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Block Tie Affair

Last Thursday night\'s second annual Block Tie Party at the Washington State History Museum offered a great atmosphere for the 200-plus downtown residents and others to mingle.  Attendees were given free reign to check out all of the museum exhibits. Many marveled at the intricate stitching and inspired designs of

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Iris Dement

If you’ve never heard of the neo-traditional country artist Iris Dement, you’re not alone. She has cut only four albums in the past 15 years, has received sparse airplay and has remained a country cult-favorite. Dement didn’t start writing songs until she was in her mid-20s, but after sharpening her

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Knit or go home

A woman was recently accosted outside a small restaurant because of her messenger bag. The skull and knitting-needle crossbones on it declared,  “Knit or Go Home,” and in her hipster-oversized sunglasses and Northwest comfy shoes she looked to be the epitome of the rising movement of young craftspeople/ fiber artistes threatening

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Groundation, Schoolyard Heroes and others

Friday, Oct. 19 REGGAE groundation, winston jarrett and his righteous flames Over the last few years soul infused reggae — common to rocksteady, lovers rock, and roots reggae — has slowly made its way to becoming the music du jour. Alongside soul, reggae has raced its way out of the confines of

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Melt Banana

There are those who say that noise rock bands are just that — noise. There are those who hate the idea of noise rock and hate any band that attempts it — including Tokyo, Japan’s Melt Banana, set to play Hell’s Kitchen tonight. While everyone is entitled to an opinion, and

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I dicked Phil O'Sullivan

Technically, this week’s article was supposed to be about These Arms are Snakes and their show at Hell’s Kitchen on Saturday, Oct. 20. I had planned to do an interview with someone from the band and probably come up with a few witty sentences about the world of post-hardcore. But I

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Queens of the Stone Age and others on sale

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 USSA, Weedeater, Love’s Holiday, Hellbound For Glory Seattle. Oct. 20 10 pm. $12 (El Corazon, TW). Taylor Eigsti Quartet Seattle. Oct. 23-24 7:30 pm. $21.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Steve Stubbs Seattle. Oct. 27

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Gone Baby Gone, Rendition and others

Gone Baby Gone Boston seems like the most forbidding city in crime movies. There are lots of movies about criminals in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and points between, but somehow in Boston the wounds cut deeper, the characters are angrier, their resentments bleed, their grudges never die, and they all

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Intervision vision

Like many people here at the Weekly Volcano, Bobble Tiki gets a lot of mail. Sometimes Bobble Tiki gets good mail, and sometimes it’s not so good. On the not-so-good side, the IRS is currently trying to levy Bobble Tiki for not reporting profits received from autograph sessions at collectable shows.

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Back for more blood

A gaunt stranger haunts the streets of Barlow, Alaska, warning: "That cold ain’t the weather. That’s Death approaching." Since Barlow is said to be the northernmost town in America, 300 miles of roadless wilderness from its closest neighbor, and since 30 days of continuous sunless night are commencing, I expected

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Antique Quest and Wine Fest

Old stuff and wine Fans of "Antiques Road Show" are in for an experiential field day this Saturday when Tacoma Community House hosts the first Antique Quest and Wine Fest, an event featuring professional antique appraisers, wine, and tasty treats from Stadium Bistro. All proceeds will go toward the immigration program at

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Kung Fu Movie Night

Swanky 21 Commerce Restaurant & Martini Bar has seen creative changes under General Manager Danno Rankin, who also runs The Loft Nightclub. The newest addition to 21’s roster of good times is Kung Fu Night on Tuesdays beginning Nov. 6. The 9 p.m. bang of a gong kicks off the

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Cuddling never sounded so good

Fall is finally upon us and while the rain gathers in puddles beneath our feet, thoughts of winter survival flood our brains. Will we hole up in our humble abodes with the TV remote and a Lean Cuisine dinner? Heck no! We are Washingtonians, so a little drizzle or even

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Art in the Alley

Area jewelry designers have been offered an opportunity to show their work at Art in the Alley, an art show and sale at Ruby Collection Thursday, Oct. 18 during Tacoma’s Third Thursday Art Walk. Handcrafted jewelry by Kristy Vanderlinde, called Coco Creations, are beautiful, unique jewelry with organic, earthy feel.

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Jason McKibbin

Jason McKibbin, front man for long time Tacoma punk band I DEFY, has recently launched new endeavors in the world of comic books and memorabilia both new and old. When it was announced that Swan’s Magazines on Sixth Avenue was closing, McKibbin and partners seized the rare opportunity — literally

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urbanXchange and Good Karma

Hippest un-boutique Walking in the door of urbanXchange is like walking into the biggest clothing closet ever. If everything the store carried were my size, I’d be insta-broke. Hats, shoes, pants, sashes, skirts, shirts, wraps, coats, yup, just pull the truck up out front and start loading. Since this is mere fantasy,

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Scary wines and more

Thursday, Oct. 18: Four California Wines and One Lovely French Tasting, 5-8 p.m., $5, Vin Grotto Cafe and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Thursday, Oct. 18: Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Katie Downs, 3211 Ruston Way, Tacoma, 253.756.0771. Thursday, Oct. 18: Fall Stock-up sale Tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At

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Indochine's Charlie Brown

Funny how taste can trigger memories. A sip of Bordeaux and you’re shopping Saint Germain; a pint of Guinness and your semester abroad comes flooding back; just a drop of tequila and . . . well, that was your 21st birthday, and you haven’t touched the stuff since. When I

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Customers always first

Where there is food, there are relationships. Many of us eat at our local café or restaurant and have stronger relationships with our favorite server than we do with our own sibling(s). I know I do (this is a test for my sister Kim to see if she reads my

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Bella Vita

The owners of the defunct Blue Olive are behind Bella Vita. They were stylish down on Dock Street and haven’t lost a step here. Smooth sounds of old-timey jazz crooners greet you as walk in the door. To the right, a wooden dance floor (covered with tables on a Sunday

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