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Saturday, April 18: Record Store Day

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Saturday, April 18: Record Store Day

When talking with Deadbeat Olympia owner and booker Brandon Rowley, he said that he once met with a 70-year-old Olympia lifer who imparted some wisdom: "Every day should be Record Store Day." Record Store Day is a fundamentally confounding tradition. Just like every other new holiday, Record Store

Thursday, April 23-Wednesday, April 29: Recital Week

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Thursday, April 23-Wednesday, April 29: Recital Week

Dude, somewhere - in the back of your closet, maybe - there's a necktie. You own one. Put it on. Or don't. Doesn't matter. Either way, it's time for you to get some culture. Luckily for you, this is recital week at Pacific Lutheran University, which serves as one-stop shopping

Thursday, April 23: Eternal

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Thursday, April 23: Eternal

The WU is coming through to a venue near you. Well, one of the Wu-Tang's West Coast affiliates is making a stop in Tacoma at El Potrero on the Eastside. San Diego representative Eternal will rock for the party people, thanks to Black Sam Entertainment. Eternal is making a stop in Tacoma

Visual Edge: Susan Aurand and Lucia Harrison at Evergreen State College

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Visual Edge: Susan Aurand and Lucia Harrison at Evergreen State College

The latest show at the gallery at The Evergreen State College is a two-person show with longtime and recently retired TESC art faculty members Susan Aurand and Lucia Harrison. Each has taught both art and science classes, and each brings meticulous observation of nature to their work. Stylistically they are

Feedbag: Chocolate Tour, Dine Out For Life, Defiance Bar & Bistro ...

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Feedbag: Chocolate Tour, Dine Out For Life, Defiance Bar & Bistro ...

CHOCOLATE TOUR Participating businesses in Tacoma's Sixth Avenue neighborhood invite you to drop by for chocolates noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Stroll around the district and collect chocolates from more than 25 locally owned and operated small businesses. Bring a friend and find your new favorite place to shop,

The Gritty City Sirens aren't in Kansas anymore

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The Gritty City Sirens aren't in Kansas anymore

Sometimes, the process of writing pulls me down a deep rabbit hole. Such was the case with Gritty City Sirens and their upcoming pair of reprise performances of Adventures in OZ. I searched for the burlesque troupe on YouTube and found one of their self-promotional videos. The music for that

Roses inhabit the fundamentally human land of John Hughes

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Roses inhabit the fundamentally human land of John Hughes

Why are the soundtracks to John Hughes movies so popular, so evergreen? Nostalgia can't answer every question, despite how much Buzzfeed and Jimmy Fallon insist that it can and should. It's also not just because the soundtracks to Hughes' movies contain, arguably, the best of the best of '80s pop

Happy Belly classes

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Happy Belly classes

When you envision what a "Spring Sweets Baking Class" looks like, you are likely to break out in a sweat and be reminded of working alongside flour-covered counters with your granny. You may fear what side effects such a class will have on your waistline. Fear not, friends, because Happy

Olympia Arts Walk

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Olympia Arts Walk

This weekend, Olympia gets artsy and wild at the 50th Arts Walk and 21st annual Procession of the Species. The streets of Olympia will be filled with music, street performers and people interested in seeing art and being seen - and, on Saturday afternoon, with a lion, a giraffe, polar bears

Through May 6: "Nature: Oberservation, Metaphor, Transformation"

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Through May 6: "Nature: Oberservation, Metaphor, Transformation"

The latest show at the gallery at The Evergreen State College is a two-person show with longtime and recently retired TESC art faculty members Susan Aurand and Lucia Harrison. Each has taught both art and science classes, and each brings meticulous observation of nature to their

Wednesday, April 29: We Will Be Lions

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Wednesday, April 29: We Will Be Lions

We Will Be Lions are a shapeshifting wonder. Listen to "When Your Skirt Hits the Floor," and it sounds like the parallel universe where David Bowie ended up fronting Pulp; play "Burn Me Like a Disco," and they give the Flaming Lips a run for the title of most anthemic

Tuesday, April 28: Roses

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Tuesday, April 28: Roses

I think bands that access the sound of the music featured in John Hughes movies end up resonating with people of a certain generation: they access that part of us that's still scared, that's still pining, that still wants to take a crow bar to the popular kids. LA band

Saturday, April 25: Full Moon Radio

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Saturday, April 25: Full Moon Radio

After just three years of digging their shoes into the dirt and establishing themselves as an Olympia fan favorite, Full Moon Radio are calling it quits. Though the split seems as amicable as something so shitty can be, it'll still be a bummer to see them go. Rather than immediately

Justin Johnson and friends trek Alaska's most northern point

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Justin Johnson and friends trek Alaska's most northern point

Ten years ago, Justin Johnson's mentor at REI posted a trip on the company's breakroom wall. Not just any trip. A perfect trip, one that Johnson could name drop during his full-time gig outfitting campers with tents, stoves and dehydrated food. Paul Dornish's idea? Cross the greater Arctic National Wildlife

Tuesday, May 5: Soft Fangs

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Tuesday, May 5: Soft Fangs

Brooklyn downtempo project Soft Fangs carries the weight of the world on its shoulders. This is unabashedly melancholy music, evoking the intimate, breathy, mournful sound of Elliott Smith. Frontman John Lutkevich sounds lost, adrift amongst the quietly tense instrumentation that propels Soft Fangs from devolving into sad bastard music. Listened

Friday, May 1: Versing

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Friday, May 1: Versing

Seattle quartet Versing are masters of lo-fi noise pop. Somehow both stripped down and soaked with fuzz, Versing evoke the deadpan rock of '90s icons like Pavement and Guided By Voices, taking turns with quiet, introspective pop and anthemic rock. The guitars are unimpeachable, a cacophony of joyously sloppy rock.

The bad and beautiful Sandra Bernhard

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The bad and beautiful Sandra Bernhard

She's influenced a great many artists since her arrival in the late 1970s, but there can only be one Sandra Bernhard. She made her bones when few female comics were household names. She earned a Best Supporting Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics for her performance in

An Afternoon With David Sedaris

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An Afternoon With David Sedaris

Clearly, I should've read David Sedaris before 2000. That, however, is when friends nagged me into reading Me Talk Pretty One Day, Sedaris' collection of humorous essays about moving to Normandy, France. It won him the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor, and I can tell you I've never laughed

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Music Critics' Picks: Versing, Soft Fangs, Hip-hop College Night

[LO-FI NOISE POP] + FRI, MAY 1 Seattle quartet Versing are masters of lo-fi noise pop. Somehow both stripped down and soaked with fuzz, Versing evoke the deadpan rock of '90s icons like Pavement and Guided By Voices, taking turns with quiet, introspective pop and anthemic rock. The guitars are unimpeachable,

Bes makes progressive rock with folk excursions

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Bes makes progressive rock with folk excursions

My understanding of progressive rock was largely informed by my dad, and the incessant noodling he exposed me to from an early age. It was obnoxious and fascinating, this gauntlet of bands that stubbornly refused to compose music that was immediately pleasant to the ears. After years of growing up

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