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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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Many have met at The Spar

Beer joints aren’t like regular businesses. People don’t laugh and share good times in hardware stores. But they do in beer joints. People don’t meet new friends or lovers among the racks of sweaters at the Gap. But they do at beer joints. People don’t feel at home in a

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Musicals and Halloween

THE ART Thursday Art Walk If it seems like it has been far too long since you sported your beret, parked the SUV and pulled the stret-cred ‘66 Bonneville out of the garage and did a downtown art crawl, you would be right: The gap between Third Thursdays has been a lengthy

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FOUND on the road

Brothers Davy and Peter Rothbart, are driving in their car. They are bringing the FOUND “There Goes the Neighborhood Tour” to Olympia’s Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 24, but in the meantime they have plenty of road to cover. They carry a guitar and a bunch of slips of paper,

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Classical, Antique Sundays

These are the standard sounds of the restaurant on this Sunday afternoon: the hiss and rumble of the espresso machine, the metal-on-stoneware “tink” as food is eaten, the indistinct snippets of conversation melding with the rumble of the Harley Davidson motorcycles outside. And then, from one motorcycle’s sound system Black Sabbath

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You too can be an activist

B.J. Honeycutt is coming to town. He’s ready to make changes in this world, and he wants you to join in the fight. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, B.J. Honeycutt was Hawkeye Pierce’s buddy on “M*A*S*H” (played by actor Mike Farrell, more recently known as the kindly veterinarian

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Behind Moctezuma's

The tale Maribel Garcia tells is the sort of story that becomes a legend as years pass. It’s the story of a boy in Mexico with 17 siblings. He begins working at five years of age to help his family meet expenses. The boy’s parents can’t fund his education, so he

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'Macbeth' is mac-daddy of darkness

I still shudder when I think about the completely dark and wonderfully gripping version of "Dracula" Olympia\'s Harlequin Productions did a few years back. It was early 2004 if you don’t remember. The theater staged a version of the blood-sucking tale of Victorian oppression and sexual frustration about a decade

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Two treats in Olympia

“Sweeney Todd” “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is a great show with a compelling cast that draws audiences in as the efficient barber cuts a bit too close from time to time and turns his former customers into, well, just try to watch the show and then eat

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What a Ketcham

I ran into a friend from an art class at the University of Washington, Tacoma. I took the class because I needed an art credit for my minor in education. Burk Ketcham took the class to workshop some socially conscious art that he was creating for United for Peace, Pierce

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No shotgun for me

I rarely toss the word discrimination around, but this week I have to. Here in the United States of America we the people are often discriminated against due to race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation and so on. But I have one more category to add to that list that’s been getting

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Regents Boulevard

Weekly Volcano is perplexed. The News Tribune’s series on South Tacoma Way was fine and dandy. However, they missed the boat completely. Regents Boulevard is the greatest street in the universe. It deserves a million words a week in print. Probably a trillion. Ah Regents, where the curbs are exquisitely painted the

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Top of Tacoma Bar

I’m winning. I invested in Tacoma five years ago amid such scrutiny for locating in Tacoma, let alone choosing to buy a home on the Eastside. Now, the home I purchased has more than doubled in value and I’m just 1.5 miles away from a downtown that’s bustling with life and options. Along

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