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Wine and beer

Thursday, May 7 Wine tasting, five pours for $5, Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.8215. Wine tasting, 5-7 p.m., complimentary, Cork!, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.212.1492. Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., complimentary, Walter Dacon Winery, 50 S.E. Skookum Inlet Road, Shelton, 360.426.5913. Friday, May 8 Andrew Will Winemaker Dinner, 6:30

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Ask Amy

A medium-rare and wonderful thing I'm 32, and deeply in love with this 24-year-old girl. I've never had trouble attracting women, but there was chemistry between us I didn't know was possible. There was a complication: She's engaged to and lives with a disabled man. She said she didn't love

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Bruce Wadel

Nestled in Tacoma’s North End stands an old converted gas station that now houses prime cuts of steak, fresh-from-the-boat fish, and ready-to-bake meals made by the men at Dave’s Meats & Produce. Also housed within this family-friendly, open-air market are frozen take-home dinners from local restaurants, beautiful produce, and a

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Fridays Uncorked

BENEFIT A wine tasting to benefit the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center featuring 12 Washington wineries will be held Saturday, May 9 beginning at noon, at the Heritage & Art Center on the north side of the Puyallup Fairgrounds. The entry fee is $5. Taste tickets are $1. For

Smoke on the corner

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Smoke on the corner

Hot tipper Ken L. knows food. I go to him often for the good word — especially barbecue. Therefore, since Ken L. has given the thumbs up to Papa Eddie’s Corner Café & Ribs  — even after only being open for a week — I rushed over to the infamous

Moments captured in music

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Moments captured in music

Travel. Romance. Solitude. Rest. While, as a former hotel employee (I lasted seven months until I quit that shit, yo!), I can professionally attest the above semi-slogan sounds like a marketing department-created mantra you’d see on a pillow placard at the Holiday Inn, for Hotels — a hype-propelled Seattle band scheduled

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The Vile Red Falcons

THE VILE RED FALCONS Thursday, May 7 Do you have a goatee, or perhaps a pair of those hybrid muttonchop sideburns shaved into sharp points heading toward your mouth? Are you the guy that drove past me the other day in that Honda Civic with a busted-out back window blasting STP’s “Plush”

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American Idols Live! 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 Marshall Crenshaw Seattle. June 10 7:30 pm. $18-$21 (Triple Door, 206.838.4333). Andre Feriante, Eric Fridrich Seattle. June 17 7:30 pm. $18-$20 (Triple Door, 206.838.4333).

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Get ready for hell

As my phone rang and a number with a 666 area code popped up, I wasn’t surprised when it turned out to be my conference call with Victory Records’ artist Aiden. A post-hardcore band with strong goth tones — vampires, death, and anything slightly macabre are often associated with Aiden

Cabaret Night

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Cabaret Night

Most of what I know about the word “Cabaret” comes from a memory: Me, in my babysitter, Mrs. Hathaway’s teal-blue, shag-carpeted living room with a wall-sized photomural of a madrona tree and built-in benches, watching TV as a song, “bye-bye, mein liebe herr” etches itself into my brain. The lady

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Frasca and Gumaelius

The current show at Childhood’s End Gallery is one of the better shows they’ve had in a long time. Featured artists are Robin and John Gumaelius, ceramic and mixed media, and Marilyn Frasca, pastel on monotype. Frasca’s drawings are wonderful. They picture fantasy people (some borrowed from Renaissance and medieval art)

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Crash

If I followed my mother’s adage of not saying anything if I can’t say something nice, this would be a short column. Well actually, there were some high points in Harlequin Productions’ The American Pilot. But not many. Scott C. Brown, Elliot Weiner and Amy Hill delivered solid performances. No surprise

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Women in Prison Night

You’d be surprised by the kinds ghastly trials faced by heroin addicts, political revolutionaries, man killers, thieves, dope pushers and cop killers. Especially the girl kind. Especially the girl kind that get caught and thrown in prison to be lorded over by a sadistic warden with a huge rack and

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The Sleeping Beauty

When it comes to handling uninvited party guests, you have to give it up to King Florestan the XIV of Marius Petipa’s and Peter Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty. What’s that you say, evil fairy Carabosse? You weren’t on the guest list for my daughter’s christening ceremony? Oh, what a terrible mistake.

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John Lennon’s Piano

Singer, songwriter, storyteller Steve Schalchlin is a little bit gospel, a little bit rock and roll, and all theatrical entertainer. And he played John Lennon’s piano. Right here in Olympia. He’s coming back to Olympia Sunday, May 10 for a very special Mother’s Day PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians

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Twenty years of â€"Today’s Rock”

Where were you the first time you tuned into 89.9 FM KGRG — either by accident or because the kids you were skipping third period with turned you onto it? Bobble Tiki, of course, doesn’t remember, because he’s older than most and has willfully forgotten all memories that don’t involve close

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New machine

There’s a lot of talk about hope and change these days. And let’s be honest, things are changing faster than most of us can follow. Alvin Toffler called it future shock — the inability to cope with the pace of change that’s emerged in response to technological and social evolution.

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Mazatlan Restaurant

It’s been an ongoing deliberation over whether or not lounges in Mexican restaurants could be considered “dives.” The deliberation has mainly taken place in my own head, between my right brain and my left brain. I argue with myself every time I pass by any sort of La Palma, El

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Oriental kaleidoscope

ANNOUNCER: From the folks who brought Tacoma Wild Orchid, Oriental Noodle & Grill has been open just over eight months in the James Center shopping plaza across from Tacoma Community College. Same as Wild Orchid, this new location serves tasty Asian cuisine served in a beautifully decorated setting. Given the

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Billy Ray Cyrus and all-mail voting

The text message came in frantic, and at first I didn’t understand it. “Dude, sit down. Billy Ray Cyrus has a womb broom,” it read. A day later when I got to work, the sender — Weekly Volcano staff writer Michael Swan — cleared things up. “Billy Ray Cyrus has a womb broom,

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