles D. Main

Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team of 7th Infantry Division crowded into the newly-named Sgt. 1st Class Charles D. Main room, March 7. The multi-purpose room was dedicated in honor of Main, who is the 23rd Inf. Regt. honorary command sergeant major. "I'm very surprised; my

Wednesday, March 19: Something Wicked Strikes Back

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Wednesday, March 19: Something Wicked Strikes Back

Christian Doyle was voted Best Actor in the 2014 Best of Olympia issue. "You may remember that show for his lovable impersonation of Charlie Chaplin, easily as dead-on as any Little Tramp at Universal Studios. More recently, he's distinguished himself as a fine rock wailer, fight choreographer, and ad-lib impresario,"

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