Matt Nagle

was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark. and moved to the Pacific Northwest upon graduating from college 25 years ago. He has been a community journalist his entire adult life, starting out as a cub reporter in his youth and working his way up to editorship at various Seattle-area publications. He loves his job because he can use his talents to help bring people and communities together.

Email: mnagle@tacomaweekly.com

4 February 2016

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes” at Fife High School is less than two weeks away and things are shaping up nicely for this first-time charity basketball game. On the court will be two opposing teams: the Fife Police Department and first responders on one side and Fife School District staff on the other. Doors to the gymnasium open at…

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3 December 2015

Laughs abound in TLT’s ‘A Christmas Story’

With a cherished holiday film like “A Christmas Story” so firmly engrained in the American psyche, it might seem a risk to present the story in a stage play. After all, this film is known about as widely as the lyrics to “Jingle Bells,” and it wasn’t introduced to the world on the stage, but rather on the silver…

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19 November 2015

UWT begins American Indian Studies minor this winter

Starting this winter, University of Washington-Tacoma will officially offer an American Indian Studies minor. Developed by Assistant Professors Michelle Montgomery and Danica Sterud Miller and grounded by a strong commitment to the histories, representations and political struggles of indigenous peoples, the intellectual…

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5 November 2015

Veterans Memorial Wall ready for dedication

 With the final pieces all now in place, the Puyallup Tribe’s Veterans Memorial Wall is set for its dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11. It will take place at the memorial site in front of the Takopid Health Center, 2209 E. 32nd St in Tacoma, at 10 a.m. Afterward, a lunch will be served at the Emerald Queen Casino…

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22 October 2015

Native American Youth Leadership Academy is back in session

Now that the new school year is fully underway, the Native American Youth Leadership Academy (NAYLA) commenced on Oct. 8 at the Puyallup Tribe’s Youth and Community Center. Meeting every other month through May, this year the academy is enjoying the involvement of 22 area school districts, up from 15 last year, and two…

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8 October 2015

‘A History of Puyallup Tribal Sovereignty: A Puyallup’s Perspective’

On Oct. 15, University of Washington-Tacoma Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies Danica Sterud Miller, a member of the Puyallup Tribe, will give a free presentation on the experiences of the Puyallup people as they have protected their sovereignty beginning from the point of first contact with settlers and continuing…

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24 September 2015

‘Out of the Darkness Community Walk’

In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the Puyallup Tribe’s Kwawachee Counseling Center and the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) are joining forces to participate in Tacoma’s very first Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Wright Park. This Walk,…

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17 September 2015

Business Spotlight: Bio Green Tacoma

With fall quickly approaching, now is the key time to prepare outdoor areas for springtime, and no one can do it better than Bio Green Tacoma. Utilizing all-natural fertilizer products that are non-toxic and safe for children and pets, Bio Green Tacoma treats lawns, trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and gardens as well…

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17 September 2015

Team walks to honor beloved tribal member

When the Tacoma Free to Breathe 5K and 1-mile run/walk kicks off at Wright Park on Saturday, Sept. 19, one group of walkers will be there in honor of a beloved member of the Puyallup Indian Tribe who passed away from lung cancer in 2013. Judy Wright was a brilliant tribal historian and director of the tribe’s historic preservation…

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1 September 2015

Make a Scene: Discover the musical treasures of Mackintosh Braun

If you have yet to discover the truly beautiful music of Mackintosh Braun, you’ll have the opportunity to do so on Saturday, Sept. 5, when they play a free live show at The Harmon Taproom. While this multi-talented duo, hailing from just miles away in Portland, receives nowhere near the press and accolades they deserve,…

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The Daily MashUp

30 December 2015

Tacoma Singing Society holds auditions

Tacoma Singing Society, with the emphasis on society, is an auditioned choir…Read More

4 August 2015

Pink Lung Brigade hosts Awareness Wednesday at Health Dept.

Once a month, the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health allows concerned citizens…Read More

Favorite Articles

4 August 2011

The Art of Hip Hop

With the fourth annual Hip Hop in the Park just a week away – Aug. 13 starting at noon in People’s Park – the young students in Darren “Scooter” Spencer’s The Art of Hip Hop course at D.A.S.H. Center for the Performing Arts are busy pulling together last minute details before the big day. This is their event –…

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14 July 2011

History is made as pride flag flies over city hall

With a jubilant crowd surrounding them on a sunny July 7 afternoon, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and City Councilmember Ryan Mello led the countdown for the first-ever raising of the pride flag over city hall. The event marked the kick-off Tacoma’s LGBT pride festivities, which were extended to 10 days this year.

