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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 Century Olympia: Fri-Thurs, Feb. 14 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10. Galaxy Tacoma 6: 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55.

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Vince Vaughn's working hard

Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights — Hollywood to the Heartland is a documentary that follows actor Vince Vaughn as he hosted four comedians on an old west variety show style comedy tour that traveled more than 6,000 miles while

Don't be Fool-ed with this flick

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Don't be Fool-ed with this flick

The ads would have you believe Fool’s Gold is pure rom-com, with two sunkissed alpha babes trading patter and pratfalls on their way to renewed love, but there is more to it than that. Oh, nothing intrusive like depth or character development — those would be about as welcome here

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Ask Amy Alkon

A wrinkle in timing I'm 25, and work in film and TV. Last year was my first year of consistent employment. I'm producing my first documentary, but I still have a long, brutal climb ahead. My girlfriend of a year is extremely pretty, kind, and smart, and has supported me in

Glass Candy

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Glass Candy

According to Glass Candy’s MySpace page, the band resides in Hustle Town, USA. By the sound of their beat, Hustle Town must be a pretty sexy place. In truth, Glass Candy calls Portland home, a city far hipper than it is sexy. But that’s not important. Glass Candy will be heading our

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Life de-railed

UPDATE: Ken Miller awarded $500,000 in court. This month, Ken Miller will find out if his proverbial fight with city hall was worth it. For the past three years, Miller has spent the better part of his days fighting to keep property that regional transportation authority Sound Transit says it needs

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Kimya Dawson

For a while now, since meeting my wife anyway, I’ve felt like I know Kimya Dawson. Even though Dawson and I have never met, and we’ve probably never even made eye contact during any of the times I’ve seen her perform (as a solo artist and a Moldy Peach), thanks

The maestro at work

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The maestro at work

Lino Tagliapietra is a glass maestro from the oldest international glass art capital in the world — and no, I don’t mean the upstart glass capital of Tacoma, Wash. I mean Murano, an island off the coast of Venice, Italy, that was a recognized world glass center before the United

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V-day the cool way

How should you spend your Valentine’s Day? Option 1: Sitting in a romantic bistro sipping champagne and eating overpriced luxurious food with your loved one. Option 2: Living it up at the SinSational Valentine’s Day event in Tacoma. If you haven’t heard yet, then you’re not a Tacoma blogger. The

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A turn of the screw

Prodigal Sun Productions is at it again. The vagabond troupe of thespians in Olympia is presenting the adult comedy “Don Juan in Chicago,” by David Ives. The show is about a man suffering in his own sort of hell by actually getting what many men only dream about receiving. Don Juan

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The other glass museum

The finishing touches are being put on the $20 million renovation of the Hotel Murano, formerly the Sheraton, in downtown Tacoma. The Murano is part of the Providence hotel chain, a leader in the contemporary trend of hotels that are showcases for art. Quite a change from olden days when

DIVE IN: Home Plate Tavern

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DIVE IN: Home Plate Tavern

Let’s stop pretending you don’t want to know what’s inside Home Plate Tavern. You pass by it on a regular basis as you drive down South Sprague Avenue. The sign catches your eye, but you’re too scared. Is it the neighborhood? Is it that there’s nowhere to park? Is it

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Take a trip to Hawaii

Café Hawaii As I turned into the strip mall housing Café Hawaii, I caught myself muttering almost desperately, “Please let it be good.” The small café was overly bright with a television blaring; an uncomfortable combination that urged me to get a to-go order and get the hell out of there.

Sexy dining

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Sexy dining

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a Hallmark Holiday (though the card companies do make a killing). Whether you’ve been together two months or 20 years, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to reconnect with that special someone in your life, and what better way to celebrate the day of love than to

Red legs, blue legs

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Red legs, blue legs

You’ve worked hard on those lean legs all year long, so why cover them up during winter? Tights and leggings are a great way to show off your stems during the frigid months, but not just any ol’ pair will do. While shamelessly Internet shopping last weekend, I came across what

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Butler did it

As you’ve probably noticed, the Weekly Volcano is a bit different this week. The paper is bigger, sexier, and better — and this is what you can expect from here on out. In the past the Weekly Volcano has been cool. Now the Weekly Volcano is super cool. Bobble

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The Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt records under many monikers, but The Magnetic Fields are arguably his most popular project. Merritt tends to create unique themes that run along perfectly with an album’s title. The 1999 box set 69 had 69 love songs, and the 2004 release I contained all tracks that began with

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One ringy, dingy

 I have just about had it with cell phones. Don’t get me wrong. They are very valuable for a myriad of reasons, but they are starting to really annoy me. Strike that. It is not the cell phones, it is the stupid people that let them rule their lives. Recently,

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Shopping for sex day

What I blew my paycheck on this week. Lover’s Package Plain and simple, I think Valentine’s Day blows. It’s just another holiday pushed by the greeting card companies, the chocolate factories, florists and every restaurant around (does anyone really need an excuse to go out to eat?) via every media outlet known

Sound investment

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Sound investment

It sounds too good to be true, but all accounts indicate that the recently-announced Sound Community Initiatives fund will play a brilliant role in revitalizing poor neighborhoods in Tacoma and beyond. Organized by members of the Martin Luther King Housing Development Association and local mogul Larry Kopp, the SCI fund

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