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Friday, Jan. 18: Dusty 45s

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Friday, Jan. 18: Dusty 45s

For most Olympians with even a passive interest in attending live shows, Dusty 45s is a known quantity. Truth is, I shouldn't have to tell you about the band's renowned blend of rockabilly, honky tonk, folk and Americana, because you probably already know. You also may already know that it

Saturday, Jan. 19: "Return to Freedon" staged reading

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Saturday, Jan. 19: "Return to Freedon" staged reading

Alec Clayton, author of The Backside of Nowhere and art critic for the Weekly Volcano, recently published Return to Freedom, which begins where Backside left off - the day of the hurricane that wiped out the little bayou village of Freedom, Miss. Teenage hoodlums, who looted an electronics store during

Thursday, Jan. 24: "Whose Live Anyway"/Comedy in the Box

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Thursday, Jan. 24: "Whose Live Anyway"/Comedy in the Box

Remember that time in high school when your parents went away? You know, plot line of every teenage movie ever made - except this time, you blew up the house. Standing in the ashes as your parents roll up, what do you do? Say it with us now - iiiiiimprovise.

Wednesday, Jan. 23-Sunday, Jan. 27: Tacoma Home & Garden Show

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Wednesday, Jan. 23-Sunday, Jan. 27: Tacoma Home & Garden Show

  Judging by the looks of John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love blog fame, this annual prompt for spring cleaning - the Tacoma Home & Garden Show - is aiming for the young market. The Petersiks are one of those likable young couples that drives you nuts. Not only

Monday, Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Monday, Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. inspired and energized millions of people worldwide to seek and win basic human rights that had long been denied them, and inspired millions of others to join the struggle. At the 2013 Unity Breakfast ($5-$15, 253.692.4501) from 8-10:30 a.m. in the William W.

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Spar Cafe Olympia - Downtown. James Coates. 8 pm. NC. Cascadia Grill Olympia - Downtown. Jeremy Serwer. All Ages. 6-9 pm. NC. Matrix Coffee House Chehalis. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 6:30 pm. NC. Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. St. Practice Day, with The

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Cosy Sheridan. All Ages. 8 pm. $8-$12. BLUES Forza Coffee - Fircrest. Rev. Slim's "Grin & Bear It" Medicine Blues Revival. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Mike Brody. 8 and 10:30

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

BLUES Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. The Cold 102s. 9:30 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Mike Brody. 8 and 10:30 pm. $15. Dave's of Milton Milton. Comedy Night, featuring Mike Colleta, Jon Scarman, Andrew Rivers, music by Cuzinit. 8 pm. $10. Big

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. Open mic format with Pam Carter from Classic Case as the host. 6-9 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 8 pm. Immanuel Presbyterian Church Tacoma - Northend. Blues Vespers, with Junkyard Jane,

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Uke-Olympians. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday with Billy Pease, Paul Buck and Chris Gartland. 7 pm. NC. Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino rockin' blues jam. 8 pm.

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Summit Pub Puyallup. Tim Hall & The Band Real Times. 7:30 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Barstool

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

BLUES Charlie's Sports Bar and Grill Olympia - Downtown. Blues Jam with Blues Attitude. 9 pm. NC. Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Crazy Texas Gypsies Open Jam. 8 pm. Midtown Grill Bonney Lake. Wednesday Night Blues Jam. All Ages. 7-11 PM. COMEDY/GAMES Pints & Quarts Pub

Sunday, Jan. 20: Rainy Day Records 40th Anniversary Party

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Sunday, Jan. 20: Rainy Day Records 40th Anniversary Party

The year was 1973. Music was in it's arguable hey-day: Elvis Presley performed in Hawaii as the first worldwide telecast and was watched by more people than watched the Apollo moon landings, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was released and Rainy Day Records opened in Olympia,

THE ROCKFORD FILES: Innocent Bystander

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THE ROCKFORD FILES: Innocent Bystander

In my never-ending search for new Tacoma music, and my relentless attendance of all-ages shows in the South Sound, I incidentally hear more bands than I can possibly write about. And when presented with such a plethora of music, I can't help but take note of bands I'd like to

FEEDBAG: Toast of Tacoma, Urban Shopping and Cocktails, Death By Chocolate and more ...

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FEEDBAG: Toast of Tacoma, Urban Shopping and Cocktails, Death By Chocolate and more ...

TOAST OF TACOMA Perhaps you missed the big toast to ring in the New Year, or maybe you just love wine. Whatever the case, Jan. 25 from 7-10 p.m. El Gaucho (2119 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) will host its first ever Toast of Tacoma. Featuring several Washington wineries and pairing them with

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Friday, Jan. 18: Elbow Coulee

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Friday, Jan. 18: Elbow Coulee

Much has been said (by me, at some times) about how Elbow Coulee sounds like the meeting between pop-punk and dancey synth-rock, but the truth is that the band's range is larger than that. I mean, yeah, lead singer Andrew Tuller's voice does tend to sound pretty similar to that

Saturday, Jan. 19: Charlyne Yi

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Saturday, Jan. 19: Charlyne Yi

Let's just cut to the chase, here: Charlyne Yi (who you may know from movies like Knocked Up and her own quasi-documentary Paper Heart) will be swinging through town on Saturday. Yi, a resident of the out-of-control great Los Angeles indie comedy scene, is a true original. Bizarre, hilarious, and

"The Children's Hour" at Lakewood Playhouse

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"The Children's Hour" at Lakewood Playhouse

Willian Hellman's The Children's Hour is a long play, close to three hours, and its first hour is depressingly boring. Yet it's easy to see how its daring, few-holds-barred script was a Broadway sensation in 1934 - so much so, in fact, that New York state authorities were willing to

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