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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Courage and "inspiration"

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Courage and "inspiration"

Recently I went and sat in a room with a small group of Tacoma School of the Arts students. Led by Fred Novak, a slight, jittery young fellow with self-applied Joan Crawford-style eyebrows (which is awesome), these students met at Mad Hat Tea Company as part of a SOTA class

The fast food of sushi

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The fast food of sushi

MARINEPOLIS SUSHI LAND Where: 4301 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 253.604.0066 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Cuisine: Noodle soups, specialty rolls, sushi, desserts Scene: Very casual and brightly lit with fast-food conveyor belt buffet. Pay at the end based on what you ate and ordered Drinkies: Beer and wine, standard non-alcoholic fountain drinks, hot tea, coffee Damage: $1-$5 ANNOUNCER: The

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Highs and lows

Mark lives in New York's Lower East Side, essentially squatting in an industrial loft with other artist types. His girlfriend, Maureen, left for a woman - Joanne. His musician roommate, Roger, has AIDS. His friend, Tom, gets mugged and is rescued by a drag queen, Angel. Roger gets pursued by

FEEDBAG: Valentine's Day events, tea tasting, prawn boil

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FEEDBAG: Valentine's Day events, tea tasting, prawn boil

VALENTINE'S TASTING Azarra Salon & Wine will host a Valentine Tasting Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Expect romantic wines like Cara Mia (Prosecco, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio), pink wines and bubbly things, as well as Anti-Valentine's selections like Bitch wine and Arrogant Bastard beer. Azarra is at 1944 Pacific

Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's

Remember when we waited, we crossed our fingers, we gave our zip codes freely in hope that someday Trader Joe's would come to Tacoma? We would give anything to put an end to the crippling journey to Federal Way. Thank goodness that changed. Even driving to University Place from my

HIP-HOP IN THE 25360: Afrok wins

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HIP-HOP IN THE 25360: Afrok wins

Olympia MC, Afrok dominated the much scrutinized and criticized nominee list for the 2nd Annual 25360 Awards.  Not only was he nominated for the most awards (three), but he won each category as voted on by the public.  Afrok won in the categories of Best Come Up, awarded to the

BITE US: V-Day Haiti Relief, Quickie Too

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BITE US: V-Day Haiti Relief, Quickie Too

THEY HEART HAITI South Sound restaurants have been showing support for Haiti in a big way: There was Dockside Bistro's benefit dinner this past Monday, Primo Grill and the Crown Bar donating wine sale monies, and dozens of other fundraising events. The latest effort will come in the form of two

WEDNESDAY READING: Geoff's first connection

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WEDNESDAY READING: Geoff's first connection

My first band was called Sledge. Sledge had stickers from Kinko's and a couple one color shirts made up before they had even found a drummer. We played together from 1989 until sometime in 1991. It's hard to remember exactly. It's hard to convey what a different time it was.

T-town roots

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T-town roots

There are countless bands in Tacoma - and this isn't even a very big place. Sure, we've got colleges, a lot of rain, and a lot of idle disillusionment - three constant fertilizers of important rock music over the years - but so do a lot of places. What really

Flag-pole-sitting

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Flag-pole-sitting

Ah, upstart college bands. You provide much-needed collegiate water-cooler talk about campus. (I presume, having never been to college, there are a lot of water-coolers in college.) You dream so big; you love so deep. You fill those (roughly) four college years with boundless quantities of mirth and youthful oat-sowing. I

TIKI LOGIC: urbanXchange blog party

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TIKI LOGIC: urbanXchange blog party

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. For at least the last two weeks, Bobble Tiki has spent the bulk of his column ranting and raving about the Weekly Volcano's

Freeze And Fur Coat, Stop The Madness, Loaded For Bear, Pioneers West

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Freeze And Fur Coat, Stop The Madness, Loaded For Bear, Pioneers West

FREEZE AND FUR COAT >>> Thursday, Feb. 4 Don't make the mistake. Just don't. Whatever you call Freeze and Fur Coat, a band I consider kind of like the poster-band for the Dear Records movement, just don't call them sad. Or melancholy. Or probably even, "the poster-band for the Dear Records movement."

Native art

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Native art

Preston Singletary's mid career retrospective exhibition at Museum of Glass blows the lid off many of my theories about glass and contemporary Native American art. There is much to admire about traditional Native art - the symbolism, the reverence for heritage, the mystery and power of the imagery. But I am

Apocalyptic genius

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Apocalyptic genius

Having recently authored a novel about the Apocalypse as predicted in the last few pages of the Good Book, I can tell you quite a bit about what people in this area think about the End of the World:  almost nothing.  Even most churchgoing Christians view the Rapture as a

SIPPING OUT: Feb. 4-10

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SIPPING OUT: Feb. 4-10

Thursday, Feb. 4 Ladies' Night half off glass pours, every Thursday in February, The Melting Pot, 2121 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.535.3939. Wine tasting, five pours for $5, Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.8215. Ladies Night featuring half off all wine flights and $5 house pours, Sip, 4793 Point Fosdick

Last minute romance

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Last minute romance

ANNOUNCER:  Valentine's Day seems to be the most made up holiday ever. Grand gestures of undying love are made; proposals are offered, and everyone buys chocolate, flowers and goes out to eat. To increase your chances of a good time had by all, remember when dining out to expect slower

RJD2

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RJD2

With The Colossus, producer RJD2 comes with a surprisingly funky, warm twist to his ever-changing trajectory. A significant improvement on his disappointing third solo effort, The Third Hand, RJ brings us back home, replacing the cold detachment of his prior two albums with familiar fun. However, RJ falls short of the

SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Lifting the veil

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Lifting the veil

We must live as if the Apocalypse has already happened. Sorry. I've got the end of the world on the brain. That whole 2012 thing - the latest in a long line of end-of-the-world prophecies - is rapidly approaching. The Apocalypse and all its dystopian bric-a-brac is officially a pop-culture phenomenon.

Home recording tips

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Home recording tips

Off and on, I've experimented with recording at home. With my old, plastic chunk of computer, my results with GarageBand have been shaky at best. Sure, it's charming to create a dinky little song with a dinky little internal microphone. Inane, but charming. If you're serious about creating and recording music

FEEDBAG: Ladies Night, BITE deals, tea tasting

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FEEDBAG: Ladies Night, BITE deals, tea tasting

HALF OFF GLASS POURS The Melting Pot hosts Ladies Night every Thursday in February featuring half off wine glass pours. The Melting Pot is at 2121 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. BITE THIS BITE restaurant inside the Hotel Murano offers appetizer and cocktail specials every Thursday. Swing by at 1320 Broadway Plaza in Tacoma. TEA

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