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Rock under construction

I think there is a secret reason why people play their stereos too loud at stop lights even though it annoys other drivers. Beneath it all, they’re music evangelists, subconsciously attempting to convert others to their genre as they merrily roll along. Or maybe they’re just hoping to catch a

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JD’s Wild West Saloon well drinks

OK, film class, let’s review: in the movie “Urban Cowboy,” the mechanical bull as an icon symbolized what? A) Humankind’s insistence that the forces of nature can be overpowered. B) Bud’s intrinsic Alpha-male need to feel superiority over his peers. C) The struggle for dominance in relationships, as evinced by Sissy’s covert riding

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Taste of Cuba

Thursday, May 24: Taste of Cuba with wine pairings, 6-9 p.m., $45, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Thursday, May 24: Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Wildside Wine, 608 S. Oxford, Tacoma, 253.565.0811. Friday, May 25-Saturday, May 26: Cabernet Franc Tasting, Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m., $10, Pairings

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Sofia Bistro

Last week there was much lamenting regarding the lack of cool places to dine in University Place. Depending on how closely you listen to your foodie and oenophile friends, you may have just heard of Creig Kostoff’s recently opened Sofia Bistro, the West Side’s answer to this dilemma. Its upscale

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Playhouse for children

It is always fun to see a new theater thrive, especially when the theater fills a niche that was otherwise unfilled. Such is the case at Tacoma Children’s Musical Theater. It is the resident children’s theater program at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and it is staging its second production, “The Fabulous Fable

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\"The Giver\"

“The Giver” “The Giver,” a dramatic work that will keep you thinking, will play at Olympia Family Theatre. [The Midnight Sun Performance Space, through June 10, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, plus 7 p.m. June 7, $7-$18, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia. 360.705.4239, olyft.org] “Hairspray!” The national touring production of the Seattle

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\"Hairspray!\" SOTA Selects and more

THE FUND-RAISER Art night You couldn’t find any clean clothes this morning. Out of Crest. Out of V8 juice. Shoelace broke. And, of course, you were late. How did this happen? How did life end up lacking ... so ... much ... luster? Where is your exuberance? Sigh. You should go see SOTA

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For the people

Jennevieve Schlemmer’s trowel is more like a palette knife, and she works on the mosaic in patches, sort of working a mini puzzle on a piece of Hardibacker that will be part of a bigger puzzle when put together with the other mosaic pieces. All together, they will form a statement

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Spreading the rumors

Rumors are a funny thing, and one thing’s for certain: This town is FULL of them. Tacoma is small enough to where the smack talk flies and you often don’t know if it’s fact or fiction. Rumors have seriously been circulated about me my whole life. By the time I was 16,

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Pride on the East Side

Roxanne Murphy, community relations specialist for the City of Tacoma, has one word for thugs, hookers, gangsters and drug dealers inhabiting Tacoma’s East Side. “Rawwwrrrr!” That, for the apathetic among you, is the primal scream of a community activist. Hear it in your head, feel it, recognize what it represents, and read

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La Fondita se amplía

Normally, as a general practice, I try to avoid the Proctor District in Tacoma — and I’m quite aware of the fact that I’m one of the only people in this city who does so. It’s really not because I dislike the Proctor District, quite the contrary, it’s so downright adorable

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Gritty pretty

At the risk of stating the obvious, Ashley Wells’ paintings at Two Vaults Gallery are Hopperesque. Edward Hopper set the standard for the type of urban landscape Wells paints, and the inevitable comparison is not fair to Wells or anyone else who paints gritty urban scenes marked by strong lighting and

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Tacoma Farmers Market

The Downtown Farmer’s Market kicked off last Thursday with a variety of treats ranging from edible to inedible; with the Go Local campaign and the REI tent giving props to the two-wheeled commuters present, it was a busy, fun day.

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Pirate in Tacoma

Well shiver me timbers, it’s that time again.  The scrumptious Johnny Depp can be hankered for in yet another pirate flick —  “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” this weekend.  And in honor of this not-so-momentous occasion, we at the Weekly Volcano have declared it Week o’ the Pirates! 

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Chinese secret arrives in Tacoma

Zhang Baibo traveled here from China so Americans can view his secret during a Chinese Reconciliation Park fund raising event Tuesday, May 22. However, the artist expects Americans to appreciate his secret for the beauty it brings, not to figure it out. Baibo, a 63-year-old artist considered elite in his

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Year of the Dog

Molly Shannon stars as Peggy, an executive assistant with a tidy little life.  But then her pet dog suddenly dies, leaving an unexpectedly large void.  Without anyplace to channel her prodigious energy, Peggy flounders from one passion to the next.  Director Mike White has become adept at creating uncomfortable little movies

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Slut wars and more

What if the producers of the current television series “Lost” had said during pilot season, “We love the story, but can we do it without the plane crash?”  Crazy, right?  Because the plane crash is what sets the whole show in motion.  This is essentially what happens to writer Mike Klein,

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Third time is no charm

“Shrek the Third” is a damped-down return to the kingdom of Far Far Away, lacking the comic energy of the first brilliant film and not measuring up to the second.  From the thrills of dragon-slaying and damsel-rescuing, Shrek’s challenges have been reduced to a career decision: Should he become the

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American Idols Live 2007 and others on sale

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623 on sale now The Randy Oxford Band CD Release Party with Jude Dugan Seattle. May 26 8 pm. $10-$12 (Jazzbones, www.jazzbones.com). No Quarter, Blind Floyd Tacoma. June 9 9:30 pm. $8-$10 (South Sound Garage, TW). Joshua Redman Trio Seattle.

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World Beat Night

Let’s take a glance at the new Latin dance/World Beat Night at Jazzbones: 1. Latin music and hips, when mated, produce wiggly, gyrating offspring (often concealed beneath tight black pants or short skirts). 2. Latin music speaks a sensual language, perhaps best received while gazed at from the balcony at the dancers

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