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Watch where you step

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Watch where you step

Public inebriation and the problems that go along with it can be the scourge of a neighborhood. Just ask residents of Tacoma's South End and East Side, where empty cans of beer and the smell of degenerate urine once ruled the day.  Luckily, residents of the East Side and South End

It's back

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It's back

Friday marks the return of an event that's quickly become a Tacoma underground institution - the Friday Frost Park Chalk-Off Challenge - or whatever it's officially called. The "official" name really isn't important: what's important is the action. Now entering season three of weekly Frost Park Chalk-Offs, the Frost Park chalk

Change of course

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Change of course

In an unexpected turn of events that has many alumni and current students scratching their heads (even more so than usual), The Evergreen State College announced earlier this week a plan to institute grades at the state's most liberal of liberal arts colleges by 2012. Originally founded in 1967 as

TIKI LOGIC: Internet discoveries

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TIKI LOGIC: Internet discoveries

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. Technology is constantly improving Bobble Tiki's life. Before the Internet, Twitter, Facebook and smart phones - the daily information that entered Bobble Tiki's

Thursday, April 1: X-Ray Press

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Thursday, April 1: X-Ray Press

X-Ray Press is a band that - for better or worse - has been given the gift and curse of progressive rock - and uses it for evil. The band's interpretation of prog shows them taking their extensive musical backgrounds and smashing them all into a hardcore mold. "I'm a classical

Hardcore in 17/16

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Hardcore in 17/16

My father is getting more and more uncomfortable with the manner in which I portray him in this fine rag. He has asked me to print the following statement on his behalf: "Progressive rock is an art form that few appreciate, due to their inferior brain capacities. I, with my advanced

Coming out party

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Coming out party

Tacoma's Ben Union owns Jazzbones. Though I write such a sentence with a Tacoma wink and a smirk, as "owning" Jazzbones isn't exactly the sort of thing that gets you a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - the statement is nonetheless true. Over the course of Union's short, locally

Wednesday, April 7: Polka Party

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Wednesday, April 7: Polka Party

No genre of music generates giggles quite like polka. But while many see polka as the soundtrack for lederhosen-wearing seniors, The Intermittent Health and Fitness Club sees it as a life-changing force. First jump on one foot twice, then hop on the other foot twice. Read a book and repeat

Sunday, April 4: T-Town Gong Show

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Sunday, April 4: T-Town Gong Show

Your parents always knew when you grew up you'd spend Easter in a dive bar/pool hall on South Tacoma Avenue celebrating the resurrection of the Big J by competing in a drunken talent contest where the grand prize is $100. The T-Town Gong Show at Malarkey's, which starts at 6

Thursday, April 1: Philip Glass

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Thursday, April 1: Philip Glass

To be blunt, it's not often that you get the chance to see a legendary composer bust out an evening of their own, groundbreaking, work. Most legendary composers, after all, are dead. But Philip Glass is not - and on Thursday he'll be at the Washington Center in Olympia for

Thursday, April 1: Olympia Farmers Market

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Thursday, April 1: Olympia Farmers Market

The Olympia Farmers Market starts today and is destined to make Thursday through Sunday mornings a lot sweeter. But fresh fruit isn't all you'll encounter. The market is all about supporting local growers and producers. In addition to the popular gourd birdhouses and handmade soaps available, look for locally processed

Wednesday, April 7: L.A. Guns

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Wednesday, April 7: L.A. Guns

No, you're not just really high. You haven't just woken up after sleeping off some 96-hour meth bender and are now hallucinating that glam metal bands from the ‘80s are playing Jazzbones on Wednesday nights. It's real, dude. It's so real. PREDICTION: Frankly, folks, Miss Cleo couldn't call this one. There

Wednesday, April 7: Public Safety in Pierce County

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Wednesday, April 7: Public Safety in Pierce County

There are plenty of dangers to contend with living in Pierce County. Few people know this like Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor. Hell, just about every gruesome thing that goes down in Pierce County crosses these guys' desks at some point. So, who better

Moving on up

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Moving on up

Tacomans are responding with varying degrees of joy and outrage to news that the Northwest Detention Center will be moving from the Tacoma tide flats to Russell Investments headquarters in downtown Tacoma. Insider sources have confirmed that Florida-based private prison corporation the GEO Group has plans to expand its prison for

Wednesday, April 7: Blanco Bronco

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Wednesday, April 7: Blanco Bronco

No room has had the effect on music that the garage has. Think about it. Have you ever heard of kitchen rock? Absolutely not. But garage rock is a term that instantly makes sense - and things only branch out from there. Like Tacoma's Wheelies. While Blanco Bronco - one

Saturday, April 3: Reverse Dotty

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Saturday, April 3: Reverse Dotty

I'm not sure just how seriously Reverse Dotty wants us to take them. Their music is a kind of melancholy electro-pop, driven by sandy female vocals. The synths sound '80s disco-ready, and the band's aloofness sometimes gives the air of electroclash or riot grrrl. Sometimes, though, like on "Off the

Friday, April 2: Milk Music

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Friday, April 2: Milk Music

Olympia is a rock town. Plain and simple. Sure, we've got all kinds of cross-genre music, from sexy electro laptop folk punk to AARP sponsored state worker blues rock bands, but quintessentially - downtown Olympia belongs to rock and roll. Enter Milk Music, quite possibly the closest thing to Boston's

Friday, April 2: World's Greatest Ghosts

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Friday, April 2: World's Greatest Ghosts

Remember in the movie Casper when Winona Ryder asks the titular friendly ghost what his spectral body is made of? He replies that he thinks it's made of the same stuff that makes your feet tingle when they fall asleep. That's kind of how I think of World's Greatest Ghosts.

MUSIC PICKS: World's Greatest Ghosts, Milk Music, Reverse Dotty, Blanco Bronco

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MUSIC PICKS: World's Greatest Ghosts, Milk Music, Reverse Dotty, Blanco Bronco

WORLD'S GREATEST GHOSTS >>> Friday, April 2 Remember in the movie Casper when Winona Ryder asks the titular friendly ghost what his spectral body is made of? He replies that he thinks it's made of the same stuff that makes your feet tingle when they fall asleep. That's kind of how I

South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, April 7

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South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, April 7

Live music and DJs in the South Sound ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Upper Tacoma. Female Singer-Songwriter Night. 21+. 7 pm. NC. Sax Restaurant and Lounge Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Olivia De La Cruz. The guitarist, singer/songwriter performs during dinner. All Ages. 7-9 pm. Free. Hannah's Bar & Grille Olympia - Downtown. Open Mic.

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