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A pie of a play

There was a crime committed in downtown Olympia last weekend. There were two empty seats at Capital Playhouse’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” a tasteful play about a mass murderer who sees a business opportunity in the otherwise useless stack of corpses he has created. I guess you could consider the

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Bigfoot, pagans and more

THE EXHIBIT Bigfoot spotted in Olympia Fact meets fiction and then rubs noses with history, Native American lore and modern science as the story of Bigfoot plays out in displays at the new exhibit “Giants in the Mountains: The Search for Sasquatch” at the State Capital Museum in Olympia. This exploration of the

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The fright stuff & son

Anyone who drives around in Tacoma’s Theater District has probably noticed some mysterious A-board signs that have popped up along Ninth Avenue and Broadway. They read "Haunted House Here: 745 St. Helens — Oct. 18 to 31." So who exactly are the freaks behind this upcoming trick or treat? The proprietors of

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Diamond Lounge's Beer Pong

Beer pong — the sport that melds the heart-pounding thrill of Ping-Pong with the gut-wrenching taste of warm beer chugged from a plastic cup — arrives in tournament form at the Diamond Lounge. It\'s crawled out of suburban basements, stumbled out of frat parties reeking of smoke and cologne, and will

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Lone Canary Winery wine tasting and more

Thursday, Oct. 11: Become A Wine Connoisseur In Under Two Hours, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $59, Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.566.5020. Friday, Oct. 12: Wine tasting with food pairing, 5-8 p.m., $14, 21 Commerce, 21st and Commerce, Tacoma, 253.272.6278. Friday, Oct. 12-Saturday, Oct. 13: Smorgasbord tasting, 6 p.m., $5, Pairing’s

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Compassion rears its pretty head

A little solidarity never hurt any community, and nothing brings people together quicker than a good benefit. Chow down The Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife is raising money for community member Sue Burham’s double lung transplant with a series of events throughout October. Staffers recently donated 50 percent of tips Oct. 7

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Carmen talks trash

After this one course of events happened to me over last weekend, I’m ready to talk some serious trash. Here’s what happened: I decided to dedicate my last Sunday to a task I’ve been putting off for far too long: cleaning out my garage. Unfortunately, the people who owned the house before me

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Don't be that guy

It was a Wednesday morning at the YMCA, and I was sweating at the elliptical machine in rare form, reveling at the shuffle iGods who placed Blur’s "Common People" after The Killers’ "Somebody Told Me." Such sublime pleasure couldn’t last, of course. There, in the midst of my revelry came the

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The Republic Tea and me

So where were you when you heard the big explosion at the Atlas Foundry in Tacoma’s Nalley Valley? I was sitting here at my computer when my back door practically shook off its hinges and I fell off my chair. I was also witness to the big fireball because the

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Opa! Greek Cuisine

I missed the Tacoma Greek Festival last weekend. And I still had Greek on the brain. With visions of traditional Greek white wine Retsina dancing in my head, a drive down Sixth Avenue to give Opa! Greek Cuisine a try was in order. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the brightly lit

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Frasca favorites

Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia is featuring two artists and one husband and wife collaborative team this month: Marilyn Frasca, Betty Moynahan, and John and Robin Gamaelius. Moynahan, a Native American and member of the Cowlitz Tribe, is showing a series of pastel portraits all of the same woman. The

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Chicks drink cheap

Cans has been teasing me with an announcement they made recently that has my fancy boots stompin’. This location at 100 S. Ninth St. will now be home to an incredible Thursday night that was made for the girls and all of the guys who admire them. Cans will be slingin’ 50-cent

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Live the urban life

I can’t wait to peek inside Tacoma’s swank condominiums during this weekend’s Tour of Urban Living, a self-guided tour set to take place Oct. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In last year’s tour, I remember having a light bulb “Aha!” moment watching the occupants of the top

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Rock star-ish symphony

Highlights of the last three months include Leipzig, Germany; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Lima, Peru; Chicago, Illinois; Istanbul, Turkey; Tacoma, Washington; England. Like a rock star, the traveler has a musical sensibility and great hair. Like a supermodel, the traveler has the ability to emote to millions, and great hair. This particular

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All about Teddy Haggarty

Teddy Haggarty allows the public to ride along with him for a day — his awaking, through a winding series of philosophy, art, interviews and interesting moments — in his film “All About Haggarty,” set to screen at the Tacoma Film Festival Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Tacoma School of

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Reflecting on good taste

My friend sent me an alarmed text message when she went shopping for jeans for her teenage daughter. Seemed she was struck with a bad case of sticker shock by the prices she was seeing in the boutique where they shopped. I responded apologetically: sorry, I thought you knew boutique equals

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Movie magic

How much worse can it get for a 30-something guy to have to move back in with Mom and Dad? Not much, some would say. But it can get worse, a lot worse. He could lose his girlfriend, his nightclub, and go bankrupt in the same year, freezing his life

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Films in local theaters

THE 11TH HOUR: A dire warning about the demise of planet Earth, presented in a deadening format of talking heads and what often looks like stock nature footage.  The doc has a lot of valuable information, but fails to convey it in an effective, involving way.  Rent Al Gore’s “An

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Book reading of the weird

Vicki León has gotten good at making work fun. In her latest paperback tome, “Working IX to V: Orgy Planners, Funeral Clowns and Other Prized Professions of the Ancient World” (Walker & Co., 313 pages, $16.95), León gallivants into Greek and Roman times, gleefully lifting the veils of history to

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Heartbreaker

The premise of "The Heartbreak Kid" is that a man marries a woman who quickly becomes unbearable to him. The problem is that she just as quickly becomes unbearable to us. Perhaps it is a tribute to Malin Akerman, who plays the new bride, named Lila, that she gets the

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