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Branding Tacoma

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Branding Tacoma

A consortium of developers, city officials and other Tacoma boosters has announced a re-invigorated re-branding effort that endeavors to tell the world why it really is a good idea to live in Tacoma. Though no official artwork, slogans or jingles have been generated, the people involved say the message will

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Lonergan vs. Goings

Lonergan vs. Goings The Tacoma City Council is a bizarre group of players. All of them could easily be made into cartoon characters with accentuated personalities and plenty of goofy quirks. There’s the gangly Mayor Bill Baarsma, the robust and hard-lined Deputy Mayor Spiro Manthou, and the Mrs. Clever-esque Connie Ladenburg. Then

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Laughing through the tears

Editor’s note: The Savages opened in select cities Dec. 21, 2007. It opens in Tacoma tomorrow. The Savages seemed a curious movie to be opening four days before Christmas, but maybe not: Christmas Day itself is said to be the top movie-going day of the year, as families (a) seek something

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On local screens this week

10,000 B.C.: Sneak preview. (PG-13) Lakewood Cinema 15: Thurs, March 6, 11:59. Longston Place 14: Thurs, March 6 11:59. 27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW

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Ask Amy Alkon

The hating is the hardest part I wrote you two months ago about a male co-worker who was flirting but never asking me out. You said to flirt with him, but date others. He's still flirting, and watches me like a hawk, but that's it. Yesterday, he overheard me talking about

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Auditions

Every Day The Tokens, Tacoma's open improv group, seeks actors for improvisational performances and networking.  Audition not necessary, participation is. Email charles@thetokens.net or call 253-274-0758.

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Hittin' the hot spots

I’m very sad to report that I’m currently down with the sickness that’s going all around town, but lucky for me, this illness caught up with me after I had a fantastic end of the week and weekend. Everybody loves a Naccarato Last Thursday, Natasha and I joined the rest of the

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Ask Amy Alkon

The hating is the hardest part I wrote you two months ago about a male co-worker who was flirting but never asking me out. You said to flirt with him, but date others. He's still flirting, and watches me like a hawk, but that's it. Yesterday, he overheard me talking about

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Pay to play - no way

Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Pizza and beer. Cagney and Lacey. Bobble Tiki and fortified wine. I think you get the point. The Tacoma School of the Arts and Stay Away From Pay to Play — an organization created by drummer Bon Von Wheelie

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Duo Live

Hailing from Brooklyn, Duo Live created some momentum and prestige by slinging mix tapes in the underground realm of New York’s hip-hop scene. Fitting, considering the duo, comprised of MC Fre and Sid V, dish out the jams like it’s nobody’s business. Their flow is easy — second nature; their

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Off the grid

Bobble Tiki likes to consider himself a moderately intelligent being. Bobble Tiki has no problem admitting he’s not the biggest brain to ever bobble to and fro in island-themed attire, but he does all right. Bobble Tiki’s not stupid, which in his opinion makes him smarter than most. Mrs.

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Sweet

Lately when I’ve been out and about, I’ve found myself talking people into things that I should really steer clear of myself. But ever since I was a kid, I’ve had absolutely no control when comes to the almighty word: Dessert. For some reason, I’ve convinced all kinds of people about where

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The Red Man

It took several attempts to get an interview with David Rhys-Johnson, aka The Red Man. We played phone tag for days since he frequently travels out of town for piano gigs and lessons. He seems to be constantly on the move. Tonight you can catch him as he performs at

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Steamy street fun

It’s not everyday you see steamroller printing happening in the streets. However, that’s the main attraction at this year’s Wayzgoose, an annual event at King’s Books in celebration of Small Press Month. Six local artists will be inking 3-foot by 3-foot plywood or linoleum plates they personally designed and running

Floater

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Floater

With Floater set to hit Hell’s Kitchen this Friday, Feb. 29, the obviously hip thing to do would be pan the ’90s era grunge band for existing in some sort of yesteryear time warp. Flannel isn’t popular anymore, after all. Times have changed. Cobain blew his brains out. Pearl Jam

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12th Street Diner

12th Street Diner The 12th Street Diner shuffle: Check out the big board-style wall menu or grab a to-go menu, sit, ponder the numerous choices, approach counter, order, eight minutes later, food arrives. I will do this many, many times. The burger in a basket arrives juicy with crisp lettuce, firm slices

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Kicking glass

Recent visual arts coverage in the Weekly Volcano has been all about glass. I was very generous in my praise of Lino Tagliapietra, Willim Morris, and Paul and Dante Marioni. But I might have rankled some glass lovers when I wrote: “I might as well confess right now that I

Olympia’s screen test

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Olympia’s screen test

“This has been a huge amount of work,” admits Gavin Dahl, a senior at The Evergreen State College, of planning for “Shot to the Face,” a competition designed to showcase the talents of local filmmakers. The competition is a cooperative project involving Mind Screen, an on-campus cinema club, and the Olympia

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Tough choices this week

There’s a lot of theater taking to stages around the South Sound, so this is a roundup of the offerings this weekend. One of the funniest shows that no one really has heard of is playing across the Narrows Bridge. Gig Harbor’s Encore! Theater Company is presenting Robert Fulghum’s “All I

DIVE IN: Tower Lanes

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DIVE IN: Tower Lanes

I had heard from a friend who heard from a friend who heard from a friend that one of the highest concentrations of fecal matter was found in the finger holes in bowling balls. BanditoBetty and I were looking for a huge helping of crap alongside our dive bar

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