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"The Wives of Marty Winters"

Some irresistible people showed up and took over Alec Clayton\'s mind. Marty Winters; his wild wife, Maria Perez; his second wife, Selena; their kids; and some good friends: They come to life in Clayton\'s third novel. And beware: They\'ll burrow into your mind, too.  "The Wives of Marty Winters" opens

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Good, ribald fun in Hell

Say “let’s go to the opera” and eyes may glaze with visions of large women in Viking hats breaking beer bottles with their sustained vibrato. Say “let’s go to a two-hour romp with dancing and singing, centering around a bawdy story about philandering gods” and the reaction might change. Turns out, in

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Roller derby finals, Art at Work and more

THE CONTEST Define-a-Thon Funny, I was just in Goodwill the other day and saw a (used) For Dummies product that made me wince openly. It was, I think, Cookies for Dummies. Not a book. Some sort of kit. Some sort of toxic powdered mix in a large porcelain Dummies-logoed container, with dumbed-down

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Go "Into The Woods"

For a show not well seated in reality, take a trip to Seattle to see “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim. The show tells the story of a fabled baker and his wife as they journey into the woods on a quest to lift a witch’s curse so they can

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Art @ Work

Tacoma’s Art at Work Month has become a Godzilla’s feast of literary, visual and performing arts. Is there any other town of comparable size in the Western Hemisphere that has anything to match it? I don’t think so. November is Art at Work Month. Festivities begin with an opening celebration

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Olympia Film Festival

Oh boy are you in for it. The 24th annual Olympia Film Festival will turn it up another notch this year with more madness than ever before, running Nov. 2-10. You’ll have to visit OlympiaFilmFestival.org to get the whole rundown. This year is huge. Here are some highlights: Activism in, um, action This

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New brunch, new delivery and more

Another Indochine Thai restaurant will open today at 4612 N. Pearl St. in Tacoma. Pacific Grill now delivers breakfast, lunch or afternoon snacks to downtown Tacoma offices.  Check it at www.pacificgrilltacoma.com. Stadium Bistro will begin serving brunch every Sunday beginning Nov. 4.  From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. you can gorge

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Dannie Neitzelt

Dannie Neitzelt is a smooth operator, even more so when off the clock from her barista gig for Tully’s. We found her Monday night at Top of Tacoma Bar enjoying a new cocktail she just made up, the Dolly (as in Parton). Neitzelt is a smart shopper. She doesn’t waste her coin

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Fun with math, Halloween style

Here’s something to nibble on: that sweet morsel of Halloween candy that you just popped into your mouth had somewhere between 70 to 90 calories, if it was a snack-sized thing. That little bag that you thought was a healthier choice — the peanut M&Ms, since peanuts are a source

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k.d. lang, Queensryche and others on sale

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 Bayside, The Sleeping, June, A Day To Remember, Driver Side Impact Seattle. Nov. 20 (all ages) 8 pm. $12-$14 (El Corazon, TW). Juliette & The Licks, Suffrajett, Scissors For Lefty Seattle. Nov.

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Breakin' for Beverly

It’s about time — another b-boy battle in Tacoma. The honest truth — Tacoma is blessed to have some of the best in the world and some of the best b-boy battles on the left coast. I’ll gladly argue with anyone who wants to disagree. This weekend South Sound hip-hop

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Blue Scholars, Rebecca Riots and others

Thursday, Nov. 1 COUNTRY the ginn sisters Despite their celebrity status, I actually like the Dixie Chicks. Shocking, I know. The reason I dig them is they play in a neo-traditional style that incorporates progressive bluegrass and classic country. Akin to the Chicks, the Ginn Sisters are well-versed in the ways of

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"One of a Kind" Wine Dinner

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. Tuesdays: Wine Tuesdays, 5 p.m., Toscano’s Café & Wine Bar, 437 29th St. N.E., Puyallup, 253.864.8600). Thursday, Nov.

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Goodfella's martini

Whether this Election Day brings victory or defeat, election eve is a definite cause for cocktails. What will I be drinking? Martinis, of course. As far as alcoholic beverages go, the martini is about as close as you can get to doing a shot and still look classy while getting

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"Closer" opens this weekend

“metaphasia” Encore! Theater will be staging a new work, “Metaphasia” as its indoor season musical through Nov. 18. This coming-of-age musical centered on Angie Anderson weaves adventure with upbeat, original tunes and colorful costumes as it takes a radical new look at “Twelve Dancing Princesses” and the likes of “The Lion,

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Top of Tacoma Bar

When a new place opens (and especially a place that’s owned by a much loved community friend), hordes show up. Friday, Oct. 26 was opening night at Top of Tacoma Bar. Co-owner Jaime Kay Newton shared with us that she’s been experiencing a suspended state of excitement and “butterfly stomach”

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Must-see show

I’ve been following the evolution of Chauney Peck since the late ’90s when she showed up in a group show at the old Commencement Art Gallery. Back then she was doing paintings that were expressive, spatially open and gestural. Then she evolved into a sculptor of large, painted wood constructions that

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Carmen loves crappy television

Now that summer has come to a screeching halt, the one place you can find me most nights of the week is on my black leather couch, duly dubbed “Little Italy,” watching TV. People, including my editor, Pappi Swarner, consistently make fun of the channels that I choose, but to know

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Tale of TALE

What’s in a word, a story, a song? Language can either be a barrier or a bridge. It can also be the avenue that connects people. Freighthouse Square hosts the Tacoma Area Literary Enthusiasts’ first annual celebration, Tacoma Word! Saturday, Nov. 3. TALE’s aim is to highlight the literary arts here

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Victory for Victory

It’s Tuesday night’s open mic at the Antique Sandwich Company, and I’m sitting next to a storytelling gent. He’s remembering when KVTI 90.9 began broadcasting the event, and remembers the date well because it was his girlfriend’s birthday, March 4. He meanders through the years, pinning down the ’80s, only to

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