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Kinky boots

I’m overflowing with excitement right now because tonight I’ll have a chance to meet and party with one of my all-time heroes, and if you don’t know this guy, please allow me to introduce you: John Fluevog. Fluevog is a shoe designer from Vancouver, British Columbia, who has an amazing cult

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Marcia's Silver Spoon Café

Sometimes people consider me the ultimate Tacoma insider when it comes to nightlife, but one of the secrets to my success is simple. Sure, I’ve developed lasting relationships with so many of the wonderful restaurant and bar owners in this region because I really admire what they do, and I genuinely

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Big shoes to fill

He goes by many names. Mesopotamians called him Enkidu. Tibetans call him Yeti. The Chinese call him Yeren. Australians call him Yowie, the Welch call him Brenin Llwyd or the Grey King. Scottish people refer to him as the Grey Man of Ben MacDhui, aka Am Fear Liath Mòr, and

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Felt good

Faith Hagenhofer is among the more inventive artists working in the South Sound region. I especially appreciate the many ways in which she takes advantage of and, in some cases, works against the natural properties of her chosen media — felt, mostly felt; woven, matted, soft and furry felt. I was

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Susie Ristuben

Susie Ristuben needs no introduction, but a friend offers one anyway: “This is Susie. Isn’t she fabulous?” Fabulous is right. Just don’t tell her that unless you want to make her blush. She balks at the term “socialite” and shrugs off the suggestion that she’s somebody in Tacoma/Gig Harbor society. But

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Mishmash

You’ve seen the shoulder bags made out of duct tape. How about those that have seat belts salvaged from old cars and junkyards that are used as tote bag straps complete with chunky metal push button clasps? The tote bags are Mishmash, a design line created by Allison Kline in

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In the bag

Dave’s Meats and Produce So close to my home I could walk, Dave’s Meats and Produce has the most sensational meat counter and the nicest folks working there. Fresh cuts, prepped and ready to cook, broil, sauté or grill provide an easy answer to “what will I prepare for dinner tonight?”

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Samurai's Hurricane

While it’s great to have brothers to give me wedgies, teach me about heavy metal and take slapshots at my face when they play street hockey, I’m especially thankful that I have sisters. Everything I know about girls I learned from them (and from watching “The Facts of Life”). My

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Visiting two favorite haunts

It is that time of year people. I finally got sick. It is tough not to succumb to it when everyone around you is hacking and sneezing. I never stood a chance. I did the obsessive hand washing, antibacterial soap, Emergen-C, and Zicam, which really helped the severity, because everyone

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Interview with a rat

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Last month, researchers in Indonesia made a shocking announcement. In an extremely rare scientific discovery, scientists say they’ve recently identified a new species of mammal — a giant rat — living and flourishing in the Foja Mountains rainforest in eastern Papua. According to the Chinese Zodiac, today we

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW Century Olympia: Fri-Thurs, Jan. 24 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10. Galaxy Tacoma 6: Thurs

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"Mad Money" not worth much

There is something called “found poetry.” The term refers to anything that was not written as poetry, but reads as if it were. I would like to suggest a new category: found reviews. These are not really reviews, but serve the same function. I found one just now, and after

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"Blood" on the edge of greatness

The voice of the oil man sounds made of oil, gristle and syrup. It is deep and reassuring, absolutely sure of itself and curiously fraudulent. No man who sounds this forthright can be other than a liar. His name is Daniel Plainview, and he must have given the name to

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Advice Goddess

Klan do attitude I’m in a relationship with a man I love and want to spend my life with, but I can’t stand his 6-year-old daughter. She’s obnoxious, has a smart mouth, and is being taught some wicked racism by her mother and her mother’s family. I’ve never tolerated bigotry, and

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Jenny Richardson

I resigned myself long ago to the fact that I will never be a model. With a 5’4” frame and no desire to starve my curves away, it’s just not something that’s in my future. But I still love fashion and enjoy an occasional weekend night at the Swiss to

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Go pro

Tucked back next to Chevy’s Restaurant off 38th Street in Tacoma, The Salon Professional Academy of Tacoma waits. It waits for you to lift up those limp locks, look at your splintered ends and let out that sigh. You know, the one that says, “All right, I know I need

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In the bag

VIVA VIVA in University Place is a spendy little ladies clothing boutique catering to older upscale women of discerning taste. I was a bit out of my element surrounded by clothes my supremely fashionable and proper grandmother would have worn. I dipped in the shop only because I saw through the

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Cloverfield: Short, but effective

Godzilla meets the “queasy-cam” in “Cloverfield,” a movie that crosses the Monster-Attacks-Manhattan formula with “The Blair Witch Project.”  No, Godzilla doesn’t appear in person, but the movie’s monster looks like a close relative on the evolutionary tree, especially in one close-up.  The close-up ends with what appears to be a

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