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Take a trip to Hawaii

Café Hawaii As I turned into the strip mall housing Café Hawaii, I caught myself muttering almost desperately, “Please let it be good.” The small café was overly bright with a television blaring; an uncomfortable combination that urged me to get a to-go order and get the hell out of there.

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Home Plate Tavern

Let’s stop pretending you don’t want to know what’s inside Home Plate Tavern. You pass by it on a regular basis as you drive down South Sprague Avenue. The sign catches your eye, but you’re too scared. Is it the neighborhood? Is it that there’s nowhere to park? Is it

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The other glass museum

The finishing touches are being put on the $20 million renovation of the Hotel Murano, formerly the Sheraton, in downtown Tacoma. The Murano is part of the Providence hotel chain, a leader in the contemporary trend of hotels that are showcases for art. Quite a change from olden days when

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A turn of the screw

Prodigal Sun Productions is at it again. The vagabond troupe of thespians in Olympia is presenting the adult comedy “Don Juan in Chicago,” by David Ives. The show is about a man suffering in his own sort of hell by actually getting what many men only dream about receiving. Don Juan

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V-day the cool way

How should you spend your Valentine’s Day? Option 1: Sitting in a romantic bistro sipping champagne and eating overpriced luxurious food with your loved one. Option 2: Living it up at the SinSational Valentine’s Day event in Tacoma. If you haven’t heard yet, then you’re not a Tacoma blogger. The

The maestro at work

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The maestro at work

Lino Tagliapietra is a glass maestro from the oldest international glass art capital in the world — and no, I don’t mean the upstart glass capital of Tacoma, Wash. I mean Murano, an island off the coast of Venice, Italy, that was a recognized world glass center before the United

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Kimya Dawson

For a while now, since meeting my wife anyway, I’ve felt like I know Kimya Dawson. Even though Dawson and I have never met, and we’ve probably never even made eye contact during any of the times I’ve seen her perform (as a solo artist and a Moldy Peach), thanks

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW Galaxy Tacoma 6: 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55. Lakewood Cinema 15: Thurs 1:05, 4:15, 7:05, 9:40. Fri-Thurs, Feb. 7

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The Eye

The Eye Jessica Alba stars as Sydney Wells, a blind concert violinist.  Eye surgery allows her to regain her sight and see into the frightening supernatural world.  Her family thinks she’s crazy.  But she believes the shadowy doctor who performed the surgery may not be who he says he is. Rated

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Ghost film's failures are scary

Why is nobody utterly in awe of ghosts in “Over Her Dead Body” and so many other ghostcoms? Here is a supernatural manifestation from another realm, and everybody treats it as a plot device. The movie even drags in a Catholic priest, who seems bewilderingly ignorant of his church’s beliefs

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Winston Jarrett

Winston Jarrett, a venerable reggae semi-legend, is playing Jazzbones this week, which poses quite a predicament for Bobble Tiki. First of all, let it be known that Bobble Tiki loves the reggae. An islander himself, Bobble Tiki just relates to the laid back vibe and “one love” ideals the music exudes.

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Best Of Show

When I first read “Best Of Show” on the press release for Mocha Moo’s $1,500 singer-songwriter competition, I had visions of a mockumentary love child mothered by “A Mighty Wind” and fathered by Christopher Guest’s other blockbuster, “Best in Show.” I guess you’d call it “Bestie Junior” (insert laugh track). But

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La Fondita Lounge

We at the Weekly Volcano were pleased to get the word about Music in the Lounge at Proctor District’s La Fondita from bar manager Johanna Gardner. Not only does the ‘Dita have some of the tastiest Mexican food in town, but the owners and staff are so pleasant and genuinely

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Carmen is a city slicker

Without a doubt, meeting John Fluevog last Thursday was a tremendous experience and an honor. In case you don’t know (you haven’t lived if you don’t know), John Fluevog is one of the most incredible shoe designers in the world. I had the unique opportunity to shake Fluevog’s hand at Seattle’s

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Half-priced wine night

There’s no doubt that Sixth Avenue completely rocks and pulses when it comes to nightlife, but sometimes girls like me prefer to take it easy. Life in the fast lane is good for the weekend nights, but once the week hits, I have to be on my intellectual tiptoes at all

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She's your online Mama

Would you be able to come up with 365 positive things to say about Tacoma? That’s precisely what Tacoma resident Jennifer B., aka Tacoma Mama, did. Following the fatal shooting of a student at Foss High School last January, Jennifer B. was tired of all the negativity surrounding Tacoma. “I

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Zowie Aleshire

Oversized coats and fur-lined boots walk the streets of Tacoma. In these cold winter months, one’s unique style is often forgotten, lost under the layers of fleece and down. The quest for individuality through fashion becomes increasingly difficult without freezing to death. But student Zowie Aleshire manages to pull it

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Fashion status

As the fashion world has had to say goodbye to Valentino, the one man who could possibly be referred to as the godfather of fashion, I, too, may have a farewell at hand. While weeding out from my closet clothes that have become obsolete since dropping a bit more weight,

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The Helm

For starters, the exhibition called “This is a Time Machine” at The Helm is colorful and visually exciting, and it begs some interesting questions about the use of found objects in art. Such as just how much of the work should actually be created by the artist? Is it enough

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