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Wednesday, September 02, 2015 This Week's Paper
Tacoma officer shoots man seen grabbing a gun

Tacoma Police responded to a loud music complaint in the 3400 block of South Proctor Street on May 10. Officers observed a male within the problem house, grab a gun and move toward the door to the residence.

The adult male was encountered outside of the residence where he was shot by one of the responding Officers.

The residence the male had exited contained other occupants whose involvement with the adult male was unclear. Medical aid was escorted to the location of the shooting victim. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The identification of the male will be made by the Medical Examiner’s office.

The house was surrounded and contained until the SWAT Team responded and cleared the residence. The investigation of the shooting is continuing. The officer involved is on paid administrative leave as is standard procedure. The officer is 34 years old and has been employed by the Tacoma Police Department for six years.

Local Author Launches New Book

Tacoma author Judith Cullen began writing short fiction three years ago and has been actively engaged in learning and experiencing the constantly evolving industry that is today’s publishing world.

She published this month her ninth title, a collection of short stories entitled "The Blackberry & Other Tales That Creep," with original art commissioned from nationally recognized illustrator and comic artist Rick Geary.

The new book features four tales appropriate for readers age 12 and up. Two of the four tales include Geary’s artwork.

Cullen credits Geary for the book’s title. “I sent Rick the first story to review, very tentatively hoping he might like it and agree to work with me. I was overwhelmed when he responded that he loved the story ‘The Blackberry’ and that he found it very ‘creepy.’ That was all it took. The title seemed self-evident.”

Cullen is best known in the Puget Sound as a scenic designer and theater artist, not as an author. She started her professional career at Tacoma Actors Guild in the early 1980s and has worked at theaters and operas across the region, including over a decade at Tacoma Little Theatre.

The Blackberry & Other Tales That Creep is currently available on Amazon for Kindle and in Paperback. The book will also become available locally later this month at The Nearsighted Narwhal in Tacoma, and Zanadu Comics in Seattle. More outlet negotiations are ongoing, as well as donations to library collections. Cullen is holding an informal Launch Breakfast on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Original Pancake House, 601 S Pine St. in Tacoma. Seating is limited on a drop-by basis, and food is no-host.

Fashion and Family Fun at the Fort

A revealing look at Victorian fashion – including a peek at corsets and petticoats – will be part of the annual celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, located in Point Defiance Park.

Queen Victoria’s Birthday takes place Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event admission is $5-8, children age 4 and younger are free, and there is a family rate. For more information, visit or call (253) 591-5339.

"The Queen’s birthday celebration is a fun-filled day,” said Fort Nisqually’s event coordinator, Chris Fiala Erlich. “Both children and adults play games, and many of the Fort’s ladies and gentlemen will be dressed in their finest, 1850s style.”

At noon, bagpipes will announce the start of the traditional tributes to the queen. The pipes are followed by a musket volley, toasts to the queen, and a cannon salute.

Reenactors in period dress will exhibit and explain mid-19th century Victorian fashion as seen at Fort Nisqually. Presentations scheduled during the day will highlight a Victorian woman’s underclothes, the fashionable attire of ladies and gentlemen, and the Scottish, French-Canadian, and Native American influences in laborers clothing.

Throughout the day, guests can play croquet and other 19th century games. There will be tea, cookies, and lemonade while supplies last. Guests can enjoy live music and a dancing lesson and visit with several dozen re-enactors who will be cooking in the kitchen, toiling in the laundry, spinning wool, and hammering in the blacksmith’s shop.

The birthday of Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819) was celebrated by her subjects throughout the British Empire. At HBC forts across North America, the custom usually called for the declaration of the day as a holiday — all the laborers and servants had the day off. Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837. She ruled for almost 64 years, longer than any other British monarch to date, and was the reigning monarch for most of Fort Nisqually's active period (1833-1869).

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s with the help of interpreters dressed in period clothes. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store. The Fort is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma.

