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Vote now: Best of Olympia 2011

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Vote now: Best of Olympia 2011

Home of Kurt Cobain and grunge rock, K Records, The Evergreen State College, and the best crappy beer you can get, Olympia is the perfect place to fill the musical void in your life. With a constant forecast of rain, an abundance of hairy armpits and the

South Puget Sound live music and DJ Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 6

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South Puget Sound live music and DJ Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 6

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Billy Stoops Acoustic Jam. 21+. 9 pm. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Jenne Sluder. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Liquid Soul Coffee Roy. Open Mic. Hosted by David Wayne. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. BLUES The Junction Sports Bar and Grill Lewis County. Blues Jam. Hosted by Blues Attitude.

South Puget Sound live music and DJ Calendar: Friday, Jan. 7

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South Puget Sound live music and DJ Calendar: Friday, Jan. 7

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Beyond the Bridge Cafe Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. BLUES Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Blues Redemption. All Ages. 8:30 pm. $5. O'Callahan's Pub & Grill Key Peninsula. Junkyard Jane. 21+. 8 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Clinton Jackson. 21+. 8 pm & 10

South Puget Sound live music and DJ Calendar: Saturday, Jan. 8

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South Puget Sound live music and DJ Calendar: Saturday, Jan. 8

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC The Charleston Bremerton. Free Acoustic Show, featuring Blues Bellied Dante. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Cafe Luna Vashon. Jenne Sluder. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. The Den at urbanXchange Tacoma - Downtown. Pleasure Coma, OhMe! OhMy!, Thank You Darling. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Russ Salton & Friends.

South Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Sunday, Jan. 9

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South Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Sunday, Jan. 9

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. The Straw Hat String Band. All Ages. 2 pm. NC. Open Shape Note Singing Group. All Ages. 5 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 21+. 8 pm. Tides Tavern Gig Harbor. Breakfast Jam, with

South Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Monday, Jan. 10

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South Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Monday, Jan. 10

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Yenney Music Olympia - Westside. Kate Power and Steve Einhorn Uke & Song. All Ages. 7-8 pm ukuleles and instrument playalong 8-9 pm singalong. NC. BLUES The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Doug Skoog Band. 21+. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 21+. 7 pm. NC. The Mix Tacoma - Downtown.

South Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Tuesday, Jan. 11

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South Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Tuesday, Jan. 11

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC O'Blarney's Irish Pub Olympia - Eastside. Irish Sessions. Live traditional Irish music. 7:30 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Josiah & Sam Bogle. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino rockin' blues jam with Dominique Stone

South Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Wednesday, Jan. 12

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South Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Wednesday, Jan. 12

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Upper Tacoma. Maurice The Fish Records Showcase. 21+. 7 pm. NC. Hannah's Bar & Grille Olympia - Downtown. Open Mic. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Charlie's Sports Bar and Grill Olympia - Downtown. Blues Jam with Blues Attitude. 21+. 9 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedy Open Mic

Hometown antiheroes

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Hometown antiheroes

"Meth metal" band Owen Hart have a talent for demanding attention, whether through the aggro assault of their music or with disarmingly twisted, comical track titles. They're as heavy as they are heavily self-aware; even their name has a morbid, winking quality, deriving from the famed WWF wrestler who plummeted

FEEDBAG: Whiskey tasting, Off The Vine tasting, WTF Sundays ...

Food Matters

FEEDBAG: Whiskey tasting, Off The Vine tasting, WTF Sundays ...

NEXT NOSH LEAGUE EVENT: The Weekly Volcano foodie/drinkie Nosh League group will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 inside Big Whisky Saloon to taste Jim Beam brand whiskeys - Knob Creek, Booker's, Marker's Mark - and an assortment of others with contrasting taste profiles. We

WEDNESDAY READING: A crummy 2010, and a bad start to '11

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WEDNESDAY READING: A crummy 2010, and a bad start to '11

I was truly hoping 2011's arrival might be accompanied by at least a trace of lightness - lightness that seemed to be thanklessly missing throughout 2010. Taking stock, and looking back, 2010 was awful from the 72 hours that preceded its arrival, and spilling all the way into the first

Smiles for Uganda

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Smiles for Uganda

Two Tacoma artists, Lynn Di Nino and Jim Robbins, will leave T-Town Monday on their way to Africa along with Seattle artist Marsha Conn and six other Seattle-based artists to bring smiles to the Batwa Pygmies of Uganda."Marsha has received grants and organized a group of nine artists to go

2010 in review

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2010 in review

My choices for the best South Sound art exhibits of 2010 in chronological order are:Troy Gua's memorial to loss at Fulcrum Art Gallery in March. There were actually two Troy Gua shows in one. The title show, Monument: A Memorial to Loss filled the small room to the left upon

CRITICS' PICKS: The Buddha Magoo, Wolves In The Throne Room, Liz Janes, Zael Zura

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CRITICS' PICKS: The Buddha Magoo, Wolves In The Throne Room, Liz Janes, Zael Zura

THE BUDDHA MAGOO >>> Saturday, Jan. 8 Here, my dear reader, is what I have been able to determine about the Buddha Magoo via harried research of what little exists in reference to the band: (1) they have a silly name, (2) they are a supergroup of Olympia experimental folk veterans with

Novel approach

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Novel approach

The way in which music enthusiasts relate to music has changed remarkably in the Internet age. As I've spoken about before (and will keep speaking about until I can wrap my head around it), the idea of an indisputable subgenre has become irresistible to music bloggers and fans alike -

Battle continues

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Battle continues

Last July, the Viaduct - one of Tacoma's few remaining all-ages venues - shuttered, leaving a crucial void in the local music scene. Spots like The Den still host teen-friendly gigs, but the options for the area's underage crowd are especially anemic nowadays, even by Tacoma's standards. Jeremy Bushnell, who had

SIPPING OUT: Jan. 6-12

Food Matters

SIPPING OUT: Jan. 6-12

BONUS: Nosh League whiskey tasting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 inside Big Whisky Saloon in Tacoma. RSVP here. Thursday, Jan. 6 Half-price wine, all night, Harmon Tap Room, 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.212.2725. $3 Thursdays: $3 beer, $3 wells, $3 for two hot dogs, 4 p.m. to close, Hell's Kitchen, 928

The Carvies for 2010

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The Carvies for 2010

As promised last week (with serious caveats), here are my nominees for the Carvy Olympia Theater Awards for 2010. I was obliged to pick a winner; my gut choices are printed in bold. This was a busy year for local theater, so if you didn't win, think of it as

TIKI LOGIC: Bodybox CD release

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TIKI LOGIC: Bodybox CD release

Bobble Tiki is an island themed souvenir of many skills and talents. For instance, no one at Weekly Volcano World Headquarters can balance more quarters on their chin than Bobble Tiki. Also, Bobble Tiki is a two-time champion pocket-pool player - having honed his skills throughout adolescents at a stifling

Getting hopped on purls

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Getting hopped on purls

Skep & Skein TavernWhere:  2106 Harrison Ave. NW., Suite B14, Olympia, 360.292.4400Hours: 2-11 p.m.Tuesday-Saturday, 3-9 p.m. Sunday-MondayCuisine: Available from neighboring restaurantsScene: Older women knitting, young hipsters, solos readingDrinkies: Beer, mead and cider onlyPrices: $5.50 to $8 a pint What do Double Jack, Old Man Winter, Bitter End, Highway to Ale, Hopportunity Knocks

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