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It’s an artist who fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City’s Holland Tunnel where he winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser. It’s an out of work computer programmer on a

Sandwich Smackdown

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Sandwich Smackdown

Can a sandwich hold a grudge? Are its feelings hurt if you get it special ordered? Do sandwiches feel jealousy? Do they ever worry that you'rre thinking of another sandwich while you'rre eating it? Sandwich-lovers feel all these things. They feel passionately about all things mashed between bread; they feel

Eat like a college student

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Eat like a college student

Let’s be honest. Nothing says cheap eating like pizza, Chinese food, or – specifically to the South Sound - a burger at Frisko Freeze. Since this is a “guide,” here are a few of The Weekly Volcano’s favorite places in no particular order. You can find much more at weeklyvolcano.com. PIZZA ABELLA

Senior moments

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Senior moments

The 1973 Buick Century parked outside my house is a relic, a dinosaur, a horse that has been put out to pasture. Last week that Buick was also my only form of transportation. The Buick Century is, as it is appropriately named, an old person’s car. If you were to

Sandwich Smackdown!

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Sandwich Smackdown!

Can a sandwich hold a grudge? Are its feelings hurt if you get it special ordered? Do sandwiches feel jealousy? Do they ever worry that you’re thinking of another sandwich while you’re eating it? Sandwich-lovers feel all these things. They feel passionately about all things mashed between bread; they feel

Music

Oberhofer

Brad Oberhofer is one of the ones that got away. Having found success at Tacoma School of the Arts, Oberhofer fulfilled the promise that all art students make to themselves: he left. Having studied music for most of his lucid life, he finally got out of dodge, heading for New

Go big

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Go big

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

Arts

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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