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Food lust

Tried spending a night on the phone dirty talking with a plate of risotto?  Ever pick up a bananas Foster in a seedy bar? Sociologists, historians and anthropologists have long studied the feeding habits of humans, but should psychologists and psychoanalysts do the same?  And if they did, what would they

Local Living Lounge

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Local Living Lounge

This spring and summer, Go Local! and Tacoma Farmer’s Market will offer chances to see, do, eat, experience, learn and, er, lounge at the soon-to-debut Local Living Lounge. Every Thursday, in conjunction with Tacoma Farmer’s Market, The Local Living Lounge will occupy the space officially known as Pierce Transit Theater

Film Around the Clock

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Film Around the Clock

Tonight 30 teams of filmmakers will converge on The Grand Cinema in Tacoma. They have all anticipated this night for weeks, maybe months. They cram into the theater lobby, receive their instructions, then rush out the door again. Their mission: create a short film entirely from scratch in only 72

OLT stages Simon gem

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OLT stages Simon gem

I’ve done a bit of trash talking about Neil Simon plays over the years. This is particularly because only about three or four of his plays ever seem to find their way onto a stage. Community theaters always seem to stage his “war trilogy,” and that’s about it. But there are

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Young at art

All honor and glory to Gallery Madera and the Tacoma Artworks Group for showing a deserving bunch of college art students. But that is exactly what Tacoma Artworks Group, or TAG, is all about. TAG is a sanctioned club through the Associated Students of Tacoma Community College. The mission of

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Dancing with trains

No matter how much we want to deny it or discount it, the South Sound was built by and for the railroad that runs through it. Tacoma was the end of the line for the transcontinental tracks a century ago, and that fact continues to shape who we are as members

Hip-hop for art

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Hip-hop for art

Urban Art Festival and Seattle-based arts collective Artifakt have cooked up something you’d be a fool to miss. The Urban Art Festival Fundraiser, Thursday, May 8 at The Swiss, will feature Tacoma-born, Seattle-based hip-hop crew Life Cycle, sonic wizards The New Law, Can-U, DJs Hannibal and Grym. Life Cycle sounds

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Fresh pot of music

Hey look. It’s an article about Bob’s Java Jive. I bet it’s going to start with a beefy retrospective paragraph about when Nirvana did or The Monkeys didn’t play there, and mentions of Granny Go Go, and Bing Crosby, and There’s always something about The Monkeys. That’s the way all

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NYC dance party

East Coast versus West Coast. Bobble Tiki’s not talking about a hip-hop war this time, rather the preconceptions and stereotypes that people from both places seem to harbor for the other. Bobble Tiki’s as guilty as anyone. Bobble Tiki figures everyone from New York is exactly like someone he’s seen on

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Flight of the Conchords

You may have seen their HBO series or clips of their performances on YouTube, but the first full-length album from Flight of the Conchords is now available.  Although we’ve been singing “Business Time” since their six-song EP, The Distant Future, was released last August, their new self-titled album includes 15

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Typical week

Tacoma confectionary Brown & Haley debuted its latest contribution to candy culture last week. Roca Buttercrunch Thins come in four varieties: Milk Chocolate Butter Toffee, Dark Chocolate Butter Toffee, Milk Chocolate Caramel and Dark Chocolate Truffle. Scientists have contended in recent years that cocoa and other chocolates may keep high

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Green River grunge

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 El Gran Combo Seattle. May 9 9 pm. $40-$50 (EMP/SFM@The Seattle Center, 206.770.2702). Bucky Pizzarelli Trio Seattle. May 13-14 7:30 pm. $23.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). The Posies, The Joshua Cain Band, Bumma Stoge

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Been there, seen that

So often as I sit in a dark theater screening a new film, a little voice in my head goes off saying, “Here we go again! You’ve already seen this film.” Of course, it’s not that I’m actually watching the exact same movie, but especially when it comes to romantic

Iron Man solid

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Iron Man solid

The delightful and well-crafted Iron Man, based on the Marvel Comics franchise, is one of the smartest superhero films to come down the pike in some time. Robert Downey Jr. again reveals why he is one of the best actors of his generation — allowing himself simultaneously to be playful

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Oscar winner falls short

Even if you didn’t know that Stefan Ruzowitzky’s The Counterfeiters was the 2007 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, you’d probably guess it was anyway.  This Austrian drama about the Nazis’ top secret Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting scheme of all time, is paradoxically all-too-good at fitting the horrors

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Teen angst revisited

Gus Van Sant has a thing for troubled youth. In ‘Elephant’ he weaves together the perspectives of several students whose lives culminate in a tragic shooting at their high school. And his Oscar-winning ‘Good Will Hunting’ has a young(er) Matt Damon tormented by the demands of his genius and a

Young knives

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Young knives

“And the winner is …” A packed house of restaurateurs, foodies, chefs and sommeliers waited at the edge of their seats during the 2008 Taste Washington awards ceremony in early April as the Washington Wine Commission opened the envelope to name the Washington Wine Restaurant of the Year. “And the winner is

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A hidden gem

ANNOUNCER: What the heck is a hidden gem, anyway? The phrase rises from the mist of culinary cliché, a cheery, primordial beast eager to swallow any eye-opening South Sound dining experience that wanders unchained out of our delicious quotidian. So precious! So unexpected! So Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar! JAKE: Hidden

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Gluttony on a Budget

Born and raised over on the West-sigh-eed, I lived this crazy cloistered existence, which encompassed unincorporated University Place (now citified), Lakewood and Ruston Way (see last week’s column). Everything else was too far away, and downtown Tacoma was strictly off-limits. I now live in the heart of Tacoma and make

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Acme Grub Cage

About a year ago The Acme Grub Cage was purchased by an eager bartender and his customer. Together they are changing the way Tacoma views this once dilapidated dive bar. New wooden cabinets are stained and ready for the multitude of liquor bottles that will be available once their liquor

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