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Restauranting in a recession

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Restauranting in a recession

Anyone who believes the restaurant business operates smoothly probably never owned a restaurant. In the best of times the restaurant business proves chaotic, unstable and daunting. Throw in a recession with plenty of question marks dotting the future and the economy gives many restaurant owners reason to throw in the

Educational alternatives

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Educational alternatives

Stepping through the doorway at Tacoma School of the Arts is like watching “FAME — The Musical.” Students arrive in eclectic garb that ranges from traditional teen to outlandish punk, runway model to starving artist. As they breeze past murals and photographs in the hallway, they talk about everything from

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Gwar is coming this week

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 This week’s shows Experience Hendrix 2008 Tribute Tour featuring Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cesar Rojas, David Hidalgo, Brad Whitford, Mike McCready Seattle. Nov. 6 7:30 pm. $49.50-$69.50 (Paramount Theatre, TM). Mason Jennings, Zach Gill

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Obama defies the critics

No doubt… This is certainly a special day and a special submission this week.  I will not even front as if I am elated about the campaign and election of President-Elect, Barack Obama.  This is a historic and especially proud moment that certainly NOT everyone is pleased with, but in

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Jesse Dominique Herman Josh Bryan Anson Bushong

The best thing about Tacoma is the diversity that radiates throughout the city. Whether that's the diversity that expresses ones individuality through clothing, or the gauntlet of local businesses giving Tacoma its character, there is no denying that diversity is everywhere. Whatcha Wearin' caught 24-year-old Tacoma native Jesse Dominique Herman

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OFF has it going on

Some dread an election year, but 2008 marks a capstone for the Olympia Film Society. This month members celebrate the 25th run of the society’s popular film festival. What better way to commemorate the event’s present success than with a throwback to cinema’s past? The Olympia Film Festival kicks off Friday,

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Mini-winners

  You know that huge sigh of relief you heard coming from Lakewood after Tuesday’s election? Well, it was well deserved, and it came from the city’s four (count ’em, four) mini casinos. Proposition 1 — an initiative created by anti gambling zealots that would have doomed an industry that provides $2.9

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Rockin'

Tacoma sold the Narrows Airport to Pierce County this week. Lord knows what they’ll do with it. There has been a lot of talk regarding proposals from private parties who wanted to turn the Narrows into an economic engine. Tacoma officials elected to sell the thing to the county. Y’know,

Yes we can

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Yes we can

AlterNet asked dozens of writers, experts and activists on key issues to write about where the country needs to go, and the priorities for Barack Obama’s early days in office. The following is the first in a series of articles AlterNet will be running this week. Dahlia Lithwick, contributing editor at

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Peter Lynn and Sean Alexander

  Peter Lynn House Manager/Projection Assistant at Grand Cinema Co-Owner of The Helm Art Gallery Sean Alexander Projectionist at Grand Cinema Co-Owner of The Helm Art Gallery I’m ashamed to admit that I have only recently gotten around to viewing Weiner Takes All: A Dogumentary. The film won as audience favorite this year at the Grand Cinema’s

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Eat well

It would seem that former News Tribune food critic Ed Murrieta left the paper rather abruptly a few months back and then fell off the face of the earth. I was fortunate to run unto Murrieta recently and probe him for the “dirt” on why he left the TNT and

A goodbye to Bernie Mac

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A goodbye to Bernie Mac

Roger Ebert's review of Soul Men ran in the print version of the Weekly Volcano. To read his review online, visit his Web site. LINK: Soul Men  review: Three stars Find Soul Men starting times here.   FILM RATING SYSTEM  One Star: Reel Waste  Two Stars: Reel Potential  Three Stars: The Reel Thing  Four Stars: Better Than The Reel Thing

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Nothing crude, just funny

Roger Ebert's review of Role Models ran in the print version of the Weekly Volcano. To read his review online, visit his Web site. LINK: Role Models  review: Three stars Find Role Models starting times here.   FILM RATING SYSTEM  One Star: Reel Waste  Two Stars: Reel Potential  Three Stars: The Reel Thing  Four Stars: Better Than The Reel Thing

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On local screens this week

  APPALOOSA: Ed Harris plays a sheriff and Viggo Mortensen is his deputy.  They travel the Old West, cleaning bad guys out of towns.  Appaloosa lives in dread of an evil rancher (Jeremy Irons).  A cute young miss in a fetching frock (Renee Zellweger) arrives in town on the stage.  It’s

Good times

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Good times

Four years ago I wrote a music column for the Weekly Volcano on a Tuesday night while my thoughts were elsewhere — Ohio to be exact. The fate of our nation was at stake, or so it truly felt that night, and there was no official word yet about whether

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Thirty and nerdy

This Sunday, Nov 9, Tacoma based jazz musician Cliff Colon will celebrate the release of a new CD — a CD that’s not your average disc. Made up of the music from the video game Contra, Colon’s ContraBand (get it?) is something for jazz purists and aging video game nerds

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Inaugural show

Listen up, Tacoma. There’s a new gallery in town, and it’s the real deal. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, a nondescript warehouse on the corner of Fawcett and 25th Avenue. But inside it’s big and bright with four major gallery spaces plus a whole bunch of alcoves

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A matter of Martins

There are few comedians who can keep my attention for more than about half an hour. Robin Williams, for example, is one funny dude in short spurts, but his high-energy, scatterbrained shtick gets older than Nina Hartley flicks after about 20 minutes. Sure, he gets flashed in the limelight much

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Tacoma is for lovers

  Well, well, my Tacoma chickadees, on this lovely afternoon, I’m so delighted to bring you information about a brand spankin’ new event in our city that I’m sure you’ll want to attend and support. So sharpen those pencils and write this information down: Tacoma Artist Craft Fair from noon to 4 p.m.

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Dead Man’s Attic

Before Chopstix, Fender’s or The Offbeat, the corner of Sixth Avenue and South Oakes was home to a unique antique shop called Dead Man’s Attic. The shop had a good two-year run from 1996 to 1997, but was seriously ahead of its time in that area. Dead Man’s, owned

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