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Best theater, visual arts, video and more

Best Visual Artist The son of a gun went and closed his gallery, so we may not get so many chances to see his work around T-town, but David Goldberg remains, in my humble opinion, the best visual artists working in Tacoma today. There’s nothing flashy about his work. He’s not on

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Best clothing stores, salons and more

Best Spot To Buy Jeans Jeans are the most un-fun thing to shop for next to bathing suits. Judging your butt in the mirror, jumping up and down just to pull on what feels like an extra pair of skin and doing a hundred squats to stretch them — only to

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Best bands, clubs and dating spots

Best Cheap Date Cheaper than a roofie and much easier to find, some good cold beer from The Red Hot will do the trick just fine when it comes to getting your date to pass out.  No need to waste the time and money on a steak dinner and fine wine,

ICE abuse may exist

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ICE abuse may exist

If you weren’t concerned before about the private immigrant detention center on the Tacoma tide flats, a recent report from Seattle University and human rights advocates One America should give you pause. The report —Voices from Detention: A Report on Human Rights Violations at the Northwest Detention Center — confirms

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Here Today

The Here Today public project art sponsored by the City of Olympia features temporary art installations in various locations throughout downtown Olympia and along the boardwalk at Percival Landing. Including visual, performing art, literature and music, these works by local artists “celebrate a sense of place through reflection and response

Showcase Tacoma

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Showcase Tacoma

I’ll be damned if Showcase Tacoma hasn’t hit its stride. This is what can happen when we come together, say organizers, with this year’s offering of Tacoma talent reaching a nice, quiet critical mass. I offer as introductory evidence Fulcrum Gallery’s topographical sculpture made from recycled junk; or seemingly random

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Garlic scrapes

For a foodie like myself, mid summer has to be the best time of the year. We are fortunate to have some very accessible farmers markets in our area and several Metro Parks do-it-yourself pea patches dotted throughout the city. With all these opportunities for fresh bounty, I rarely have

Naked spa dining

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Naked spa dining

Developing topics on Korean food, I recently sent out e-mails to local organizations and people I thought could help me with their insights. Imagine my surprise when Sunnie at the Olympus Spa in Lakewood returned my message inviting me to meet with her chef, Hyekgoung Simpkins. The Olympus spa is

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Ask Amy

Class half empty My wife and I are newlyweds. We went to breakfast, and I ordered coffee, and she said she wanted only water. The waitress kept refilling my coffee. A couple times, my wife took sips. The waitress asked if she wanted coffee, and she declined. The manager also asked

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Hotrods, Pabst and bands

Lately I’ve been really trying to be a good girl so I can drop some pounds and prepare myself for what will be a lame social existence when I go back to school at the end of September. Each day last week my body appreciated the fact that I was eating

Skull Kid

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Skull Kid

Like any good youth of the ’80s, I’ve spent a lot of time zoned out in front of the boob tube, gray Nintendo hooked up and humming, rapidly pressing memorized button patterns like A A A up down up B B down up. I’ve probably spent even more time blowing

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Pat Bostwick, R.I.P.

Today I come to you with great sadness and concern. Yesterday I was at the grocery store and I got a phone call from my roommate. She never calls me since we live together, so I knew right away that something was wrong, and my heart immediately started racing with anxiety

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Cheech & Chong and more

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 Himsa, Book Of Black Earth, Wolves In the Throne Room, I Declare War, Killing The Dream, They Come In Swarms Seattle. Aug. 16 (all ages) 9:30 pm. $10-$12 (El Corazon, TW). Rock

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You're in with Urine

There are a few shows in the theater world that just don’t get the respect they deserve. West Side Story is the grandfather of them for being staged as a ‘50s rock throwback as if it doesn’t have anything modern to say, for example. That show is just as modern

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Holy smokes, Tacoma!

Tollefson Plaza is a much talked about piece of Tacoma — only usually, it seems, the talk is less than complimentary. “I can’t believe they put this huge piece of concrete s*** in the middle of Tacoma,” the conversations usually start. “Look at that one miserable bastard sitting all by himself. He

Top director goes slumming

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Top director goes slumming

David Gordon Green, that poet of the cinema, is the last person you’d expect to find directing a Judd Apatow male-buddy comedy about two potheads who start a drug war.  But he does such a good job there’s a danger he’ll become in demand by mainstream Hollywood and tempted away

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But did he have hangovers?

In all the memories gathered together in Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, there was one subject I found conspicuously missing: the fact of the man’s misery.  Did he never have a hangover?  The film finds extraordinary access to the people in his life, but not

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Traveling pants on last leg

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, which you will agree has one of the more ungainly titles of recent years, is everything that Sex and the City wanted to be.  It follows the lives of four women, their career adventures, their romantic disasters and triumphs, their joys and sadness. 

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Valley Pub

I made a new best friend at Valley Pub on Pacific Highway, and she goes by “Roxy.” The minute I walked into Valley Pub Roxy introduced herself, called me cute, and we took off as friends from there. The manager (I think her name was Vaughn) checked my ID while

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Fore everyone

ANNOUNCER: If it’s good enough for the U.S. Open Championships, the boys figure its good enough for them. Earlier this year the Chambers Bay golf course learned they’d host the 2010 Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open — not only a first for the Pacific Northwest, but also rare for a

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