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Portland, Ore: Worth the (train) Trek

You've probably heard plenty about Portland, Ore. - whether you're new to the Pacific Northwest or have lived here all your life. The city is experiencing a spotlight moment right now, with the attention of many turned to the city thanks to its uniqueness, beauty, politics and charm. And there's

Tacoma’s donut destination

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Tacoma’s donut destination

I really like Pao, and I really, really like his donuts, but to be completely honest the huge pictures hanging in his donut shop (you know, the ones that each feature one of his three kids, at age one, propped up and smiling next to - quite literally - a

Tacoma's donut destination

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Tacoma's donut destination

I really like Pao, and I really, really like his donuts, but to be completely honest the huge pictures hanging in his donut shop (you know, the ones that each feature one of his three kids, at age one, propped up and smiling next to - quite literally - a

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There was no Cup Check column last week. I was sick. Sometimes when the body says rest, all you can do is listen. But missing a column never feels good, so I did manage to drag myself over to Twitter and apologize to Cup Check's seven faithful readers for the interruption

Wednesday, March 14: Big Friction Jam

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Wednesday, March 14: Big Friction Jam

There was a time when the Big Friction Jam at Jazzbones was THE place to be for Sunday night maxin', relaxin' and jammin'. Powered by the groove-heavy leanings of saxophonist Brett "Big Friction" Cummings, and aptly backed by a rhythm section the South Sound knows well - drummer Darin Watkins

Friday, March 9: Science!

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Friday, March 9: Science!

The finger-plucking beauty and ease of Science!'s folksy, acoustic, storytelling is easy on the ear. Voted "Best New Band" in the Volcano's Best of Olympia 2012 Readers Poll, Science! has a rootsy vibe that goes a long way in a town like Oly. Comprised of vocalist Justin Stang and guitarist

How NASCAR's Brad Keselowski forever changed Twitter

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How NASCAR's Brad Keselowski forever changed Twitter

Look out Twitter, the rednecks are coming. Appropriately enough, Jeff Gluck, the Motorsports Editor at SBNation.com, summed the situation up on Twitter. It's becoming clear the Daytona 500 will be remembered for two things: The jet dryer explosion and Keselowski's tweet. He was nearly dead on. He probably should have said tweeting, as

Saturday, March 3: The Missionary Position

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Saturday, March 3: The Missionary Position

As far as Jeff Angell goes in this world, Tacoma will always claim the born-to-be frontman as its own. And with good reason. Junior cut his teeth in T-Town, and the grit shows in his music to this day - even on his band's, the Missionary Position's, most recent effort

Friday, March 2: Guttermouth

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Friday, March 2: Guttermouth

This blurb officially marks the 87th time I've written about Guttermouth coming to Tacoma. Something tells me that while I may be running out of things to say about the iconic Huntington Beach punk rockers, Tacoma's many fans of the band aren't getting tired of seeing them. This Friday, Guttermouth

Friday, Feb. 24: Brotherhood of the Black Squirrel

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Friday, Feb. 24: Brotherhood of the Black Squirrel

Brotherhood of the Black Squirrel's second record, The Dust Bowl Ghosts, released last April, is described as "a trip through the dreams and nightmares of a down-on-his-luck circus comedian with a bum leg and child support payments." If that doesn't sound like a musical good time, I don't know what

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Friday: Brotherhood of the Black Squirrel comes alive!

IT'S GOING TO BE NUTS >>> Brotherhood of the Black Squirrel's second record, The Dust Bowl Ghosts, released last April, is described as "a trip through the dreams and nightmares of a down-on-his-luck circus comedian with a bum leg and child support payments." If that doesn't sound like a

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Volcano Radio debuts tonight on NWCZ Radio

TUNE IN FROM 8-9 PM OR REGRET IT FOREVER >>> Last night was big for us. Tonight will be even bigger.   Crossing a long-desired item off our collective bucket list, last night the Weekly Volcano recorded the very first episode of Volcano Radio - the Volcano's new Internet radio show and podcast.   It

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Haunted Mini Golf kicks off today

ZEROING IN >>> Sure, it may seem easy to scoff at miniature golf, or "Putt-Putt Golf" as it's been called (and trademarked). But that wouldn't be doing the sport justice. Yes, I did just call miniature golf a "sport." While that classification may seem debatable (and, OK, it probably IS debatable), there's some

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It's time to do it in Puyallup

THE FAIR OPENS FOR BUSINESS >>> More than simply cows, crowds and cotton candy, the Puyallup Fair has grown up alongside the town it calls home. Featuring a vast array of livestock, rides, booths, games, foods (of course) and big-name concerts, the 17-day Puyallup Fair, Sept. 9 - 25, promises enough

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Today in press releases: Robert Hill for Tacoma City Council committee

TRANSPARENCY IN MEDIA >>>   Making editorially decisions for SPEW isn't always easy. Sometimes, tough ethical and practical situations arise that require careful contemplation.   For instance, sometimes Robert "the Traveller" Hill sends me a press release.   What to do? Post or ignore? Acknowledge or disregard?   The predicament is tricky, and a number of factors

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Wild Flag's first show held at Northern in Olympia

SCORE ONE FOR OLYMPIA >>> Last night at Northern in Olympia, Wild Flag - perhaps at least momentarily better known as Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Janet Weiss and Rebecca Cole - played its first show ever. As Brownstein noted  (herself and Weiss Sleater-Kinney alums) most of her bands have played their

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Podcast: Cup Check sports column

CHECK IT >>> On the first Sunday of every month I visit the Northwest Convergence Zone - a South Sound based podcast orchestrated by the venerable Darrell Fortune. It's "kind of a big deal," for lack of a better description, as the pro bono, weekend warriors behind the Northwest Convergence Zone

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The Prefunk: Click! Family Flick

BRING ON THE WEEKEND >>> Admittedly, I'm sick. I'm snotty. My throat hurts. And I'm not even at the office today. Yet, The Prefunk - a regular weekend primer for you and your liver - waits for no one ... not even the sick. The show must go on - and so

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The Prefunk: Bots and Growlers

BRING ON THE WEEKEND >>> Last week I was on vacation. There was no Prefunk.  Your weekend still happened, of course, and I assume you still figured out a way to occupy yourself. But, you didn't start things off with tasteless whip-it jokes from the Weekly Volcano, and there was no

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THE PREFUNK: Rock n' Glow

BRING ON THE WEEKEND >>> Well, O. M. G.  The workweek is drawing to a close, and not only is the weekend upon us - but it's of the THREE-DAY variety! That's cooler than the other side of the pillow, as they say; the bee's knees (so to speak). It's groovy,

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The Oly Rollers are badasses. There's no doubt about it. You don't become a national champion roller derby team without having a little badass up your sleeve. Filmmaker Bob Ray, from Austin, Texas, is also kind of a badass. Ray, though, just happens to be the kind of badass that

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