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Vanilla Ice

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Vanilla Ice

<h2>VANILLA ICE</h2>Thursday, Dec. 10As I write about this upcoming show, I worry that it may be something I conjured up in some kind of a fever dream. But, barring the prospect that the words “Vanilla Ice at Station 56” were a mirage, it looks like this thing’s really happening. Of

Cash and Carry

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Cash and Carry

As you may or may not know, I used to own a little restaurant in downtown Tacoma a few years back. While I had delivery for many specialty items, I depended on outlets like Costco for other staples. One such outlet I would frequent was Cash and Carry. These days

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FEEDBAG: Santa Silvia, Harbor Holidays and more

SANTA SILVIAOnce again, El Gaucho bartender Silvia Tapia will be holding a toy drive to benefit the children at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Drop by El Gaucho at 2119 Pacific Ave. with toys for the kids. Tapia will deliver all the toys Christmas morning.BURGERS ARE COMING BACKLittle Holland Drive-In will

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Girl Trouble Christmas Show tonight

Tonight, Tacoma’s legendary Girl Trouble will celebrate Christmas a little early in the City of Destiny, with a show at The New Frontier Lounge – joined on the bill by the always swanky and cool Lushy, not to mention The Dignitaries (a band I secretly love more than creamy peanut

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Cuteness alert red

I have never seen the film version of A Christmas Story. This puts me, I think, in a pretty exclusive club, having somehow managed to avoid the 75,329 airings of the film on cable TV every Christmas season - Christmas season being approximately October to February these days. This is relevant

The comfort of food

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The comfort of food

McNamara’s Pub and Eatery Where: 1595 Wilmington Dr., DuPont, 253.964.9200 Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday Cuisine: Irish favorites and classic American comfort foods — ribs, burgers, seafood, sandwiches, salads. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily Scene: Casual, kid and family-friendly, separate full-service

They are family

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They are family

The temptation is obvious, at least to someone who’s put together more than his fair share of articles such as this one — attempting to be thoughtful, insightful, fresh and — well — base enough to move papers. It’s a balancing act, and that last part makes it particularly tricky.

Magic(k) moments

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Magic(k) moments

I couldn’t be happier that sunny, optimistic pop is coming back into favor. What’s worse than a world of music that collectively decides to celebrate the dour? I guess it’s all cyclical. Sunny pop, just like the mopey stuff, eventually reaches a breaking point. At that point, it’s struck down

WEDNESDAY READING: Hello

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WEDNESDAY READING: Hello

The first time I was able to control my functions after having all but the most essential nub of my rectum yanked out as a result of a bout with col-rectal cancer was at a show the Cult played at the Showbox Market in March 2008. It wasn't fully clear

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TIKI LOGIC: Threats and promises

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new installment of Bobble Tiki’s South Sound music news and notes column. Without further ado, let’s get rolling… Matt Coughlin. He’s been around, he’s played a ton of shows, he rarely gets the credit he deserves, and he’ll be

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BITE US: Empanada Wednesdays

Basilico Ristorante Italiano Basilico Ristorante Italiano stands in the top tier of Italian restaurants in the South Sound. The service is better, the knowledge deeper, and the care and attention given to each ingredient can be identified a mile away. And yet Basilico still feels like a special place meant just

Jonathan Richman visits Olympia

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Jonathan Richman visits Olympia

JONATHAN RICHMAN Thursday, Dec. 3 Oh, reader, I am all atwitter. Do you want to know why? Good, because I will tell you. Jonathan Richman is coming. He is. He really is. He’s coming to Olympia, and do you know what he’s going to do when he gets here? He will

Checking in with Dave

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Checking in with Dave

Man, do I miss summer. Don’t get me wrong. Fall is my most favorite season, followed by winter and then summer.  Ah hell, I like them all and I try to find something good in each season and usually it involves food. There’s a shocker. One of my favorite

FEEDBAG: Steak Night, coffee cupping and more

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FEEDBAG: Steak Night, coffee cupping and more

WINE DINNERThe Dockside Bistro and Wine Bar in Olympia hosts a wine dinner with Washington winery Anelare Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.  Reserve your space at 360.956.1928.STEAK NIGHTPaddy Coyne's in downtown Tacoma serves a $3.99 steak and chips dinner every Monday.ANOTHER BIKINI BARISTA SHACKThe Foxy Lady Café has opened

SIPPING OUT: Holiday is the word

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SIPPING OUT: Holiday is the word

Thursday, Dec. 3 Wine tasting, five pours for $5, Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.8215. Ladies Night featuring half off all wine flights and $5 house pours, Sip, 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W, Gig Harbor, 253.853.3020. Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., complimentary, Walter Dacon

Seriously People!

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Seriously People!

Grocery shopping is nothing new to us, however there are those that have a strange, if not unnatural fondness for scanning the ads for deals, waiting in line and forgetting our reusable bags at home. Shopping comes naturally to me. I enjoy the hunt, or maybe it's the gathering. ...

Shannon and the Clams


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Shannon and the Clams


Seconds into the opening track "Trouble Maker" on Shannon and the Clams' new LP it hits you, "Holy moly! This is the best album of 2009!"Shannon and the Clams bring to mind various girl groups and soul groups of the 1960s, but with surf and punk undertones and punch-you-in-the-face awesome

It’s a Scout thing

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It’s a Scout thing

Is there a need, anymore, to make a point of defining certain bands as “bedroom pop”? More and more, the act of retreating to one’s bedroom and putting hissy, intimate pop to tape (or computer) is becoming as common as garage bands ever were. The only reason I bring it

Donald Glaude

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Donald Glaude

DONALD GLAUDE Friday, Nov. 27 During the past 17 years as an international DJ, Lakewood-grown Donald Glaude has been responsible for seeding vibrant musical landscapes for audiences up and down the West Coast. Born in Tacoma, he grew up listening to Parliament-Funkadelic and R&B radio. After falling in love with the

A new chapter

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A new chapter

Things change. They always do. Soon, the corner of Sixth and Proctor in Tacoma will be a little quieter. Sure, drunk frat types in backward hats will still stumble out of the West End, and broke single moms will still cart their kids’ dirty clothes to the laundromat, but

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