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Appasionato and the fish

Appasionato Salon I attended a sweet youth party at Appassionato last week. Their image studio is tucked back in a remodeled house off Pacific Highway in Fife. When I realized these were some of the same ladies that had Remedy 450 (formerly located on St. Helens in Tacoma) I immediately signed

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Enoteca

I am continuously surprised at what I overlook that’s right in plain sight and within what I call the “sweet zone,” meaning everything within a five-mile radius of my residence. I’ve known Enoteca was on Tacoma Avenue in the Stadium District for most of this year (almost since opening in

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Dusty martini

As I begin writing my column this week, I must warn you. Someone has wronged me, and the result has plunged me deep into a state of extreme irritation. So my tone may be a little more bitter than normal, but please bear with me. By the time this publishes,

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Hell's Kitchen's Redheaded Slut

Halloween is creeping around the corner like a Commerce Street guttersnipe in search of a bag of cans. Spooky, eh? I love Halloween. I remember the thrill of eating, blindfolded, “brains” made of cold spaghetti and peeled-grape “eyeballs” while playing haunted house with the neighborhood kids. Although I made them

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DuBlanc et DuRouge wine tasting and more

Thursday, Oct. 25: Wines of New Zealand Dinner, 6:30 p.m., $95, Sea Grill, 1498 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5656. Thursday, Oct 25: Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., The Spar, 2123 N. 30th, Tacoma, 253.272.2122. Friday, Oct. 26: Halloween Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., $10, Two Blind Mice Cellars, 909 Main St., Sumner, 253.826.6028. Friday, Oct.

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Lino, "Striking 12"and more

THE SEASON Great Pumpkin “Each year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere,” Linus explains to Sally as they wait together on Halloween night in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” In the end, the Great Pumpkin chooses not to grace the Peanuts’

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Halloween time

“The Object” Amber Pinchski is a cute little girl with a special gift. She can speak to the dead. You are invited to see her in action. Such is the scene for Centerstage Theater’s annual murder mystery fund-raiser. “The Object” previously has been performed only for The American Stage Festival in

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"Holes" has very few gaps

I must be honest. I was a little worried about “Holes” when I first saw the stage. In an effort for full disclosure, I’ll give you the full story: My daughter is showing signs of liking being on the stage as much as she does watching shows, so she auditioned for

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Creepy crawl your way to Scary Day!

So what if the Weekly Volcano can’t go screaming around the streets of its neighborhood on Halloween night anymore, begging for candy, wrapped in a sheet that’s not fit to be strapped to a bed? The Weekly Volcano — or at least those of us who can no longer squeeze

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Terrifying Tacoma

Want to see something really scary? For those of you bored to tears by sensationalized gore, there is still plenty to be afraid of in the City of Destiny. Jigsaw’s maniacal machinations shouldn’t be nearly as terrifying as Sound Transit’s plan to send dozens of trains per day across Pacific

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Kourtne Anderson

Kourtne Anderson is talking a mile a minute, expounding on the greatness of roller derby team Hellbound Homewreckers. Anderson, aka Pandora Panic, is captain of the team. Seems the Dockyard Derby Dames league will have their season finale bout Nov. 3. Anderson’s super sassy insanity red hair is done by

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Tattoo flash couture

Does your kid rock? Let the world know. Little Killers clothing line was started by Jooley Heaps and Jayme Jack in March 2007. “We are inspired first and foremost by our rockin’ kids,” explains Heaps. “With our ideas and talents we wanted to bring a fresh approach to children’s clothing.” With seven years

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Woodstick

Sometimes ear hair is a good thing. When that ear hair is inner ear hair, or, more technically, inner ear hair cells, electrical impulses tell your brain you’re hearing something good. You might be hearing good things like children’s laughter, early spring birdsong, or possibly the tranquil sounds of 550 drum kits

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Tacoma Beer Society

The Tacoma Beer Society will once again invade Tacoma with its beer-centric activities Saturday, Oct. 20, at Paddy Coyne’s in downtown Tacoma.  Brad Allen caught up with TBS co-founder Steph DeRosa before the event.  He will never be the same. WEEKLY VOLCANO: How long has the Tacoma Beer Society been in

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What's playing this week

3:10 TO YUMA: Christian Bale plays an Easterner who lost a leg in the Civil War and has now come to the Arizona territory to try ranching.  Russell Crowe plays the vicious leader of a gang feared in the territory.  Almost by unlucky fate, the rancher joins a posse to

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"Darjeeling" has charm

Three brothers in crisis meet in India, and in desperation, in “The Darjeeling Limited,” a movie that meanders so persuasively it gets us meandering right along. It’s the new film by Wes Anderson who after “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” made “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” Of that peculiar

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Block Tie Affair

Last Thursday night\'s second annual Block Tie Party at the Washington State History Museum offered a great atmosphere for the 200-plus downtown residents and others to mingle.  Attendees were given free reign to check out all of the museum exhibits. Many marveled at the intricate stitching and inspired designs of

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Iris Dement

If you’ve never heard of the neo-traditional country artist Iris Dement, you’re not alone. She has cut only four albums in the past 15 years, has received sparse airplay and has remained a country cult-favorite. Dement didn’t start writing songs until she was in her mid-20s, but after sharpening her

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Knit or go home

A woman was recently accosted outside a small restaurant because of her messenger bag. The skull and knitting-needle crossbones on it declared,  “Knit or Go Home,” and in her hipster-oversized sunglasses and Northwest comfy shoes she looked to be the epitome of the rising movement of young craftspeople/ fiber artistes threatening

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Groundation, Schoolyard Heroes and others

Friday, Oct. 19 REGGAE groundation, winston jarrett and his righteous flames Over the last few years soul infused reggae — common to rocksteady, lovers rock, and roots reggae — has slowly made its way to becoming the music du jour. Alongside soul, reggae has raced its way out of the confines of

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