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Feedbag: Secret Envelopes, Porterpalooza and coffee tasting

Food Matters

Feedbag: Secret Envelopes, Porterpalooza and coffee tasting

SECRET ENVELOPES Brix 25 (7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor) is at it again with their annual Secret Envelope Giveaway through Feb. 14. With every dinner, a secret envelope will be awarded. Don't open it! Revisit Brix 25 between Feb. 16-April 15, open that sucker up and reveal your monetary prize from

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Johnny Mathis, Tower of Power, Caspar Babypants, Keith Sweat, Guster and others ...

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Tickets On-Sale Alert: Johnny Mathis, Tower of Power, Caspar Babypants, Keith Sweat, Guster and others ...

We list major concerts going on sale this weekend, as well as national touring acts performing in the Puget Sound this week. SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, 253.627.TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TWEB = Ticketweb, 866.468.7623, www.ticketweb.com   >>> ON SALE NOW The Weather, Ravenne Woods Seattle. Jan. 17 8 pm. $10 (Neumos, etix.com) Stanton Moore Trio Seattle. Jan.

Chain and the Gang get minimized

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Chain and the Gang get minimized

Once bands became available to legitimate journalism - when writers were truly available to artists to find out what they were truly thinking - questions began to arise about the sincerity of the artists we knew and loved. Were the Beatles really inseparable friends? Was Prince this mystifying sex god?

Music Critics' Picks: Aan, Sol Seed, Mattress

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Aan, Sol Seed, Mattress

[EXPERIMENTAL POP] + FRI, JAN. 9 Portland-based experimental pop maestros Aan are making their return to Olympia for a show at Deadbeat Olympia, a record store that's quickly making a name for itself with exciting in-store shows. Although Aan opened for the Smashing Pumpkins, there's little of the Pumpkins' melodramatic posturing

Through April 16: Woolworth Windows

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Through April 16: Woolworth Windows

Elise Koncsek's "Sneak Peek" in the Woolworth Windows is an impressive and fun work of art. It consists of flat, cut-out images in a pop style not unlike children's book illustrations. There are stylized trees and animals, and each one has peepholes at adult and child levels.

Thursday, Jan. 15: Mattress

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Thursday, Jan. 15: Mattress

Mattress is a strange beast. The solo project of Portland musician Rex Marshall defies easy categorization. Commanded by Marshall's Calvin Johnson-esque deep, deep baritone, there's a languid sensuality to the music that somehow finds a middle ground between a lascivious crooner and the dirty, desolate electronics of Suicide. In terms

Friday, Jan. 9: Aan

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Friday, Jan. 9: Aan

Portland-based experimental pop maestros Aan are making their return to Olympia for a show at Deadbeat Olympia, a record store that's quickly making a name for itself with exciting in-store shows. Although Aan opened for the Smashing Pumpkins, there's little of the Pumpkins' melodramatic posturing to be found in Aan's

Friday, Jan. 9: Chain and the Gang

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Friday, Jan. 9: Chain and the Gang

After more than 20 years of taking the punk ethos and bending it to the will of a clothes horse and a stylistic maverick, Ian Svenonius has arrived at Chain and the Gang, which similarly takes elements of early soul music and abstracts them to conform to a 2015 attitude.

VOTE NOW: 2015 Best of Olympia Readers' Poll

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VOTE NOW: 2015 Best of Olympia Readers' Poll

The Weekly Volcano's 2015 Best of Olympia issue could feels a bit like "The Mr. Clean" edition. The 3-year-old Downtown Project has launched the walking patrol program to increase police presence, approved drug-free zones, added an Alcohol Impact Area to reduce public intoxication and drug-related crime; Downtown Ambassadors walk the

Theater Review: Glengarry Glen Ross

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Theater Review: Glengarry Glen Ross

We all know what it feels like to be stuck in a job we hate, where managers lead by harassment and double down on strategies that didn't work the first hundred times. Imagine you're trapped in a low-rent Chicago sales office with five alpha males, each struggling to sell Florida

Where Noodlebird came from and where they're going

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Where Noodlebird came from and where they're going

Noodlebird might just be a first for one of my articles: by the time the show I'm writing up comes around, they may no longer be called Noodlebird. As I spoke with frontman Scott Anderson, he expressed that Noodlebird has just become sort of an all-encompassing moniker that he slaps

Wednesday, Jan. 21: Hooded Fang

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Wednesday, Jan. 21: Hooded Fang

Toronto's Hooded Fang have garnered their fair share of positive reception since their formation in 2007, even earning a nomination for a Polaris Prize (sort of like the Canadian Grammy's) and setting up a tour supporting Johnny Marr, and they're deserving of every bit of praise. As their sound has

Wednesday, Jan. 21: "King Kong" (1933)

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Wednesday, Jan. 21: "King Kong" (1933)

Take a break from asphyxiatingly overplotted blockbusters to absorb the good old days, when all you needed was a mysterious island, a couple dinosaurs and one sexually voracious ape. The Grand Cinema is deep in its Classic Film Series, hitting the Triangle District movie house very third Wednesday. This month,

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Ted Brown Music Company Tacoma - South. Uke 'An Jam. All Ages. 6:30-8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Wed night Irish Session. 7 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Cascade Community Center JBLM-Lewis Main. Bar Bingo in Heroes Lounge. No cash prizes. 7 pm. Pints & Quarts Pub

Tuesday, Jan. 20: Banned Book Club

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Tuesday, Jan. 20: Banned Book Club

Reading fiction is a lot like eating out - "there's nothing wrong with occasionally indulging in tripe you can gulp down in a hurry, but the end result is almost always more satisfying when you can invest more time in savoring complicated flavors. Venturing into the literary world of fine

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

Listings

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Barstool Bingo. 6:30 pm. White Horse Tavern Yelm. Barstool Bingo. Prizes! 7 pm.

Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. always receives plenty of folksy acknowledgment on this day set aside in his name, but the best events tend to target togetherness. Here are a few: Unity Breakfast: The 9th Annual MLK Unity Breakfast recognizes and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King,

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Monday, Jan. 19, 2015: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Steilacoom Pub and Grill Steilacoom. Monday Music, featuring Kurt Lindsay. 7 pm. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Uke-Olympians. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday with Black Rose. 7 pm. NC. The Swiss Tacoma -

Sunday, Jan. 18: South Sound Wedding Show

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Sunday, Jan. 18: South Sound Wedding Show

A large percentage of people get married at some point during their lives. Some people, like Larry King for instance, do it several times. The fact is, weddings are a big part of our existence. All the more reason to check out the seventh annual South Sound Wedding Show at

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

Listings

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. 6-9 pm. NC. BLUES Dave's of Milton Milton. Blues Jam, hosted by Doug McGrew. 7:30 pm. NC. Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 8 pm. Immanuel Presbyterian Church Tacoma - Northend. Blues Vespers, with

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