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Best Tacoman 2011: John Munn

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Best Tacoman 2011: John Munn

I first met John Munn at auditions for his production of Sleuth at Tacoma Little Theatre. I didn't get the part, but he was the first director forthcoming enough to tell me why. I remembered him fondly and looked forward to an opportunity to work with him somewhere down the

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Pick Best Local Hero: Vicci Martinez

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Pick Best Local Hero: Vicci Martinez

Vicci Martinez is no ordinary hero. She doesn't wear spandex. She doesn't have a cool nickname. She doesn't bend steel or shoot lasers out of her eyes (that I know of). She's not a hero because she got to be on network television. She's not a hero because she came

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: Grit City

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: Grit City

Best Good Politician: Marilyn Strickland Best Bad Politician: Dale Washam Best City of Tacoma Project: Downtown renovations Best Local Hero: Vicci Martinez Best Local Villain: Dale Washam Best Bus Stop: Tacoma Dome Station Best Friendly Face: Jaime Kay Jones Best Hidden Gem: Secondhand Hound Pet Store Biggest Nuisance for Downtown: Parking Best Local Non-Profit/Charity: YMCA Best Place to People Watch:

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: Grit City

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: Grit City

>>> BEST NEW POLITICAL POWER Laurie Jinkins Laurie Jinkins took the 2010 election cycle by storm. Leading an enthusiastic army of volunteers and raising more than $200,000, Jinkins beat out early favorite and popular Tacoma City Council member Jake Fey for the opportunity to represent the 27th Legislative District in the Washington

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Pick Best Bike Shop: Old Town Bike

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Pick Best Bike Shop: Old Town Bike

Almost anywhere can sell bikes. Lots of places do. Old Town Bicycle, started in a Tacoma garage almost two decades ago by friends and cyclists Dylan Stanley and Dmitri Keating, sells more than just bikes. Old Town Bicycle sells cycling, smiles, Tacoma and an underlying philosophy that a small, passionate, dedicated staff

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: Consume

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: Consume

Best Gym/Health Club: YMCA Best Farmers Market: Proctor Farmers Market Best Local Clothes Designer/Store: Anette B. Best Butcher: Dave's Meat & Produce Best Cupcake: hello, cupcake Best Grocery Store: Metropolitan Market Best Furniture Store: Posh Home Best Eco-Friendly Store: Marlene's Natural Foods Market & Deli Best Vintage Clothing Store: Vanity Best Place to Buy Shoes: Nordstrom Best Tattoo Shop: House

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: Consume

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: Consume

>>> BEST NEWS FOR TACOMA'S HEALTH & HAPPINESS The Tacoma Food Co-op Finds a Home What do places like Tacoma, Olympia, Portland, Seattle, Bellingham and even Port Townsend have in common? Well, soon they'll all have a food co-op ... a food co-op with an actual physical location! I don't

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Pick Best Restaurant: Pacific Grill

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Pick Best Restaurant: Pacific Grill

For this food lover, delivering the news to the winner of Best Restaurant was akin to opening a sealed envelope and announcing an Oscar winner. "Pacific Grill was voted Best Restaurant in the Weekly Volcano's 2011 Best of Tacoma Readers' Poll!" I excitedly blurt out while chatting with Pacific Grill's

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: Eat and Drink

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: Eat and Drink

Best Overall Restaurant: Pacific Grill Best Mexican Restaurant: Vuelve A La Vida Best Thai Restaurant: Silk Thai Cafe Best New Restaurant: STINK Cheese + Meat Best Bowl of Noodles: Vien Dong Restaurant Best Sushi: TWOKOI Japanese Restaurant Best Italian Restaurant: Pomodoro Italian Restaurant & Bar Best Indian Restaurant: Gateway to India Best Pizza: Puget Sound Pizza Best Soup: Infinite

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Pick Best Bar: Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Pick Best Bar: Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe

Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe wins Best Bar in Tacoma for the second year in a row as voted on in the Weekly Volcano's annual Best of Tacoma contest. Got it? Didn't think so. How about this: Top of Tacoma is a cool bar. So cool that Weekly Volcano readers have

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: Eat and Drink

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: Eat and Drink

>>> BEST ROTATING MENU JW Restaurant Considered hyper-frequent by most standards, this cottage-sized restaurant changes its small core menu every 60 days. Using vegetables, herbs and seafood at the height of season means quality ingredients add superb flavor to New American dishes. "It's really a melting pot of all cultures coming together. 

