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The Night Tacoma Danced

The Night Tacoma Danced is not for everybody, believe me. It is meant only for those of you who like to eat a variety of yummy food, enjoy a lot of fine entertainment, appreciate good art and are willing to have fun to support programs for kids. Sounds like a

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Own it

I dropped by a.o.c. gallery to see a group show that was described as a kind of transition show between the old a.o.c. managed by the husband-and-wife partnership of C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg and the new artists-owned cooperative gallery managed by, as the name implies, the participating artists

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Beautiful Angle

Why, oh why, you might be asking, does the Weekly Volcano put itself through this torment every year? The crowds, the lines, the expense … all to hand off a cheerfully wrapped box with the ideal gift inside, certain to thrill the recipient. No pressure there. Trying to escape the mayhem,

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Jason Ricci

Blues is alive and well in the 21st century, and while there might not be any bluesmen left from the cotton fields of the Mississippi, thanks to a batch of young musicians who are dedicated to keeping the genre alive, the sound of the Delta can still be heard like

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Loverboy plays Tacoma

upcoming shows Land Of The Sweets Burlesque Nutcracker Seattle. Dec. 20 7 and 10 pm. $23-$25 (Triple Door, 206.838.4309). Holiday Sing-Along Seattle. Dec. 20 7:30 pm. $20-$56 (Benaroya Hall, TM). Brian Culbertson: A Soulful Christmas Seattle. Dec. 20 7:30 pm. $45-$55 (Paramount Theatre, TM). Seaweed Tacoma. Dec. 21 9 pm. $15; Dec. 22 (all

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UFO and others on sale this week

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Black Lewis, The Mob Law, Doxology Seattle. Dec. 20 (all ages) 9 pm. $15 (The Showbox, TM). Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Bellevue. Dec. 29 7:30 pm. $22-$28 (First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue,

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What is art?

Tacoma.  Art.  The two go together like love and marriage, peanut butter and jelly, and gin and tonic. And the two are equally broad spectrum with Tacoma’s art scene encompassing a range from coffee to dance to clothing to paintings to parties to food to random acts of kindness. But is it

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Arm your kitchen for the season

Here we are well into the holiday season where you can’t swing a dead cat around without hitting an office party, a party with friends, a party with relatives, a party with neighbors, etc., etc. That’s a lot of commitment, which always leads to a big drain on your time

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Tagueria El Antojo

When the weather outside is frightful, I soothe my freezing bones with south of the border tastes. Tagueria El Antojo in Tacoma’s McKinley neighborhood fits the bill beautifully. The mostly authentic Mexican restaurant resides in the same spot where their taco truck once sat — a newly built modern mini-strip

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Ports for the holidays

Thursday, Dec. 13: Ports For The Holidays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $5, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15: Dom Perignon By The Glass, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15: Small Vineyards Tasting, 6 p.m., Pairings Wine & Bar,

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Sparkling wines

Thursday, Dec. 20: Sparkling Wines For The Holidays, 5-8 p.m., $10, Vin Grotto Cafe and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Friday, Dec. 21-Saturday, Dec. 22: Year End Monster Red Bash, 6 p.m., $20, Pairings Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Fridays: Wine tastings, 6-8 p.m., Mandolin Cafe, 3923

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Messiahs, Revels and yarn

THE CRAFT Rockin’ Knit Night In my childhood bedroom at mom’s there’s a red roll of yarn attached to a shabby seven-inch square — the scarf I started making when my Granny Grunt Grunt (don’t ask) taught me to crochet at age nine. Never one to throw anything away, I thought about

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Ho, ho, no?

As the holidays inch closer and closer, galleries and museums in Tacoma are ramping up for Third Thursday Art Walk Dec. 20. Since it’s only five days before Christmas, we figured the museums at least, and perhaps a few galleries, would be doing something festive. We were a bit disappointed,

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Theater roundup

First up — a shout out to the newbie in town. The Horatio Theater Company's first full production, "Molly Sweeney," isn't showing at the theater's home stage but in a coffee shop across town, but it is still a stage to watch in the coming years. The show is a theatrical

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Holiday shows

holiday Paradise Theatre is staging one of the funniest holiday shows ever written. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a kind of show that is a side splitter for anyone who has ever been involved with a holiday pageant. [Paradise Theater, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, $8-$18, 9911 Burnham Dr.

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Round Trapp

There are a few times in history when there is a perfect marriage between particular people and the times in which they live. Winston Churchill was the absolute right person for Britain during the early days of World War II. He managed to keep his country together in the face

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7-Eleven Days of Christmas

The holidays can be stressful and kind of a pain in the ass. Between getting sap all over your icicle fingers cutting down a tree, draping the electric blue lights over every inch of the house, trying to convince mom that you only need one box of tinsel this year,

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Little body, big voice

It’s a loud night.  Randy Oxford’s music set a scene, and that scene is vibrating with excitement, loud excitement. Then the first singer hits the stage, and says “Hi!” The crowd says hi back halfheartedly. She calls them on it. “I didn’t hear you!” she shouts, and the crowd responds in full volume. And

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Arm warmers?

I stopped dead in my tracks. Glancing over my mom’s shoulders at “The Young and the Restless,” I saw a teen girl wearing leg warmer’s; except, they weren’t on her legs. They were on her arms. Arms! I guess they’re called arm warmers. I have no idea, because I have never

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Santarchy (review!)

Ed. note: Matt Driscoll reviewed Santarchy on our blog, Spew. Finally, anarchy is coming to Tacoma, and it’s wearing a Santa suit. Well, hopefully hundreds of Santa suits. The pan-continental holiday riot known as Santarchy could easily be denounced as just another excuse to get s***faced — like wedding receptions or

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