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Focus on Jim

Jim Campbell’s show at the Museum of Glass has me stumped. I don’t possess the kind of scientific brain it must take to fully understand or appreciate his message or methods. But I do find the work fascinating. Campbell is an engineer, inventor and video artist. He worked on Francis Ford

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Expect the expected

“So the cashier at Burger King is about to hand you your food, and you’re expecting her to tell you, ‘Have a nice day,’ and so you’re already thinking, ‘You, too,’ but instead she says, ‘Enjoy Your Meal.’ And you say, ‘You, too.’” Brian Regan has built himself into one

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Magick, eggs and Ostara

Crescent Moon Gifts thrums with the energy of shoppers milling about, asking questions of “Shoppe Keeper” Angela Wehnert during a time that’s traditionally not busy.  Later, Wehnert explains that the energy in the space had been oppressive to her that morning, “heavy.” So she smudged the store to clear the

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Home of the brave

Now that the nightlife circuit in Tacoma is really starting to fill in as more and more bars and lounges take their seat here, a new lease on life is coming to establishments that have deserved our attention all along. Meconi’s Pub and Eatery, and Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar

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Afternoon delight

This week I was able to sneak something in that I really, really enjoy — I like to call it Afternoon Delight. I’m sorry to let you down by saying that it doesn’t include early evening sex, but sometimes it’s just as much fun. I love to take a sleepy Saturday and

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Give the Broadway Center your mind

The high-pitched squeal of feedback is not a sound you want to hear on stage, but behind the scenes the people at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts are collecting feedback of a different kind. The Broadway Center board has some younger hipper members now who would like to bring

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Sister Spit, surfing and more

THE STAGE Last chance This is the last weekend to see Capital Playhouse’s thumping musical “Ain’t Misbehavin.’“ The Tony Award-winning musical chronicles the music, the time and the life of one Mr. Thomas Waller, who would go down in history as Fats. The show has his hit works “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,’”

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Rachel Corrie and Robin Hood

Rachel Corrie “My Name is Rachel Corrie” is a telling play about a Olympia native who traveled to the Gaza Strip to aid Palestinians in 2003 only to die at a protest when a bulldozer crushed her. Her story became headline news around the world and shed light on the struggles

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Rock me, ‘Amadeus’

A lesser person would think that a play named “Amadeus” would be about that composer dude who wrote “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” before he had his first blemish and hammered out the score of some of the world’s best musical works before he had the obligation to shave his face.

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Danii Blackwell looks good

Danii Blackwell shows off her style at the Nordstrom fashion show at the Museum of Glass, though she is, in point of fact, not wearing anything from Nordstrom. Her wool knickers, old-school type that I can remember wearing in the mid-eighties, though never with that much confident élan, came from Chinatown. The

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Next to Nature

So the dogs have … issues. Foremost: their mommy doesn’t walk them (class-ad note: put in an ad for lawn person and dog walker, preferably with references). Excess energy in two high-energy, young purebred hunting dogs means they stalk kiddie toys with intent to maul. My back yard and living room look

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Movie theater needs to be darker

Who’s with me on how nice the weather has been? It’s been hot enough for girls to show off their legs, and the fellas are busting out the muscle shirts. But just because it’s warm does not give anyone an excuse to wear open-toed tan platform sandals, gray leggings, a

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Stylin' in Olympia

Jamie Lee and Company has been an established business for 12 years, but it’s not the kind of salon where the atmosphere is homogenized and bland. Bright walls serve as a backdrop for cool art, with plants and rainbows bursting through with vibrancy. Equally vibrant, each stylists’ station is personalized: Eric has

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Get your mind out of the gutter

The name Clumsy Lovers has nothing to do with accidental intercourse or sloppy bedroom technique; it came from a song written for bagpipes. You thought it was something else? Chris Jonat, bass player and main songwriter of Clumsy Lovers, explains, “When we first started, we had a piper in the

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Kareem Kandi, Dyslexia 33 and others

Thursday Dyslexia 33 Perhaps one of the most prolific lines ever written for the silver screen was when Woody Allen said, “Comedy equals tragedy plus time.” I dig bands that use this as their mantra and don’t take life quite so seriously. With tongues firmly implanted in cheeks, Dyslexia 33 use life’s

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Hell has frozen over

I do believe hell has frozen over. Several signs seem to suggest it. Consider this. All of these things have recently happened: Al Gore won an Oscar. There’s a guy from the Smiths playing guitar with Modest Mouse, and the band debuted at

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Jonathan Harris CD release party

Jonathan Harris is a cowboy. He may not rope calves or hang with horses, but he does ride a big white dream called country music. And he has a cowboy hat. Harris is from Tacoma, not a place known for its herds and ranches, but he spent time in Nashville,

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Manium mania

The Manium has always been a mystery to me. Though I lived only a stone’s throw from the visually unimpressive building on Olympia’s Fourth Avenue, I never understood exactly how the club ticked. Sometimes I’d hear about the shows at the Manium. Sometimes they just seemed to happen. Sometimes there

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Pure popcorn fun

Rose McGowan is Cherry Darling, a former go-go dancer and wannabe stand-up comic who sports a machine gun where once she had a leg.  Kurt Russell is Stuntman Mike, a smiling, muscle car-driving speed-demon who has a hideous scar creasing his face and a propensity for imitating John Wayne and

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This week's big concerts

on sale now Comedy Underground In The Box featuring Brad Upton and guests Olympia. April 12 7:30 pm. $12 (Washington Center, 360.753.8586). Arlo Guthrie & the Guthrie Family Legacy Tour Tacoma. April 13 7:30 pm. $30-$45 (Pantages Theater, 253.591.5894). “Leftover Stories To Tell: An Evening Celebrating the Work of Spalding Gray” Olympia. April

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