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Go Latin

It’s a Thursday night — ladies night — at Cans in downtown Tacoma, and everyone is ramping up for the disc jockey to take the stage. He arrives at around 9:30 p.m. to set up, and it doesn’t take long for the dance floor to start filling up. Pedro Lopez

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Give good toast

While a good New Year’s Eve toast seems like a string of eloquent words simply strung together at just the right moment, there was likely at least a bit of work beforehand to make that speech sparkle. Here are some tips from Toastmasters, a group designed to make speakers better at

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(Insert 'Terminator' joke here)

I’m kind of a slacker. If you read this column with any regularity, you probably already know this. I admit the fact freely, and I wear the slacker colors with pride. Like all great slackers before me, I’ve worked diligently to perfect my craft of finding the path of least

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Hangover remedy

If you follow at least a few of the directives this rag throws at you regarding party hot spots on New Year’s Eve, chances are you’ll be in desperate need of an effective hangover remedy Tuesday, the first day (cough! ouch!) of 2008. Since the main culprit of a nasty

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Side Door Lounge's Whitecliff Brut NV

Tator Tot complains that with every mirror I pass by, I must stop and gaze at myself. Well, no s***. If you avert your eyes when looking in a mirror, you probably shouldn’t leave the house. And I think it’s this narcissistic tendency that draws me back to The Hob

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Be the best you can be

It’s hard to believe that Christmas 2007 has come and gone already. I hope you at least enjoyed yourself a little bit. So much to do, so little time. In a small way, I am glad to see it over. There was lots of celebrating and visiting with family and

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Trains, poetry and parties

THE FESTIVAL Choo-choo There are some hobbies better kept to yourself. You know, the ones you do alone in your basement late at night. And then there are some truly cool hobbies, like model railroads. These should be celebrated and dragged out in the open for all to admire. Which is why

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Home is where the bar is

The home bar is a place where you can drink in peace, inexpensively, and in various stages of undress without those curious stares from strangers. Sure, your home bar could comprise a stack of Kwik Shop 64-ounce plastic cups and a half-gallon jug that says “Hy Vee Orange Juice” containing

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Mario's Mercato Italiano

Sandwiched for the last two years between University Place Indochine and a women’s fitness center, Mario’s Mercato Italiano offers surprisingly large portioned menu items and moderately low prices. Crab cakes boasting “not a lot of filler” for $11.00, chicken marsala and picata for $7.99 filled out the plate nicely. Flavors

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Taste the good grape

Fridays: Wine tastings, 6-8 p.m., Mandolin Cafe, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, 253.761.3482. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Corky Cellars, 22511 Marine View Dr., Des Moines, 206.622.2010. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 1-6 p.m., Wildside Wine, 608A S.

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First Night

It’s time to banish the ghost of 2007 once and for all, Tacoma. It’s been two years since teetotaler Tacomans had something to do on New Year’s Eve. Well, this year, dry or sauced, there will be more than enough for everybody thanks to the return of First Night, which

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Regarding 'My Regards'

The holiday season goes into overtime with George M. Cohan’s “Give My Regards to Broadway” at Gig Harbor’s Encore Theater. The story is fairly straightforward for this Broadway classic. Theater director Dick Foster and pianist Eddie Cowles find themselves rehearsing the finale of their new show, “Give My Regards to Broadway,”

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Kids will love these

“the neverending story” Seattle Children’s Theatre is staging a fun show about a tale of fantasy and adventure involving trolls and flying dragons and an invasion of “the nothing.” [Charlotte Martin Theatre, through Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $17-$40, 201 Thomas St., Seattle, 206.441.0322, www.sct.org] “the

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Hardcore all ages

It should come as no shock to those who read the Weekly Volcano that the South Sound has had a tough time maintaining all-ages venues in the past few years. With Manium facing serious city issues in Olympia and the Alamo receiving a less than warm welcome in Tacoma, the

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Seaweed

At 11:30 p.m. Friday night, Seaweed took the stage in Tacoma for the first time in far too long. Aged like everyone else who remembers the band and packed into Hell's Kitchen to see the first of two Tacoma Seaweed shows this weekend, Tacoma's favorite sons proved exactly what guitarist

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Highbrow hops

This is not only the season for holly branches and red ribbon, but of social gatherings with little sandwiches served on silver trays or slabs of meat with peppers and good cheer. So it is at times like this when people wonder what beers to serve with their holiday meals. While

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On local screens this week

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM: Opens Christmas day. (R) Galaxy Tacoma 6: Tues-Thurs, Dec. 27 12:45, 2:55, 5, ,7:10, 9:25. Lakewood Towne Center 12: Tues 10:15 a.m., 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:40. Yelm Cinemas @ Prairie Park: Tues noon, 2:15, 4:35, 6:45,

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Charlie Wilson's War, Juno, Sweeny Todd and more

Charlie Wilson’s War Based on a true story.  Tom Hanks as a hard-drinking Texas congressman who, at the urging of a Houston socialite (Julia Roberts), uses his congressional subcommittee to arrange a secret $1 billion arms deal between Israel and Afghan freedom fighters, with Pakistan as the intermediary.  That results in

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Tears of laughter and more

John C. Reilly was appearing in Chicago onstage the other night as Dewey Cox, and the act may be something to fall back on if he ever gives up the daytime job. Apart from anything else demonstrated by “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” the movie shows that he can

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Reunited and it feels so good

When Tacoma’s Seaweed reunited and played this year’s Bumbershoot, it was exciting — don’t get me wrong. I’d been fiending for a Seaweed reunion for years. To find out they’d be taking the stage anywhere was good news. But there was something f***ed about it too. Seaweed is from Tacoma. They always

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