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Viet My Gift Shop and Marlene's

Viet me I believe the Viet My Gift Shop on the corner of South 38th and Yakima in Tacoma’s International District represents what an outdoor market in Asia must be like. Stepping inside, incense fills the nostrils with exotic scents. My eyes trace the shelves up three, four, five shelves till

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Holiday Inspiration

Tonight’s Rocky & Coco’s Holiday Inspiration fashion show party will showcase feminine dresses and tops by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, whose motto is “Feel like a woman. Wear a dress.”  Watch for hot new denim for men and women by 7, Joes Jeans and True Religion. Rocky & Coco will

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Stylistic, schizophrenic abstract style

Aaron Trotter-Voronoff told me on the phone, when we set up our appointment, “You’ll know me when you see me.” It’s about noon, and a herd of university students is thinning out into small numbers of individuals hurrying to class. In general, they look student-like, with chins tucked deeply into scarves

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The lovely bones

Betty Bastai’s drawings bring to mind the Alice Sebold novel “The Lovely Bones.” Not the story, just the title. Along the right-hand wall of the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College is a group of eight soft and delicate Bastai drawings of X-ray images — lovely bones seen through

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Urbanaut

After Tacoma’s finest forced Saturday’s ürbanaüt art party out of the graffiti garages, Alan and Cheryl Gorsuch saved the day opening their Sanford & Son Antiques building where co-creator James Hume backed his black van into the top floor garage (Broadway side), connected his iPod to speakers, turned on the

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Fair Trade Market

Do you fall victim to binge shopping? Shop. Guilt. Repeat. I know I do, but one way I’ve found to do all the shopping for things I absolutely don’t need in my house is to buy things that benefit local charities or foundations and then give them away as gifts

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Hanging with my homies

I’m on the brink of my 32nd birthday, and I’m honestly discovering more and more that growing up is really, really hard to do. Sure, there’s a school of thought out there that says, “What the hell, why bother?” and so many believe in staying forever young, but you’d think that

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Beyond the Laser Dome

Bobble Tiki loves Mono in VCF. Loves them. Bobble Tiki can’t think of a more original band from Tacoma, and Bobble Tiki can’t think of a band he’d rather spend the night with. When Bobble Tiki realized Mono in VCF will be taking over the Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome

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The Place is spinning

At the occasionally hectic Open House for Tacoma Art Place on Saturday, a woman sat placidly working on something that appeared to be a toy. As a round block of wood spun, dangling a dowel, a bundle of fluff on the table became organized into string. Brenda Groboski pointed out to me,

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On local screens

2 DAYS IN PARIS: Julie Delpy and Adam Goldberg play a New York couple, she French, who wrap up a miserable European holiday by spending two days in Paris, living above her parents.  Not your usual lovers-in-Paris movie, but about two original, quirky characters so obsessed with their differences that

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Lions' roar is a lot of hot air

Useful new things to be said about the debacle in Iraq are in very short supply. I’m not sure that’s what “Lions for Lambs” intends to demonstrate, but it does, exhaustingly. Essentially, if I have this right, we should never have invaded Iraq, but now that we’re there, (1) we

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Choro Famoso, U277, Toga Party and more

Thursday, Nov. 8 ROCK Toga Party While the origins of the toga party aren’t necessarily clear, one thing is certain. The toga party is an American institution. Whether “Animal House” introduced you to the idea of donning a bed sheet Greek style and drinking until you fall down, or it was Tom

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke play brothers who conspire on a “victimless crime” with dire consequences, in one of the year’s best thrillers — and films. Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Amy Ryan, Rosemary Harris; one of the best films by the cinematic treasure Sidney Lumet.

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Breakin' up with Seattle

Dear Seattle: I’m breaking up with you, and I’m officially and forever over you. After you essentially kicked me out of your city and your county when I decided I wanted to buy a piece of property, we were pretty much done. But then, all along I’ve continued to hear your people

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Tacoma Fashion Carnival

Fashion junkies will get their fill with the Tacoma Fashion Carnival Sunday, Nov. 11, at 21 Commerce. Designer Lisa Fruichantie, among others, will showcase new work, Transcendence, and a variety of this past year’s creations along with new French cabaret inspired couture reminiscent of silent film queens, French cabaret and

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Kris Orlowski

As a music writer, this is probably the last thing I should admit, but what the hell. I’ve always believed in honesty. Sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly cynical or particularly burned out, reading band bios really gets to me. Sometimes I feel like if I have to trudge through one more

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Our awesome American Idiots

As if enough things in life hadn’t been making me feel old lately, like marriage and fatherhood and the way my naked ass looks in the mirror, Kevin Day of Top Heavy Crush delivered a real zinger Tuesday. As we talked on the phone about his band’s upcoming show at

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'F' is for feelings

Think about “entertainment” and the visuals that spring to mind. Jazz hands, punk rock, blues guitar, a chamber quartet, lights and action in a dark movie theatre, or possibly even slapstick antics on a stage might have popped into that brain. Think about “entertainer” and different, possibly related images might pop up.

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Warren Miller, Urbanaut and more

THE SLOPES Snow porn If it’s November, it must be Warren Miller time. Again. Since before Ike was president, Miller has been making, more or less, annual films dedicated to the exhilaration of all things vertical and snowy. The fact that he’s still doing it — though the actual director’s reins have

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All Freakin' Night

It’s that ghoulishly gross time of year again. I hear the gentle falling of leaves in the graveyard and the sound of buzzing flies. Ah, the sound of things dying. It’s my kind of season. Keeping with the season of the witch, those creepy folks at the Olympia Film Festival

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