One…

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11 May 2010

Puyallup Tribe mourns the passing of Lena Landry

May 4, 2010, was a sad day for the Puyallup Indian Tribe, as beloved elder and former tribal leader Lena (Davis) Landry passed away quietly with her family by her side. Even though she lived a full life until age 91, her death was still a blow to people inside and outside the tribe. After more than 60 years working for the…

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18 August 2011

Student travels from Pakistan to study journalism at Pierce College

Note: You can find Ismail's articles in the Tacoma Weekly on these pages:

20 July 2017

Child of Fortune

When life drips with hardship like hot coffee from a cracked mug and when it seems like helping someone else would only add pressurized steam to what is already about to break, the Smiths, who have suffered homelessness off-and-on for five years in the 80s, seem rather springy, stretchy and super resilient.
Talk…

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20 July 2017

GTCF 10th Foundation of art award honors ten Pierce County Artists

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation will honor 10 Pierce County visual artists for the 10th Foundation of Art Award in recognition of the growth of the local arts community since the Award’s inception. This year’s awardees span a wide range of artistic mediums, from painting and sculpture, to fabric and letterpress. Read More

20 July 2017

Lionel Collectors Club of America invites

In a time of declining social participation and the rise of the humble telephone as an all-purpose device for the consumption of one’s personal time and focus (fleeting as that may be), it is nice to see that there are still things like clubs devoted to some of the older hobbies that were once wildly popular. Coin collecting,…

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20 July 2017

TAM ceremony symbolically breaks ground on new Benaroya wing

Last year, Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) announced that Rebecca Benaroya has bequeathed the collection that she and her late husband Jack Benaroya carefully assembled during their 70 years of marriage. The collection of 225 works includes Northwestern and international studio art glass along with important paintings and sculptures…

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20 July 2017

Prosecutor finds deputies’ use of deadly force justifiable

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Ryan Rosa, 36, have been completed. Rosa died from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by Pierce County Sheriff’s…

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20 July 2017

City passes ban on public ‘camping,’ limits sleeping in cars

Tacoma City Council has passed two ordinances meant to curb the public safety concerns of homelessness. Both ordinances went into effect immediately.
The first ordinance is the “public camping” law, intended to address the public health and safety conditions that are caused by unauthorized encampments on public…

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20 July 2017

Brew Five Three

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts will host the 5th annual Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s summer beer and blues festival. The civic “block party” takes place on Aug. 5. From 1-8 p.m. The action takes place downtown, along Broadway between 9th and 11th Streets.
Full admission tickets include six tasting tokens…

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20 July 2017

New leadership brings new location for homeless youth

Community Youth Services (CYS), which has been operating an overnight shelter for young people in Tacoma for the past two years, announced that they recently hired Talcott Broadhead as the executive director of Pierce County programs, who in the last month has relocated their drop-in services to The Wellness Center Building.…

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20 July 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

LeMay America's Car Museum
2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info:
www.lemaymuseum.org

America's Car Museum (ACM) spotlights America's love affair with the automobile. Featuring a nine-acre…

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20 July 2017

Be Well - Inside & out: Theresa likes to wear a bit of color in her hair

Cosmetologist Theresa Tong, of TT Hair Salon & Supplies, can do it all. She cuts and tints all kinds of hair for a wide variety of styles, provides face-waxing services, plucks eyebrows and offers a paraffin dip for pampering hands. She provides all these services for the elderly, for adults, teens and children alike.

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20 July 2017

Nightlife

Friday, July 21

REAL ART TACOMA: Ghost Heart, Hallows, New Brighton, Regress (punk, rock, metal) 7:30 p.m., $10, AA
CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Dana Robinson, organist (classical) 12:10 p.m.
JAZZBONES: Jon Wayne and the Pain, The High Council, NorthShore…

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20 July 2017

Bulletin Board

TACOMA TO HOST EVENT ON CONSTRUTION JOBS

Community and Economic Development Department’s Local Employment and Apprenticeship (LEAP) Training Program Office at the City of Tacoma invites community members to a Tacoma Works event on July 27, from 6-8 p.m., at the Salishan Family Investment Center (1724…

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20 July 2017

Life in the Past Lane: Summer fun at the Washington State History Museum

Summer is a great time to bring family and friends to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. With special featured exhibitions and a number of low-cost or free events, you’ll find something fun for everyone.

