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Heavy Metal Christmas Party

Nothing says Christmas like heavy metal. Forget mistletoe and egg nog. Forget Saint Nick and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. As Baby Jesus’ birthday looms ever closer, it’s time to think about drop tuned guitars and testosterone. On Thursday, Dec. 20, Cheers West in University Place will play host to the

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Sleep is overrated

Holy crap, this winter wonderland has been busy with all kinds of action, so let me just jump right in. The Supersuckers are the best rock and roll band ever Wednesday night I grabbed Suzy Stump, and we happily hopped on the barstools at the Red Hot for some brews and the

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Lakewood comes alive

A few years ago I looked around and said, “There is no live music in Lakewood!” It was strictly a DJ, karaoke and jukebox town (unless you count the mariachi band that frequently appears at Mazatlan restaurant), which is sad given the thriving music scene that existed in the late

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Rockin' for a great cause

Sometimes I have horrible thoughts — thoughts I’m not particularly proud of and thoughts that would probably disgust most people. While usually I keep these despicable feelings to myself, for the sake of this week’s column I’d like to share one. The other day, as my wife and I sat in

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Lots of jazz this week

Thursday, Dec. 13 SOUL ROCK intervision Six friends share a passion for crafting challenging compositions with pop sensibility, and they are good at it. The band combines elements of soul, rock and jazz to create a Steely Dan/Stevie Wonder-like groove. — Brad Allen [Masa, 9:30 p.m., no cover, 2811 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.254.0560] Saturday,

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Beating the holiday wrap

I have decided that this year is going to be different. I will not try to stretch the rolls of generic Christmas wrap and tidy, single color bows I’ve bought over the years at Hallmark and Rite Aid. This year I will break the mold. This year I will wrap

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Baked goods

Get your sweet tooth on AFFAIRS CAFE & BAKERY: Affairs Café & Bakery is a comfy place to catch up with a friend over breakfast and lunch.  Also, their chocolates are as close to a vice as you can get without actually sinning.  2811 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.565.8604. CORINA BAKERY:

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Western R Bar & Grill's gin and tonic

Tacoma has an abundance of dives — some murky, some dark, some that smell funny, some that are just plain dangerous. There are joints, holes-in-the-wall and hellholes of every description in this town — the Western R took the prize, because depending on what day of the week and what

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Dias de los Tres Reyes goodies

Holiday option No. 1: Slave for days in the kitchen baking gingerbread people, cake and pies for your relatives, who will then declare their devotion to the South Beach diet. Holiday option No. 2: Head to Julia’s Bakery and Café in Lacey. The assortment of freshly baked goods at Julia’s overflows

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TV Tacoma

I know that many of you consider me to be some kind of über bourgeoisie babe. At the surface, that’s probably true. But when you peel me down after several layers, you’ll discover some heartbreaking information: I can be such a geek. When I’m at home, I’m not kicking over martini glasses and shaking

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President rocks

When Ronald R. Thomas assumed the mantle of University of Puget Sound president in 2003, then Board Chair William T. Weyerhaeuser said, “Ron Thomas is an outstanding choice to lead Puget Sound at this time in the school’s history. He clearly understands Puget Sound’s commitment to its liberal arts mission,

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Vast vocabulary of visual tropes

If you see Ron Hinson’s show at Art on Center Gallery, you might think it is simply a rehash of the show he had there in August 2005. The painted constructions look identical to the ones he showed then. That is, if you don’t look too closely or don’t remember

Old-fashioned lake vacation

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Old-fashioned lake vacation

Many of us have fond memories of lake vacations with boating, fishing and lots of swimming. The towns of Chelan and Manson are perfect destinations for a lakeside vacation. Lake Chelan's crystal clear waters fed by melting snow from nearby hills and mountains just beckons on hot summer days. Just

Now is the time to take an Alaskan cruise

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Now is the time to take an Alaskan cruise

If you have ever wanted to take an Alaskan cruise, now is the time. Multiple cruise lines depart each week from the Port of Seattle to head north to Alaska. In previous seasons, older ships were typically what you would see, but in 2018, Norwegian Cruise Lines launched the brand-new

Summer living

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Summer living

Bathing suit? Check. Flip-flops? Check. Sunscreen? Check. As Washingtonians gear up for summer, the focus on enjoying the sunshine becomes paramount, often leaving adequate eye safety unchecked behind stylish aviators and rhinestone-bedazzled shades. Fortunately, Pacific Medical Centers' Vitreoretinal Surgeon Tony H. Huynh has a wealth of knowledge in regards to

Top 10 outings under $50

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Top 10 outings under $50

Nothing is more disheartening than arriving at a new duty station, seeing all the new things to do and explore, and realizing it will be months before you can afford to go anywhere because you're broke from the move. There certainly are plenty of worthwhile activities in the area that

Amusement parks  near JBLM

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Amusement parks near JBLM

Some military installations around the world seem to luck out with their proximity to awesome amusement parks. If you're lucky enough, you may end up within a short drive from Six Flags, Seaworld, Busch Gardens, or even a Disney Park. Here in Washington state, the national parks and forests are

Top five milkshakes around the South Sound

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Top five milkshakes around the South Sound

More than any other warm-weather, childhood treat, milkshakes seem to stay with us as we grow up. Many adults who have long outgrown Popsicles and ice cream cones don't have to think twice about ordering a thick, creamy, cooling shake on a hot summer day. As an ageless indulgence, shakes

Outdoors with outdoor rec

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Outdoors with outdoor rec

The greatest perk of being stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is its ideal proximity to, well, everything. With the Pacific Ocean to the West, and the Cascade Mountains to the East, and loads of forest and beaches in between, it's easy to connect with nature every day. Northwest Adventure

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