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Rites of passage

The kid has been biting her nails pretty much since she’s had teeth. Recently I was helping her wash her hands after she made dirt castles out of the soil from the holes the dogs have been digging in the back yard, and I noticed she actually had soil under her

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Glaude grooves

Listen up, Tacoma. The death of electronica in the South Sound has been greatly exaggerated. Come get smacked upside the head with evidence of its vibrancy on Friday, April 20, when Ocean Grooves celebrates its Eighth Anniversary at the Swiss. Headlining will be native DJ-gone-global Donald Glaude, DJ dAb and

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Gallery with a heart

The tattoo on Kelly Joseph’s wrist tells the story behind the story of how it was she came to the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by her favorite book by Tom Robbins, “Still Life with Woodpecker,” the tattoo indelibly confirms her love of the author from the area where she knew she wanted

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Film

Capitol Theater Olympia. The documentary Courthouse Girls of Farmland, May 29 noon, free (206 E. Fifth Ave., 360.754.6670). Museum of Glass Downtown Tacoma. The Time of Lino and White Light: Glass Compositions by Daniel Clayman, 10 am to 5 pm Mon-Sat, noon-5 pm Sun, 10 am to 8 pm 3rd Thurs.

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Kids

Borders Books, Music & Cafe Puyallup. Tweens’ Manga Book Club, the third Saturday of each month 2 pm. Children’s story time, every Wed and Sat 11 am (3829 S. Meridian, 253.845.8751). Children's Museum of Tacoma Downtown Tacoma. Wee One’s Weekly 1-2:30 Mon, 9:30-11 am Tues-Wed. Soar Into Story: The Adventures of

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Out & About

DANCE CLASSES Studio 6 Ballroom Tacoma. Tango Practica, Tues 9 pm, $5. Salsa Practice, Fri 9:30 pm, $5. Fred/Fred and Ginger/Ginger same sex calls, Sat 5 pm (2806 Sixth Ave., 253.905.5301). EVENTS/FESTIVALS RecruitMilitary Job Fair Downtown Tacoma.  Event for job seekers with military backgrounds

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Stage

DANCE Dance Theatre Northwest University Place. Celebrate Summer Art Series, May 30 6 pm, free (Bridgeport Place, 5250 Bridgeport Way W, 253.565.5149). THEATER Capital Playhouse Olympia. Sondheim's A Little Night Music featuring Jeff Kingsbury and Jenny May Donnell, through May 30 7:30 pm Wed-Sat, 2

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Word

LECTURES/CLASSES/CLUBS Crystal Voyage Tacoma. A Buddhist meditation class, Mon 7-8:30 pm. $10 (2601 East D St., Suite 300, 253.272.4367). Historic Tacoma Downtown Tacoma. Several brainiacs lecture on “Tacoma Historic Sacred Places: Their Past, Present and Future,” May 28 7 pm (Urban Grace Church, South

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Voyeurism goes legit

The first year of A Cook’s Tour, Jessica Corddry recalled that the Junior League of Tacoma had to look within for homeowners willing to open their doors to up to 300 ticket holders. But by the following year, individuals walking through the tour saw how the event was organized and

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Ebony Fashion Fair

Hot fun in the springtime The Tacoma Urban League Guild is hosting the “World’s Largest Traveling Fashion Show,” the 49th Annual Ebony Fashion Fair presentation, Stylishly Hot. The Ebony Fashion Fair is a show known for its daring, body-baring style — if the name alludes to anything, the evening promises to

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Tommy is the new pink

Tommy Carson, Weekly Volcano promoter extraordinaire, flashed his duds at Saturday’s Head to Toe Hair and Fashion Extravaganza at the Tacoma Elks Lodge, explaining that he purchased the whole thing at Mr. Mac’s on Martin Luther King Way. “I saw it, I liked it, I put it together,” he explains of

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Bike chains

This past week I went to the Tacoma Invite for track at Mt. Tacoma High School.  The kids in the crowd dressed for the event, especially the guys. Many wore the classic original silver chain that connects to their wallet, just in case it fell out. However, some of them

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Hop-heads unite

Barley wine is not for  newbies to the beer world. Drinking the brew with a punch will knock out the beer novices before they can finish their first pints if all they are conditioned to drink is the mass-produced brews found in cans at convenience stores. “Barley Wine is not a

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Chopstix’s Sex on the Beach

One man’s flavor magic is another’s flavor tragic. … “So this woman from Kent was — well, inexperienced about drinking,” the Italian representative of the League of Liberal Libations began in a voice musical with mirth. “And here we are in this incredible restaurant with the finest selection of Scotch in

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German Riesling Tasting during Art Walk

Thursday, April 19: German Riesling Tasting during Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., $5, Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Thursday, April 20: French Wine Tasting, 6 p.m., $5, Pairings Fine Wine and Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Every Saturday: “Taste,” Pacific Grill’s wine and cheese tasting, after

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Must tuck Burs away for the spring

Goodbye gravy Spring has sprung and so has my belt. Bobble Tiki is fat. It seems like he needs a jack just to lift up his belly to find the spare tire. How did this happen? “You eat gravy-topped food and you don’t like to exercise,” Mrs. Bobble Tiki says. “The last time

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A slave to theater

It has been an interesting week in the theater world of Steve Dunkelberger. A family outing to see “Addy: An American Girl Story” on Saturday ended with the missus being taken to Harborview Medical Center courtesy of the Seattle Fire Department after falling down some stairs at Seattle Children’s Theatre.

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\"Amadeus\" and \"Wait Until Dark\"

“amadeus” “Amadeus,” a play about one man’s internal battle when he knows he is in the shadow of greatness, ends its run at Lakewood Playhouse this weekend. [Lakewood Playhouse, through April 22, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $14-$20, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood, 253.588. 0042] creepy theater The creepy movie that made

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The Spring Fair, new galleries and more

THE FAIR Reptile World Oh, you said herpetology? Whew. See, touch and learn about captive raised turtles, frogs, lizards, snakes and insects from around the world this weekend at The Spring Fair in Puyallup. The main attraction at Brad’s Reptile World Show is the giant boa constrictors. After all, who doesn’t love

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Dockyard Derby Dames and sheets

In Tacoma, the roller derby Dockyard Derby Dames are smart, funny, and know how to have a good time. The combined toga party/Jell-O wresting match held at the South Sound Garage on Saturday night proved sticky, wet fun — kind of like Halloween on the cool side of the street.

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