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Lore of the Kalevala

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Lore of the Kalevala

In the great Finnish song cycle known as the Kalevala, compiled from folk tales by Elias Lönnrot in 1849, heroic first human Väinämöinen fights an epic battle against witch queen Louhi for a magical talisman, the Sampo. (Full marks if you're reminded of J.R.R. Tolkien, who acknowledged the Kalevala as

'Ringside'

Arts

'Ringside'

"Ringside" at B2 Fine Art Gallery is an unusual departure from the regular fare at art galleries. It is an art exhibition about boxing, featuring photographs by veteran sports photographer Chris Farina, paintings by international kickboxer Kevin Brewerton, and paintings by Julie Snyder. Also listed in the show announcement is

Ringing in the new year around the South Sound

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Ringing in the new year around the South Sound

Christmas is almost here, and that means the new year can't be too far away. Looking for something fun to do to welcome in 2016?  Here are a few ideas to get you started: First Night Tacoma, Thursday, Dec. 31, Theater District, Downtown Tacoma, $10, www.firstnighttacoma.com. This annual family-friendly, alcohol-free event begins

Christmas Eve concert and service at Abbey Church

Military Life

Christmas Eve concert and service at Abbey Church

At this time of year, Christmas concerts are almost as ubiquitous as holiday sales and flashing lights. Live Gregorian chants, though, are about as common as sightings of Rudolph with his nose so bright. If you want to hear one of these rare performances, we know of only one place in

Think inside the box

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Think inside the box

For many circles of families and friends, watching holiday and Christmas episodes of their favorite shows is a tradition, often made all the better with a buffet of treats, sweets and holiday-themed drinks. If your repertoire of holiday specials has been the same for years, it may be time to add

Something for all in the Proctor District

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Something for all in the Proctor District

Nestled in the center of the Proctor neighborhood sits a shopping district where every sort of item can be found for gifting (and keeping!) Fashionista? Athlete? Kid? Budget-conscious, name-brand shopper? Quirky-kitschy-artsy, tough-to-please? Proctor shopping has something for all, plus more! Fashionistas - or those shopping for them - can find a

Gifts with meaning

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Gifts with meaning

It's never too early to start your holiday shopping. If you love waiting until the last minute because, well, you hate dealing with the crowd, then how about trying a gift that's a little outside the box? We can sometimes end up spending hours debating whether or not we've gotten

Small but mighty

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Small but mighty

Socks, bubble gum and a deck of cards. Cool gifts inside your Christmas stocking or just fillers? That depends on your perspective. But one thing's for sure - a well-stuffed Christmas stocking is a great thing to give, as well as receive. Stuffing stockings is often a balance of budget, practicality

The 12 deeds of Christmas

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The 12 deeds of Christmas

I was shocked last year while sipping coffee at Starbucks on a crisp October morning when I realized that Christmas music was playing. Already? Then this year, in August, my daughter and I were school shopping when we found Christmas items already on display. It made Christmas in July seem almost

Connecting military to careers

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Connecting military to careers

Technology jobs are on the rise in the Northwest, and now a military veteran-owned company in Tacoma has plans to provide short-term immersive training in web development and coding to the military community interested in a tech career. VetStartups, founded by three military veterans, plans to launch its first 20-week certificate

Operation Ham Grenade

Military Life

Operation Ham Grenade

It rained hundreds of hams. Early last Thursday morning in front of the Western Air Defense Sector at McChord Field, about 25 community volunteers unloaded a large truck chock full of hams. Operation Ham Grenade 2015 had begun. Its mission was to distribute more than 950 hams to various squadron, battalion and brigade

Opening doors to Christmas cheer

Military Life

Opening doors to Christmas cheer

Some soldiers travel on the Polar Express. The title to a 2004 film starring Tom Hanks, the movie is about a boy who boards a train called the Polar Express, which journeys to the North Pole. Once there, the lad is handpicked by Santa Claus to receive the first gift of Christmas. "I

Healing with horsemanship

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Healing with horsemanship

Although many of the terrors of war happen for soldiers overseas, some struggles occur once they return home. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a harsh and unfortunate reality for many veterans, as it affects up to 20 out of every 100 individuals who are serving or have served overseas, according

American Legion walks for veterans

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American Legion walks for veterans

The two-mile walk through DuPont on a drizzly Sunday morning wasn't about exercise. Not for Dale Barnett and the 60 people who walked with him. It was about getting the word out about American Legion and about bringing attention to the needs of our military veterans. "We're walking for our vets," said

Karaoke on ice

Music

Karaoke on ice

Now in its fifth year, Polar Plaza has put downtown T-Town on ice since Nov. 21 and still has a few weeks to go until the party stops. The covered ice skating rink has become the place to be for a chilly December, and there's even a food truck onsite

Vostok Dumpling House

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Vostok Dumpling House

Seattle's Vostok Dumpling House has added a second location right here in Tacoma on Commerce Street. Now Tacomans can also enjoy quick bites of Eastern Europe for lunch or dinner for just a few bucks out of their pocket as most tastings range between $5-$10 for half and full orders,

Jazzy New Year!

Music

Jazzy New Year!

Maia Santell, performing New Year's Eve at Johnny's Dock Restaurant & Marina, is a name you should know. With a vocal timbre reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney, she and her venerable backing band, House Blend, are stars of contemporary jazz and blues in Tacoma. Her parents and uncle were fixtures in

Ringing in

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Ringing in

Over the years that I've spent writing for this fine rag, I've made no secret of my distaste for just about every holiday (not you, Arbor Day; don't go changing). In particular, I've let New Year's Eve have it on several occasions. It's become something of an annual tradition in

'Blue Collar' at Fulcrum

Arts

'Blue Collar' at Fulcrum

I love the new show at Fulcrum Gallery. It is called "Blue Collar," paintings in acrylic on antique platters by Adrian Bouchard. How such an outstanding Tacoma painter could have escaped my attention until now is beyond comprehension. Bouchard paints portraits taken from old photographs. They are hyper realistic, painted with

Creating wonders

Stage

Creating wonders

When I started writing theater reviews 10 years ago, few people outside of Federal Way had ever heard of Centerstage, but in the years since, this little-known theater has blossomed into one of the finest in the Puget Sound region - thanks in large part to outstanding productions spearheaded by,

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