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Music Critics' Picks: Too Long Sparks, Band of Lovers, Mazen Kerbaj

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Music Critics' Picks: Too Long Sparks, Band of Lovers, Mazen Kerbaj

[EERIE POP] + FRI, FEB. 6-7 The struggle of a one-man-band is that your defining characteristics are utterly your own. There's no flavor to be found from the inclusion of a wild drummer or a stoic bassist - everything comes directly from whatever you decide to include in your lonely presence

USO Northwest unveils new SeaTac Airport Center

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USO Northwest unveils new SeaTac Airport Center

On Feb. 4, the USO Northwest unveiled its new SeaTac Airport Center. Located on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's Mezzanine level, the new space is a major upgrade from their old one, and is two years - and about 1.5 million dollars - in the making. It will be open for servicemembers and

A journey from sexual assault victim to leader of SHARP

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A journey from sexual assault victim to leader of SHARP

Throughout her career, Lt. Col. Celia FlorCruz has been a true military mover and shaker. Not only did she graduate from one of the first classes at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to admit females, but she also served as a medevac pilot in Operation Desert Storm and

Saturday, Feb. 7: Ravenna Woods

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Saturday, Feb. 7: Ravenna Woods

Ravenna Woods have grown in ways that enter them into a different realm from those that consider folk revivalism the be-all and end-all of new indie expression. What began as a three-piece that created percussive folk has nor involved more electronic elements that expand their sound. Now, with their newest

Madigan Army Medical Center receives $1 million for study

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Madigan Army Medical Center receives $1 million for study

Chronic pain is a brutal experience. How it is addressed is complex and challenging. Researchers at the Madigan Army Medical Center will soon initiate a study to evaluate new ways of addressing chronic pain courtesy of a $1 million, three-year research grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. "The

Visual Edge: "BARE: A Boudoir Exhibition" at B2 Fine Art Gallery

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Visual Edge: "BARE: A Boudoir Exhibition" at B2 Fine Art Gallery

Maybe I shouldn't review this latest show at B2 Fine Art because I am in the show, but not reviewing it would not be fair to the gallery or the other participating artists. So I won't mention my own work other than to say it is an honor to be

Wednesday, Feb. 18: Unified Culture

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Wednesday, Feb. 18: Unified Culture

It's nice to have things you can always count on, like whiskey, cats being funny and, if you're a reggae fan, the Hawaiian Islands (needle across the record player). While old timers keep rummaging through the record bins of Hawaiian music past, a whole new renaissance is happening. Freed from

Tuesday, Feb. 17: St. Practice Day with Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra

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Tuesday, Feb. 17: St. Practice Day with Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra

We've said it many times: Practice makes perfect. Doyle's Public House in Tacoma's Stadium District lives by this adage. Every 17th of the month, the watering hole hosts St. Practice Day, a trial run at its annual, massive St. Patrick's Day party. It's a warm-up, if you will. Our page-a-day

Monday, Feb. 16: LaVon Hardison

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Monday, Feb. 16: LaVon Hardison

LaVon Hardison has never been any one thing. Although she's identified herself as a jazz singer, the classically trained vocalist has a broad range of sources, including gospel and blues. What comes through is a voice and this combination of something very hopeful and effervescent and sparkling and also some

Sunday, Feb. 15: Battle of the Sexes

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Sunday, Feb. 15: Battle of the Sexes

Remember that time in high school when your parents went away? You know, plot line of every teenage movie ever made - except this time, you blew up the house. Standing in the ashes as your parents roll up, what do you do? Say it with us now

Saturday, Feb. 14-Monday, Feb. 19: Kids 'N' Critters

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Saturday, Feb. 14-Monday, Feb. 19: Kids 'N' Critters

You can stick your American Horror Story, stuff your Walking Dead and ram your Grimm where the sun don't shine. There is one monster that has begun to stalk us daily - the chittering, flea-infested, nut-clutching, buck-toothed, beady-eyed demon-beast of the increasingly denuded urban treetop: our satanic friend the squirrel.

Friday, Feb. 13: Air Supply

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Friday, Feb. 13: Air Supply

In 1983, I was a high school sophomore who spent many a weekend traveling to Oklahoma colleges for interscholastic speech tournaments. I was usually in vans full of neurotic drama geek girls, the only kind of girls to whom I knew how to talk. And if there is one song

Friday, Feb. 13: "The Age of Love"

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Friday, Feb. 13: "The Age of Love"

A new documentary, The Age of Love, focuses on a speed-dating event for daters aged 70 to 90. (Love Connection host Chuck Woolery, by the way, now qualifies at age 73.) It's already earned raves at film festivals and the AARP National Expo in Boston. Now it's coming

Thursday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 14: The Winter Tour of Stringband Mayhem

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Thursday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 14: The Winter Tour of Stringband Mayhem

I lucked out and caught the first car on the Wintergrass Music Festival roller coaster. I had Choices Entertainment Weekly in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area and was flannel deep in grunge and Chihuly. In 1993, I poked my head inside the first annual bluegrass festival at the Sheraton

Thursday, Feb. 12: Oly Old Time Festival Kick-Off Dance

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Thursday, Feb. 12: Oly Old Time Festival Kick-Off Dance

If you stroll through downtown Olympia Thursday through Sunday, you'll most likely encounter a group of musicians playing banjos, fiddles and other instruments associated with Appalachian folk music. They'll be huddled in a circle, so close their knees are almost touching, fiddle bows flying precariously close to eye-poking level. Digging

Through March 14: "BARE: A Boudoir Exhibition"

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Through March 14: "BARE: A Boudoir Exhibition"

"BARE: A Boudoir Exhibition" is a show of nudes in drawing, sculpture, painting and photography. The gallery warns that children younger than 18 should be accompanied by an adult. When taking notes for this review I was struck with how often I noted similarities to works

Olympia loves TUSH! Burlesque

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Olympia loves TUSH! Burlesque

Early in my Volcano career, and in the history of Olympia's TUSH! Burlesque, I wrote a promotional article about the troupe in lieu of a review. Simply put, I bungled the job. I've learned much over the last few years - perhaps TUSH! has as well - and I apologize

Feedbag: Wine and chocolate, V-day prix fixe, Early Birdie Dinner

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Feedbag: Wine and chocolate, V-day prix fixe, Early Birdie Dinner

WINE AND CHOCOLATE Join Metro Parks Tacoma for their annual pre-V Day Wine and Chocolate event at the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory (316 S. G St., Tacoma) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. A $30 ticket includes an opportunity to sip on wine and champagne paired with chocolate covered strawberries

Music Critics' Picks: Air Supply, The Fun Police, Holy North American Motor Highway

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Air Supply, The Fun Police, Holy North American Motor Highway

[SOFT ROCK] + FRI, FEB. 13 In 1983, I was a high school sophomore who spent many a weekend traveling to Oklahoma colleges for interscholastic speech tournaments. I was usually in vans full of neurotic drama geek girls, the only kind of girls to whom I knew how to talk. And

The genre-hopping tendencies of Skrill Meadow

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The genre-hopping tendencies of Skrill Meadow

Before I had even heard Prince, I heard the lo-fi, gonzo appropriation of Prince's sound in Ween. Here were a duo of weirdos that loved progressive rock and early '80s funk, but who filtered that love through tape machines and more than a little bit of huffed Scotchgard. Even after

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