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Food on the brain

We here at the Weekly Volcano would never EVER lie to you, especially when it comes to one of the greatest words in the English language: FOOD. That’s why I swear it’s just a mere coincidence that our annual, flavorful dining guide is coming out on the heels of the season

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Stage best bets

Sweet! Olympia Sweet Adeline’s Women’s Chorus is set to stage its fall show, “Stranded In Paradise,“ this weekend. The musical story begins with a women’s chorus arriving in Hawaii for a vacation and performances. They soon learn that their tour company has folded and that they are responsible for finding their

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Buffalo invades Olympia

Olympia Little Theatre opened its season with “Moon Over Buffalo,” a quick-witted and saucy comedy by Ken Ludwig that brings the world of back east Buffalo, N.Y., to the West Coast. Set in the 1950s, the innuendo and slapstick-filled show centers on the world of George (played by Tom Sanders) and

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Hodgepodge

Tacoma’s newest gallery, The Helm, opened with a burst of adolescent bravado in a show the gallery owners admit includes a lot of “crappy” art. You see, they didn’t pick the work. They didn’t eliminate submissions they thought were bad. They sent out invitations to artists from all over the

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100th Monkey Party

Tacoma’s 100th Monkey parties have been held in many varied places over the years — industrial, creative, organic, eclectic, inspiring. The final Monkey party of 2007 was held at Tacoma Art Museum. Lisa Ikeda planned a good party with local R&B group Malcolm Clark Band providing the music. Original 100th

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Strike a pose

While Natasha’s been hawking Bravo’s “Top Chef,” I’ve been tuning into “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” which actually led me to a fairly drastic decision this week: I cut most of my long hair off. Previously, my flaxen hair fell to just above my booty, but I decided that change was

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Rainier Arts Festival

Unlike Andrea Brannon, when I look out my living room window, I see a mini-storage and the back end of a multiplex. What does Andrea Brannon see outside her window? Mostly “trees and birds,” she says. And, oh yes, there’s also an enormous mountain nearby. Artist Andrea Brannon, who lives and

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Dance, dance fever time

There’s no excuse to waste away on the sidelines any longer. Get in the game, get on the dance floor. How? Check out Olympia’s Occasions Ballroom at the Eagles Hall Tuesdays and Lindy Bomb at Tacoma’s Abbey Ballroom Wednesdays. Both have swing dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. with a dance party

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Grazing around The Grand

Let’s face it. The dinner and a movie shtick is old … unless you’re in the vicinity of Tacoma’s Grand Cinema. The Grand has so many post-flick dining options available that the Weekly Volcano has decided to provide you, dear reader, with a short list of dining spots within walking

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Tacoma Film Festival

Why do we love movies so much? Not just watching them, but making them, too. Watching is easy — you leave your life behind for a brief amount of time in trade for what’s happening on screen. Making them — it becomes your life for an amount of time. Philip Cowan,

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Harmonizing with social awareness

Steve and Kristi Nebel met as students at The Evergreen State College “when it was mud,” recalls Kristi of the school in 1972. He studied poetry at the brand new liberal arts college; she studied theatre. The two married in 1974 and combined their loves together as they began writing and

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A couple of classical beauties

THE EVENT Fall RV Show Jack Kerouac is turning in his grave. The days of taking a drug-choked jalopy down the low road to old Mexico are long over (nooooooo!!!!). If Jack were alive today, he’d want comfort and economy. With enough ill-gotten bread, he could buy himself a fancy pop-up travel

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The new aroma of Tacoma

Breathe in, Tacoma. Do you smell that? It smells an awful lot like happiness in a mouthful. It smells an awful lot like the kinds of sweet treats granny used to have waiting for you, the kinds of treats celebrations culminate in. It smells like the kind of treats that have a naughty,

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Adventurous eating

Hong Sheng Fung, or The Pot Sticker, opened mid-July in a strip-mall right off 82nd and South Tacoma Way. High ceilings, bright white walls, large lush plants and banks of windows make the medium size, one-room restaurant comfortable. A window on the side of the building allows a sneak peak

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St. Nicholas Greek Festival.

Just hand over the baklava and nobody gets hurt We love Tacoma’s Annual St. Nicholas Greek Festival. We love the group dancing, the fine food; hell, we even love yelling “Opa!” for no apparent reason. But let’s be real. For us, the entire festival is just a complicated set dressing for

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Lone Canary Winery wine tasting

Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101. Mondays: $5 Wine Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., $5 glass of wines, Rosewood Café, 3323 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.752.7999. Thursday, Oct. 11: Wine 101: Your Personal Flavor Profile, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $39, Wine Bank, 7017

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Falling into food

Falling into food autumn crisp air brings my need to feed  / by sandee glib I don’t know about any of you, but autumn is my favorite season. There is no guessing when it happens around here; unlike summer, we all know it has arrived because it is so very obvious. The

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Healthy kicks

I’m always looking for active pursuits that will up my endorphins, lower my body fat, and make my heart sing. I find myself returning to running because it’s quick and effective. But dang, does it get tedious at times. An online article gave me a nugget to ponder: “Soccer beats jogging for

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Bound orgies

Vicki León has gotten good at making work fun. In her latest paperback tome, “Working IX to V: Orgy Planners, Funeral Clowns and Other Prized Professions of the Ancient World” (Walker & Co., 313 pages, $16.95), León gallivants into Greek and Roman times, gleefully lifting the veils of history to

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I Love Bento sake

It’s bad enough when a few members of the League of Liberal Libations get together — fewer than five representatives is known as a “disconcerting” — but when you have the executive council and potential members, things quickly get out of hand. This is known as a “catastrophe.” By the

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