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Johanna Chase and Jesus

Johanna Chase, who will play Le Voyeur in Olympia Friday, Dec. 21, shines in the singer/songwriter folkstress mold and has wrestled with a few religion questions in her day. Although her music has a definite Christian element, it’s not a one-ingredient soup. Many things make up the music of Chase.

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Donna X

I have two sets of friends. I have my urban friends, and I have my suburban friends. The two groups rarely mix. I like to take a Costanzian approach to social circles. In other words, I don’t mix my friends. I do this not because one set of friends is

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Model Tuesday

Embellish Multispace Salon owner Patricia Lecy-Davis believes learning does not end when one finishes required classes and practices this belief with the new talent (new stylists) at her salon. Every Tuesday is Model Tuesday, a chance for new talent to work directly with Lecy-Davis and clients in an intensive one-on-one

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In the bag

The Harp & Shamrock With fiery red hair, a face full of freckles and skin like milk, as a young girl I was the poster child for Ireland. Not feeling very connected to any American heritage (What is that anyway? Burgers, apple pie, hot dogs? Gross.), I started reading books on

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Stomaching the holidays

By the time you’ve finished shopping, wrapping, and undergoing a nervous breakdown, you’ll no doubt be hungry. Most restaurants are shuttered tight Christmas Eve, but a few places are breaking out holiday menus for your wassailing pleasure. BRIX 25:  As the name hints, the wine is always on their mind. 

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Highbrow hops

This is not only the season for holly branches and red ribbon, but of social gatherings with little sandwiches served on silver trays or slabs of meat with peppers and good cheer. So it is at times like this when people wonder what beers to serve with their holiday meals. While

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Retro cocktail party snacks

If you’re anything like me, December was the only time of the year when your parents came anywhere close to throwing what could be termed a cocktail party. Because it was the suburbs, my mom’s friends mostly sat around the kitchen table nibbling directly from the serving trays and trading

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The martini martyr

As many of you might know, I am always in  search of the perfect dirty martini. No one can make it like my dad. This is one of the many lessons my dad passed down to me. It may seem odd and even sad to a few of you, especially

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Stage

radio hour For a little brain candy, Capital Playhouse’s holiday production, “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” might just be what you need. Far from heavy theater, this show is about a radio station’s Christmas show a year into World War II, at a time when Americans thought it was close to being

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Jesus, beginning to end

It seems like an odd time to be staging a show about the death of Jesus when the rest of the world is marking his birth, but I suppose the theater has to take the touring slots that are offered. Seattle’s Paramount Theatre is staging the rock opera that set the

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Get railroaded

Rarely do kids and grownups agree on entertainment. Usually, activities that make kids squeal with excitement grownups find, at best, irritating. Kids like cartoons and playgrounds. Grownups like John Malkovich movies and the Jim Lehrer News Hour. Finding something that kids and grownups can agree on is usually a tall

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Pinwheel Catering's Herban Café

The corner lot that briefly housed Ezell’s Chicken (tasty southern cuisine), will soon be home to a full service restaurant with catering capabilities. Owners Stephen and Gretchen Nogler are moving Garden Café from Sumner to Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue. A large banner on the outside of the building announces a December

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Stoked holiday season

I can’t wait to get this week over with because I have soooo much to look forward to during the holiday season, especially since I’ve taken Dec. 21 to Jan. 3 off from work. YAH! Sure, there’s Christmas and all, but the day after that is much better in my world

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Pour at Four

What is the deal with all of the booze in the world and why does it affect me in such different and distinct ways? Beers make me mellow. Tequila makes me diabolical. Shots make me fall down. Wine makes me shine. And it never ever fails: Champagne always makes me giggle. Just last week I stepped

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Green drinks all around

What do a Green Mojo, lime and honey Martini and an Apple-tini all have in common? Yes, they are all delicious alcoholic drinks, but there’s something else — they are all some shade of the color green. No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day yet so what prompted the green beverages?

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Bending space

Driving up Fourth Avenue in Olympia, I glanced in the window of Black Front Gallery and saw what looked like an intricate wall sculpture made of cut paper and swirling strands of wire. From my distance and angle as I drove by — holding up traffic as I slowly inched

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Don't get busted

First of all, let it be known that the Weekly Volcano absolutely, positively, in no way, shape, or form condones drunk driving. In fact, the Weekly Volcano thinks drunk driving is ridiculous and much prefers to hail a cab or drunk dial a friend when searching for a way home

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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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