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The Invisible, Next and others open

The Invisible The producers of “The Sixth Sense” bring a stylized thriller to the screen that bares the interesting tag line: “How do you solve a murder, when the victim is you?”  Not quite as good as “I see dead people,” but it has potential.  In “The Invisible,” Nick (Justin Chatwin)

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An uncomfortable good time

Mike White makes movies about misfits.  In “Chuck & Buck,” “The Good Girl” and even the more mainstream “The School of Rock,” he centers the action on the kind of people we’d ordinarily snicker at or, more likely, just avoid — and then he documents their most agonizingly awkward moments.  It’s

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A lost opportunity

How much would you pay to see 10 badass, condemned-to-death criminals fight to the death for their freedom on a deserted island?  What does the average pay-per-view boxing match cost?  Would you pay that much — or more?  Those types of questions will likely cross your mind if you fork over

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G. Love, The New Cars and others on sale

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 Yard Dogs Cabaret Blitz, Femme De Fabrique Olympia. May 7 9 pm. $12-$15 (Capitol Theater, www.buyolympia.com). The Tierney Sutton Band Seattle. May 15-16 7:30 pm. $22.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). The Bravery, Test Your

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Drum n Bass Session

Drum n bass currently enjoys not nearly as much of the fawning media attention lavished on it in the mid-‘90s, when magazines anointed Roni Size and Goldie the kings of rapid-fire jungle. Then the R&B-flavored two-step genre has proved more commercially viable, at least in the U.K. And with that,

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Swissapalooza

Every once in a while an idea pops up that seems like such a no-brainer that you wonder why you never thought of it before, like putting French fries inside your bacon double cheese burger to save time on your lunch break, or offsetting the calories of the cherry covered

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Musicians Exchange rocks

Musicians Exchange operates with a mission to support up-and-coming musicians and provide them with inexpensive instruments and equipment to pursue their dreams. “It’s not the logo on the instrument that makes you good,” says owner Robert Richholt.  His Musicians Exchange buys, sells, trades and consigns on South Tacoma Way. Richholt, who

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Face melting acoustic rock

Last Saturday marked a monumental day in this writer’s life. In a move I’d envisioned many times over the last year, I opened my MySpace account, clicked on “edit profile,” and with a single tear of joy dripping from each of my bloodshot eyes, I calmly made a mouse click that

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April 26-May 2: Groundation, The Dirty Birds and others

Thursday, April 26 Janiva Magness [blues] Big Mamma Thornton, Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith might have not received the attention their male counterparts did, but all were equally influential in bringing the blues out of the juke joints and into the mainstream.  In the late ‘60s, Janis Joplin proved that white girls

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Surprise birthday party

So you want to throw a surprise party? Take a look at how our friends at the Tacoma Art Museum do it.  They’re throwing a big old “Happy 100th Year, Frida!” bash on Friday, and they’ve pulled out all the stops. What are they doing that you can take inspiration from? Have your

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Abolins and Sorella

Oh, the Carnage Found on floor, dead: One BCBG Girls shoe, two Children’s Place flip-flops, one super comfy slipper, two socks, one dog bed, one disemboweled stuffed bunny, one tiger with an eye chewed out, three Fairytopia Barbies, one beach Barbie, one beach Barbie swimming pool and all its accessories, two

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Sparkly red white and blue leotard

It was the Wonder Woman tattoo on her wrist that immediately drew me to liking Jennifer Elliott, new kid on the Jade’s Salon block. Once upon a time, I was an over-achiever, and my friends took to calling me Wonder Woman.  I have since taken up a “life triage” approach that

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Deb Hamilton and Megan Stein

Deb Hamilton recently sported a sweater-dress confection made by her friend Megan Stein.  Stein crafted the dress from two sweaters, very similar to how Pretty in Pink’s Andie Walsh created her own prom dress, which is an apropos connection, as Hamilton is wearing the dress to an ‘80s theme party. Hamilton and

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Ten Tiny Dances descend on Jazzbones

When the dancers hit the “stage” on April 28, their moves won’t be the expansive, sweeping leaps and 12-person corps pieces associated with dance pieces such as the Nutcracker or Swan Lake.  Ten Tiny Dances, a series that features 10 choreographers and dancers working within a four-foot by four-foot space “budget”

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Alexa Folsom-Hill’s surprise party

Some people turn 25 quietly, fading into the realm of “elderly.” Others, such as Alexa Folsom-Hill, go into that realm in a theatrical fashion, though not necessarily by her own accord. Kate Monthy covertly planned a surprise ‘80s-themed shindig for Folsom-Hill, inviting friends to the new MLKBallet home at Valhalla Hall (a

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Forza Coffee opens new stores

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge Indochine Asian Dining Lounge is not your grandfather’s Thai/Vietnamese restaurant.  High ceilings and carefully chosen décor complement the layout of the spacious restaurant that features a stunning separate lounge, two comfy waiting areas, round tented tables for large parties, private wall-screened suites for intimate dining, and three

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The Monsoon Room\'s two-year anniversary

We denizens of Tacoma like to imagine ourselves as residents of an actual metropolis. We nod appreciatively in the direction of Sixth Avenue and downtown. But this is all so much hallucination; for, as anyone who has ever left Tacoma for any reason knows, the City of Destiny just doesn’t

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Taste of Spring and more

Thursday, April 26: Wine Tasting to benefit The March of Dimes, 6 p.m., Pairings Fine Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Thursday, April 26: Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Corkscrew Cellars, 116 E. Stewart, Puyallup, 253.770.9463. Thursday, April 26: Tasting of Spring dinner with wine, 6-9 p.m., $45, Pour at

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