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Typical week

Seattle-based hotelier Hotel Concepts resubmitted plans for conversion of the old Heidelberg Brewery building into a Holiday Inn. Unlike the last mockup, this one looks like it won’t be completely hideous. PLUS 1 Tacoma’s surf-rock band The Ventures was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday. They

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Book Review: "The Tacoma Pill Junkies"

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Book Review: "The Tacoma Pill Junkies"

Tacoma resident Joshua Swainston recently published his first novel, The Tacoma Pill Junkies. As clearly suggested by the title, the book is about a bunch of dealers and addicts who go about their business in familiar locations in Tacoma - notably the Tacoma Mall and Magoo's and Tower Lanes. The

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Ask Amy Alkon

Cruel and crullers In high school and college I was really overweight. I started losing weight and found a great guy online. During the year we talked, I went from size 18 to size 12, losing 80 pounds. When we met, I was a little overweight, but in my best shape

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Ask Amy Alkon

Cruel and crullers In high school and college I was really overweight. I started losing weight and found a great guy online. During the year we talked, I went from size 18 to size 12, losing 80 pounds. When we met, I was a little overweight, but in my best shape

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Westgate Inn

If I were a candy bar, I’d be a Snickers.  And if I were a coffee drink I’d be an Americano.  But if I were a dive bar, I’d be Westgate Inn. Bandito Betty and I have never had as much of a good, good time as we did on Tuesday

DIVE IN: Westgate Inn

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DIVE IN: Westgate Inn

If I were a candy bar, I’d be a Snickers.  And if I were a coffee drink I’d be an Americano.  But if I were a dive bar, I’d be Westgate Inn. Bandito Betty and I have never had as much of a good, good time as we did

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On local screens this week

10,000 B.C.: Roland Emmerich, the director that brought us “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow” now back in time to when the world was ruled by mystics, gods and mammoths. (PG-13) – BW Century Olympia: Thurs 11:20 a.m., 12:35, 1:55, 3:25, 4:40, 6:05, 7:30, 8:50, 10:15.

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Brilliantly discomforting

Gabita is perhaps the most clueless young woman to ever have the lead in a movie about her own pregnancy. Even if you think Juno was way too clever, two hours with Gabita will have you buying a ticket to Bucharest for Diablo Cody. This is a powerful film and

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Brilliantly discomforting

Gabita is perhaps the most clueless young woman to ever have the lead in a movie about her own pregnancy. Even if you think Juno was way too clever, two hours with Gabita will have you buying a ticket to Bucharest for Diablo Cody. This is a powerful film and

Nothing funny about it

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Nothing funny about it

“Anyone who leaves the cinema doesn’t need the film, and anybody who stays does.” — Michael Haneke, on his previous version of Funny Games. The new Hollywood edition of Funny Games, writer-director Michael Haneke’s clinical re-enactment of his Austrian torture-comedy experiment from 10 years ago, is an attempt to replicate

Nothing funny about it

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Nothing funny about it

“Anyone who leaves the cinema doesn’t need the film, and anybody who stays does.” — Michael Haneke, on his previous version of Funny Games. The new Hollywood edition of Funny Games, writer-director Michael Haneke’s clinical re-enactment of his Austrian torture-comedy experiment from 10 years ago, is an attempt to replicate

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B-52's and more 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 Bhangra Bash 2008 Concert Finale with Dhol Beat International, En Karma, Veera Productions Seattle. March 29 (18+) 10 pm. $20-$25 (The Showbox, TM). The Starting Line Seattle. March 31 7 pm. $18-$20

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ACLU looks at Ruston?

I’m telling! Throughout the relatively brief lifespan of the Weekly Volcano’s nuevo, bulkier, newsier, and sexed-up format, one square mile on the doorstep of Point Defiance Park has probably garnered more ink than anywhere. That square mile is Ruston, and in the near future there’s at least a chance the politically mired

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ACLU looks at Ruston?

I’m telling! Throughout the relatively brief lifespan of the Weekly Volcano’s nuevo, bulkier, newsier, and sexed-up format, one square mile on the doorstep of Point Defiance Park has probably garnered more ink than anywhere. That square mile is Ruston, and in the near future there’s at least a chance the politically mired

Gang fear cancels show

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Gang fear cancels show

Hip-hop took a blow this week as Broadway Center for the Performing Arts administrators announced they were pulling the plug on a Rottweiler Records CD release party Friday that would have included headliner and hyphy pioneer E-40. BCPA officials report the show was cancelled after Tacoma police supplied them with

Gang fear cancels show

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Gang fear cancels show

Hip-hop took a blow this week as Broadway Center for the Performing Arts administrators announced they were pulling the plug on a Rottweiler Records CD release party Friday that would have included headliner and hyphy pioneer E-40. BCPA officials report the show was cancelled after Tacoma police supplied them with

Friday, April 5: Hell's Belles, Mosquito Hawk

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Friday, April 5: Hell's Belles, Mosquito Hawk

This is one of those Better Living blurbs where I'm like, "Shit - what's there to say about this show that people don't know?" It's Hell's Belles, for crying out loud. The band Angus Young himself said was the best AC/DC cover band in the world. And they are all

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Hiding the homeless

Tacoma, meet Dave Jewett. When he’s not riled up about getting ignored by doctors, Dave is as open, honest and friendly a person as you’re likely to meet. Dave likes to watch movies with his friends on Saturday nights and doesn’t mind that they sometimes call him “Popeye.” Dave’s favorite

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Hiding the homeless

Tacoma, meet Dave Jewett. When he’s not riled up about getting ignored by doctors, Dave is as open, honest and friendly a person as you’re likely to meet. Dave likes to watch movies with his friends on Saturday nights and doesn’t mind that they sometimes call him “Popeye.” Dave’s favorite

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