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Dresses to dressers

Sanford and Sons Middle Floor Merchants have a tight grip on what the fashion-conscious want — dresses to dressers; handmade soaps to hand massages, scarves of silk to silk satchels. Park on Broadway, waltz in to Sanford and Sons (try not to be distracted by all the great antiques, you

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You wanna rock?

The Boss Martians — who will play Hell’s Kitchen Saturday, Oct. 13 along with Dragstrip Riot and The Dirty Birds — may quite possibly be one of the most underappreciated bands currently calling the Northwest home. Not that the Boss Martians aren’t loved by many — because they are. And

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Najamonique

From head to toe, social celebrity (or so-lebrity, as we like to say) Najamonique is one hot, confident lady. Whether she’s cutting hair at Supernova Hair & Tattoo, doing band promotion, singing on stage or collaborating with area fashion designers, Naja is the epitome of bold and sassy. Her hair is

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Composing Utopia with words

Last weekend Articipatory Music happened at the Olympia Community Free School during “A giant party for a better world,” the Love, Imagine, Network, Kindness (LINK) Symposium, an extension of “A World Beyond Capitalism,” The Third Annual International Multiracial Alliance Building Peace Conference. An activist folk music collective called Riotfolk performed

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Kyle Eastwood, Fierce Perm and Jason Webley

Thursday, Oct. 11 FOLK ROCK chris bramble band Political awareness and social consciousness were the driving forces behind the majority of the ’60s and early ’70s music scenes. Singers and songwriters were outspoken critics of the unjust war in Vietnam, supporters of women’s rights and environmental issues. What happen? Why don’t artists

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Cheap eats

Food fads change rapidly. Restaurants try to keep up and offer what they think the public wants. That’s a mean feat with so many factors to consider: location, menu wording, ingredients and taste, preparation, presentation, service, cost. With the price of gas rising, so rises the price of so many

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Mmmm, mmmm, good

ANNOUNCER: Weaned on Campbell’s chicken noodle and tomato canned soups, the boys’ soupy palates have broadened considerably over the years. They still get a hankering now and then for trusty ol’ Campbell’s; maybe it’s the sodium they crave. At any rate, while they do enjoy an elaborate seven-course meal, there’s

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Tool, Kid Rock 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 Lucero, Bobby Bare Jr., Whiskey & Co. Seattle. Oct. 17 9 pm. $13 (Crocodile Café, TW). Junior Brown Seattle. Oct. 24 9 pm. $25 (Tractor Tavern, TWeb). Luciana Souza Seattle. Oct. 30 7:30

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In the bag

The Wine Bank The Wine Bank stares across the street at Cheers West in University Place. It’s easy to miss unless you’re looking up as you round the bend in the road (keep your eyes on the road, man!). After safely parking, venture in and spend a while. Owners Bob Kinnaman

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Tacoma Film Festival opening night

The second annual Tacoma Film Festival has made it loud and clear that it’s here to stay with a full week of films, filmmaker appearances and special events. Many came out to mingle during opening night ceremonies at the a.o.c. gallery including writer, director and star of another feature film,

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bug nasties, fungus riot

In a battle of great band names, the Bug Nasties and Fungus Riot will play Le Voyeur Friday, Oct. 12. Fungus Riot won’t have far to go. The band, which you may or may not know for their work as the house band at Rang Dong on Olympia’s Westside, is

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War with Saturn

Most of what Bobble Tiki knows about Olympia he’s either gathered from the wild water cooler stories of Matt Driscoll or from his limited experience in our state capital. Bobble Tiki has devoured some Old School Pizza in his day, and gotten too drunk to stand at The Clipper on

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the everybodyfields

You would think, after living in Olympia for over four years, I would have managed to see a show at Plenty. Then again, after living in Olympia for more than four years you would think I would have managed to accomplish a lot of things. I really didn’t. I have eaten

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Organic chocolate class

Chocolate Among the discerning with a sweet tooth, the quest for chocolate is a perfect obsession, with three of the classic gourmet’s favorite factors at play: 1) there’s a lot to know about chocolate, so you can impress both friends and wanna-bes with your erudition; 2) it’s an artisanal product; 3)

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Color rules

"It’s my season," confides Karen Luke Fildes. "When the gray days come, I come alive." Despite recent trips around Hawaii and other sunny, color-saturated spots, Luke Fildes speaks about the Northwest sky with reverence, using adjectives reserved for people. She explains how the cloud’s personality will take on whatever the

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Splendor is a pain

"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" is weighed down by its splendor. There are scenes where the costumes are so sumptuous, the sets so vast, the music so insistent that we lose sight of the humans behind the dazzle of the production. Unlike "Elizabeth" (1998), by the same director, Shekhar Kapur, this

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Vep, Damn and a transgender

Vep! Centerstage Theater is staging “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” a musical comedy with the spirit of vaudeville. It runs through Sunday. [Knutzen Family Theatre, through Oct. 14, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $8-$25, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, 253.661.1444] Damn! Tacoma Musical Playhouse is staging the musical classic “Damn Yankees,” 

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A pie of a play

There was a crime committed in downtown Olympia last weekend. There were two empty seats at Capital Playhouse’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” a tasteful play about a mass murderer who sees a business opportunity in the otherwise useless stack of corpses he has created. I guess you could consider the

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Bigfoot, pagans and more

THE EXHIBIT Bigfoot spotted in Olympia Fact meets fiction and then rubs noses with history, Native American lore and modern science as the story of Bigfoot plays out in displays at the new exhibit “Giants in the Mountains: The Search for Sasquatch” at the State Capital Museum in Olympia. This exploration of the

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