Exhibits:

“IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts” – The 12th annual juried exhibition…

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20 July 2017

Canadian Country artist Terri Clark comes to Pantages Theater Aug. 11

One of country music’s most beloved female performers, Terri Clark is passionate, spirited and every bit her own woman. Her songs range from humorous anthems to honest expressions of the heart. After years of performing in Nashville honky-tonks, her first single, “Better Things to Do,” broke the top five on U.S. and…

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20 July 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 21 - AUG. 14

FRIDAY, JULY 21 - BASEBALL
Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 - BASEBALL
Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 23 - BASEBALL
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20 July 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA TAEKWONDO ATHLETES BRING HOME MEDALS FROM NATIONALS

Eight Tacoma Taekwondo athletes from Twin Tigers Taekwondo School competed in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) U.S.A. National Taekwondo Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida July 3-8, 2017. The Eight range from age 10 to 23. The tournament…

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20 July 2017

Our view: Let’s beat the projections

The last presidential election illustrated to many people that every vote counts, particularly ones that go untallied because mail-in ballots were never filled out and returned.
Turnout is key.
The Aug. 1 primary election, unfortunately, is projected to only have one out of every five mailed ballots actually returned…

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20 July 2017

ZEESPEED AT STADIUM BOWL

For 19 years, Zachary Smalls has been offering up his ZeeSpeed endurance and speed training program to local student athletes. With a goal aimed at increasing self-confidence and performance on and off the court, field or classroom, Smalls and his sizeable staff descended upon hallowed Stadium Bowl on Saturday, July 14, for…

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19 July 2017

Bumbling burglar has bad luck trying to break into Parkland bar

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help to identify a bumbling burglar in Parkland. He had a tough time breaking into the Hard Luck Bar & Grill in the 10700 block of Park Avenue South at 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 22. 
“This burglar has to be one of the most-inept…

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13 July 2017

Boaters must remember to share the water

While the second Saturday in May officially marks the start of boating season throughout the Northwest, it is the blue skies, warm evenings and calm breezes of July and August that seem to beckon the most recreational boaters to Commencement Bay and the Narrows, especially during weekends. For everyone’s safety on the water,…

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13 July 2017

Kings Crush rival Bengals

It is nearly impossible to tell where the Puyallup Nation Kings championship season ended last season and the new one began. The wins just continue to pile up. Heading into a huge contest with their crosstown rival Pierce County Bengals, the Kings looked to continue their undefeated season and sew up home field advantage…

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13 July 2017

Man kills step uncle during fight

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Tyler James Thiel, 23, with felony murder for killing Steven Gale, 52, during a Fourth of July assault at his mother’s home in Steilacoom. Gale was the mom’s boyfriend and Thiel’s step-uncle.
“If the victim of an assault dies as a result of the assault, it’s…

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13 July 2017

Sobottka opens studio to public during July 20 Art Walk

Jason Sobottka is one of the more noteworthy artists working in Tacoma today. He is in no way bashful in the use of brash color. His paintings often cross into the florescent range and it is not unusual to come across swaths of glitter or to gaze at his art and have plastic googly eyes gaze back at you.
Animals have…

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13 July 2017

Sun, fun and art in T-Town

This year’s Art on the Ave (July 9) continued this much anticipated music and arts festival’s reputation for being the best way to kick off summer in Tacoma. Throughout the day 6th Ave. was bustling with people enjoying a good, old-fashioned grub crawl with $6 treats, more than 150 vendors, a variety of music on three…

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13 July 2017

Things are looking UP at U.P. Town Center

As part of its city hall relocation effort, University Place recently contracted with AustinCina Architects to design and plan the interior layout for the upper two floors inside the UP Civic and Library Building, also known as Town Center, a.k.a. The Village at Chambers Day. The interior design work will detail all spaces…

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13 July 2017

Bulletin Board

PILE DRIVING AT TACOMA’S HUSKY TERMINAL RESUMES

Pile driving has resumed for improvements to Husky Terminal in the Tacoma Tideflats when the annual February-to-July fish migration season closes.
The Pier 4 work is part of $250 million in terminal improvements that began in September 2016 on…

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13 July 2017

Summertime education and activities abound for youth

On the last day of school, kids emerge from the classroom halls wild eyed and ranting “schools out for summer,” day dreaming about all the adventures they are going to embark upon. Before you know it, they are complaining about how they’re bored and veggin’ out in front of the ole boob tube. If you’re looking for…

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13 July 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

Family Fun Night
July 14, 6-9 p.m.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
Info:
FortNisqually.org

Family Fun Night is an evening of 19th century entertainment for kids of all ages.…

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13 July 2017

Nightlife

Friday, July 14

JAZZBONES: Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band (reggae) 8 p.m., $10-$15
G. DONNALSON'S: Paul Green Jazz/Blues Duo (jazz/blues) 7:30 p.m., NC
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
LOUIE G'S: Backyard…

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13 July 2017

BRING IT TO BARB

Question: Since my divorce I have a difficult time focusing and having fun. I have no energy and even when I am with my friends I secretly feel alone. Why do I feel this way?

