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‘Ocean’ dries up

The genius of the past decays remorselessly into the routine of the present, and one example is the downfall of the caper picture.  The classic caper genre had rules set in stone. It began (1) with an impregnable fortress (vault, casino, museum or even Fort Knox).  Then we met (2) a

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Download Festival and more on sale

on sale now Face The Music Rock Party with Viva Voce, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Siberian Seattle. June 14 9 pm. $15 (Neumo’s, TW). Akon Tacoma. June 16 9 pm. $35 (The Loft, www.brownpapertickets.com). Sara Gazarek Seattle. June 26-27 7:30 pm. $21.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Soul Provider Seattle. June 30 7 and

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Allan Boothe

On Saturday, June 9, Allan Boothe will play an early, 4 p.m. show at Jazzbones, celebrating the release of his debut full length CD, Open Air in a Closed Casket. It’ll be an excellent opportunity for fans of Boothe’s folksy, funny-voiced, strangely intriguing styling to enjoy the acoustic toting Tacoman

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Colin Spring, Sanction VIII and others

Thursday, June 7 PUNK FOLK ROCK colin spring While normally the term “punk folk rocker” would cause my toes to curl in disgust, Portland’s Colin Spring is a welcome exception. Usually when someone decides to refer to himself as a “punk folk rocker,” he’s pulling s*** out of his ass, and his

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The Beatniks

Most cover bands pretty much suck, in my humble opinion. Usually it is four guys and maybe a chick scantily clad for eye-candy appeal playing Top 40 and overplayed rock tunes from the ’80s. Musically, they are OK, but the vocals, riffs and solos lack passion, and you know that

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Inspire Change cut-a-thon

So it’s time for a new summer ’do, but you don’t have a lot of cash to burn and you want to do something that’s altruistic? While there’s altruism (and money to be saved) in offering your tresses to students of cosmetology to help them gain experience, on June 15 there’s

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Ball gown shopping

I found an experience worse than getting a pap smear. Pap? Uncomfortable. Un-fun. Roughly 10 minutes of Ew. Buying a ball gown? Try three hours of Hell, added to the time needed for such monumentally important things as hair coloring, tanning and pedicuring. After all, when one has to stand on the arm

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Radio Ga Ga

Andras Jones had a dream. He dreamt that a conventional little FM radio could help people with their problems, assist them with tough decisions and/or maybe just engender a little giggle from them for the synchronicities of life. His dream came true in August of 1998. He called it The

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The gang’s all here

A reunion of sorts is brewing in Tacoma. The old gang from Victory Music’s hey day will gather once again to share music, memories and renewed friendship. This will be a very special open mic where only those who played at one of the Victory Music open mics (at Antique

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Victoria’s swimsuit

I enjoyed last week’s sunshine, and I looked hellacute in a swimsuit from Victoria’s Secret. The store carries many styles including my first choice — a pink one-piece with openings on both sides on the body. But I always wear pink.  Next. I bought a soft green and blue two-piece that tied

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Jennevieve Schlemmer

So you’re an artist working in mosaic (among other things), and you’ve just installed a piece at Cheney Stadium and are heading in to a game to see your work in its site-specific glory. So what do you wear? Jennevieve Schlemmer suggests this summer-time combo with a Kenneth Cole tank top (from

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Hot fun in the garden (show)

The Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show attracted gardeners the same way blossoms attract bumblebees, with droves of people buzzing about the converted Point Defiance Park entry space for a taste of what their gardens could be.

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Vodka Thursday at El Gaucho

Vodka Thursday at El Gaucho On last Thursday’s trip to El Gaucho’s Havana Room, the now smokeless cigar lounge, legendary Tacoma mixologist Mr. Jones and I partook in Vodka Thursday. For those that don’t know, many establishments have theme nights showcasing new liquors, beers or wines. Vodka Thursday was just such

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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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