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The art of being bad-ass

When you go to watch Season 1, Bout 1 of the Dockyard Derby Dames at the Tacoma Soccer Center Saturday, May 5, you might not know what you’re watching, or what’s involved in what you’re watching. So who better to explain to a newbie observer than a newbie skater herself? Doxie Crux,

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Masa’s throw down

When Madonna wrote the song “Holiday,” I wonder if she had Cinco de Mayo in mind. Sure, the 5th of May has cultural, historical and religious backing, but since when has that ever mattered to us? Here in the United States we always manage to squash any of these traditions and use

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Fighting fistula in a minor key

Stephen Minor sits in Tully’s with his cell phone and a cup of joe.  He looks vaguely familiar, but in that can’t-quite-place-it way.  Could it be you saw him with his hair slicked back, big Bono-sunglasses on, handing out fliers for his first show with his new project, U277, a

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Ten Tiny Dances

Traveling up from Portland, the Ten Tiny Dances impressed and amused the audience with its feats of strength, grace and storytelling last Saturday.  The whole concept of drinking, dining and dance, coming together in an intimate setting, was put forward flawlessly with Jazzbones’ service — and awesome sushi — adding just

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Wood!

The 7th North American Sculptural Wood Invitational at American Art Company is an audacious show. How these artisans do what they do with wood boggles the mind. The media is turned wood, which, strictly speaking, means carving forms out of wood that is turned on a lathe. But these artisans

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Viva Tacoma!

Once upon a time in Tacoma, Cinco de Mayo meant heading down to the local Mexican establishment and quaffing a grande margarita, on the rocks, no salt, while munching on stale tortilla chips. By now, those stale chips may be a stale memory amid all the other, better activities to choose

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Baby Gramps at Bob\'s

Baby Gramps is a complete enigma. Who is this man behind a wide brimmed hat and long gray beard? He looks just as comfortable busking on the street corner at Pike Place Market as he did performing on David Letterman’s stage. He could be a homeless beggar or a renowned

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The Invisible, Next and others open

The Invisible The producers of “The Sixth Sense” bring a stylized thriller to the screen that bares the interesting tag line: “How do you solve a murder, when the victim is you?”  Not quite as good as “I see dead people,” but it has potential.  In “The Invisible,” Nick (Justin Chatwin)

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An uncomfortable good time

Mike White makes movies about misfits.  In “Chuck & Buck,” “The Good Girl” and even the more mainstream “The School of Rock,” he centers the action on the kind of people we’d ordinarily snicker at or, more likely, just avoid — and then he documents their most agonizingly awkward moments.  It’s

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A lost opportunity

How much would you pay to see 10 badass, condemned-to-death criminals fight to the death for their freedom on a deserted island?  What does the average pay-per-view boxing match cost?  Would you pay that much — or more?  Those types of questions will likely cross your mind if you fork over

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G. Love, The New Cars and others on sale

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Yard Dogs Cabaret Blitz, Femme De Fabrique Olympia. May 7 9 pm. $12-$15 (Capitol Theater, www.buyolympia.com). The Tierney Sutton Band Seattle. May 15-16 7:30 pm. $22.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). The Bravery, Test Your

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Drum n Bass Session

Drum n bass currently enjoys not nearly as much of the fawning media attention lavished on it in the mid-‘90s, when magazines anointed Roni Size and Goldie the kings of rapid-fire jungle. Then the R&B-flavored two-step genre has proved more commercially viable, at least in the U.K. And with that,

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Swissapalooza

Every once in a while an idea pops up that seems like such a no-brainer that you wonder why you never thought of it before, like putting French fries inside your bacon double cheese burger to save time on your lunch break, or offsetting the calories of the cherry covered

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Musicians Exchange rocks

Musicians Exchange operates with a mission to support up-and-coming musicians and provide them with inexpensive instruments and equipment to pursue their dreams. “It’s not the logo on the instrument that makes you good,” says owner Robert Richholt.  His Musicians Exchange buys, sells, trades and consigns on South Tacoma Way. Richholt, who

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Face melting acoustic rock

Last Saturday marked a monumental day in this writer’s life. In a move I’d envisioned many times over the last year, I opened my MySpace account, clicked on “edit profile,” and with a single tear of joy dripping from each of my bloodshot eyes, I calmly made a mouse click that

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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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