A: Keeping company with friends who notice what's RIGHT with things more often than what's wrong is extremely…

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13 July 2017

TAM exhibit exposes exclusion and expulsion of Chinese-born population

One of the major milestones in the opening of the American wilderness to commerce and settlement was the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The feat was accomplished in 1869 in Utah when railroad crews moving from the east and the west linked the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. A large portion of that…

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13 July 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 13 - AUG. 14

THURSDAY, JULY 13 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 14 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 15 – MMA
CageSport MMA
Emerald Queen…

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13 July 2017

Curtain opens on history of Tacoma’s theater district exhibit

Tacoma Historical Society’s summer exhibit dives into the heritage and history of the Theater District with “Showtime in Tacoma: Theaters and Performers.”
Developed by curators Deb Freedman and Brendan Balaam and designed by Chris Fiala Erlich, the exhibit runs through Sept. 9.
The anchor feature of the…

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12 July 2017

Search on for sex offender with history of groping victims

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a convicted sex offender who has a disturbing history of groping his victims and sexually assaulting them. Twonte McMurry is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. The 42-year-old was classified as a Level III sex offender after detectives say he followed two…

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6 July 2017

Puget Sound Book Artists presents 7th Annual Exhibition

Free exhibit of art books by 31 artists on Pacific Northwest themes runs through July 28 at Collins Memorial Library

What images and ideas occur to you when you hear the words “Pacific Northwest?” Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) came up with a few: trees, ferns, slugs, smog, eagles, clams, blackberries,…

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6 July 2017

All art, all day at Art on the Ave

Art on the Avenue, the city’s annual – and largest – music and art festival hosted by the 6th Ave Business District, is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 9 along 6th Avenue from State Street to Alder Street. Art on the Ave is now in its 17th year and attracting thousands of patrons with all things street fair, music,…

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6 July 2017

AMOCAT Arts Awards nominations due by Aug. 2 

The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2017 AMOCAT Arts Awards, which recognize the people and organizations that positively impact Tacoma with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts. Nominations will be accepted now through Aug. 2, 2017 at tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. Read More

6 July 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 7 - AUG. 8

FRIDAY, JULY 7 – SOCCER
OSA FC vs. Sounders Women
Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 5 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 7 – SOCCER
Victoria Highlanders vs. Sounders U23
Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 8 – SOCCER
Twin City Union…

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6 July 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

“In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads”
Through Feb. 18, 2018, Wed. through Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
Info:
www.tacomaartmuseum.org

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6 July 2017

SPORTSWATCH

KILOMETERS FOR KIDS FUN RUN JUST WEEKS AWAY

Mountain View Community Center is pleased to announce the date for the 4th Annual Kilometers for Kids Fun Run is Saturday, July 22nd. This event helps fund summer and fall programs for kids in East Pierce County.
As school gets out, Mountain View Community…

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6 July 2017

TMP Wins Big at AACTFest 2017

Tacoma Musical Playhouse walked away from the American Association of Community Theatre’s biannual one act play contest that was held in Rochester, MN June 26 through July 1. TMP participated with their production of “The Addams Family.”
AACT’s theater festivals are part of a multi-year process that culminates…

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6 July 2017

Experience the Tacoma performing arts scene with Walk Tacoma

What could be better than watching live music, dance performances, and hearing a recitation from Tacoma’s Poet Laureate? Walking to each performance! Downtown On the Go’s Performing Art Walk is on Wednesday, July 12 from 12-1 p.m. The walk, sponsored by Spaceworks Tacoma, will start at Tollefson Plaza…

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6 July 2017

PAUL MARTIN MATHESON

“He was the Barnum and Bailey of Indian Country,” says Puyallup Chairman Bill Sterud

On March 25, 1949, Donald Matheson and his wife Pauline received a great blessing from God with the arrival of their first-born, Paul Martin Matheson. From the very day that his parents heard their baby…

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6 July 2017

Health care company founded in Tacoma

Cambia Health Solutions’ gift celebrates the city’s lumber industry heritage
 
At Dickman Mill Park, all that’s left of Tacoma's heritage as the “Lumber Capital of the World” are some concrete foundations, remnants of the docks and a sign explaining the history of one of…

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6 July 2017

Court dismisses $20 million claim of excessive force

The Federal Western District Court of Tacoma dismissed all claims against Pierce County and Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Helligso in the 2014 officer involved shooting that led to the death of Michael Lee Bourquin, 21. Pierce County moved to dismiss all claims in a pre-trial motion and won a major victory.

