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The power of song

Music

The power of song

It's all about the power of a song. That's what singer-songwriter Thom Shepherd learned when a song changed the course of his life. He'd moved to Nashville after college with the idea of making it as a touring performer, but after a few years without any breakthrough successes as a staff

Slacking towards progression

Music

Slacking towards progression

After so many years of writing about music, the one thing that still fascinates me is the myriad ways in which bands have found to combine genres and era into a bizarre soup. As far as pop music is concerned, there has always been a bungee chord effect that finds

Local author to discuss third voyage of James Cook

Arts

Local author to discuss third voyage of James Cook

Here's a question for you: What can one possibly learn about climate change from the records of an 18th century expeditionary voyage to the Arctic? At noon, Thursday, Dec. 17, the former director of the Washington State Historical Society, David Nicandri, will explore this question and other interesting revelations from his

The Mandolin Sushi and Steak House

Reviews

The Mandolin Sushi and Steak House

South 12th in Tacoma is very much a collection of houses and assorted businesses, so to succeed, the business really needs to be of great quality.  The Mandolin, located near Proctor and S. 12th has divided the building into an impressive balance of both the Japanese art of sushi and

'(Re)Presenting Native Americans'

Arts

'(Re)Presenting Native Americans'

One of three new exhibitions in the Haub Family Galleries at Tacoma Art Museum is "(Re)Presenting Native Americans." The other two are "Artists Drawn to the West" and "Northwest Cowboys in Art." The Native American show features paintings and a single sculpture depicting the lives of Native Americans from the

BB's and bunny suits

Stage

BB's and bunny suits

I confess that I was nervous going into Tacoma Little Theatre's production of A Christmas Story. Somehow, even though the 1983 film (upon which this play is based) plays on a non-stop loop on TV during the holiday season, I had somehow avoided seeing it during my 26 years on

A whole lot of 12 to 12-12

News Front

A whole lot of 12 to 12-12

When the Seattle Sea Gals Variety Show comes to the Carey Theater Saturday, Dec. 12, it will be the 10th one that AAFES manager Patrick McGhee and his staff have brought to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  The show itself is a fun-filled variety show, a sort of mini-Radio City Rockette's show

News Front

Changes coming to Camp Murray

There are some major changes coming to Camp Murray's Building 16, and the month long renovations currently underway are a sign of what's to come in the future for servicemembers who frequent any of the three organizations that are housed there. American Lake Credit Union (ALCU), Vic's Espresso and Eats, and

Master puzzle builder

News

Master puzzle builder

Puzzles can be a challenge to complete. "Each individual is a piece of the puzzle," began Mario Padilla, the newly elected president of American Federation of Government (AFGE) local 1504. An Air Force veteran of 24 years, Padilla is now a civilian employee assigned to the vehicle operations element of the 627th

Post-holiday fun at JBLM

Military Life

Post-holiday fun at JBLM

It seems hard to believe but the holidays are just around the corner. Before you know it, we will be ringing in the New Year and the countdown to the holiday season will begin again. It is a favorite time of the season for many families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Finally, a diaper bag made tough for fathers

Military Life

Finally, a diaper bag made tough for fathers

For young mothers with newborns and toddlers, there are plenty of diaper bags to choose, from the flowery to the pastel. But what about for the first-time father, who wants to protect his child but not sacrifice his masculinity? Five years ago, Jeff Shepard was facing that dilemma, while caring for

Kick off winter with a unique Nordic celebration

Stage

Kick off winter with a unique Nordic celebration

Who says the beginning of winter in the Puget Sound has to be dark, dreary and dull? If this year's The Christmas Revels® has anything to say about it, well, it will most certainly be the opposite of those very descriptions. This long-running local production has created a lively and spirited blend

Holiday magic at region's largest outdoor ice rink

Outdoors

Holiday magic at region's largest outdoor ice rink

With the magic and wonder of the holiday season now fully upon us, the city of Bellevue sends a warm, open invitation to all to celebrate the "Magic Season" with them. Home to western Washington's largest outdoor ice arena, the city strives to bring joy and wonder to children from

A ye bit of fun

Stage

A ye bit of fun

Back in the days before online shopping and YouTube videos of cats, holiday entertainment meant TV specials and variety shows hosted by the likes of Perry Como. Like the gelatin salad with fruit and vegetables and a nuts-and-cream-cheese topping, these old-fashioned mixtures of song, dance and comedy - all held together

Unique discoveries

Military Life

Unique discoveries

Nobody sets out to give boring gifts, but let's face it: occasionally the hunt for the perfect present is aborted and that safe pair of socks winds up in the shopping bag.  The remedy for the boring gift: non-boring shopping at unique shops that can be found around and about

Santa's best bookstore

Military Life

Santa's best bookstore

Books are gifts that keep on giving in their ability to entertain and inspire. Finding a bookstore that understands the need to offer a large selection of publications and outstanding customer service only heightens the experience of buying books. Welcome to Garfield Book Company at PLU. Located at 208 Garfield St., within a

Santa's braces

Military Life

Santa's braces

Emergencies are unexpected and unpleasant occurrences requiring immediate attention. They also seem to happen at a time and place most inconvenient to the person experiencing the emergency - like about the time Santa's sleigh is scheduled to touch down on your roof. Of the many emergencies that an individual can experience during

Signed, sealed and delivered

Military Life

Signed, sealed and delivered

A generation ago, monthly subscription services were limited to magazines and the occasional pie-of-the-month club. That's changed, as consumers want to try designer items that are custom selected for them and their peers. "Subscription boxes are wonderful because they're extremely fun," says blogger Kimberly Kong of Sensible Stylista. "Who doesn't love

Crafting gifts for friends

Military Life

Crafting gifts for friends

My favorite part of any holiday, birthday or special occasion is when people get to open their gifts. The genuine happiness and smiles that take over during the unwrapping and revealing of a gift are priceless. In recent years, there have been some pretty impressive gifts, such as iPads, iPhones,

Say Cheese!

Military Life

Say Cheese!

Photo booths set up at your holiday party provide a fun and festive activity, as guests can choose from a variety of seasonal props to pose alone or with friends. Then a photo-share app can be used to display those fabulous photo booth pictures in your party space - in

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