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Dropping bass downtown

Someone forgot to tell James Whiton that bass players are the underdogs of the rock ’n’ roll kingdom. Not one to stare at his shoe laces and hide behind the beat of the drum, Whiton brings the fat strings to the forefront. Not since Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Hurling big words and books

Of all the bands I’ve ever seen over the course of every concert and show I’ve ever attended, Bloodhag is still the only band I’ve ever seen rock the living shit out of the Tacoma Public Library. They’re still the only band I’ve seen pummel a crowd of all ages

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The Wailers are in town Sunday

Saturday, June 23 COUNTRY jonathan harris Jonathan Harris was born to love you. At least that’s what he’s been singing. This young country heartthrob has strutted his stuff in front of audiences as large as 12,000 people and shared the stage with national acts such as Jo Dee Messina, Sammy Kershaw, Black

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Nick Vigarino

My introduction to slide ironically came when I bought an Elmore James record and not through anyone local. Hound Dog Taylor and Earl Hooker only fanned the flames of my obsession. Playing in the same vintage manner of these electric pioneers is Nick Vigarino. But the Seattle-based slide player digs

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What You Got? Festival

Admittedly, Olympia didn’t invent D.I.Y. culture. But it could have. Of all the things about Olympia I like, from the bars, to the town’s walkability, to its politics, I’m always most amazed by the people. There’s a sense of community and ambition in Olympia, aided by the capital city’s relatively diminutive size,

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Less is More

Remember when you were in junior high and you’d go to the mall and see this rad shirt that just might turn you into the coolest person alive?  Just looking at it took your breath away, and the price tag did the same to your mother.  What happened to that

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Roam-O-Rama

MLKBallet stages its own show You know all about “MOVE!,” and you love MLKBallet for bringing the series to Tacoma. Now see what the events have been helping to fund at the first MLK recital Saturday afternoon at the ballet school’s current space on Hilltop Tacoma. The building, moved into after busting out

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Graduation jackets

At a graduation party, my friend Marta wore a plain Jane white spaghetti strap shirt, accented with lace at the bottom just to give it a little kick, and a hot pink overcoat. The coat looked like a business jacket, but for the club. It had a nice low cut

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Deborah Page

Deborah Page shows off rocker-chick cool fashion sense that only looks expensive. The ultimate bargain shopper probably wins “least amount of money spent to look hot” awards for this one, with a $6 Ross Dress for Less shirt layered over a Rock Star tee. Showing off acres of leg, she pairs her

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Sudzz in the Hairshop

My new “month in the Bahamas” blonde-streaked hair has a decidedly “long hard summer drought in Oklahoma” straw feel. Ew. Naturally, I did what I do in times of desperation — I ran to trusted friend and hair pro Renee Seamount of Renee’s Hair Shop, and asked her for a recommendation. She quickly

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Mondo Bizarro and South Sound Running

Dads, grads and bags In the past, the Significant One and I have argued over the whole Father’s/Mother’s Day gift process, with him having told me, “You’re not my mother, therefore I don’t buy you a mother’s day gift, and I’m not your father, so you don’t buy me a gift.” To

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Brain behind Moo Roo

Laura Malone is a bit of an enigma. She’s the savvy entrepreneurial businesswoman willing to take risks opening a bar in the Hilltop area two years ago with a corporate expansion plan that prospective business owners can learn from. She’s the articulate, informed conversationalist who can speak on a variety of interesting

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Fix and freeze

I’m a busy girl, and I know I need to eat healthier than I do. It’s tough juggling motherhood, job, household and a pretty healthy music addiction. In Tacoma and Federal Way there are cute little places called Kitchen2Kitchen that offers assistance to wayward souls like me who are desperately

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The Dirty Dish

Welcome to my world. It is a world filled with instant gratification, lucrative tips and flexible hours. It is also a world filled with long days, sore feet and stupid people. This world is the restaurant industry. According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 40 percent of the population have

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Four Spanish Wines and One Crazy Austrian

Thursday, June 21: Four Spanish Wines and One Crazy Austrian with Al Gord on the piano, 5-8 p.m., $5, Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Thursday, June 21: Mountaineers Social Singles wine tasting, 7-9 p.m., Pairings Fine Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Thursday, June

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Sea Grill’s Grenache Rose Sangria

Temperatures are rising, and everyone’s wearing skimpier clothes — even those of us who should exercise a bit more modesty. With summer comes all the attendant delicious imagery: flip-flops, sparkling pools, tropical drinks with tiny umbrellas, sun-bronzed towel girls … OK, maybe that last one’s just me. Sea Grill has pulled

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Queen of rock

One trouble with having 14 years of theater reviewing behind me is that I have a low threshold for bad theater because I have seen so much good stuff over the years. Seeing great theater just makes the bad, or even moderately successful, show unmemorable. One brain can handle only

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\"Whorehouse\" and \"Pocahontas\"

“whorehouse” Those whores are at it again — getting all uppity about being a victimless crime and whatnot. Such is the case at Tacoma Little Theatre as it finishes its season with “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a look at life and politics surrounding the Chicken Ranch. [Tacoma Little Theatre, through

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Summer Solstice and more

THE CEREMONY Summer Solstice Tacomans don’t have a Stonehenge-like monument with which they can determine the points of midsummer and midwinter, but we do have a few advantages over our ancestors. Paper calendars, clocks, computers and PDAs, to name a few. Put it this way: No one will miss the summer solstice

Green is the new pink

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Green is the new pink

The word green has many colloquial meanings in America. It means envious. It means brand new. Some say it even means horny, but recently green has become the new catch word for things that are environmentally beneficial. If you tell your friends you live in a green house, some might

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