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Boot Call

They were her grandmother’s. She bought them during a trip to Guyana. It seemed like all of my favorite wintertime boots belonged to someone else and were pretty much unattainable. Of course that was before I went on my annual shopping excursion in search of the perfect pair of fashionable

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Keepin' up with the Jones'

My boss, Pappi Swarner, is on vacation this week. After the short coronation ceremony where I was dubbed acting editor, he asked me to write a story about Jones Family Fortune. He handed me a press release, gave me a broad smile, a sincere thanks, and then turned on a

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The good uncomfortable

So, is that whole Club Impact Brick City controversy still going on? You know the one with the unruly kids, the parking difficulties, and the disgruntled neighboring businesses? The one that inspired News Tribune articles and town forums? It’s been a month or so, and Bobble Tiki hasn’t heard anything.

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Backscratching with I Defy

I’ve officially fallen off the MySpace bandwagon. In the beginning, I openly mocked the social Web site declaring just how stupid I thought it was to spend time growing your list of Internet “friends.” Then, like most people who initially fought the craze, I gave in. Before long I was

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Good holiday cheer

“The Perfect Holiday” is a big-hearted romantic comedy based on Meet Cutes, mistaken identities, rebounding fibs, a Santa Claus operating under false pretenses, a nasty rapper, a 300-pound elf, three cute kids and Gabrielle Union, whose only Christmas wish is that a nice man would pay her a compliment.  The

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Alvin and the Chipmunks

The most astonishing sight in “Alvin and the Chipmunks” is not three singing chipmunks. No, it’s a surprise saved for the closing titles, where we see the covers of all the Alvin & C albums and CDs. I lost track after 10. It is inconceivable to me that anyone would

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Don't ask, just watch

The opening scenes of “I Am Legend” have special effects so good that they just about compensate for some later special effects that are dicey. We see Manhattan three years after a deadly virus has killed every healthy human on the island, except one. The streets are overgrown with weeds,

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Hed(pe) hits Vertigo

For the second time this year, on Friday, Dec. 14, hed(pe) will play Tacoma. Considering I didn’t realize hed(pe) still existed until the first time they played T-Town back in May, their second show in Tacoma isn’t quite as surprising. However, it’s close. If you had asked me a year

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Crude, rude, and funny

Bobble Tiki is a tiki of many skills and talents. Pegging Bobble Tiki is nearly impossible. Bobble Tiki’s a friend to some and a foe to others. Bobble Tiki’s both a mover and a shaker. Bobble Tiki is a lover and a hater. Bobble Tiki is many things. For this reason,

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On local screens this week

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: See review page 21. Century Olympia: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 20 noon, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 10:50 a.m. Galaxy Tacoma 6: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 20 12:35, 2:40, 4:45, 7, 9:05. Lakewood Cinema 15: Fri-Thurs,

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Satellite Coffee

Back in the day of high school and learner’s permits, a group of us from Gig Harbor used to drive across the then one Narrows Bridge to get our after school coffee fix at Temple of the Bean across from Wright Park. It wasn’t so much about the coffee as

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In the bag

East Asia Supermarket On every visit to East Asia Supermarket, I have been the only person of Caucasian persuasion. It’s not a bad thing. In fact, I’m glad. It’s one of the secret ways I decide if a place is legitimate or not. Is it a trendy place riding a new

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Brit-Simone Sutter

Instead of pushing at the malls, the Weekly Volcano decided to hit the Tempest Lounge’s Trunk Show Saturday. Seven artists filled the Hilltop spot with jewelry as the flavor of the day. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but Brit-Simone Sutter, the marketing machine behind Vinosus Handmade.  As beautiful

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Mineral

Mineral, the dreamy jewelry gallery with big picture window on St. Helens has moved. As with so many of the buildings in Tacoma’s downtown core, her former building, The Webster, was sold, and Mineral owner and jewelry designer Lisa Kinoshita packed up her bags and moved to the Dome District,

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Heavy Metal Christmas Party

Nothing says Christmas like heavy metal. Forget mistletoe and egg nog. Forget Saint Nick and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. As Baby Jesus’ birthday looms ever closer, it’s time to think about drop tuned guitars and testosterone. On Thursday, Dec. 20, Cheers West in University Place will play host to the

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Sleep is overrated

Holy crap, this winter wonderland has been busy with all kinds of action, so let me just jump right in. The Supersuckers are the best rock and roll band ever Wednesday night I grabbed Suzy Stump, and we happily hopped on the barstools at the Red Hot for some brews and the

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Lakewood comes alive

A few years ago I looked around and said, “There is no live music in Lakewood!” It was strictly a DJ, karaoke and jukebox town (unless you count the mariachi band that frequently appears at Mazatlan restaurant), which is sad given the thriving music scene that existed in the late

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Rockin' for a great cause

Sometimes I have horrible thoughts — thoughts I’m not particularly proud of and thoughts that would probably disgust most people. While usually I keep these despicable feelings to myself, for the sake of this week’s column I’d like to share one. The other day, as my wife and I sat in

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Lots of jazz this week

Thursday, Dec. 13 SOUL ROCK intervision Six friends share a passion for crafting challenging compositions with pop sensibility, and they are good at it. The band combines elements of soul, rock and jazz to create a Steely Dan/Stevie Wonder-like groove. — Brad Allen [Masa, 9:30 p.m., no cover, 2811 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.254.0560] Saturday,

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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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