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A gem of commiseration

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A gem of commiseration

Sometimes, we want our music to be aspirational. When we're listening to Kiss or Jay-Z or any number of SoundCloud rappers, we want to place our bodies inside theirs, to experience the solo jet planes, endless parties, and the lavish lifestyle that they're brazenly living. This is a paradigm so

Pastels and Batik

Arts

Pastels and Batik

Sherry Buckner's latest pastel landscapes beg an old question: why do it? Nature can be stunningly beautiful, especially when there are sunsets or stormy skies, or, in the case of Buckner's pastels, mist and fog. But it is so much easier to snap a photo than to paint the scene,

A few events this first weekend of 2019

Features

A few events this first weekend of 2019

With the new year I'm usually all gung-ho and supportive of those with resolutions. But with 2019 being rung in with the motto "new year, new me!" being proclaimed by many and hashtagged to high heaven, I'm feeling a little less hopeful about dietary resolutions. Don't get me wrong, I

Fern Room

Reviews

Fern Room

ANNOUNCER: With vintage and retro so popular, the space formerly Tacoma Cabana, the new Fern Room is oozing with a 1970's vibe. From the décor, to the music, to the menu itself, everything is a journey to the past. Jackie and Dutch boogie on in to get the skinny. JACKIE: Holy

Worst movies of 2018

South Sound Cinema

Worst movies of 2018

Here we go. The 10 worst movies I experienced in 2018. 10. Bohemian Rhapsody Yes, Rami Malek delivered fine work as Freddie Mercury, and yes, I know Bohemian Rhapsody has become the most financially successful musical biopic of all time. That doesn't change the fact that it's a watered-down, clumsily shot, sometimes ridiculously

Best movies of 2018

South Sound Cinema

Best movies of 2018

What a year it was for movies! Some critics are saying 2018 was the best film year of the 21st century, and it's hard to disagree. Check out this list of memorable films: Annihilation; Avengers: Infinity War; Ben Is Back; Boy Erased; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Creed 2; Eighth Grade; The

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

It's Three Easy Pieces, where I look at a piece of pop culture from its birth to today. This month, I've chosen body-swapping movies, and I'll freely admit that this topic has backed me into a corner. While I thought I'd write about movies where characters literally swap consciousnesses into

2018’s Best of Theater

Stage

2018’s Best of Theater

Before I started reviewing theater a few years ago, I was only vaguely aware of how many good productions are put up in the South Sound over the course of a year. This year was my first full year of reviewing shows on a more active basis, splitting duties with

Current subdued patches for OCP uniforms approved

News Front

Current subdued patches for OCP uniforms approved

Airmen wearing OCP uniforms are authorized to add their former Airmen Battle Uniform subdued patches until the mandatory brown subdued ones go into effect. Also, according to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, the U.S. flag patch is mandatory and will be subdued using the spice brown color criteria, centered at the top

From war to watercolor

News

From war to watercolor

The life of a military veteran isn't always a glorious one. The things that are witnessed, heard and felt can significantly alter the mind into a place of darkness and despair. In these instances, finding a healthy coping mechanism is imperative to make the healing journey as beneficial as possible.

Brown Bear Car Wash salutes Puget Sound vets

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes Puget Sound vets

Since 1957, locally-owned Brown Bear Car Wash has been known for their impeccable customer service and environmental awareness. Since the beginning, they have supported their local communities, most recently including a large donation to Puget Sound Honor Flight -- an organization dedicated to transporting western Washington veterans to visit military

Five years later, Madigan remembers fallen soldier

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Five years later, Madigan remembers fallen soldier

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER -- October 6, 2018, marks the 5th year since Madigan Army Medical Center lost its only soldier in combat in the War on Terror. It was an attack that reportedly wounded 30 Army Rangers and killed a total of four soldiers. Capt. Jennifer Moreno, a nurse

End of an action-packed 2018

News Front

End of an action-packed 2018

The world has rung in the New Year and welcomed 2019. As 2018 proved to be a year full of training, exercises and new leadership for the 446th Airlift "Rainier" Wing. Check out a summary of 2018 accomplishments and milestones pulled together from Public Affairs coverage. Missions, Exercises and Training Rainier Wing

Top-ranked stories of 2018

News Front

Top-ranked stories of 2018

This past year, the Army rolled out several programs and policies to boost the readiness of its soldiers as well as prepare them for life after the military. A pair of combat veterans also received the military's highest honor and a new World War II-style uniform was brought back. Below is

2018 Winter Guide

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2018 Winter Guide

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Sampling serious suds and quirky culture

Travel

Sampling serious suds and quirky culture

Breweries abound in the Pacific Northwest, but even in that environment, Portland, Oregon, is known as a craft-beer mecca. According to oregoncraftbeer.org, the Rose City has 77 craft beer breweries; that grows to 117 when you leave Portland proper to include the greater metro area of the city straddling the

Good eats on wheels

Reviews

Good eats on wheels

ANNOUNCER: Open just a few months now, the Street Eats Mobile Eatery is beginning to get a solid customer base willing to follow them around the South Sound. Floating between Bonney Lake and Tacoma, Dutch and Jackie got out the GPS this week and chased them down. DUTCH: Chasing down a

The Journey surprises

Arts

The Journey surprises

Now on view at American Art Company is The Journey, an exhibition of Plein Air Washington Artists. I can't honestly review this exhibition without stating my personal bias -- and yes, critics always have personal biases, no matter how they might try to be objective. The paintings in this show are

Foodie-themed festivities for New Year’s and beyond

Features

Foodie-themed festivities for New Year’s and beyond

As one year comes to a close and another is looming just ahead, I make it a point to refresh my admiration of the local culinary culture by finding delectable happenings around the South Sound. There's never a shortage of something going down from pairing dinners to cooking courses. Here's

An old-fashioned Christmas musical

Stage

An old-fashioned Christmas musical

Christmas might be over, but Harlequin Productions continues celebrating the season until New Year's Eve. For this year's holiday show, Harlequin dove deep into their archives to re-stage their first holiday show, The 1940s Radio Hour. First performed in 1993, this is the one that inspired the theater's Stardust series,

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