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Chili cook-off, The Bite

St. Patrick’s Day Red And Green Chili Cook-Off Not sure if this is what Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding had in mind when he instigated St. Patrick’s Day in the early part of the 17th century, but, hell, chili sounds great every day. This annual chili cook-off is a big deal

Mobile savages

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Pattie Donery has no idea how she is going to survive the next year. Last week she underwent major heart surgery to repair damage from two heart attacks. As she recovers at home in Puyallup’s Country Aire Manor mobile home park, she and her doctors are trying to figure out

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Chili cook-off, The Bite

St. Patrick’s Day Red And Green Chili Cook-Off Not sure if this is what Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding had in mind when he instigated St. Patrick’s Day in the early part of the 17th century, but, hell, chili sounds great every day. This annual chili cook-off is a big deal

Mobile savages

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Mobile savages

Pattie Donery has no idea how she is going to survive the next year. Last week she underwent major heart surgery to repair damage from two heart attacks. As she recovers at home in Puyallup’s Country Aire Manor mobile home park, she and her doctors are trying to figure out

Bumtech

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Bumtech

There are lots of “cool” things coming out of Portland. There are plenty of hip bands and all-the-rage sounds. There’s a lot of stuff that people will tell you is new, exciting and different, and there’s a lot of stuff that is showing up on indie radars all over the

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Go local and buy

Unfortunately, dear readers, this week I’m gonna have to sock it to you with a tall soapbox because one thing is driving me absolutely nuts about this city: Tacoma’s sense of entitlement regarding economic development. I read Tacoma’s local blogs all of the time, I listen in on community meetings, and I

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Independent women

I’d like to dedicate all of this week’s words to one of the finest things in life: Independent women! Over the weekend I learned that two of my gal pals recently took the same plunge I have and bought their very own homes. Congratulations to Jada and Mizz Mandilicious! Buying a home

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Good will rocking

This weekend at Hell’s Kitchen, something that hasn’t happened in 14 months will return to Tacoma — something T-town could once count on like onion rings at Frisko Freeze and hookers on South Tacoma Way. Saturday, March 8, Post Stardom Depression will return to the stage, in a big way.

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Wine and jazz fest

Saturday, March 8, the Tacoma Wine and Jazz Festival will celebrate what looks like a victory. It finally looks like Ted Brown’s dream will come true. For the past several years Brown (no relation to the music store by the same name) has been lobbying and fund-raising to build an

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Blues clues

Bobble Tiki’s first love, even before booze, broads or breakfast burritos, was the blues. Bobble Tiki’s head is full of fond memories of listening to the classics with the Old Man — and by Old Man Bobble Tiki means Bobble Tiki Sr.  Tiki Sr.’s collection of classic blues was the

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Musical chairs

Sometimes the idea comes first. In the case of Olympia’s Tor Clauson, the owner and operator of Musical Furnishings, the idea was a bench with a xylophone in it. Then a treasure chest with embedded marimbas. His latest design is a modular table in which he can insert different harmonic

Bumtech

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Bumtech

There are lots of “cool” things coming out of Portland. There are plenty of hip bands and all-the-rage sounds. There’s a lot of stuff that people will tell you is new, exciting and different, and there’s a lot of stuff that is showing up on indie radars all over the

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Concert Alert

On sale now Devotchka, Basia Bulat Seattle. May 3 8 pm. $19 (Seattle, TM). World Sacred Music Festival Olympia. March 8 11 am to 9:30 pm. $15-$20 (Minnaert Center). Trace Bundy, Jonah Werner Seattle. March 10 7:30 pm. $1-$12 (Triple Door, TM). The Senate Seattle. March 11 7:30 pm. $15 (Triple Door,

Sing a song of Seville

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Sing a song of Seville

Tacoma Opera often makes use of Pacific Northwest talent for its productions. For Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, opening Friday at the Pantages, all of the principal performers have been drawn from Puget Sound country. “We have a focus on using singers from the Northwest wherever possible,” explains Tacoma Opera’s general

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Elite undies

Last weekend was interesting in the world of theater as the Northwest Festival of Plays came to a close and deepened a lot of interest in local theater talent with a roster of thoughtful, funny, clever, and touching shows. Kudos go out to all involved for their tireless work that

Sushi and the city

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Sushi and the city

I love sushi. Sushi, sushi, sushi. Here it goes, down, down into my belly. Yes, sushi is my Achilles heel, and I cannot ever seem to get enough. In Seattle there actually is a sushi restaurant on South Lake Union called I Love Sushi. We are fairly lucky here in

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Don't take this trip

“College Road Trip” is the sort of movie that gets described as “fun for the whole family,” but it really isn’t.  It will be no fun at all for members of the family over 10.  Or sophisticated ones over 8.  The characters scream a lot when they’re unhappy and dance

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Miss Pettigrew

Miss Pettigrew is not having a good day. For that matter, she hasn’t had a good day, week or month for as long as she can remember. Recently fired from a job as governess, another in a long line of failures, she is facing the stern proprietor of an employment

Chasing the look

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Chasing the look

Spring has sprung and so has the couture of this season’s fashion trends. Variety is the universal flavor of the season. Dresses that feature splashes of lace or long, flowing fabrics are making their annual debut. Expect to see slight variations on the classic spring and summer dress as the

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Scrubbing and smoothing

Scrubbers and things The cold, dry winter months have turned my skin into a mess resembling the Sahara desert and Amazon rainforest simultaneously — ultra dry and overly moisturized. Part of the problem is dry skin. Looking to alleviate the situation, I went hunting for a body scrubber. Spa Dreams, a

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