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Danii Blackwell looks good

Danii Blackwell shows off her style at the Nordstrom fashion show at the Museum of Glass, though she is, in point of fact, not wearing anything from Nordstrom. Her wool knickers, old-school type that I can remember wearing in the mid-eighties, though never with that much confident élan, came from Chinatown. The

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Rock me, ‘Amadeus’

A lesser person would think that a play named “Amadeus” would be about that composer dude who wrote “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” before he had his first blemish and hammered out the score of some of the world’s best musical works before he had the obligation to shave his face.

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Rachel Corrie and Robin Hood

Rachel Corrie “My Name is Rachel Corrie” is a telling play about a Olympia native who traveled to the Gaza Strip to aid Palestinians in 2003 only to die at a protest when a bulldozer crushed her. Her story became headline news around the world and shed light on the struggles

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Sister Spit, surfing and more

THE STAGE Last chance This is the last weekend to see Capital Playhouse’s thumping musical “Ain’t Misbehavin.’“ The Tony Award-winning musical chronicles the music, the time and the life of one Mr. Thomas Waller, who would go down in history as Fats. The show has his hit works “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,’”

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Give the Broadway Center your mind

The high-pitched squeal of feedback is not a sound you want to hear on stage, but behind the scenes the people at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts are collecting feedback of a different kind. The Broadway Center board has some younger hipper members now who would like to bring

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Afternoon delight

This week I was able to sneak something in that I really, really enjoy — I like to call it Afternoon Delight. I’m sorry to let you down by saying that it doesn’t include early evening sex, but sometimes it’s just as much fun. I love to take a sleepy Saturday and

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Home of the brave

Now that the nightlife circuit in Tacoma is really starting to fill in as more and more bars and lounges take their seat here, a new lease on life is coming to establishments that have deserved our attention all along. Meconi’s Pub and Eatery, and Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar

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Magick, eggs and Ostara

Crescent Moon Gifts thrums with the energy of shoppers milling about, asking questions of “Shoppe Keeper” Angela Wehnert during a time that’s traditionally not busy.  Later, Wehnert explains that the energy in the space had been oppressive to her that morning, “heavy.” So she smudged the store to clear the

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Expect the expected

“So the cashier at Burger King is about to hand you your food, and you’re expecting her to tell you, ‘Have a nice day,’ and so you’re already thinking, ‘You, too,’ but instead she says, ‘Enjoy Your Meal.’ And you say, ‘You, too.’” Brian Regan has built himself into one

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Focus on Jim

Jim Campbell’s show at the Museum of Glass has me stumped. I don’t possess the kind of scientific brain it must take to fully understand or appreciate his message or methods. But I do find the work fascinating. Campbell is an engineer, inventor and video artist. He worked on Francis Ford

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Bryant Speer, Brian Woobank, and lots of hair

When Salon Benjamin gets involved in doing the hair for the fashion show thrown by Red Line Style at Syren Lounge Saturday, March 31, there may be some tufts of brightness to see — courtesy of some extension magic.  Bryan Woobank, whose goal is to see Federal Way turn to

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Style, South Hill style

Style, South Hill style Talent scout eyes scoured the hopefuls at the South Hill Mall last week to determine who would be the best and the brightest stars of the Spring Fashion Show at Macy’s Court Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. Unlike the past event at the Tacoma Mall, hopeful models

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Quality shows this week

Thursday COUNTRY kari ehli “American Idol” runners-up piss me off.  They are so pompous and self-absorbed. I can’t stand the fact that the majority of them haven’t paid any dues and suddenly they are stars.  However, if I had to pick the next “American Idol” it would probably be Lakewood’s own Kari

Tacoma Black Friday Concert Series reminds you to shop locally

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Tacoma Black Friday Concert Series reminds you to shop locally

I don't think I'd be speaking out of school to say that the phenomenon known as "Black Friday" is easily the ugliest part of the holiday season. This is ground that has been exhaustively covered since long before Black Friday became the trample-athon that we know it to be today. The

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Music Critics' Picks: Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, Thanks Groovin, Nate Jackson, JLK & Babysitter

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Music Critics' Picks: Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, Thanks Groovin, Nate Jackson, JLK & Babysitter

[INDIE FOLK] + SAT, NOV. 30 Beneath the beauty and pageantry of Seattle six-piece Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, there runs a streak of wryly winking satire. These are people who know what it looks like to be some folk-slinging hipsters in the Pacific Northwest, and they find humor in appearances.

Lt. Gen. Brown's unique perspective on war

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Lt. Gen. Brown's unique perspective on war

The office was orderly and neat, much like the man who works there. To the left was a small table on which there were two fruit dishes, white napkins and forks. Lunch was in the offing, and I was hungry. Lt. Gen. Robert Brown and I had worked our schedules in order to

Mrs. JBLM selected for Mrs. Washington pageant

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Mrs. JBLM selected for Mrs. Washington pageant

Lakewood resident Jamie Johnson has many official titles that she is proud of in life: military spouse, mother, businesswoman, volunteer, community supporter and athlete. However, there's one new official title to add to the list that is near and dear to her heart. Johnson has been given the title of Mrs.

Operation Turkey Drop

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Operation Turkey Drop

Imagine a large vehicle carrying hundreds of birds, ready in a second's notice to drop off packages to units spread out on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray. It's a safe bet you probably weren't imagining a furniture truck full of Thanksgiving turkeys. For the past four years, servicemembers have been able

If you only do eight things the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 8

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If you only do eight things the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 8

>>>HELP   GIVING ON THANKSGIVING   Homelessness, hunger and despair are a daily and painful reality for thousands of men, women and children in Pierce County. The Rescue Mission, in operation now for more than 100 years, has been serving the Tacoma-area homeless community by providing meals, shelter, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, education

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