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A tale of two (hair) colors

So you last saw Kris Blondin at her Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar with a cool purple hue to her hair, and you were waiting to see what color Azarra’s Aura Mae would do next on her. Blue? Chartreuse? I’m here to tell ya, Blondin’s gone almost mellow (though not,

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North Point Bar and Grill’s Lemondrop Martini

As Tater Tot and I enter the North Point Bar and Grill, we’re struck by the odor of booze, cigarettes, and cheap perfume. At first, I think my Aunt Hilda must be in the building, but then I realize that this is just the typical North Point smell, and yes,

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Magnificent Malbec tasting at Pairings

Thursday, June 7: Mountaineers Social Singles wine tasting, 7-9 p.m., Stadium Bistro, 204 St. Helen’s Ave., Tacoma, 253.683.4150. Friday, June 8-Saturday, June 9: Magnificent Malbec tasting, 5 p.m. to close, $10, Pairings, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101). n Tuesdays:

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Rock solid

It’s a real challenge to feel and look manly while guzzling out of a blue kiddie’s bucket with a yellow shovel as a swizzle stick. I’m sitting in The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits’ newest location in Federal Way listening to Led Zeppelin, and I’m surrounded by masculine bikers,

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Bob Newhart, murder and more

THE LEGEND Hi Bob! (Drink!) Bob Newhart, the befuddled comic genius best remembered for his TV shows “The Bob Newhart Show” and, later, “Newhart,” strolls into the Pantages Theater Thursday to ma-ma-ma-make people laugh. The Jesuit-educated funnyman began his professional life as an accountant. So perfect.  Newhart looks like an accountant. He

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The Voyage to Mystic Mocha

Inside The Crystal Voyage, calming music plays as fountains burble.  One west-facing fountain centered in a large window features three dolphins frolicking, spouting water. At a table, Matilda prepares to read tarot; the atmosphere in the space is conducive to that sort of thing. Underneath the shop at the Mystic Mocha Cafe,

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Pin-up girls on the Avenue

Once upon a time Anthony Valenzuela collected black and white photos, the kind that were slid across the newspaper shop counter covertly wrapped in paper. These risqué, pre-Hustler, post-Betty Grable girlie photos made it into the trembling hands of their purchasers and then, years later, into Valenzuela’s. Not content with the

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Carmen cleans up her act

Last week was filled with all kinds of dreamy thoughts about something you and I probably both love equally. Summer, summer, summertime! Even though I’m a devoted Washingtonian, and I really don’t mind the rain at all, there’s nothing quite like the first days of sunshine on those beautiful blue-sky breakthroughs. I love

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Neighborhood nice

This week I’ll put you in my pocket and take you to a Proctor establishment with a name as sweet as it’s presence and ownership: Rosewood Cafe. This is a laid back neighborhood café that’s full for lunch and dinner. All of the faces in it are relaxed and smiling. Mine was,

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Bags of Raw-r (food that is)

I feed my dogs decent food: Nutro Natural Choice Lite with glucosamine and chondroitin.  I always thought, they have the glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health, they have the protein and other good stuff to keep them well-ish, and they have the kibble-only aspect for clean white teeth and no

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Long flight

The missus and I are big fans of “West Side Story” even though it is sort of quaint and predictable no matter how a director stages it. Theaters have to assume that everyone in the audience has seen the show and know what they like since, well, everyone in the

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\"Whorehouse\" and \"Take Me Out\"

“Whorehouse” Those whores are at it again — getting all uppity about being a victimless crime and what not. Such is the case at Tacoma Little Theatre as it finishes its season with “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a look at life and politics surrounding the Chicken Ranch. [Tacoma Little Theatre, June

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\"Sideways\" at Blue Mouse

“Sideways” is the next film screened as part of The Cans Film Festival, the Emergency Food Network and Food Connection’s food-theme movie festival — each film matched with a coupon to a local restaurant — to raise awareness to fight hunger. Thursday, June 14, “Sideways” will screen at the Blue

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Take it or leave it

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by the University of Washington-Tacoma art gallery to see the installation by Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Betsy Alwin. I’ll make a wild guess that you’ll find it fascinating — for upwards of two minutes. After that, you may catch yourself yawning. I drove

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A near perfect match

If “Old School” and “She’s Having a Baby” lined up 50 yards apart, sprinted at each other at full speed and collided in violently comedic-sexual fashion spawning one film (“She’s Having an Old School Baby”?), the result would be “Knocked Up.”  Of course, that would mean “Old School” and “She’s Having

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Killer of the year

Mr. Brooks is Portland’s Man of the Year.  He’s one of those 50ish, effortlessly charming multimillionaires who wear a tuxedo as easily as most of us don sweats.  Mr. Brooks has a hugely successful business and an adoring and gorgeous wife of 20-plus years who still banters with him and flirts

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Gracie

Even today, with tens of thousands of soccer moms omnipresent across the landscape of suburban America, it is somewhat puzzling that the world’s most universally accepted sport — known everywhere outside the United States as football — still hasn’t totally enraptured U.S. sports fans.  Flash back to the late 1970s, and

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Oly and Thee Ohsees

Bobble Tiki knows a good match when he sees one. Rum and Coke. Ben and Jerry. Simon and Simon. All of these pairs get high marks in Bobble Tiki’s book. Sunday, June 3, Thee Ohsees will make a tour stop at Le Voyeur in Olympia, and something tells Bobble Tiki Oly and

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Basic Radio

Three roommates, all musicians, decided to start a band. They named it Basic Radio because, “We didn’t need some band name with a ‘deep’ meaning, we just needed something that would stick,” says Brandon Eisenbeis. The result is a lot more classic rock sounding than the poppy name implies. “We wanted

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