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Ghosts and Liars, Charlotte Thistle and others

Thursday, Jan. 24 FOLK charlotte thistle I’ve always been a sucker for women songwriters. Maybe it’s because they give me insight on how to deal with the opposite sex. But folk singer Charlotte Thistle refuses to give me any tips on how to do this as she pens tunes that speak directly

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The Devil Wears Prada

Make it stop. I clicked on The Devil Wears Prada’s MySpace page and was assaulted with a wash volume that shoved me back in my chair. The Devil Wears Prada — no, not the movie or the book, the metal band — defines hardcore. With machine gun drums, nasty guitar

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Frankie Gage Potis benefit

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Doxology will play Jazzbones in Tacoma. First and foremost, the show is a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Though Doxology has gained a reputation for being one of the brightest soul/groove/rock bands around, even prompting Pappi Swarner to swoon “Imagine the music of Maroon

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I'm too sexy for my space suit

Wondering how to beat the post-holiday blues? Have the nerve to stand out from the crowd? Then consider treating some of the Tacoma area’s upcoming afternoon and evening winter season events as excuses to play dress-up. All you need is a little imagination and a cooperative costuming consultant. I found my

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Mojito Bay

ANNOUNCER: The boys have a dream of traveling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs to eat pterodactyl eggs and brontosaurus steaks. They know this will never happen because not only has no one invented a working time machine yet, but if the boys ever did get their

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King Solomon's Reef

I immediately want to compare this quaint diner to Tacoma’s very own Harvester. Add a bit more history, a cozy feel, and you have King Solomon’s Reef. One of the biggest comparisons is the hidden hole behind the dining area that houses one of Olympia’s best dive bars: The Reef. Past

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Thinking man's play

One thing about theater is that directors make the shows their own more often than not by personalizing the show and interpreting the text their way. I only wish theaters dunked their buckets into deeper wells of work rather than drawing from the same pool of plays time after time.

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Dance, musicals and chat

THE MULTI-MEDIA Dance meets animation Though Pixar is working to change things, animation in this country is still wildly undervalued. We watch our “Simpsons,” we go see “VeggieTales,” but we see animation as a source of idle entertainment rather than the vibrant art form it is. As a result, the medium remains

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North Proctor memories

Two of Tacoma’s Proctor District businesses, Culpepper Books and The Pacific Northwest Shop, are hosting receptions and book signings Friday evening, featuring the authors of a recently published book on the district. The twin events are set from 6-8 p.m. “Tacoma’s Proctor District” is among the latest releases from Arcadia Publishing,

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Impromptu Gallery

The latest in cooperative art galleries, Impromptu Gallery next to the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma, had its debut this month with an eye-pleasing multi-artist show. The gallery cooperative is not a new concept — it’s one that allows member artists more control over the space they show in and

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Kinky boots

I’m overflowing with excitement right now because tonight I’ll have a chance to meet and party with one of my all-time heroes, and if you don’t know this guy, please allow me to introduce you: John Fluevog. Fluevog is a shoe designer from Vancouver, British Columbia, who has an amazing cult

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Marcia's Silver Spoon Café

Sometimes people consider me the ultimate Tacoma insider when it comes to nightlife, but one of the secrets to my success is simple. Sure, I’ve developed lasting relationships with so many of the wonderful restaurant and bar owners in this region because I really admire what they do, and I genuinely

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Big shoes to fill

He goes by many names. Mesopotamians called him Enkidu. Tibetans call him Yeti. The Chinese call him Yeren. Australians call him Yowie, the Welch call him Brenin Llwyd or the Grey King. Scottish people refer to him as the Grey Man of Ben MacDhui, aka Am Fear Liath Mòr, and

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Felt good

Faith Hagenhofer is among the more inventive artists working in the South Sound region. I especially appreciate the many ways in which she takes advantage of and, in some cases, works against the natural properties of her chosen media — felt, mostly felt; woven, matted, soft and furry felt. I was

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Susie Ristuben

Susie Ristuben needs no introduction, but a friend offers one anyway: “This is Susie. Isn’t she fabulous?” Fabulous is right. Just don’t tell her that unless you want to make her blush. She balks at the term “socialite” and shrugs off the suggestion that she’s somebody in Tacoma/Gig Harbor society. But

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Mishmash

You’ve seen the shoulder bags made out of duct tape. How about those that have seat belts salvaged from old cars and junkyards that are used as tote bag straps complete with chunky metal push button clasps? The tote bags are Mishmash, a design line created by Allison Kline in

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In the bag

Dave’s Meats and Produce So close to my home I could walk, Dave’s Meats and Produce has the most sensational meat counter and the nicest folks working there. Fresh cuts, prepped and ready to cook, broil, sauté or grill provide an easy answer to “what will I prepare for dinner tonight?”

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Samurai's Hurricane

While it’s great to have brothers to give me wedgies, teach me about heavy metal and take slapshots at my face when they play street hockey, I’m especially thankful that I have sisters. Everything I know about girls I learned from them (and from watching “The Facts of Life”). My

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Visiting two favorite haunts

It is that time of year people. I finally got sick. It is tough not to succumb to it when everyone around you is hacking and sneezing. I never stood a chance. I did the obsessive hand washing, antibacterial soap, Emergen-C, and Zicam, which really helped the severity, because everyone

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