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Feedbag: Alcohol at Shake Shake Shake, Thunder on the Canal, wine tasting and more ...

Food Matters

Feedbag: Alcohol at Shake Shake Shake, Thunder on the Canal, wine tasting and more ...

BEER BEER BEER Tacoma Stadium District burger joint Shake Shake Shake (124 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma) has added beer beer beer. Wine, too. Beers on tap include Tacoma brewing Company's Broken Window IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Coors Light. Rainier is available in can. Gig Harbor's 7 Seas Brewing's brews

Hob Nob receives a facelift

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Hob Nob receives a facelift

You may have cranked your head while whizzing toward downtown Tacoma along Sixth Avenue. You break into a cold sweat. The Hob Nob looks different. The charming diner across from Wright Park has new outdoor signage. Has your favorite Tacoma hang for breakfast with the seedy intimate Side Door Lounge

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Australian Pink Floyd, Amy Ray, Il sogno del marinaio, Psychedelic Furs, The Dandy Warhols and others ...

Concert Alert

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Australian Pink Floyd, Amy Ray, Il sogno del marinaio, Psychedelic Furs, The Dandy Warhols and others ...

We list major concerts going on sale this weekend, as well as national touring acts performing in the Puget Sound this week. SECRET TICKET CODE TM =

Music Critics' Picks: Northwest Freedom Fest, Hellgate, Talk of Shamans, Callow

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Northwest Freedom Fest, Hellgate, Talk of Shamans, Callow

[HIP-HOP] + SAT, JULY 5 The first annual Northwest Freedom Fest is upon us this weekend. Not the big hoopla along Tacoma's waterfront, but rather an Olympia festival of music, food and fun, founded by Heidi Rosetta, a behind-the-scenes musician and self-described music lover. With the goal to raise awareness for female survivors

B-Lines are tuneful ne'er-do-wells

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B-Lines are tuneful ne'er-do-wells

As the Weekly Volcano's resident holiday curmudgeon, I think it's appropriate that I fill you in on my thoughts about the Fourth of July. Any guesses on where I stand? Any notions about how I react to my dog being in a continual panic for two weeks on either side

Hometown lit at The Nearsighted Narwhal

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Hometown lit at The Nearsighted Narwhal

Ours is a region of readers, well-served by a plethora of literary outlets. As crass as the question may seem, then, it's fair to ask: do we truly need another bookstore? We do if it's the Nearsighted Narwhal, and here's why: it's all about local talent. The store's walls are

Visual Edge: Benjamin Entner's "Mining the Ego" at Minnaert Center

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Visual Edge: Benjamin Entner's "Mining the Ego" at Minnaert Center

This show must be seen. New York artist Benjamin Entner's installation "Ego Sum" from the Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas has now traveled to Olympia and can be seen at the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College. This new version of the show is called "Mining the Ego," and

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Northend. Live music on the patio. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC. Pioneer Park Steilacoom Steilacoom. Summer Concert Series, featuring United States Army Band. All Ages. 6:30 pm. NC. Old Town Park Tacoma - Old Town. Treos Summer Concert Series, featuring Michael Perez. All

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Barstool Bingo. 6:30 pm. White Horse Tavern Yelm. Barstool Bingo. Prizes! 7 pm.

Monday, July 14, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Monday, July 14, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Steilacoom Pub and Grill Steilacoom. Monday Music, featuring James Coates. 7 pm. The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Seth Freeman. 8 pm. BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday with Black Rose. 7 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES The Hub Tacoma - Stadium District. Bar Bingo. Cash prizes. 6-8

Sunday, July 13, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Sunday, July 13, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. 6-9 pm. NC. BLUES Dave's of Milton Milton. Blues Jam, hosted by Doug McGrew. 7:30 pm. NC. Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 8 pm. Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Sunday Blues

Saturday, July 12, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Saturday, July 12, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Downtown. Eugenie Jones. All Ages. 8 pm. BLUES Slavonian Hall Tacoma - Old Town. Old Town Rhythm & Blues Festival Main Stage, featuring The High Rollers, Burnham Drive. 8 pm. $20 joint cover. Slavonian Hall Tacoma - Old Town. Old Town Rhythm &

Friday, July 11 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Friday, July 11 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

BLUES Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Dudley Taft CD Release Party. 8 pm. $8. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Jake Johannsen. 8 and 10:30 pm. $15. COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS Lucky Eagle Casino Rochester. Broken Trail. 9 pm. NC. Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Dakota Poorman. 9

Thursday, July 10 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Thursday, July 10 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. Charley's Pub Fircrest. Chicago Blues Thursdays. Real Chicago blues with Richard Molina. 8-11 pm. NC. Eagle's Hall Olympia - Downtown. OlyBlues Dance Night. Third floor, no partner necessary. All Ages. 9

Tacoma Art on the Ave 2014

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Tacoma Art on the Ave 2014

Has it really been a year since we previewed Art on the Ave for last July? Wait, we're counting on our fingers and toes ... yep, the math checks out. Our love for this summer celebration of all things expressive is a matter of record, so don't think we're throwing

"Begin Again" isn't "Once" again

Show And Tell

"Begin Again" isn't "Once" again

In 2007, writer-director John Carney gave audiences the Academy award-winning film Once. Although Carney's latest film shares some themes with its predecessor, it's dissimilar enough that I can't bring myself to make a snarky quip that it should've been called Twice. Begin Again centers on Greta (Keira Knightley) and her longtime

Feedbag: Tacoma Grub Crawl and Maxwell's wine dinner

Food Matters

Feedbag: Tacoma Grub Crawl and Maxwell's wine dinner

GRUB CRAWL From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12, Art on the Ave community festival journeys through 10 blocks of Tacoma's 6th Avenue District offering rows of artisan vendors and live music with the culinary arts getting a nod too in the annual Grub Crawl. Participating restaurants will offer

Music Critics' Picks: Dudley Taft, Masta Ace, Sarchasm, Charts

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Dudley Taft, Masta Ace, Sarchasm, Charts

[BLUES] + FRI, JULY 11 Dudley Taft may well be the best white, Cincinnati-based blues artist you've never heard of, despite the fact that he toured with Seattle's own Alice in Chains and Candlebox. But wait, you say, Alice in Chains and Candlebox aren't blues bands. You're right! Now wipe that

The blue collar poetry of the Riffbrokers

Music

The blue collar poetry of the Riffbrokers

I'm well aware that this is likely the 1,000th time I've quoted this, but it's something that has stuck with me for years. It comes on the bonus features of the DVD of the Talking Heads concert film, Stop Making Sense, and it's a segment in which David Byrne interviews

Tacoma Pride: A week of celebrating in the streets

Arts

Tacoma Pride: A week of celebrating in the streets

It wasn't too long into my tenure of hanging out in downtown Tacoma - after years of fearing it from my home in the North End - before I visited my first gay bar. I was doing an essay for my English class at TCC, where we were charged with

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