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April 26-May 2: Groundation, The Dirty Birds and others

Thursday, April 26 Janiva Magness [blues] Big Mamma Thornton, Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith might have not received the attention their male counterparts did, but all were equally influential in bringing the blues out of the juke joints and into the mainstream.  In the late ‘60s, Janis Joplin proved that white girls

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Surprise birthday party

So you want to throw a surprise party? Take a look at how our friends at the Tacoma Art Museum do it.  They’re throwing a big old “Happy 100th Year, Frida!” bash on Friday, and they’ve pulled out all the stops. What are they doing that you can take inspiration from? Have your

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Abolins and Sorella

Oh, the Carnage Found on floor, dead: One BCBG Girls shoe, two Children’s Place flip-flops, one super comfy slipper, two socks, one dog bed, one disemboweled stuffed bunny, one tiger with an eye chewed out, three Fairytopia Barbies, one beach Barbie, one beach Barbie swimming pool and all its accessories, two

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Sparkly red white and blue leotard

It was the Wonder Woman tattoo on her wrist that immediately drew me to liking Jennifer Elliott, new kid on the Jade’s Salon block. Once upon a time, I was an over-achiever, and my friends took to calling me Wonder Woman.  I have since taken up a “life triage” approach that

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Deb Hamilton and Megan Stein

Deb Hamilton recently sported a sweater-dress confection made by her friend Megan Stein.  Stein crafted the dress from two sweaters, very similar to how Pretty in Pink’s Andie Walsh created her own prom dress, which is an apropos connection, as Hamilton is wearing the dress to an ‘80s theme party. Hamilton and

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Ten Tiny Dances descend on Jazzbones

When the dancers hit the “stage” on April 28, their moves won’t be the expansive, sweeping leaps and 12-person corps pieces associated with dance pieces such as the Nutcracker or Swan Lake.  Ten Tiny Dances, a series that features 10 choreographers and dancers working within a four-foot by four-foot space “budget”

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Alexa Folsom-Hill’s surprise party

Some people turn 25 quietly, fading into the realm of “elderly.” Others, such as Alexa Folsom-Hill, go into that realm in a theatrical fashion, though not necessarily by her own accord. Kate Monthy covertly planned a surprise ‘80s-themed shindig for Folsom-Hill, inviting friends to the new MLKBallet home at Valhalla Hall (a

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Forza Coffee opens new stores

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge Indochine Asian Dining Lounge is not your grandfather’s Thai/Vietnamese restaurant.  High ceilings and carefully chosen décor complement the layout of the spacious restaurant that features a stunning separate lounge, two comfy waiting areas, round tented tables for large parties, private wall-screened suites for intimate dining, and three

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The Monsoon Room\'s two-year anniversary

We denizens of Tacoma like to imagine ourselves as residents of an actual metropolis. We nod appreciatively in the direction of Sixth Avenue and downtown. But this is all so much hallucination; for, as anyone who has ever left Tacoma for any reason knows, the City of Destiny just doesn’t

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Taste of Spring and more

Thursday, April 26: Wine Tasting to benefit The March of Dimes, 6 p.m., Pairings Fine Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Thursday, April 26: Singles Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Corkscrew Cellars, 116 E. Stewart, Puyallup, 253.770.9463. Thursday, April 26: Tasting of Spring dinner with wine, 6-9 p.m., $45, Pour at

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Jason Gutz is connected

As a general art student at the University of Washington, Jason Gutz was drawn to the conceptual side of things.  “I never got that line quality thing,” he told me. I was watching him, along with his Boeing engineer brother-in-law, put together the centerpiece of his “Sequences” installment, which will show

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The Little Red Barn’s Killer Koolaid

After spending two hours driving up from Portland while listening to the deliciously corny Combustible Edison, I got the urge to be in a deliciously corny bar. I got the urge to go to The Little Red Barn. Located just off Interstate 5 in Rochester, The Little Red Barn is a

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Fresh SOTA Fashion Bash and Fashion Tea

Tacoma School of the Arts senior Sena Kim buzzes around UrbanXchange in a frilly, daffodilly top, plucking sweaters and shirts off of the clothing racks while the 2007 Daffodil Parade roars down Pacific Avenue: high school marching bands zim-zam ahead of lumbering, flower-laden floats carrying beaming teenage beauty queens; pirates

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Kulture Lab

Kulture Lab: if you don’t know it by now, you may never, never, never know it.   The plan, concocted by five local artists known as “The Dead Artists,” involved a six-month lease and six monthly parties, each installment designed to out-do the one before. The Dead Artists (Jim Price, Rob Anderson,

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Hanging with Prince Harry

If you’ve ever been hot for teacher, this column was made for you. So gather round, all of you naughty little children, and settle in for this here lesson. This week’s column means business, good business. Now, what are my credentials relating to business? Well, let’s just say that: My hair is black as spades. I

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Domestic disputes

If there is a theater award for most timely show, it would have to go to Theater Artists Olympia\'s production of David Mamet’s “Boston Marriage." The award would go to the theater now despite the fact that the play is set 100 years ago, because its message is timeless as

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Aloha Eddie Vedder!

Aloha, my good friends! This is Carmen Jones coming at you live from a Waikiki lanai that overlooks the busiest golf course in the world, and is a stone’s throw from the beach and the sand that I love to sink my pedicured toes into. Yes! I’m here visiting my dear friend from

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Arts Walk XXXIV

When you’re riding herd on one of the largest indoor and outdoor extravaganzas in the state of Washington and you’ve been doing it twice a year since just about forever, it might be a little difficult to keep it fresh and exciting. But the city of Olympia somehow does just

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Color and form

The show is called Color and Form, but I prefer to call it Beatrice Geller and Friends. It features digital photography by Geller, a Pacific Lutheran University art faculty member, with other works by Tom Michael, Carol Adelman, Stephen Rock and Jessica Spring. It’s really Geller’s show, but some of

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