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Pirate in Tacoma

Well shiver me timbers, it’s that time again.  The scrumptious Johnny Depp can be hankered for in yet another pirate flick —  “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” this weekend.  And in honor of this not-so-momentous occasion, we at the Weekly Volcano have declared it Week o’ the Pirates! 

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Chinese secret arrives in Tacoma

Zhang Baibo traveled here from China so Americans can view his secret during a Chinese Reconciliation Park fund raising event Tuesday, May 22. However, the artist expects Americans to appreciate his secret for the beauty it brings, not to figure it out. Baibo, a 63-year-old artist considered elite in his

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Year of the Dog

Molly Shannon stars as Peggy, an executive assistant with a tidy little life.  But then her pet dog suddenly dies, leaving an unexpectedly large void.  Without anyplace to channel her prodigious energy, Peggy flounders from one passion to the next.  Director Mike White has become adept at creating uncomfortable little movies

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Slut wars and more

What if the producers of the current television series “Lost” had said during pilot season, “We love the story, but can we do it without the plane crash?”  Crazy, right?  Because the plane crash is what sets the whole show in motion.  This is essentially what happens to writer Mike Klein,

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Third time is no charm

“Shrek the Third” is a damped-down return to the kingdom of Far Far Away, lacking the comic energy of the first brilliant film and not measuring up to the second.  From the thrills of dragon-slaying and damsel-rescuing, Shrek’s challenges have been reduced to a career decision: Should he become the

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American Idols Live 2007 and others on sale

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623 on sale now The Randy Oxford Band CD Release Party with Jude Dugan Seattle. May 26 8 pm. $10-$12 (Jazzbones, www.jazzbones.com). No Quarter, Blind Floyd Tacoma. June 9 9:30 pm. $8-$10 (South Sound Garage, TW). Joshua Redman Trio Seattle.

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World Beat Night

Let’s take a glance at the new Latin dance/World Beat Night at Jazzbones: 1. Latin music and hips, when mated, produce wiggly, gyrating offspring (often concealed beneath tight black pants or short skirts). 2. Latin music speaks a sensual language, perhaps best received while gazed at from the balcony at the dancers

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Holy Locklear! It’s Larvelle!

The eighties. Ahh, memories. Bobble Tiki has many. Every once and a while, something comes along that sends Bobble Tiki into a retrospective haze, staring glassy eyed into space and recollecting a time when the Great Communicator was giving Dubya’s daddy lessons on ideological warfare, women wore shoulder pads, and Bobble

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Back and Forth and forward

Carrie Akre is a name associated with rock royalty in the Pacific Northwest. Her former bands, Hammerbox and Goodness, are the subject of local legend. Her name will be written in any credible Northwest rock history book. She’s on a first name basis with people that the average person couldn’t

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Beyond a big deal

Jerry Falwell is dead. Stop me if it’s too soon to joke. Better yet, how about you stop reading this right now if you think it’s too soon to joke. When I woke up this morning, I knew I needed to put together 750 slightly above average words on Dinosaur Jr, and its

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Slowly We Survive, Jessica Williams and others

Friday, May 18 ROCK Slowly We Survive Five years ago when Stefan Elmer, Nick Thompson and Jordan Nielsen were students at Linden High School in Bellingham, they received an assignment in English class that prompted them to become a band. The assignment was to work on a group project. All three played

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3 inches of blood

Old-school metal holds a dear place in my heart, and I’m proud to say I never condoned the crap that those doll-faced boys spewed out in the ’80s.  Saxon, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were more to my liking, as they didn’t water down the music but rather poured gasoline

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Urban Tanning Spa opens

Open, for real Stymied by yet another delay, Urban Tanning Spa did not open, as reported, on Thursday.  Nor was it open Friday, Saturday or Sunday. However, owner Aaron Delatorre assures me the Urban Tanning Spa is open and fully operational.  Monday, his first day, saw between 50 and 60 customers walking

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It’s in the bag

It’s time to split. We’ve been together nearly a year, and it’s been a mostly good year, but I’m tired. Now I know there are people out there who can juggle multiples, switching things up at whim, and there are those people who can stay with one ’til death. I suppose I’m something

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Green Toe, Dwell and Chuckals

Happy, green toes I love me some comfy shoes, and I love me some win-win situations. At Dante’s, I found both of these things, especially when it came to the Simple brand sandals in the Green Toe line — these puppies will keep my piggies happy with simply divine comfort, and they’ll

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New kid moves in!

I saw Sonja Politakis’ fabulously kicky new ’do and had to ask the question: Who? Turns out a new stylist is subtly moving her way into the scene, only she’s not so new.  Melissa Ellis has been an established face at Seattle’s fabulously posh Bocz salon.  Prior to that, she worked

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Kourtney Anderson

Kourtney Anderson took a minute to flaunt her stuff in between sips of wine at the Pacific Grill’s Saturday night “Taste” wine tasting.  She commented that the sweater/shirt/tank combo was “stolen from some slaughterhouse somewhere” — potentially the items were borrowed from friends.  Her Guess? Sweater is the only big-brand

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Neon jewelry

I remember watching those movies filmed in the ’70s and early ’80s starring women with big frizzy hair and neon colored jewelry. Boys and girls, the big ball bracelets with the matching necklaces and hair ties are back! I had been shopping in Clair’s at the Fort Lewis Post Exchange for

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Don’t eat the Tilapia

When a movie promises me “Hungarian Revolutionaries, Christian Nudists, Pop Stars, Land Sharks, Hard Drinkers, Empty Cities, Failed Resort Towns, Tons of Dead Fish, A Dying Café, and A Man Who built a Mountain,” I take note. This same movie, “Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea,” will be screened at

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Tacoma Loyal

It’s been more than 10 years since Pat Nagle came across the Harmon Building. Since then, he has helped transform the spot into a legacy that includes Tacoma’s iconic Harmon Brewery and Restaurant, a set of brilliant spaces for businesses, and a regal lineup of award-winning brews (tip of the

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