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Go pro

Tucked back next to Chevy’s Restaurant off 38th Street in Tacoma, The Salon Professional Academy of Tacoma waits. It waits for you to lift up those limp locks, look at your splintered ends and let out that sigh. You know, the one that says, “All right, I know I need

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In the bag

VIVA VIVA in University Place is a spendy little ladies clothing boutique catering to older upscale women of discerning taste. I was a bit out of my element surrounded by clothes my supremely fashionable and proper grandmother would have worn. I dipped in the shop only because I saw through the

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Cloverfield: Short, but effective

Godzilla meets the “queasy-cam” in “Cloverfield,” a movie that crosses the Monster-Attacks-Manhattan formula with “The Blair Witch Project.”  No, Godzilla doesn’t appear in person, but the movie’s monster looks like a close relative on the evolutionary tree, especially in one close-up.  The close-up ends with what appears to be a

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Flying Boots

Bandito Betty and I took a little trip up to the South 38th and Pacific Avenue area last weekend to check out Flaming Dragon Tattoo. Directly across the street I see a neon sign that dons a blinking boot with wings. I can literally hear it screaming at me —

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Freddy Parish is the real deal

Writing about music for the Weekly Volcano, which circulates in both Tacoma and Olympia, presents an interesting predicament. The musical scenes and climates of the two cities are polar opposite. For the most part, things that go over well in Olympia bomb in Tacoma — and vice versa. Have you

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Tacoma gets hammered!

After extensive research, I was able to determine that 9 Pound Hammer is a dive bar in Seattle, Wash., an old folk song, a punkabilly band in Kentucky, a small sledge hammer, and a Southern rock band in Tacoma fronted by Dustin Lafferty. Like the hardware it was named after,

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Eye-popping

It’s a two-cliché show: eye-popping and mind-boggling. It’s “Renoir as Printmaker: The Complete Works, 1876-1912” at Tacoma Art Museum. Some consider Pierre-Auguste Renoir one of the lesser of the great French impressionist painters. Admired for his glowing, rosy colors, he is nevertheless considered far too romantic and too syrupy sweet. His

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Oly Rollers roll on

Smash! Bang! Kapow! Bodies colliding at high speeds. Bruises, bumps, and (occasionally) broken bones. While the above description may evoke thoughts of the NFL playoffs, I’m actually talking about Roller Derby — and specifically the Oly Rollers, who will do battle against Kitsap County’s Slaughter County Roller Vixens Sunday, Jan.

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Kem, Wester Daywick and more

Friday, Jan. 18 R&B kem What happen to classic soul music? Where are the Barry Whites and Teddy Pendergrasses of today? Maybe I’m not paying close enough attention to the R&B charts, but it seems hip-hop is crossing over into that realm and it’s not hitting my soul. When I first heard

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Hip-hop awards

There are plenty of unsung hip-hop heroes in Pierce County. It took the urging of Seattle-based Musica Entertainment to get people out to sing, though. If you love hip-hop, you are invited to lend your voice to the chorus this Friday, Jan. 18, at the Washington State History Museum, when

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X and more 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 Cave Singers, Whalebones, J. Tillman Seattle. Jan. 26 9 pm. $10 (Neumo’s, TW). Jake Shimabukuro Seattle. Feb. 4 7:30 pm. $24.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Vicci Martinez Band, Flowmotion, Handful of Luvin’ Seattle. Feb.

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Staying in the race

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Staying in the race

Gig Harbor, WA - Marty McClendon, who was recently running for Lt. Governor is now officially filed as a write-in candidate for the 10th Congressional District. "We ran an amazing race for Lt. Governor, but unfortunately, it was just a crowded field from the Republican side, which resulted in two

A huge breath of fresh air

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A huge breath of fresh air

Over six years and across three military bases on two continents, Sabina Saburova Glaspie - mother of two and a legal assistant for the U.S. Department of Justice - struggled to take in air. After jogging, she said, "I would not be able to breathe." Others noticed as well. Her husband,

Teaching kids about money

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Teaching kids about money

Connor Lewis has two boys under eight years of age, but he's already teaching them about money, credit, and more. That may come easily to the Vice President of Talent Management and Development at Harborstone Credit Union, however, Lewis believes it is never too early to start instilling good financial

Honey, they shrank the MRE

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Honey, they shrank the MRE

Soldiers of the future may be eating bacon and egg breakfasts via tiny food bars, due to a new process that shrinks meals to a fraction of their normal size. Think sous vide, but for tactical quiches that may end up in your next Meal, Ready to Eat. One dish begins with

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The Dimes

Some bands just make you feel happy even if the message is depressing. Akin to the Shins, the Dimes evoke feelings of a jovial nature by way of lush harmonies and jangly guitar riffs. Whether by accident or design, the band possesses a Brit-pop timbre that is Fab Four comparable.

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Elvis is a black man

Elvis Aaron Presley, the King, was born Jan. 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Miss. He came into this world in a two room house his father built, and was the second in a set of twins. His brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn. Twenty three years later, Robert Washington was born.

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Das Vibenbass

I’ve always said if you think Kenny G is jazz, then you don’t know jazz. While not an expert on the genre, I know the basic elements. I know that real jazz doesn’t incorporate synthesizers and most definitely doesn’t use an electric bass. It’s just not done. Real jazz is

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