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Viva Tacoma!

Once upon a time in Tacoma, Cinco de Mayo meant heading down to the local Mexican establishment and quaffing a grande margarita, on the rocks, no salt, while munching on stale tortilla chips. By now, those stale chips may be a stale memory amid all the other, better activities to choose

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Wood!

The 7th North American Sculptural Wood Invitational at American Art Company is an audacious show. How these artisans do what they do with wood boggles the mind. The media is turned wood, which, strictly speaking, means carving forms out of wood that is turned on a lathe. But these artisans

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Ten Tiny Dances

Traveling up from Portland, the Ten Tiny Dances impressed and amused the audience with its feats of strength, grace and storytelling last Saturday.  The whole concept of drinking, dining and dance, coming together in an intimate setting, was put forward flawlessly with Jazzbones’ service — and awesome sushi — adding just

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Fighting fistula in a minor key

Stephen Minor sits in Tully’s with his cell phone and a cup of joe.  He looks vaguely familiar, but in that can’t-quite-place-it way.  Could it be you saw him with his hair slicked back, big Bono-sunglasses on, handing out fliers for his first show with his new project, U277, a

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Masa’s throw down

When Madonna wrote the song “Holiday,” I wonder if she had Cinco de Mayo in mind. Sure, the 5th of May has cultural, historical and religious backing, but since when has that ever mattered to us? Here in the United States we always manage to squash any of these traditions and use

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The art of being bad-ass

When you go to watch Season 1, Bout 1 of the Dockyard Derby Dames at the Tacoma Soccer Center Saturday, May 5, you might not know what you’re watching, or what’s involved in what you’re watching. So who better to explain to a newbie observer than a newbie skater herself? Doxie Crux,

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72 Hour Film Competition, Teddy Haggarty and more

THE STAGE Gig Harbor’s Encore! Theater is staging “Annie” again this year and promises to be even more charming than the version it staged a few years back. Based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” this entertaining musical was written by Thomas Meehan with music by Charles Strauss and with lyrics

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Noices Off and a Cat

Nothing on Paradise Theatre opens “Noises Off,“ the behind-the-scenes farce about an acting troupe that is staged as a show within a show by Michael Frayn. [Paradise Theatre, through May 13, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, $8-$18, 9911 Burnham Dr. N.W., Gig Harbor, 253.851.PLAY] Broken manliness “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,”

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Full frontal comedy

I have to give a shout out to Tacoma Musical Playhouse. It is so solidly on a roll that it should enter the NASCAR circuit. This theater, as I have said several times before in this space, is on fire with hot, hot, hot shows and filled-to-the-rafters audiences, making it

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Sea Grill’s Fruity Pebbles

Before you put on your Sunday best to go do some heavy drinking at the Sea Grill, heed this warning: You will go broke at the bar at the Sea Grill. The booze is top-shelf stuff and comes in all varieties.  I love it when I get to ask the

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Alexandria in the house

Thursday, May 3: Alexandria Nicole Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m., $85, Sea Grill, 1498 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5656. Every Saturday: “Taste,” Pacific Grill’s wine and cheese tasting, after 9 p.m., complimentary, Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.3535. Saturday, May 12: Seventh Annual Wine Classic, 5:30 p.m., $125 per person, Tacoma Community College,

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Honey Bee BBQ and exotic foods

Honey Bee BBQ With something like 25 days to go before Memorial Day — when it will become the time when it’s OK to not only wear white pants but also to barbecue at will, on the deck, in the parking lot, behind the office, you name it — it’s high

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Eat Mexican this week

As far as the Weekly Volcano is concerned, any excuse to eat Mexican food is a good one. But the celebration of Cinco de Mayo — usually observed over a period of days, not just on the 5th — provides us with even more ammunition for gorging on tacos, chile

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Broadway Center announces next season

It turns out that my father lied when he told me that hard work would help me reach my career goal. I probably shouldn’t be too shocked by this news. He also lied that time I asked where babies come from. So I admire Broadway Center Executive Director David Fischer’s hard

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I love the islands

I knew going into this trip that my stay in Oahu would be anything but the traditional Hawaiian vacation, since Honolulu is such a big city, but I didn’t know it would be this much of a good time. Sure, there’s the hustle and bustle of pimps, thugs, hookers and way

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Big bboy battle here

Leave it to the masters at Fab 5 to bring the world’s premier one-on-one bboy battle to the South Sound. Stop for a minute and think about what it means that Bboy World’s All Nations 1v1 Breakdance Competition will make stops in just eight cities – New York, Miami, San

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Belgian Beer and French Cheese Tasting

Belgian Beer and French Cheese Tasting No one really needs a reason to drink beer; like sex or miniature golf, beer itself is cause enough to partake. But those who feel they need an excuse to imbibe in public ought to think about checking out the Belgian Beer and French Cheese

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Pub is grubbin’

ANNOUNCER: There is a comical quote attributed to National Review columnist and notorious right-wing homophobe John Derbyshire that sums up many people’s notions about Irish cuisine: “We put the food in boiling water. Then we go and hoe the fields for 10 hours or so. Then we have a ‘ceili’

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Watch out

Your graduation diploma-grabbing hand ain’t strong if your watch sucks. Yes, graduation is almost here.  My senior friend will leave me behind. So sad. I want to send her away with a watch graduation present.  She’s always late.  Always.  So next time she’s late she’ll look at her cute watch and think

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Scott Russell

As Scott Russell sauntered down the runway in Bond, James Bond fashion (toy gun in hand), the woman sitting next to me at the Point Defiance Zoo Society Fashion Tea raised her eyebrows in horror. Apparently she’d not been to a Zoobilee, to realize that, in point of fact, Russell was

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