LollaPLUza will return to Pacific Lutheran University this weekend. The free, all-ages local music showcase - which is put on by Associated Students of Pacific Lutheran University - will bring the Fame Riot, Dude York, Sol, J-Sherri, Lemolo, Homeless Man, Asia B. Wolfe and the Bad Gurls, PLUtonic and Ruthie Kovanen to the campus, which is located at 12180 Park Ave. S.

Music will run from 1:30 to 7 p.m., and a more detailed schedule is available on the event site here.

The trenches of World War I have long grown over with grass or been filled with earth carried in place by a century of erosion of their makeshift walls. But their legacy remains in the sparks of radical nationalism around Europe.

The horrific “war to end all wars” did not hold to its naive promise to make conflict obsolete. The millions of deaths were in vain. Soldiers knew that then, but they went “over the top” of the trenches to their certain death anyway. It was their duty, so they did it.

Centerstage is premiering “For All That” - written by Artistic Director Alan Bryce and directed by Eleanor Rhode – which tells their story with a hauntingly beautiful score and masterfully simple staging.

Every name on the playbill, from the actors to the starkly used light by designer (Christina Barrigan) to the stage designer (Craig Wollam) to the costumer (Janessa Styck) to the choreographer (Amy Johnson) gave their full measure to craft the original play.

The play follows the lives of a group of friends on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis just as war dawns to call the Seaforth Highlanders to the service of “king and country.”

One Highlander, Donald (played by Cooper Harris-Turner) even leaves as night falls on his wedding night to Mairi (Katherine Jett). Only his brother – Andrew, played by Joshua Williamson - remains behind as a conscientious objector, making him a social pariah in the farming village void of young men.

The duty-bound men are quickly trained about trench warfare, with focuses on hand-to-hand combat and how to twist a bayonet to free it from the chest of its victim. The drill sergeant breaks them down to then piece them back together to become efficiently patriotic death machines. The newly minted soldiers itch for a fight.

Then battle comes at the Somme, France in 1916. Soldiers are called to leap from their trenches only to fall before machine gun fire. England lost 60,000 soldiers in a single day. The battle lasted more than four months. More than a million lives were lost. Some 70,000 simply vanished from the Earth, nothing of their bodies remained during the weeks upon weeks of shelling.

If a soldier’s body remained intact, their minds did not, giving the world the term “shell shock.” Malcolm (Randall Scott Carpenter) is one Highlander so afflicted and pays for his “ailment” with his life at the trigger fingers of a firing squad after he refuses to go “over the top” one more time after having to kill a German soldier face to face during a trench fight.

The war ends and no man return, leaving their wives and family to rebuild their shattered lives and find meaning in the meaninglessness of battle. Each story, from blissfulness of farm life to the challenges of training to the fear caused by battle to the jubilation of marking survival with a visit to Paris to the sole death of a mortally wounded soldier to the personal pilgrimage a war widow in search of purpose she hopes to find at her husband’s unmarked grave hits its make courtesy of an amazing collection of period-inspired songs. The music (by John Forster and Joshua Zimmerman) covers the spectrum of emotions borne from war.

“For All That” is part musical love story, part war diary and part historical tome. It’s as if “All’s Quiet on the Western Front” and “Cabaret” had a gothic love child. It’s dark. It’s beautiful. It’s gut turning. It’s spellbinding. It’s simple. It’s ponderous. It’s complex. It raises unanswerable questions while brilliantly avoiding to provide conclusions. Audiences are simply churched through the emotional meat grinder and left to their own thoughts as the curtain falls.

This is a must-see show if such an absolute statement exists.

“For All That,” by Alan Bryce and John Forster, runs at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays through May 24. Special Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. are set for May 16 and May 23 at Centerstage Theatre, at Dumas Bay Center, 3200 SW Dash Point Road in Federal Way. Each show has an author talk one hour before opening, which is well worth the early arrival. Tickets at $10 for children, $25 for military and students and $30 for general admission. Call (253) 661-1444 or visit for more information or for tickets.

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