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Flying Boots

Bandito Betty and I took a little trip up to the South 38th and Pacific Avenue area last weekend to check out Flaming Dragon Tattoo. Directly across the street I see a neon sign that dons a blinking boot with wings. I can literally hear it screaming at me —

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Freddy Parish is the real deal

Writing about music for the Weekly Volcano, which circulates in both Tacoma and Olympia, presents an interesting predicament. The musical scenes and climates of the two cities are polar opposite. For the most part, things that go over well in Olympia bomb in Tacoma — and vice versa. Have you

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Tacoma gets hammered!

After extensive research, I was able to determine that 9 Pound Hammer is a dive bar in Seattle, Wash., an old folk song, a punkabilly band in Kentucky, a small sledge hammer, and a Southern rock band in Tacoma fronted by Dustin Lafferty. Like the hardware it was named after,

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Eye-popping

It’s a two-cliché show: eye-popping and mind-boggling. It’s “Renoir as Printmaker: The Complete Works, 1876-1912” at Tacoma Art Museum. Some consider Pierre-Auguste Renoir one of the lesser of the great French impressionist painters. Admired for his glowing, rosy colors, he is nevertheless considered far too romantic and too syrupy sweet. His

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Oly Rollers roll on

Smash! Bang! Kapow! Bodies colliding at high speeds. Bruises, bumps, and (occasionally) broken bones. While the above description may evoke thoughts of the NFL playoffs, I’m actually talking about Roller Derby — and specifically the Oly Rollers, who will do battle against Kitsap County’s Slaughter County Roller Vixens Sunday, Jan.

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Kem, Wester Daywick and more

Friday, Jan. 18 R&B kem What happen to classic soul music? Where are the Barry Whites and Teddy Pendergrasses of today? Maybe I’m not paying close enough attention to the R&B charts, but it seems hip-hop is crossing over into that realm and it’s not hitting my soul. When I first heard

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Hip-hop awards

There are plenty of unsung hip-hop heroes in Pierce County. It took the urging of Seattle-based Musica Entertainment to get people out to sing, though. If you love hip-hop, you are invited to lend your voice to the chorus this Friday, Jan. 18, at the Washington State History Museum, when

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X 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 Cave Singers, Whalebones, J. Tillman Seattle. Jan. 26 9 pm. $10 (Neumo’s, TW). Jake Shimabukuro Seattle. Feb. 4 7:30 pm. $24.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Vicci Martinez Band, Flowmotion, Handful of Luvin’ Seattle. Feb.

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The Dimes

Some bands just make you feel happy even if the message is depressing. Akin to the Shins, the Dimes evoke feelings of a jovial nature by way of lush harmonies and jangly guitar riffs. Whether by accident or design, the band possesses a Brit-pop timbre that is Fab Four comparable.

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Elvis is a black man

Elvis Aaron Presley, the King, was born Jan. 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Miss. He came into this world in a two room house his father built, and was the second in a set of twins. His brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn. Twenty three years later, Robert Washington was born.

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Das Vibenbass

I’ve always said if you think Kenny G is jazz, then you don’t know jazz. While not an expert on the genre, I know the basic elements. I know that real jazz doesn’t incorporate synthesizers and most definitely doesn’t use an electric bass. It’s just not done. Real jazz is

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Nibbles

Chef Kris O’leary will teach a Mastering the Crust class Thursday, Jan. 24, at Urban Gourmet & Garden in Tacoma. The cost is $65. For more details, call 253.272.3111. Caitlin Morgan will teach a class on cooking Weeknight Oven Dinners Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Bayview School of Cooking in Olympia.

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Wines for the Super Bowl

Thursday, Jan. 17: Value Wines for the New Year, 5-8 p.m., $5, Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Thursday, Jan. 17: Wines for the Superbowl tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Fridays: Wine tastings, 6-8 p.m., Mandolin Cafe, 3923 S.

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Crown Bar's Vodka Gibson

Ah, the mystique of a well-made martini. To hear connoisseurs tell it, you’d think it contained the clear-liquid keys to immortality, sexual prowess, and immeasurable wealth — in order of individual preference, no less. But don’t you believe it. You want to know a martini’s big secret? It’s made entirely

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Jake steps up to the plate

The birth of a new beer pub always brings a little tear to my eye. But a new one just steps from my house makes me openly weep like a dad on his daughter’s wedding day. Such bawling came with the opening of Jake’s Bar and Bistro at 215 Wilkes Street

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Dirty Dish dissects dirty dining

I probably shouldn’t bring this up, but I’m going to anyway. I got really sick a few weeks back, after eating at one of my favorite restaurants. Making this declaration pains me slightly because as a restaurant owner, this could happen to anyone. It happened to me. While all restaurants

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Opa! Greek Cuisine

Opa! Greek Cuisine still doesn’t have a liquor license as of last week, so again, disappointment raised its ugly head. Deciding that the tempting scents floating through the air were worth a wine-free meal, we nabbed seats closest to the glowing fireplace and peeled off gloves, hats, scarves, and coats. Opa!

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Do Something healthy

This year’s 9th annual Do Something Healthy event enters the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center Jan. 24 with special celebrity guest speaker Jillian Michaels, the uber tough trainer from NBC’s TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Michaels’ style of training focuses on achieving a maintainable weight through healthy lifestyle changes,

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