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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Lifes Like A Roller Coaster

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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Lifes Like A Roller Coaster

Wednesday, Sept. 22 Sometimes life is like the Puyallup Fair roller coaster ... UP THE COASTER I GO: My STYLISH FRIEND DANIELLE called to remind me about the bi-monthly art party 100TH MONKEY PARTY, held this time at MANDOLIN CAFE.  I go cause monkeys can party.  First a stop at JAZZBONES for some

PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Gari Of Sushi

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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Gari Of Sushi

Tuesday, Sept. 14 Dear friend MIKE BONILLA invited me out for the monthly dinner with his family at GARI OF SUSHI on South 38th Street, which happens to be on my top five list for sushi joints.  The whole fam damily grabbed torro (fatty tuna) and unagi (eel) off each other's

PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Bumbershoot

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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Bumbershoot

Labor Day falling on a Monday means one thing: three-day weekend.  Those of you who went out of town, bless you.  More parking and a shorter wait for drinks at the clubs for the rest of us.  This, of course, didn't apply at BUMBERSHOOT. Thursday 9/2 SMOOTH and I met up at

PERMANENT LIPSTICK: "good" week

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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: "good" week

I can report that I had a decidedly "good" week, a seven out of 10 if you will.  Besides mild irritation with Tacoma Power for charging me late fees for the same two months six times or my bank's withdraw limit of $300 per day that effectively kept me from

PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Hanging at Bob's Java Jive

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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Hanging at Bob's Java Jive

Saturday, Aug. 14 Family fun.  Those words mean to me a place I can cheaply take a cab to with my lil' bro, THE KID, and swill back even cheaper beer while keeping a watchful eye on the 17-year-old lady killer.  Being the sucker that I am for the Kid, I

PERMANENT LIPSTICK: New column!

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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: New column!

This, my friends, is a new column committed to providing our madcap metropolis with compelling tales of intrigue, gravity, sorrow and humor. My goal is simple: to produce a weekly column so cool it'll be difficult to forgive yourself for missing it. Imagine your frustration when your buddies are gathered

PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Change of Scenery

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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Change of Scenery

You know the feeling that you have forgotten something that lingers on and on for no reason sometimes?  Well, I've had it now for 10 days. I think it stems from being slightly hungover, living out of boxes and wading in pathways through said boxes in my new abode. I

Winter Wildland

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Winter Wildland

It is a very special holiday indeed for the resident animals at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Park staffers will provide the animals special holiday-themed treats and activities during the annual "Winter Willdand" winter break event Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.   While great fun is planned for the animals,  here's what's even

PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Star Wars

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PERMANENT LIPSTICK: Star Wars

The Frenchman and I went and saw the new "Star Wars," which prompted me to write two letters. Number One: Dear George Lucas, Please give me back the two hours of my life I lost to your monstrosity of a "ridiculously huge budget, terrible character dialogue/interaction and scene change" movie. Special

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Men’s, er, public house

Doyle's Public House Where: 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.238.5359 When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily Scene: Dark with plenty of wood and tile — very manly. Menu: Simple but manly with stews, sausages, subs and nuts. Drinkies: Yep. A great collection of Irish whiskey, plus a collection of beer from the UK (and

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Forget the bar, go slot car

A new craze is growing in popularity and appearing not only in the form of clubs, teams, and leagues; it’s becoming a regular addition to many guys’ garages. It’s slot car racing.  Grown men racing intricate, expensive devices in secret clubs in Tacoma.  Secret locales.  Secret waiting lists.  There’s no

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Get out and drink wine lovers!

Thursday, Feb. 8: Singles Night, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., $10, Pairings Fine Wine & Flowers, 2914 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.779.0838. Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10: “Page & Plant Tasting” — Page Cellar’s wine tasting and hopefully a little Led Zeppelin, Feb. 9 6 p.m., Feb. 10 4 p.m., $10,

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Valentine's Day dining

ALTEZZO: On the 26th floor of the Sheraton-Tacoma Hotel sits one of Tacoma’s top restaurants.  Low lighting, awesome views and excellent Italian cuisine.  Arrive early and loosen up in the hip Vertigo Lounge.  1320 Broadway Plaza, 253.591.4155. BRIX 25: We loved the fact that when we sat down at our

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Music picks of the week

Thursday FUNKY JAZZ the schematics When novice listeners think of jazz they often think of the two most popular forms: the avant-garde sounds of Coltrane and Monk or the elevator smooth sounds of Kenny G and Grover Washington Jr. But in reality jazz has as many categories as rock music.  In

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Jana Losey

The lovely and talented singer/songwriter and pianist Jana Losey from New York will make three appearances in Tacoma this week as part of her West Coast tour in support of her new album, Bittersweet. Losey and her accompanist Melanie Peters will make their first stop at Buzzard's CDs & Video

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Love in the clubs

This Wednesday is Valentine's Day, the most romantic and stressful time of year for men. Poor guys. I don't envy you. This is the day you dread all year — trying to figure out what to do, what not to say, how to dress, and where to go. So here

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