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First Night

It’s official — First Night Tacoma-Pierce County is back and promises to be bigger, better and more piratey than ever (Piratey is a word. Look it up). Debt-free and ready to roll, the resurrection of Tacoma’s annual non-alcoholic, arts-enriched, sumptuous, family-friendly New Year celebration is alive in a way that

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Street art

Graffiti has grown up. From hip-hop tagging of the ’70s and ’80s, graffiti has blossomed into an international street art movement. Street art. That’s what the new graffiti is called. And it goes far beyond spray painting the sides of buildings. In addition to wall paintings, the new street art may

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Mt. Rainier Country Music Festival

Trombonist Randy Oxford is up to it again. In conjunction with the Mineral Lake Event Center, he and his band will be presenting the Mt. Rainer Country Music Festival at the Loggers Jubilee outdoor arena.  Oxford has brought in an impressive lineup for this summer blast including Nashville recording artist Jonathan

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Two treats at the market

The Downtown Farmer’s Market is really, truly a special thing here in Tacoma. To be quite honest, it’s one of the reasons that I accepted a job here as a PR Bitty for the City. There are two vendors that I’ve been happy to wait in line for. My favorite is the shaved

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Wine Tastings

Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101). Tuesdays: Wine Tuesdays, 5 p.m., Toscano’s Café & Wine Bar, 437 29th St. N.E., Puyallup, 253.864.8600). Thursday, July 26: Waugh Cellars Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m., $75, Sea Grill, 1498 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5656.

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The sounds of summer

Common Northwest wisdom says it’s not officially summer until after the Fourth of July. Other parts of the country may start chopping off their Levis in June, but around here, the sun doesn’t really start showing up until the seventh month — and it only sticks around into September. The

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Carmen’s summer daze

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing for this fine rag, it’s that you all LOVE Carmen when she’s on vacation. So with that, I have some music for your nibble-worthy ears. I just got started with another one right now! So many of you followed my Hawaiian adventures and escapades, and

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Concerts 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 Creedence Clearwater Revisited Shelton. July 13 8 pm. $34-$45 (Little Creek Casino. 800.667.7711). Josh Wolf Seattle. July 13-14 8:30 and 10:30 pm. $20 (Mainstage Comedy and Music Club, TM). Jane Monheit Seattle. July

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7/7/07, the number of the fest

When learning numbers in Japanese, it becomes clear that counting plays a very important cultural role. It’s not so much for arithmetic but more for identifying things and people in a way that is in line with the orderliness of the culture. There are two counting methods: one is the ichi,

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Trouve to close

Trouve to close Trouve will close officially July 12 and is doing that whole “Closing Sale” thing. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good sale, but I hate it when the purpose of said sale is store closure. Empty storefronts make me sad, especially when the shops previously inhabiting said

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When your server snaps

Today I received my first letter. I hadn’t solicited yet for reader input, but it found its way to my editor.  Fortunately, he sent it my way while I was having severe writer’s block and about to drink myself into a stupor (who am I to look a gift horse

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Bring me a bucket

This column, Drink of the Week, is about booze — sometimes expensive drinks, sometimes good drinks, rarely bad drinks, many times cheap drinks. Cheap drinks for cheap bastards like me. One day, if I become a day trader, I’ll drink at some of those restaurants on Ruston Way all day long.

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Taste of Tacoma

The logjam of cars on Pearl Street last weekend attested to the success of the Taste of Tacoma. Though there might have been higher-quality cuisine to be had elsewhere in town, with less waiting in line, the shopping, foods and overall vibe of the festive, diverse crowd left smiles on

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Hair Chat goes Girl Talk

How is it I’ve not yet been into Girl Talk/The Nail Shoppe/ As It Is? The three businesses share a space, with Stephanie Wilson owning Girl Talk, Stephanie’s husband owning As it Is, and Cortney Young owning The Nail Shoppe. Since I’ve had snaggle-toe issues, I called recently. And since the stars

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Collecting art

Art, art, art! I’ve been trying to collect some art that wasn’t mass-produced, since “mass produced” and “art” seem contrary to me.  In place of the somewhat tilted sandy beach black and white photograph in our bedroom, the significant one and I will be seeing the lushness of a black and white

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It’s a walk-off!

Iman.  Kirsten Dunst.  Gisele Bundchen. Tyra Banks. Cindy Crawford. Cameron Diaz.  Naomi Campbell. Heidi Klum.  Claudia Schiffer. Uma Thurman. What do all these women have in common? Each has been represented — or is represented — by Elite Model Management, who will be sending scouts to the South Hill Mall on Saturday,

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What\'s playing

1408: John Cusack is the man to watch in this horror thriller based on a Stephen King short story.  Like “The Shining,” also based on King material, the main character is a frustrated writer who likes to drink, has a terrible trauma in his past and is in isolated surroundings

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Picket Ranger. Jet Black Stare and Warner Drive

Friday, July 6 BLUEGRASS picket range bluegrass band Wikipedia says Picket Range is a small, extremely rugged subrange of the North Cascades in the northwestern part of the American state of Washington. MySpace says it’s a bluegrass band from, of all places, Seattle. So, I get it, bluegrass is considered to be

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Mining the geoducks

His name is Cendtary Xeno, and he goes by Cen. He sings, plays guitar, and writes most of the music for Dem Zaing.  The dark sounds are, to me, a sort of cave-meets-metal thing where, if I used my kid’s visualization techniques of music, I’d visualize blacksmiths working on a subterranean level

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Northend trifecta

Even though I’m your official nightlife correspondent, I have to confess that I’m not perfect. I wish it was possible for me to be in all places at all times (even though it might seem like that really is the case), but I am only one, singular girl. The point of the

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