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The Steamboat Stringband Jamboree has Americana covered

Music

The Steamboat Stringband Jamboree has Americana covered

For as much as can be said about how loudly and resoundingly garage rock and grunge have dominated the music landscape of the Pacific Northwest, there's always been the existence of stringbands, plucking away on the edges. It's worth remembering, after all, that the official Washington state dance is the

Swap talk

News Front

Swap talk

The talk about a land swap between the City of Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord to move businesses out of McChord Field's dangerous clear zone is still just that. Talk. "The land swap is still in its conceptual stages; it is by no means a done deal," wrote John Caulfield, Lakewood's City

CalPortland wins major AUSA award

News Front

CalPortland wins major AUSA award

The word "contact" is both a noun and a verb.   It means that thought can become an action, like reaching out to soldiers when they've come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. "It does feel good to make contact with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community and thank them for all they do,"

Beer across the bridge

Bars & Clubs

Beer across the bridge

In the Northwest, beer and coffee are staples of the average diet. If you're looking for a well-sized, yet still approachable beer fest, look no further than the 4th Annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival. Each year, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival grows a bit. In its first year, only 11 brewers

253-Second Short Film Festival

South Sound Cinema

253-Second Short Film Festival

Over the past weekend, some 30 groups of ambitious filmmakers took to the streets to frantically craft short films for The Grand Cinema, all in service of the 253-Second Short Film Festival. Formerly known as the 72-Hour Film Festival, the event got rebranded this year to help further distinguish itself

Take a taste of the Mediterranean

Features

Take a taste of the Mediterranean

Nestled just minutes from downtown Tacoma, and on the edge of the historical Stadium District; The Hub restaurant and Harmon Taproom have become a Tacoma favorite. Though part of the Harmon Brewing Company, The Hub has its own unique atmosphere and neighborhood feel to it. Its bicycle-themed pub-style restaurant setting

Nothing to misunderstand

Music

Nothing to misunderstand

You might say that the release of Ethan Tucker's new album Misunderstood is a triumph, the overcoming of the Record Business' particularly harsh version of Murphy's Law. At first glance, it would seem that in the two years since he signed a contract with Capitol Records, everything that could have gone

Counting up

Music

Counting up

Limitations are part of what makes the greatest music so effective: pairing down what it's possible to do with the medium allows you to explore what's best to do. There's a reason why there are so few truly great double and triple albums. Bands like Queen and Joe Jackson have

Love and war

Stage

Love and war

Centerstage's For All That is a phenomenal show. I left the theater wondering how I could possibly review it when it left me speechless. In many ways, this performance is the best thing I've seen on stage in years, and the marvel of it is that it was written by

Art Chantry Speaks

Arts

Art Chantry Speaks

Art Chantry is Tacoma's most famous graphic designer, known worldwide, or at least USA-wide, for his rock concert posters and album covers. He's done work for Nirvana and Hole, and his art has been shown in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum,

Rock on with bouldering

Outdoors

Rock on with bouldering

Dirt bag. Rock fiend. Send master. Also known as rock climbers. Around here they are dedicated, motivated and officially insane. They live for this stuff. Especially boulderers. Bouldering outside is its own adrenalin rush. You haul in crash pads (large portable mats that offer some protection for a hard landing)

Military wives continue education through beauty school

Military Life

Military wives continue education through beauty school

Crystal Wilkerson enjoys the creative freedom she gets to practice at beauty school. The Tacoma 28-year-old mother of three is getting ready to complete a program at the Tacoma campus of BJ's Beauty & Barber College to become a stylist.   "You can change anybody's look to anything they want," Wilkerson

Six questions for your AFA president

Military Life

Six questions for your AFA president

Amy Tiemeyer is in the middle of her presidency of the Air Force Association at McChord Field as she also prepares to become president of the Capt. Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army next month. She is military liaison for America's Credit Union, and an

Asian and Jamaican to your door

Military Life

Asian and Jamaican to your door

Who doesn't love pizza? But, as a go-to week after week, even this favorite dining pastime gets old. So who does a JBLM-ite turn to when getting in the car and getting it yourself won't work? Three area restaurants deliver to the base.How fortunate The Fortune Cookie in downtown DuPont will

Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction

Arts

Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction

That's the product of 123 years of Tacoma air," Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction, Jennifer Aarde tells me. Sanford and Son has been providing a unique shopping experience as the largest singly owned antique shop in the Pacific Northwest located in downtown Tacoma since 1985. The space is like

Summer in Washington state

Outdoors

Summer in Washington state

Around here, summer means getting outdoors, enjoying and doing. And whether that means hiking up a steep, switch-back trail with a beautiful panoramic view waiting for you on the Olympics or the Cascades, or feeling the tug of a six-pound salmon hitting your bait while fishing on the Puget Sound, there's

Embellish Multispace Salon moves into new space

Military Life

Embellish Multispace Salon moves into new space

For many, going to a salon is more than about just getting a haircut. It's an experience. A transformation. A new expression. For Tacoma's longtime and iconic Embellish Multispace Salon, those statements could not be truer, especially now. The salon is moving from its location at Court D in downtown Tacoma to

Armed Forces Day is opportunity to say thanks

News Front

Armed Forces Day is opportunity to say thanks

In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day. That was a great idea. On May 20, 1950, the idea was first celebrated. The theme of that first celebration was "Teamed for Defense," and it was celebrated with military exercises that allowed the public to

Bremerton honors veterans and military members

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Bremerton honors veterans and military members

The city of Bremerton will continue its tradition of celebrating the service of veterans and active-duty military members, May 16, with its 67th Annual Armed Forces Day celebration. Family-friendly activities include a "Hero's Barbecue," pancake breakfast and 5K run, but the event that residents look forward to the most each

A tip of the cap

News Front

A tip of the cap

Usually, military service is no day at the ballpark, but sometimes that isn't the literal truth. Since 2010, the Tacoma Rainiers have rolled out the red carpet for their annual Salute to Armed Forces Day, which treats American troops like major-leaguers. The Rainiers take this event very seriously. "It's huge," agrees

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