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All Freakin' Night

It’s that ghoulishly gross time of year again. I hear the gentle falling of leaves in the graveyard and the sound of buzzing flies. Ah, the sound of things dying. It’s my kind of season. Keeping with the season of the witch, those creepy folks at the Olympia Film Festival

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Start your day the Inn way

The Inn breakfast Federal Way’s Village Inn has a homey, relaxed feel resembling other traditional American cuisine chain restaurants.  The restaurant’s interior is simple, if a little dated, with comfortable booths as well as tables. Ambiance is not why one would go to Village Inn — value for the entire family

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Between the tracks

The weather outside, although not exactly frightful, wasn’t all that inviting either. I was wet, a little cold and very hungry. But once I got inside, I knew I wanted to take my time before I chose how I would satisfy my hunger. For the moment, it was enough to

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Adding spice to life

India transports me to another level I happily confess my skittishness when it comes to Indian food: Curry gives me the willies. I\'ve heard rumors of richly spiced, aromatic, subtly flavorful Indian dishes, but I never seem able to track them down. I suspect most of these elusive meals are prepared

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Canyon's Edge Winery wine dinner

Thursday, Nov. 8: “One of a Kind” Wine Dinner, 6 p.m., $45, Duke’s Chowder House, 3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, 206.985.9466. Friday, Nov. 9: Canyon’s Edge Winery wine dinner, 6:30 p.m., $60, Affairs Cafe & Bakery, 2811 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.565.8604. Saturday, Nov. 10: Winefest 2007, 5:30 p.m., $20, Steilacoom Community

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A little patch of Zen

You know that special geographical locale when you’re in it. It might be a snowy mountain lookout, or a winding forest trail. Possibly, there’s a patch on a certain beach where the rocks, water and sound of the waves brings you to your happy place. Students at Tacoma Community College —

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Love and a Brazilian wax

You want to smell edible? This guy tells my sister she smells so good he could just take a bite out of her. She wears this perfume that’s just that amazing. I’m not a big perfume wearer as I have some kind of funky body chemistry that turns most synthetic perfumes to

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Michelle Walters

The Dockyard Derby Dames roller derby league is high camp, and that’s where the real attraction lies for most players and fans. Bad-ass hot chicks in tight outfits and quad skates zoom around a track, hip-checking their opponents into the railing. Nice. Their fans, well, not so high camp. Every hoodie

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Maktub, David Lanz and other son sale

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now 420 Funk Mob with George Clinton Tacoma. Nov. 16 and 18 9 pm. $40-$75 (Jazzbones, 253.396.9169). Straylight Run, The Color Feed, Deer And The Headlights, Cassino Seattle. Nov. 23 (all ages) 8

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Tacoma invasion

Bryan Willis is a man with an agenda. The pony farmer’s son completed his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from New York University’s Dramatic Writing Program, and then went on to work in many theatres’ literary departments. Additionally, his work has been produced off-Broadway, on the London fringe, throughout the United

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Diwali Night 2007

OK, class, raise your hand if you’re down with the bhangra sound. Better yet, throw both your hands in the air and give ’em a slick flick at the wrist in your best approximation of the Punjabi party-down style. If you’re digging the North Indian dance floor thunder of bhangra

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Immersed in art

The handy little booklet the Tacoma Arts Commission put out for the Studio Tours — Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11 — says that at each of the 41 artist studios and three schools on the tour visitors can pick up a card with a picture of the artist’s work. If

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Vagabond Opera

A night with Vagabond Opera is a plunge down the rabbit hole into dirty European Gypsy immigrant love. Only in this rabbit hole, instead of Alice’s encounter with a phobic albino bunny and a feline with daily tooth whitening appointments, this trip includes a flame-masticating dancer with a hula hoop

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The Royal's Bionic Man

Maybe it\'s because I grew up in a house where there was always some groovy Burt Bacharach hit on the record player, but I love anything from the \'60s. So when I walked into The Royal in downtown Olympia, I fell instantly in love. This huge, I mean massive place

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LA Fitness

I spied the “LA Fitness” sign on the fence surrounding the razed building that was Gottschalks. While it makes me sad to see old buildings felled because of the history they represent, I have to say my heart didn’t exactly break to see that particular piece of architecture go. Still,

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Family affair

It is always great to see budding theaters thrive. Not only does the growth of new theaters provide job security to those brave souls who opt to draw paychecks from reviewing their works, but it means that staged theater is alive and well as it finds new audiences in a

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Radio Tacoma

I was hooked the moment I heard the name Radio Tacoma via a friend request on MySpace. I aimed my computer at it. Though the online station is less than two months old, the selections on the playlist range from the old-timey Tacoma classics like the live recorded crooning of

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I heart the Volcano

Each of you wonderful readers knows that the Weekly Volcano is far from being above shameless self promotion, which is exactly what I’m going to throw down right here and now. Last Friday I had the privilege of witnessing the Weekly Volcano receive a 2007 AMOCAT award (along with Victory Music

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Great Clayton Cop-out

It’s time for another one of those columns that I like to think of as The Great Clayton Cop-out. That’s when I offer an overview of exhibitions throughout the region because there’s no one thing I particularly want to review. Let’s face it, it’s a cop-out because there are shows that

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"Sleeping Beauty" opens

“sleeping beauty” Tacoma Little Theatre presents the classic tale of "Sleeping Beauty" starting this weekend. This retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Way maintains its major themes, but features a headstrong princess and additional characters, including Gryff, a half-man, half-dragon creature and a riddle-challenging Spider King. [Tacoma Little Theatre, Nov. 9-Dec.

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