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Take it or leave it

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by the University of Washington-Tacoma art gallery to see the installation by Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Betsy Alwin. I’ll make a wild guess that you’ll find it fascinating — for upwards of two minutes. After that, you may catch yourself yawning. I drove

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\"Sideways\" at Blue Mouse

“Sideways” is the next film screened as part of The Cans Film Festival, the Emergency Food Network and Food Connection’s food-theme movie festival — each film matched with a coupon to a local restaurant — to raise awareness to fight hunger. Thursday, June 14, “Sideways” will screen at the Blue

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\"Whorehouse\" and \"Take Me Out\"

“Whorehouse” Those whores are at it again — getting all uppity about being a victimless crime and what not. Such is the case at Tacoma Little Theatre as it finishes its season with “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a look at life and politics surrounding the Chicken Ranch. [Tacoma Little Theatre, June

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Long flight

The missus and I are big fans of “West Side Story” even though it is sort of quaint and predictable no matter how a director stages it. Theaters have to assume that everyone in the audience has seen the show and know what they like since, well, everyone in the

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Bags of Raw-r (food that is)

I feed my dogs decent food: Nutro Natural Choice Lite with glucosamine and chondroitin.  I always thought, they have the glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health, they have the protein and other good stuff to keep them well-ish, and they have the kibble-only aspect for clean white teeth and no

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Neighborhood nice

This week I’ll put you in my pocket and take you to a Proctor establishment with a name as sweet as it’s presence and ownership: Rosewood Cafe. This is a laid back neighborhood café that’s full for lunch and dinner. All of the faces in it are relaxed and smiling. Mine was,

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Carmen cleans up her act

Last week was filled with all kinds of dreamy thoughts about something you and I probably both love equally. Summer, summer, summertime! Even though I’m a devoted Washingtonian, and I really don’t mind the rain at all, there’s nothing quite like the first days of sunshine on those beautiful blue-sky breakthroughs. I love

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Pin-up girls on the Avenue

Once upon a time Anthony Valenzuela collected black and white photos, the kind that were slid across the newspaper shop counter covertly wrapped in paper. These risqué, pre-Hustler, post-Betty Grable girlie photos made it into the trembling hands of their purchasers and then, years later, into Valenzuela’s. Not content with the

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The Voyage to Mystic Mocha

Inside The Crystal Voyage, calming music plays as fountains burble.  One west-facing fountain centered in a large window features three dolphins frolicking, spouting water. At a table, Matilda prepares to read tarot; the atmosphere in the space is conducive to that sort of thing. Underneath the shop at the Mystic Mocha Cafe,

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Bob Newhart, murder and more

THE LEGEND Hi Bob! (Drink!) Bob Newhart, the befuddled comic genius best remembered for his TV shows “The Bob Newhart Show” and, later, “Newhart,” strolls into the Pantages Theater Thursday to ma-ma-ma-make people laugh. The Jesuit-educated funnyman began his professional life as an accountant. So perfect.  Newhart looks like an accountant. He

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Rock solid

It’s a real challenge to feel and look manly while guzzling out of a blue kiddie’s bucket with a yellow shovel as a swizzle stick. I’m sitting in The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits’ newest location in Federal Way listening to Led Zeppelin, and I’m surrounded by masculine bikers,

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Magnificent Malbec tasting at Pairings

Thursday, June 7: Mountaineers Social Singles wine tasting, 7-9 p.m., Stadium Bistro, 204 St. Helen’s Ave., Tacoma, 253.683.4150. Friday, June 8-Saturday, June 9: Magnificent Malbec tasting, 5 p.m. to close, $10, Pairings, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101). n Tuesdays:

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North Point Bar and Grill’s Lemondrop Martini

As Tater Tot and I enter the North Point Bar and Grill, we’re struck by the odor of booze, cigarettes, and cheap perfume. At first, I think my Aunt Hilda must be in the building, but then I realize that this is just the typical North Point smell, and yes,

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A tale of two (hair) colors

So you last saw Kris Blondin at her Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar with a cool purple hue to her hair, and you were waiting to see what color Azarra’s Aura Mae would do next on her. Blue? Chartreuse? I’m here to tell ya, Blondin’s gone almost mellow (though not,

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Vodka Thursday at El Gaucho

Vodka Thursday at El Gaucho On last Thursday’s trip to El Gaucho’s Havana Room, the now smokeless cigar lounge, legendary Tacoma mixologist Mr. Jones and I partook in Vodka Thursday. For those that don’t know, many establishments have theme nights showcasing new liquors, beers or wines. Vodka Thursday was just such

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Hot fun in the garden (show)

The Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show attracted gardeners the same way blossoms attract bumblebees, with droves of people buzzing about the converted Point Defiance Park entry space for a taste of what their gardens could be.

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Jennevieve Schlemmer

So you’re an artist working in mosaic (among other things), and you’ve just installed a piece at Cheney Stadium and are heading in to a game to see your work in its site-specific glory. So what do you wear? Jennevieve Schlemmer suggests this summer-time combo with a Kenneth Cole tank top (from

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Victoria’s swimsuit

I enjoyed last week’s sunshine, and I looked hellacute in a swimsuit from Victoria’s Secret. The store carries many styles including my first choice — a pink one-piece with openings on both sides on the body. But I always wear pink.  Next. I bought a soft green and blue two-piece that tied

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The gang’s all here

A reunion of sorts is brewing in Tacoma. The old gang from Victory Music’s hey day will gather once again to share music, memories and renewed friendship. This will be a very special open mic where only those who played at one of the Victory Music open mics (at Antique

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Radio Ga Ga

Andras Jones had a dream. He dreamt that a conventional little FM radio could help people with their problems, assist them with tough decisions and/or maybe just engender a little giggle from them for the synchronicities of life. His dream came true in August of 1998. He called it The

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