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Blackberry Bushes, Ian Jones and the Jones Family Fortune and Cassandra Robertson

blackberry bushes In Olympia, girls like to do things their way. Since the early ’90s punk rock girls and Washington’s state capital have walked hand in hand down the independent music highway. But the self-reliant female energy from punk music radiated into other things. In 2004, three friends noted that in

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Hip-hop from the heart

His mother was supposedly rushed out of a James Brown concert to give birth to him. That could be why, in one of his poems, Saul Williams says, “At that concert he sang, ‘Say it loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud,’ and that shit came out in my bloodstream.” On

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Hot Dog!

If the lines at the mall, heightened traffic, and irritating jingles aren’t driving you up a wall, well then, with patience like yours, you should consider teaching in a public school. But if, like the rest of the world, you’re starting to feel the holiday season taking its toll, treat

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King and you

Ahhh, books. So calming. Even when there are thousands of them. So get mellow today during King’s Books Holiday Book Party & Fund Raiser. Actually, don’t be mellow.  Party! With eats, holiday games, some kind of drinkies, reading, and holiday catalog books slashed 20 percent off (catalogs, ya dig?), the

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Korean made easy

ANNOUNCER: For most of us, Korean cuisine can be difficult to like. First of all, it is the cuisine that gave the world kimchi — the notoriously stinky, fermented cabbage that is an essential part of any Korean meal and an acquired taste at best. Then there is the fact

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Brickyard's Mai Tai

In our post-Ziggy Stardust age, when chicks sport racing stripes and dudes don kilts, when even real men know from microdermabrasion and real women from drill bits, cocktails are one of the last clear markers of gender in America. Guys still balk at the coy fruit gals still gravitate toward

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Mazatlan Restaurant

One recent blustery night, suffering from my second cold of the season but feeling like I was coughing up bird feathers and had become the first North American victim of the bird flu pandemic, I grabbed GQ Tony and Head For Numbers to test out this new proverb: “Drink a

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Noshing and sipping

Masa first peek After Monday night’s grand opening, I can say one thing for sure: Masa es mi casa. This traditional Mexican restaurant, the second venture for the proprietors of Asado, served up muy especial mojitos and margaritas. The nachordinary starter came with a delectable bean puree. The potato and chorizo tacos

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Food news

Pasta Mania Has Harmon Brewery lost its noodle?  Who cares?  Every Tuesday the Harmon offers all you can eat pasta all day.  Pop in for lunch, drop $9.95 for the pasta dish, come back for dinner and eat pasta for free.  The pasta dish changes every Thursday. [Harmon Brewery & Restaurant, 1938

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Wednesday

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Caffe Adamo Puyallup. Open Mic Night, AA, 7 pm. Dawson’s Tavern Tacoma. Open mic 9 pm. Farrelli’s Pizza Parkland. Open mic, with Aaron Bigler 9 pm. Hannah’s Olympia. Open mic 9 pm. NC. Malarkey’s

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Tuesday

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Antique Sandwich Co. Ruston. Open mic 7 pm. Farrelli’s Pizza Parkland. Open mic, with Aaron Bigler 9 pm. NC. Mandolin Café Tacoma. Dave Randal, AA, 7 pm. Pierce College Puyallup. Centrevol, AA, 12 pm. NC.

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Monday

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Rhapsody In Bloom Tacoma. Pint & Dale, AA, 7 pm. NC. Shakabrah Java Tacoma. Open Mic Night 7 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Charlie’s Pub Tacoma. Battle Of The Boobs Wet T-Shirt Contest with cash prizes 8 pm. NC. Le Voyeur

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Sunday

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Farrelli’s Pizza Parkland. Open mic, with Aaron Bigler 9 pm. NC. New Frontier Lounge Tacoma. Open Mike, hosted by Captain Rick 6 pm. COMEDY/GAMES The Brotherhood Olympia. Movie Night 7 pm. Mandolin Café Tacoma. Bodacious Ladyhood, AA, 3

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Friday

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Mandolin Café Tacoma. Jam On My Muffin, AA, 6 pm. Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub Tacoma. Live Irish Ballads, with Oliver Mulholland & Friends 9 pm. Salty’s at Redondo Des Moines. Myles Crew 9 pm. COMEDY/GAMES/PARTY Cans Tacoma. Comedy

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Saturday

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC The Blue Bottle Yelm. Open Mic, AA, 4 pm. NC. Café Luna Vashon. Russell Clepper, Mo Pair, AA, 7:30 pm. Forza Coffee Lacey. Paul Mauer, Robert Boyd, AA, 7 pm. Gig Harbor Farmers Market Gig Harbor. Dave

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Wine/Small Plates

Olympia Dockside Bsitro & Wine Bar — Downtown Tacoma Cafe Divino — Old Town Enoteca — Stadium District Pour at Four — Proctor District Vinum Coffee & Wine Lounge — Downtown   CAFE DIVINO Tacoma’s first wine bar. It beckons you like a beacon with its friendly service, delicious bites and tasty sips. If the lasagna is on

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Vegetarian/Vegan

Tacoma Marlene's Market And Deli — Central West Quickie Too — Hilltop Wendy's II — Central MARLENE'S MARKET AND DELI They serve a vast variety of soups, sandwiches, quiches, specialty entrees and desserts — all with your health in mind. Highly recommended are: fresh quiche, which is now approved for real men; towering sandwiches made

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Steak Houses

Lakewood Goodfellas Steakhouse Tacoma Asado — Sixth Avenue El Gaucho — Downtown Pacific Grill — Downtown ASADO Argentine-inspired steaks, seafood and pasta surrounded by sunset colors, open kitchen and toasty fireplace. Full bar but head for the impressive wine list. One of Tacoma’s best restaurants. 2810 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.7770. LINK: Full review LINK: Asdado burger LINK: Tuesday prix fixe

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Spanish/Tapas

Someone please open a great tapas bar!

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