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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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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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