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Music and Art in Wright Park

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Music and Art in Wright Park

What does Music and Art in Wright Park (MAWP) mean to Tacoma? Why did 2,500 people rally last year to support artists, musicians, food and craft vendors?  "All the old punk rockers get to bring their kids to a place that is beautiful and full of what makes them happy -

Emby Alexander come ready to attack

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Emby Alexander come ready to attack

The breadth and crazy ambition of concept albums were slowly drilled into my skull by my father, who grew up on the overblown artistic expression of '70s progressive rock. Jethro Tull, 10cc, Godley and Creme, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd and countless other artists straining at the boundaries of what albums

Music Critics' Picks: Helsing Junction Sleepover, Doctor Sleep, DJ Qualifi, Buddy Banter

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Music Critics' Picks: Helsing Junction Sleepover, Doctor Sleep, DJ Qualifi, Buddy Banter

[FESTIVAL] + FRI, AUG. 15-17 "Awesome coffee on a farm in the middle of pretty much nowhere, group photo on the haystacks every year ... swimming in the river, eating food that was grown on the land, standing in the back field late at night, watching the bands play (really loud),

Doris Kaiser Performing Arts Academy

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Doris Kaiser Performing Arts Academy

Washington Contemporary Ballet has been serving up dance education since its founding in 1987, and it is now in the process of opening a new facility with a new name. The Doris Kaiser Performing Arts Academy will open this fall at 2510 84th St. in Lakewood. The WCB will be

Monday, Aug. 25: Emby Alexander

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Monday, Aug. 25: Emby Alexander

As a band, Emby Alexander resemble Parenthetical Girls, who also dabble in experimental album structures and concepts. Combining chamber pop with modern affectations and unbridled energy is the calling card of Emby Alexander. The variety and depth of the bands to whom they're compared should say it all-among them being

Thursday, Aug. 21: Buddy Banter

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Thursday, Aug. 21: Buddy Banter

The lo-fi indie rock of San Diego trio Buddy Banter is the kind of laidback pop that comes across as utterly effortless. Elastic guitars call to mind the slacker goof-off rock of Mac Demarco. Much like many other artists in this era of Nostalgia, Buddy Banter make music that could've

Saturday, Aug. 16: International Reggae Night Third Anniversary Party

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Saturday, Aug. 16: International Reggae Night Third Anniversary Party

South Sound club owners are closing their doors or having their doors closed upon them for a variety of reasons. One club that is NOT closing its doors, and is in fact celebrating a three-year anniversary of successful reggae/dancehall-themed events, is Champions. Amusingly, some people have described Champions as a "hood spot,"

Saturday, Aug. 16: Doctor Sleep

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Saturday, Aug. 16: Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is the totally unnecessary sequel to Stephen King's The Shining. I think there are vampires in it, maybe? That sort of nonsense. Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick's near-perfect take on The Shining, so you know where that dude's coming from. Doctor Sleep is also, thankfully, something else: a

Saturday, Aug. 16: Music and Art in Wright Park

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Saturday, Aug. 16: Music and Art in Wright Park

Two artists, four food trucks, 25 vendors and 14 bands will span the course of the 7-hour day. Local musician Tony Reed, whose band Mos Generator will play for the second time at MAWP, feels the event is a great way to bring together people of all ages. "This year,

Through Wednesday, Aug. 20: 25 New Faces of Independent Film

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Through Wednesday, Aug. 20: 25 New Faces of Independent Film

Since 2010, The Grand Cinema has been taking advantage of the simultaneously obvious and genius concept of taking Filmmaker Magazine's yearly list and turning it into a film festival celebrating rising talent. Actors, writers, directors, animators and other facets of filmmaking are honored by the magazine, and then in turn

Friday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 17: Helsing Junction Sleepover

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Friday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 17: Helsing Junction Sleepover

"Awesome coffee on a farm in the middle of pretty much nowhere, group photo on the haystacks every year ... swimming in the river, eating food that was grown on the land, standing in the back field late at night, watching the bands play (really loud), or watching from the

Foss Maritime Company offers employment for servicemembers

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Foss Maritime Company offers employment for servicemembers

The tugboat Henry Foss turned a barge in a seemingly effortless motion on Tacoma's Commencement Bay. The maneuver was practiced, clear in intent and the product of professionalism - kind of like ballet on the water. As the tug pushed the barge to its mooring on the Thea Foss Waterway, I was

The Great Washington ShakeOut

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The Great Washington ShakeOut

What will you be doing at 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16? The Washington National Guard's Emergency Management Division would like to make a suggestion. The Great Washington ShakeOut, an annual campaign and event to promote earthquake preparedness, will culminate at that exact moment and the planners would like you to

Spc. Terri Francis toughs it out

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Spc. Terri Francis toughs it out

Spc. Terri Francis, 27, is tenacious. The soldier, who grew up on an Apache reservation in New Mexico, became a single mother at age 17 and obtained her GED because she knew that without a high school credential, she wouldn't be able to earn enough for her family. In 2006, she

Urban Spelunker: Spraygrounds

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Urban Spelunker: Spraygrounds

Though folks like to carry on about the seemingly neverending rainfall in the Pacific Northwest, the truth of the matter is, our seasons are mellow, with only pockets of extreme weather doled out by Mother Nature. With just a few short weeks of summer heat remaining, some of us are

Military Service Parade returns to downtown Tacoma

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Military Service Parade returns to downtown Tacoma

The second annual Celebrating Military Service Parade will be held in downtown Tacoma Saturday, Aug. 16, to honor military past and present. "It's in appreciation of the military," said Steve James, executive director of the Daffodil Festival. "It's a way of saying thank you." The parade, hosted by the Daffodil Festival, will

4-6 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron closes chapter at JBLM

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4-6 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron closes chapter at JBLM

The 4th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment held an Inactivation and Casing of the Colors Ceremony this morning on Watkins Field. "It's a big day," said Col. (P) Paul Bontrager, deputy commanding general, 7th Infantry Division, to the almost 400 soldiers standing in front of him. "But it's not necessarily the

Tacoma discussion: Graffiti vs street art

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Tacoma discussion: Graffiti vs street art

There was quite a lively discussion at the Old Post Office Wednesday night when the New Neighborhood Council sponsored a panel discussion on graffiti with representatives from a good number of community groups. On the panel were City Art Administrator Amy McBride; Judi Hyman, president of the Downtown Merchant's Group;

All four of the 62nd Airlift Wing's airlift squadrons are home

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All four of the 62nd Airlift Wing's airlift squadrons are home

For the first time since 2006, all four of the 62nd Airlift Wing's airlift squadrons are home. The squadrons are back home as result of a new deployment rotation schedule which will allow them to rotate deployments with Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. "This rotation allows for a greater period of time

Tacoma's second annual military parade honors past and present

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Tacoma's second annual military parade honors past and present

Saturday Aug. 16, the Celebrating Military Service parade filled the streets of downtown Tacoma with military personnel and hardware. Hosted by the Daffodil Festival and the city of Tacoma, the parade was started to honor to service members in the area. This is the parade's second year. 2nd Lt. Sean Andrascik,

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