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Jason Harris

These days it’s here a fireman, there a fireman, everywhere a fireman — but who’s complaining? Not me. Puyallup Fire Station #3 physician assistant Jason Harris, 39, burns down the house with his charisma, personality and community involvement, but his smoldering eyes and washboard abs save me. His fireman coat is back

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Good Karma

After spending 11 years with Nordstrom and the last seven with The Sports Authority as regional visual coordinator, Michelle Baerg, owner of Good Karma Boutique, proves she has a good eye and good taste. Baerg had been making jewelry in her spare time for years and opened her shop two

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In the bag

Maui Splash While on vacation in Maui I discovered Tedeschi Vineyards, a winery that produces pineapple wine. Also known as Maui Wines, this vineyard sits majestically at Ulupalakua Ranch. This volcanic soil is exceedingly fertile and has been turning out Carnelian grapes of high quality with chameleon abilities to produce red

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Lunch rules

ANNOUNCER: A good sandwich is a wonderful thing, not to be taken for granted. It has the capability of all-encompassing nourishment, containing protein and vitamins, roughage and dairy, all cozied up inside a carbohydrate shell. Usually a simple enough formula, it is possible to get it wrong, and the boys

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Don't Tell Sophie

Is it just me, or does saying “2008” fell weird to anyone else? Am I the only one who thinks “2008” sounds like cars should be flying and robots should be making my bed? Whether it sounds funny or not, there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s 2008 now. There’s

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Learn to be creative

Pacific Gallery Artists’ January meeting looks interesting as artist Lynn Di Nino — the creative force behind community and local artists collaborative events such as the now extremely popular 100th Monkey Parties and last year’s Chaos Into Order at Sixth Avenue’s Art on the Ave — will be in the

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Hometown tourist

This vacation has been such a good time that I really can’t get the The Go-Gos out of my head. All of the dirty little details won’t fit, so here are the highlights: Syd Vicious and I had the unique opportunity to see Alexo Rulz’s band, Foray, at the Viaduct, the newer

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Mexican Justice League

What I’m about to say in today’s column could get me fired. No, you stupid heads, not from this job. It’s also not from my routine day job. I’m about to disclose some information about a league that I’m in, and disclosure of that information could get me kicked out, or it’ll be

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Sprinker snowman contest

Before there were cities, governments or tacos, ancient people endeavored to sculpt natural substances into meaningful forms — monoliths to honor the seasons, shaped mounds of earth to celebrate ancient gods. Since then, environmental sculpture has become an ever-mutating pursuit, employing a vast, varied and growing variety of media —

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Winter warmth

Saturday morning I waited outside of One Heart Café with a bunch of artists from the gallery formerly known as a.o.c., hoping someone would come and let us in. There was supposed to be a meeting over coffee of these artists who are taking over the management of the gallery.

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First Night

Monday night I properly said good riddance to 2007 at First Night and in style. Apparently all the other Weekly Volcano scribes had plans already, so I was asked to emcee. That’s right, baby, Vee-Eye-Pee (VIP). To me, this was an honor. Not only did I get to represent this

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A Pack of Wolves

You hear it all the time: “There’s strength in numbers.” Or “the more the merrier.” Usually I agree. But in the case of A Pack of Wolves — who will play Le Voyeur in Olympia Saturday, Jan. 5 — the adages don’t hold up. Emanating from Northern California, A Pack of Wolves,

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Ding thong grandma's panties are dead

It’s official. It’s winter, which means five months of trying to make your fave hooded sweatshirt look fashionable. But who’s to say you can’t wear something irresistibly saucy underneath? I mean, what do the panties you’re wearing right now say about you? Emotionally unavailable? Unable to separate whites from colors?

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El Toro's Toro Bravos

What I observed New Year’s Eve at the packed El Toro in downtown Tacoma was that drinking in a group can be a highly dangerous undertaking. First, as each member of the League of Liberal Libations arrived, there was an evaluation process of his or her appearance. People typically want

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Cooking timesavers

Happy New Year to all! Of course I am assuming it will be. I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve while out of town and probably the only person in Tacoma not going to First Night. Large groups of non-drinking people scare me, so I avoid them by hiding in

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Daft Punk

Electronic music has gone through a major revival in 2007. Artists like Justice, MSTRKRFT, Digitalism, Boys Noize, and Crystal Castles have made electronic mainstream again with crossover hits and remixes. However, as new and fresh as these groups sound, they are almost all paying homage to Daft Punk. It’s fitting

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I love Bento

I was trying to get to I Love Bento, because it was a rainy, cold night that required a fast infusion of green tea, warm miso soup and some raw fish. Maybe some sake, too. And definitely a hit of wasabi. Since I firmly believe that a good winter funk

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Captain Nemo's

You’ve driven by so many times that the large building has ceased to exist. You know it’s there, but it no longer registers. A large neon sign reads “Spaghetti Dinner” or “Prime Rib Special.” The parking lot is mysteriously and consistently half full or better. Captain Nemo’s in University Place

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A great Evening

Some artists wallow in their past accomplishments while others flourish and continually push their creativity. It’s a gamble, and the results are always chancy when changing direction from a proven formula. Northwest singer/songwriter Carrie Akre has reinvented her sound on more than one occasion, and the appraisal has been a

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What is old is new again

I had a soft spot for the movie “The NeverEnding Story” when it played in theaters in 1984. I had just returned from a three-year tour in South Korea and saw the film time and again that summer and fall as we settled into our new duty station. I found it

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