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Beating the holiday wrap

I have decided that this year is going to be different. I will not try to stretch the rolls of generic Christmas wrap and tidy, single color bows I’ve bought over the years at Hallmark and Rite Aid. This year I will break the mold. This year I will wrap

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Baked goods

Get your sweet tooth on AFFAIRS CAFE & BAKERY: Affairs Café & Bakery is a comfy place to catch up with a friend over breakfast and lunch.  Also, their chocolates are as close to a vice as you can get without actually sinning.  2811 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.565.8604. CORINA BAKERY:

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Western R Bar & Grill's gin and tonic

Tacoma has an abundance of dives — some murky, some dark, some that smell funny, some that are just plain dangerous. There are joints, holes-in-the-wall and hellholes of every description in this town — the Western R took the prize, because depending on what day of the week and what

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Dias de los Tres Reyes goodies

Holiday option No. 1: Slave for days in the kitchen baking gingerbread people, cake and pies for your relatives, who will then declare their devotion to the South Beach diet. Holiday option No. 2: Head to Julia’s Bakery and Café in Lacey. The assortment of freshly baked goods at Julia’s overflows

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TV Tacoma

I know that many of you consider me to be some kind of über bourgeoisie babe. At the surface, that’s probably true. But when you peel me down after several layers, you’ll discover some heartbreaking information: I can be such a geek. When I’m at home, I’m not kicking over martini glasses and shaking

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President rocks

When Ronald R. Thomas assumed the mantle of University of Puget Sound president in 2003, then Board Chair William T. Weyerhaeuser said, “Ron Thomas is an outstanding choice to lead Puget Sound at this time in the school’s history. He clearly understands Puget Sound’s commitment to its liberal arts mission,

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Own it

I dropped by a.o.c. gallery to see a group show that was described as a kind of transition show between the old a.o.c. managed by the husband-and-wife partnership of C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg and the new artists-owned cooperative gallery managed by, as the name implies, the participating artists

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Beautiful Angle

Why, oh why, you might be asking, does the Weekly Volcano put itself through this torment every year? The crowds, the lines, the expense … all to hand off a cheerfully wrapped box with the ideal gift inside, certain to thrill the recipient. No pressure there. Trying to escape the mayhem,

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Jason Ricci

Blues is alive and well in the 21st century, and while there might not be any bluesmen left from the cotton fields of the Mississippi, thanks to a batch of young musicians who are dedicated to keeping the genre alive, the sound of the Delta can still be heard like

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Loverboy plays Tacoma

upcoming shows Land Of The Sweets Burlesque Nutcracker Seattle. Dec. 20 7 and 10 pm. $23-$25 (Triple Door, 206.838.4309). Holiday Sing-Along Seattle. Dec. 20 7:30 pm. $20-$56 (Benaroya Hall, TM). Brian Culbertson: A Soulful Christmas Seattle. Dec. 20 7:30 pm. $45-$55 (Paramount Theatre, TM). Seaweed Tacoma. Dec. 21 9 pm. $15; Dec. 22 (all

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UFO and others on sale this week

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 Black Lewis, The Mob Law, Doxology Seattle. Dec. 20 (all ages) 9 pm. $15 (The Showbox, TM). Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Bellevue. Dec. 29 7:30 pm. $22-$28 (First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue,

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Arm your kitchen for the season

Here we are well into the holiday season where you can’t swing a dead cat around without hitting an office party, a party with friends, a party with relatives, a party with neighbors, etc., etc. That’s a lot of commitment, which always leads to a big drain on your time

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Tagueria El Antojo

When the weather outside is frightful, I soothe my freezing bones with south of the border tastes. Tagueria El Antojo in Tacoma’s McKinley neighborhood fits the bill beautifully. The mostly authentic Mexican restaurant resides in the same spot where their taco truck once sat — a newly built modern mini-strip

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Ports for the holidays

Thursday, Dec. 13: Ports For The Holidays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $5, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15: Dom Perignon By The Glass, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15: Small Vineyards Tasting, 6 p.m., Pairings Wine & Bar,

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Sparkling wines

Thursday, Dec. 20: Sparkling Wines For The Holidays, 5-8 p.m., $10, Vin Grotto Cafe and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Friday, Dec. 21-Saturday, Dec. 22: Year End Monster Red Bash, 6 p.m., $20, Pairings Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Fridays: Wine tastings, 6-8 p.m., Mandolin Cafe, 3923

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Messiahs, Revels and yarn

THE CRAFT Rockin’ Knit Night In my childhood bedroom at mom’s there’s a red roll of yarn attached to a shabby seven-inch square — the scarf I started making when my Granny Grunt Grunt (don’t ask) taught me to crochet at age nine. Never one to throw anything away, I thought about

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Ho, ho, no?

As the holidays inch closer and closer, galleries and museums in Tacoma are ramping up for Third Thursday Art Walk Dec. 20. Since it’s only five days before Christmas, we figured the museums at least, and perhaps a few galleries, would be doing something festive. We were a bit disappointed,

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Holiday shows

holiday Paradise Theatre is staging one of the funniest holiday shows ever written. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a kind of show that is a side splitter for anyone who has ever been involved with a holiday pageant. [Paradise Theater, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, $8-$18, 9911 Burnham Dr.

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Round Trapp

There are a few times in history when there is a perfect marriage between particular people and the times in which they live. Winston Churchill was the absolute right person for Britain during the early days of World War II. He managed to keep his country together in the face

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