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Hardcore all ages

It should come as no shock to those who read the Weekly Volcano that the South Sound has had a tough time maintaining all-ages venues in the past few years. With Manium facing serious city issues in Olympia and the Alamo receiving a less than warm welcome in Tacoma, the

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Seaweed

At 11:30 p.m. Friday night, Seaweed took the stage in Tacoma for the first time in far too long. Aged like everyone else who remembers the band and packed into Hell's Kitchen to see the first of two Tacoma Seaweed shows this weekend, Tacoma's favorite sons proved exactly what guitarist

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Highbrow hops

This is not only the season for holly branches and red ribbon, but of social gatherings with little sandwiches served on silver trays or slabs of meat with peppers and good cheer. So it is at times like this when people wonder what beers to serve with their holiday meals. While

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On local screens this week

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM: Opens Christmas day. (R) Galaxy Tacoma 6: Tues-Thurs, Dec. 27 12:45, 2:55, 5, ,7:10, 9:25. Lakewood Towne Center 12: Tues 10:15 a.m., 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:40. Yelm Cinemas @ Prairie Park: Tues noon, 2:15, 4:35, 6:45,

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Charlie Wilson's War, Juno, Sweeny Todd and more

Charlie Wilson’s War Based on a true story.  Tom Hanks as a hard-drinking Texas congressman who, at the urging of a Houston socialite (Julia Roberts), uses his congressional subcommittee to arrange a secret $1 billion arms deal between Israel and Afghan freedom fighters, with Pakistan as the intermediary.  That results in

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Tears of laughter and more

John C. Reilly was appearing in Chicago onstage the other night as Dewey Cox, and the act may be something to fall back on if he ever gives up the daytime job. Apart from anything else demonstrated by “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” the movie shows that he can

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Reunited and it feels so good

When Tacoma’s Seaweed reunited and played this year’s Bumbershoot, it was exciting — don’t get me wrong. I’d been fiending for a Seaweed reunion for years. To find out they’d be taking the stage anywhere was good news. But there was something f***ed about it too. Seaweed is from Tacoma. They always

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Blondes, freedom and more

Thursday, Dec. 20 BLUES maria muldaur I give high marks to any artist who experiments with new sounds rather than milking their comfort zone forever. I recently watched a documentary on when Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 and thought, “Gee, that really took balls.” One witness to

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Johanna Chase and Jesus

Johanna Chase, who will play Le Voyeur in Olympia Friday, Dec. 21, shines in the singer/songwriter folkstress mold and has wrestled with a few religion questions in her day. Although her music has a definite Christian element, it’s not a one-ingredient soup. Many things make up the music of Chase.

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Donna X

I have two sets of friends. I have my urban friends, and I have my suburban friends. The two groups rarely mix. I like to take a Costanzian approach to social circles. In other words, I don’t mix my friends. I do this not because one set of friends is

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Model Tuesday

Embellish Multispace Salon owner Patricia Lecy-Davis believes learning does not end when one finishes required classes and practices this belief with the new talent (new stylists) at her salon. Every Tuesday is Model Tuesday, a chance for new talent to work directly with Lecy-Davis and clients in an intensive one-on-one

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In the bag

The Harp & Shamrock With fiery red hair, a face full of freckles and skin like milk, as a young girl I was the poster child for Ireland. Not feeling very connected to any American heritage (What is that anyway? Burgers, apple pie, hot dogs? Gross.), I started reading books on

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Stomaching the holidays

By the time you’ve finished shopping, wrapping, and undergoing a nervous breakdown, you’ll no doubt be hungry. Most restaurants are shuttered tight Christmas Eve, but a few places are breaking out holiday menus for your wassailing pleasure. BRIX 25:  As the name hints, the wine is always on their mind. 

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Highbrow hops

This is not only the season for holly branches and red ribbon, but of social gatherings with little sandwiches served on silver trays or slabs of meat with peppers and good cheer. So it is at times like this when people wonder what beers to serve with their holiday meals. While

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Retro cocktail party snacks

If you’re anything like me, December was the only time of the year when your parents came anywhere close to throwing what could be termed a cocktail party. Because it was the suburbs, my mom’s friends mostly sat around the kitchen table nibbling directly from the serving trays and trading

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The martini martyr

As many of you might know, I am always in  search of the perfect dirty martini. No one can make it like my dad. This is one of the many lessons my dad passed down to me. It may seem odd and even sad to a few of you, especially

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Stage

radio hour For a little brain candy, Capital Playhouse’s holiday production, “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” might just be what you need. Far from heavy theater, this show is about a radio station’s Christmas show a year into World War II, at a time when Americans thought it was close to being

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Jesus, beginning to end

It seems like an odd time to be staging a show about the death of Jesus when the rest of the world is marking his birth, but I suppose the theater has to take the touring slots that are offered. Seattle’s Paramount Theatre is staging the rock opera that set the

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Get railroaded

Rarely do kids and grownups agree on entertainment. Usually, activities that make kids squeal with excitement grownups find, at best, irritating. Kids like cartoons and playgrounds. Grownups like John Malkovich movies and the Jim Lehrer News Hour. Finding something that kids and grownups can agree on is usually a tall

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Pinwheel Catering's Herban Café

The corner lot that briefly housed Ezell’s Chicken (tasty southern cuisine), will soon be home to a full service restaurant with catering capabilities. Owners Stephen and Gretchen Nogler are moving Garden Café from Sumner to Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue. A large banner on the outside of the building announces a December

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