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A mystic journey continues

Music

A mystic journey continues

Technically, Arlo Guthrie is a one-hit wonder. Thus saith Billboard, anyway. The only chart hit Guthrie enjoyed was a still-familiar number called "City of New Orleans." You know: "Good mornin', America, how are ya? Don'tcha know me, I'm your favorite son ... " The catch is it's not a song

'Embroidered Spaces'

Arts

'Embroidered Spaces'

Canadian artist Amanda McCavour's installation, "Embroidered Spaces" at South Puget Sound Community College, is a magical, gossamer world that is, quite frankly, unlike anything I have ever seen. And believe me, I have seen a lot of art. A lot. But nothing like this. McCavour draws with thread by stitching on

Entourage 2?

Stage

Entourage 2?

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is an odd little number, a simultaneously zany comedy with references and themes, and a steadfastly old-fashioned play about clashing personalities briefly coming together. There are stretches of reality-breaking whimsy surrounded by cynical allusions to shallow pop culture (a fictional Entourage 2 becomes

In the bedroom

Music

In the bedroom

Before we talk about some bands this week, it must be acknowledged what an amazing job Obsidian has been doing, as of late. The relatively new cafe/bar/venue has been absolutely killing it with their shows, quickly rising through the ranks of music spots in Olympia with at least one surefire

Benchmark Communities comes highly recommended

Military Life

Benchmark Communities comes highly recommended

Buying a home is a detailed process that can sometimes feel very daunting. Right off the bat, there are a multitude of questions from pricing, options, colors, and even choosing the right neighborhood for you and your family. There is also the question of which home builder to trust. Benchmark

Transitioning made easier

Jobs & Education

Transitioning made easier

Transitioning from military service to a civilian career field just got a whole lot easier with a brand-spanking new initiative called VIE-25. "The program is an opportunity for readiness in securing very good employment," said Jennifer Weinmann, a worker-retraining advisor at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC). "The majority of servicemembers transitioning

From kevlar to couture

Military Life

From kevlar to couture

A thread, a needle and a little imagination is all Maria Kountz needs to create a one-of-a-kind piece that her customers will love. As lead seamstress and designer at Tactical Tailor in Lakewood, you'll find Kountz elbow-deep in fabric. "It was somewhere around seven or eight years old that I snuck

Military Appreciation Day

News Front

Military Appreciation Day

There are a lot of things about military life that are just plain tough for military families. Deployments are hard on military relationships. Changing schools every few years is difficult for military children. Always being the "new kid" wherever you go can take its toll on everyone in the family,

Princess in combat boots

Military Life

Princess in combat boots

Melissa Kinney is not your typical princess. Sure, the Lakes High School Daffodil Princess makes statements befitting a princess and dons the jonquil gown of the 23-member 2016 Daffodil Court, but there's more to her than heels and gowns: This princess wears combat boots and heads up the Lakes High

Inspiring from the front lines

News Front

Inspiring from the front lines

They had come to hear about character development, about leadership in the Army. And Greg Gadson, a retired Army colonel and guest speaker, brought the 100 soldiers to their feet as he spoke about overcoming his challenges. In 2007, a roadside bomb blew Gadson's legs off while he was serving in

Military kids given a boost

Military Life

Military kids given a boost

There are an estimated 60,000 military youth members spread all across Washington state, and April - the Month of the Military Child - serves as the ideal month to honor their sacrifices. A Military Kids and Families Summit, with various guest speakers and youth panel members present, took place during the 

Students connected to JBLM headed to world robotic competition

News Front

Students connected to JBLM headed to world robotic competition

Four Capital High School students with dads who work on Joint Base Lewis-McChord compete next week in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of a 26-person team headed to the FIRST Championship, a world competition in robotics featuring participants from 39 countries. Mark Burrell, Tristan Cellucci, Felicia Jurgens and Alex Fallot, helped

Pat's Run to raise scholarship dollars for Tillman Foundation

News Front

Pat's Run to raise scholarship dollars for Tillman Foundation

Hundreds are anticipated to gather Saturday, April 23 at Cummings Park along Ruston Way in Tacoma for the fourth annual Pat's Run to support the Pat Tillman Foundation's military scholarship program. Pat's Run in Tacoma is one of dozens of runs across the country that shadows a larger-scale event at Arizona

The many faces of Aimee Mann

Music

The many faces of Aimee Mann

Thanks to the global memory bank that is YouTube, we can all enjoy the boppy little 1981 single "Give Me Your Face." It's a cut off the album Bark Along With the Young Snakes, recorded, not surprisingly, by a Boston post-punk outfit called The Young Snakes. It's an enjoyable tune,

A walk into tranquility

Outdoors

A walk into tranquility

Think of Lakewold Gardens as an artist's studio. Landscape architect Thomas Church drew the principals that provided the intellectual easel for the creation of the gardens. But Eulalie Wagner, the last matron of the Wagner House, provided the vision and drive that resulted in the creation of a gardening masterpiece. "It's tranquil

A links like no other

Reviews

A links like no other

Announcer: It is difficult to believe that less than a year ago the South Sound was bulging at the seams with famous golfers and the fans that wanted to get a glimpse of them. In June 2015, Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place hosted the U.S. Open - an

'Edvard Munch and The Sea'

Arts

'Edvard Munch and The Sea'

"Edvard Munch and The Sea" at Tacoma Art Museum includes 25 prints and drawings and one oil painting by the Norwegian expressionist and symbolist master. Like most people, I have seen very little of Munch's art other than the two or three pieces that habitually show up in art books,

Out of control bedlam

Stage

Out of control bedlam

There is practically an entire genre of theater about theater, typically farces about bad theater companies doing bad theater. Often these are as bad as the plays they lampoon, but there is one exception - the mother of all farces about theater: Noises Off by Michael Frayn, now playing at

Hopping genres

Music

Hopping genres

One of my favorite musical discoveries of the past decade remains the seven-song debut of That Handsome Devil from 2006. While the band would get more attention later from their modest indie hit, "Rob the Prez-O-Dent," that initial, self-titled album is still a high point for That Handsome Devil -

Teeing off on a tumor

Military Life

Teeing off on a tumor

Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Cox had a tumor the size of a golf ball in her brain. Talk about something loose in the cranium. Doctors call this an olfactory grove meningioma; she skipped the science and simply named it "Lotto." "It's kinda rare to get a brain tumor," wrote Cox in an

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