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420 Funk Mob, Boneyard Crawlers, and others

Thursday, Nov. 15 PSYCHOBILLY boneyard crawlers When I hear the name “Boneyard Crawlers,” I instantly think of something completely different than what the Tacoma-based psychobilly band probably had in mind. Because I’m all about hip lingo, I often refer to Jazzbones as “the Boneyard.” Having worked the door at the club, I’m more

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Matt Coughlin

There’s a fine line between a totally sappy love song and an intelligent portrait of a relationship. Not many singer/songwriters can pull it off, but Tacoma’s own Matt Coughlin has the ability to wear his heart on his sleeve without making me want to puke. Originally from Belgrade, Mont., Coughlin

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Margaret's Café

The phrase “good things come in small packages” came to my mind recently while I was patiently waiting in line this week at a staple T-Town location. In downtown Tacoma, there’s an absolutely charming business with an equally charming owner, and both are small and cozy. Margaret’s Café Margaret’s was opened by Margaret

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Hitting 'em with art

Consider Friday night’s Art Slam at the Rialto Theater to be, sort of, like a blending of Laser Pink Floyd and that art class you had freshman year, only cooler than either because the event is sprinkled with a liberal dose of the essence of Tacoma. Basically, what you have is

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Celine Dion and others on sale this week

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Highland Heath And Holler with Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Bruce Molsky Tacoma. Nov. 29 7:30 pm. $36-$46 (Rialto Theater, 253. 591.5894). Switchfoot, Reliant K, Ruth Everett. Dec.

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Dancers, games and bad sweaters

THE DANCE Josh Rizeberg can “MOVE!” Josh Rizeberg and producer Xaviant are about to answer a lot of prayers. The native poet and beatsmith have alchemically distilled something really special. It’s not hip-hop. It’s not spoken word. Don’t call it fusion, please. The duo’s first collaboration, dubbed “Spoken Worlds,” features tight, grimy

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Pac Island Grill

No photo A bright orange wall meets a tropical green wall. Large framed pictures of surfing, sea creatures, and island sunsets grace the entry. The Taste of Tacoma Best Entrée winner for 2006 and 2007 enjoys plenty of sun and light streaming through cream colored, curtain-draped windows trimmed in lush teal

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Gone with the tropical breeze

I am on my way home after nine days of tropical sun, food and fruity drinks. This was our (the husband and my) second trip to Kauai, Hawaii, and it was everything it was before and more — almost.  We visited prior haunts and new digs. Many places have stayed

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Meconi's Pub & Eatery's Guinness

I have a very simple policy about eating meals while drinking: I don’t. Not, at least, when my goals for the night include over-inebriation. Snacks and appetizers? Fine. But big, juicy bacon cheeseburgers and a side of sweet potato fries? Sweet Christ, never while boozing, and never, ever while on

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Bunnell Winemaker Dinner

Thursday, Nov. 15: Canyon’s Edge Winery Tasting, 5-8 p.m., $5, Vin Grotto Cafe & Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Thursday, Nov. 15: Bunnell Winemaker Dinner, 6:30 p.m., $95, Sea Grill, 1498 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5656. Thursday, Nov. 15: Milbrandt Vineyards Winery, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th

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Fall into a beer

Just because the leaves are falling to the floor like Paris Hilton in a night club bathroom doesn’t mean the beer-chugging season is over. It has actually just begun. First out of the chute this month in the beer world is a shout-out to the Tacoma Beer Society as it continues

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It's Italian for 'quaint'

ANNOUNCER: The boys have made the Brotherhood Tavern their satellite office ever since they were old enough to pay their own tab (though they seldom do). The shuffleboard, the funky lights, the velvet U.S. presidents, the hipsters — heaven. But when they have had their fill of cash-only booze, they

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Dining in DuPont

There are few places in the South Sound where diners can travel through a world trip of food selections without having to get a passport. DuPont is becoming on of those locations, alongside Olympia\'s Fourth Avenue, Tacoma\'s Sixth Avenue and Pacific Avenue and the City of Destiny\'s Freighthouse Square. The city of

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Thanksgiving dining options

Red Hot Thanksgiving I learned that I’m spending Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family. I’m not terribly happy about it. In fairness, the Stevens are as welcoming as you could possibly be to someone they wish wasn’t dating their son. However, I never feel quite at home there. Why? Here’s one of many. The

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Green and bare it

I just ate a Hot Pocket. When it emerged from the microwave, it looked like something you might pull out of a clogged vacuum cleaner. It tasted like salted silicon. When the Tacoma Food Co-op opens, I’m going to stop eating Hot Pockets. That’s right, there is a distinct chance

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Viet My Gift Shop and Marlene's

Viet me I believe the Viet My Gift Shop on the corner of South 38th and Yakima in Tacoma’s International District represents what an outdoor market in Asia must be like. Stepping inside, incense fills the nostrils with exotic scents. My eyes trace the shelves up three, four, five shelves till

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Holiday Inspiration

Tonight’s Rocky & Coco’s Holiday Inspiration fashion show party will showcase feminine dresses and tops by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, whose motto is “Feel like a woman. Wear a dress.”  Watch for hot new denim for men and women by 7, Joes Jeans and True Religion. Rocky & Coco will

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Stylistic, schizophrenic abstract style

Aaron Trotter-Voronoff told me on the phone, when we set up our appointment, “You’ll know me when you see me.” It’s about noon, and a herd of university students is thinning out into small numbers of individuals hurrying to class. In general, they look student-like, with chins tucked deeply into scarves

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The lovely bones

Betty Bastai’s drawings bring to mind the Alice Sebold novel “The Lovely Bones.” Not the story, just the title. Along the right-hand wall of the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College is a group of eight soft and delicate Bastai drawings of X-ray images — lovely bones seen through

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Urbanaut

After Tacoma’s finest forced Saturday’s ürbanaüt art party out of the graffiti garages, Alan and Cheryl Gorsuch saved the day opening their Sanford & Son Antiques building where co-creator James Hume backed his black van into the top floor garage (Broadway side), connected his iPod to speakers, turned on the

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