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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

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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

Stage

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

Three Sisters Tacoma Szechuan

Reviews

Three Sisters Tacoma Szechuan

Three Sisters Tacoma Szechuan Where:  9601 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood, 253.581.0102 Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily, lunch special, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday Cuisine: Szechuan and Chinese Scene: Casual family-friendly dining Drinkies: Standard nonalcoholic drinks Prices: $3.99-$17.95 ANNOUNCER: After the most gluttonous of feasts in the name of thankfulness

Bizarre trailblazers

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Bizarre trailblazers

There’s being different — just because you are. Then there’s being different for the sake of being different — which, to me at least, seems like a far less admirable thing. In many ways, it’s almost playing it safe. Tacoma’s Spectacular Optical — new on the scene, and with

TIKI LOGIC: Lakewood Police officers benefit

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TIKI LOGIC: Lakewood Police officers benefit

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. Lakewood Police officers benefit Though Bobble Tiki is still stuck in traffic, even as he writes this, he can’t help but relay how touched,

Breaking pop’s heart

Music

Breaking pop’s heart

Christopher Francis & Son already sounds like a band that’s too big to talk to me. The first song of theirs that I heard (“Coinlocker Baby”) had that kind of breathtaking quality that seemed to announce the arrival of a new year-end best-of candidate. The moody vocals and acoustic guitar

Vanilla Ice

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Vanilla Ice

<h2>VANILLA ICE</h2>Thursday, Dec. 10As I write about this upcoming show, I worry that it may be something I conjured up in some kind of a fever dream. But, barring the prospect that the words “Vanilla Ice at Station 56” were a mirage, it looks like this thing’s really happening. Of

Cash and Carry

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Cash and Carry

As you may or may not know, I used to own a little restaurant in downtown Tacoma a few years back. While I had delivery for many specialty items, I depended on outlets like Costco for other staples. One such outlet I would frequent was Cash and Carry. These days

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FEEDBAG: Santa Silvia, Harbor Holidays and more

SANTA SILVIAOnce 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.BURGERS ARE COMING BACKLittle Holland Drive-In will

Music

Girl Trouble Christmas Show tonight

Tonight, Tacoma’s legendary Girl Trouble will celebrate Christmas a little early in the City of Destiny, with a show at The New Frontier Lounge – joined on the bill by the always swanky and cool Lushy, not to mention The Dignitaries (a band I secretly love more than creamy peanut

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Cuteness alert red

I have never seen the film version of A Christmas Story. This puts me, I think, in a pretty exclusive club, having somehow managed to avoid the 75,329 airings of the film on cable TV every Christmas season - Christmas season being approximately October to February these days. This is relevant

The comfort of food

Reviews

The comfort of food

McNamara’s Pub and Eatery Where: 1595 Wilmington Dr., DuPont, 253.964.9200 Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday Cuisine: Irish favorites and classic American comfort foods — ribs, burgers, seafood, sandwiches, salads. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily Scene: Casual, kid and family-friendly, separate full-service

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