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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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Drumming up business

When I tell him who I am and what my purpose is, the man apologizes and says he’s tired. “My mind is like a fried egg,” he explains, apologizing that his rebuttals may not be witty. In my book, use of the word ”rebuttal” takes him out of the “fried egg

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Sheen on!

This week I’ll be bringing you to a restaurant that’s very near and dear to me. It’s one that I’m proud of because it matches my ambition and dedication. It’s one that I’ll always adore no matter what people say. Indochine. First things first, for the official record it’s pronounced as Indo-“sheen,” not chine. And

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Wednesday swing night rules again

If you’re jonesing for some swing, Maia Santell and House Blend have the fix.   For the past 20 years, House Blend has been injecting a potent, almost lethal, mix of jazz, blues and jump-jive into hardcore swing addict’s veins, and now Maia and company are peddling their remedy to swinging

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I heart baseball

I have a new favorite thing: The Tacoma Rainiers. Last Friday, New Friend Geoff hooked me up with a couple of tickets to the season opener, and I was stoked to go because I’d never been before. I swear to you, dear readers, I’m the girliest of girls, but I also happen

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Borderline Black

I confess: I play favorites. I review my favorite galleries over and over again while ignoring many others. That’s because I’m old and jaded. I’ve been around too long to subject myself to reworked Americana and calendar art and amateurish offerings of whatever stripe. This week I revisited one of my

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Half naked chicks and fire

You have four weeks to party in a dance club with $4 Jägerbombs, smokin’ hot cage dancers, and crazies juggling fire balls, and then the DJ/freak show will disappear. It’s been ages since I’ve gotten my groove on, but back in the day my weekends were spent swinging between dance

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Updating a classic

If they had to remake “Rear Window” — and it was inevitable — this is the way to do it: with an appealingly sullen teen hero, lots of nifty surveillance gadgets in place of James Stewart’s telephoto lens, and a romantic interest who looks like Gisele Bundchen’s younger sister.  This

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Ms. Oscar tumbles

Just when you thought “The Reaping” was the most convoluted and overwrought flashback-riddled thriller starring an Academy Award-winning actress in theaters, along comes “Perfect Stranger.”  With her Oscar for “Monster’s Ball” fading fast in the rearview mirror, Halle Berry continues her string of earnest but mostly sub-par performances in mostly bad

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\"The Host\" is a hideously beautiful movie monster

Aqua Teen Hunder Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters The creators of the television comedy use the big screen to reveal the secret origins of characters Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake. Rated R for crude and sexual humor, violent images and language. – Bill White The Host A horror thriller, a political satire,

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Dirty Bird, Kill Your Ex, and Chris Cain

Friday ROCK dirty bird A short visit to urbandictionary.com’s definitions of “dirty bird” tells me that this simple phrase means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. One thing is for sure, it’s a popular band name. A quick Google pulled up six bands with the same or

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Arlo Guthrie & The Guthrie Family Legacy Tour

It has to be rough to be the sibling of a legend, and may very well be a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, musicians such as Sean Lennon, Jakob Dylan and Jason Bonham might have found it easy to get a recording contract, but the ever-looming comparisons with their

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This week\'s big shows

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 Joyce, Dori Caymmi Seattle. May 1 7:30 pm. $22.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Pretty Ricky, Meat N Bones, Butter Cream, 2XL Seattle. May 1 (all ages) 8 pm. $32 (Neumo’s, TW). Wallace Roney Sextet

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Sweet Saturdays Salsa

Every Sunday morning a crowd huddles around Bobble Tiki in a downtown Tacoma condo elevator (Bobble Tiki rather not get into it), waiting to push into a claustrophobic container. Nearby, a door leads to another option: a stairway. Nobody opens that door. But later that day, at the YMCA, these same

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LuLu Lafever

When I first heard Lula LaFever I had no idea it was her burning up the fret board and was blown away by her tight riffs and red hot solos.  A versatile artist, LaFever effortlessly bounces between light to jump jazz, sizzling blues, and rock and roll. No stranger to

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Two worlds collide

In the fall of 2002, two buskers met for the first time on Broadway Street in Seattle. Both were performing in order to raise money. Felicia Figueroa, originally from Arizona, was touring the country with her dog Tobin, and she was singing on the street corner to raise money to

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Mama Loves Daddy twice this week

I’m sorry. I don’t have a well-written, well-conceived intro for this week’s column. I know you’ve probably come to expect nothing less than journalistic excellence from me, but I’m afraid, my friends, this week you get less.  Perhaps shattering the illusion will be a good thing. Crash! I can’t be golden all

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New Night on the Town

We wandered door-to-door on that third Thursday in October, card in hand, a sort of trick or treat for Unicef minus the Unicef boxes, minus change from the individuals who rewarded our presence with samplings of wine. It was a surreal night downtown, with haphazard and uber-friendly crowds wandering from point

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â€"On Broadway…”

Changes afoot on our favorite little Tacoma street of antiques and other hidden treasures. While the prospect of a south-bound one-way street on the St. Helens side of the Bostwick building has been announced as a potential improvement, it would appear that at least two merchants are set to close

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I’m dressing rock ‘n’ roll

This past week I made my way out to downtown Tacoma to check out the boutiques. As this rag has stated many times — urbanXchange rules. I love everything in this store, from the vintage clothing to the brand names. The clothing was very different than what I would wear

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