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Music Critics' Picks: Shawn Thunderchief Lloyd, the Heels, Keola Beamer, the Funs

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Music Critics' Picks: Shawn Thunderchief Lloyd, the Heels, Keola Beamer, the Funs

[HIP-HOP] + THURS, MARCH 20 Every third Thursday El Protrero packs them in for live hip-hop, rap and DJs. That's right, El Protrero has remained a bastion for the type of hip-hop/rap that reflects the streets and attitude of Tacoma and Lakewood - among other enclaves in Pierce County. This Thursday,

Through March 31: "Current Works"

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Through March 31: "Current Works"

The current show at Brick House Gallery is an eclectic selection of current work (all done since 2013) by more than 20 artists including many old friends who have shown often at this and other Tacoma galleries. My overall impression was that there are three or four

Thursday, March 27: Babes

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Thursday, March 27: Babes

Babes is a band that frequently crosses the wires of love and desire. Online, they don't have much of a presence, beyond vague websites and unoccupied Twitter pages. They have a hotline: (470) BABES-77. One gets the impression that you could call any time for intimate connections.

Wednesday, March 26: The Funs

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Wednesday, March 26: The Funs

Chicago fuzz merchants the Funs bringing a chugging, lo-fi bravado to your more standard garage rock. Fittingly, given the recent passing of Gary Burger, the Fuzz at times recall the motorik drive of proto-punk weirdos the Monks (whom Burger fronted). Even with the buzzy noise that surrounds the Funs' music,

Saturday, March 22: The Heels

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Saturday, March 22: The Heels

"Whether they admit it or not, everyone's got a bit of a heel fetish." So proposes the bio of Seattle glam-power-poppers the Heels. For a band as preoccupied with aesthetics (sound-wise and clothing-wise), it's easy to see why they'd think that. Further, on their Joan Jett-esque anthem, "Fetish," they name-check

Thursday, March 20: Pre-Funk

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Thursday, March 20: Pre-Funk

Every third Thursday El Protrero packs them in for live hip-hop, rap and DJs. That's right, El Protrero has remained a bastion for the type of hip-hop/rap that reflects the streets and attitude of Tacoma and Lakewood - among other enclaves in Pierce County. This Thursday, everybody and their momma

Where to volunteer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Where to volunteer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Looking for a way to give back but not sure how to get started or where to donate your precious time? A number of large organizations on Joint Base Lewis-McChord are staffed almost entirely by volunteers and more hands are always needed. USO Northwest, which operates the USO at SeaTac airport

Great volunteers of Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Great volunteers of Joint Base Lewis-McChord

According to a report released earlier in 2014 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013. Sadly, that number is down from previous tallies over the last decade, however, in certain sectors, like

Tournament of Burgers is on!

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Tournament of Burgers is on!

It's March ... meaning Madness is in the air. Sixty-four well-oiled competitors (for the most part) will tip off and do battle - working their way through the tediously-constructed bracket and toward ultimate supremacy.   We speak, of course, of the Weekly Volcano's Tournament of Burgers, which is up and

I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza talks about the future

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I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza talks about the future

For the next couple of years, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's future looks good. "Right now, we've been given great resources," Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, I Corps newest commanding general, said yesterday morning during a round table discussion with local media held at Bronson Hall. "The question becomes, where do we go in 2016

Platoon Pups

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Platoon Pups

A vacation for you can mean pampering for Fido at the hands of one animal-loving military spouse. "I started Platoon Pups because I love being around dogs. I have three of my own fur kids and I was looking for a way to bring in income while doing something I truly

Exteme couponer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Exteme couponer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

"The Single Soldier Project has another 100 single soldiers, from 555th Engineer Brigade, returning from Afghanistan in June and we want to be ready for them," said Denise Dhane, who spearheads the operation for the DuPont subchapter of the Association of the United States Army. The Single Soldier Project was instituted

Fashion show benefit for Ms. Wheelchair America Jennifer Adams

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Fashion show benefit for Ms. Wheelchair America Jennifer Adams

South Puget Sound resident, Ms. Wheelchair America 2014 titleholder, motivational speaker, disability advocate, author and businesswoman Jennifer Adams is positively unstoppable. Born only with partial limbs, Adams has been an inspiration, a beacon of hope and an energetic advocate and educator in the disabled community and beyond. Her accomplishments are awe-inspiring. Adams

Urban Spelunker: Tacoma's Ruston Way Waterfront

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Urban Spelunker: Tacoma's Ruston Way Waterfront

Ruston Way instantly calls forth memories of sea-breeze blown hair, "Summer Time" blaring on the radio and Tacomans arriving en mass to cruise, stroll and pass around a ball or Frisbee of sorts. This scenic strip allows dog walkers, joggers, diners and cruisers to take in majestic views of Commencement

62nd Airlift Wing officer named to 2015 Olmsted Scholar Program

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62nd Airlift Wing officer named to 2015 Olmsted Scholar Program

On March 20, the Olmsted Scholar Program announced the names of five Air Force officers who would join the Olmsted class of 2015. Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field's own Capt. Melissa Dombrock, a C-17 pilot with the 62nd Airlift Wing, was one of those five. The program, sponsored by the George

Theater Review: Olympia Little Theatre présente un ménage de quatre

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Theater Review: Olympia Little Theatre présente un ménage de quatre

The Guinness Book of World Records says Marc Camoletti's Boeing-Boeing (1960) is the French play most often produced around the world. I suggest Cyrano de Bergerac holds the title; but if I'm wrong, I can live with it. Either way, it's easy to see from Olympia Little Theatre's production (of

96th Military Engagement Team born to facilitate from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

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96th Military Engagement Team born to facilitate from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

The Washington Army National Guard's 96th Military Engagement Team (MET), which is currently based out of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, may have less than 30 soldiers, but its accomplishments within the U.S. Army Central Command's (ARCENT) geographical area to promote regional security and stability cannot be quantified. The 96th MET primarily deals

Through April 13: "Boeing Boeing"

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Through April 13: "Boeing Boeing"

Somewhere along the way, Boeing Boeing lost its hyphen, but never lost a distinctly French, laissez-faire attitude toward sex and romance. Zach Holstine plays Bernard, in this version an American in Paris, who's happy to provide temporary lodgings for a visiting Wisconsin friend, Robert (Ken Luce). Robert is

Theater Review: A solid rendition of a troubling "La Mancha"

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Theater Review: A solid rendition of a troubling "La Mancha"

I resolved to read Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote (1615) after the World Library declared it the "best literary work ever written," praising it above the book of Job, the Odyssey, and Hamlet. It took a year to complete my quest. In English translation, the novel runs to 391,000 words,

Friday, April 4: America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway

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Friday, April 4: America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway

Some say that size doesn't matter. Tell that to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which is hosting a six-week-long program series with an insanely-lengthy title, "America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway." Each week, the AM:AFHoOPMfBtBtB (which, by the way,

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