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Jason Gutz is connected

As a general art student at the University of Washington, Jason Gutz was drawn to the conceptual side of things.  “I never got that line quality thing,” he told me. I was watching him, along with his Boeing engineer brother-in-law, put together the centerpiece of his “Sequences” installment, which will show

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The Little Red Barn’s Killer Koolaid

After spending two hours driving up from Portland while listening to the deliciously corny Combustible Edison, I got the urge to be in a deliciously corny bar. I got the urge to go to The Little Red Barn. Located just off Interstate 5 in Rochester, The Little Red Barn is a

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Fresh SOTA Fashion Bash and Fashion Tea

Tacoma School of the Arts senior Sena Kim buzzes around UrbanXchange in a frilly, daffodilly top, plucking sweaters and shirts off of the clothing racks while the 2007 Daffodil Parade roars down Pacific Avenue: high school marching bands zim-zam ahead of lumbering, flower-laden floats carrying beaming teenage beauty queens; pirates

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Kulture Lab

Kulture Lab: if you don’t know it by now, you may never, never, never know it.   The plan, concocted by five local artists known as “The Dead Artists,” involved a six-month lease and six monthly parties, each installment designed to out-do the one before. The Dead Artists (Jim Price, Rob Anderson,

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Hanging with Prince Harry

If you’ve ever been hot for teacher, this column was made for you. So gather round, all of you naughty little children, and settle in for this here lesson. This week’s column means business, good business. Now, what are my credentials relating to business? Well, let’s just say that: My hair is black as spades. I

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Domestic disputes

If there is a theater award for most timely show, it would have to go to Theater Artists Olympia\'s production of David Mamet’s “Boston Marriage." The award would go to the theater now despite the fact that the play is set 100 years ago, because its message is timeless as

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Aloha Eddie Vedder!

Aloha, my good friends! This is Carmen Jones coming at you live from a Waikiki lanai that overlooks the busiest golf course in the world, and is a stone’s throw from the beach and the sand that I love to sink my pedicured toes into. Yes! I’m here visiting my dear friend from

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Arts Walk XXXIV

When you’re riding herd on one of the largest indoor and outdoor extravaganzas in the state of Washington and you’ve been doing it twice a year since just about forever, it might be a little difficult to keep it fresh and exciting. But the city of Olympia somehow does just

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Color and form

The show is called Color and Form, but I prefer to call it Beatrice Geller and Friends. It features digital photography by Geller, a Pacific Lutheran University art faculty member, with other works by Tom Michael, Carol Adelman, Stephen Rock and Jessica Spring. It’s really Geller’s show, but some of

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Bam Bam pots rock

Kathryn Bamford has a green thumb and an eye for one-of-a-kind pots. Her store, Bamford and Bamford Pottery, is an amazing place to visit with eye candy at every turn. Though the pottery is the main attraction at Bamford and Bamford, in the upcoming June edition of Sunset magazine it

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Flower Power

I’m always strolling the malls, boutiques and thrift stores for the next big thing. My latest discovery — flower power is back, man. It’s everywhere — on shoes, shirts, skirts, and glasses. I personally love the look. I don’t know if that makes me a flower power kind of person,

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Stadium seating for gourmet meals

ANNOUNCER: As the city of Tacoma continues to expand out into neighborhoods with character, the Stadium District quickly rises as a dining destination.  The Harvester is no longer the only game in town.  Entrepreneurs who wield wooden spoons rather than slide rulers have decided to make this district along the

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\"Hot Fuzz,\" \"Vacancy\" and more

Vacancy David and Amy (Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale), a couple awaiting their final divorce papers, check into a deserted roadside motel against their better judgment.  Creepy manager Mason (Frank Whaley) sets them up in the “honeymoon suite,” complete with a TV set that plays snuff films featuring masked men torturing

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This ‘Hoax’ is no joke

Fact and fiction, truths and falsehoods, loyalty and betrayal, are at the core of this fascinating new film from director Lasse Hallstrom.  Based on the intriguing, amusing and often disturbing story of literary hoaxer Clifford Irving and his attempt to convince the world he was Howard Hughes’ officially designated biographer,

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‘Fracture’ delivers as an intelligent thriller

The old, wealthy husband.  The young, beautiful wife.  The torrid affair.  The gun.  The perfect crime.  The surprise twist ending.  These are the main ingredients of “Fracture,” director Gregory Hoblit’s latest film, in which he makes generous use of Hollywood’s tried-and-true recipe for intelligent thrillers — films that don’t rely

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Dave Matthews and others on sale

on sale now Groundation Olympia. April 27 7 pm (all ages) and 11 pm (21+). $10, $15 booth (The Vault, www.buyolympia.com). The Presidents of the United States of America Parkland/Tacoma. May 4 8 pm. $20-$25 (Olson Gym, Pacific Lutheran University, TW). Hiromi Seattle. May 8-9 7:30 pm. $20.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Lifesavas, Strange Fruit

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Jazz and blues are back

Immediately following the Tacoma Daffodil Grand Parade in downtown Tacoma Saturday, the Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival will hit four downtown venues — Greater Tacoma Convention Center, The Swiss, The Harmon Pub and Brewery, and the Tacoma School of the Arts on Broadway. The Festival was founded in 2004 by Rich

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Spike and the Impalers

Seattle’s classic rock radio station, KZOK 102.5 FM, has a highly-rated morning show host named Bob Rivers. Rivers is known for his intelligent and humorous satire on his talk radio program, but he also has a deep affinity for music. Rivers has recorded several records of what he calls Twisted

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Jason Michael Carroll, 2 Live Crew and others

Friday Jason Michael Carroll If you attend this show, close your eyes for the first couple of songs, otherwise you might think Jason Michael Carroll is lip-syncing to an obscure deep-voiced country artist from the 1970s. The 28-year-old singer/songwriter looks like an ‘80s heavy metal singer — complete with long blonde locks

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