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The Dimes

Some bands just make you feel happy even if the message is depressing. Akin to the Shins, the Dimes evoke feelings of a jovial nature by way of lush harmonies and jangly guitar riffs. Whether by accident or design, the band possesses a Brit-pop timbre that is Fab Four comparable.

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Elvis is a black man

Elvis Aaron Presley, the King, was born Jan. 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Miss. He came into this world in a two room house his father built, and was the second in a set of twins. His brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn. Twenty three years later, Robert Washington was born.

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Das Vibenbass

I’ve always said if you think Kenny G is jazz, then you don’t know jazz. While not an expert on the genre, I know the basic elements. I know that real jazz doesn’t incorporate synthesizers and most definitely doesn’t use an electric bass. It’s just not done. Real jazz is

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Nibbles

Chef Kris O’leary will teach a Mastering the Crust class Thursday, Jan. 24, at Urban Gourmet & Garden in Tacoma. The cost is $65. For more details, call 253.272.3111. Caitlin Morgan will teach a class on cooking Weeknight Oven Dinners Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Bayview School of Cooking in Olympia.

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Wines for the Super Bowl

Thursday, Jan. 17: Value Wines for the New Year, 5-8 p.m., $5, Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Thursday, Jan. 17: Wines for the Superbowl tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Fridays: Wine tastings, 6-8 p.m., Mandolin Cafe, 3923 S.

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Crown Bar's Vodka Gibson

Ah, the mystique of a well-made martini. To hear connoisseurs tell it, you’d think it contained the clear-liquid keys to immortality, sexual prowess, and immeasurable wealth — in order of individual preference, no less. But don’t you believe it. You want to know a martini’s big secret? It’s made entirely

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Jake steps up to the plate

The birth of a new beer pub always brings a little tear to my eye. But a new one just steps from my house makes me openly weep like a dad on his daughter’s wedding day. Such bawling came with the opening of Jake’s Bar and Bistro at 215 Wilkes Street

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Dirty Dish dissects dirty dining

I probably shouldn’t bring this up, but I’m going to anyway. I got really sick a few weeks back, after eating at one of my favorite restaurants. Making this declaration pains me slightly because as a restaurant owner, this could happen to anyone. It happened to me. While all restaurants

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Opa! Greek Cuisine

Opa! Greek Cuisine still doesn’t have a liquor license as of last week, so again, disappointment raised its ugly head. Deciding that the tempting scents floating through the air were worth a wine-free meal, we nabbed seats closest to the glowing fireplace and peeled off gloves, hats, scarves, and coats. Opa!

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Do Something healthy

This year’s 9th annual Do Something Healthy event enters the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center Jan. 24 with special celebrity guest speaker Jillian Michaels, the uber tough trainer from NBC’s TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Michaels’ style of training focuses on achieving a maintainable weight through healthy lifestyle changes,

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Capricorns, Croatians and the Cloverleaf

Whoooo-wee! After all of that party time during the holidays, everyone’s favorite floozy Carmen got wicked sick, and it knocked me out for the count two weeks ago. I was quarantined in my home (it’s a good thing I love my house) from Friday until Wednesday, and I gotta tell ya,

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Family: That's Italian

 / by Natasha As I was sitting in a divine Tacoma restaurant recently, I realized that I’ve been a complete jerk and haven’t addressed a core entity within the Weekly Volcano’s target demographic. I always jibber-jab about what it’s like to be single in the South Sound, and I never consider all

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Anime, burping, video games

Teenagers lined the wall in the meeting room at the Lakewood Pierce County Library on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Why? might you ask. No, they weren’t in trouble. They were watching “Black Cat.” You’re probably wondering what the heck is “Black Cat.” If you’re not an anime fan, you wouldn’t

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Bad boys

I’ve been in a really bad mood all week. I should find some local art to review, but the way I’ve been feeling lately I’ll probably hate anything I see. Here’s the thing: I go to see local art exhibits, and what I see is stuff that’s been around half

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Needle Damage

Between flashing multi-colored lights, multiple Ocean Grooves DJs, the packed dance floor, and the beating throb of the house and mash-up music pouring out of the speakers, one might assume that they have wandered headlong into a giant dance club. Nope, just the Swiss. The popular downtown Tacoma watering hole opened its

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Family problems

“Under a Mantle of Stars” Harlequin Productions presents this comedy by the author of “The Kiss of the Spider Woman” that deals with a middle-class family that is taken off guard when two masked strangers come to the door. Everyone thinks they know who the strangers are, but they don’t since

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Break the "Wind"

Classic shows are always fun, but spoofs of classics are generally hilarious. A South Sound case in point is Olympia Little Theater’s staging of “Moonlight and Magnolias,” which opens this week. This Ken Ludwig comedy takes a look behind the curtain of the golden age of Hollywood in a fictional way,

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Remembered Light, Sex Workers Art Show and more

THE STAGE “The Weir” Some of the best plays in the South Sound might just be playing in the imaginations of the audiences who attend a special staged reading. Lakewood Playhouse presents a staged reading of “the Weir” by Conor McPherson for three days. The show is a simple work that lets

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Revisiting racism

“It’s not how you talk, not how you dress, not what kind of music you listen to … but people just don’t get it,” says comedian, author, actor and talk show host Brian Copeland. “They think it’s a show that tells you how to act white.” The confusion centers around the

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Jake steps up to the plate

The birth of a new beer pub always brings a little tear to my eye. But a new one just steps from my house makes me openly weep like a dad on his daughter’s wedding day. Such bawling came with the opening of Jake’s Bar and Bistro at 215 Wilkes Street

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