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Spa-litics

It’s a dilemma. I find out weekly, sometimes daily, about people offering services and doing them really well, sometimes at really good costs. Things like massages, waxing, pedicures, manicures, hair cuts, hair coloring, are brought to my attention, and I get to meet fabulous professionals who rock my world. And then there’s

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McCabe’s American Music Café Concussion

Everyone knows about the drunk guy at the party who ends up with a lamp shade on his head. My version of the drunk lampshade scenario is the cowboy hat. It’s the last accessory you’ll ever find me donning, unless I’m drunk. I wore a cowboy hat last Thursday. McCabe’s American Music

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Truffle dinner

Thursday, June 28: Luna Vineyard Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m., $85, Sea Grill, 1498 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5656. Thursday, June 28: Terra Blanca Winery wine tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Thursday, June 28: Mountaineers Social Singles wine tasting, 7-9 p.m., Katie Downs, 3211 Ruston Way,

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Wrap it up

While scanning several local blogs lately, I have noticed one particular subject that keeps appearing: restaurant hours. Some of the questions about this topic include: Why don’t more downtown restaurants stay open late? Why are some restaurants closed on Sundays? Why aren’t they open for breakfast? I am sure there

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It’s about the history

As most of you know, I’m a big history buff. And, well, I sort of like theater too, so when there are times to mix the two, I take notice. There was “1776” at Tacoma Little Theatre last year, “Anne Frank” earlier this year at Lakewood Playhouse and a smattering of

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Musicals!

“whorehouse” Those whores are at it again — getting all uppity about being a victimless crime and whatnot. Such is the case at Tacoma Little Theatre as it finishes its season with “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a look at life and politics surrounding the Chicken Ranch. [Tacoma Little Theatre, through

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Spraygrounds, sex and fireworks

THE STAGE “Soul On Fire” The big soul hit so far this summer is “Soul on Fire,” the thumping revue show staged by Harlequin Productions that offers all of the soul and R&B music from the ‘60s and ‘70s one audience could hope for. The kicking band and five scorching vocalists belt

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Drink for a good cause

In my opinion, “dead puppies” is one of the saddest phrases in the English language and “community art project” is one of the happiest. A project is underway now that uses one of those phrases to eliminate the other. Last year at the Top of Tacoma McKinley Street Festival artists

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Big taste, small ego

You might say his ego matches his stature. Standing at five feet, four-and-a-quarter inches, in shoes (according to him), Rhett Burris may not be the tallest brewer of beer in the state of Washington. But after earning two gold medals from this year’s North American Beer Awards, and one last year, you

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Marketing 101

With more and more nightlife spots coming on line each month, positioning your restaurant with effective marketing tools will be imperative to keep up with the competition and to keep us hipsters interested. Otherwise, you’ll be left in the dust, which I’m sadly starting to see when I’m out on the

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What You Got? Festival

Of all the things about Olympia I like, from the bars, to the town’s walkability, to its politics, I’m always most amazed by the people. There’s a sense of community and ambition in Olympia, aided by the capital city’s relatively diminutive size, that’s unique — a vibe I’ve found nowhere

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Blast from the past

Once upon a time in a gritty land, there was nightlife. Sure, there’s more nightlife now, but just because there has been a Tacoma nightlife awakening, doesn’t mean there weren’t things to do in T-Town back in the day. Turns out, the best things about the ’80s and ’90s nightlife are still

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Taste of Tacoma

Eat, drink and be merry at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma. From June 29 through July 1, Point Defiance Park will play host to 28 restaurants serving everything from exotic ethnic dishes to all-American classics. With all items less than $6, it is an affordable and fun way to

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What\'s playing

1408: See review page 21. Capital Mall: Fri-Tues 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15. Galaxy Tacoma 6: Fri-Thurs, June 28 12:45, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10. Lakewood Cinema 15: Fri-Tues 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10. Lakewood Towne Center: Fri-Sun 1:15, 3:30, 5:55, 8:15, 10:35. Also Sat-Sun 11 a.m. Mon-Tues 12:20, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30. Longston Place: Fri-Tues

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â€"10 Questions for the Dalai Lama”

He breakfasts while listening to BBC Radio, is hooked up to the Internet, thinks festivals are the answer to world peace, and pokes fun at his peers’ facial hair. Of course, he’s also considered to be the reincarnation of his predecessor, and thus, an incarnation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He

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The Swiss Kiss

There was one event last week that still has my heart a-flutter. Love Tacoma. In case you hadn’t heard (where have you been?), Love Tacoma is a group of volunteers who are creating fun social and cultural events to unite 20-and 30-somethings throughout Tacoma. What a novel idea! So their inaugural event fell on

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Hotel hell rings a bell

It is difficult not to compare every movie based on a Stephen King horror story to the greatness of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (1980).  There have been other great King-to-screen fright fests, notably Brian De Palma’s “Carrie” (1976) and Rob Reiner’s “Misery” (1990), but there was something extra about Kubrick’s

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Abandon ark!

Oh, my God, this movie sucks.  I’ll say this much: Kudos to Jim Carrey for pulling off perhaps the most amazing disappearing-act hat trick in motion-picture history.  With his non-appearance in “Evan Almighty,” the follow-up to the smash hit “Bruce Almighty” (2003), Carrey has now NOT appeared in three of

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A Mighty Heart

“A Mighty Heart” begins with shots of the teeming streets of Karachi, Pakistan, a city with a population that seems jammed in shoulder-to-shoulder. Terrorists will emerge from this sea of humanity, kidnap the American journalist Daniel Pearl, and disappear. The film is about the desperate search for Pearl (Dan Futterman)

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