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Dinosaurs walk among us

There is something about dinosaurs that makes people turn their heads and stare. It could be their massive teeth and their scale-covered skin. Or it could be their bubbly personalities and live-and-let-live lifestyle. Dinosaurs always draw a crowd. A gathering of more than a dozen of the prehistoric loafers will be

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Toys are us: affirmative to battling ‘bots

“Now I have fans who say, ‘We are so sorry, Michael Bay, you still suck, but we love you.’”  That’s what the director of “Transformers” told Simon Ang during an interview in Seoul.  He could have been speaking for me.  I think Michael Bay sometimes sucks (“Pearl Harbor,” “Armageddon”), but I

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Shrew for you

Theater Artists Olympia takes pride in being the quirky theater that even the liberal, artsy folks of the state capital would consider a bit out there. It can talk the talk because it certainly walks the walk, staging shows — and its own revisions of works — that carry TAO’s

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Tab Benoit

You can find Tab Benoit’s CDs in the blues section of your local record shop. Not sure why. To me, blues means shuffles and slow blues, which Benoit rarely performs, and akin to country, blues has a very distinct sound.  So where would I stock his records?  I’d probably give him his

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\"Dames At Sea\" and \"Soul On Fire\"

“Dames at Sea” “Dames At Sea,” a version of the long-running, off-Broadway musical homage to the classic Hollywood musicals of the 1930s, follows the story of a bumpkin girl who finds her way to the big city. [Paradise Cabaret Theatre, through July 8, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, $15-$20, 9911

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Summertime music

Festival season is upon us, and that means sunshine on your shoulder, cold drink in your hand and people around who are feeling, well, festive! There’s just something magical about the sound of music echoing down a car-less street or billowing across a grassy field. We’ve already whet our musical palates

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Rock N Roll Craft Show

iRetarded. iEmbarrassing. If you take an honest look at the iPhone phenomena — you know the one, it’s been endlessly reported on, talked about, blogged about, and generally forced down our throats since the iPhone was released last week — how can you not hang your head in shame? Driving around Tacoma

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Outdoor Shumba, psychics and more

THE TOUR Public art tours Back when I worked in downtown Olympia, I faced cockroaches the size of mice, mice the size of cats, and cats with nasty cases of pinkeye. And that was just in my office. Would it make you feel better if I told you that the office is

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License To Wed

The best part of “License to Wed” comes fairly late in the movie, after you haven’t laughed nearly enough, after you’ve looked at your watch a half-dozen times, and long after you’ve decided you don’t care about the characters, not one bit.  It’s when John Krasinski punches Robin Williams in the

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Northend trifecta

Even though I’m your official nightlife correspondent, I have to confess that I’m not perfect. I wish it was possible for me to be in all places at all times (even though it might seem like that really is the case), but I am only one, singular girl. The point of the

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Mining the geoducks

His name is Cendtary Xeno, and he goes by Cen. He sings, plays guitar, and writes most of the music for Dem Zaing.  The dark sounds are, to me, a sort of cave-meets-metal thing where, if I used my kid’s visualization techniques of music, I’d visualize blacksmiths working on a subterranean level

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Picket Ranger. Jet Black Stare and Warner Drive

Friday, July 6 BLUEGRASS picket range bluegrass band Wikipedia says Picket Range is a small, extremely rugged subrange of the North Cascades in the northwestern part of the American state of Washington. MySpace says it’s a bluegrass band from, of all places, Seattle. So, I get it, bluegrass is considered to be

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What\'s playing

1408: John Cusack is the man to watch in this horror thriller based on a Stephen King short story.  Like “The Shining,” also based on King material, the main character is a frustrated writer who likes to drink, has a terrible trauma in his past and is in isolated surroundings

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It’s a walk-off!

Iman.  Kirsten Dunst.  Gisele Bundchen. Tyra Banks. Cindy Crawford. Cameron Diaz.  Naomi Campbell. Heidi Klum.  Claudia Schiffer. Uma Thurman. What do all these women have in common? Each has been represented — or is represented — by Elite Model Management, who will be sending scouts to the South Hill Mall on Saturday,

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Collecting art

Art, art, art! I’ve been trying to collect some art that wasn’t mass-produced, since “mass produced” and “art” seem contrary to me.  In place of the somewhat tilted sandy beach black and white photograph in our bedroom, the significant one and I will be seeing the lushness of a black and white

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Hair Chat goes Girl Talk

How is it I’ve not yet been into Girl Talk/The Nail Shoppe/ As It Is? The three businesses share a space, with Stephanie Wilson owning Girl Talk, Stephanie’s husband owning As it Is, and Cortney Young owning The Nail Shoppe. Since I’ve had snaggle-toe issues, I called recently. And since the stars

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Taste of Tacoma

The logjam of cars on Pearl Street last weekend attested to the success of the Taste of Tacoma. Though there might have been higher-quality cuisine to be had elsewhere in town, with less waiting in line, the shopping, foods and overall vibe of the festive, diverse crowd left smiles on

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Bring me a bucket

This column, Drink of the Week, is about booze — sometimes expensive drinks, sometimes good drinks, rarely bad drinks, many times cheap drinks. Cheap drinks for cheap bastards like me. One day, if I become a day trader, I’ll drink at some of those restaurants on Ruston Way all day long.

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When your server snaps

Today I received my first letter. I hadn’t solicited yet for reader input, but it found its way to my editor.  Fortunately, he sent it my way while I was having severe writer’s block and about to drink myself into a stupor (who am I to look a gift horse

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Trouve to close

Trouve to close Trouve will close officially July 12 and is doing that whole “Closing Sale” thing. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good sale, but I hate it when the purpose of said sale is store closure. Empty storefronts make me sad, especially when the shops previously inhabiting said

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