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Vamps and villains

My initial reaction to Rebecca Raven’s paintings at Childhood’s End Gallery was that they are a little too precious and way too gimmicky. Ten of her 11 gemlike paintings employ variations of a single gimmick. Raven’s pictures are painted in oil on small copper plates that are framed by exquisitely crafted

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Inspired Elegance

Last Saturday I joined a group of fellow gussied-up folks for an evening called Inspired Elegance, a fashion show fund-raiser for Tacoma Art Place, which took place at Stadium Bistro. This night consisted of five amazing courses of fine food and wine and elegant fashions designed by students from the Tacoma

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Post shopping thrills

It’s a busy time in theater, so I’ll get right to it. I wasn’t wowed by Capital Playhouse’s staging of Walter Jones’ “The 1940s Radio Hour.” I wanted to be wowed. It wasn’t a bad show. It was actually entertaining. But I wanted more. The first trouble was the script. The

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Lots of music this week

meet me in st. louis A staple from the golden age of musical theater, “Meet Me in St. Louis” is making a stop at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. [Narrows Theater, through Dec. 16, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $16-$23, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.565.6867, www.tmp.org]   cinderella “Cinderella,” a

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Boys' night out

The Seattle Men’s Chorus is bringing its 300-voice ensemble to the Broadway Center’s Rialto Theater for two performances of its 2007 holiday production, “Home for the Holidays.” The shows, set for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., also feature Seattle’s Vaudeville-style solo entertainer, the “definitely eccentric but always

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Beautiful Holiday

The letterpress artists of Beautiful Angle are givers. In one case, they give advice to a girl named Allie who says of herself in her e-mail to them, “I’m one of those Tacoma kids. The kind you see lurking around King’s Books and Stadium Video, wearing big sunglasses and making inappropriate

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Movie positioning

If you haven’t seen local filmmaker Eric Colley’s “GPS” movie yet, then you need to get off that lazy ass and come out to  Capitol Theater Friday, Dec. 7, for a screening and filmmaker Q&A. The Tenino native is the director, writer and mastermind behind the film, which is based

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Wide awake

Do not believe anything you hear about "Awake," do not talk to anyone about it, and above all do not even GLANCE at the poster or ads, which criminally reveal a crucial plot twist. This movie, which was withheld from critics and has scored a pitiful 13 percent on the

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Queen Latifah

I walked into the Pantages Theater last night with exact notions on how I felt about Queen Latifah and what her performance would look and feel like. I walked out after finding all of these notions to be true. Queen Latifah is beautiful. Queen Latifah

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On local screens this week

30 DAYS OF NIGHT: Barrow, Alaska, said to be the northernmost town in America, undergoes 30 days without sun every winter, which makes it an ideal holiday haven for vampires.  The townsfolk, led by Josh Hartnett and Melissa George, do battle against ravenous vampire hordes led by Danny Huston, in

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Art in the City

When the bombings of Sept. 11, 2001 left a country reeling, Stella Haioulani was a coffee-shop regular who took it upon herself to be sociologist to her community. Haioulani, (say, How-a-lahnie) whose first name means “Star” and whose last name means “Beautiful Heavens,” came to Tacoma from California as a young

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Ryan Adams and others on 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 Correo Aereo Olympia. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 8 pm. $8-$12 (Traditions, 360.705.2819). Shoshana Bean, Paul Gabrielson Olympia. Dec. 7 8 pm. $10-$25 (Minnaert Center, 360.596.5501). Ain’t Misbehavin’ Seattle. Dec. 18-23 7:30 pm. $26.50-$28.50 (Jazz

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Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest

The Weekly Volcano didn’t spot Cousin Eddie at Doyle’s Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest the night before Thanksgiving, but we did spot winners Mike Finch and Grace Toledo. Although they weren’t handknit, they were truly amazing sweaters.  

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Don’t be absurd

The new show at The Helm may be called “Don’t Be Absurd,” but it is all about absurdities such as shapeless cloths leaping into the air on city streets and cutely menacing creatures that are half whale and half swordfish. Works by nine artists cram the little gallery. Some of the

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Laugh your ash off

The parade of princess shows continues in the South Sound. Tacoma Little Theatre, as you know, is finishing its run of “Sleeping Beauty” this weekend just as Federal Way’s Centerstage Theatre is staging “Cinderella.” This version of the show comes to the South Sound in the tradition of the English pantomime

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Restaurant biz is tough

What makes a restaurant succeed? This is a question that has many complicated answers. If the answers were easy, people would be opening dining establishments right and left. Smart folk don’t open restaurants. Crazy people do. To put it more politely, people that like to live on the edge open

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Holiday spirit

Taste the Holiday Spirit The holidays. Love ’em or loathe ’em, they’re here, complete with fudge, stuffed mushrooms, plump guys in red suits and parties! Pot luck, probably. Bobble Tiki already juggles a stack of invites and might even volunteer (or, more likely, be volunteered) to throw a bash too. And

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Delivering the goods

ANNOUNCER: “Gimme a pig foot and a bottle of gin,” sang Bessie Smith in 1933. “Move me, ‘cause I’m in my sin.” Well, the boys weren’t gnawing on a pork stump, but they were sinning, all right, during the last visit to Cicada Restaurant & Lounge. Cicada’s long list of

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Australian Public and Trade Tasting

Friday, Nov. 30: Pasado’s Animal Safe Haven Fund Raiser and Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., $10, The Wine Basket, 2118 S. 314th St., Federal Way, 253.874. 3070. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101. Monday, Dec. 3: Psychic Shirlee Teabo, 4-8 p.m., $15, Vin Grotto Café

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Cheese basket

I love cheese the way some people love coffee. I need it, want it and think about it at least once an hour. When eating, I’m considering what type of cheese would make whatever I’m munching on better. I love trying different cheeses, as I am on the never-ending search

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