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Do The Puyallup

Friday, Sept. 5 Western Rodeo Parade Despite my well-deserved reputation as a globetrotter and travel cognoscente, I have yet to attend the running of the bulls in Spain. The closest I’ve come was the time I ordered a Quarter Pounder with cheese (in my defense, it was before reading Fast Food Nation),

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Face-to-face contact

Every month or two the walls of the much celebrated Black Water Cafe sport a new collection of work from a local artist. The latest set is the work of a newcomer to the Tacoma art world, Maria Jost. Loosely titled This is a Storytale the artist statement reads, “This

Impromptu invitational

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Impromptu invitational

Tacoma’s Grand Impromptu Gallery continues its inaugural exhibition season tomorrow with the opening of its September show titled Circle of Friends, an invitational featuring works by artists invited by the gallery’s members. Grand Impromptu is a downtown co-op gallery — an art space owned by a cadre of member artists. There

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Ask Amy

You kant get it all in one place    The guy I'm dating is a high school graduate with a manual labor job. I have a master's and a corporate career, and I'll eventually make several times his salary. He's a great guy, and does stuff like spontaneously buying me flowers at

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Toronto Report No. 1

TORONTO — In the beginning it was happy to sell out a 500-seat theater.  Now the Toronto Film Festival requires 35 theaters and assorted screening rooms, starting with the 2,800-seat Roy Thomson Hall.  If you’re a moviegoer in central Toronto and want to avoid the festival, you’ve got your work

A hunting I go

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A hunting I go

This good ol’ girl from Texas grew up around dead, man-killed animals. Every boy I ever dated had to be at least 6 feet tall, play football, and have a six-point buck mounted above his fireplace. It was a trip down my testosterone-adoring younger days when I ran into gun-toting-hottie

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Hanging with the spurs

Natasha and I most certainly believe that this last weekend was by far the best Ellensburg Rodeo EVER. We trotted into town last Wednesday for some honky tonkin’ and quality time with everyone that Natasha knows there. And we were lucky enough to land in complete comfort while staying with Best

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Bearded Tacoma

I’ve always been a fan of Tacoma’s very own Pat Dawson and Justin Peterson, and when I visited them recently while they were slinging drinks at Hell’s Kitchen, they let me know that I’ll have yet another reason to cheer for them. These two fine, distinguished men are in the process

Boy in the Bubble

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Boy in the Bubble

Rarely are made-for-TV-movies memorable. In fact, made-for-TV-movies should probably be thankful they’re not, because if they were memorable people would likely recall how much they suck and stop watching them. However, there are a few made-for-TV-movies that stick in my consciousness — movies I’ll never forget for a variety of reasons.   One

Ruston roulette

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Ruston roulette

Point Defiance Café and Casino owner Steve Fabre has taken a long-standing conflict with Ruston Town Council to the courts. He is asking for what he describes as a conservative $9.7 million in damages. Yes, $9.7 million. Fabre says the total equals less than losses calculated since Ruston Town Council

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This job stinks!

Those of you who didn’t attend this year’s Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists’ National Pooper Scooper Conference in Atlanta may be a little out of touch with the latest developments in professional dog poop removal, not to mention missing out on the Turd Herding Contest. But don’t worry, there

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Dengue Fever and others

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 Ed Reed & the Peck Allmond Quartet Seattle. Sept. 23-24 7:30 pm. $23.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Todd Rundgren Seattle. Oct. 1 8 pm. $45 (Triple Door, 206.838.4309). Natalie MacMaster Olympia. Oct. 4 7:30

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Theater roundup

With the dawn of the regular theater season this month, I am now entering my 15th year of theater reviewing. But instead of reflecting on the times gone by, I’ll use this space as a primer on the coming season. I’ve reviewed all of the theater lineups in the South

Guilty pleasures

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Guilty pleasures

Spiritualists tell us that the emotions and words we attach to food determine in many ways the effects they reap on our bodies. It’s not “you are what you eat,” but rather, “you are the names you call your food.” Case in point. On your drive home tonight you hit a

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Say Goodbye

 Well, so much for summer, kids. It’s finished. Fertig! Verfallen! Verlumpt! Verblunget! Verkackt! With that said, the husband and I were able to salvage a decent holiday weekend out at the lake place. Great friends, good food and many bottles of wine were consumed during the course of our stay,

Survival key to Frozen River

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Survival key to Frozen River

Sometimes two performances come along that are so perfectly matched that no overt signals are needed to show how the characters feel about each other. That’s what happens between Melissa Leo and Misty Upham in Frozen River, playing two mothers who live without male support in shabby house trailers on

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31 Knots salute

It’s official. Bobble Tiki will never, ever, ever listen to Matt Driscoll again. You’d think Bobble Tiki would have learned this valuable lesson already, seeing as he’s worked with Driscoll for years and the guy has yet to offer anything even remotely helpful to Bobble Tiki, but sometimes lessons like

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Distinctively Tacoma

If I have anything in common with Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden, it’s certainly not knowledge of foreign policy or an appreciation for blue ties. No, Joe Biden and I probably don’t see eye to eye on either topic. I loathe blue ties, for the record. I think ties of

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Parkway Tavern

Growing up we look forward to our birthdays: double digits at 10, becoming a teenager at 13, license at 16, finally an adult at 18 —  meaning you can basically buy porn, cigarettes and go to prison. Then comes the birthday of all birthdays the big 21! Nothing is off

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Food Matters

Food Matters Taste downtown Tacoma — The Harmon Brewery, Paddy Coyne’s, Ravenous, Indochine and others — during the 3rd annual Pantry Express tour Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 4:30-98 p.m., Tickets are $25 with proceeds going to My Sister’s Pantry Food & Clothing Bank. For details, call 253.627.1186.

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