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The Big Cheese

Whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not, the grilled cheese sandwich was likely one of the first loves for most American children. Yes, parents rank up there as well. But grilled cheese sandwiches — with their gooey cheese center and their crispy, warm toasted exterior — stand

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They heart Frida Kahlo

You’ve got to love Frida Kahlo — if not for her art, then for her outrageous sense of style and her superhuman courage. “Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon” at the Tacoma Art Museum is not so much about Kahlo the artist as it is about Kahlo the woman. There are

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Tunes and Improve

Comedy hasn't evolved much since the glory days of ventriloquist and puppet. Every so often, there's a Gallagher smashing watermelons or a musical funnyman like Jack Black, but for the most part, comedy is a dude on a stage with a microphone, plodding through a joke-punch line-new joke routine. Boring! Well,

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Treat me right on Valentine's Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I know for a fact that Tina Turner said it best: “What’s love got to do with it?” For some reason, I’ve been jinxed on this holiday every year of my life. Each of the boyfriends I’ve had refused to celebrate it, so I’ve never actually

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Hula dancing through the week

A white dress, a lacy veil, something old, new, borrowed and blue. Me? I’ve never been interested in any of that kind of crap. As a youngin’, when most other girls were envisioning their princess day and the perfect wedding, I was busy playing competitive sports. I wasn’t forming opinions on whether to

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This week!

THE BAND Eastern-Euro stew The campy fun of old European cabaret and the hip style of today\'s music puree together at the Vagabond Opera show at Jazzbones this weekend as a Portland ensemble makes a debut of Bohemian Operatic Eastern-Euro Cabaret on Friday, Feb. 9. The performance will include songs in 10

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Ramp up for Art Walk

Anyone who’s ever caught wicked air knows that if your wheels are turning but you can’t get off the ground what you really need is a ramp. For the last three years, Tacoma artists have learned to fly using a particularly steep ramp known as RampArt. Tracing backward the paths

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stage best bets

Wild and crazy play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a comedy by Steve Martin about a fictional meeting of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, plays at the Midnight Sun. [Midnight Sun, through Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, $7-$15, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia, 360.754.7114, www.buyolympia.com/events] Diary dialogue A play to watch and discuss opens

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Love shorts

It seems only proper that I would be writing about love and relationships on the weekend of my ninth anniversary to the little woman. Only married people would understand when I say that it feels like we have been married forever and just a day all at the same time.

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Recipe for Tacoma sex-cess

There’s no need to spike your chicken soup with a tab of ecstasy; sexy gateway foods are plentiful. Some are simply more inviting than others. The following five-course meal could theoretically keep you up all night. Open a bottle of champagne and have a glass. Slice a large tomato and

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Indochine’s Thai Kiss

Certain tastes and smells take me back to a specific time in my life, sometimes even when I don't want to go there. I dropped by Indochine — downtown Tacoma’s trip to exotic Asia with a lounge whose masterful design creates a sophisticated space with colorful changing lights, sleek lines

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Il Fiasco's tiramisu

Il Fiasco's tiramisu I was sitting at Il Fiasco’s bar next to an elderly couple who, I must say, were having quite a time sipping wine. The old guy next to me was a character and clearly all his wife could handle. While perusing the dessert menu the guy came

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Minidress madness

Hanging at the South Hill Mall with a couple of my friends, I witnessed the most ridiculous minidress. Maybe it was the dreadful polka dots or the big puffy shoulders, but it was hideous. The girl wore a pair of fishnet leggings and flat ballerina shoes with the minidress. Did

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Love in the clubs

This Wednesday is Valentine's Day, the most romantic and stressful time of year for men. Poor guys. I don't envy you. This is the day you dread all year — trying to figure out what to do, what not to say, how to dress, and where to go. So here

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Jana Losey

The lovely and talented singer/songwriter and pianist Jana Losey from New York will make three appearances in Tacoma this week as part of her West Coast tour in support of her new album, Bittersweet. Losey and her accompanist Melanie Peters will make their first stop at Buzzard's CDs & Video

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Music picks of the week

Thursday FUNKY JAZZ the schematics When novice listeners think of jazz they often think of the two most popular forms: the avant-garde sounds of Coltrane and Monk or the elevator smooth sounds of Kenny G and Grover Washington Jr. But in reality jazz has as many categories as rock music.  In

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Valentine's Day dining

ALTEZZO: On the 26th floor of the Sheraton-Tacoma Hotel sits one of Tacoma’s top restaurants.  Low lighting, awesome views and excellent Italian cuisine.  Arrive early and loosen up in the hip Vertigo Lounge.  1320 Broadway Plaza, 253.591.4155. BRIX 25: We loved the fact that when we sat down at our

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Get out and drink wine lovers!

Thursday, Feb. 8: Singles Night, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., $10, Pairings Fine Wine & Flowers, 2914 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.779.0838. Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10: “Page & Plant Tasting” — Page Cellar’s wine tasting and hopefully a little Led Zeppelin, Feb. 9 6 p.m., Feb. 10 4 p.m., $10,

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Forget the bar, go slot car

A new craze is growing in popularity and appearing not only in the form of clubs, teams, and leagues; it’s becoming a regular addition to many guys’ garages. It’s slot car racing.  Grown men racing intricate, expensive devices in secret clubs in Tacoma.  Secret locales.  Secret waiting lists.  There’s no

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Men’s, er, public house

Doyle's Public House Where: 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.238.5359 When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily Scene: Dark with plenty of wood and tile — very manly. Menu: Simple but manly with stews, sausages, subs and nuts. Drinkies: Yep. A great collection of Irish whiskey, plus a collection of beer from the UK (and

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