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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Sick of Christmas

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Sick of Christmas

I’m sick of Christmas — not because I hate holy days. Not because I’ve succumbed to the stupid, reactionary cynicism that seems to accompany standard anti-Christmas rants. Not because I despise the meaningless consumer rampage that seems to define this particular holy day. Not because I can’t escape R&B covers

From the ground up

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From the ground up

A small sign pokes out from the building in downtown Olympia, along the Fourth Avenue drag: “northern,” it says in lowercase black cursive. There are no pictures, no other words, and no indication of what type of establishment might dwell below the curious sign. The building sits inconspicuously across

Luminescene

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Luminescene

Pastel gets a bum rap. It’s thought of as soft, a media for hobby artists more than for the real deal — associated with lightweight landscapes and figures in a traditional or pseudo-impressionist style. About the only heavyweight artist who ever worked extensively with pastel was Edward Degas. The

East Indian hideaway

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East Indian hideaway

Curry Corner Where: 9408 Martin Way E., Suite 2, Lacey 360.455.8776 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday, Noon-8 p.m. Sunday,  Lunch until 2:30 p.m., Closed Monday Cuisine: Family, friends and students enjoy low-cost high-taste East Indian cuisine Scene: Casual, family friendly dining Drinkies: Standard non-alcoholic beverages, yogurt lassi, Indian tea Prices:

Lozen, The Human, Kimya Dawson and The Paperboys

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Lozen, The Human, Kimya Dawson and The Paperboys

  LOZEN Saturday, Dec. 26Tacoma, I don't believe you truly appreciate what you have. No, I'm not talking about cheap real estate and an overcrowded jail - I'm talking about Lozen. The band, dude. Hozoji Matheson-Margullis and longtime friend Justine Valdez, just the two of them - fucking tearing it up, unpretentiously

TIKI LOGIC: Goldwing

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TIKI LOGIC: Goldwing

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. Bobble Tiki hates to sound like a total corporate tool (or does he?), but he's willing to risk his already-soiled reputation on

The Cake Room

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The Cake Room

Just a little down the road from Station 56 exists a budding rock venue. It's called The Cake Room, and its first official show was Dec. 5, but the professionalism already on display in the still-building space is astonishing. The setup in its current state is somewhat barebones, but the

Stadium Thriftway expansion

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Stadium Thriftway expansion

My relationship with Stadium Thriftway began in the mid-’90s when I moved into the Dorothy Apartments a few blocks away. There is something very satisfying about walking somewhere every day to shop for your groceries. I also appreciate the quaint atmosphere this store exudes. It's small but not too small,

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FEEDBAG: Hell's Kitchen's new kitchen

If you appreciate everything you've got, doesn't it stand to reason that with a couple choice enhancements (e.g., breast implants, or breast implants), you'll love it even more? Of course you will - case in point, Hell's Kitchen. We snuck inside this morning for a feel of its new downtown

WEDNESDAY READING: Green Apple Quick Step redux

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WEDNESDAY READING: Green Apple Quick Step redux

It was 1998 at the Showbox. It was Seattle Fest, or some such thing. Twenty bands on two stages playing six songs each. I was playing in Green Apple Quick Step, and we were slotted to finish the evening on the main stage.  The crowd had more than noticeably thinned

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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