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Funny ha ha and funny strange

josh blue Last Comic Standing winner and Evergreen State College funnyman Josh Blue will be paying a visit to his old stomping grounds with a show in Tacoma. Either go out to support a local boy done good or just go because he is funnier than a middle school dance. Just

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Leave your brain behind

I became double booked this weekend when my daughter found herself at a tae kwon do match that landed her one step closer to being allowed to date. She has to have a black belt, and she just received her white belt with a green stripe. She has awhile, but

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The prodigal returns

Does he miss his native Tacoma? “Every day,” admits actor David Foubert of New York’s The Acting Company, which is bringing its productions of “Moby Dick ‘Rehearsed’” and William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” to the Broadway Center’s Theater on the Square beginning Feb. 6. Foubert, a graduate of Washington High School in

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"ReMix"

Saturday, the Weekly Volcano attended the reception for Mindy Barker’s art show “ReMix” at the Black Water Café.  Family, friends, scenesters, and art enthusiasts commanded the café previously occupied by many young men in hoodies pounding away on their laptops, who eventually disappeared into the cold night. Besides her hand

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The Lucky Charms of indie rock

There was a time in my musical life when a band like Larusso would have been right down my alley. There was a time when all a band’s sound had to be was loud and catchy for me to enjoy it. These were simpler times, when the possibilities seemed endless

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Joe Jackson and others on sale

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Bedouin Soundclash, Westbound Train, Beat Union Seattle. Feb. 13 (all ages) 9 pm. $13-$15 (Chop Suey, TW). Open World Russian Jazz All Stars Seattle. Feb. 18 7:30 pm. $20.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Roberta

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Esquire Man drinketh

Ever since Esquire Magazine came out with their Top Beers (top bars) in America ranking, so many of us here in Tacoma have been clapping about the fact that the Parkway Tavern and Doyle’s Public House made it to this elite list. But the remaining question that everyone wants answered is: What’s

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Better than a Rusty Nail

Drew Ebersole has a contagious smile and brown wavy hair that looks like a movie star’s, which is no surprise as he’s starred in several films and TV shows. He guest starred in the hit shows “ER,” “Dharma and Greg,” “Jag” and “That 70s Show.” He was also in a

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Pornrific

When I was first asked to write about Ron Jeremy for the music section, I asked, “The porn star?” With the typical ’70s porn soundtrack thumping in my brain, I questioned, “Is he going to sing, dance, MC?" Who knows. Maybe all three. Who knew he was more than a big,

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Ask Amy Alkon

A man on the meek I'm a guy and need directions! For a month, I've been flirting with this woman at work, and I think she's flirting back. I now have a week's vacation, but I'm not leaving town. Before I left, she said, "You know, if you're bored, you can

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Voxxy Vallejo, Gail Pettis and others

Friday, Feb. 1 VARIETY benefit for lewis county flood victims Holy schnieckies! Nine bands, one night, great cause and all for a five buck donation as the 4th Ave Tavern will play host to a benefit for Centralia and Chehalis flood victims. Looks like a doosey, too — with a diverse lineup.

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Bring back the watch

At the airport on a recent trip, I saw a gal dig for her cell phone after asking, “What time is it?” Everyone around her began to grope their pockets for their own phones, but no one could tell her right away. In a couple of minutes she found it,

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Bigger than Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Groundhog’s Day, Halloween and your grandma’s birthday all rolled into one, Super Bowl XLII will go down this Sunday, Feb. 3. The game between the unbeaten New England Patriots and underdog New York Giants will be played live in Glendale,

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Bumpy's

It was only a matter of time before I graced the tiny tavern named Bumpy’s in Puyallup. My gal-pal JustJen had been telling me to visit this joint since the first day we did the Bar Exam at Wayne’s Inn. I very rarely listen to her or heed her advice,

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In the Bag

Divine Davines Davines’ Extra Virgin Skin Care line offers an Anti Aging Hand Cream. I’m a devoted fan of the nongreasy, soothing cream made from tomato, olive, walnut, and almond extracts. The scent is one of delicate earth, slightly sweet; yet, it doesn’t smell like food or cloying fake dessert. The

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This thriller is worth the ride

“Untraceable” is a horrifying thriller, smart and tightly told, and merciless. It begins with this premise: A psychopath devises ways to slowly kill people online, in live streaming video. The more hits he gets, the further the process continues, until finally his captive is dead. “You’re setting a new record!”

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New Rambo

Rambo Sylvester Stallone last year breathed new life into the “Rocky” series. Now, he turns to resurrecting his Rambo character. It would excite me if the film revisits the ideas of the original “First Blood” rather than the rescue, shoot-up nonsense the series evolved into. In the new film, John Rambo is

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW Century Olympia: Thurs 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10. Fri-Thurs, Jan. 31 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50,

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Odd shows

“odd couple” Neil Simon’s recipe for onstage success: Take two people with conflicting personalities. Put them in confined living quarters. Add a sprinkle of personal hygiene jokes. Allow the tension to rise for about an hour. Cool. Serve. Enjoy! Paradise Theatre is staging this classic buddy comedy about roommates from different

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Chris Rock and more

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Kenny Rankin Seattle. Feb. 1-2 7:30 and 9:30 pm, Feb. 3 7:30 pm. $24.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Josh Blue, Bryan Kellen, Keret Apio Olympia. Feb. 4 7:30 pm. $10-$15 (Evergreen State College

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