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Kyoto’s Japanese Restaurant’s Kirin Beer

The other night several members of the Institute of Liberal Libations went to Kyoto Japanese Restaurant to drown our sorrow from the lack of sports on television with large planks of sushi and lots of beer. The first time I tried raw fish I may as well have been offered

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I said Poekoelan, not Poekeman

The Indonesian word Poekoelan, roughly translated, means returning blows with hands and feet and is at the center of a form of martial art brought to America via Asia by Mas Goeroe Agoeng Willy Wetzel in the 1950s. Justine Kreher, who has been training and teaching this martial art for

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Hotrod-A-Rama

When summer hits I undergo a visible transformation into a festival-frolicking female. The rest of my weekends this summer are booked with them, but there’s one in particular that changes me more than the rest. Hotrod-a-rama. As a matter of fact, this annual powerhouse festivity does a little something to everyone, and it

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Psychic Fair, Swap and Shop and more

THE BOOKS Page Ahead I could make jokes about how you never read anymore. But that’s just not true. You do. TV Guide doesn’t read itself, you know. Plus you have to figure out that little graph thingy with the channels and times — not to mention the plot summaries. However, I

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Mining Glass

“Mining Glass” at the Museum of Glass features installations by eight contemporary glass artists. Some are great, some are interesting but unexciting, and some are just boring. The big disappointment is Maya Lin, one of the most exciting and intelligent artists working in America today. Lin is the creator of the

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Fetch!

Thursday, Aug. 2: Wine 100: Basics of Enjoying Wine, 7:30 p.m., $89 pre-register, Water to Wine, 9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor, 253.851.2424. Thursday, Aug. 2: Tacoma Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Winfield’s, 503 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.238.1030. Friday, Aug. 3-Saturday, Aug. 4: Smorgasbord wine tasting, 6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, $5,

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Disney\'s High School Musical

This is were all of my journalistic integrity goes out the window and is replaced by a father\\\'s pride. My daughter is making her theater debut this week. It\\\'s a bit part with no lines of her own, but she has a lot of background stage time so that makes excited.

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Top of Tacoma Bar and Grill

Words can in no way express how delighted I am to be the first to alert you on the following piece of nightlife development in Tacoma. Harry’s Place, located at 3529 McKinley Ave., has closed, and new ownership of the building and the business has taken over. The new proprietor? It’s none

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RobKat

RobKat shows his sentimental artist style with pieces that have a comfortable cool aesthetic. The shirt he’s wearing is a vintage seventies synthetic-fiber (my guess? Polyester) button-up featuring bike racing (my guess? Greg Lemond is the dude on the bike). His distinctive trousers — definitely NOT Hammer pants — came from a

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Blowout

One of two things invariably happens to you after your stylist gets hold of you.  Either you walk away from the chair sticky and funky, with a coif so sky-high that your hands itch to wash it and kill the evidence of the bad style, or you walk out of

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Midsummer Soiree

The evening of July 28, smack dab in between summer and fall, brought a bevy of beauties, cuties, and booties to the artists’ live/workspace known as the warehouse. And the Midsummer Soiree, thrown by many of the female masterminds who brought Tacoma Eyefull last winter and the reason behind the assemblage

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Last \"Beauty\"

Last "Beauty" It\'s the last weekend for South Sound audiences to see “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. The show runs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; Narrows Theatre, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; $16-$23; 253-565-6867, www.tmp.org. "Twelfth Night" Works by William Shakespeare are in full steam these

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BoxheadLeave me alone

This week’s column I believe will really hit home for those of us in the hospitality industry. Strange things happen on a day-to-day basis that defy common sense and it never ceases to amaze me how clueless some people can be. I don’t mean this in a general sense because

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To Write Love on Her Arms and more

Friday, Aug. 3 JAZZ KVH I love it when truly gifted musicians join forces to form a band. All gifted and respected players in their own right, Northwest keyboard extraordinaire Wayne Horvitz, New York saxophonist Briggan Krauss and Vancouver, B.C.,  percussionist Dylan Van der Schyff have done just that for a project

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Tinman

Tinamn “He is a wordsmith, melody guru and his songs could easily be national hits,” said Jay Inokuchi, owner of Mocha Moo Café describing singer/songwriter Tinman, “This will be Tinman\'s third showcase in one year, he is that good! He draws a crowd whenever he performs and his fan base grows

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Tommy James & the Shondells

These guys evoke memories of sitting in front of the console stereo spinning 45s when I was just a wee lad. Yes, I was a music geek as early as age 5. You might know songs like “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and “Crimson and Clover” as ’80s

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The Crystal Method and others

On sale now Switches, The Catch Seattle. Aug. 10 (all ages) 6 pm. $8-$10 (Chop Suey, TW). Eddie Izzard Seattle. Aug. 11-12 8 pm. $50 (Seattle Repertory Theatre, 206.443.2222). Geezerfest 2007 with Blood Circus, Catbutt, Swallow, Coffin Break, Love Battery, Snow Bud & The Flower People, RC5, Green Pajamas, Valis, From The North,

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Carmen\'s unattached

This week I\'d like to offer you a little insight as a girl who\'s trying to weave her way through the confusing world of relationships. In the advent of modern-day communications efficiencies like e-mail, cell phones, text messaging and mySpace, it seems like so many people are holding out on further

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Bella Vita, bella inside

The scenesters who filled the interior of the Bella Vita Restaurant and Ultra Lounge last Friday appeared to be enjoying posh cocktails and yummy looking plates — due to my attendance sans date, I was milling awkwardly in a sea of unfamiliar faces. The parking lot alluded to the crowd

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Tacoma Concert Band to blow into outdoor venues

Kill your “this one time in band camp” jokes. The Tacoma Concert Band was up to none of those “American Pie” shenanigans when they recently embarked on their tour of the French Riviera to wow the crowds with the professional sounds of the volunteer ensemble. For one, they’re too old

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