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Pearl Django

Gypsy jazz geniuses Pearl Django will make a blessed appearance June 2 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, with local favorites the Lance Buller/Stephanie Porter Experience. Twelve years on the road, Tacoma-born jazz nomads Pearl Django continues to wear out shoes, fingers and kegs on its path to musical Mecca. Neil Andersson,

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Shake and Blake

“It was pretty much a surprise,” says Ethan Newberry, best friend of “American Idol” contestant Blake Lewis, who lost to Jordan Sparks Wednesday night. “After one of Blake’s concerts here in Seattle a friend came up to him and said, ‘I’m taking you to the “American Idol” auditions tomorrow.’ Blake

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The cure for Portland music fever

As I’ve mentioned in this column several times now, my wife and I are expecting a baby in early June. It’s a little girl, and she’s due June 10. Her name is Lily Judith Driscoll.  She has big feet. I’ve seen them on the ultrasound, and I’ve seen at least one

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The Bimm Quaid, Randy Oxford and others

Friday, May 25 PROGRESSIVE ROCK the bimm quaid In my ongoing search to find bands that are atypical and who defy the norm, I ran across the Bimm Quaid on MySpace and was instantly impressed as their first song belted out of my speakers. With a blend of jazz-fusion and psychedelic rock

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Broken Oars

Fridays were meant for debauchery. Fridays were meant for cheap beer. Fridays were meant for making out with someone you don’t really know. Fridays were meant for the Broken Oars. Luckily, and appropriately, this Friday’s show at Hell’s Kitchen offers all of the above. Debauchery. Cheap beer. Unfamiliar lips. And one of

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Ted Nugent and others on sale this weekend

on sale now Robin Williams Seattle. May 24 8 pm. $45 (The Showbox, TM). Pearl Django, Lance Buller/Stephanie Porter Experience Tacoma. June 2 8 pm. $25 (Narrows Theater, 253.565.6867). Doug Stanhope, Andy Andrist, Brandon Popson Tacoma. June 5 8 pm. $15-17 (Jazzbones, 253.396.9169). The Beatniks Tacoma. June 8 9 pm. $12-$15 (Jazzbones, 253.396.9169). Reeble Jar,

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Summer fun and fashion with a significant message

Every Third Thursday, while Art Walk takes over the downtown Tacoma streets, a Puyallup event also transpires that seeks to connect women with a more spiritual purpose. What used to be the Puyallup After 5 Christian Women’s group is now Women’s Connections, seeking to bring women of faith together once a

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Markets and memories

Vaguely I remember being in Hungary.  I was young — only 8 — and many of my memories of the place have faded. But I remember Budapest’s open-air markets, with squawking chickens, fresh eggs, and just-harvested produce. I get the same feeling wandering through local farmers’ markets, though there are less livestock

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Prom T-shirts

Now that most of our proms have passed, everyone is still living in the moment. The girls still want to show off their dresses. They are taking their prom pictures and imprinting them on their favorite shirts. I love the idea; it’s new and cute for the summer. When I

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Shannon Mueller

Whatcha’ wearin’ to work when you’re on a budget? Shannon Mueller, who runs Babblin’ Babs Bistro in Proctor with her husband, William, sports the perfect saucy-sweet look for serving up gazpacho with avocado ice cream and savory blueberry soup (don’t judge until you’ve tasted!). Her shirts come straight out of Target, and

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Hairchat goes to the dogs

Often, after I get my hair done, I go far too long without washing it. Thing is, I suck at styling, and it never looks as good as the pros get it to look. Turns out I’m no better with my four legged friends, or at least one of them. After Tank went

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Rocket Records and food for the birds

Food for hungry ears So there I sat in my Volvo cringing as The Fray switched on in my CD player, and my hip friend looked at me dumbfounded and aghast. Now I recognize, working for this fine rag, I should have all kinds of diverse, eclectic, indie musical tastes. Not so, folks. I’m

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Dinner theater

ANNOUNCER: For years, the boys were told as children to stop playing with their food. But sometimes it’s OK for food to also be entertainment, especially when it involves sharp knives, a little ginsu flair and quality meat.  But that’s not the real story here. Lacey received another homegrown, made

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RR Anderson’s imitation of reality

The Weekly Volcano, entity interest piqued about RR Anderson after observing a certain drama unfold on the Tacoma Arts Listserv, and after seeing the meticulously wrought surrealist artwork showing now at Mineral, caught up with Anderson to get to know what makes the artist tick, so to speak.  WEEKLY VOLCANO:

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Rock under construction

I think there is a secret reason why people play their stereos too loud at stop lights even though it annoys other drivers. Beneath it all, they’re music evangelists, subconsciously attempting to convert others to their genre as they merrily roll along. Or maybe they’re just hoping to catch a

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JD’s Wild West Saloon well drinks

OK, film class, let’s review: in the movie “Urban Cowboy,” the mechanical bull as an icon symbolized what? A) Humankind’s insistence that the forces of nature can be overpowered. B) Bud’s intrinsic Alpha-male need to feel superiority over his peers. C) The struggle for dominance in relationships, as evinced by Sissy’s covert riding

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Taste of Cuba

Thursday, May 24: Taste of Cuba with wine pairings, 6-9 p.m., $45, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Thursday, May 24: Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Wildside Wine, 608 S. Oxford, Tacoma, 253.565.0811. Friday, May 25-Saturday, May 26: Cabernet Franc Tasting, Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m., $10, Pairings

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Sofia Bistro

Last week there was much lamenting regarding the lack of cool places to dine in University Place. Depending on how closely you listen to your foodie and oenophile friends, you may have just heard of Creig Kostoff’s recently opened Sofia Bistro, the West Side’s answer to this dilemma. Its upscale

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Playhouse for children

It is always fun to see a new theater thrive, especially when the theater fills a niche that was otherwise unfilled. Such is the case at Tacoma Children’s Musical Theater. It is the resident children’s theater program at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and it is staging its second production, “The Fabulous Fable

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\"The Giver\"

“The Giver” “The Giver,” a dramatic work that will keep you thinking, will play at Olympia Family Theatre. [The Midnight Sun Performance Space, through June 10, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, plus 7 p.m. June 7, $7-$18, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. 360.705.4239, olyft.org] “Hairspray!” The national touring production of the Seattle

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