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High tea, temporary closures and more

High Tea Tea isn’t just hot water splashed on some dried leaves. It’s little Muffy in a frilly dress pouring teeny cups for teddy bears. It’s ancient Chinese doctors blending the fruits of the earth to cure flesh, and British nannies sneaking behind the shrubbery snatching a few minutes for themselves.

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Whores galore

I have to say that I just couldn’t picture Tacoma Little Theatre staging “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” It just didn’t seem like a show the theater could pull off, or since it’s a play about a brothel, pull down might be a better description. Anyway, I’ll eat crow on

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\"Take ME Out\" and \"Soul On Fire\"

“Take Me Out” Olympia Little Theatre has guts. It is staging a big gamble with the rather adult play “Take Me Out,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning baseball drama about a man being true to himself — in the true coming out sort of way. This play is a favorite among gay dudes

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â€"Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and more

THE FILM The Cans Film Festival “Sideways” is the next film screened as part of The Cans Film Festival, the Emergency Food Network and Food Connection’s food-theme movie festival — each film matched with a coupon to a local restaurant — to raise awareness to fight hunger. Tonight, “Sideways” will screen at

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Sloppy splendor

The smug know-it-all who gleefully dismisses “modern” art with statements like “a trained monkey could do that” or “my 3-year-old child could do better” should have a field day with Ricky Burnett’s show at Black Front Gallery. Burnett’s work is raw, gritty, sloppy, and definitely looks (to the untrained eye)

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The Party trifecta

As your nightlife research analyst, I completely understand that sometimes you just gotta shake things up. Even with the South Sound’s wide array of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs, the scene has a way of wearing on an individual with the same old song and dance. Leave it to Natasha to conduct

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Old School Chinese

Was it that long ago? It’s hard to admit how fast time flies and how much older I’m getting every year. It seems like only last year, my parents were rounding up my four older brothers and me into the station wagon for a “special” dinner out. We’d climb into

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Wild Orchid’s Ying Yang Martini

I’m not sure whether the 30-something across from me at the Wild Orchid knew that the top half of her nipple was exposed. I certainly didn’t point it out to her, because that wouldn’t have been good for either one of us. No, I thought the thing for me to

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Cougar Crest in the houses

Thursday, June 14: Couger Crest Winery tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Thursday, June 14: Mountaineers Social Singles wine tasting, 7-9 p.m., Tacoma Mountaineers Club House, North 30th and Carr, Tacoma, 253.383.6056. Friday, June 15-Saturday, June 16: Cougar Crest wine tasting, 6-8 p.m. Friday, 4

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Heaven

When it comes to a good Mexican meal, there are a hundred variations based on a mix-and-match menu system. Start with the accepted building blocks — enchiladas, tamales, guacamole salad, crispy tacos — add rice and beans, or alternately use a catchy name (the Mazatlan Platter, #2 Dinner). While the

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Carmen loves Wyatt

Wyatt. He’s the one who is about to become one of the utmost important men in my life. He’s someone I already love so dearly and devotedly. Wyatt is the baby boy in the body of my best friend from high school. Beautiful Ashley and Sweet Pea Josh are expecting Wyatt to arrive

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Capital City Pride

Capital City Pride is going to be huge this year — expanded to two days, June 16 and 17, with lots of special events leading up to the big parade and celebration in Sylvester Park, including: Thursday, June 14: Pride Night at Olympia Little Theater with a special presentation of the

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Now playing in the theaters

28 WEEKS LATER: Britain is again plagued by the “rage virus,” now even more dangerous and deadly than before.  An extremely frightening, but very compelling horror film, with blood and guts aplenty.  With Robert Carlyle and Catherine McCormack. (R) HH1/2 – BZ Galaxy Tacoma 6: Thurs 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:45, 10:05. Lakewood

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Hostel: Part II opens this week

Hostel: Part II Writer/director Eli Roth reprises his 2005 hit “Hostel” franchise with another scary cautionary tale.  Same plot, same locale.  In the first film, three male tourists take a train from Amsterdam to a hostel where the local women are hot.  This time, three females take a train from Rome

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Penguins riding a wave of popularity

Hollywood’s infatuation with penguins continues with “Surf’s Up,” where a documentary film crew asks competitive surfer Cody Maverick if he has any other skills.  He answers: “What, like singing and dancing?”  His response is a pointed diss/nod to last year’s animated “Happy Feet,” in which emperor penguins sang for their spouses

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‘Ocean’ dries up

The genius of the past decays remorselessly into the routine of the present, and one example is the downfall of the caper picture.  The classic caper genre had rules set in stone. It began (1) with an impregnable fortress (vault, casino, museum or even Fort Knox).  Then we met (2) a

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Download Festival and more on sale

on sale now Face The Music Rock Party with Viva Voce, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Siberian Seattle. June 14 9 pm. $15 (Neumo’s, TW). Akon Tacoma. June 16 9 pm. $35 (The Loft, www.brownpapertickets.com). Sara Gazarek Seattle. June 26-27 7:30 pm. $21.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Soul Provider Seattle. June 30 7 and

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Allan Boothe

On Saturday, June 9, Allan Boothe will play an early, 4 p.m. show at Jazzbones, celebrating the release of his debut full length CD, Open Air in a Closed Casket. It’ll be an excellent opportunity for fans of Boothe’s folksy, funny-voiced, strangely intriguing styling to enjoy the acoustic toting Tacoman

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Colin Spring, Sanction VIII and others

Thursday, June 7 PUNK FOLK ROCK colin spring While normally the term “punk folk rocker” would cause my toes to curl in disgust, Portland’s Colin Spring is a welcome exception. Usually when someone decides to refer to himself as a “punk folk rocker,” he’s pulling s*** out of his ass, and his

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The Beatniks

Most cover bands pretty much suck, in my humble opinion. Usually it is four guys and maybe a chick scantily clad for eye-candy appeal playing Top 40 and overplayed rock tunes from the ’80s. Musically, they are OK, but the vocals, riffs and solos lack passion, and you know that

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