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May 3, 2009 at 12:02pm

Couple Puyallup Fair concerts


James Taylor and Wynonna will perform at the Puyallup Fair Sept. 19 and 21, respectively. Both shows go on sale Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster outlets.

“Sweet baby James” Taylor and his band bring will charge you $30, $45, $55 and $64 for their “Down Home Tour.”

Wynonna will perform with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for $15, $25, $35 and $50.

LINK: Puyallup Fair’s concert schedule so far

Filed under: Concert Alert, Music, Puyallup,

May 3, 2009 at 12:21pm

Sixth and Fawcett, Tacoma, May 3

May 4, 2009 at 12:33am

5 Things To Do: Monday


2. It's Monster Metal Mondays with Lenore, Immiserate, Boston Strangler at Hell's Kitchen beginning at 8 p.m.

3. Blues jam hosted by Borrowed Time- Neil Fallen, Doug Skoog, Curtis Smith, Paul Buck and Billy Barner â�" begins at 8:30 p.m. Maggie O'Toole's in Lakewood.

4. The documentary Earth, a feature-length spin-off of the BBC series Planet Earth, screens at The Grand Cinema.

5. Rockaraoke at Jazzbones

LINK: Live music and DJs tonight in the South Sound

May 4, 2009 at 7:28am

Living on Borrowed Time


God bless the blues. And god knows there’s nowhere quite as fit for the blues as Lakewood. If that’s not a blues breeding town, Bobble Tiki doesn’t know what is. So, when Bobble Tiki got a call from Neil Fallen the other day telling him that the Monday night blues jam at Maggie O’Toole’s featuring Borrowed Time (a band consisting of Fallen, Doug Skoog, Curtis Smith, Paul Buck and Billy Barner) was in danger of ceasing to be, Bobble Tiki decided to take action. What you are reading is that action. If you at all care about the blues in Lakewood, get off your duff tonight and check out Borrowed Time doing its thing on the bluesiest day of the week. According to Fallen, if the jam doesn’t pack ’em in over the next two Mondays Maggie’s will move in another direction.

[Maggie O’Toole’s, 8:30 p.m., no cover, 6006 100th St. S.W., Tacoma, 253.584.3278]

Filed under: Bobble Tiki, Lakewood, Music, Tacoma,

May 4, 2009 at 8:33am

Nosh Pit: Good Food, Dog food or pate?


Doyle's-Rectangle Unscrupulous roasters have been known to load their coffee with as much as 10 percent moisture to increase their profits.

Dog food or pate? Who can tell anymore?

Cinco De Mayo dinner social

Today’s South Sound Specials

Something remarkable is happening in the Pacific Northwest; family farms are making a comeback. These farms, the farmers, ranchers, cultivators, and the food they produce, are the focus of the new documentary, Good Food,which screens at 7 p.m. in the University of Puget Sound’s Rotunda. Discussion follows with the film’s director.

Future Things Are Coming

The first Sixth Avenue Progressive Dinner was a success. Here comes the next one, Wednesday, May 20, under the title “A taste of Asia.” Wild Orchid, Gateway to India and North China Garden are on board. Studio 6 Ballroom has the details.

LINK: South Sound happy hour

Filed under: Food & Drink, Nosh Pit, Screens, Tacoma,

May 4, 2009 at 9:04am

Morning Spew

May 4, 2009 at 9:25am

What a mother


 First, swine flu took its toll on the film industry, delaying premieres in Mexico. Then, it canceled sporting events. Next concerts. Then Bobble Tiki’s Spring Fling. Now concerns about the possibility of Swine Flu being spread quickly through a large crowd has prompted the B&I Public Market in Lakewood to cancel its Day of the Mothers May 10 celebration.

Filed under: Events, Health, Lakewood, News To Us,

May 4, 2009 at 10:00am

Tonight: $3.99 steak


Paddy-Coyne's-Steak-Night You don’t have to sacrifice atmosphere when dining on the cheap â€" at least every Monday. Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub offers a $3.99 steak and fries â€" every Monday â€" in its beautiful Irish pub. Toss in a Guinness and the meal is $10. Good times are had by all, especially when you ask for a steak on the rare side, and it actually arrives rare.

