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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Local Hero

Music

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Local Hero

By day, Sonics Guy is mild-mannered Kris Brannon, who managed Comedy Underground Tacoma till 2013, then changed home bases to the Emerald City. Diehard champion for the Green and Gold, Brannon makes frequent appearances in vintage Supersonics gear, a sweet set of muttonchops, and an Afro that'd give Lucas Nogueira

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Hip-Hop Band

Music

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Hip-Hop Band

I'll be the first person to admit that I'm not plugged into the local hip-hop scene. When I hear any hip-hop, it's usually through the blogosphere, when a group or an MC has risen through the ranks and made enough noise to get recognized by tastemakers. It's through these channels

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Gift Shop

Arts

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Gift Shop

Compass Rose celebrates two years at its Proctor location in Tacoma. Following the model of its sister store in Olympia, which has been delighting shoppers for more than 17 years, the Proctor location features all the quirk, class and sass of its origins - with a T-town flair. "Compass Rose hearts

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Hidden Gem

Attractions

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Hidden Gem

Point Defiance Park is often said to be the Nation's second-largest urban park. While that's just a myth, it is - at about 760 acres - among the Nation's biggest. Those acres hold a lot of recreation options - enough to attract 3.1 million visitors each year. But even regular visitors

BYOP: Bring Your Own Popcorn

South Sound Cinema

BYOP: Bring Your Own Popcorn

What do a bullfighting mariachi, a bionic dolphin, an inflatable robot, a Viking dragon tamer, and four globetrotting penguins have in common? All will appear in an outdoor venue near you in coming weeks. You can see them for free, in fact, courtesy of BECU, Click! Network and Metro Parks

Welcome culture shock

Music

Welcome culture shock

Ethnic Fest is among Tacoma's richest, most rewarding institutions. Each July since its inception in 1986, this two-day event has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Wright Park. Revelers are treated to art, dancing, food, and music from cultures all over the world; and this year, we'll learn more

Total excess Friday

Music

Total excess Friday

When you're a kid, fantasizing about being a rock star, doodling your future band's logo in your notebook, there's a certain image of the lifestyle that you'd eventually have. Usually, this image has very little to do with actually performing. Sure, you might have a picture of saying things like,

Indescribable, always mind expanding

Music

Indescribable, always mind expanding

I've spent years watching James Jenkins grow and change as an artist. When I first met him, in 2006, he was fronting a band called Mama Loves Daddy, which was caught up in the torrent of psychedelic garage acts in Tacoma, operating under the umbrella of Team Unicorn. Jenkins fronted

USS Olympia makes special visit

News Front

USS Olympia makes special visit

The commander and two crew members of the USS Olympia visited Olympia during the Capital Lakefair last week, updating people about what the 360-foot submarine has been doing. Cmdr. Tom Shugart, who became commander of the USS Olympia in November 2013, and his accompanying crew spent four days in Olympia after

Not your father's AUSA

News Front

Not your father's AUSA

The reigns of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army changed hands this month, and the new leader vows to make meaningful involvement, fun and soldier support cornerstones of the organization. Amy Tiemeyer, military relations liaison for America's Credit Union, envisions a dynamic chapter

Having a ball

News Front

Having a ball

Somewhere in about the sixth inning of the July 16th AAA baseball game, the Tacoma Rainiers appeared to be rallying against the Sacramento River Cats, scoring two runs and closing the deficit to 5-3. A murmur of excitement built throughout the stadium, and voices raised in excitement throughout the third-level

200 miles of family

News

200 miles of family

It takes serious attitude to participate in the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage. The relay is 200 miles long, and it features six- or 12-person teams whose members must run three legs of the relay. The distance members run averages between three and 14 miles per leg. "It's crazy," explained Kristin Proffitt, a member

Great bike rides around the South Sound

Outdoors

Great bike rides around the South Sound

Come rain or hail or dark of night, Duncan Green can be spotted riding his bike through the streets of Olympia. As the coordinator of Intercity Transit's Bicycle Commuter Contest, Green promotes bicycling as transportation. But riding a bike is also one of his favorite recreational activities. He favors rides on

Team McChord airman wins Colonel Gail Halvorsen Award

News Front

Team McChord airman wins Colonel Gail Halvorsen Award

Tech. Sgt. Nathan Carlson, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron senior information controller, was awarded the 2014 Colonel Gail Halvorsen Air Force Outstanding Air Transportation Individual of the Year Award, July 9. According to the Airlift Tanker Association, the award is given to an outstanding Air Transportation airman for sustained excellence in aerial

Discover Seattle and Tacoma hot spots

Travel

Discover Seattle and Tacoma hot spots

Spouses are invited every month to enjoy a fun and free trip to Seattle or Tacoma, and get to meet each other thanks to Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials. Once a month, JBLM AFCS (Armed Forces Community Service) hosts a Spouse's Out on the Town Tour. This month they headed to

Dance, fitness and Zumba

Military Life

Dance, fitness and Zumba

For all those dance, fitness, and of course Zumba enthusiasts out there, JBLM's Cowan Stadium (Liggett Avenue and 12th Street, Lewis Main) is the place to be, Aug. 1. JBLM is hosting the Spark Before Dark Event, three hours of Zumba fun. The venue opens at 5 p.m. and dancing kicks

Authentic hot pot

Reviews

Authentic hot pot

One of the cool things about living in the Puget Sound is the access to great Asian cuisine, and the South Sound is not short on options. The best part of having such an abundance of choices is that one does not have to settle for inferior or Americanized selections.

4000 Miles

Stage

4000 Miles

Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles at Olympia Little Theatre has a you-are-there feel to it. It's a smart script with a naturalistic mix of drama and humor without bombast, and it is performed nicely by four young actors and one seasoned professional, Sharry O'Hare, who has been in more plays than

Outrageous fortune

Stage

Outrageous fortune

I've recently been rewatching a delightful show from Canada called Slings & Arrows. As the title might suggest, the show has to do with the works of William Shakespeare - namely, a Canadian Shakespeare company that finds itself straining under the pressure of an action movie actor in the title

Heroes and survivors

Arts

Heroes and survivors

Hey Tacomans, do you know how fortunate you are to have two world-class art museums? Few cities the size of Tacoma have such treasures such as Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass. These museums not only bring great art and great artists to town (and show the works of

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