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Radio free Gig Harbor

Students at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor have their own radio station. Outside of Tacoma School of the Arts, there aren’t many high school electives that rate as high on the coolness scale as radio production class. I decided to investigate.KGHP FM was started 19 years ago by three

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(hed) pe and White Trash Night

Wanna hear something crazy? Of course you do. About three weeks ago, in an act of extreme preparedness and preplanning (something I’m not exactly known for), I spoke with Jahred Shane, who co-created and still fronts (hed) pe.  (hed) pe, originally scheduled to play The 54, will bring its “Scratch ‘N’ Sniff”

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Yacht, Pearl Django and more

Thursday, May 31 ELECTRO-POP yacht The first time I saw the Art of Noise, the band blew my mind with its video of the song “Close To the Edit.”  The rhythms were coarse, but they blended flawlessly with the mechanical sounds and visual theater that accompanied them. No vocals, just a punked-out

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The Apex Theory

I really dislike labeling bands.  Alternative metal is where the Apex Theory has been slotted, but let’s get real, it’s a rock and roll band and nothing more. Sure, it incorporates complex guitar riffs and rapid fire drum beats among a wash of volume, but the group’s music is not

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Favorite people, favorite place

Mandolin Café will be hosting a women’s wellness and beauty event Sunday, June 3. For $15 you get an organic lunch (salad and fruit bar), dessert and refreshments (wine is available for purchase), as well as a full program with local specialists in the health, wellness, and fashion industry. The featured

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Gifting season again

I’m graduating June 8. Technically I graduated last year, but since there was no big ceremony in the winter, I have yet to “celebrate” my accomplishment. While I suspect my kid won’t be too ecstatic about three hours of Pomp and Circumstance and a couple of other key individuals I’d like as

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Sanford & Son & art

Art shows up in the most unlikely places in Tacoma, and then blends right in. Witness Sanford & Son Antiques’ Middle Floor Merchants.  Here, Gretchen Bailey has brought local art into her shop since last autumn, and then encouraged its spread into formerly vacant shop spaces. Right around Valentines Day, the

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Uncovering Japantown

Photographer and community activist Gordon Swetland, along with a small team of artists, historians and preservationists, would like to offer you an opportunity to experience a rapidly-disappearing piece of Tacoma’s landscape and history. In its heyday, Tacoma’s Japantown — Nihonmachi to the people who lived there — had everything the City

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Azarra Salon and Lucky Dog Outfitters

Hooked on the straight stuff… Your friend offers you something that you innocently accept.  You don’t realize the product will plunge you into a twitching need for more, more, more; the cheap substitute won’t do it for you, you need the good stuff. So it happened when Kris Blondin offered me the use

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Body Evolution

I’ve passed the Body Evolution door many times, curious as to what goes on behind it. Recently, I passed through the door and found a space with great chi and many curtained doorways. Behind some of these curtains, owner Kia Carr brings a technology-meets-relaxation approach to wellness and weight loss. This

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Brooke Bennett

Once upon a time “stylists” were just for hair. Now they make stars — and regular people — look their best by helping put together cohesive looks. One of our own local stylists, Brooke Bennett, is working to launch herself nationally through a contest with Teen Vogue; check out how she puts

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Capri shorts

What’s the new look? Capri shorts. I have seen them come in all different styles and colors, from a dressup look like slacks that youcan wear to work for an everyday comfortable beach look. My favorite styles are the pink, baby green and blue plaid Capri shorts. They go to your knees,

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The grill of your dreams

Some things (your recurring sex dreams about Al Gore) you like to keep on the “DL.”  Other things are definitely worth mentioning. Like Dave’s Meat and Produce on I Street in Tacoma.  The North End shop has been open only since last November, but business is booming.  And the Weekly

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El Gaucho loves the military

Grade A prime support from steak house Downtown Tacoma’s El Gaucho restaurant now has two ways to say thank you to local military.  Since November of 2006 diners at the restaurant who are also members of the military have received a small gift along with their dinner checks — a plaque

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Market fun

The Puyallup Main Street Farmers Market is bigger and better than ever. A tradition in downtown Puyallup for the past 20-plus years, the market’s vendors offer an enchanting array of unique products and excellent food. “We’re the first in the area to have cherries and fresh peas,” exclaims Janie Morris, the market’s

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Dusted Valley Vintners Wine Tasting

Thursday, May 31: Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., C.I. Shenanigan’s, 3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma, 253.752.8811. Thursday, May 31: Dusted Valley Vintners Wine Tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., no fee, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Saturday, June 2: Open House honoring new chef Kaj Joregensen plus special wine, 3-5 p.m., Vin

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Puerto Vallarta’s Horny Buffalo

The Institute of Liberal Libations headed to Yelm the other night to watch the Mariners. Within seconds of our arrival at Puerto Vallarta Cantina, a young blonde woman attempted to ply us with alcohol. Obviously, as members of the Institute we don’t need any encouragement to drink. She and her

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Triple Nickel auction and more

THE CONCERT Pyle of Skynyrd I have a secret.  Artimus Pyle, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s famous drummer, and his band will be in Tacoma May 31 for the firefighters’ annual oldies benefit concert. OK, it’s not really secret, but just a poorly advertised show.  Wait, Pyle has a secret.  He survived the 1977 plane crash that

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Zombies and stars in Tacoma

There’s something slightly twisted about how Austen Hoogen sees things, or perhaps it’s just the twisted stuff he shares. On his MySpace page (www.myspace.com/rockzombiemovie), he shares an odd little changing table symbol found in a Green Lake Park, in addition to information about the movie that he’s hoping will put him,

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Seafaring singing scum

Those dead British white guys can be so clever sometimes. Maybe they were funnier when they were actually alive, but that is a debate for another time. The dashing, dandy duo of Gilbert and Sullivan certainly knew how to turn a phrase and get a laugh through their songs and stories.

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