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Monday, April 6: The Boxers

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Monday, April 6: The Boxers

Chicago quartet the Boxers start out their most recent LP, The Blue Pool, with washed-out snippets from Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet," distorted and sinister, before segueing into a sort of anthemic, melancholy rock. It's reminiscent of the days when the Flaming Lips were transitioning from stoned punks into the glorious

Monday, April 6: Charlie Saibel

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Monday, April 6: Charlie Saibel

Piano man Charlie Saibel is a superb musician, a versatile jazz/swing pianist and composer with an innovative sense of texture. He seems to have a lifelong fascination with genres, easily fitting in with honkey tonk, boogie woogie, blues, Latin, jazz, classic rock, plus seasonal and special occasions. He also morphs

Sunday, April 5: Intro To Intensive Methods and Soil Structure 101

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Sunday, April 5: Intro To Intensive Methods and Soil Structure 101

So you walk through the grocery store, and you look at the big, shiny red apples, and you feel hungry. Then you notice just how big and red and shiny they all are. You get all suspicious and start remembering things about pesticides and growing seasons, and all of a

Saturday, April 4: Fruition

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Saturday, April 4: Fruition

Much of the enjoyment of writing about and publicizing music comes from pleasant surprises. I admit I skimmed over Fruition's concert announcement the first time I came across it. I rolled my eyes when this trio of Portlandians described itself as "three-part-harmony-infused, melody-rich rock, country, folk and soul." That's like

Saturday, April 4: The Woolen Men

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Saturday, April 4: The Woolen Men

Portland trio the Woolen Men carry with them a number of easily identifiable influences that mix together in delightful ways. They bring the '50s rock by way of Violent Femmes, the stately indie pop of Guided By Voices, and the shambolic lo-fi rock of Pavement. It's ear candy for a

Friday, April 3-Sunday, April 5: The Jordan World Circus

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Friday, April 3-Sunday, April 5: The Jordan World Circus

The circus is a dying art - and the circus-lifer is a dying breed. Bearded ladies just don't go as far as they once did. Sure, someday there may be an iPhone app replicating the experience only achieved by rings of fire, balancing acts, crappy peanuts and captive wild animals.

Friday, April 3-Saturday, April 4: 2nd Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival

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Friday, April 3-Saturday, April 4: 2nd Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival

Comedy hasn't evolved much since the glory days of ventriloquist and puppet. Every so often, there's a Gallagher smashing watermelons or a musical funnyman like Jack Black, but for the most part, comedy is a dude on a stage with a microphone, plodding through a joke-punchline-new-joke routine. Boring! Well, that

Thursday, April 2: The Brown Edition

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Thursday, April 2: The Brown Edition

Award-winning Olympia-based funk rock band The Brown Edition wants you to join their band. Hold on - don't get your hopes up. The band, led by the charismatic Miguel Pineda, will host a jam session inviting all to join them on stage Thursday night at the Rhythm and Rye venue

Thursday, April 2: Olympia Farmers Market opens

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Thursday, April 2: Olympia Farmers Market opens

One of the most popular attractions in the city of Olympia, the historic and active Olympia Farmers Market opens its main season April 2. The market has been serving locals and visitors for 40 years and can see upward of 400,000 visitors during the market season. A vast variety of

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