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Community engages

Hey … pssst … remember government of the people, for the people and by the people? Some crazy people in Tacoma are trying that old game again. And it sort of works. Now a year in the making, the so-called Community Based Services program is an experiment in community involvement

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Denelian

Music columnists and critics write a lot of crazy shit. It can be hard to pump out quality copy on a regular basis, and sometimes the pressure gets the best of those whose job it is to do just that. Sometimes music critics write things that are just plain nuts. This

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Bacon on the mind

On one of my recent blog cruises, I noticed that Doyle’s Public House is serving three slices of bacon for $1 Monday nights. While I am not much of a meat eater, I do go weak in the knees for all things cured. It’s a salt thing. Fortunately, my blood

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85 things to do in Tacoma before you die

As I write this, I am burning up under my comforter. My entire body aches, and I have a temperature that I believe is approaching 140 degrees. There’s nothing worse than being bedridden. Unless you count being boat-ridden or, even worse, raft-ridden. Or even just plain ridden. Also, having a

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The Neddy

The Neddies are here again. The Neddy Fellowships are among the most prestigious art awards in the state and are granted each year to two worthy Washington state artists in honor of longtime Seattle painter Robert “Ned” Behnke, who died in 1989. Every year for the past four years Tacoma

The food police

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The food police

True or false — four-star Tacoma steak houses serving $50 slabs of meat cruise through health inspections better than hole-in-the wall ethnic joints scraping out a living on the mean streets of Lakewood’s Ponder’s Corner. False (you saw that coming). At said local wallet emptying place, inspectors recently discovered slack hand

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Lilly Koppisch

All heads turned at Doyle’s Public House during Saturday’s Stand Up For Darfur fund-raiser when Lilly Koppisch strolled in. Koppisch is a Tacoma native who now lives in Arlington. She blazed into town for a bridal shower because one of her best friends is getting married. She and her friends got

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French lesson falls short

In this French romantic comedy, director Pierre Salvadori tries to teach a lesson that only the French could manage.  Set in the beautiful south of France, the film, co-written by Salvadori and Benoit Graffin, features an ultimately tasteless, empty story about people who do degrading things to themselves and others. 

Pushing boundaries

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Pushing boundaries

What’s a Tacoma artist got to do to get big money thrown at her art and a stroll down the red carpet? An elite few command SoHo prices, and in T-town, not everyone’s got connections like Teddy Haggerty’s to the Baldwin brothers. But Robbi Firestone does. Having moved to Tacoma

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Rockin’ for planks

In April I reported on the Weekly Volcano’s blog (www.weeklyvolcanospew.com — home to all your South Sound blogosphere needs) that the Dockyard Derby Dames were being strong-armed out of their longtime practice digs at the Skate-N-Station in Parkland. Apparently, the powers that be at the Skate-N-Station liked the Dames so

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Fall arts anchor

The theater business is tough even during the good times, and a slowdown in the economy that leads to tighter wallets of ticket buyers as well as corporate donors leads to those tough times becoming unbearable and unsustainable for some theaters. So it is always nice to see a theater reach

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Pre-Funk Friday

Bobble Tiki would like to let you in on a little known fact. A long time ago, in a far away, similarly cold and damp place, Bobble Tiki actually invented the “pre-funk.” It’s true, and it was completely by accident. The event was an Earth Wind and Fire concert at

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Secret club house

Everybody loves the story about the little engine that could, and there’s a bar in Tacoma that screams, “I think I can, I think I can” more than the rest. As a matter of fact, I KNOW it can. Most of you understand that I adore South Sound entrepreneurs who

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Party formulas

At this point, all I can say is that statistics is by far the worst class ever. Luckily for me, I have a wonderful and understanding professor who is cutting me breaks because he understands how swamped I am professionally and personally. At this point, all I’m aiming for is a C

Alright already

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Alright already

The crowd I joined for You Don’t Mess With the Zohan roared with laughter, and I understand why. Adam Sandler’s new comedy is shameless in its eagerness to extract laughs from every possible breach of taste or decorum, and why am I even mentioning taste and decorum in this context?

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Cute for the kiddies

Kung Fu Panda is a story that almost tells itself in its title. It is so hard to imagine a big, fuzzy panda performing martial arts encounters that you intuit (and you will be right) that the panda stars in an against-all-odds formula, which dooms him to succeed. For the

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North End Tavern

When I say to you “Tacoma’s North End,” you probably think of cute boutiques, homegrown restaurants, and landscaped turn-of-the-century homes. Right? Maybe throw a little Blue Mouse theater and Metro Market in there (it’s still Queen Anne to me and always will be), and you have the Proctor District. Of

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Ask Amy

Beating a debt horse My boyfriend of two years has been living with his parents for four years. He's 49, and first said he had an apartment near them but never wanted me to come over. I soon caught on, and he confessed he was ashamed of being in debt and

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Jake's place

ANNOUNCER: The history of eating fine food and drink in Steilacoom dates back decades as local residents and visitors enjoyed the sweeping panorama of the South Puget Sound waters while dining at E.R. Rogers. When that legacy ended in 2005 (the mansion is transitioning into a law firm), so did

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Open almost closed

Sometimes you’ve got to spend money to make money, or so the saying goes. Pierce County seems to believe it. Tuesday, June 3, the Pierce County Council unanimously approved two contracts — one for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship and another for the 2015 U.S. Open.  Both events are scheduled to

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