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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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Music picks of the week

Thursday FUNKY JAZZ the schematics When novice listeners think of jazz they often think of the two most popular forms: the avant-garde sounds of Coltrane and Monk or the elevator smooth sounds of Kenny G and Grover Washington Jr. But in reality jazz has as many categories as rock music.  In

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Jana Losey

The lovely and talented singer/songwriter and pianist Jana Losey from New York will make three appearances in Tacoma this week as part of her West Coast tour in support of her new album, Bittersweet. Losey and her accompanist Melanie Peters will make their first stop at Buzzard's CDs & Video

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Love in the clubs

This Wednesday is Valentine's Day, the most romantic and stressful time of year for men. Poor guys. I don't envy you. This is the day you dread all year — trying to figure out what to do, what not to say, how to dress, and where to go. So here

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Minidress madness

Hanging at the South Hill Mall with a couple of my friends, I witnessed the most ridiculous minidress. Maybe it was the dreadful polka dots or the big puffy shoulders, but it was hideous. The girl wore a pair of fishnet leggings and flat ballerina shoes with the minidress. Did

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Il Fiasco's tiramisu

Il Fiasco's tiramisu I was sitting at Il Fiasco’s bar next to an elderly couple who, I must say, were having quite a time sipping wine. The old guy next to me was a character and clearly all his wife could handle. While perusing the dessert menu the guy came

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