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When your server snaps

Today I received my first letter. I hadn’t solicited yet for reader input, but it found its way to my editor.  Fortunately, he sent it my way while I was having severe writer’s block and about to drink myself into a stupor (who am I to look a gift horse

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Trouve to close

Trouve to close Trouve will close officially July 12 and is doing that whole “Closing Sale” thing. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good sale, but I hate it when the purpose of said sale is store closure. Empty storefronts make me sad, especially when the shops previously inhabiting said

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7/7/07, the number of the fest

When learning numbers in Japanese, it becomes clear that counting plays a very important cultural role. It’s not so much for arithmetic but more for identifying things and people in a way that is in line with the orderliness of the culture. There are two counting methods: one is the ichi,

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Concerts on sale this weekend

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 Creedence Clearwater Revisited Shelton. July 13 8 pm. $34-$45 (Little Creek Casino. 800.667.7711). Josh Wolf Seattle. July 13-14 8:30 and 10:30 pm. $20 (Mainstage Comedy and Music Club, TM). Jane Monheit Seattle. July

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Carmen’s summer daze

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing for this fine rag, it’s that you all LOVE Carmen when she’s on vacation. So with that, I have some music for your nibble-worthy ears. I just got started with another one right now! So many of you followed my Hawaiian adventures and escapades, and

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The sounds of summer

Common Northwest wisdom says it’s not officially summer until after the Fourth of July. Other parts of the country may start chopping off their Levis in June, but around here, the sun doesn’t really start showing up until the seventh month — and it only sticks around into September. The

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Wine Tastings

Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101). Tuesdays: Wine Tuesdays, 5 p.m., Toscano’s Café & Wine Bar, 437 29th St. N.E., Puyallup, 253.864.8600). Thursday, July 26: Waugh Cellars Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m., $75, Sea Grill, 1498 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5656.

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Two treats at the market

The Downtown Farmer’s Market is really, truly a special thing here in Tacoma. To be quite honest, it’s one of the reasons that I accepted a job here as a PR Bitty for the City. There are two vendors that I’ve been happy to wait in line for. My favorite is the shaved

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Mt. Rainier Country Music Festival

Trombonist Randy Oxford is up to it again. In conjunction with the Mineral Lake Event Center, he and his band will be presenting the Mt. Rainer Country Music Festival at the Loggers Jubilee outdoor arena.  Oxford has brought in an impressive lineup for this summer blast including Nashville recording artist Jonathan

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Street art

Graffiti has grown up. From hip-hop tagging of the ’70s and ’80s, graffiti has blossomed into an international street art movement. Street art. That’s what the new graffiti is called. And it goes far beyond spray painting the sides of buildings. In addition to wall paintings, the new street art may

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What\'s playing

1408: John Cusack is the man to watch in this horror thriller based on a Stephen King short story.  Like “The Shining,” also based on King material, the main character is a frustrated writer who likes to drink, has a terrible trauma in his past and is in isolated surroundings

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Three movies receive high marks

Evening Upstairs in a big Newport mansion, a woman is dying in a Martha Stewart bedroom. She takes a long time to die, and the movie is flashbacks from her reveries. An all-star cast sinks in a turgid weepie that commits the cardinal sin: It doesn’t make you weep. One cliché

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Yippe-ki-yay, movie-lovers

In “Live Free or Die Hard,” John McClane is the Energizer Bunny, Chuck Wepner and Batman rolled into one.  Like the battery-powered bunny, he just keeps going and going.  Like Wepner, the heavyweight punching bag known as the “Bayonne Bleeder” who was pummeled for 15 rounds by Muhammad Ali and served as

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Concerts on sale this weekend

on sale now Gretchen Wilson Tulalip. July 11 7 pm. $40-$100 (Tulalip Amphitheatre, TM). Chris Brown Tulalip. July 14 8 pm. $40-$80 (Tulalip Amphitheatre, TM). Jane Monheit Seattle. July 17-22 7:30 and 9:30 pm. $24.50-$26.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, The Moaners Seattle. July 21 7:30 pm. $15-$18 (Triple Door,

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Bobble Tiki loves the Fourth

Oh my god. Bobble Tiki loves the Fourth of July. He’s loves it so freakin’ much he doesn’t know what to do with himself. He’s giddy for two weeks in advance and suffers from a deep depression for two weeks after. Bobble Tiki is as patriotic as they come — at

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Back To Beale Street Blues Challenge

South Sound Blues Association’s Back to Beale Street Blues 2008 Challenge final round will be held on the Blues Stage at Freedom Fair July 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The stakes are high because the winning band will be sent all expenses paid to the International Blues Challenge held

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The bite of Ms. Led

Ms. Led’s new CD, Shake Yourself Awake, sounds like a battle cry. The first thing I heard when I put the disc into my CD player was the “GRRR” of distorted guitar, and right then I knew this album was going to have some bite. But I expected that, mainly

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The Elephants stampede back

For the record, the Elephants never broke up. “Per se.” Call it a hiatus. Call it a break. Call it an all-expenses-paid trip to the couch, complete with inactivity and boredom. Call it whatever you want, but after speaking with Cody Jones and Trevor Dickinson, the two remaining original members of the Elephants

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JW-Jones, These Little Nothings and more

Friday, June 29-Saturday, June 30 BLUES MUSICAL “i thought i heard elliot bay” Now here’s a fun idea. Bluesman/guitarist/songwriter Jack Cook has put together the “fake history of Seattle’” in a blues musical. “I Thought I Heard Elliot Bay” tells the fictional story of music in Seattle in the ’40s through the

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Tara McCormick

As if she borrowed a pair of Shania Twain’s walkin’ boots, Tara McCormick’s music is country with a sexy rock/pop attitude. If McCormick’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because she was Miss Washington in 2004, and she made it all the way to the top 15 in the Miss USA

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