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Wintergrass

Of course I love Wintergrass, the national bluegrass festival held in our own backyard next week. It’s all about music, and speaking personally, there’s nothing more central to my existence than music. Music is my business, my hobby and my social life. Music is the bridge between my teenage daughter

DIVE IN: The Pup Room

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DIVE IN: The Pup Room

I’ve found another fantastic “dive bar” quality: Iron gates. Upon entrance there are floor-to-ceiling large, heavy, decorative iron gates to lock out any potential beer burglars. I noticed last week at The Pegasus’ Unicorn Room, and once again this week at the legendary Pup Room in Fife. The Pup

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Tiffany's Diner

Tiffany’s Diner After seeing a swanky ad for Tiffany’s Diner in Lakewood that had a depiction of Audrey Hepburn in it, I called and got what seemed like easy directions. Traffic aside, the diner was a breeze to locate, albeit there was a probable, hair-raising illegal left turn from the wrong

Local gyro

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Local gyro

ANNOUNCER: At least 2,000 islands form an important part of the classical country of Greece. Though most the nation’s land mass is part of the main peninsula, the azure blue of the Aegean Sea and the white snowcaps of the Cretan mountains are so essential that the national flag reflects

Rocky & Coco's

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Rocky & Coco's

Word around town was Rocky & Coco’s sports cool new threads. In true Weekly Volcano form, we had to check it out. This contemporary boutique carries a slew of awesome designers, including my beloved James Perse, the master of the cotton tee. So when I first entered Rocky & Coco’s,

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Treasures

Charming Sarah Kahn has an I Kahn Do It attitude. The jewelry she makes shows it. When asked when she started making her own, Sarah shares, “I was at a fair and this lady had great jewelry, baskets of beads and trinkets, and she told me to pick out the charms

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Noise Ordinance passes

Noise Ordinance passes Bitchy neighbors everywhere in Tacoma won a victory last Tuesday, Feb 19, when the Tacoma City Council voted 7-0 to pass Tacoma’s first comprehensive noise ordinance. The Noise Ordinance will take affect April 2. Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma labeled the noise ordinance’s approval as “a long time coming.” The

Shiftshaper tags Hilltop

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Shiftshaper tags Hilltop

In an act of symbolic sedition, a group known as the Hilltop Action Committee has declared war on Tacoma’s condominium development community. Don’t worry, it’s just a spray-paint war, and no one seems to have noticed. The “war” with developers was declared in a recent post in a blog hosted

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Persepolis

I attended the Teheran film festival in 1972 and was invited to the home of my guide and translator to meet her parents and family. Over tea and elegant pastries, they explained proudly that Iran was a “modern” country, that they were devout Muslims, but did not embrace the extremes

Two views on thriller

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Two views on thriller

In any crisis situation — particularly ones that involve shootings or other lethal attacks — it’s a safe bet that witnesses to the event would each have a slightly different take on things as they recalled the frightening moment. In Vantage Point, we’re taken on an edgy, action-packed reprising of

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Living up to Ferris Bueller

Remember the scene in Juno where Juno (Ellen Page) tells Paulie (Michael Cera) that he’s cool without trying and he heartbreakingly replies: “Actually, I try a lot”? Well, if that’s true, the effort doesn’t show, and that’s precisely why Paulie’s so cool, in his gentle, quietly geeky way. You can’t

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Voice the gay experience

The word on the street in Tacoma this week is, well, words. Celebrated American writer, poet, and memoirist Mark Doty will be sharing his words of wisdom, reading poetry and signing books at Pacific Lutheran University on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Lagerquist Concert Hall. “Mark Doty

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Presidential party

There are few things in life that make me happier than a three-day weekend. As a matter of fact, I think we should work only Tuesday through Friday every week. Since I probably won’t get my way with that anytime soon, here’s how I chose to pack this President’s Day

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Eclectic Olympia

With the emergence or resurgence of a number of cool venues in Tacoma (the Viaduct, Bob’s Java Jive, Vertigo, etc.) I haven’t focused as much attention on Olympia lately. And with the Weekly Volcano’s big, sexy, new, heavily Tacoma format, I’m afraid the good people of Olympia may fear we’ve

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Tab Benoit is sexy

Bobble Tiki is not sexy. In fact, Bobble Tiki isn’t sure he has a sexy bone in his body. Bobble Tiki’s hair isn’t sexy, nor is his physique, nor his wardrobe, nor his persona as the most drunken member of the Weekly Volcano staff. It’s simple. When it comes

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The magnificent way

Chuck Close is something of a one-trick pony, but he does that one trick magnificently. He does portraits of his friends in an almost endless variety of media and techniques, usually close-ups with sharp focus on the center of the face and fading along the edges. This internationally famous artist

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2 J’s Saloon

I pass by 2 J’s Saloon frequently and the front door is always busy with people going in and out. From the outside, and from the looks of the patrons, you get the feeling that you would need to take a hot shower after visiting this establishment. If there was

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The magnificent way

Chuck Close is something of a one-trick pony, but he does that one trick magnificently. He does portraits of his friends in an almost endless variety of media and techniques, usually close-ups with sharp focus on the center of the face and fading along the edges. This internationally famous artist

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DIVE IN: 2 Js Saloon

I pass by 2 J’s Saloon frequently and the front door is always busy with people going in and out. From the outside, and from the looks of the patrons, you get the feeling that you would need to take a hot shower after visiting this establishment. If there was

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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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