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Corinna Canfield and Stephanie Benson

Northwest Salon and Spa worker bees Corinna Canfield and Stephanie Benson may look like they spend hours shopping for clothes and making-up, but in point of fact, Canfield confesses to putting on her makeup in her car. The salon carries Canfield and Benson’s brand — Youngblood, and also serves as the

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Hot Toddy

I have shopper’s ADHD.  I flit, butterfly-like, from point to point.  At the most fabulous shop I’ve just discovered, I find the shopper’s ADHD to be worse. Things, things, wonderful cool things: retro fun dresses, new but with pin-up girl styling, fabulous skirts, sizes from super small to 1X, baby clothes,

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Valentino\'s

Extensions, braids, fabulously elaborate bridal up-dos: many of these styles borrow from African-American Hair Artistry, which arguably began when Madam C.J. Walker invented products that, ironically, sought to emulate the straightened “Suzie Caucasian” hair. Years later, after the likes of the Supremes, Patti LaBelle, and others were coiffed with pieces

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World Affairs Summit

OK. Tacoma, it’s time to get global. A group of local visionaries is going to make it easy by presenting the first ever World Affairs Summit April 19-21 at various locations throughout our burgeoning little burg. Organizers promise a series of compelling conversations with local and regional globetrotters, culture hounds and

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Tea-Town

Holy coffee shops batgirl!  If I see another Starbucks or Tully’s, I’m promptly moving back to Ohio.  But people around the world are ditching their morning cup of joe for its herbal alternative.  Although I’m not a big fan of hot beverages, unless it’s chocolate, I admit that the health

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Emerald City Smoothie to open in LAkewood

Ice, Ice, Baby                    Remember when SpaghettiOs rocked and Pop Tarts were hot? Recall the era when obscenely large muffins ruled, and frozen yogurt was born? Still in mourning for the way power drink juice bars have rudely replaced Dairy Queen and its Blizzards? Remember when smoothies were hot?  Oh, yeah, they

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Intensity from Italy and more

Thursday, April 12: Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Sea Grill Restaurant, 1498 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5656. Friday, April 13-Saturday, April 14: Kalamar Winery Tastings, Friday 6 p.m. to close, Saturday 4 p.m. to close, $5, Pairings Fine Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Every Saturday: “Taste,” Pacific Grill’s wine and

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McCabe’s American Music Café’s Baby Jesus Juice

“I got drunk the day my pa went to prison And when my momma died, I just didn’t care about livin’ And I drank myself blind.” —Hank Williams III McCabe’s American Music Café is a really nice place. The drinks are reasonably priced. The dance floor is large, and there are pool tables

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Eating breakfast with Elmer

Breakfast hug Since I’m always undercover, servers don’t know when I’m eating and reviewing.  This lets me see the staff’s true personality.  I was won over at Elmer’s Pancake and Steakhouse, a chain store of all places, with the servers’ good-natured sassing and gentle shoulder pats.  I was also won over

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Amadeus and Addy

The big A “Amadeus,” a play about one man’s internal battle when he knows he is in the shadow of greatness, continues its run at Lakewood Playhouse. [Lakewood Playhouse, through April 22, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, $14-$20, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood, 253.588. 0042, www.lakewoodplay house.org] The small A With a

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Robin rocks the Hood

I have to admit that I didn’t have high expectations for “Robin Hood … The Legend Continues” at Centerstage Theater. I don’t know why since the theater has been on a stellar rise of late under the artistic direction of Alan Bryce. Maybe it’s the story. I’ve never been much of

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Thea Foss film, Dance on Film and more

THE FILM Thea’s way With the pollen of spring in the air, my fancy turns to travel. And with travel come all the wonderful stories of rats in Paris, cats in Greece, and roaches in Spain. Does anyone else track their trips through the vermin they encounter along the way? Tonight at

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3-D in 2-D with Zana

You’ve seen Zana (pronounced ZAY-na) Lee around, at most all of the major art happenings that are becoming the hallmark of our mid-sized town. You might associate her simply as Jeff Olson’s girlfriend, never realizing that she’s a talented artist in her own right. That’s because Lee generally backs away from promoting

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Joe Every-dude belts it out

He kinda’ looks like the MultiCare distribution guy he is, unassuming, blending; a sort of Joe Every-dude. And then he steps up to the mic, opens his mouth, and lets out “The Freshman” by the Verve Pipe. Joe Every-dude Tim Smith can sing, and when he does, he belts it out from

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It’s the sun!

Spring weather in Tacoma means blue skies and warmth one day and rain the next.  Or, as on Tuesday morning, a combination of the two within minutes. In a brief moment between drizzle and hail, a brave group of individuals hit Ruston Way, with wheels, leashes, and hoods, to try their

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A Cook’s Tour through Tacoma

To be brutally honest, Bobble Tiki was happy back in the days when he knew the names of the restaurants, not the chefs. There’s no shame in a hard-working hash slinger staying at the stove and off the Food Network. But instead of humble cooks, Bobble Tiki is confronted with

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I love me a Quickie

As your personal Tacoma cruise director, in a non-Julie McCoy sort of way, I’m required to draw your attention to the best lunch spot in this city because after a full night of partying, a girl’s gotta eat. However, the place that I’m about to bring you to is so cool

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The Vanity Show

Ah, The Vanity Show. What chutzpah! Art on Center owners C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg are showing their own paintings to mark the gallery’s second anniversary. This exhibition is an update on Art on Center’s premiere show two years ago, which is especially appropriate since this is slated to

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Green Day

There are many different viewpoints when it comes to global warming. There are those who think that it is out of our hands and nothing can be done about it. There are people who think it’s all a bunch of hooey and it will never happen. There are those who

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