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Wine and beer events

Thursday, Feb. 5 Wine tasting, 5-7 p.m., complimentary, Cork!, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.212.1492. Fridays Uncorked — ABC: chardonnay and cabernet varietals tastings, 5-7:30 p.m., $12, Bayview School of Cooking, 516 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia, 360.754.1448. Friday, Feb. 6 Wine tasting, 6-8 p.m., $7.50-$10, WineStyles Wine & Gifts, 2665 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, 253.756.1922. Saturday,

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Triple shot

There are too many good shows to highlight just one, so here is a roundup of the solid shows that are in the works at a stage near you. One of the tried and true shows to watch is A Grand Night for Singing, a show at Capital Playhouse running until

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Ask Amy

Stopped in the name of love I've been dating a man for 14 years, and engaged to him for seven. Unfortunately, I cannot move forward because I've never gotten over my high school sweetheart. We swore we were best friends and soul mates forever, and dated from 15 to 23,

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Tonga!

It’s time for you, my dear South Puget Sound habitants, to uncover any questions or misunderstandings you never knew you had and join me in a celebration of all things Asia-Pacific. More specifically, let’s celebrating Tonga. What’s Tonga, you ask. See now, I can tell you already need to follow

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Culture flash

Playlists AMY JOHNSON: You know those things you have always been secretly terrified of? There are those who seek them out (and I’m not just talking about sneaking out in the dead of night to hunt mysterious, alien-esque life forms). These people are Brave. Or Crazy. But most likely Brave. You

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Biennial

The 9th Northwest Biennial at Tacoma Art Museum is too heavy on the conceptual; there’s too much photography, and it would be nice if there were at least one South Sound artist in the show. But it’s one of the more impressive biennials they’ve had, with a wide range of

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Fire and Rain pizza

Fire and Rain pizza  A simple glance at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza’s new Fire and Rain pizza ingredients sent my belly afire: mozzarella, garlic, buffalo chicken, shredded carrots, celery and bleu cheese dressing.  The combination alone was enough to get my blood pumpin’ for the party about to happen

Bargains List

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Bargains List

I don’t know about you, but I think what’s happening to the economy is great. Let me demonstrate with one simple statement: Gas is less expensive now. These days it costs me just $18 to fill up my car — a “plum” 1993 Saturn to be specific, which means I

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The Fiesty Knitters

Not all the feisty yarn whores were in attendance, but I did manage to catch the craziest of the crazy at their weekly bitch-n-stitch last Sunday. I can’t tell you at what secret location I met up with The Feisty Knitters, for fear they’d stab me in the throat with

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Cheap thrills

With rising numbers of foreclosures, credit card woes and layoffs, people are worrying about how much their wallets can take. In Tacoma, the attraction of the bargain is on the rise with many options for the thrifty consumer ranging from large stores such as Goodwill to small stores such as

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The February kiss-off

How to tell if you are one of those couples: You hold hands all the time. You no longer refer to yourself as “I,” and you answer any question about your upcoming weekend plans with “I’m not sure what we’re doing.” You grin like an idiot. A lot. You’re the

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What’s old is new again

In the greater scheme of things, there comes a point in time when a girl has no choice but to spread her wings. But have no fear, fancy faces, I won’t be flying too far away, at least not yet. You all know that I love the T-Town scene so dearly, but

Gritty alt-country

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Gritty alt-country

Cameron Elliott, the leader, singer, guitarist and driving force behind Battle Hymns, isn’t scared of Tacoma — at least not really. “I’m more afraid I’ll be tempted to don an eye patch and start bossing glass blowers around, or go on a car crushing spree with my monster truck,” says the

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Lisa Lampanelli and others on sale

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 Freddie Stone/IFG Foundation Benefit Tacoma. Feb. 13 7 pm. $50 (King Oscar Restaurant, 253.581.0227). Agent Orange, Dreadful Children, The Assasinators, Y.I.A., Psycho 78 Tacoma.

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Giant Squid

Convention tells me to go with 16. But, not surprisingly, I’m saying fuck convention. This Thursday, Feb. 12, Southern California’s infamous, chugging, brewing hardcore riff factory – 16 – will be in Tacoma, at Hell’s Kitchen, playing a show along with Giant Squid, Lozen and Monuments Collide. Though 16 calls Relapse records

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Absinthe minded

“Absinthe has a wonderful color, green. A glass of Absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of Absinthe and a sunset?” — Oscar Wilde Well, besides the fact that I have never tried to punch a police officer after seeing the beautiful

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All-ages column

Well. Let’s see. Who am I? I’m Lauren Napier. Tour manager, merch girl, music journalist, cellist and general nerd. You can attempt to read between the lines, but what it all comes down to is music is the soundtrack to my life. I ask the questions. It gives me the

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Sea Grill's new bar menu

SEA GRILL The downtown Tacoma fine-dining joint intends to spice up February with a new bar menu: The Fab Five. All five items are $5 all day, every day. And here they are: Seasonal Fish Tacos, Rock Shrimp Cocktail, Sea Grill Truffle Fries, Lobster Bisque and Bar Caesar Salad. 1498 Pacific

Have a heart

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Have a heart

Choosing the right restaurant for Valentine’s Day depends on the motivations of your libido. The right spot can mend a hole in the heart, enflame the senses, set up expectations, quell other expectations, and/or send a shot across the bow of love. If Valentine’s Day dinner just entered your consciousness this

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Summit Pub

I never would’ve known that anything cool existed south of 512 on Canyon Road if Matt Driscoll had bathed that day. While the Weekly Volcano offices reeked a foul combination of baby poop and sweaty socks, I headed out for cold beers and meaty sandwiches at Summit Pub. One of

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