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6 July 2017

Author, motivational speaker celebrates successful 5k, book re-launch

Fresh from her very successful You Matter Movement 5K Walk/Run, held on June 4 at Fort Steilacoom Park, Jamicka Edwards is feeling on top of the world. Never one to sit and watch the world go by, now she’s preparing to release the second edition of her book “You Matter: What would living in your purpose every day look…

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6 July 2017

Nightlife

Friday, July 7

THE VALLEY: Some Kind of Nightmare (alternative, punk) 8 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: "Little Bill" Engelhart & Rod Cook (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Enlace, Limberlost, The Feral Cats (rock) 8 p.m., $6-$10
KEYS…

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6 July 2017

TCC exhibits retrospective of art by Alec Clayton

Artist. Author. Critic of visual and theatrical art, Alec Clayton has been hard at work in our City of Destiny for many years now. While we often have the chance to read his thoughts on the local arts scene, and even to hear him read some of his fiction at places like the Creative Colloquy (a local literary gig that meets…

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3 July 2017

‘Washington’s Most Wanted’ tip leads to capture

Tacoma Police arrested convicted child molester Timothy Hernandez in the 2000 block of East 37th Street at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday night, July 1. He was featured on “Washingtons Most Wanted” the previous Friday night. TPD confirms that it was a tip from a “Washingtons Most Wanted” viewer…

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29 June 2017

Galen Turner lights up Woolworth Windows with neon exhibit

Neon signs loom in the night. They float in the twilight of memory as one drifts away on recollections of childhood road trips. They emerge through the gloom during wanderings through the night side of one’s hometown. Neon beer signs beacon to dim taverns. They welcome weary travelers to backwater hotels. I remember a neon…

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29 June 2017

Gang member charged in homicide

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Juan Jose Gaitan Vasquez, 26, with murder in the first degree for the gang initiation killing of Samuel Cruces Vasquez, 26, in April of last year.
“Violent gangs have violent rituals,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Gang violence in Pierce County is dramatically…

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29 June 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Goings on this week in Tacoma:

“Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Through July 8, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Info: www.paradisetheatre.org

The…

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29 June 2017

New Muses makes antique Italian comedy fresh

Who’s ready for some 18th century, Italian comedy? Tacomans have the opportunity to sample some vintage continental humor with New Muses Theatre Company’s production of Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 classic “A Servant of Two Masters.”
The story centers around the antics of a servant, Truffaldino – a kind of cleaver…

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29 June 2017

Jerry Miller, Hambone Blues Band

The Hambone Blues Band may not have formed if not for Tacoma rock legend Jerry Miller. Bassist Charlie Mayberry and singer-guitarist Corky Zengota recall being drawn into Spanaway's Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill – a venue that would become their home away from home after spotting the Moby Grape guitarist's name on the marquee. Read More

29 June 2017

Bulletin Board

TACOMA ISSUES CALL FOR PARK PLAZA GARAGE IDEAS

The City of Tacoma has issued a Request for Interest relating to the purchase of air rights to the 492-stall Park Plaza North Garage and ground-level city-owned retail bays located at 923 Commerce St. The city seeks projects that will rejuvenate Park Plaza…

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29 June 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 29 - JULY 30

THURSDAY, JUNE 29 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 30 – BASEBALL
Albuquerque vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 1 – BASEBALL
Albuquerque vs. Tacoma…

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29 June 2017

Nightlife

Friday, June 30

AIRPORT TAVERN: The Fibs, Psycho 78 (punk, rock) 9 p.m., NC
CULTURA: Azul Fridays with DJ Mauro and DJ Leo (Latin DJ) 10 p.m., $10-$240
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC
GREATER TACOMA CONVENTION CENTER:

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22 June 2017

National Indian Gaming Association chooses David Bean as vice chairman

Puyallup Tribal Councilmember David Bean was sworn in on June 20 as vice chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). He will serve out the rest of the one-year term of the former vice chairman, then be up for full re-election at NIGA’s next national conference.
Nominated by NIGA at-large board member…

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22 June 2017

SPORTSWATCH

4A SOUTH PUGET SOUND LEAGUE

ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL

Most Valuable Pitcher: Michael Newstrom, Puyallup, sr.
Most Valuable Player: Michael Spellacy, Puyallup, sr.
Coach of the Year: Casey Adcox, Sumner
FIRST TEAM
Pitcher: Jake Roten, Emerald Ridge, sr.; Derek…

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22 June 2017

Bulletin Board

 ‘DOT COMPLICATED’ AUTHOR TO KEYNOTE CHAMBER EVENT

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Emmy nominee and founder/CEO of Zuckerberg Media, Randi Zuckerberg, will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural South Sound Summit.
Zuckerberg, author of New York Times best…

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22 June 2017

Puyallup Nation Kings stay undefeated

WRECKING CREW. The Puyallup Nation King's are starting to click on all cylinders. The two-time defending champions of the Western Washington Football Alliance are now 4-0, thanks to an over- whelming 56-7 performance over the Kitsap Storm on Saturday, June 17, at Chief Leschi Stadium. After four games, the Kings are outscoring…

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22 June 2017

A tangible piece of the moment

When I look at a painting by local artist Tweed Meyer, I always see more than a little kinship with the great post-impressionist/proto-expressionist Vincent Van Gogh. The kinship goes deeper than just a stylistic affinity. I get the strong sense that, like Van Gogh, Meyer gets an emotional charge from places and people. Her…

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22 June 2017

Nightlife

Friday, June 23

CULTURA: Azul Fridays with DJ Mauro and DJ Leo (Latin DJ) 10 p.m., $10-$240
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Fever 103, Cheap Trixx (Foreigner, Cheap Trick tribute) 8 p.m., $10-$15
KEYS ON MAIN:

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22 June 2017

Lakewood man charged with 2015 cold case murder

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged David Gallegos, 30, on June 15 with murder in the second degree for the stabbing death of Danny Guerin, 36. Gallegos stabbed Guerin multiple times for no apparent reason as Guerin sat in his car in a Lakewood park. 
“Citizens solved this murder mystery,” said…

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22 June 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

Atomic Comicon 2017
June 23, 1-5 p.m.; June 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma

Info: www.tacomalibrary.org/browse_program/atomic-comicon-2017

Come…

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22 June 2017

Developer preps for grocery store in Fife

A full-service grocery store could be coming to Fife sooner rather than later.
Fife City Council has authorized the $1.25 million sale of about four acres of unused city land at the southwest corner of 70th Avenue East and 20th Street East to a developer who has plans for a grocery store on the property.
Jeffrey…

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22 June 2017

Lindquist discusses elder abuse with University Place City Council

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist gave a public safety update to University Place Council members at the regularly scheduled University Place City Council meeting.
“We’re very happy with the work you do, Mark,” said Mayor Javier Figueroa. “We’re happy with how it impacts all of our communities, but especially…

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22 June 2017

Puyallup Tribal Council welcomes one incumbent, one new member

It was standing room only in the Puyallup Tribal Council Chambers on June 15, as tribal community members gathered for the official swearing in of two council candidates who came out winners of the 2017 election – Tim Reynon and James “Jim Jim” Rideout.
With the scent of burning sage perfuming the air, the Tribe’s…

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22 June 2017

Be Well - Inside & out: Women rule at Beach Bound Fitness

There are many reasons why women might choose to get their workout from a women's-only gym boutique. Beyond not wanting to do warm-up stretches in front of a crowd because of concerns with gawking, an all-women's gym can simply feel safer. Maybe someone has a history of abuse, or maybe she has personal body issues and doesn't…

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22 June 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 26 – JULY 16

MONDAY, JUNE 26 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 6:05 p.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 6:05 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma…

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22 June 2017

Mark your calendars: Reggae on the Way

We now know the lineup for Tacoma's newest summer festival, Reggae on the Way, which will take over South Tacoma Way, near the Airport Tavern, starting at 3 p.m. on July 30. The event will feature performances by Common Kings, Ballyhoo, Tribal Theory, Stay Grounded, Positive Rising and Anuhea (shown.) The event is open to…