While the steak was not something that would stuff the belly of an Irish wrestler, the meat and fries was enough to jump the barrier from "snack" to "meal" for even a big dude. I spotted one woman even leave some dead animal goodness on her plate because she was full off the four buck chunk. Of course, she only weighed 100 pounds.

In any regard, the meat, the creamy beer and the atmosphere swirl together for a nice night with a light tab.

[Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub, Monday $3.99 Steak night, 3-9 p.m., 815 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.6963]

May 4, 2009 at 12:43pm

Deliver the Weekly Volcano


Delivery-ad-pieces Positions are now open to deliver the Weekly Volcano in downtown Tacoma and Federal Way Thursday mornings. If interested in earning extra money, call 253.584.1212 and ask for Bill White.

May 4, 2009 at 1:07pm

Tossing Salad: Johnny’s Dock


Johnny's-spinach-salad Johnny’s Dock Restaurant
Spinach Salad with Shrimp
Price: $14.50
Rating: Three and a half out of four croutons

Just ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Johnny’s Dock is a direct representation of classic, traditional Tacoma waterfront dining. For more than 50 years Johnny’s has presented itself in grandeur, welcomed boating guests, served up fine hospitality â€" and even finer seafood. I’ll go ahead and be honest with you about something: I had never been there before. Don’t hate me.
I had recently been told by more than a handful of people that Johnny’s Dock was somewhere I HAD to visit in order to experience real Tacoma seafood. I knew it was something I not only “had” to do, but something I wanted to do. So on a recent beautiful, sunny day, I planted myself next to a window overlooking the beauty of Tacoma’s docks â€" right there at Johnny’s Dock.

Description: Fresh spinach leaves, generous amounts of slivered almonds, bacon chunks, and hard-boiled egg pieces are tossed in Johnny’s very own creamy Jamaica Mistake dressing and held together in a deep glass bowl. Laying upon this mound of decadent, traditional spinach salad saladries (I just made that word up), came a weighted mass of bay shrimp and grated black rind Parmesan cheese. Next to my very own spinach salad kingdom lay the warm, soft garlic bread that I just couldn’t seem to get enough of.

Taste: This dish had everything I needed in spinach salad. There were plenty of garnishments and toppings to chew on in every bite

Conclusion: I loved the bowl. I was so happy to see a real salad bowl, nice and deep. Forget those wide, shallow bowls with the huge rim. All that is telling me is that you think I’m stupid, and I will be easily fooled into thinking the salad is bigger than it actually is. Those immense bowls are nothing but an optical illusion. Johnny’s genuinely cavernous salad bowl made scraping the sides easier, dishing the goods onto my fork simpler, and presented the meal in a model way that I think more restaurants should follow.

I’ll tell you something else, restaurants, when a woman orders a salad; she is saying she doesn’t want a gigantic meal. So when you bring out that enormous, oversized plate-looking thing you call a bowl, it’s doing nothing but embarrassing her. She obviously doesn’t want people thinking she’s a pig in the first place (hence her salad order), so why would you make the presentation so large and grand as you set the meal in front of her?

Dressing on the Side
My message to local evening news: Enough with the Swine Flu bullshit. Enough with how shitty the economy is, and most importantly, enough with the fake voice inflictions. So it’s a slow news day â€" that much is obvious. Obama’s been in office more than one hundred days, he bought a dog, and we all look forward to hearing about his daughters taking their first bong hit in college. I get it, bad news slow going in your line of work.

When you have to over-hype a common flu and scare families into retreating to their basement shelters (which were originally built to wait out the apocalypse) â€" that right there is telling me that you are ignorant. You obviously can’t scrape up enough creativity and intelligence to put together an evening program pointing out the good in our communities and the people that are thriving. Talk about the kids, talk about charities, talk about events, music, and success. I’m sick of all the negativity. Don’t glorify an illness for your own, greedy benefit of making it “breaking news”. I know it helps you feel the job security, but it makes everyone else want to puke.

Don’t drill into your viewer’s heads that the sky is falling, the economy sucks, and that we’re all going to lose our jobs and become street whores. THAT is what makes people stop spending. THAT is what kills the economy. I hate you, television news media. Go get a job that actually requires you to use your brain. Like chocolate pudding pop making. Now that’s some good shit. Pudding pops. Mmmmmm.

[Johnny’s Dock Restaurant, 1900 E. D St., Tacoma, 253.627.3186]

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