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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Bring the ruckus

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Bring the ruckus

Oh Tacoma. Of all the cities I’ve ever known, we know how to raise a ruckus about architecture. Case in point: Make No Little Plans, an arts exhibition that will mourn the demise of the historic Luzon Building (or what was left of it) beginning this Thursday at the Logical

Human Skab

Music

Human Skab

Human Skab’s strange journey started in Olympia in the mid-‘80s. A 10-year-old boy at the time, he gained notoriety through cassette tapes of psychotic-sounding experimental punk that he recorded in his garage. Beating on buckets with spoons; violently strumming the guitar he didn’t know how to play; screaming oddly poetic

Stadium Corner is a gem

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Stadium Corner is a gem

You know the store — that little neighborhood mini-mart on the corner. How many times have you driven by it without a thought? Perhaps your main reason for not stopping at said store is that it looks a little too edgy with all the fortified beer and cigarette signs in

TIKI LOGIC: Colonies CD release parties

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TIKI LOGIC: Colonies CD release parties

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new installment of Bobble Tiki’s South Sound music news and notes column. Without further ado, let’s get rolling… That piece of dried candy cane on Bobble Tiki’s Dockers can only mean one thing – well, two things, actually.

Puyallup pub food

Reviews

Puyallup pub food

Sparks Firehouse Deli Where: 621 Fifth St. S.W., Puyallup, 253.840.DELI Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., breakfast, lunch and dinner Cuisine: American pub and deli fare including hot wings, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads Scene: Casual order-at-the-counter, kid-friendly, firehouse-themed deli with neighborhood

Food Matters

BITE US: Santa Silvia, Jimmy John's

Santa Silvia You know that shoebox you’re currently using to store your Very Important Piece of String and the Equally Necessary Plastic Fork?  The one labeled “Tool Box”? Well, ’tis the season to put your pack rat tendencies to good use. Transfer the contents of your “Tool Box” to that plastic-lined

Poona the what?

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Poona the what?

Think back to the last children’s theatre you attended.  Remember how cuddly, eager and sweet it was?  Well, Theater Artists Olympia’s new show, Poona the Fuckdog, is not that show.  In fact, it’s the show that punched that show right in its fuzzy widdle belly and strolled off with its

Shamanic intonations

Music

Shamanic intonations

Somehow I have been greatly blessed. In the past few years I have been repeatedly unable to connect with the subjects of rock interviews I pitch to this fabled — and probably award-winning — publication. Somehow, though, probably due to low morals, rampant alcoholism and/or drug abuse, denial and self-loathing

Luzon memorial

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Luzon memorial

Claudia Riedener and other Tacoma artists decided they weren’t going to take it lying down when the city tore down the historic Luzon building on Pacific Avenue. They could not stop the demolition, but they wanted to make sure we remember and, hopefully, prevent the demolition of other landmarks in

Volifonix, The Timbreines, Oh Dear! and Kris Orlowski

Music

Volifonix, The Timbreines, Oh Dear! and Kris Orlowski

Volifonix Thursday, Dec. 17 If there’s one thing white people like it’s mayonnaise. If there are two things white people like it’s mayonnaise and extended guitar jams — or so it often seems. Oregon’s Volifonix, coming from the Phil Knight and weed smelling woods of Eugene, know this all too well

Food Matters

FEEDBAG: Christmas Eve dinner, New Year's Eve dinner show

SANTA SILVIA Once again, El Gaucho bartender Silvia Tapia will be holding a toy drive to benefit the children at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Drop by El Gaucho at 2119 Pacific Ave. with toys for the kids. Tapia will deliver all the toys Christmas morning. HOLIDAY DINNER Babblin’ Babs Bistro in Tacoma offers

PG is for Breakfast

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PG is for Breakfast

It’s a lovely breakfast option. Its large windows are perfect for watching the traffic craziness; the delicious coffee and free Wi-Fi keep the place busy. And now Forza Coffee in Lakewood offers three types of breakfast frittata burritos prepared by Pacific Grill: Black Forest Ham and Egg, Italian Egg and

Matt Coughline Band

Live & CD Reviews

Matt Coughline Band

I don't care how good you are at writing songs. If you are surrounded by mediocre musicians, your songs will not sound good. That's just how it goes. They don't even have to be bad, exactly. Just boring enough to suck free whatever life you've driven into the song, and

Music

The state of all age

In the local music ecosystem, all-ages venues are invaluable. I think that a lot of under-agers are agonized by being under 21, not because they’re unable to drink in bars, but because they’re constantly being deprived of the opportunity to see amazing shows. Tacoma understands this, but it has always

Kitty Daisy and Lewis

Concert Alert

Kitty Daisy and Lewis

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis may be the three coolest kids in music right now. The group may be comprised of the three Durham siblings, aged 16, 21 and 19 respectively, but their self-titled debut album is nothing kiddish. In fact the album sounds like it was stolen from some old

Incomplet_

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I had a nice chat with Tim Kapler at The Swiss Thursday afternoon and took a long look at his drawings, which will be on display throughout the month. Kapler is a young man who is pretty much self-taught and just starting out as an artist. He said he doodles

Classic cranked to 11

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Classic cranked to 11

I wish I could have enjoyed more of Theatre Northwest’s The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge.  It would have been nice. But every time something funny happened, and even after most lines that weren’t that funny, the three people sitting behind me — all three of them, in unison — let

SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Gloriously broke

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Gloriously broke

Nearly 50 hungry artists are packing into the Mad Hat Tea Company in hopes of making a little cash. It’s called the Cash Flow Show, and everything is on sale for $25 or less. Like everyone else involved in the business of selling stuff, these folks are hoping

Food Matters

BITE US: Vanila Bean Cafe

Vanilla Bean CaféA cheery red wall draws the eye while a bank of stools offers a peaceful sun-warmed perch, perfect for people-watching from the front window of newly arrived Vanilla Bean Café on St. Helens Avenue. Owners Rick and Tobe Collier are not new to the roasted bean game, having

WEDNESDAY READING: Cult tour

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WEDNESDAY READING: Cult tour

In 1999 the band I was playing with — New American Shame — was selected by the Cult to be the support act on a tour of The States. This will be the first of many stories from those 10 weeks — and spill over encounters that continue to this

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