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Saturday, Jan. 15-Monday, Jan. 17: All Breed Dog Show Cluster

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Saturday, Jan. 15-Monday, Jan. 17: All Breed Dog Show Cluster

Man's best friend comes in many shapes and sizes. There are small dogs, big dogs, hairy dogs and dogs that shit and piss all over the place. There are cute dogs, ugly dogs, stinky dogs, and, well, dogs that shit and piss all over the place. This weekend at the

Friday, Jan. 14-Sunday, Jan. 16: Monster Jam

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Friday, Jan. 14-Sunday, Jan. 16: Monster Jam

Who doesn't like to sit in attendance while junkyard cars get smashed and toppled by massive, petrol-chugging monster trucks? Probably no one. That's like suggesting there's someone out there that doesn't like nacho cheese and back fat. Likely story. ... Anyway, luckily this weekend the Feld Motor Sports presented

Monday, Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Monday, Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the Hon. Norman Rice (Seattle's first African-American mayor) will be a big part of the University of Puget Sound's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Part of a bevy of planned events - from conversation to music to video and song - Strickland and Rice

Through May 3: "Pop Art to Post Pop"

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Through May 3: "Pop Art to Post Pop"

The Post Pop/Pop Art Exhibition, put on by The Gallery at Tacoma Community College and gallery coordinator Jennifer Olson-Rudenko, is a  hell of an idea. The exhibit, which opens Tuesday, is a collection of submissions - from professional artists and local school children alike - that will celebrate the time-honored

Friday, Jan. 14-Saturday, Jan. 15: Rebecca Corry

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Friday, Jan. 14-Saturday, Jan. 15: Rebecca Corry

Courtesy of Wikipedia, here are several facts about comedian Rebecca Corry - in town this weekend for at the Tacoma Comedy Club: (a) Corry has had enough success in the biz to earn a Comedy Central special, (b) she's done this despite the fact she was born in Kent and

Friday, Jan. 14: "Freedom Riders"

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Friday, Jan. 14: "Freedom Riders"

Bates Technical College always gets in on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration - and this year is no different. Friday, the school will sponsor a free screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary, Freedom Riders, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the downtown campus. "Bates is honored to showcase

Friday, Jan. 14: Vagabond Opera

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Friday, Jan. 14: Vagabond Opera

Unschooled in the "neo-cabaret" musical genre? Don't fret - just check out Portland's Vagabond Opera Friday in Olympia. Truly offering music of the world, the six-piece Vagabond Opera reportedly dabbles in sounds spanning the globe - from European cabaret, to Balkan belly dance, to Old World Yiddish theater and beyond.

Saturday, Jan. 15: Dragging an Ox Through Water and Ghost to Falco

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Saturday, Jan. 15: Dragging an Ox Through Water and Ghost to Falco

Portland multi-instrumentalists Dragging an Ox Through Water and Ghost to Falco make enveloping, hard-to-categorize music. Dragging an Ox Through Water (Brian Mumford) colors his folky jams with circuit-bent flourishes from tweaked oscillators and light-dependent resistors. Historically, Ghost to Falco (Eric Crespo) has played his eclectic, Elverum-esque compositions solo, but for his

The odd couple

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The odd couple

Portland multi-instrumentalists Dragging an Ox Through Water and Ghost to Falco make enveloping, hard-to-categorize music. Dragging an Ox Through Water (Brian Mumford) colors his folky jams with circuit-bent flourishes from tweaked oscillators and light-dependent resistors. Historically, Ghost to Falco (Eric Crespo) has played his eclectic, Elverum-esque compositions solo, but for his

Great bike rides around the South Sound

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Great bike rides around the South Sound

Come rain or hail or dark of night, Duncan Green can be spotted riding his bike through the streets of Olympia. As the coordinator of Intercity Transit's Bicycle Commuter Contest, Green promotes bicycling as transportation. But riding a bike is also one of his favorite recreational activities. He favors rides on

200 miles of family

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200 miles of family

It takes serious attitude to participate in the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage. The relay is 200 miles long, and it features six- or 12-person teams whose members must run three legs of the relay. The distance members run averages between three and 14 miles per leg. "It's crazy," explained Kristin Proffitt, a member

Having a ball

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Having a ball

Somewhere in about the sixth inning of the July 16th AAA baseball game, the Tacoma Rainiers appeared to be rallying against the Sacramento River Cats, scoring two runs and closing the deficit to 5-3. A murmur of excitement built throughout the stadium, and voices raised in excitement throughout the third-level

Not your father's AUSA

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Not your father's AUSA

The reigns of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army changed hands this month, and the new leader vows to make meaningful involvement, fun and soldier support cornerstones of the organization. Amy Tiemeyer, military relations liaison for America's Credit Union, envisions a dynamic chapter

USS Olympia makes special visit

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USS Olympia makes special visit

The commander and two crew members of the USS Olympia visited Olympia during the Capital Lakefair last week, updating people about what the 360-foot submarine has been doing. Cmdr. Tom Shugart, who became commander of the USS Olympia in November 2013, and his accompanying crew spent four days in Olympia after

Saturday, Jan. 15: Wheelies

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Saturday, Jan. 15: Wheelies

To celebrate the birthday of Neil Harris, owner of The New Frontier Lounge, the venue has booked pizza-loving indie rock bikers Wheelies (no strangers to The New Frontier), caffeinated 253 veterans Gold Teeth ("the most rock and roll band in Tacoma") and ecstatic Tacoma punks the Fucking Eagles. Maybe you've

Friday, Jan. 14: Roman Holiday

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Friday, Jan. 14: Roman Holiday

The Volcano has sung the praises of Roman Holiday plenty of times before. With a local brand of seemingly arena-ready pop rock, the band -  led by longtime friends Shane Lance (lead vocals, guitar) and Emerson Shotwell (drums) - has been rocking hard and looking good doing it in these

Friday, Jan. 14: Makeup Monsters

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Friday, Jan. 14: Makeup Monsters

Makeup Monsters (formerly the duo of Shayne Weeks and Isaac Solverson, now a trio including Jay Clancy) are a band that's frustratingly talented, handsome and widely beloved. They're also remarkably young - something that's been discussed to death here and elsewhere. MM's youthful energy is in keeping with their aural

Thursday, Jan. 13: Greylag

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Thursday, Jan. 13: Greylag

The folk revival of the indie scene seems to find its basis in an interesting ideal: the continuing search for beauty in little moments. Though it's difficult to avoid the perception of artifice - perhaps rightly so - in hipsters reprising a genre that more or less defines itself as

Triumph of the willy

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Triumph of the willy

QUESTION: When you gave advice to the woman complaining about her husband surfing the Internet for porn and swimsuit photos of Serena Williams, you seemed to have missed a word in her question. That word is "husband." I doubt people get married with it being OK for another man or woman

Indescribable, always mind expanding

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Indescribable, always mind expanding

I've spent years watching James Jenkins grow and change as an artist. When I first met him, in 2006, he was fronting a band called Mama Loves Daddy, which was caught up in the torrent of psychedelic garage acts in Tacoma, operating under the umbrella of Team Unicorn. Jenkins fronted

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