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Do not doubt ‘Doubt’

College theater programs are sort of known for taking risks and staging works that force audiences to think — and often even argue — about the goings-on in front of them. Maybe that is because colleges are places of change and thought, where students can expand their views of the

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Accomplice and Hollow

“Accomplice” Harlequin Productions is staging a mystery production of false identifies and cross purposes titled “Accomplice.” [State Theater, through Sept. 15, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $24-$33, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.786.0151, www.harlequinproductions.org] “Hollow” Lakewood Playhouse is staging the first show of its season — Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.“ [Lakewood Playhouse,

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Liquid light

“Veiled Northwest: Photographs by Mary Randlett” is the latest show to open at Tacoma Art Museum. And it’s about time. Randlett is mostly famous for her portraits of Pacific Northwest artists such as Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson, but her softly lit and mysterious landscapes are also greatly

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Psychic Fair

Bright shiny sunshine is hard to deny, but so is having an internationally known psychic read your cards or having your aura photographed. Tacoma’s Psychic Fair takes place the first weekend of every month at Crystal Voyage Wellness Center in the shadow of the Tacoma Dome. “There’s 11 to 13

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Local Music Only

urbanXchange once again proves they are about way more than cool clothes by announcing the release of a Local Music Only compilation CD and an end of summer event Friday, Sept. 7. The idea for the CD came to store owner Julie Bennett mid-summer while talking about the local music

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Carmen does the rodeo

Who would’ve ever thought that a city girl like me could aspire to such a hootin’ hillbilly, buckin’ belt-buckle, sagebrush sass, carefree country kind of life? If you read last week’s column (it was at www.weeklyvolcano.com — stupid ad replaced me in the rag!), you know that little lady Natasha

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Hanging at The Tav

Pappi Swarner won’t be happy with me this week because today I’ll be reporting on a wonderful place that is no where near the South Sound, but it’s worthy of the attention from all of you 253ers. The Tav — a name that’s so simple and perfect. When your humble Natasha was

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Welcome to Active Culture

It would seem that there are a pretty fair number of active types who may be just like the average Joes outside local bars. Rather than filling their calendars with coffee shop and cocktail outings and stretching their budget for a non-generic cigarette, these people consider outings to gyms and

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Inner Silence Studio opening

Shiny at Dragonfly Like a magpie after a candy wrapper in the wind, I am uncontrollably drawn to all things that sparkle and shine, so it’s easy for me to admit that I’m a jewelry junkie. When I heard about Dragonfly Imports opening a few weeks back in the Dome District,

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Beautiful, tasty Sofia

ANNOUNCER: There are things in this life that make the boys believe in a higher power: Sipping Silver Oak Cabernet on a beach at sunset; Jeff Buckley records; Fender guitars and women’s orgasms; Sofia Bistro’s lemon crème, just to name a few. They’re made from scratch — the lemon crèmes, that

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Are you curious?

Jennevieve Schlemmer, sipping coffee while we eat at the Mandolin Café, mentions something Lynn Di Nino has told her that’s resonated: when Di Nino was learning massage therapy, a tenet was “always leave one hand on the body.” It’s a tenet Di Nino has been employing both with her work on

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Rhiannon Dooly

Rhiannon Dooly went to The Spar in Old Town Tacoma last Saturday to see Anthony Simmons cause a ruckus. Since he plays the drums in The Scuzztones, the bar was cool with it. Rhiannon turned many heads with a daring cleavage accentuating dress and mischievous smile. “I’m originally from California,

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Think 1920s

The fashion industry gets its millions only when it knocks current trends into traffic. More simply, drastic trend changes require that fashion slaves make repeat purchases toward new wardrobes to stay up to date. Just when you thought you had every color and length of layerable tunic/shirt/dress for random mix

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Tatanka serves good meat

Good beef I have been reading the “Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. Anyone who has read this book will understand when I say I don’t want to look at another mainstream burger again. It’s shocking how much petroleum, disease and genetic engineering goes into beef. I’ve always been aware of food

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Lady Luck’s Cowgirl Up’s Bahama Mama

Cowgirl Up’s Bahama Mama will make you warm in places I am not allowed to mention.  Served in a tall glass, this coconut rum concoction helps you forget it’s already becoming colder at night. Add a shot of the Captain, some pineapple and orange juice, and a splash of grenadine.

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Intro to French Wines

Thursday, Sept. 6: Tacoma Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m. Mountaineers Club House, 2302 N. 30th, Tacoma. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101). Thursday, Sept. 13: Tacoma Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Vino Aquino’s, 2607 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5511. Tuesday, Sept. 18: Intro to French Wines, 5:30-8:30

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South Bay Dickerson’s Slow and Low BBQ

This Olympia barbeque house has plenty of parking and a décor of “working man’s farm” with antique farm hand tools hanging on the walls next to nicely framed black and white photos of old farm land and barns. Sliding barn doors make up most of the back wall of the

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Puyallup unfair time

Ah, Labor Day weekend. The gateway to fall and three glorious days of relaxation before we all have to take life seriously again. I’ve eaten my fill of fun, and now I must get serious. At least that is how I try to rationalize it, and this renewed dedication reminds

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Spelling Bee, Scavenger Hunt and more

THE SPELLING Bee there Spelling bee for adults? Sweet Jesus! There won’t be a brainy kid who gets his glasses stomped by knuckle-draggers on the playground after tonight’s spelling bee. Well, maybe a wedgie might be administered. Weekly Volcano scribe Jessica Corey-Butler and Amanda Morstad will return to defend their crown as Tacoma’s

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Eat the Puyallup

ANNOUNCER: There’s nothing the boys like better than eating among throngs of farm animals hooting and hollering in their pens. Give them some fried onions on a hamburger and a 500-pound pig named Daisy, and they are in heaven. So, it’s easy to understand why most of September you’ll find

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