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Bad boys

I’ve been in a really bad mood all week. I should find some local art to review, but the way I’ve been feeling lately I’ll probably hate anything I see. Here’s the thing: I go to see local art exhibits, and what I see is stuff that’s been around half

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Needle Damage

Between flashing multi-colored lights, multiple Ocean Grooves DJs, the packed dance floor, and the beating throb of the house and mash-up music pouring out of the speakers, one might assume that they have wandered headlong into a giant dance club. Nope, just the Swiss. The popular downtown Tacoma watering hole opened its

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Family problems

“Under a Mantle of Stars” Harlequin Productions presents this comedy by the author of “The Kiss of the Spider Woman” that deals with a middle-class family that is taken off guard when two masked strangers come to the door. Everyone thinks they know who the strangers are, but they don’t since

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Break the "Wind"

Classic shows are always fun, but spoofs of classics are generally hilarious. A South Sound case in point is Olympia Little Theater’s staging of “Moonlight and Magnolias,” which opens this week. This Ken Ludwig comedy takes a look behind the curtain of the golden age of Hollywood in a fictional way,

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Remembered Light, Sex Workers Art Show and more

THE STAGE “The Weir” Some of the best plays in the South Sound might just be playing in the imaginations of the audiences who attend a special staged reading. Lakewood Playhouse presents a staged reading of “the Weir” by Conor McPherson for three days. The show is a simple work that lets

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Revisiting racism

“It’s not how you talk, not how you dress, not what kind of music you listen to … but people just don’t get it,” says comedian, author, actor and talk show host Brian Copeland. “They think it’s a show that tells you how to act white.” The confusion centers around the

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Jake steps up to the plate

The birth of a new beer pub always brings a little tear to my eye. But a new one just steps from my house makes me openly weep like a dad on his daughter’s wedding day. Such bawling came with the opening of Jake’s Bar and Bistro at 215 Wilkes Street

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Mascot tryouts underway

While most were still snug in their beds this morning, 20-year-old South Hill resident Payton Foutz was giving his all during today’s tryout for Tacoma Rainiers popular mascot Rhubarb the Reindeer. Foutz seemed a bit nervous at first when he entered the conference room at the Rainiers Administration Offices in

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Jill Ogden and Noel Miller

Fashion emergencies and wardrobe malfunctions can ruin a perfectly fabulous evening. Last week I had a fashion emergency — my head malfunctioned after watching the Seahawks game at The Red Hot, dinner at Twokoi Japanese Restaurant, and after dinner drinks across from Monkey at The Swiss before hitching a ride

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Happy, warm knits

Bored with the winter gear you’ve already been in for months? Tacoma resident Kelli Story translates her knitting skill into wearable art in the shape of gloves, scarves and hats to give your wardrobe a pick-me-up. The vibrant color of yarns she uses is in such contrast to the stark

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In the bag

Post-holiday purge Finding it difficult to find room for all of my new presents, I realized I needed to do a wardrobe and possession purge. I do this about three times a year, seemingly with the seasons but more truthfully on compulsion. I take a large box and then stand in

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On local screens this week

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM: Two of the universe’s great hunters battle once again for space supremacy. (R) – BW Galaxy Tacoma 6: Thurs 12:45, 2:55, 5, 7:10, 9:25. Lakewood Cinema 15: Thurs 12:25, 2:55, 5:10, 7:35, 9:30, 10:10. Fri-Thurs, Jan. 17 12:25, 2:55, 5:15,

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Marilyn Manson and others on sale

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 Jeff Coffin and the North Thurston High School Jazz Band Olympia. Jan. 19 8 pm. $10-$25 (Minnaert Center, 360.596.5501). Winston Jarrett Tacoma. Feb. 1 9 pm. $10 (Jazzbones, 253.396.9169). The

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DJs and blues switcheroo

Bobble Tiki doesn’t claim to be the most observant Tiki in the world, but he’s fairly adept at noticing the obvious. When Bobble Tiki slipped inside Jazzbones last Wednesday, it didn’t take him long to realize he wasn’t looking at the Blues Theatre he was expecting. Randy Oxford was nowhere

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The Most Awesome Protagonist

There’s not much room on Le Voyeur’s stage. Anyone who’s been to the Olympia club knows that. For this reason, and many others, when the one man band known as The Most Awesome Protagonist hits Le Voyeur this Sunday, Jan. 13, it’ll be a perfect fit. The Most Awesome Protagonist is

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How to release a CD

Software programs like Garageband and Cubase have made it easier for bands to go the DIY route and record their music at home, but after the stop button is pressed on the last take, the business side of the process begins. This is often the biggest challenge for independent musicians.

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U.P. Station Bar & Grill

When Bandito Betty first moved to Tacoma, and began looking for a bartending job, she often contemplated U.P. Station Bar & Grill. Unfortunately, she was too chicken shit to go inside and check it out. It looks quite small and uninviting from the outside, and there were always the same

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The Freakouts

Rock and roll is a youthful expression. It’s how the music was created and what it was meant to be. Rock and roll is about rebellion and energy and letting loose — all things you do better young. No matter how many more tours the Rolling Stones sellout, the facts

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Dead Air Fresheners, 7 on 7 and others

Thursday, Jan. 10 SYNTH PUNK unicorn basement Just when I think I know everything about music, I get thrown for a loop. Part New Wave, part punk and part noise rock, Unicorn Basement is an experimental synth duet who are as quirky as Zappa, but their low-fi synthetic sound is more accessible

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Vince Brown

Vince Brown is no stranger to string swing fans in the Northwest. As a part of the Tune Stranglers, Hot Club Sandwich and the duo Red and Ruby with LaVon Hardison, Brown’s nimble fingers have delighted audiences for more than 30 years. Beginning tonight, the guitarist/banjoist/ukulele-ist will host Swing Set

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