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These boots are made for ...

Bootsy McGhee. Some say that’s me. There are people in this world who collect all sorts of things — stamps, baseball cards, automobiles and the like. My collector’s items are a little out of the ordinary, and they’re one of the biggest components of my personal brand identity. CFM boots. Normally I’d spell out what

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Frank portrayal

The play "The Diary of Anne Frank" is sort of a weird one for me to review. I have been to the secret annex in Amsterdam. I have seen the pages of 1940s movie stars she tore from magazines and tacked to her wall as an escape from the mundane

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All-star artists

I have issues with the “8th Northwest Biennial” at the Tacoma Art Museum. Now don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a wonderful show featuring an all-star lineup of the best contemporary artists in the Pacific Northwest. It’s just not what I think a regional juried show should be —

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Study in Glass

American composer Philip Glass comes to the University of Puget Sound, Friday, Feb. 16, to present a live multimedia performance celebrating creativity and the art of musical collaboration at Schneebeck Concert Hall at 7 p.m.  The composer uses major collaborations with other artists in his own career to show how

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Salty’s Wild Berry Sling

I don't know if it was Salty’s cocktail waitress's cheerleader voice or the fact that she called me "sir" three times prior to actually delivering my drink, but I launched into cranky mode. At what point do you become a "sir"? Yes, I was significantly older than the neophyte waitress,

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Sakura Zone

One of the reasons I'm not crazy about eating at Sakura Japanese Steak House is that I don't like sharing tables with strangers. It sounds snooty, but it's really more Freudian than that. It's an enduring dread that dates back to my high school cafeteria, when I always wound up

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Tacoma’s blowing up

Lately I’ve been taking note of an epidemic that’s sweeping Tacoma’s nightlife: It’s freakin’ blowin’ up. I went to the Pacific Grill for lunch, and there wasn’t a seat open in the house. Tempest and Monsoon Room have been off the hook. The Harmon’s massive location is buzzing. The Swiss is still packin’ ’em

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Hot, hot. hot

My oh my, you rowdy readers, I’m sorry to report that I’ve done you a major disservice. I’ve been planning on hitting up this one particular weekly event ever since I started throwing down in this fine rag, but time rapidly got away from me, and you may have missed out

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Psycho rockers

I’m a sucker for heavy guitar riffs, punk rock attitudes and balls to the wall rock ’n’ roll.  So when I was summoned to write an article on Brick Pistol I was delighted as they possess all three of those elements plus a whole lot more.  Taking their cue from

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The Last Sin Eater and more

The Last Sin Eater Christian family drama starring Louis Fletcher and Henry Thomas.  A dark secret threatens to divide the family of a 10-year-old girl seeking redemption from the man who absolved the sins of her grandmother by eating bread and wine at her grave.  PG-13 for thematic elements and some

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Tacoma superfriends hit the scene

Ivan the Gorilla. If you’re old enough, and from around here, you remember him. Whether you saw him in person — at his B&I “sanctuary” — or simply on television and in the paper, unless you’ve smoked even more herbal jazz cigarettes than I have over the last decade, you

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Bohemian rhapsody

Prepare to seriously crush on Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera Friday night at Jazzbones. There’s something about his decadent, chocolaty voice and his rebellious use of unusual music that makes him at least a fascinating, enigmatic character and at most a goddess, demon, virgin whore. (After you’ve seen the show

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Starting from scratch

A small group of DJs are bringing it back Sunday nights at Hell’s Kitchen. This isn’t one dude in a fake Versace shirt swapping shiny Top 40 singles, kids. This is Fab 5’s DJ Reign, Olympia cutmaster SlimRock and new-face-in-town Kuh-Kutz showing what some artistic MFs can do with a

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Sympathy for the devil

Filmdom’s greatest villain, Hannibal Lecter, has been both defanged and declawed.  More a Grimm fairy tale than suspense-filled mystery, “Hannibal Rising” introduces us to the young Lecter as a boy in Lithuania.  In the midst of the Nazi blitzkrieg, the Lecter family leaves its castle estate for the more humble,

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‘Norbit’ not a bit ... funny

It’s a good thing Eddie Murphy’s sitting on an Oscar nomination for his dramatic turn in “Dreamgirls,” because his latest comedy is a nightmare.  The trouble with “Norbit,” which was produced to showcase Murphy’s vast comic repertoire, is that the laughs get buried under way too much gimmickry.  There is

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Cinema for Chocophiles

Just in case you haven’t had enough chocolate for the upcoming Chocopalooza holiday, here are a few of our favorite films to check out to give you something to think about while you munch on truffles and kisses. For even more ideas, go to the Internet Movie Database — www.imdb.com

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Men’s, er, public house

Doyle's Public House Where: 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.238.5359 When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily Scene: Dark with plenty of wood and tile — very manly. Menu: Simple but manly with stews, sausages, subs and nuts. Drinkies: Yep. A great collection of Irish whiskey, plus a collection of beer from the UK (and

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Forget the bar, go slot car

A new craze is growing in popularity and appearing not only in the form of clubs, teams, and leagues; it’s becoming a regular addition to many guys’ garages. It’s slot car racing.  Grown men racing intricate, expensive devices in secret clubs in Tacoma.  Secret locales.  Secret waiting lists.  There’s no

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Valentine's Day dining

ALTEZZO: On the 26th floor of the Sheraton-Tacoma Hotel sits one of Tacoma’s top restaurants.  Low lighting, awesome views and excellent Italian cuisine.  Arrive early and loosen up in the hip Vertigo Lounge.  1320 Broadway Plaza, 253.591.4155. BRIX 25: We loved the fact that when we sat down at our

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