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Barb’s Westgate Inn’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Booze and music — is there any greater combination in this world? The link between the two even exceeds the grandeur of the marriage of booze and sport. The more randy-minded readers will admit the frequency with which all three parties join forces to ensure extravagant levels of fun, the

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Zaca Mesa Winery tasting and more

Thursday, April 5: Zaca Mesa Winery tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $5, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Every Saturday: “Taste,” Pacific Grill’s wine and cheese tasting, after 9 p.m., complimentary, Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.3535. Sunday,

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Upper Crust

They like it deep in Chicago, and New Yorkers swear they do it best. What about Tacomans? We do it gourmet, dahling! Thin-crusted and loaded with toppings, upscale pizza is thriving — low-fat diets be damned. Posh pizzerias have captured the genre, replacing fraternity crowds with fashionable foodies. Take-out chow

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Are We Done Yet? opens

Are We Done Yet? In this sequel to “Are We There Yet?” (2005), the once mismatched Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Nia Long) are now married and moving to a fixer-upper in the country with Suzanne’s two children (cruel hellions in the first film) and twins on the way.  What could

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Skip ‘The Reaping’

Hilary Swank is faced with a problem.  A great problem, but still a problem: after two Best Actress Oscar wins, what direction will her career take?  She has a responsibility to the Academy, after all.  She alerted us that she can play the femme fatale in “The Black Dahlia,” and

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This week's big concerts

on sale now Comedy Underground In The Box featuring Brad Upton and guests Olympia. April 12 7:30 pm. $12 (Washington Center, 360.753.8586). Arlo Guthrie & the Guthrie Family Legacy Tour Tacoma. April 13 7:30 pm. $30-$45 (Pantages Theater, 253.591.5894). “Leftover Stories To Tell: An Evening Celebrating the Work of Spalding Gray” Olympia. April

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Pure popcorn fun

Rose McGowan is Cherry Darling, a former go-go dancer and wannabe stand-up comic who sports a machine gun where once she had a leg.  Kurt Russell is Stuntman Mike, a smiling, muscle car-driving speed-demon who has a hideous scar creasing his face and a propensity for imitating John Wayne and

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Manium mania

The Manium has always been a mystery to me. Though I lived only a stone’s throw from the visually unimpressive building on Olympia’s Fourth Avenue, I never understood exactly how the club ticked. Sometimes I’d hear about the shows at the Manium. Sometimes they just seemed to happen. Sometimes there

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Jonathan Harris CD release party

Jonathan Harris is a cowboy. He may not rope calves or hang with horses, but he does ride a big white dream called country music. And he has a cowboy hat. Harris is from Tacoma, not a place known for its herds and ranches, but he spent time in Nashville,

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Hell has frozen over

I do believe hell has frozen over. Several signs seem to suggest it. Consider this. All of these things have recently happened: Al Gore won an Oscar. There’s a guy from the Smiths playing guitar with Modest Mouse, and the band debuted at

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Kareem Kandi, Dyslexia 33 and others

Thursday Dyslexia 33 Perhaps one of the most prolific lines ever written for the silver screen was when Woody Allen said, “Comedy equals tragedy plus time.” I dig bands that use this as their mantra and don’t take life quite so seriously. With tongues firmly implanted in cheeks, Dyslexia 33 use life’s

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Get your mind out of the gutter

The name Clumsy Lovers has nothing to do with accidental intercourse or sloppy bedroom technique; it came from a song written for bagpipes. You thought it was something else? Chris Jonat, bass player and main songwriter of Clumsy Lovers, explains, “When we first started, we had a piper in the

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Stylin' in Olympia

Jamie Lee and Company has been an established business for 12 years, but it’s not the kind of salon where the atmosphere is homogenized and bland. Bright walls serve as a backdrop for cool art, with plants and rainbows bursting through with vibrancy. Equally vibrant, each stylists’ station is personalized: Eric has

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Movie theater needs to be darker

Who’s with me on how nice the weather has been? It’s been hot enough for girls to show off their legs, and the fellas are busting out the muscle shirts. But just because it’s warm does not give anyone an excuse to wear open-toed tan platform sandals, gray leggings, a

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Next to Nature

So the dogs have … issues. Foremost: their mommy doesn’t walk them (class-ad note: put in an ad for lawn person and dog walker, preferably with references). Excess energy in two high-energy, young purebred hunting dogs means they stalk kiddie toys with intent to maul. My back yard and living room look

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Danii Blackwell looks good

Danii Blackwell shows off her style at the Nordstrom fashion show at the Museum of Glass, though she is, in point of fact, not wearing anything from Nordstrom. Her wool knickers, old-school type that I can remember wearing in the mid-eighties, though never with that much confident élan, came from Chinatown. The

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Rock me, ‘Amadeus’

A lesser person would think that a play named “Amadeus” would be about that composer dude who wrote “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” before he had his first blemish and hammered out the score of some of the world’s best musical works before he had the obligation to shave his face.

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Rachel Corrie and Robin Hood

Rachel Corrie “My Name is Rachel Corrie” is a telling play about a Olympia native who traveled to the Gaza Strip to aid Palestinians in 2003 only to die at a protest when a bulldozer crushed her. Her story became headline news around the world and shed light on the struggles

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Sister Spit, surfing and more

THE STAGE Last chance This is the last weekend to see Capital Playhouse’s thumping musical “Ain’t Misbehavin.’“ The Tony Award-winning musical chronicles the music, the time and the life of one Mr. Thomas Waller, who would go down in history as Fats. The show has his hit works “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,’”

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Give the Broadway Center your mind

The high-pitched squeal of feedback is not a sound you want to hear on stage, but behind the scenes the people at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts are collecting feedback of a different kind. The Broadway Center board has some younger hipper members now who would like to bring

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