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August Strindberg's Miss Julie

Stage

August Strindberg's Miss Julie

Strindberg's classic play Miss Julie was extremely controversial when first produced in France at the end of the 19th century. This newly adapted version by Niclas Olson's New Muses Theatre Company and performed in Tacoma's Dukesbay Theater in the Merlino Arts Center building, is dark and slightly confusing, but definitely

Five places to tour water vessels

Attractions

Five places to tour water vessels

The Puget Sound is a maritime region. Even if you're not a boater, you can still delve into the local maritime heritage in plenty of ways - some of the best of which are festivals, museums and actual water vessels. Get up close and personal with submarines, Navy destroyers or

Electric avenue

Music

Electric avenue

We're entering the portion of summer where things really begin to pay off. I mean, some of you weirdos have been enjoying this hellscape we call Washington under the thumb of climate change, but we reasonable people have been locking ourselves indoors. But now, the truly exciting parts of summer

Art on the Ave eats

Features

Art on the Ave eats

One of my favorite things to do is to walk the different events and festivals and partake in all the different tasty offerings. Each event always has a little different feel and taste appeal to it, and Art on the Ave this Sunday on Tacoma's 6th Ave is no different.

Sailing with the 2/75th

News Front

Sailing with the 2/75th

The Pointe du Hoc Foundation plans on tacking hard into the wind, putting as much canvas into the wind as it sails on Puget Sound. You are invited. The foundation invites all interested parties and individuals to join it on Aug. 27 as it hosts the "Ranger Regatta" on Puget Sound at

Capital Lakefair - 5 days of fun

Military Life

Capital Lakefair - 5 days of fun

An Olympia tradition for more than 50 years, Lakefair is five days of can't-miss summer fun!  Held every year during the third week of July, this free fair is packed with activities. This year, opening day is July 15 at noon, and the fun continues until July 19, when the

Unique museums

Attractions

Unique museums

You know those road movies where the characters stop to see some colorful attraction - something like the world's largest ball of string or maybe Graceland? While such scenes typically seem to be set in the South (Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, for instance) or perhaps

Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College

Arts

Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College

The Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College is better than your average juried exhibition. It's such a stellar collection of regional artists that I should be able to list the names and leave it at that, and readers would rush to see it. There are a lot

Military retirement

Benefits & Deals

Military retirement

When Jim Mapes joined the U.S. Army, he said he possessed a naiveté about his future, and planning for retirement wasn't in his thoughts. "It was just a job then," Mapes said. But at some point in his military career, Mapes said he went through a "professional puberty," and, to his benefit,

Food Truck Fest

Features

Food Truck Fest

Some of the area's best food is no longer in brick and mortar buildings, but instead congregate on wheels at festival spaces around the country.  The South Sound is no exception - there are a few food truck fests planned, including this weekend at Wright Park in Tacoma. Metro Parks Tacoma

Anthony's at Pt. Defiance

Reviews

Anthony's at Pt. Defiance

There is no shortage of good seafood in the South Sound, but finding quality, fresh seafood at an affordable price is another story altogether.  Anthony's at Pt. Defiance in Tacoma offers a casual atmosphere with great seafood options next door to the ferry terminal and popular Owen's beach.  Complete with

Rhubarb Days in Sumner

Outdoors

Rhubarb Days in Sumner

Summer in the Northwest is all about festivals that take advantage of the long, warm days. Some are large and some are smaller, but all are a great way to get in touch with the region and enjoy some time outside. A great family festival taking place this weekend is

Maritime Fest in Tacoma

Outdoors

Maritime Fest in Tacoma

Long before Tacoma was a trendy art hub known for its downtown museums and culture, it was a port town bustling with incoming ships and trains the western terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad. Maritime Fest, which will be held this weekend, July 18 and 19, started as a way to

Let them eat cake

Attractions

Let them eat cake

Sometime in the late 70s, my friend's mom took us to this cool new animal park that wasn't like the zoos we were accustomed to. Gone were the metal and concrete enclosures containing uncomfortable animals shipped in from completely different climates; instead, native animals roamed freely in what felt to

Love and music

Music

Love and music

There are few things more intimately connected in this world than love and music. The feeling you get when you fall in love, the songs that take on unreasonable importance over the course of relationships, the musical salve you apply to your wounds when you're going through a breakup -

Fewer cuts for JBLM

News Front

Fewer cuts for JBLM

There was a collective sign of relief likely felt last week across the South Sound after the Army announced the cuts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would be nothing as the forecasters warned.  In fact, as the dust settled, it's possible the 1,251 drawdown announced for here will be partially offset

Get your head in the game

News Front

Get your head in the game

Mindfulness-based meditation and the military are generally two things that one would not associate with one another. But on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Dr. Valerie Rice, chief of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Human Research and Engineering Directorate Army Medical Department Field Element in San Antonio, has participated in the Army

Nurse saves life

News Front

Nurse saves life

Less than two weeks after completing an eight-hour basic lifesaving course, third-year nursing student Abbie Hinneifa used cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to save the life of a young boy. Hinneifa attended the course, taught by Army nurses from Joint Base Lewis-McChord 62nd Medical Task Force, and received refresher training in CPR. With

Defense budget uncertain

News Front

Defense budget uncertain

Congress could wrap up a 2016 defense policy bill this week that authorizes pay and benefits for troops, but the Obama administration warned again Wednesday of a veto, according to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain, who is heading up negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act, said he received the most

Base band gets down under

News Front

Base band gets down under

The U.S. Army has many traditions; some even date back to before the Revolutionary War. One tradition many still remember is the drummer leading soldiers into battle. Today, the I Corps Army Band does not lead soldiers into battle. Instead, they travel with soldiers to provide musical support and build morale. Recently,

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