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks Best Local Filmmaker: Adam "The Alien" Manley

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks Best Local Filmmaker: Adam "The Alien" Manley

Adam Manley's camera has seen the end, and it is yellow. As he explains in a recent YouTube video on his "Adam The Alien" channel, while at a Seattle meeting with fellow YouTube partners in May, his workhouse camcorder just randomly decided to begin painting the world in a sickly

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: The Arts

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: The Arts

Best Local Comedian: Kris "Save Our Sonics Guy" Brannon Best Local Theater Group: Tacoma Little Theatre Best Actor: Joe Rosati Best Actress: (five-way tie) Ashley Cozine, Danelle Jaegar,  Emilie Shimkus, Kathy Hagen, Nyree Martinez   Best Dance Company: MLKBallet Best Public Art: The Glass Bridge Best Art Gallery In Tacoma: Tacoma Art Museum Best Visual Artist: Jesse Michener

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: The Arts

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: The Arts

>>> BEST ROAST Marcus Walker Well-known Lakewood Playhouse managing artistic director and all-around community hero Marcus Walker succumbed to his battle with cancer in March of 2011. In November of '10, after word had spread of Walker's malignant metastatic melanoma, a benefit roast at Urban Grace Church was held in his honor

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks Best Band: Fucking Eagles

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks Best Band: Fucking Eagles

  My ears were ringing for over 24 hours after the last time I saw the Fucking Eagles perform. I think I could feel the damage being done to my ears as it was happening, but I didn't care. I stood planted by the speakers as one blistering dose of rock

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: Music

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Readers' Picks: Music

Best Band Overall: Fucking Eagles Best Indie Rock Band: Pioneers West Best Metal Band: Mahnhammer Best Punk Band: Broken Oars Best Jazz Group: Kareem Kandi Band Best Jam Band: Mighty High Best Hip-Hop Artist/Group: Fice Best Electronic Music Act: Umber Sleeping Best Singer/Songwriter: Vicci Martinez Best Bad Band: Kry Best DJ: DJ Broam - Oliver Doriss Best Dance Club: Club Silverstone Best

Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: Music

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Super Best of Tacoma 2011 Staff Picks: Music

>>> BEST LOCAL INTERNET RADIO ACTION NWCZ Radio Propelled by the success of the Northwest Convergence Zone podcast, creator Darrell Fortune and crew birthed a full-fledged, Northwest-focused Internet radio phenomenon this year with NWCZRadio.com. With an ever-growing lineup of shows and hosts - including names like Big Wheel Stunt Show's Justin "The

"Motopony"

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"Motopony"

Writing a review of Motopony's self-titled debut LP is a tricky proposition. What with all that's been written about Daniel Blue as a person in this rag, very little has been said about the music. In writing this review, I have made an effort to divorce everything I know about

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Harbor Greens/Forza Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Ben Union. 7 pm. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. J.P. Whipple. All Ages. 6:30 pm. NC. Liquid Soul Coffee Roy. Open Mic. Hosted by David Wayne. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. The

South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

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South Puget Sound Live Calendar and DJs: Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Olympia Farmers Market Olympia - Downtown. David Wayne. All Ages. 11 am. NC. The Mix Tacoma - Downtown. Julie Schurr. Raffle benefits autism service dogs. 9 pm. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Herky Cutler. All Ages. 8-10 pm. $5 cover. Harbor Greens/Forza Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Jennifer Lind. 7 pm. Port Plaza Olympia

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