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Magic(k) moments

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Magic(k) moments

I couldn’t be happier that sunny, optimistic pop is coming back into favor. What’s worse than a world of music that collectively decides to celebrate the dour? I guess it’s all cyclical. Sunny pop, just like the mopey stuff, eventually reaches a breaking point. At that point, it’s struck down

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TIKI LOGIC: Threats and promises

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new installment of Bobble Tiki’s South Sound music news and notes column. Without further ado, let’s get rolling… Matt Coughlin. He’s been around, he’s played a ton of shows, he rarely gets the credit he deserves, and he’ll be

BITE US: Go Loco for tortas

Food Matters

BITE US: Go Loco for tortas

Tacoma resident Dawn Markley just happened to drive by Tortas Locas on South Tacoma Way. For her it was like stumbling on heaven. "I think I'm in love with the simple carne asada sandwich with cheese," she says. "The bread was perfect. The avocado made it so rich and tasty." Large

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BITE US: Empanada Wednesdays

Basilico Ristorante Italiano Basilico Ristorante Italiano stands in the top tier of Italian restaurants in the South Sound. The service is better, the knowledge deeper, and the care and attention given to each ingredient can be identified a mile away. And yet Basilico still feels like a special place meant just

Jonathan Richman visits Olympia

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Jonathan Richman visits Olympia

JONATHAN RICHMAN Thursday, Dec. 3 Oh, reader, I am all atwitter. Do you want to know why? Good, because I will tell you. Jonathan Richman is coming. He is. He really is. He’s coming to Olympia, and do you know what he’s going to do when he gets here? He will

Checking in with Dave

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Checking in with Dave

Man, do I miss summer. Don’t get me wrong. Fall is my most favorite season, followed by winter and then summer.  Ah hell, I like them all and I try to find something good in each season and usually it involves food. There’s a shocker. One of my favorite

How to protect your home

Operation Family Support

How to protect your home

Use this month-by-month guide to safeguard your home year-round, especially when you are keeping the home fires burning on your own. JANUARYOvercoming Power LossIf you lose electricity in a blizzard or ice storm, warm up cautiously.Never use charcoal briquettes, camping stoves, or other propane- or kerosene-powered appliances indoors.If you need extra

THING: Emily's Chocolates

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THING: Emily's Chocolates

Thing: Emily's Chocolates Manufactured in: Fife Product is: A little on the pricey side When: Shopping at local retailers Like: Metropolitan Market Although: You can save a buck By: Shopping at the factory's outlet Listen: And learn, folks   Hidden somewhat inconspicuously off Interstate 5 and 20th Street in Fife, an abundance of discount retail warehouses and factory outlets

Friday, Nov. 25: Derek Kelley and the Speedwobbles

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Friday, Nov. 25: Derek Kelley and the Speedwobbles

"I guess, if we were stars, you'd call it an all-star band, but I don't know if we are," laughs Derek Kelley. Even though Kelley's being modest in his assessment of the Speedwobbles, that's about as close to an apt description of the band as you'll find. Not only is it

WHAT'S THE WORD?: From our own backyard

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: From our own backyard

Hip-hop is a big-ass tree. The roots run deep. They're more permanent than concrete and asphalt. They'll outlast steel and grow through metal. The branches of the tree are vast and multiple. Many branches emit from the common trunk that grows from these roots. The branches of hip-hop are all

Friday, Nov. 25: Man Without Wax

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Friday, Nov. 25: Man Without Wax

In a manner similar to fellow bombastic locals Roman Holiday, Man Without Wax sounds perfectly radio-ready, a band just lying around, waiting for someone to discover them and throw them on the modern rock station. They've captured the sound of bands like Kings of Leon and even groups from the

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Get festive with spirits

(Creators.com) — Christmas gatherings come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from boozy office parties to family-friendly neighborhood get-togethers, but what they all should have in common are liquid refreshments. If the weather outside is frightful, party guests of all ages will appreciate hot chocolate or warm apple cider. For a

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Party like a rock star

When the holidays roll around, most of us don't have time to stand in our closets for hours deciding what to wear to the boss's house for dinner or to brunch at Aunt Jane's. But if we do a little homework before the invitations arrive, then we'll be ready to

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Holiday â€"meat” recipes

COCOA CHILI RUB FOR ROAST TURKEY   1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 cup ancho chili powder, 2 tablespoons fresh toasted cumin seed, ground, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper   Preheat oven to 325 F.   Remove gizzards and neck from

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The right meat for your table

There is nothing quite like walking into a old-time butchers shop and picking out the best and freshest meats for your holiday meal while sharing a conversation with your butcher as he wraps it up for you to take home to enjoy with your family. Our area is home to

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Shopping center in Lakewood close to bases

With the holiday season upon us, military families are looking for the best deals and easiest accessibility to stores to do their holiday shopping. The Lakewood Towne Center offers military families a safe, one-stop, shopping experience. Not only is the center military friendly, but it is also a place where shoppers can

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Sharon’s super-simple tips on holiday decorating

Stack colorful ornaments in glass vases or cut-crystal bowls for easy flowerless centerpieces. Collect clear glass decanters in all different sizes, and fill them with holiday candies, nuts and fruits. Dress up your sofa pillows as “presents” with decorative velvet scarves tied around them. Perk up your “fake” door wreaths by adding fresh

Holiday decorating on a shoestring

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Holiday decorating on a shoestring

Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive to be memorable. “My greatest Christmas memories are of things that were homemade for pennies — both gifts and decorations,” says Bruce Littlefield, lifestyle expert and author of Merry Christmas, America!And just because you may be a little low on cash this holiday season,

Special, unique shops offer surprising gifts

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Special, unique shops offer surprising gifts

Same ‘ol, same ‘ol? Is that how your significant other feels opening the bottle of after shave, the slippery nightie, the handyman’s how-to guide? Break out of the shopping doldrums and visit these unique places to find something truly special for those on your list.Clown around!At Lakewood’s Clown Shop, buyers

Operation Family Support

Groups that support you

Even before the start of the war on terrorism, hundreds of organizations have started to support deployed service members. But as the war continues on, special attention has been focused on the families who are left behind. The need for help is growing. In a blog, an Air Force wife wrote, “I

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