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Exciting the intellect

Arts

Exciting the intellect

It used to be called the avant-garde, and then it was called the cutting edge. What's beyond that I do not know, but whatever it is, you'll find it at Salon Refu in Olympia - the place where art happens that you'll never see anywhere else, where you can see

Hedda Gabler at Harlequin

Stage

Hedda Gabler at Harlequin

Henrik Ibsen's classic play Hedda Gabler as adapted and directed by Aaron Lamb for Harlequin Productions is just as relevant and contemporary today as it was when it premiered at the end of the 19th century; although it is probably not as shocking as it was then - not because

Get away to Heathman Lodge

Travel

Get away to Heathman Lodge

The Northwest has a number of grand lodges tucked into even grander scenery, from the mountains to the Columbia River Gorge. However, while these lodges offer scenery, outdoorsy adventures and views, what they might lack is proximity to cities. While that's often the point, there is one unique lodge that

Military to utilities

News

Military to utilities

When Miles Joseph Barretta wakes up and gets ready for work, he doesn't put on the standard active-duty Army uniform of BDUs and combat boots; his boots are utilitarian and steel-toed, but take him to a classroom at the south campus of Bates Technical College.  And while his battle buddies

Spouses create business success at Lewis Main PX

Military Life

Spouses create business success at Lewis Main PX

A military spouse is not exempt from entrepreneurship - just ask Chandra Hedgepeth. A mother of three children, whose husband, Jay Hedgepeth, is a first sergeant in civil affairs - opened a shop in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord PX, Feb. 1, at the encouragement of the manager there who noticed

Boating Guide

Outdoors

Boating Guide

Do you feel the heat? Oh, it's coming. Springtime and summer are right around the next bend in the river, and the water is calling to you. Whether it's fishing in Washington's lakes and smaller streams or heading out into the open water of the Pacific Ocean, you first have

Military Life

How to get into an academy

Want to attend a service academy?  Now is your chance to learn how. Actually, you have two chances. Washington State Congressman Denny Heck will host representatives from each service academy to discuss the application and appointment process and answer questions, March 28, at 6 p.m. at the Lacey City Hall

News

Boots to Business reboot

Servicemembers are well aware of the impressive skills they learn throughout their military careers. Throughout the years, they gain invaluable knowledge and discipline that can easily translate to successful civilian careers. For some, they dream of one day owning their own business and becoming an entrepreneur. As with most things,

Hop on over to the base

Military Life

Hop on over to the base

Military families won't have to look far to find Easter activities this spring. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) as well as Navy Base Kitsap (NBK) offer plenty of events to keep the family and children occupied. Check out these events and church services near you! JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Aquatic Egg Hunt JBLM's Annual Aquatic

Military traditions handed down from father to son

Military Life

Military traditions handed down from father to son

When William Striegel looks back on his life, he knows that he has much to be thankful for - whether or not he knows it. He has a Nation grateful for his unwavering love, appreciation and loyalty to the military. Striegel joined ROTC from the University of Idaho in 1966

We have a winner

Military Life

We have a winner

What would you do with an extra $3,000? Pay a few bills? Take a family vacation? When Dawn Shultz, a military spouse formerly of Bremerton, discovered she was the grand prize winner in the Purina Pro Plan Military 9 of 9 Best in Show Sweepstakes, that answer couldn't have been

Getting a special bike for a special family

Military Life

Getting a special bike for a special family

We tend to take simple things for granted. Like getting the baby of the family a two-wheeled bike, with training wheels. Then, eventually taking the training wheels off and gingerly letting go as our child wobbles and eventually rights, tasting speed and freedom. Then later, enjoying family bike rides, feeling

Spring break events

Military Life

Spring break events

Spring break is one of the few terms that inspires general glee across the board - from elementary schoolers to high schoolers to college students. Nearly everyone gets a few days or a whole week off during March or April to celebrate spring! Except for parents - parents don't usually get

Frampton in the Raw

Music

Frampton in the Raw

There's a scene in the film version of High Fidelity where John Cusack's character gets dragged out to a show. Upon approaching the door, he hears "Baby I Love Your Way," and turns to the doorman to say, "Is that Peter f@#&*!$ Frampton?" After going inside and seeing that it's

Marlon James speaks

Arts

Marlon James speaks

The University of Puget Sound, the small undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, will continue its "Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts" series when it welcomes award-winning Jamaican-born author Marlon James at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. James is most prominently known for

Easter events in the South Sound

Military Life

Easter events in the South Sound

We are all ready to emerge from the winter blues and hop right into spring. The South Sound area has many Easter events taking place that will get everyone in the mood for spring. Check out what is happening in your neck of the woods:Friday, March 25 Good Friday Prayer Walk.

New restaurant great addition to Ruston Way

Reviews

New restaurant great addition to Ruston Way

Announcer: New restaurants tend to receive a lot of buzz when they first open in the South Sound, and sometimes those early lines and hard to get reservations are worthy - and other times they are not. WildFin's recent opening on Ruston Way kept the seats booked this past weekend,

'Alarm Bells of Consciousness'

Arts

'Alarm Bells of Consciousness'

The name of the show is "Politi Oso", and the catchy title, "Alarm Bells of Consciousness" is the descriptor from the B2 Fine Art website. Featuring works by the recently departed Aminah Benda Lynn Robinson and the great Faith Ringgold, this visual exploration of feminism, race, culture, religion and politics

Critical hit

Stage

Critical hit

I began playing Dungeons & Dragons when I was around 10 years old. My first Dungeon Master was my dad, who himself started playing the game near its inception in the late ‘70s. My fellow campaign members were my brother and our friends, and we enjoyed low-level escapism in a

Going weightless with indie pop

Music

Going weightless with indie pop

It used to be that singers would credit themselves by their own names, simply because they were the face and the voice given life by a seasoned songwriter. Annette Funicello was a pop darling, and her image was all the selling that was needed. It didn't matter what studio musicians

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