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Master of the skins

“Dude got a lot of face time in that Woodstock movie,” pointed out my boss, Pappi Swarner, when I mentioned I’d be covering drummer Michael Shrieve and his band Spellbinder’s performance at Jazzbones in Tacoma this Saturday. Yes, he sure did. And for good reason. At the ripe age of 20 —

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Master of the skins

“Dude got a lot of face time in that Woodstock movie,” pointed out my boss, Pappi Swarner, when I mentioned I’d be covering drummer Michael Shrieve and his band Spellbinder’s performance at Jazzbones in Tacoma this Saturday. Yes, he sure did. And for good reason. At the ripe age of 20 —

Wage games

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Wage games

South Sound minimum wage workers got a raise last week. If you ask restaurant owners how they feel about paying the highest minimum wage in the country, some will grumble a bit and others will tell you that they’re used to it. If that seems like a mild response, it

Wage games

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Wage games

South Sound minimum wage workers got a raise last week. If you ask restaurant owners how they feel about paying the highest minimum wage in the country, some will grumble a bit and others will tell you that they’re used to it. If that seems like a mild response, it

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The Milton Tavern

For years now, the outside of The Milton Tavern has been under construction. It’s looked like an utter and complete dive since my first time there more than 10 years ago. I’ve passed by there on a somewhat daily basis for about three years, and three years is almost how

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DIVE IN: The Milton Tavern

For years now, the outside of The Milton Tavern has been under construction. It’s looked like an utter and complete dive since my first time there more than 10 years ago. I’ve passed by there on a somewhat daily basis for about three years, and three years is almost how

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Barista Smackdown

And to think, I thought I loved coffee. How wrong I was. As it turns out, though I’m completely dependent on coffee to get my lazy ass out of bed every morning, I only really like coffee. This weekend, Tacoma will be jam-packed with folks who love the stuff. That’s because the Northwest Regional

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Barista Smackdown

And to think, I thought I loved coffee. How wrong I was. As it turns out, though I’m completely dependent on coffee to get my lazy ass out of bed every morning, I only really like coffee. This weekend, Tacoma will be jam-packed with folks who love the stuff. That’s because the Northwest Regional

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Playing is safe

Massimo Italian Bar and Grill Where: 13802 Purdy Dr, N.W., Gig Harbor, 253.514.6237, Web site Hours: 11:30 a.m. to closing daily, happy hour 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday Scene: Large, three-room restaurant that looks like a beach house serving all walks of life. Menu: Southern Italian with handmade crust pizzas, traditional pasta dishes and heavy on

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Playing is safe

Massimo Italian Bar and Grill Where: 13802 Purdy Dr, N.W., Gig Harbor, 253.514.6237, Web site Hours: 11:30 a.m. to closing daily, happy hour 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday Scene: Large, three-room restaurant that looks like a beach house serving all walks of life. Menu: Southern Italian with handmade crust pizzas, traditional pasta dishes and heavy on

Good night Elephants

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Good night Elephants

All good things come to an end. And so it is with Tacoma’s favorite indie sons, the Elephants. But wait, before you get all emo, look for powerful intoxicants to dull the pain and start calling your therapist to discuss a new episode of suicidal urges, know this: the Elephants — as

Good night Elephants

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Good night Elephants

All good things come to an end. And so it is with Tacoma’s favorite indie sons, the Elephants. But wait, before you get all emo, look for powerful intoxicants to dull the pain and start calling your therapist to discuss a new episode of suicidal urges, know this: the Elephants

Specials offered on whale watching trips in June

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Specials offered on whale watching trips in June

Kicking off the San Juan Whale Watching season, Clipper Vacations is offering a special rate of only $49 per adult for the San Juan Islands Day Trip, which includes a Whale & Sealife Search. Additionally, children younger than 12 are free with a paying adult when the trip

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Salty AND sweet

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Salty AND sweet

I understand that my taste buds must comply with certain fairness laws or else the American Civil Liberties Union will intervene, but I’d prefer to rent more space on my tongue to salty and sweet, leaving sour and bitter to double up in the sub-basement. Sure, I enjoy bitter coffee, and

Salty AND sweet

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Salty AND sweet

I understand that my taste buds must comply with certain fairness laws or else the American Civil Liberties Union will intervene, but I’d prefer to rent more space on my tongue to salty and sweet, leaving sour and bitter to double up in the sub-basement. Sure, I enjoy bitter coffee, and

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Italian Comfort Food cooking class

Toscanos Cafe and Wine Bar in Puayllup will host an Italian Comfort Food cooking class Sunday, Jan. 25 beginning at 5 p.m. It will be a 5-course dinner featuring wine, recipes and instruction. Call 253.864.8600 for details. The Old Spaghetti Factory offers a special menu with prices reduced by 40 percent

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Italian Comfort Food cooking class

Toscanos Cafe and Wine Bar in Puayllup will host an Italian Comfort Food cooking class Sunday, Jan. 25 beginning at 5 p.m. It will be a 5-course dinner featuring wine, recipes and instruction. Call 253.864.8600 for details. The Old Spaghetti Factory offers a special menu with prices reduced by 40 percent

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Porn vs. Internet

The Internet is the most innovative technology to ever affect worldwide communication. Where Andrew Jackson had an artist rendering to inform the people of his appearance, Barack Obama has a MySpace page. And where once we had to imagine absurd sexual acts in our minds, we can now just get

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Porn vs. Internet

The Internet is the most innovative technology to ever affect worldwide communication. Where Andrew Jackson had an artist rendering to inform the people of his appearance, Barack Obama has a MySpace page. And where once we had to imagine absurd sexual acts in our minds, we can now just get

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