Ernest Jasmin

Email: ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

11 February 2015

The Weekly’s ‘Hate You’ Mix tape will help you dump that zero for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day – that most contrived of holidays when guys stress over dinner reservations they forgot to make and online flower sales skyrocket, even though their guaranteed Feb. 14 delivery – is a BALD-FACED LIE! (Echo, echo.)

It's a day celebrated by some and secretly despised by just as many. Take the folks…

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11 February 2015

Comedian Koy headed back home

Jo Koy may have legions of fans, a couple of hit comedy specials and Chelsea Handler on speed dial now. But before he was famous he was just another kid hanging out at Tacoma Mall after class at Spanaway Lake and Foss high schools. Heck, he wasn't even Jo Koy back then; he was actually born Joseph Glenn Herbert.

This…

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10 February 2015

Make a Scene: Jazzbones to host saxaphone wizard Paul Sawtelle

Local sax man Paul Sawtelle puts his stamp on a wide array of pop classics with his new album, “Virtual Insanity.”

At the release party on Feb. 21 at Jazzbones, he and his Brotherhood of Soul band will perform several cuts from the new disc which opens with a shimmery, smooth-jazz translation of The Alan Parson…

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4 February 2015

Make a Scene: Band of Lovers to debut ‘The Coast’ album in Tacoma

As their name implies, Band of Lovers’ melodic folk-pop tunes skews towards the more romantic end of the spectrum. The duo -singer and ukulele player Sabina Beachdell and singer-guitarist Dave Strumfeld – will  play selections from their excellent new album, “The Coast,” on Feb. 6 at Metronome Coffee and Feb. 13…

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4 February 2015

It’s Fluffy! Gabriel Iglesias brings his Unity Through Laughter tour to Tacoma

We’re only a month into 2015, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the biggest years for stand-up comedy on record. In January, locals yucked it up with Cedric the Entertainer, Patton Oswalt and “Last Comic Standing” winner Rod Man. On the horizon are visits from big shots D.L. Hughley (March 13 to 15 at Tacoma…

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28 January 2015

Check out these Tacoma hot spots for watching the Big Game


Here we go again. Another year, another Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl, and hopefully this year's results will be similar to last year's brutal spanking of the Denver Broncos. Our prediction: 'Hawks 382, Patriots 10, but only because New England will cheat just enough to get a couple of scores during garbage time.…

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27 January 2015

Make a Scene: Keep your eyes peeled for Sonics Guy, Phoenix Jones and other locals during Super Bowl

Quirky, big-budget commercials for Bud Light, Go Daddy and Doritos are a given during the Super Bowl. This year, though, there's an even bigger reason to pay attention to the ads: A few of your neighbors may enjoy their 15 minutes of fame during NBC-TV's broadcast on Feb. 1. (Well, more like 15 seconds.)

Dozens of…

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21 January 2015

Tickets to see The Sonics in Seattle go on sale Thursday

Make sure you have your browsers ready tomorrow, Tacoma rock fanatics. Our hometown garage-rock heroes, The Sonics, will again melt faces on April 2 at Seattle's Moore Theatre with classic tunes like “The Witch,” “Cinderella” and “Boss Hoss.” Adding to the excitement is that grunge godfathers Mudhoney, a band…

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21 January 2015

Glover to pay tribute to Buffalo soldier legacy

Danny Glover could have chosen any number of roles from his long and storied career to revisit on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Broadway Center's Theatre on the Square: “The Color Purple,” “Witness,” the “Lethal Weapon” series. But the popular actor is coming to Tacoma to pay homage to the namesake of the 1997 historical…

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21 January 2015

Former Backstage space reborn as The Town

The local club scene has taken its share of lumps with the closing of several venues in recent years. But one defunct Sixth Avenue hot spot may soon be reborn as The Town.

The Backstage opened in 2011. Popular competitor Hell's Kitchen closed a few months later, after a decade as ground zero for Tacoma's hard-rock…

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21 January 2015

Show us your talent, skip waiting line for ‘America’s Got Talent’ tryout

“America's Got Talent” is headed back to Tacoma, and Tacoma Weekly has the inside track on how to skip the long line that's bound to stretch down the block from the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center on Feb. 9.

That's where producers will conduct 90-second auditions from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., in search of…

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21 January 2015

Motley Crue, New Kids and Weird Al among acts playing South Sound this summer

Major summer concert announcements usually start trickling out in February, but there has been a flood of big shows announced over the last few days, including local stops by “Weird” Al Yankovic, New Kids on the Block, Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa and Motley Crue.

That's right, Motley Crue, though regional fans may…

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20 January 2015

Grand opening postponed for new Tacoma venue, The Town

The local club scene has taken its share of lumps with the closing of several venues in recent years; but one defunct Sixth Avenue hot spot will soon be reborn as The Town.

The Backstage Bar & Grill opened in 2011. Popular competitor Hell's Kitchen closed…

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14 January 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Author Marissa Meyer launches new book

In 2012 – following the release of her debut novel, “Cinder” (Fiewel & Friends, $17.99) – Tacoma's Marissa Meyer became one of the hottest young-adult fiction writers in the country.

Meyer's New York Times bestseller, a sci-fi riff on the classic tale of “Cinderella,” kicked off her critically acclaimed…

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13 January 2015

New LeMay exhibits showcases classic trucks

On Jan. 8, LeMay – America's Car Museum unveiled its newest exhibit, “Ford F Series: The Truck That Grew Up with America,” a collection of rare and mostly vintage pickups that illustrates the evolution of one of Ford's most popular brands.

But there is also a subtext, as emphasized by LeMay's Chief Curator Scot…

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7 January 2015

Make a Scene: The Peking Acrobats are cominf to town

If you've seen one acrobatic troupe you've seen them all. These days, they're all just knockoffs of Cirque du Soleil, right? Then again, you may not have seen anything quite like the Peking Acrobats, the spellbinding Chinese troupe that will return to Broadway Center's Pantages Theater on Jan. 17.

“Cirque du Soleil…

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7 January 2015

Gospel star Tye Tribbett to headline J. Kinlow benefit Friday

One of the hottest names in contemporary gospel music is headed to Tacoma. Stellar-Award-winning singer Tye Tribbett will perform songs from his newest album, “Greater Than,” during a benefit show set for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Life Center Church, 1717 S. Union Ave.

Lynnwood's Eva Sabiano, a rising star in…

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The Daily MashUp

28 August 2015

Maybe they don’t “hate the F-ing Eagles”: Popular band’s singer reveals origins of name

The cover of this week's City Life section is dedicated to reunited Tacoma rockers,…Read More

22 July 2015

Rocky Sandoval celebrates new single “Just Like Stevie”

Rocky Sandoval will celebrate the release of a new single this weekend. The…Read More