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LA Fitness

I spied the “LA Fitness” sign on the fence surrounding the razed building that was Gottschalks. While it makes me sad to see old buildings felled because of the history they represent, I have to say my heart didn’t exactly break to see that particular piece of architecture go. Still,

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Family affair

It is always great to see budding theaters thrive. Not only does the growth of new theaters provide job security to those brave souls who opt to draw paychecks from reviewing their works, but it means that staged theater is alive and well as it finds new audiences in a

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Radio Tacoma

I was hooked the moment I heard the name Radio Tacoma via a friend request on MySpace. I aimed my computer at it. Though the online station is less than two months old, the selections on the playlist range from the old-timey Tacoma classics like the live recorded crooning of

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I heart the Volcano

Each of you wonderful readers knows that the Weekly Volcano is far from being above shameless self promotion, which is exactly what I’m going to throw down right here and now. Last Friday I had the privilege of witnessing the Weekly Volcano receive a 2007 AMOCAT award (along with Victory Music

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Great Clayton Cop-out

It’s time for another one of those columns that I like to think of as The Great Clayton Cop-out. That’s when I offer an overview of exhibitions throughout the region because there’s no one thing I particularly want to review. Let’s face it, it’s a cop-out because there are shows that

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"Sleeping Beauty" opens

“sleeping beauty” Tacoma Little Theatre presents the classic tale of "Sleeping Beauty" starting this weekend. This retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Way maintains its major themes, but features a headstrong princess and additional characters, including Gryff, a half-man, half-dragon creature and a riddle-challenging Spider King. [Tacoma Little Theatre, Nov. 9-Dec.

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AMOCAT Awards

Beautiful Angle, Victory Music and the Weekly Volcano received the Tacoma Art Commission’s AMOCAT Award Friday night. — Suzy Stump “Orpheus in the Underworld” Sunday, Nov. 4 / Rialto Theater, Tacoma Sunday’s performance of “Orpheus in the Underworld” delighted audiences with anachronistic costuming including Converse sneakers and Lycra, as well as a fun

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Garage Basementia, Alaska

Usually, when I’m planning my column, I face a choice between Olympia and Tacoma. At the Weekly Volcano we pride ourselves on covering both music scenes, but it’s usually a one-or-the-other situation when it comes to Rock Rhetoric. This week, in a rare bit of advantageous coincidence, the Wagner Logic

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What's on local screens

2 DAYS IN PARIS: See review page 21. The Grand Cinema: Fri 2:45, 5, 7. Sat-Sun 12:30, 5, 7. Mon-Wed 5, 7. Thurs, Nov. 8 2:45, 5, 7. 3:10 TO YUMA: Christian Bale plays an Easterner who lost a leg in the Civil War and has now come to the Arizona territory

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An 'American Gangster' success story

Apart from the detail that he was a heroin dealer, Frank Lucas’ career would be an ideal case study for a business school. “American Gangster” tells his success story. Inheriting a crime empire from his famous boss, Bumpy Johnson, he cornered the New York drug trade with admirable capitalist strategies.

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2 Days in Paris

2 Days in Paris Julie Delpy and Adam Goldberg play a New York couple, she French, who wrap up a miserable European holiday by spending two days in Paris, living above her parents. Not your usual lovers-in-Paris movie, but about two original, quirky characters so obsessed with their differences that Paris

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The Wires

The Wires — a Portland-based garage band who will play McCoy’s in Olympia Saturday, Nov. 3 — are not Wire. I promise. Wire, as you probably know if you’ve studied English punk rock, formed in the mid’70s and are credited as one of the forefathers of “post-punk” (one of my least

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Back To Beale Street

If Bobble Tiki knows one thing, it’s how to get on his boss’s good side. Bobble Tiki has spent years refining the art of sucking up, and at this point Bobble Tiki considers himself a bona fide expert. Within the bowels of the Weekly Volcano World Headquarters, there’s not another

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Moozeeke Ultraminifest

This year Mocha Moo has featured 42 local artists on its music stage and hundreds at its weekly open mic night. As a way of thanking these artists for sharing their talent, and as a way of supporting local children during the holidays, Mocha Moo owners Jay and Gwen Inokuchi

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Toscanos

Located in a Puyallup business park, Toscanos Café and Wine Bar pleasantly surprises. Walking through the adjacent office building lobby, the scents of garlic and herbs beckon. The interior is a study in warm earth tones. High ceilings with exposed ductwork lend an urban feel while a river rock fireplace

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Junior Bizzare and more

Junior Bizarre The lovely ladies from Junior Bizarre are having a party Friday. Yay, party, yay! Wait, what is Junior Bizarre? Well, since you asked, it’s a sweet little clothing shop on Antique Row next to Sanford and Son Antiques that sells “hand-picked thrift” with an emphasis on vintage. The Junior

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Smart Monkey

With a name as cute as Smart Monkey, I knew I would like owner and creator Leah Andersson’s designs. She’s earth-friendly, eco-conscious, and a natural recycler right down to what she uses to make her knit sweaters, shawls and scarves. Andersson, who learned to knit while spending summers with her grandparents

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Add acme to the list

In case you’re not good at addition and subtraction, let me do a bit of math so you can begin to pull together a phenomenon that’s consuming our Tacoma nightlife. Bars and vicinities that were once magnets for degenerates, crooks, hookers, gangsters and worthless people are quickly being eliminated throughout our

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Bringing life to death

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, will bring Tacoma revelers a reason to get over the post-Halloween remorse, with a series of culturally inspired events that bring a sense of light to a dark topic. Colorful, light hearted, and moody all at the same time, the celebrations locally

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Victory for Victory

It’s Tuesday night’s open mic at the Antique Sandwich Company, and I’m sitting next to a storytelling gent. He’s remembering when KVTI 90.9 began broadcasting the event, and remembers the date well because it was his girlfriend’s birthday, March 4. He meanders through the years, pinning down the ’80s, only to

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