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I’m going crazy on you

One of my favorite things about Tacoma is Memorial Day weekend. While everyone was busy stressing about how they were going to get out of town and battle traffic to camp in Eastern Washington, hit up the Sasquatch! Festival, rush to Portland or Vancouver, or jet set off to the airport,

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Love Tacoma

There’s a specific, sweet conversation that I seem to be having over and over these days, and it never manages to bore me: I LOVE Tacoma, and apparently you do, too. I wind up with this topic week in and week out with every different kind of person imaginable. Thousands of you love

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Social sniper spot

There’s one particular establishment in Proctor that I’ve visited more than all of the rest as your very own nightlife hunter and gatherer: Knapp’s. But whenever I roll into Knapp’s, it’s not to be seen or heard. Knapp’s is my social sniper spot. Whenever I want to get away from my usual

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Cool Show

TAM has glitz. The new show called “Sparkle Then Fade” at Tacoma Art Museum is cool. Not necessarily great, mind you, but cool. There are some great artworks in this show, but also some that are downright stupid. It’s all about glitz, glamour, celebrity, the media — and how all of

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‘Girls Gone Wild’ guy

“Show us where babies feed!” More than anything, these are the words that come to mind when I think of Doug Stanhope — the brutally opinionated, smoke-tinged comic set to play Jazzbones this Tuesday, June 5. More than his stint with Joe Rogan hosting “The Man Show” (Stanhope and Rogan replaced original

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Slice of heaven

You’ll want to do one of three things after you see “Waitress”: eat a pie, bake a pie or sing a song about pie (because you won’t be able to get a certain pie ditty out of your head for about a day and a half).  Whichever way you go,

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Great \"Bug\"

Bug William Friedkin’s new film “Bug” begins as an ominous rumble of unease and builds to a shriek.  The last 20 minutes are searingly intense: A paranoid personality finds its mate, and they race each other into madness.  For Friedkin, director of “The Exorcist,” it’s a work of headlong passion. Its stars,

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Yo ho ho â€" three successful flicks in a row

There is a moment late in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” when Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley stride three abreast to a summit meeting of sorts.  Adorned in their elaborate getups, from boots to cloaks to unique hats, they personify pirate cool.  Watching three generations of

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Tuba with a twist

Bobble Tiki would like to take this opportunity to apologize, formally. In high school, back when Bobble Tiki was trying to be Sonny Crocket and scribbling “Scorps Rulz” on his PeeChee, Bobble Tiki used to make fun of kids in the marching band. Dweebs. Nerds. Dorks. Nincompoops. Even mollycoddles. Bobble Tiki had

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Pearl Django

Gypsy jazz geniuses Pearl Django will make a blessed appearance June 2 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, with local favorites the Lance Buller/Stephanie Porter Experience. Twelve years on the road, Tacoma-born jazz nomads Pearl Django continues to wear out shoes, fingers and kegs on its path to musical Mecca. Neil Andersson,

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Shake and Blake

“It was pretty much a surprise,” says Ethan Newberry, best friend of “American Idol” contestant Blake Lewis, who lost to Jordan Sparks Wednesday night. “After one of Blake’s concerts here in Seattle a friend came up to him and said, ‘I’m taking you to the “American Idol” auditions tomorrow.’ Blake

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The cure for Portland music fever

As I’ve mentioned in this column several times now, my wife and I are expecting a baby in early June. It’s a little girl, and she’s due June 10. Her name is Lily Judith Driscoll.  She has big feet. I’ve seen them on the ultrasound, and I’ve seen at least one

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The Bimm Quaid, Randy Oxford and others

Friday, May 25 PROGRESSIVE ROCK the bimm quaid In my ongoing search to find bands that are atypical and who defy the norm, I ran across the Bimm Quaid on MySpace and was instantly impressed as their first song belted out of my speakers. With a blend of jazz-fusion and psychedelic rock

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Broken Oars

Fridays were meant for debauchery. Fridays were meant for cheap beer. Fridays were meant for making out with someone you don’t really know. Fridays were meant for the Broken Oars. Luckily, and appropriately, this Friday’s show at Hell’s Kitchen offers all of the above. Debauchery. Cheap beer. Unfamiliar lips. And one of

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Ted Nugent and others on sale this weekend

on sale now Robin Williams Seattle. May 24 8 pm. $45 (The Showbox, TM). Pearl Django, Lance Buller/Stephanie Porter Experience Tacoma. June 2 8 pm. $25 (Narrows Theater, 253.565.6867). Doug Stanhope, Andy Andrist, Brandon Popson Tacoma. June 5 8 pm. $15-17 (Jazzbones, 253.396.9169). The Beatniks Tacoma. June 8 9 pm. $12-$15 (Jazzbones, 253.396.9169). Reeble Jar,

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Summer fun and fashion with a significant message

Every Third Thursday, while Art Walk takes over the downtown Tacoma streets, a Puyallup event also transpires that seeks to connect women with a more spiritual purpose. What used to be the Puyallup After 5 Christian Women’s group is now Women’s Connections, seeking to bring women of faith together once a

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Markets and memories

Vaguely I remember being in Hungary.  I was young — only 8 — and many of my memories of the place have faded. But I remember Budapest’s open-air markets, with squawking chickens, fresh eggs, and just-harvested produce. I get the same feeling wandering through local farmers’ markets, though there are less livestock

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Prom T-shirts

Now that most of our proms have passed, everyone is still living in the moment. The girls still want to show off their dresses. They are taking their prom pictures and imprinting them on their favorite shirts. I love the idea; it’s new and cute for the summer. When I

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Shannon Mueller

Whatcha’ wearin’ to work when you’re on a budget? Shannon Mueller, who runs Babblin’ Babs Bistro in Proctor with her husband, William, sports the perfect saucy-sweet look for serving up gazpacho with avocado ice cream and savory blueberry soup (don’t judge until you’ve tasted!). Her shirts come straight out of Target, and

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