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Ask Amy

Can't get there from hair My first wife and I married in our early 20s and broke up several years later. When we were married, she had very short hair, even though I wanted her to grow it long. She was not only adamant about keeping it short; she claimed she

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Bottle rockets, beer and lost fingers

If you don’t like setting off fireworks on the Fourth of July — your own fireworks, explosives you spent your own hard earned money to purchase — then you’re a terrorist. There. Someone (me) finally had the stones to say it. Simply put: Safe and sane has ruined the Fourth of July.

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Deadwood Revival

VOLUNTEERS Thursday, July 2 Something tells me Volunteers is going to go over well in Tacoma. A classic rock inspired mix of sex, drugs, debauchery, open chords and more drugs thrown in for good measure – Volunteers comes off like Brooklyn’s version of The Jet City Fix, replacing the Buckcherry vibe of

Dillinger uncensored

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Dillinger uncensored

Like a good surgeon, a bank robber must maintain a state of order while chaos and bloodshed threaten to erupt at any moment. With time (and law enforcement) in close pursuit, the thief relies on both animalistic cunning and advanced calculation to perform his monetary extraction. This dichotomy between precision

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First bite: Minoela

Minoela The rustic wine bistro Minoela opened last week next to The Grand Cinema.  Occupying the location that formerly housed the Kickstand Café (and One Heart Café) Minoela serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturdays at 604 Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. The physical lay-out of Minoela strongly resembles former One Heart

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Grandpa’s Fourth

Some people like to celebrate the Fourth drinking a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon, munching a bag of pork rinds and getting a tattoo of the American Flag on their nether regions. But if drunken debauchery and in-your-face patriotism seem a little too much for you, check out Old Fashioned

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

BRUNO: Early opening. (R) Lakewood Towne Center 12: Thurs, July 9 12:01 a.m. ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS: The best of the three Ice Age films, involving the best use of 3-D I’ve seen in an animated feature.  It also introduces a masterstroke that essentially allows the

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HIP-HOP IN THE 25360: Michael Jackson R.I.P.

I did not believe it when a text from DJ Travisty showed up on my phone at 2:50 on Thursday June 25, 2009: “Michael Jackson is dead.” I texted back: “Shut up.”  It was real. For some, Michael Jackson was more than the greatest entertainer to grace

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Rock Paper Scissors

LeeAnn Seaburg Peery is a sculptor whose work harkens back to Michelangelo’s  slave sculptures — highly polished figures emerging from rough marble — and similar figures by Rodin. She carves abstracted human bodies in marble, alabaster, soapstone and limestone, which she personally chooses from a quarry in Vermont. At their

Rural Wolf Records

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Rural Wolf Records

The cover of Canon Canyon’s 10-inch vinyl release Sit Down and Listen (October, 2008) shows a torn, empty couch flanked on both sides by guitar amps.  A picture of John Wayne hangs on the wall beside a stuffed, crazed-looking bear.  A guitar, a small lamp, a model sailboat and a

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Sour notes or sour puss?

  Sixties Chicks was one of those shows I was looking forward to seeing the way high school girls wait for prom night. I wanted to see this show, especially considering Harlequin Productions has a long and strong history of staging great musicals.   So it was with that tradition in mind that

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Southern France dishes

SOUTHERN FRANCE Charlie McManus of Primo Grill in Tacoma leads a cooking class on The Cuisine of Southern France Saturday, July 11 from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $65 a person, which includes gratuity, glass of wine, samples, recipes, instruction, lunch and dessert. Reserve your space at 253.383.7000. MOLLY WIZENBERG New York Times bestselling

Enoteca Wine Bar

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Enoteca Wine Bar

Enoteca Wine Bar Where: 21 N. Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, 253.779.8258 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cuisine: Grilled paninis, sandwiches, fresh salads, cheese, fruit, and meat plates, soups and dessert. Scene: Casual and intimate bistro/wine bar, 21+ Drinkies: Extensive wine list by glass

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The Nightgowns, Dirty Bird and blues

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new edition of Bobble Tiki’s South Sound music notes column. Let’s get rolling. Bobble Tiki is no fan of Seattle. Sure, he’s been there. Sure, he likes a Dick’s Deluxe like the next island themed souvenier. And sure, he

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The Woolly Bandits

If you like a show — and I mean a real, live, going to leave you talking about it for days show — you’re going to dig the Woolly Bandits. Sure, the Bandits have the ‘60s inspired, go-go boot clad, garage rock ethos down pat — but there’s more to this

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Tipping time

Thursday, July 2 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, July 3 Fridays Uncorked, 5-7:30 p.m., $12,

Trashtastic

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Trashtastic

Trash art has gone eco. We’re not talking the kind of trash art that emerged out of Baltimore in the late ‘80s, or the self-indulgent wallowing you’ll find in emo-goth basement dives. This is trash on a mission. Next time you’re headed to the Tacoma landfill, take a side journey

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Whatever Works

Roger Ebert’s review of Whatever Works ran in the print version of the Weekly Volcano. Ebert’s peeps will now allow us to run the review online. To read his review online, visit Ebert’s Web site, Whatever Works Score: Three out of four stars Stars: Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson and Ed

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Foundation Art Award

Nominees and winner of the 2nd Annual Foundation of Art Award from The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation were announced in June. This annual program was established to honor professional artists living and working in Pierce County. This year’s winner, Jeremy Mangan, was chosen by a panel including: Rock Hushka, director

Art on the Ave

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Art on the Ave

Courtesy photo “A PIECE OF ART”: Odessa Christiana and other local fashion designers present a fashion show Sunday on Sixth Avenue. Art on the Ave Tacoma neighborhood summer festival adds fashion BY PAUL SCHRAG It’s time to take over Sixth Avenue again, Tacoma, as dozens of artists, vendors, musicians, merchants and crazies prepare for another

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