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Gabriel Rutledge in Olympia

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Gabriel Rutledge in Olympia

You would think it would be tough for a guy doing 200-plus comedy shows a year to be much of a family man, but even though he bills himself as a professional comedian and an amateur husband and father, Olympia's Gabriel Rutledge makes it work. And for him, it's a

Art, science and adaptation

Arts

Art, science and adaptation

Lisa Kinoshita curates art exhibits in fantastic venues and presents the work in such a manner that it blends in with, becomes a part of, and enhances what is already there. She did it beautifully at the Seaport Museum last summer and has now done it again at the W.W.

Circle Mirror Transformation

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Circle Mirror Transformation

And now for something completely and delightfully different - Circle Mirror Transformation at Olympia Little Theatre, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker and winner of the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play. It might seem silly and disjointed at first, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded.

Sincerity and frivolity

Music

Sincerity and frivolity

I've spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about a trend among bands that emulate the sounds of ‘60s and ‘70s garage-pop: for whatever reason, a relatively significant number of these bands end up covering "Hang On Sloopy" by the McCoys at some point in their careers. If I were

IBM and the Washington National Guard

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IBM and the Washington National Guard

Community partnerships are just as important to the Washington National Guard as they are to the active-duty military. "There are not as many programs to support transitioning Guardsmen as there are for the active-duty soldiers," explained 1st Sgt. Dana Trakel, of the Washington Army National Guard and coordinator for the Joint

Massing of the Colors ceremony honors many

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Massing of the Colors ceremony honors many

Massing of the Colors is a patriotic ceremony honoring those who have served in the United States of America, as well as honoring and encouraging the youth of today to continue the patriotic tradition. This annual event that honors and brings awareness to military tradition, will take place Feb. 21 in

AUSA continues support of 2-2 Stryker Brigade

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AUSA continues support of 2-2 Stryker Brigade

Local Association of the United States Army (AUSA) held a casino night and Texas Hold ‘Em tournament Friday, Feb. 5. While tournament entry fees were set at $25 per player, all proceeds from the event were to be earmarked for the use of the soldiers of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade

Mix and mingle with microbrewers

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Mix and mingle with microbrewers

The Pacific Northwest is home to a large number of microbrewers and likely an even larger number of individual homebrewers. Many of these homebrewers are also airmen and soldiers based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and on Friday, Feb. 26, they will have an opportunity to network and try different beers at

Smack talk begins for Hoops for Heroes

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Smack talk begins for Hoops for Heroes

There are those who make sacrifices for their country; we call them soldiers. Then there are those who sacrifice for their communities; we call them police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Most of the time these two work in support of each other. But there's an undercurrent of something

Working out for a cause

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Working out for a cause

Twenty-two veterans a day die by means of suicide, according to stopsoldiersuicide.org. That means that in the year 2016, roughly 8,000 men and women who have served or are serving in our United States military will take their own lives. To help raise awareness and combat this heart-wrenching statistic, Operation

Avengers assemble!

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Avengers assemble!

It's not often we get to break such stories, but a Norse demigod, Thor, has demolished and scattered the fragments of a Cosmic Cube in order to keep it away from his adoptive brother, the trickster deity Loki. The Cube is a battery fashioned by the Beyonders, a higher-dimensional species,

Breaking up

Music

Breaking up

Every great band deserves a killer breakup album. Beck had his with the lush Sea Change, Chris Isaak had the stone-cold classic Forever Blue, Kanye West had the claustrophobic oversharing of 808s & Heartbreak, and Bob Dylan gave us the anger and sense of betrayal on Blood on the Tracks.

Filipino food at Nisqually Hill

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Filipino food at Nisqually Hill

Announcer: One of the benefits of living on the Pacific Rim is the access to amazing foods on both sides of the world's biggest ocean. We are blessed with Asian and Island specialties prepared by those with ties to the regions they present. Cebu, a mainstay at the top of

Aaron Badham and Rita Robillard at UPS

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Aaron Badham and Rita Robillard at UPS

Aaron Badham's playful and inventive sculptures can be seen in the main gallery space in Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, while Rita Robillard's restful and hotly colorful Pacific Northwest landscapes grace the smaller back gallery. I was pleasantly surprised by Badham's sculpture after having seen photographs. They are not as

On the Verge

Stage

On the Verge

Eric Overmyer's strange and marvelous comedy, On the Verge, is like a marriage of Tom Stoppard and Monty Python. As presented by Theater Artists Olympia, it is a technical marvel. With little but a few wrapped boxes, some beautiful video projections and a plethora of props, TAO has turned the

Navy Band Northwest to perform at state capitol

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Navy Band Northwest to perform at state capitol

For the third year in a row, the Navy Band Northwest will perform at the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia. The performance, which is open to the public and free of charge,  will take place Thursday, Feb. 25, at noon. The band will perform contemporary classic pieces as well as

Raising the mainsail

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Raising the mainsail

Roger Shaffer thinks sailing Boru, his 34-foot yacht, is akin to flying an airplane. "Sailing is simply flying with a vertical wing," explained the retired Navy and airline pilot. "Navigating a sailboat is also like navigating a plane.  It's challenging but fun." Come this Saturday morning, he and approximately 75 to 85 other

F.U.B.A.R.

Military Life

F.U.B.A.R.

A night of drinks with friends and playing Cards Against Humanity was all it took to come up with a new business idea that has swept Kickstarter by storm. "We were chatting and some asked why there wasn't a military version of the card game. Nobody was doing it so we

2016 Best of Olympia: Capitol Theater

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2016 Best of Olympia: Capitol Theater

The Capitol Theater, home of Olympia Film Society (OFS) and your choice for Best Movie Theater, Best Sign and Best All-Ages Venue, is a place where miracles happen. In just the last two weeks, Dan Rather relived his downfall at CBS News, a second-generation clone met her genetic ancestor, and

2016 Best of Olympia: The Westside

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Westside

Nestled along the western shore of Budd Inlet is Olympia's Westside neighborhood. A short drive from the capitol and only a few blocks from Olympia's trendy downtown area, this historic community boasts an active real estate market with affordable, classic homes, mostly built between 1940 and 1960.  The Westside neighborhood

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