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On point

Stage

On point

We know you don't give a tinker's toss about ballet. You're sitting there, sipping your latte, looking ahead to a series of beer flights and bearded folkie shows this weekend. That's fine. We like that stuff, too. What you may not know about Swan Lake, though, is this: it's a

'Art AIDS America' at Tacoma Art Museum

Arts

'Art AIDS America' at Tacoma Art Museum

If I were allowed 6,000 words instead of 600, I probably still couldn't do this exhibition justice. The amazing thing about it is that it was locally curated, by Tacoma Art Museum's Rock Hushka with co-curator Jonathan David Katz from the University at Buffalo (New York). The exhibition is organized

Afrofuturist soul of Aeon Fux

Music

Afrofuturist soul of Aeon Fux

Certain bands and artists come along that blow one's little, wannabe music-loving mind. Tom Waits did it for me when my dad showed me Big Time; St. Vincent threw me for a loop when I saw her video for "Marrow;" Prince challenged my sexuality the first time I heard "Darling

Sometimes a fantasy

Music

Sometimes a fantasy

In musical jargon, a fantasia is a freestyle composition, arrived at by improvising. We know it better as the title of Walt Disney's 1940s collection of animated classical music videos. Disney's mesmerizing cartoon, recorded in and presented via way-ahead-of-its-time multitrack sound, was nevertheless a financial failure till 1969. (Audiences of

Stink and El Tufo

Reviews

Stink and El Tufo

Stink Cheese and Meat, with its signature sandwiches, has been satisfying the lunch crowds in downtown Tacoma since it opened its doors in 2011.  Since that time, Stink has added an attached wine bar to ensure success with the after-work crowds as well.  El Tufo, Spanish for stink, is of

Five great places to watch something

Outdoors

Five great places to watch something

Most of the time we spend our lives rushing between points A and B - running errands, getting to and from work, hurrying between appointments and friends and obligations. How often do you just stop and look at what's around you? Chances are you don't. And, really, not just anywhere

Live Fox Sports boxing in Shelton

Attractions

Live Fox Sports boxing in Shelton

Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, a 25-minute drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is home to some of the finest spas, lodging and Las Vegas-style gaming. But a signature attraction it holds above all other Washington state casino resorts are its nationally televised boxing events held in the Skookum Creek

Remote controlled vehicles on the perimeter

News Front

Remote controlled vehicles on the perimeter

Remotely-controlled weapons systems have drastically reduced the number of soldiers needed for perimeter security at an expeditionary base camp here. "Every soldier I have assigned to securing the perimeter is one I don't have that can execute support missions," said Lt. Col. Raphael Heflin, commander, 142nd Combat Service Support Battalion, or

The Bettie Brigade turns 5

Military Life

The Bettie Brigade turns 5

The house is new, in a cozy suburban neighborhood.  You know something is happening because there are quite a few cars in the driveway and along the street, and a sign on the door welcomes you in, suggesting you not ring the bell (the dogs will announce your arrival.) And

Safe Halloween fun

Attractions

Safe Halloween fun

The month of October usually means that there are a wide variety of Halloween-related events taking place. Children are probably busy picking out their costumes and planning what to do with their trick-or-treating loot. There is plenty of fun to be had before Halloween officially takes place at the end of

Indo Asian Street Eatery

Reviews

Indo Asian Street Eatery

Open for just a few months, Indo Asian Street Eatery already has a pretty steady following within the Stadium District community.  One look as you walk in, or even a glance at the simple and straight forward menu will tell you nearly everything you need to know.  The next thing

Low, orange skies

Music

Low, orange skies

There's an art to creating music mixes for Halloween. First off, if you're going to include "Monster Mash," then you need to be able to back it up. Either commit to the idea of novelty songs soundtracking your Halloween season, or surround Bobby "Boris" Pickett's with truly terrifying fair. From

Another pop-up show

Arts

Another pop-up show

B2 Gallery is jam-packed with art for its fall pop-up show. Pop-ups? It's a new thing instituted at B2 this summer where, between the main or regular shows, they have exhibitions that are up for a shorter duration and sometimes with art that is priced more reasonably. They're like the

Recent Tragic Events at Harlequin

Stage

Recent Tragic Events at Harlequin

Harlequin Productions' latest show, Recent Tragic Events, is one of the strangest shows I've seen in quite some time. It is billed as a comedy, and there is a lot of humor in it - insanely absurd humor - but it also addresses horrifying events and emotions in an intelligent

Art for the non-artsy

Arts

Art for the non-artsy

Recall that magic time when you were 7. You had a new box of crayons, with pristine, gorgeous tips. A book was presented, and a choir of angels might have sung because neither the scrawls of siblings nor frienemies sullied the pages.  You looked at, and selected colors like Sky

Event honors Gold Star mothers and families

News Front

Event honors Gold Star mothers and families

Almost one hundred years ago, Grace Darling Siebold sent a son off to war. That son never returned. Originally notified that her son, George, was missing in action, Grace began to frequently visit the military hospital, hoping to find her child among the injured. While she was there, Grace began helping

Top five haunting experiences

Attractions

Top five haunting experiences

Ahh, October.  It's the month of Pumpkin Spice lattes, sexy Donald Trump costumes and extended darkness.  And in that darkness, past the somewhat safe, flickering lights of leering Jack o' lanterns, lurks the unknown.  Ghosts, ghouls, the dead, the undead: These are just a sampling of the entities that will

Fighting for homeless female veterans

News

Fighting for homeless female veterans

The veteran community is changing. Women are taking a much more active role in the military, with more jobs opening up to female servicemembers. Combat positions are gradually opening up to female applicants, though several women have already received awards for bravery in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, many women

Carpeting your castle

Benefits & Deals

Carpeting your castle

Sometimes, a house is more than just a house - it's a castle. Since April, Air Force veteran Pat Aschlimen and his wife, Doris, have donned the slogan, "Let Us Carpet Your Castle," for their business, PDQ Flooring. Bringing samples of wood, vinyl, laminate and carpet to the customer, and then ordering

The Shadow revealed

News Front

The Shadow revealed

The Shadow knows! For those of us of a certain age, the first three words of this article allude to The Shadow, a collection of crime fighting, 1930s pulp novels. The series' hero was a World War I hero named Kent Allard, a shadowy character who dressed in a slop-brimmed hat and

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