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An Act of the Imagination

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An Act of the Imagination

An Act of the Imagination by Bernard Slade, directed by Kathryn D. Beall, is, typical of British mysteries, a many-layered story peopled with eccentric characters and featuring surprise twists - in this case, multiple surprise twists. Arthur Putnam (John Pratt) is a successful mystery writer in London. The time is 1964,

5th Ave opens with style

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5th Ave opens with style

Go to the bathroom before the show because there is no intermission in Man of La Mancha - the classic play within a play with the old familiar "Impossible Dream" song but a new take on staging and some excellent performances at 5th Ave this month in Seattle. Director Allison Narver

A diner to like

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A diner to like

ANNOUNCER: Classic diners aren't so easy to find in large towns anymore.  You know, the kind that have that small town feel, the classic recipes, and wait staff that call you "hon" and "darling."  The Martin Way Diner is such a place, in fact, I don't think they've remodeled for

'30 Americans' at TAM part two

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'30 Americans' at TAM part two

I reviewed "30 Americans" in this space two weeks ago. With 45 works from 30 of the best African American artists since the 1970s, this exhibition needs more than one column. So here's part two: One of the more impressive paintings I did not touch on in my first review is

Beyond shaking boots

Music

Beyond shaking boots

In the ‘90s and early ‘00s, the prevailing wisdom about the indie rock scene was that both bands and audiences alike were petrified at the notion of dancing - a stereotype well-earned, based on the bookish, record-collecting image of the indie rock norm. Bands like LCD Soundsystem emerged to act

Your next career minus college degree

Jobs & Education

Your next career minus college degree

For active-duty military asking themselves "what's next?" as their military career winds down, there are many options besides college. As that journey to the next chapter begins, the first question to ask is "what do I like to do?" And "what kind of experience have I got?" "What I'd tell someone as

Troops wanted to be cops

Jobs & Education

Troops wanted to be cops

The Defense Logistics Agency is recruiting the military community to staff a civilian police force for six installations in the United States. A campaign running on the American Forces Network encourages servicemembers and their dependents to apply for the positions. The agency is authorized 377 police officers, responsible for securing and policing

Will we return?

News Front

Will we return?

In March 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines under the cover of darkness for Australia.  When he arrived in Adelaide he told reporters, "I came through and I shall return." Wading ashore on Leyte Island in October 1944, he said, "I have returned." Since then, the United States and the Philippines

A soldier's best friend

News Front

A soldier's best friend

Washington will "Go to the Dogs" for the fourth year in a row. Service animals have been assisting servicemembers with mental and physical disabilities for decades, but there remains many questions on the benefits and rules for owning a service animal. Is one aware they should ask the owner before petting a

A mother's love builds a foundation

Military Life

A mother's love builds a foundation

After moving away from her hometown of Laquey, Missouri, a stone's throw from Army base Fort Leonard Wood, Alicia Harper found herself a single mother to two beautiful girls, working in corporate restaurant management.  After falling in love and marrying her coworker turned husband, James, in 2008, the couple prepared

News Front

Dragonslayer Battalion to battle ISIL

The Dragonslayer Battalion, under the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, cased their colors during a ceremony held at the Wilson Gym on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Oct. 18. The 17th Field Artillery Brigade, "most notably known as the HIMARS Brigade" or High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, is an artillery brigade in the United

Military photographers in focus

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Military photographers in focus

Photography - the writing with light - comes down to vision. It is the ability to see a final result in your mind's eye, and then to make it so with a camera. Local military have been doing that for years through membership in the Tacoma Photographic Society. "There is a quiet

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Commander has donated blood since high school

He started donating blood in high school, and then continued through college. Col. Michael Place, commander of the Madigan Army Medical Center, still donates blood to this day. To ensure he could fit donating into his busy schedule, Place stopped by the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific

Top five Halloween parties

Bars & Clubs

Top five Halloween parties

So you're sitting around staring at your calendar and wondering how many different Halloween events you can squeeze in before the ghoulish day comes and goes. The South Sound offers many different kinds of events from trick-or-treating, haunted houses, to scary movies. But for those who are looking to perhaps

New Bohemians

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New Bohemians

How popular is Giacomo Puccini's four-act tearjerker La Bohème? If you've seen even one opera in your life, there's a good chance this was it. If you've seen a Broadway play, it may well have been Rent - a mid-'90s reboot of Puccini's operatic original. Puccini based La Bohème on an

'Dracula' at Tacoma Little Theatre

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'Dracula' at Tacoma Little Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre's rendition of Dracula is creepy, funny, horrifying, and hauntingly beautiful. A highly stylized presentation as directed by Pug Bujeaud with outstanding sets (Blake R. York), lighting (Niclas R. Olson) and costumes (Michele Graves); this production is the epitome of theatricality. Often throughout there are overlapping and widely spaced

'Tracing Genetic Inheritance'

Arts

'Tracing Genetic Inheritance'

Works from three major installations by Geraldine Ondrizek come together in the show "Tracing Genetic Inheritance: Recent Work by Geraldine Ondrizek" at the art gallery at The Evergreen State College. This is a highly unusual, beautiful and intelligent exhibition that combines science and art in ways that should open the mind

The hero we need

Music

The hero we need

As of this writing, Bob Dylan has yet to really acknowledge being recently awarded the Nobel prize for literature, with the exception of a brief mention of it on his website, which has since been taken down. With fans of literature and music - and the tenuous interplay between those

American on Purpose

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American on Purpose

Scottish-American comedian and TV host Craig Ferguson, currently the star of both Celebrity Name Game and Join or Die With Craig Ferguson, first drew attention stateside as Mr. Wick, the stuffy boss on The Drew Carey Show. These days, in addition to his syndicated game show and History Channel panel

DIY Fest: Bring out your best!

Military Life

DIY Fest: Bring out your best!

In recent years, the phenomena of DIY and life hacks have been rising in popularity. Much of their success can easily be linked to the abundance of skill sharing among the Internet community. At any given moment, you are just one YouTube video away from knowing how to install a

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