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Friday, Feb. 20: Strangely Alright

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Friday, Feb. 20: Strangely Alright

Strangely Alright is more than all right - the band is awesome. Its music is fun, timeless and real. The band can laugh, cry and flip people off all in one album, backed up by talent and experience. Fronted by longtime Tacoma musician Regan Lane (Baby Knockors, Strypes, Groovy Times

Sunday, Feb. 22: Gig Harbor Film Festival Oscar Party

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Sunday, Feb. 22: Gig Harbor Film Festival Oscar Party

And ... Sunday is the day. Oscar day. The day all those little-golden-statue-grubbers have been losing sleep over. You want to watch, you know you do. But. You are cool. You are hip. You are in. And, in your crowd, you do not watch the Oscars. It is not done.

A Salute to Military Kids

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A Salute to Military Kids

Keona Ames studied the green LEGO before putting it on top of a yellow LEGO. "This is a great activity," commented Spc. Robert Ames as he watched his daughter.  "We've been to these events before, but this is by far the largest variety and activities." In its tradition of support Joint Base

Monday, Feb. 23: Author Holly Black

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Monday, Feb. 23: Author Holly Black

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of

Saturday, Feb. 21: Ultra Violent Rays

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Saturday, Feb. 21: Ultra Violent Rays

I don't normally do this, but I'm at a loss to describe Ultra Violent Rays' trippy electronic sound, so instead I'll let the band give it a go: "Imagine Philip K. Dick howling at a pale and dangerous moon while Siouxsie Sioux does a rain dance around him, but instead

Visual Edge: Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen

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Visual Edge: Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen

"Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen" highlights not only works of art from the art gallery collection at The Evergreen State College but also collections from the Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections, the Chicano/Latino Archive, the James F. Holly Rare Books Collection, the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center and

3 DRINK MINIMUM: Puerto Vallarta Restaurant

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3 DRINK MINIMUM: Puerto Vallarta Restaurant

For the past month I've seen just about every yee-hawin' family member south of the Texas panhandle. I've also tackled Mickey Mouse outside Cinderella's castle, busted skin on my aunt's new boat, chewed out some dude working the go-karts at an over-rated arcade, purchased a gallon (ok, two gallons) of

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Charlie LaBenz passes

Your Natasha is very rarely a downer, but this week I have to address a scene-of-the-crime issue that has thoroughly affected my entire person. While on my most recent vacation in Hawaii, I was given terrible, awful news. My friend from high school, Charlie LaBenz, died in a car accident on Guemes

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Worth the drive

The first thing they taught us in Art Snob 101 was that to find real art you have to drive up to Seattle, since Tacoma’s just an overgrown mill town with none of the real stuff — except for the one-eyed glass guy. And now the real art has not

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Derby party at O’Malley’s

After-partying at O’Malley’s Saturday night with the Dockyard Derby Dames meant beer, (loud) musical accompaniment courtesy of All Bets on Death, and conversation and camaraderie, even between Roller Derby teams who’d bouted against each-other earlier in the evening.

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Life Cycle

You grumble about the soaring price of gas, the frightening state of the environment, the dismal state of your fitness, and then wish there was something you could do.  And wouldn’t it be really cool, you muse, if there was some way to add a sprinkling of artistic eclecticism to

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Pacific Grill

Pacific Grill chef and co-owner Gordon Naccarato likens cooking to performance art, and he invites diners to the Pacific Grill show where he presents his favorite foods. Just don’t ask him to make you blackened Cajun salmon, or you might find yourself lying in the pathway of a speeding light rail

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Honey Bee BBQ

Honey Bee BBQ With something like 25 days to go before Memorial Day — when it will become the time when it’s OK to not only wear white pants but also to barbecue at will, on the deck, in the parking lot, behind the office, you name it — it’s high

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The Flying Scotsman

In America, it took the phenomenon of Lance Armstrong’s repeated wins in the Tour de France to capture the general public’s attention and bring the sport of bicycle racing front and center. Yet in Europe, and in many countries around the world, cycling competitions are frequently major sports stories in

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Two out of three ain’t bad

If you walked out of the exhilarating triumph that was “Spider-Man 2” and immediately started counting the days until the release of Spidey Trois, there’s probably nothing I can say that will dissuade you from racing to the multiplex for the eagerly anticipated third installment — but I gotta try

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Aaron Spiro

If the label alt-Christian acoustic rock stops you dead in your tracks and makes you do a U-turn, then you might miss one of the most cultivated local artists. Aaron Spiro is the king of crescendo and a master of emotionally charged vocals. At times he sounds like Coldplay’s Chris

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New wave of music in area

This week Club Impact hosts a night of electronic bands featuring Bellingham band Robotronica. Since I’ve been waiting for a day when Tacoma would embrace its inner robot, I decided to devote my column to the subject. Though there has been a thriving electronic music scene in Seattle for years thanks

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Thinking man’s hard rock band

By now, I’d imagine you’re probably sick and tired of me writing about Puyallup. It seems like every time I cover a band from P-town, all I can do is blabber and yak about my memories from growing up there. Puyallup Viking football, yada, yada, yada. Skipping school and smoking cigarettes,

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Eliot Lipp, Metal Fest, Beatbox Fred and others

Thursday Robin J. Landry If you get as psyched as I do when Lucinda Williams rips a new disc, then check out Robin J. Landry.  While her voice isn’t as weathered as Williams’, Landry’s insights on life, love and loss are just as compelling as anything the dirty blonde icon ever penned. 

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Clearing the air

Throughout my 25 years of existence, I’ve taken many a road, and I’d say I’ve learned my way around.  For example: pretty sure the road to hell is paved with my Nordstrom receipts.  And the way to a man’s stomach?  Screw baked goods.  It’s through his NCAA bracket … or

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