The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

For our next City Life section we caught up with Joe Baker and Gwen Lewandoski, the couple that founded one of Tacoma's most promising power-pop acts, Trees and Timber. You'll be able to catch them – along with new drummer Paul Rybicki – at Tacoma's First Night celebration on New Year's Eve. Then they'll play the cozy confines of one of Tacoma's most historic dive bars on Jan. 11.

We put together a little podcast clip as a preview. It includes outtakes from our interview and snippets of “I Know Nothing,” “Hello,… Read More

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will open at 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014 to kick off the team license plate sales featuring Seahawks and Sounder FC themes. The license plates will carry an iconic symbol for each team – the 12th Man flag for the Seahawks, a team scarf for Sounders FC.
Net proceeds from Seahawks plate sales will go to InvestED (, a Seattle-based nonprofit that partners with schools statewide to help students from low-income families pay for clothes, shoes, school activity cards, testing fees and other student needs.
The bulk of the proceeds… Read More

Olympia’s Music in the Park looking for local bands

Olympia's Music in the Park is looking for bands to play next summer. Organizers recruited the Beatniks, Fishtrap and other local acts for weekly concerts at Oly's Sylvester Park and Port Plaza in July and August this year. Event coordinator Kim Combs said organizers are looking for family friendly music from various genres. “Something with a pretty decent beat or kick to it seems to go over best,” she said.

To apply, send your band's… Read More

The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa Program exceeded its own records in the number of calls, emails and social media followers this year.
The program, which began after a misprinted ad in a local paper in 1955, has more than 1,200 volunteers and NORAD staff answering queries on the location of Santa Claus as he circles the globe delivering presents.
The volunteers in the 23-hour NTS operations center answered 117,371 calls from children looking for Santa Claus (an increase of nearly 3 percent from 2012). Military family members and community leaders volunteered… Read More

TSO names new director

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra announced today the appointment of Sarah Ioannides as its next music director. The appointment comes after an international search spanning two years and encompassing more than 100 prospects.

Described by The New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority,” Ioannides’ dynamic presence has won praise from audiences and critics internationally with engagements spanning five continents. Her initial contract with the TSO spans a full five seasons, starting in 2014. She is already at work with TSO officials in planning her inaugural… Read More

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