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Beauty tips, monkeys and the \'70s

THE CLASS Beauty tips Roberta Bennett will lead a class on beauty tips Tuesday at Marlene’s Market & Deli. Here are a few terms you made need to know going in: Prosthetic Beak: Term used to describe hideously swollen collagenic lips. Also known as a “Melanie.” Pamelas: Term inspired by Pamela Lee, used to

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The girlie show

The latest show at A.O.C. Gallery is called “Divergent Metaphors.” I’m tempted to call it “The Girlie Show.” But that would be sexist. It is a show of fiber art by four recent graduates of the University of Washington: Julia Waldeck, Robin Sterling Brewer, Liz Frey, and Deborah Gregory. Overall, this

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Stanley & Seafort’s and me

Oftentimes when looking for fun, you don’t have to go much farther than your own backyard. Lucky for me, my backyard-style good times include living within walking distance of one helluva place: Stanley & Seafort\'s. This restaurant means more to me than I’ve ever explained to anyone until right now. I was

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Kulture Lab gets crabby

You thought the Dead Artists were dead, didn’t you? They had you going with their “Death and Burial” spring show at Kulture Lab, making you think it was the end. Well it wasn’t, and a huge Kulture Lab-like party set for Saturday, July 21, starting at 6 p.m. and going all night

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Christmas in July

Chestnuts roasting outdoors in the sun, Jack Frost nipping at the brew; Yuletide carols being slurred by the crowd, And folks dressed up like J. Crew. We read in Mel Torme’s autobiography how Mel and a buddy banged out “The Christmas Song” in 45 minutes one sweltering July afternoon. You have to admire that.

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Third Thursday auto pilot

Visualize a city. Maybe a warehouse district turns into loft-style living spaces. Maybe a former house of ill-repute turns into a restaurant, and maybe a former auto dealership turns into a bookshop. Maybe? Look around Tacoma. King’s Books was, in fact, an auto dealership in 1909, but that particular product — the

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Is Harry heading down the wrong path?

Whatever happened to the delight and, if you’ll excuse the term, magic in the Harry Potter series?  As the characters grow up, the stories grow, too, leaving the innocence behind and confusing us with plots so labyrinthine that it takes a Ph.D. from Hogwarts to figure them out.  “Harry Potter

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Cheadle is unbelievable

The story of Petey Greene was a movie waiting to be made.  Greene came out of prison to become, literally overnight, a popular and influential DJ.  He was on WOL, a Washington, D.C., station that was looking for a morning man to connect with its African-American audience and got more

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Captivity is gruesome

Captivity Elisha Cuthbert, so annoying as Jack’s bratty daughter in “24,” less irritating and less clothed in “The Girl Next Door,” stars this time as a famous model who is drugged, captured and tortured by a sick mind. Rated R for strong violence, torture, pervasive terror, grisly images, language and some

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The Cure and others on sale

on sale now Ken Peplowski, Pearl Django Seattle. July 24-25 7:30 pm. $20.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Ravi Coltrane Quartet Seattle. July 26-28 7:30 and 9:30 pm, July 29 7:30 pm. $24.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Cross Canadian Ragweed Seattle. Aug. 6 9 pm. $15 (Tractor Tavern, TWeb). Devin The Dude, Block Teamsters Union, Gator Seattle.

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Robots vs. Humans

Bobble Tiki isn’t wearing underwear right now. If Bobble Tiki could have one single wish — anything in the entire world — it would be for a frosty fresh breeze to find its way up Bobble Tiki’s grass skirt, and stay put. Ohhhh, how nice that would be. Bobble Tiki is hot,

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The Moss Brothers

The Moss Brothers believe strongly that family comes before anything else. Luckily, the two founders of this Americana/roots band are siblings so the music sits comfortably in shotgun position rather than relegated to the backseat. The band is Troy Moss on lead and backing vocals, electric guitar and mandolin; Jeff

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Good Weed in Old Town

Those of you under the impression that all blues singers are hoary old goats or, even worse, resemble John Popper, will be pleasantly surprised to meet Alex Weed. This weedy lad first started singing the schoolboy blues before he was old enough to procure a driver’s licence, and now at

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Garage rock with fangs

I’ve heard the rumblings. I know the word on the street. “Driscoll’s lost his touch.” “He became a dad, and Rock Rhetoric became a drag.” I have ears, Tacoma. I smell what’s cooking (besides the meth). To all the naysayers, I offer a big F. U. While you may have a point —

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Randy Hansen, Tim Casey and more

Friday, July 13 R&B ebborah jordon Long before she released her radio friendly album, Private Dancer in 1984, Tina Turner was a hard rockin’ balls-to-the-wall front woman for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. With a mix of gospel, soul, blues and rock, the husband-and-wife pair re-defined a woman’s role in rock

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Bombs Into You

When I first ran across this band’s bio, I thought they’d be like KMFDM or Nitzer Ebb, but much to my surprise Bombs Into You is closer to Radiohead with a touch of Apex Twin. Combining organic textures with ambient soundscapes and electric jolts of energy, the Portland, Ore., quartet

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Finding center

My life is nuts. Kid, mate, work, play life, work, social life, kid, work, extended family drama, kid, add a dash of mate, put all ingredients in a blender, and purée. I’ll own up to the fact that my job rocks, and is often fun, but while many of those around me

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Hipster Boutique Tour

Hipster Boutique Tour Adding exercise, Link rides and shopping to the docket, Love Tacoma’s latest event will tour Tacoma’s hipster boutiques today starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Steps on the University of Washington campus. Tacoma hipster fashionistas will visit Junior Bizarre, Rocky & Coco’s, Dame Lola, and urbanXchange at 40-minute

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The Hair Lounge will Show & Tell

Because you have to love a hair place that uses the word “Lounge” in its name, because you love a fashion/hair show, and because you love altruistic work, you need to go to the Hair Lounge in Federal Way on Saturday, July 14, from noon to 5 for “Show and

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Big Vac and Ixia Tile

Home, clean home I guess I’ve rediscovered my inner domestic goddess, or I’ve just got past my dust denial, and I have to admit it’s made me a bit nuts. Maybe it has something to do with the Tacoma Health Department’s “Dirt Alert” campaign and the thought that little particles of

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