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22 June 2017

Taste of Tacoma to bring the best in local eats to Point Defiance

With the arrival of summer, it's time to head over to Point Defiance for some alligator on a stick. More than 225,000 noshers are expected to bring their appetites to the Emerald Queen's annual Taste of Tacoma celebration as it takes over the park from Friday to Sunday, June 23 to 25.
This year's festival will showcase…

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20 June 2017

Dance Theatre Northwest presents ‘All That Dance’

On Saturday, June 24, Dance Theatre Northwest will bring its newest production of “All That Dance” to the Mount Tahoma high school auditorium (4634 S. 74th St.) at 4 p.m. “All That Dance" features "42nd Street," "Almost Blue," "The Reef," Fascinating Rhythm," "African Spirit,"…

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15 June 2017

Tahoma Audubon Society announces youth bird drawing contest winners

Beautiful backyard birds – the American Robin, the Spotted Towhee and the Red-breasted Nuthatch – were the artistic challenge for students in the 18th annual Youth Bird Drawing Contest of Tahoma Audubon Society (TAS).
This year 21 schools from across Pierce County submitted a total of 125 entries to be judged. Entries…

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15 June 2017

Bulletin Board

TPU LAUNCHES WOMEN'S RESOURCE GROUPS

Nearly half of the women who work for Tacoma Public Utili-ties gathered recently to participate in a new resource group designed to sup-port women in the
workplace. Just overa quarter of Tacoma Public Utilities’ employees are female.
The group, called…

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15 June 2017

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck responds to shooting

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement after the shooting at a baseball field where Members of Congress were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game:
“This tragedy hits home, and yet too many communities around the United States know the…

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15 June 2017

Meet the makers at Matter on June 17

Meet local makers of contemporary, one-off home designs and jewelry at Matter's “Meet the Makers Popup” this Saturday, June 17, 4-8 p.m.
First up, meet Tacoma artist Nicholas Nyland, introducing his amazing line of home accessories, a collection called “Object Lesson.” The new co-owner of Matter, with Lisa Kinoshita,…

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15 June 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

Crafts of the Past: Tatting with Patti Logan
June 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St.
Info:
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15 June 2017

Forest Beutel to debut new solo CD at Jazzbones

Inspiration can come from the weirdest places. Just ask Tacoma singer-songwriter Forest Beutel, best known for singing and picking banjo for popular bluegrass outfits, Barleywine Revue and the Rusty Cleavers.
Beutel felt stuck when writing one of the new songs he plans to perform on Friday, June 16, at Jazzbones. “I…

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15 June 2017

Rollin’ 253’s Saturday night Retro Skate

Tacoma is full of secrets and one of them is how three seasons every year the roller skating rink located just one block south of Tacoma Community College on Mildred Street is packed. Rollin' 253's General Manager Jerri Turner said up to 150 people will be bumping skates on a typical Saturday night. Yet show up in the summer…

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15 June 2017

Mark your calendars: Bumbershoot

Promoter One Reel has released the daily lineups for Seattle's Bumbershoot festival. Headlining the main stage at Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend will be Flume (Sept. 1), Lorde (Sept. 2, shown) and Odesza (Sept. 3). Among other big shots performing this year are Weezer, The Roots,  Flo Rida, Spoon, Margaret Cho,…

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15 June 2017

Ohm ohm at the beach

Grab a yoga mat, water bottle and maybe some sunscreen because plans for a new outdoor yoga class are now flowing toward Chambers Creek Regional Park. Classes will begin the first weekend in July. That means yoga students can practice their kneeling twists in view of McNeil Island and can chant "ohm" while listening…

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15 June 2017

Nightlife

Friday, June 16

AIRPORT TAVERN: Shawn Daddy (reggae) 9 p.m., NC
B SHARP COFFEE: Tacoma Community Jazz Band (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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15 June 2017

Second Cycle helps riders get ready for summer

Are you a fair weather cyclist? If you like to ride when the roads are dry and the sun is shining, you’re probably just now dusting off your bicycle for the first ride of the year. If so, Travis Martin at Second Cycle in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood has a few words of advice.
“Your bike probably needs a general…

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15 June 2017

Don’t Blink - Matter is becoming Minka

In the retail equivalent of ice skating’s double-axel, triple-Salchow, local design store Matter is making a bold leap, changing its name to Minka, and starting its own eponymous product line. “It makes sense,” says Lisa Kinoshita, who co-owns the store with new business and creative partner, Nicholas Nyland. “The…

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15 June 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 17 – JULY 15

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – SOCCER
Yakima United vs. South Sound FC Women
Washington Premier Complex – 1 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – SOCCER
Yakima United vs. South Sound FC
Washington Premier Complex – 3:30 p.m.

