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Four Spanish Wines and One Crazy Austrian

Thursday, June 21: Four Spanish Wines and One Crazy Austrian with Al Gord on the piano, 5-8 p.m., $5, Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Thursday, June 21: Mountaineers Social Singles wine tasting, 7-9 p.m., Pairings Fine Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Thursday, June

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Sea Grill’s Grenache Rose Sangria

Temperatures are rising, and everyone’s wearing skimpier clothes — even those of us who should exercise a bit more modesty. With summer comes all the attendant delicious imagery: flip-flops, sparkling pools, tropical drinks with tiny umbrellas, sun-bronzed towel girls … OK, maybe that last one’s just me. Sea Grill has pulled

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Queen of rock

One trouble with having 14 years of theater reviewing behind me is that I have a low threshold for bad theater because I have seen so much good stuff over the years. Seeing great theater just makes the bad, or even moderately successful, show unmemorable. One brain can handle only

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\"Whorehouse\" and \"Pocahontas\"

“whorehouse” Those whores are at it again — getting all uppity about being a victimless crime and whatnot. Such is the case at Tacoma Little Theatre as it finishes its season with “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a look at life and politics surrounding the Chicken Ranch. [Tacoma Little Theatre, through

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Summer Solstice and more

THE CEREMONY Summer Solstice Tacomans don’t have a Stonehenge-like monument with which they can determine the points of midsummer and midwinter, but we do have a few advantages over our ancestors. Paper calendars, clocks, computers and PDAs, to name a few. Put it this way: No one will miss the summer solstice

Green is the new pink

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Green is the new pink

The word green has many colloquial meanings in America. It means envious. It means brand new. Some say it even means horny, but recently green has become the new catch word for things that are environmentally beneficial. If you tell your friends you live in a green house, some might

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Ross rules

The opening show at A.O.C. Gallery (formerly Art on Center) is essentially a one-person show starring Kathy Ross, with two other artists thrown in — Dave R. Davison and Peggy Bennett. Davison is showing a group of mostly blue figure paintings on the back wall that look a lot like some

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Beer cans and Nikki Sixx

One of my absolute favorite things about New York City is the fact that they throw rockin’ happy hours. Promptly at 5 p.m. most days of the week, all of the suits scatter from the financial district and roll straight to bars that are playing cheesy hits like “Pour Some Sugar

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Night Blow

The Museum of Glass hosted a well-attended fete Friday with its Night Blow. Impressive: The museum’s new exhibit, “Mining Glass;” the presentation of salads in martini glasses; and the Tempest creations with Patron vodka. Lethal: the combination of cold Patron shots and a microphone.  Lethally impressive: guest artist Stephen Rolfe Powell’s manipulation of

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First Night

It’s official — First Night Tacoma-Pierce County is back and promises to be bigger, better and more piratey than ever (Piratey is a word. Look it up). Debt-free and ready to roll, the resurrection of Tacoma’s annual non-alcoholic, arts-enriched, sumptuous, family-friendly New Year celebration is alive in a way that

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Urban Arts Festival

Matt Eklund describes the process of putting together the Urban Arts Festival as being, in and of itself, like creating a huge piece of art. Tacoma can experience this particular piece of art on Sunday, June 24, at Fireman’s Park off of South Eighth and A. The park itself can be

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Tequila

Once only a drink for bandoleros, tequila has made a name for itself beyond the Mexican border, most commonly in the form of a margarita.  Matador is home to more than 70 tequila labels, making it one of the largest tequila collections in the Pacific Northwest.  The dimly lit bar

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‘Fantastic’ foul-up

Mass has begun. Someone has painted Jesus Christ silver and placed him on a surfboard. Surf’s up.  The first “Fantastic Four” was a mindless, silly popcorn movie with plot and characters stretched thinner than Mr. Fantastic. For the sequel, “Rise of the Silver Surfer,” a new team of writers (Mark Frost

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‘Drew’ has no clue

For more than 75 years, tales featuring that adventurous teenage sleuth Nancy Drew have captivated the imaginations of young girls. From the original books penned by Toledo Blade reporter Mildred Wirt Benson (writing under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene) to the 1930s films starring Bonita Granville, to the more recent

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Paris, Je T’aime

Eighteen different directors come together to pay cinematic homage to the City of Light. Gus Van Sant, Alexander Payne, Wes Craven and the Coen brothers are among the participants, each one presenting his or her story with a unique style, cast and location. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elijah Wood, Steve Buscemi and

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What\'s playing

28 WEEKS LATER: Britain is again plagued by the “rage virus,” now even more dangerous and deadly than before.  An extremely frightening, but very compelling horror film, with blood and guts aplenty.  With Robert Carlyle and Catherine McCormack. (R) HH1/2 – BZ South Hill Mall: Thurs 12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9. Fri-Thurs,

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White Stripes and others on sale

On sale now Vicki Randle Seattle. June 17 8 pm. $20 (Tractor Tavern, TWeb). 13th Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival featuring Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Acre, M.E. & Me, Alps of New South Wales, L.A. Lungs, Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet, Midmight, Mattress and many more Olympia. June 21-23 7 pm, June 24 5

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Club Masa

The next time you roll into Masa you might notice something a little different beneath those hipster shoes of yours. The proprietors have installed a dance floor in one half of their formal dining room. Tables will sit on the dance floor for lunch and dinner, but once the eating

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Cold War Vets

Bobble Tiki was born in 1966. Lyndon Baines Johnson was President. The Beatles were more popular than Jesus, and talking about it in Evening Standard. Bobby Hull was setting the NHL single season scoring record. The United States had 250,000 troops in Vietnam. The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds. Richard

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Beehive drops another banger

I met Alethea “Butterfly Beats” Eichhorn and David Miller of Beehive about two years ago at the Premiere (now the Phoenix) in Seattle. We were both hired to entertain at a Microsoft Gaming Conference. I was performing in an acoustic duo. They were an electronic duo using laptop-generated break beats

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