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A Lifetime

I have written about the challenges and opportunities Lakewood Playhouse directors face when they stage shows in the theater’s in-the-round performance space. The staging has to be sharp since the actors have to keep members of the audience on every side of them engaged and entertained even when at least one

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Ask Amy

Breaking the nice Can you help a nice guy become a bad boy? Being nice is a curse, and not just with women. I do volunteer work, and always hear stuff like "You're the only one we can trust, so stay and guard the door while we're at a party with

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Smashing art

You’ve already seen all the latest shows at Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass, at Robert Daniel, Fulcrum, Grand Impromptu and all the others — although the fetish art and Tacoma Erotic Art Show are yet to come. So where do you look to satisfy your craving for visual

Metal-Urge

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Metal-Urge

In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit to some confusion upon receiving this week’s Metal-Urge story assignment. Doesn’t my editor realize there are far better people than I to write about music? And doesn’t he realize that I am a bit more disposed toward classical music — despite

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Gaby Moreno

GABY MORENO Thursday, June 4 How’d you learn to speak English? Probably the usual, American boring way, huh? Your parents probably repeated words like potty, diaper and teddy bear over and over and over — and eventually you caught on. One day you put the bear on the potty and said something

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Positive vibes, love and some ass shaking

The Olympia All-Ages Project finally has a permanent home, and its name is northern — 321 Fourth Ave in downtown Oly. And the space is being used for the kind of shows that inspire the audience: both local and touring bands, music and art. The latest show lineup is no

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HIP-HOP IN THE 25360: Ocean Records returns

Real 25360 music heads know that Tacoma/Lakewood has always had a foot in the door when it comes to tastemaking and trendsetting for music in the Pacific Northwest. From the ’80s and ’90s era of Penny Lane Records on Bridgeport to the presence of Nastymix Records (former home to Sir

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TROUBLE WITH DEROSA: Todd DeShazo

Todd’s totally awesome wife, Wendy, allowed me to kidnap him out of their infamous Infinite Soups kitchen for a brief moment and chill a while over at neighboring bar, Malarky’s. Before I could even create an ass mark in one of Malarky’s benches, Todd had a Pabst Blue Ribbon tall-boy

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Neddy Artist Fellowships

The Neddies are here again. The Neddy Fellowships are among the most prestigious art awards in the state and are granted each year to two worthy Washington state artists in honor of longtime Seattle painter Robert “Ned” Behnke, who died in 1989. The Fellowship is awarded to Northwest artists who demonstrate

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L.I.F.E.

Sunday, June 7 the Brick City Project will teem with kids. But don’t even think they’re up to no good: these youths, part of the Fab 5 urban arts program L.I.F.E., are putting on a show that will mix up a slew of hip-hop art and culture into a great

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By the beard of Zeus!

My Greek Mediterranean Grill Where: 13333 E. Meridian, Puyallup, 253.864.6000 Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday Cuisine: Moderately priced Mediterranean cuisine with Greek emphasis and American dishes: steaks, cheeseburger, baked potatoes, pastas, barbeque ribs and chicken; 8-item kids menu. Scene: Casual family-friendly

Fruit and veggie cleanse

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Fruit and veggie cleanse

The sun has woken up and the temperature has peaked above 50 degrees. All is good here in the Pacific Northwest as summer awaits us and attitudes begin to improve. I feel motivated to detox my Volcano-induced, alcohol-laden liver with a fruit and veggie cleanse lasting approximately five days. After

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Wine auction

NEW Beau Legs Fish N Chips serves fried cod, catfish and po boys at 8765 Tallon Lane in Lacey. LUNCH TIME Asado Cucina Argentina now serves lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check it at 2810 Sixth Ave. in Tacoma. WINO WEDNESDAY The Red Hot pours wine for $3 a glass every

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Station 56 serves sushi

New Flavor Station 56 in Tacoma has now joined the ranks of South Sound nightclubs with a sushi bar. Walking into the nightclub just off South Tacoma Way on 56th Street, one would never imagine sushi chef Yung awaited above to expertly slice raw maguro (tuna), sake (salmon), and ika (squid)

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Tipping time

Thursday, June 4 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, June 5 Killer Cabernet Sauvignons with Corey

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Progressive cocktail

There’s just something about a drink with an umbrella. On days like today when I’m stuck in a stagnant office and want nothing more than to be wearing only swim trunks and SPF 125, an umbrella drink has strong appeal. As does the thought of a coconut bikini top. As

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Back to Beale Street

It’s Back to Beale Street time again — which for Bobble Tiki feels a little more like Back to back to back to back to Beale Street. Every year the Back to Beale Street competition, which is sponsored by the South Sound Blues Association, is one of the highlights

Miles of tales

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Miles of tales

It’s a warm, bright Monday afternoon at The Swiss. The place is mostly empty. The doors are wide open, and a soft breeze shuffles in. Big trucks and Harleys rumble by outside. As a rule, if I can get Oly on tap, I do — so I do.

DIVE IN: Skeeters Lounge

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DIVE IN: Skeeters Lounge

Something in the sun last week begged me to hit up multiple dives and conquer a daytime pub crawl. I rallied my liver and headed down Portland Avenue into the underrated, friendly neighborhood of Midland. With the sunroof open and the radio blaring, my shriveled liver and I began our

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Ladyfest

OK, Ladies. Oh, and gentlemen. You’re invited … no, you’re strongly encouraged to head to Sanford & Son this Saturday for a celebration of one of Tacoma’s defining features — amazing, motivated, strong women. Yes, Tacoma, Ladyfest is coming, and you better be going. Tacoma is flush with powerful women.

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