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Drink Up Buttercup: "Born and Thrown on a Hook"

About a month ago, I felt like I had officially been initiated into West Coast culture: I went to the Oregon Country Fair. Not that I hadn't already experienced the eccentricities of the Pacific Northwest before, especially walking the streets of Capitol Hill after late-night shows or strolling through the

Tearing down comedy from the inside

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Tearing down comedy from the inside

When I call Doug Stanhope, I catch him swimming in a pool somewhere. "Let me dry off my head," he says, "crack open a warm beer and light a cigarette." For those not immediately familiar with Stanhope, you may remember him as the co-host (along with Joe Rogan) of the ill-fated reboot

Five bottles of summer-y booze

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Five bottles of summer-y booze

In the summer, sitting on my patio drinking a cocktail is the adult equivalent of hanging out at the Oakbrook pool as a kid. The first sip always gives me the same delicious feeling I had when lifeguard Jack Connelly (yup, that one) screamed, "Adult swim is over! Kids can

South Sound Music Calendar: Thursday, Aug. 5

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South Sound Music Calendar: Thursday, Aug. 5

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Billy Stoops Acoustic Jam. 21+. 9 pm. NC. The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Maurice The Fish Records Showcase. 21+. 8 pm. $5. Liquid Soul Coffee Roy. Open Mic. Hosted by David Wayne. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Russ Salton & Friends. All Ages.

South Sound Music Calendar: Friday, Aug. 6

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South Sound Music Calendar: Friday, Aug. 6

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Herky Cutler. All Ages. 8:30 pm. NC. Port Plaza Olympia - Downtown. Music At The Port, with M-Pact. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Forza Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Steve Stefanowicz. 21+. 7 pm. NC. Olympia Farmers Market Olympia - Downtown. Who Are These Guys. All Ages. 11 am.

South Sound Music Calendar: Saturday, Aug. 7

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South Sound Music Calendar: Saturday, Aug. 7

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. A Thousand Years At Sea. All Ages. 6 pm. NC. Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub Tacoma - Downtown. Traditional Irish Music Session. Leo MacNamara & guests. 21+. 7 pm. BLUES Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Lisa & The Pok Chops. 21+. 8 pm. NC. Red Bicycle Bistro and

South Sound Music Calendar: Sunday, Aug. 8

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South Sound Music Calendar: Sunday, Aug. 8

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 6 pm. NC. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Open Note Shape Singing. All Ages. 5 pm. NC. Speakeasy Arts Cooperative Tacoma - Downtown. Radio8Ball Show featuring Jerin Falkner. A musical talk/game show based upon the concept of synchronicity. 

South Sound Music Calendar: Monday, Aug. 9

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South Sound Music Calendar: Monday, Aug. 9

BLUES The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Dickery Doo Band. 21+. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 21+. 7 pm. NC. Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Movie Night. 21+. 7 pm. DJ/ELECTRONIC Muckleshoot Indian Casino Auburn. Club Video. 21+. 9 pm. NC. The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District.

South Sound Music Calendar: Tuesday, Aug. 10

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South Sound Music Calendar: Tuesday, Aug. 10

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Borders Books and Music Tacoma Tacoma - Central. Heidi Vladyka. All Ages. 3 pm. Free. O'Blarney's Irish Pub Olympia - Eastside. Irish Sessions. Live traditional Irish music. 7:30 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. The Loft on Cherry Olympia - Downtown. Open Mic Night. All Ages.

South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, Aug. 11

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South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, Aug. 11

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC 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. 9 pm. NC. Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Savannah. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Raymond Hayden & The Dark Drive

Best of Tacoma 2010 In Memoriam: The Rest

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Best of Tacoma 2010 In Memoriam: The Rest

We honor some of the things Tacoma has lost over the last 12 months: The Luzon Building With a tree growing out of its side, a sag in its wall and a sad, dusty whimper that was sprayed down by guys in construction hats with hoses to keep the dust out of

Best of Tacoma 2010 In Memoriam: Brian Redman, Gayl Bertagni and Merende/Ian Lombardi

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Best of Tacoma 2010 In Memoriam: Brian Redman, Gayl Bertagni and Merende/Ian Lombardi

  Brian Redman We’re going to make a number of jokes in the Best of Tacoma 2010’s In Memoriam section, but Tacoma has been dealt some seriously crushing blows over the last 12 months, blows that still sting every day and weigh heavy in the air — perhaps none of which reverberated

Best of Tacoma 2010 In Memoriam: Dennis Flannigan

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Best of Tacoma 2010 In Memoriam: Dennis Flannigan

Dennis Flannigan is what some of my friends on the East Coast would call a mensch. He would probably disagree with me. That, in part, is why he’s a mensch. Mensch is Yiddish, and it means a kind of stand-up guy. It also means about 50 other things. All of them are

Best of Tacoma 2010 Editors' Picks: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

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Best of Tacoma 2010 Editors' Picks: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

>>> Best Impressive BookingsThe DenAdmittedly, no venue over the last year has been cursed and applauded more than The Den, the hipper-than-thou all-ages spot tucked inside of urbanXchange. Of course, this cursing and applauding usually comes separately; for instance, we’ll do cartwheels when The Den brings in a band like

Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Best Local Hip-hop Artist Or Group, EvergreenOne and Todd Sykes

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Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Best Local Hip-hop Artist Or Group, EvergreenOne and Todd Sykes

Recognition in the universe of hip-hop rarely comes easily, if at all — but following their 25360 Award for Best Video (“’90s Shit” directed by Erik Soderquist), the duo known as EvergreenOne and Todd Sykes have been christened once more by the South Sound hip-hop community as Tacoma’s Best Hip-Hop

Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Best Metal Band, Mahnhammer

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Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Best Metal Band, Mahnhammer

The culture of heavy metal is one I may never fully understand. Metalheads are tough guys, but also nerds; they worship Satan, but also desperately long to ride a dragon. Heavy metal has been dissected and scattered into a million subgenres. My brother gives me a dirty look if I

Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

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Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

Thank you to all who took the time to vote in our Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll. You are the Best. Best Metal Band: MahnhammerBest Local Hip-hop Artist Or Group: EvergreenOne and Todd SykesBest Singer: Vicci MartinezBest Guitarist: Evan PurcellBest Bassist: Mitch Vandenburg from Matt Coughlin and the GrowlersBest Drummer:

Best of Tacoma 2010 Editors' Picks: Bought And Sold

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Best of Tacoma 2010 Editors' Picks: Bought And Sold

>>> Best Place To Buy Star Wars Figures And Other Cool ShitTricky’s Pop Culture Emporium Everybody needs an ALF lunchbox at some point. Or a Wonder Woman toothbrush. Or a Jimmy Hendrix bath towel. Or a Skeletor tie. Or Gary Coleman (R.I.P. Arnold) ankle socks. Or an ABBA test press.

Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Best Independent Record Store, Buzzard's

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Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Best Independent Record Store, Buzzard's

Oh, what a strange and beguiling place, the record shop. Somehow, the assemblage of vinyl adds up to more than the sum of its parts. The advent of CDs and MP3s failed to relegate vinyl to the status of the 8-track or Betamax. There’s a beauty and simplicity in records

Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Best Pipe/Tobacco Store, The Green Room

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Best of Tacoma 2010 Readers' Poll: Best Pipe/Tobacco Store, The Green Room

It’s hard to find a good aromatherapy and herbal/tobacco accessories supply store these days. I mean one that really distinguishes itself. You can walk into any strip mall smoke shop and find an array of strangely-shaped glass smoking accessories. It’s overwhelming, really, the array of options for people who indulge

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