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Artists get no respect

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Artists get no respect

Artists get no respect. At least not small town artists, at least not beginning artists. Andy Warhol got plenty of respect. So did Roy Lichtenstein and Willem de Kooning, and Paul Cezanne was venerated in his lifetime. Van Gogh, on the other hand, was ignored and laughed at by all

New food featured at the Puyallup Fair

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New food featured at the Puyallup Fair

People venture to the Puyallup Fair for many reasons-rides, shows, competitions, tradition. But no one can deny the draw of greasy, buttery, and well-sugared fair food. This year brings a number of new sinful treats to the fair. New treats designed to up the ante on how naughty fair food

Turning Over A (New) Leaf in Tacoma

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Turning Over A (New) Leaf in Tacoma

It seems like all the best bands know just how to mix the tried and true methods of the icons of their genre with their own brand of freshness and intrigue. A Leaf is one of those bands. Hailing from Tacoma, A Leaf is Chris Bridges (guitar), Nate Daley (vocals/guitar), Stephen Demuth

A blast from the past in downtown Olympia

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A blast from the past in downtown Olympia

It was Saturday night and Grandpa's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor in Olympia was packed. A group of teens huddled near the granite counter tops, debating between hard and soft ice cream, an older couple enjoyed a waffle cone at an intimate table and families with young children eagerly

Putting the squeeze on Tacoma hip-hop

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Putting the squeeze on Tacoma hip-hop

Tacoma doesn't have the strongest hip-hop scene. It's often overshadowed by what's going on in Seattle. The one thing Tacoma hip-hop does get credit for is having authentic street MCs who make hardcore hip-hop. The Seattle scene is known for Macklemore, Blue Scholars and other good hip-hop in that vein.

Embrace the smokiness of good BBQ in Tacoma

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Embrace the smokiness of good BBQ in Tacoma

Jake: Always on the lookout for good, authentic BBQ, I happened upon Thrill of the Grill, located in downtown Tacoma. You can't miss this little hole in the wall . . . just follow the smell of the smoke, because all the meat is slow smoked right in the parking

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Thursday, September 6, 2012

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Spar Cafe. Olympia. Jabi Shriki. 8 pm. NC. BLUES Tacoma Farmers Market - Broadway. Tacoma - Downtown. Billy Farmer. All Ages. 12 pm. NC. Dawson's Bar and Grill. Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. The Junction Sports Bar and Grill. Lewis County. Blues Jam. Hosted by Blues Attitude.

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Friday, September 7, 2012

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Matrix Coffee House. Lewis County. Song Circle. All Ages. 7 pm. $2. Al Forno Ferruzza. Olympia - Downtown. Tarik Bentleemsani and Lizzy Boyer with guests. All Ages. 7:30 pm. NC. BLUES Buffino's Golden West Restaurant and Lounge. Tacoma - South. Back Porch Band. 8 pm. Stonegate Pizza. Tacoma - South. Jerry Miller Jam. 9

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Saturday, September 8, 2012

BLUESBuffino's Golden West Restaurant and Lounge. Tacoma - South. Back Porch Band. 8 pm.Gig Harbor Farmers Market at Uptown. Gig Harbor. Billy Farmer. All Ages. 11 am. NC.Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi Bar. Vashon. Vashon Community Care Benefit featuring Mark Dufresne. All Ages. 8 pm. $10.COMEDY/GAMESTacoma Comedy Club. Tacoma -

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Sunday, September 9, 2012

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Olympia Farmers Market. Olympia - Downtown. Momenti Robati. All Ages. 11 am. NC. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art. Olympia - Downtown. Open Shape Note Singing. All Ages. 5 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill. Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 8 pm. Stonegate Pizza. Tacoma - South. Chicago Blues

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Monday, September 10, 2012

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza. Tacoma - South. Acoustic Couch Jam. 8:30 pm. NC. BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill. Spanaway. Blues Monday. 7 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge. Yelm. Bar Bingo. 7 pm. NC. Capitol Theater. Olympia - Downtown. Henry Rollins: Capitalism Tour. All Ages. 8 pm. Harmon Tap Room. Tacoma - Stadium District. Tap

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza. Tacoma - South. Acoustic Open Mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. 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. BLUES Stonegate Pizza. Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino Band rockin' blues. 8:30 pm.

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

BLUES Charlie's Sports Bar and Grill. Olympia - Downtown. Blues Jam with Blues Attitude. 9 pm. NC. Dawson's Bar and Grill. Tacoma - South. Crazy Texas Gypsies Open Jam. 8 pm. Midtown Grill. Bonney Lake. Wednesday Night Blues Jam. All Ages. 7-11 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Pints & Quarts Pub Westside. Olympia - Westside. Bingo. Win prizes.

Actors are a superstitious bunch

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Actors are a superstitious bunch

There are two theater superstitions even non-actors know. First, "good luck" is replaced with "break a leg." We theater folk have no idea why we avoid the phrase - John Wilkes Booth is sometimes credited - but the taboo spans the globe. In Australia, the alternate blessing is "Chookas!" In

Goodbye Hell’s Kitchen, Hello Loch’s

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Goodbye Hell’s Kitchen, Hello Loch’s

There's been a lot of buzz about the closing of longtime Tacoma rock club Hell's Kitchen. Now, the buzz is about Lonnie Reed and his partner, Meranda Fritz, re-opening the venue as The Loch's. Reed is the former booking agent for Hell's Kitchen, and has had his hand in the Tacoma music

Membership not required for tasty benefits

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Membership not required for tasty benefits

Formerly open only to members of Lakewood's Oakbrook Country Club, the Oakhouse Restaurant and Bar has been redesigned and is now open to the public. Located right on the golf course, the boys decided to live a little of the high life this week. Jake: Somehow, I found myself hungry in

Goons has Tacoma influences

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Goons has Tacoma influences

In 1985 the world met The Goonies, then nothing happened for a while. Suddenly, goon-mania returned with a vengeance last year, starting with the Seann William Scott's hockey comedy called ... yep, Goon. And only last month did Matthew Perry begin starring in yet another sitcom entitled Go On. (Okay,

Another side of Mecca Normal

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Another side of Mecca Normal

Politics and literary art come together with visual art with a musical sensibility in the new show by Jean Smith and David Lester of the rock duo Mecca Normal. It's good to see a merging of various artistic expressions such as this. Lester is a graphic artist; Smith is a

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Thursday, September 13, 2012

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Tacoma Farmers. Market - Broadway Tacoma - Downtown. Nat Phen. All Ages. 12 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill. Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. The Junction Sports Bar and Grill. Lewis County. Blues Jam. Hosted by Blues Attitude. 8 pm. Eagle's Hall. Olympia - Downtown. OlyBlues

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South Puget Sound Live Music & DJ Calendar: Friday, September 14, 2012

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Amocat Cafe. Tacoma - Triangle District. Amocat Live! featuring the Amocat House Band. All Ages. 7 pm. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art. Olympia - Downtown. Kevin Burke. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$15. Harbor Greens/Forza Wine Bar. Gig Harbor. Luke Stanton. 7 pm. Spar Cafe. Olympia. Paul Mauer. 8 pm. NC. Matrix Coffee House.

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