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Own it

I dropped by a.o.c. gallery to see a group show that was described as a kind of transition show between the old a.o.c. managed by the husband-and-wife partnership of C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg and the new artists-owned cooperative gallery managed by, as the name implies, the participating artists

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Beautiful Angle

Why, oh why, you might be asking, does the Weekly Volcano put itself through this torment every year? The crowds, the lines, the expense … all to hand off a cheerfully wrapped box with the ideal gift inside, certain to thrill the recipient. No pressure there. Trying to escape the mayhem,

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Jason Ricci

Blues is alive and well in the 21st century, and while there might not be any bluesmen left from the cotton fields of the Mississippi, thanks to a batch of young musicians who are dedicated to keeping the genre alive, the sound of the Delta can still be heard like

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Loverboy plays Tacoma

upcoming shows Land Of The Sweets Burlesque Nutcracker Seattle. Dec. 20 7 and 10 pm. $23-$25 (Triple Door, 206.838.4309). Holiday Sing-Along Seattle. Dec. 20 7:30 pm. $20-$56 (Benaroya Hall, TM). Brian Culbertson: A Soulful Christmas Seattle. Dec. 20 7:30 pm. $45-$55 (Paramount Theatre, TM). Seaweed Tacoma. Dec. 21 9 pm. $15; Dec. 22 (all

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UFO and others on sale this week

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 Black Lewis, The Mob Law, Doxology Seattle. Dec. 20 (all ages) 9 pm. $15 (The Showbox, TM). Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Bellevue. Dec. 29 7:30 pm. $22-$28 (First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue,

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Arm your kitchen for the season

Here we are well into the holiday season where you can’t swing a dead cat around without hitting an office party, a party with friends, a party with relatives, a party with neighbors, etc., etc. That’s a lot of commitment, which always leads to a big drain on your time

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Tagueria El Antojo

When the weather outside is frightful, I soothe my freezing bones with south of the border tastes. Tagueria El Antojo in Tacoma’s McKinley neighborhood fits the bill beautifully. The mostly authentic Mexican restaurant resides in the same spot where their taco truck once sat — a newly built modern mini-strip

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Ports for the holidays

Thursday, Dec. 13: Ports For The Holidays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $5, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15: Dom Perignon By The Glass, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15: Small Vineyards Tasting, 6 p.m., Pairings Wine & Bar,

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Sparkling wines

Thursday, Dec. 20: Sparkling Wines For The Holidays, 5-8 p.m., $10, Vin Grotto Cafe and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Friday, Dec. 21-Saturday, Dec. 22: Year End Monster Red Bash, 6 p.m., $20, Pairings Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Fridays: Wine tastings, 6-8 p.m., Mandolin Cafe, 3923

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Messiahs, Revels and yarn

THE CRAFT Rockin’ Knit Night In my childhood bedroom at mom’s there’s a red roll of yarn attached to a shabby seven-inch square — the scarf I started making when my Granny Grunt Grunt (don’t ask) taught me to crochet at age nine. Never one to throw anything away, I thought about

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Ho, ho, no?

As the holidays inch closer and closer, galleries and museums in Tacoma are ramping up for Third Thursday Art Walk Dec. 20. Since it’s only five days before Christmas, we figured the museums at least, and perhaps a few galleries, would be doing something festive. We were a bit disappointed,

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Holiday shows

holiday Paradise Theatre is staging one of the funniest holiday shows ever written. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a kind of show that is a side splitter for anyone who has ever been involved with a holiday pageant. [Paradise Theater, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, $8-$18, 9911 Burnham Dr.

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Round Trapp

There are a few times in history when there is a perfect marriage between particular people and the times in which they live. Winston Churchill was the absolute right person for Britain during the early days of World War II. He managed to keep his country together in the face

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7-Eleven Days of Christmas

The holidays can be stressful and kind of a pain in the ass. Between getting sap all over your icicle fingers cutting down a tree, draping the electric blue lights over every inch of the house, trying to convince mom that you only need one box of tinsel this year,

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Santarchy (review!)

Ed. note: Matt Driscoll reviewed Santarchy on our blog, Spew. Finally, anarchy is coming to Tacoma, and it’s wearing a Santa suit. Well, hopefully hundreds of Santa suits. The pan-continental holiday riot known as Santarchy could easily be denounced as just another excuse to get s***faced — like wedding receptions or

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Broadway holds hidden treasures for shoppers

While Broadway, the hub of theatrical experiences in Tacoma, can be a great place to catch a show — or even buy tickets as a great gift idea — there’s more here than just theaters.  Shopping in the area is diverse and fun with long-standing and hidden treasures awaiting shoppers.

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Street of Deals

The epicenter of Tacoma’s nightlife features reasons to visit it by day as well. Sixth Avenue is known for great dining and nightlife with Asado (2810 Sixth Ave., 253.254.0560) and Masa (2811 Sixth Ave., 253.254.0560) run by John Xitco and Primo Grill (601 S. Pine St., 253.383.7000) and the Crown Bar

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Stadium District

In its inception, Stadium High School was to have been a luxury hotel. Instead it became a high school whose history goes back 100 years. The turrets and architectural features of the building can be appreciated, sure, but it’s more the soul of the building that creates the neighborhood and

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On local screens this week

30 DAYS OF NIGHT: Barrow, Alaska, said to be the northernmost town in America, undergoes 30 days without sun every winter, which makes it an ideal holiday haven for vampires.  The townsfolk, led by Josh Hartnett and Melissa George, do battle against ravenous vampire hordes led by Danny Huston, in

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The Boss goes on sale this weekend

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 The Blind Boys of Alabama Olympia. Dec. 21 7:30 pm. $17.75-$35.50 (Washington Center, 360.753.8586). Ernestine Anderson Seattle. Dec. 26-27 7:30 pm. $25.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band Seattle. Dec. 28-Dec.

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