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8 June 2017

Pothole Pig rumors

There are new rumors about the disappearance of Percival, our beloved Pothole Pig. While there is no solid evidence at this point, the rumors have rekindled the search.
Rumor has it that Percival was leading a double life from the unassuming, all-business pig that he presented to his friends and co-workers. Rumors are…

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8 June 2017

Local Restaurants: Chef provides excellent cuisine for your event or party

Delphia Brewton is a personal chef who offers all sorts of catering. While she loves creating excellent cuisine, she is also expanding her brand and is working on a new cookbook. Customers can also buy gift baskets from her to deliver when someone is ill or a "welcome home" basket for that special new arrival. Read More

8 June 2017

Waldorf School relocates to Weyerhaeuser Estate

Tacoma Waldorf School is relocating to the educational building on the property formerly known as the Weyerhaeuser Estate in North Tacoma. The move enables the school to expand enrollment to more than double their current numbers, filling a long-awaited demand for this specialized education. Waldorf curriculum emphasizes…

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8 June 2017

The ‘20s are roaring back to Tacoma

Ladies. it's time to pull on your bell-shaped hats and matte stockings. Men, don your colorful suits and patterned socks because Friday and Saturday evenings, June 9 and 10, Tacoma from the 1920s with all its original community support and party enthusiasm is roaring back in style. It's going to be a double feature weekend,…

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8 June 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 8 - 30

THURSDAY, JUNE 8 – BASEBALL
Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 – SOCCER
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8 June 2017

Lakewood Playhouse delivers Gilbert and Sullivan swashbuckler

Pirates. Pirates. Pirates. Pirates. As a vehicle of adventure and fantasy they have never really gone out of style (at least since they ceased to be a reality-based scourge for those travelling on the high seas). They are the archetype of the colorful outlaw, extravagant in their fashion choices, free to travel wherever the…

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8 June 2017

Lakewood Playhouse delivers Gilbert and Sullivan swashbuckler

Pirates. Pirates. Pirates. Pirates. As a vehicle of adventure and fantasy they have never really gone out of style (at least since they ceased to be a reality-based scourge for those travelling on the high seas). They are the archetype of the colorful outlaw, extravagant in their fashion choices, free to travel wherever the…

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8 June 2017

Bulletin Board

C-SPAN REVEALS TACOMA HISTORY, HIGHLIGHTS AUTHORS

Film crews from C-SPAN are visiting Tacoma this week to feature the history and non-fiction literary life of the city on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).
In…

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8 June 2017

Family Affair Car Show brings classic cars to Fife

Gather up the kids, warm up the family auto and take a nice drive to Dacca Park in Fife (2820 54th Ave. E.) on June 25 for the 11th annual Fife Family Affair Car Show. Admission is free and there are all kinds of things planned to keep all ages entertained for hours.
Fife Historical Society Managing Director Julie Watts…

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8 June 2017

Osborne re-imagines work of Dylan at Broadway Center

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Joan Osborne performed the songs of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan at Tacoma's Rialto Theater on Saturday, June 3. Versions of those songs will appear on her upcoming CD “Songs of Bob Dylan” which is due out in September. 
Dylan is one of the most prolific songwriters…

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8 June 2017

Nightlife

Friday, June 9

AIRPORT TAVERN: Stacy Jones Band (blues) 8 p.m., NC
B SHARP COFFEE: Something to Tell (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Joynaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Rumor 6 (pop…

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8 June 2017

Mark your calendars: Arcade Fire

Montreal's Arcade Fire has announced new tour dates, including an Oct. 15 return to Seattle's KeyArena. The band will be out in support of its forthcoming fifth album, “Everything Now,” the follow-up to 2013's “Reflektor.”
Providing support for the “Infinite Content” tour in Seattle will be popular art-pop…

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8 June 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

2017 Salish Sea Early Music Festival: The Music of Mauro Giuliani
June 4, 7 p.m.
Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison, Tacoma

Info: www.salishseafestival.org/tacoma
The final 2017 Salish Sea Early Music…

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8 June 2017

Three more men arrested in online child sex sting

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Paul Hobgood, 56, Gregory Harrison, 34, and Daniel Moody, Jr., 35, with attempted rape of a child in the first degree. All three men answered ads online and spoke with an undercover agent they believed was a mother offering her early teen and pre-teen children for sex. Read More