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Never say ‘bored’ in Lacey

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Never say ‘bored’ in Lacey

Boredom and Lacey, Wash., should never be said in the same sentence.  For a town with a modest population of about 39,000, there are a plethora of things to do.To start with, consider the outdoor fun you can create at one of the 19 city parks.  Lacey also boasts three

NCO steps up after 9/11

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NCO steps up after 9/11

“9/11.”That was Sgt. Daniel Fortune’s simple and direct answer when asked why he joined the Army.“I saw what happened to our country that day, and I wanted to do my part to bring America back,” added the California native.Enlisting in the Army after graduating from high school, Fortune serves as

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Gateway to India to Gig Harbor

Tacoma’s popular East Indian restaurant will soon have a sister site. Baring any unforeseen hindrances, the target opening weekend for Gateway to India in Gig Harbor is Sept. 19 and 20.“Prices will stay the same,” promises co-owner C.J. Singh, who runs the front of house while co-owner and brother Surinder

Alan Gorsuch

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Alan Gorsuch

Although Alan Gorsuch and his better half, Cheryl, do a fine job running Tacoma’s Sanford and Son Antiques, it’s the borderline trouble Alan stirs up in this community that makes him an interesting Trouble with DeRosa victim.  I think we’ve all seen the confident, shirtless, beer-wielding Alan at community events. 

Pecha Kucha Night #2

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Pecha Kucha Night #2

If you can't say it in 6 minutes and 40 seconds, don't say it at all. That's the theory behind Pecha Kucha, a sort of mini lecture series that started in 2003 when Tokyo architects invented it to make their PowerPoint presentations less dreadful. Pech Kucha (pronounced "peh chak cha")

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Fancy frames

I’ve been told by friends whose artistic judgment I respect that my reviews are too forgiving. They might be right. I try to give artists the benefit of the doubt, and I’m never as critical in my reviews as I’d sometimes like to be. Mama said, “If you can’t say

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Spangled bursts, sparkles and shines

Zealot readers of this column already know the absolute high regard I have for Tacoma Little Theatre’s new Managing Artistic Director Scott Campbell. I have gushed about him so much that one would think I owe him money. I don’t, by the way. Campbell has that golden touch TLT needs

Partners In Crhyme

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Partners In Crhyme

It all started with some “ill rhymes and a hand-me-down keyboard” and evolved into a hardcore hip-hop act that sounds like maybe they incorporated an 808, a guitarist, and a better herbal jazz cigarette hookup. Partners in Crhyme has been around since 2001, sporting the names “Mr. Penetration” and “Johnny

Big Friction Jam reunion

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Big Friction Jam reunion

When Jazzbones hosted the Big Friction Jam in 2007, you could find a damp me on the dance floor every Sunday night. Well, I’m thrilled to report that one of the powers that created the Big Friction Jam, Jesse Turcotte, has organized a BFJ reunion Saturday night at Doyle’s Public

The Big Fellas

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The Big Fellas

Can I go on record as saying that the new subgenre of “dad-rock” is both terribly offensive and, in many cases, eerily accurate? For fear of angry, Baby Boomer retaliation, I hesitate to categorize San Diego’s The Bigfellas as dad-rock. But what else is there? How do you describe a

Madison Drive

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Madison Drive

Want to feel fucking old in a hurry? And I mean real old. Like, Brett Favre old. First, look at yourself naked in the mirror the next time you get out of the shower. That ought to do it. But, if by some chance that doesn’t’ work, try showing up

Speakeasy

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Speakeasy

Angela Jossy needs 100 artists with $100, some time to spare and a desire to sell some art. It doesn’t really matter what kind. All genres are welcome, within reason. Your work will have to be small enough to share space with as many as 27 other artists, but seriously,

Art is Anarchy

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Art is Anarchy

On a recent late Tuesday night I found myself alone on the roof of a former methadone clinic, gazing down at the lights of Tacoma.  Behind me, on Tacoma Avenue South at the edge of the Brewery District, a van caught fire.  Flames.  Smoke.  Sirens.  I thought of

The Missionary Position

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The Missionary Position

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new installment of Bobble Tiki’s South Sound music notes column. Let’s get rolling… While the recent Music and Arts in Wright Park Festival contained many highlights for Bobble Tiki — including nearly being rocked off his early afternoon barstool

Followers of Esoterica

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Followers of Esoterica

This Blinding Light may come off to some as a tough pill to swallow. Their droning psychedelic anthems of esoteric ritualism are bound to rub people the wrong way; accusations of pretension are an accepted risk inherent in high-concept music. But those who think This Blinding Light is full of

Modern day record releases

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Modern day record releases

News flash: The Internet has changed the world. I know, I know. That’s not exactly headline worthy stuff — unless this is 1992 or you’ve been living under a rock since The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air went off the air. Still, it’s true. Our world is drastically different

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Art is Anarchy

On a recent late Tuesday night I found myself alone on the roof of a former methadone clinic, gazing down at the lights of Tacoma.  Behind me, on Tacoma Avenue South at the edge of the Brewery District, a van caught fire.  Flames.  Smoke.  Sirens.  I thought of

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Ask Amy

Boy meeks girl Recently, you wrote about “female flirting moves recognized across cultures” — smiling, making eye contact and looking away, toying with hair or objects, and touching a guy’s arm. I disagree about them being “recognized.” Female employers have made eye contact and even smiled, but that didn’t mean they

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Big Friction Jam reunion

PARTNERS IN CRHYME Friday, Sept. 4 It all started with some “ill rhymes and a hand-me-down keyboard” and evolved into a hardcore hip-hop act that sounds like maybe they incorporated an 808, a guitarist, and a better herbal jazz cigarette hookup. Partners in Crhyme has been around since 2001, sporting the

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TIKI LOGIC: Diamonds in a Dead Sky

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new installment of Bobble Tiki’s South Sound music notes column. Let’s get rolling… While the recent Music and Arts in Wright Park Festival contained many highlights for Bobble Tiki — including nearly being rocked off his early afternoon barstool

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