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Mike Preuss: Big Sur

Concert Alert

Mike Preuss: Big Sur

As a recent college graduate, I spend most of summer days racking my brain for exciting post-grad life plans. You know, intellectually stimulating but badass; somewhat financially sound, but totally spontaneous; completely unique and fulfilling. Like maybe recording a solo album in a solar-powered van in the California wilderness? Something

The little mural that could

Arts

The little mural that could

I don't believe it. Someone in Tacoma is selling art. A lot of it. And spray paint. A lot of it. Don't sleep on Gallery 38 Art Supply on 38th Avenue. I hope someone has a fit. Because Gallery 38 is a graffiti joint. And they're selling art. I don't believe it.

Standing the test of time (closed)

Reviews

Standing the test of time (closed)

Angels Thai Cuisine Where: 318 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.786.1252Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-SaturdayCuisine: Thai appetizers, noodle dishes, stir-fry, grilled meat, soup, salad, fried rice, and curryScene: Casual, family friendly - not specifically a romantic localeDrinkies: Thai iced coffees, wine, beer, and

Chain and the Gang, Basemint, Night Beats

Live & CD Reviews

Chain and the Gang, Basemint, Night Beats

It took nearly an hour and a half after the planned start time for a band to actually take the stage. I'm not ready to say that this was an entirely bad thing. In that empty hour and a half, the above average-sized crowd had ample time to get

South Sound Music Calendar: Thursday, July 8

Listings

South Sound Music Calendar: Thursday, July 8

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Mike Fekete. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Liquid Soul Coffee Roy. Open Mic. Hosted by David Wayne. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Upper Tacoma. Thursday Open Mic, hosted by Kim Archer, Nick Sandy. 21+. 7 pm. NC. BLUES The Junction Sports Bar and Grill Chehalis.

South Sound Music Calendar: Friday, July 9

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South Sound Music Calendar: Friday, July 9

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Olympia Farmers Market Olympia - Downtown. Ali Marcus. All Ages. 11 am. NC. Salty's at Redondo Beach Des Moines. Myles Crew. 21+. 8 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Shareef Ali & The Radical Folksonomy. All Ages. 6 pm. NC. Cafe Luna Vashon. The Diggers. All Ages. 7:30 pm. NC. BLUES O'Callahan's Pub &

South Sound Music Calendar: Saturday, July 10

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South Sound Music Calendar: Saturday, July 10

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Cafe Luna Vashon. Gary Kanter. All Ages. 7:30 pm. NC. The Hub Tacoma - Stadium District. Myles Crew. 21+. 9 pm. NC. Gig Harbor Farmers Market Gig Harbor. Rick Gonzalez. All Ages. 11:30 am. NC. HG Bistro Puyallup. Steve Stefanowicz. 21+. 8 pm. NC. Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub Tacoma - Downtown. Traditional Irish Music

South Sound Music Calendar: Sunday, July 11

Listings

South Sound Music Calendar: Sunday, July 11

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Tides Tavern Gig Harbor. Breakfast Jam Session, hosted by Billy Farmer. All Ages. 9 am. NC. South Tacoma Farmers Market Tacoma - South Tacoma. Kevin Reniche. All Ages. 1 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Phil Hansen. All Ages. 1 pm. NC. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 6 pm. NC. Traditions Cafe

South Sound Music Calendar: Monday, July 12

Listings

South Sound Music Calendar: Monday, July 12

BLUES The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Jerry Miller Band. 21+. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 21+. 7 pm. NC. DJ/ELECTRONIC Muckleshoot Indian Casino Auburn. Club Video. 21+. 8 pm. NC. The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Grit Rock Monday with DJ Darren Selector. Spinning Tacoma indie rock and

South Sound Music Calendar: Tuesday, July 13

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South Sound Music Calendar: Tuesday, July 13

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC O'Blarney's Irish Pub Olympia - Eastside. Irish Sessions. Live traditional Irish music. 7:30 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Open Mic Night, hosted by Steve Stefanowicz. 21+. 7 pm. NC. Olympic Club Hotel and Theater Centralia. Sammy Lind &

Listings

South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, July 14

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC 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. 9 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 6 pm. NC. Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South.

The future of grocery stores

Features

The future of grocery stores

I stumbled across an article on the web recently that got me thinking. It was about grocery trends in 2010 and what to expect. The article was pretty accurate as to what was happening currently in the business, but that's not to tough to predict when you write the

Revenge of The Reef

Features

Revenge of The Reef

Located on bustling Fourth Avenue in downtown Olympia, King Solomon's Reef has been on the block for at least 400 years - with the dear Verna working there half that time, it seems. Everyone and their brother - at least in Oly - has had a job at The Reef

WEDNESDAY READING: Life is for the living

Music

WEDNESDAY READING: Life is for the living

The other day I was talking to my only "close-as-family" friend, who is also a cancer survivor.  He's a good 15 years my junior and has a crush on a girl. He told me the constant of someone being in his thoughts amused him in a way he felt only

The Moor in Manhattan

Stage

The Moor in Manhattan

Before I dig deeper ("For I am nothing, if not critical"), TAO's production of Othello is an able retelling of one of Shakespeare's most plot-driven tragedies with a skilled cast in the hands of a smart director.  It boasts technical polish worthy of a much larger, wealthier troupe.  I say

Gumpert and Currier

Stage

Gumpert and Currier

Now showing at Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia are paintings by Chuck Gumpert and Alfred Currier, plus a group of the very popular half-man, half-bird ceramic sculptures by the husband-and-wife team of John and Robin Gumaelius. I'm going to limit my comments to the paintings by Gumpert and Currier, two

Trudge toward equality

Arts

Trudge toward equality

Has it already been a year since the last Out in the Park? It seems like only yesterday I nestled down in the grass of sunny Wright Park to watch the performances of several stunning drag queens and kings at Tacoma's annual gay pride event. This year promises to maintain that

BITE US: Full Circle Farm home delivery, Satellite Coffee steals one

Food Matters

BITE US: Full Circle Farm home delivery, Satellite Coffee steals one

Full Circle I didn't make it to any of the farmers markets last week, and to clear my karma I just may have to call Full Circle Farm. This local company has offered organic and artisan food for a while now, but they just launched a home delivery to Pierce County. Full Circle

MUSIC PICKS: DirtyChangeUp, Dreadful Children, Head and Heart, The Meat Sluts

Music

MUSIC PICKS: DirtyChangeUp, Dreadful Children, Head and Heart, The Meat Sluts

DIRTYCHANGEUP >>> Friday, July 9 Quick, name three sure ways to spot a Northwest jam band before having heard them play. ... If you said a) their band photo was shot in the woods; b) Tommy Chong is their number one friend on MySpace; or c) the bass player often wears an

NON-STOP HIP-HOP: The power of the DJ

Music

NON-STOP HIP-HOP: The power of the DJ

More than just a party rocker, the voice of the party or "that guy playing the music," the DJ is the foundation of all of hip-hop. These days, however, somehow DJs get lost in the enormous culture of hip-hop and clubs. From being underpaid to under-recognized, these men and women

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