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Shanghai House Where: 1126 Commerce St., Tacoma, 253.627.1859 Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cuisine: Chinese Scene: Casual Drinkies: Limited beer and wine, no liquor, soda, tea, coffee Damage:  $4.50-$15.95 ANNOUNCER: Cellars Under Broadway, Thad Martin’s Djembe Soul and now Shanghai House. These three restaurants span a decade

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Artists' Garage Sale

Ah, this hot weather. What better way to escape the sun then to head inside a National Guard armory and buy art and art supplies. Yes, ’tis another Artists’ Garage Sale sponsored by the Olympia Arts Commission. Consider it a metaphor for your search for meaning in life. It’s sunny,

T-town stanzas

Arts

T-town stanzas

About a month ago I did an interview at the Parkway Tavern. The band was L.A. Lungs, comprised of Nathan Markiewicz and his wife, Lori Peterson. It was one of those interviews — most of mine seem to go this way — where the talk goes on long after the

Music

The Den

You walk through urbanXchange’s hip, second-hand boutique. You take a few more steps and there is a record shop. You walk yet farther and there is a small hair studio. The structure continues, and there is a tea bar still under construction and then a stage shows itself against the

Firing up a lovely mood

Food Matters

Firing up a lovely mood

Fire sets a mood.  Back in the ’70s, that mood was all about lying on a bearskin rug with Courvoisier in a brandy snifter, listening to Peaches and Herb, although there were the other hip individuals who had avocado green freestanding fireplaces that screamed out for Lancers wine, shag carpeting

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Joeseppi's Italian Ristorante

Joeseppi’s Italian Ristorante Where: 2207 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, 253.761.5555 Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday Dinner noon to 8 p.m. Menu: Standard Italian dishes — large portions catering to the average diner. Scene: Large deli space, open kitchen, standard green

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Roasty toasty

Asado Where: 2810 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.7770 Hours: Friday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-1 am, Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., weekdays 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Scene: Warm sun-kissed colors, open seating, ranch-like style. Cuisine: South American flavors with heavy emphasis on beef, shrimp and spice. Finely crafted but hearty. The roasted fresh

 Shop till you starve

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Shop till you starve

The deals available to consumers this holiday season may, if expert predictions prove right, stagger the mind. But more importantly, they’ll leave a little extra for lunch or dinner.  Forget the extra sweater, a good meal means more holiday cheer than cotton and gabardine. To assist the merry mall

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Sandwich city

ANNOUNCER: Not too long ago Quiznos Sub Shop arrived on the scene and folks wondered if they really needed another sandwich shop (Subway had already dominated the local chain scene). Then Panera came to town, and again folks wondered — why? Earlier this year, in a not-so-convenient space, Jimmy Johns

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Pig out at Dickerson's

ANNOUNCER: Note to those from the South: we aren’t saying barbecue in the Northwest compares to what you cut your teeth on in the southern states; we know what barbecue snobs you can be. However, compared to say barbecue you pick up at the grocery store, there are some decent

Squeak and Squawk

Music

Squeak and Squawk

Squeaking. Squawking. Rocking. And rolling.  Throw in some indie posturing, a dollop of cello playing, a healthy dose of experimenting, a smidge of history making and a heaping helping of tight pants and ironic haircuts — and you’ve got the makings of something revolutionary in Tacoma. What you’ve got is the

Mineral is good for you

Arts

Mineral is good for you

I first heard about the work and retail of Lisa Kinoshita a few years ago from glass blower and embroidery genius Shannon Eakins. Since then I have heard her named dropped here and there, always with a sense of reverence attributed to “true” artists. Having encountered her work on the

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21-sandwich salute

Last spring, in a state of psychosis, I e-mailed everyone in my address book and asked each person to send me his or her top recommendation for the best sandwich in the South Sound. I told them I would eat every suggestion and then pick the best 21 on the

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Best restaurants, bars, dishes and more

Best Advocate for Food Charlie McManus rolled the dice as the ’90s closed and invested his talents in Tacoma opening the area’s first bistro-like, artsy, finely crafted restaurant — Primo Grill. He gave us a reason to eat well again, ushering in the next decade of upscale restaurant explosion in the

History of Tacoma Jazz

Music

History of Tacoma Jazz

To check on the history of jazz in Tacoma, you’d have to go back to the end of the First World War when one of Jazz’s most flamboyant characters, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton opened a tavern-and-brothel in Lakewood’s still-blighted Ponders Corner. It’s only fair to begin with Jelly Roll because

Wishbone Ash

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Wishbone Ash

Bobble Tiki knows it. He’s the oldest music columnist the Weekly Volcano has. That means, when sitting around in the Weekly Volcano War Room with fresh faces like Matt Driscoll, Brad Allen, Paul Schrag and even the hard living Suzy Stump, Bobble Tiki assumes the role of elder. When a

Three owners and a bistro

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Three owners and a bistro

Tacoma does not have a butcher or a candlestick maker (that I know of, if you all are out there, make yourself heard). Tacoma does, however, have a baker. Her name is Julie Rex, and in that case, one out of three ain't bad. Walter and Jessica Gaya hired Julie

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Gluttony on a Budget

Born and raised over on the West-sigh-eed, I lived this crazy cloistered existence, which encompassed unincorporated University Place (now citified), Lakewood and Ruston Way (see last week’s column). Everything else was too far away, and downtown Tacoma was strictly off-limits. I now live in the heart of Tacoma

Film Around the Clock

Arts

Film Around the Clock

Tonight 30 teams of filmmakers will converge on The Grand Cinema in Tacoma. They have all anticipated this night for weeks, maybe months. They cram into the theater lobby, receive their instructions, then rush out the door again. Their mission: create a short film entirely from scratch in only 72

The art of dentistry: Brooks Dental Studio

Arts

The art of dentistry: Brooks Dental Studio

“We wanted to do something with the extra space,” explains Dr. Jamie Brooks, who, with her husband, Tim, is putting the finishing touches on the Tacoma Theater District’s newest addition — Brooks Dental Studio. Some of that space has become an art gallery. Jamie and Tim bought the downtown location that

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