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It's back

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It's back

Friday marks the return of an event that's quickly become a Tacoma underground institution - the Friday Frost Park Chalk-Off Challenge - or whatever it's officially called. The "official" name really isn't important: what's important is the action. Now entering season three of weekly Frost Park Chalk-Offs, the Frost Park chalk

TIKI LOGIC: Internet discoveries

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TIKI LOGIC: Internet discoveries

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. Technology is constantly improving Bobble Tiki's life. Before the Internet, Twitter, Facebook and smart phones - the daily information that entered Bobble Tiki's

Hardcore in 17/16

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Hardcore in 17/16

My father is getting more and more uncomfortable with the manner in which I portray him in this fine rag. He has asked me to print the following statement on his behalf: "Progressive rock is an art form that few appreciate, due to their inferior brain capacities. I, with my advanced

Coming out party

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Coming out party

Tacoma's Ben Union owns Jazzbones. Though I write such a sentence with a Tacoma wink and a smirk, as "owning" Jazzbones isn't exactly the sort of thing that gets you a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - the statement is nonetheless true. Over the course of Union's short, locally

MUSIC PICKS: World's Greatest Ghosts, Milk Music, Reverse Dotty, Blanco Bronco

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MUSIC PICKS: World's Greatest Ghosts, Milk Music, Reverse Dotty, Blanco Bronco

WORLD'S GREATEST GHOSTS >>> Friday, April 2 Remember in the movie Casper when Winona Ryder asks the titular friendly ghost what his spectral body is made of? He replies that he thinks it's made of the same stuff that makes your feet tingle when they fall asleep. That's kind of how I

South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, April 7

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South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, April 7

Live music and DJs in the South Sound ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Upper Tacoma. Female Singer-Songwriter Night. 21+. 7 pm. NC. Sax Restaurant and Lounge Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Olivia De La Cruz. The guitarist, singer/songwriter performs during dinner. All Ages. 7-9 pm. Free. Hannah's Bar & Grille Olympia - Downtown. Open Mic.

South Sound Music Calendar: Tuesday, April 6

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South Sound Music Calendar: Tuesday, April 6

Live music and DJs in the South Sound ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC O'Blarney's Irish Pub Olympia - Eastside. Irish Sessions. Live traditional Irish music. 7:30 pm. NC. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Oly Songwriter's Circle. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Farrelli's Gourmet Wood

South Sound Music Calendar: Monday, April 5

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South Sound Music Calendar: Monday, April 5

Live music and DJs in the South Sound COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 21+. 7 pm. NC. DJ/ELECTRONIC Latitude 84 Tacoma - South. DJ Jacob. Hip-hop, R&B, Top 40, and dance. 21+. 9 pm. NC. Happy Days Casino Lakewood. DJ dance. Top 40. 21+. 9 pm. NC. O'Malley's Irish Pub Tacoma - Sixth

South Sound Music Calendar: Sunday, April 4

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South Sound Music Calendar: Sunday, April 4

Live music an dDJS in the South Sound ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Throat Singing Open Circle. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 21+. 8 pm. City Hall Saloon and Eatery Enumclaw. Rockin’ Blues Jam Session. Hosted

South Sound Music Calendar: Saturday, April 3

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South Sound Music Calendar: Saturday, April 3

Live music and DJs in the South Sound ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Blue Heron Arts Center Vashon. Amsden & Almeida. All Ages. 7:30 pm. $12-$14. Gig Harbor Farmers Market Gig Harbor. Billy Farmer. All Ages. 11:30 am. NC. Northern Pacific Coffee Co. Tacoma - Parkland. Bodybox, James Coates. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central.

SIPPING OUT: April 1-7

Food Matters

SIPPING OUT: April 1-7

Thursday, April 1 Ladies Night featuring half off all wine flights and $5 house pours, Sip, 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W, Gig Harbor, 253.853.3020. Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., complimentary, Walter Dacon Winery, 50 S.E. Skookum Inlet Road, Shelton, 360.426.5913.   Friday, April 2 Easter Weekend Six Pack tasting, 3-6 p.m., Water to Wine,

FEEDBAG: Southeast Asia tour, let's get flakey

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FEEDBAG: Southeast Asia tour, let's get flakey

HALF-PRICE WINE Pacific Grill will sell half-price wine bottles every Monday through April. Check it out at 1502 Pacific Ave. WINE DINNER Primo Grill will host a Cougar Crest Wine Dinner Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. Chef Charlie has created a Primo menu to complement the wines. The $80 price tag includes

Reject

Concert Alert

Reject

Why is Japanese punk always so good?  MCR records has just released the Fight for Existence EP-  by the band Reject, from Nagoya City.  What has your experience with Japanese punk been like?  Mine has been awesome, and Reject continues to bring the raw energy I've come to expect out

Olympia Family Theater's "Jungalbook"

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Olympia Family Theater's "Jungalbook"

In 1893, when Rudyard Kipling wrote his first Mowgli the "man cub" story, his work was shaped by a dozen years on the Indian subcontinent, but also by a warm view of English imperialism.  Sociopolitical relics aside, the two Jungle Book anthologies remain popular with schoolchildren; indeed, the Mowgli narrative

SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: The beauty of silence

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: The beauty of silence

So, selling art without selling your soul. It's not impossible. But it does require a different approach. A really different approach. Creating art that reflects who you are - your soul's uniqueness and unique expression - is hard these days. We're overwhelmed and overloaded with imagery and sound. Ad chatter and

Carving a niche

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Carving a niche

Sax Restaurant and Lounge Where: 2309 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.507.2647, www.saxon6th.com Hours: 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday Cuisine: Traditional, yet upscale Italian theme. Seafood, steak, pasta, salads, appetizers Scene: Casual to semi-upscale dining and live entertainment. Lounge for 21+ Drinkies: Specialty cocktails, $4 happy hour martini menu. Coffee, tea,

South Sound Music Calendar: Thursday, April 8

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South Sound Music Calendar: Thursday, April 8

Live music and DJs in the South Sound ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Billy Stoops Acoustic Jam Night. 21+. 8 pm. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Daniel Adams. All Ages. 7:30 pm. NC. Uncle Sam’s American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Jerry Miller Unplugged. 6 pm. NC. Liquid Soul Coffee Roy. Open Mic. Hosted by

South Sound Music Calendar: Friday, April 9

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South Sound Music Calendar: Friday, April 9

Live music and DJs in the South Sound ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Justin Sophie Ellie. All Ages. 6 pm. NC. Central. Too Many Cooks, with Steve Stefanowicz. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Forza Coffee Puyallup. Savannah, Nick Sandy. All Ages. 6:30 pm. NC. Liquid Soul Coffee Roy. Silver Bullet, Adrian Bourgeouis, Ricky

Metropolitan Market

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Metropolitan Market

OK, I finally gave into the pressure. For weeks people have asked me why I haven't written about Metropolitan Market. Honestly, the reason is really simple: it's just too easy. Easy meaning it's only THE pinnacle of the ultimate grocery shopping experience. Sometimes I don't even buy anything when I

Moctezuma's wins taco tourney

Food Matters

Moctezuma's wins taco tourney

After more than two weeks of voting Weekly Volcano readers have picked the most popular taco in the greater Tacoma area. The Tournament of Tacos Championship match pitted two longtime Pierce County Mexican restaurants against each other: Moctezuma's Mexican Restaurant in Tacoma vs. Tijuana Taco in Lakewood. Moctezuma's was a narrow

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