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A return to SAX

SAX: Glad I went back in A visit to SAX Restaurant and Lounge at the end of May revealed a pleasant staff lacking in menu knowledge. Two months later? Obviously, studying has occurred. Our server informed us soups are freshly made — not frozen from a bag. She was also honest,

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Ask Amy

Gawking tall You were too conventional when you said that a man who is in a relationship but stares at other women is rude. I want a woman who is sexually loyal, but who stares as hard as she wants at men she finds appealing, and I will do the same

Bringing the A game

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Bringing the A game

I’d be the first to admit, comparisons between Tacoma and Portland — when it comes to music, politics, bike riding, public transportation, recycling and everything else — are getting a little tired. The two places are different — and probably always will be. Portland is pretty much the hippest city

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Cheaper El Gaucho

WINE TASTING Minoela has a new wine list. They are celebrating with a wine tasting tonight from 6-8 p.m. for $5. Check it at 604 Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. HAPPY 57TH El Gaucho Tacoma offers a $57 pre-fixe menu and $57 wine in August in honor of 57th Anniversary of the original

Cheers to 10 years

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Cheers to 10 years

It’s been 10 years since Jana Zimmerman decided to open a wine bar in Tacoma’s Old Town. Back then there weren’t as many museums in Tacoma, the University of Washington, Tacoma was still young, and there were about 1,000 fewer condos than there are now. Back then, Zimmerman didn’t know

Collective efforts

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Collective efforts

Simon Moon It’s 2 a.m., and the bars are spitting patrons out onto the street. On any other night, on the corner of 25th Street and Tacoma Avenue, hookers, drug dealers and other unseemly types would be milling about, slinging ass and addictions. But on the eve of a recent art

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Here Today

Once again in the blink of an eye, the city of Olympia presents a month of temporary art projects. Mark your calendars because it’s here and then gone — visual, performance and literary art in various spots around downtown Oly throughout the month of August. Now, if only we can get

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Julia & Julia

BANDSLAM: Early opening. (PG) Century Olympia: Thurs, Aug. 13 12:01 a.m. CAPTAIN ABU RAED: This heartwarming story of a lonely janitor at Amman’s International Airport is playing one-week only.  When a group of children mistake Abu Raed for a real pilot a friendship begins as he takes the

Killer thriller

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Killer thriller

Roger Ebert’s review of A Perfect Getaway 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 A Perfect Getaway Score: Three out of four stars Stars: Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant and Milla Jovovich Directed

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Maltacalypse Now

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new installment of Bobble Tiki’s South Sound music notes column. Let’s get rolling … Are you tired of this shitty economy keeping your favorite yearly festivals and celebrations down? Well, while Bobble Tiki can’t say for certain that this

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Ocean Grooves 10th Anniversary

Inspired by the lack of variety in dance music in Tacoma, Calvin Murphy and Omar Stokes founded Ocean Grooves Entertainment in January 1999. They started off strong that February with Monday night shows at the 6th & Proctor Bar & Grill (now Hell’s Kitchen) and dedicated it to underground dance

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Of the Lo-Fi Empire

In his junior year at Tacoma School of the Arts, Jasper Spicero dropped out and moved to Kansas, where he finished his schooling. He’s since returned, but not for long; he’ll be moving to Portland this month. He, like many others, has squeezed all he could out of Tacoma and

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Tacoma Little Theatre, Fulcrum Gallery

Readers’ pick Tacoma Little Theatre best local theater Readers’ pick Fulcrum Gallery best gallery More Readers’ Picks 2009 Weekly Volcano Picks 2009 Readers’ pick: Tacoma Little Theatre best local theater The theater to watch in Tacoma next season will be Tacoma Little Theatre, and that is not just because of what is

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The uterus of T-town rock

Tarek Wegner just woke up.  It’s five in the evening.  Standing in a dirty alley, he holds a beer in a plastic bag.  The alley is quiet and bright.  No cars pass.  He sits down on the concrete and leans against an overhead door.  “There was a secret

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Tipping time

Thursday, Aug. 6 Argentinean wine tasting, 6-8 p.m., $5, Minoela, 604 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. Half-price wine, Maxwell’s Speakeasy, 454 St. Helens, Tacoma, 253.683.4115. Wine tasting, five pours for $5, Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.8215. Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., complimentary, Walter Dacon Winery, 50 S.E. Skookum Inlet Road,

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urbanXchange

Readers’ pick urbanXchange best vintage clothing More Readers’ Picks 2009 Weekly Volcano Picks 2009 Readers’ pick: urbanXchange best vintage clothing There can you go to get a pair of skinny jeans, some death metal, hear a live music performance and cop a haircut, all in one stop? No. Not your mom’s house. It’s urbanXchange!

News Front

TROUBLE WITH DEROSA: Diane R. Lachel

For 12 years, ever since Click!’s conception in 1997, Diane Lachel has kept an office seat warm, and a congenial disposition in Click!’s home base in the Tacoma Public Utilities building.  For the last five of those years, Diane has witnessed Tacoma area cable subscribers save over (gasp!) $107 million

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Best place to eat alone

Sushi Go Round Where: 1360 Galaxy Dr. N.E., Lacey, 360.455.8411, sushigoround-lacey.com Hours: Open Daily. Monday-Thursday Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner: 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cuisine: Japanese noodle dishes and fast food sushi. Scene: Very casual and family friendly. Drinkies: Beer, wine, teas,

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Youth theater

My daughter attended Lakewood Playhouse's Youth Theater Camp last week and ended the week with a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, an hour-long show pulled together and memorized in just five days. It was cute and campy, and of course, the very talented girl playing the role of Mike

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Zook

FISHTANK ENSEMBLE Thursday, Aug. 6 The Eastside Club in Olympia is on a musical roll. It’s been a hot spot for seriously talented, seriously diverse musicians. Reggae, rock, punk, blues — you name it. This week’s highlight is a group out of L.A. called Fishtank Ensemble. Having recently hit the road on

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