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Abstract Rude

It has now been nearly two years since I first heard the aural experience that is Abstract Rude.  The track in question was “God Bless The Elephant” off 2008’s Show You The World by The Grouch, and I was immediately drawn to it because of the perfect balance between Grouch’s

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Ask Amy

Lien on me My 31-year-old boyfriend has the best clothes, cars, electronics, takes me to the nicest restaurants...you get the picture. He told me he was "an investor," working for himself, making online investments. I eventually asked how he could afford his lifestyle in this economy. He said he "comes from

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Carl Sagan's Contact

I make an extra special effort to view original works by local playwrights and theatre troupes. It seems like the least I can do after they have spent so much time to create new vision for the stage.    More often than not I get rewarded with great shows,

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El Toro lunch Buffett

El Toro lunch buffet With plenty of lunchtime options in Tacoma’s downtown core, only one thing gets me to drive out to the end of Pacific Highway Southwest across from McChord Air Force Base — El Toro’s lunch buffet (which is only served at this location). A quick nine minute drive

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Hairy Who?

We were called hippies and yippies and freaks and weirdoes back in the 1960s, and there were artists who uniquely spoke for us in underground newspapers and comic books. Zap Comics, Robert Crumb, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, and the granddaddy of them all, Mad magazine. When Pop Art arrived

Honestly, Lying is good

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Honestly, Lying is good

Roger Ebert’s review of The Invention of Lying ran in the print version of the Weekly Volcano. Ebert’s peeps will now allow us to run the review online. To read his review online, visit Ebert’s Web site. The Invention of Lying Score: Three and a half out of four stars Starring:

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Dance music for spazzes

If you’re like me, you haven’t danced in a while. How long has it been since you’ve been drunk enough, the music’s been good enough, and the company’s been just right? I’m talking about dancing that makes you look like a loser. I’m talking herky-jerky, spastic flopping with sweat pouring

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Xperience

XPERIENCE Thursday, Oct. 1 Let’s talk about this cat Xperience. I don’t know if you’ve seen this guy. It doesn’t matter. You will. He’s that good. After years of grinding in the lost land of Olywa, rapper, producer, vocalist and all-around superstar Xperience is finally coming into his own. You may

PLOP! ain't no puppet

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PLOP! ain't no puppet

Puppets give me the willies — a deep, visceral uneasiness that art often fails to evoke. In a world where audience expectations, aesthetic trends and market dynamics define much of what’s produced, puppetry seems like an unsafe bet. I mean, who buys puppets anymore? Really, who checks the event calendar

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Reel Tacoma: It is our festival, dammit!

Tacoma has never been lacking in passion. Those who know and love this place are constantly fighting for it. The effects of these efforts aren’t always immediately noticeable, but the final product is a town on the edge — the edge of making it big, of finding its footing in

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Sun Volt, Mudhoney and more

On sale now That 1 Guy & The Magic Pipe Seattle Nov. 28 8:30 pm. $12.50-$155 (Neumos, TW) Bryan Callen Seattle Feb. 20 8 pm. $22 (Triple Door, TM) Jazzanova, The Pale Pacific Seattle Nov. 20 9 pm. $12 (Neumos, TW) Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted Tour Seattle Nov. 24 7:30 pm. $57.50

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Third Annual Antique Quest and Wine Fest

I wasn’t always living the dream. Yes, it’s true. I know it might sound crazy to some, but there was a time — not all that long ago, even — when I didn’t have cable (gasp!). Life was simpler back then. Options were fewer, and I came to love Antique

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Tacoma Craft Beer Festival

TACOMA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL There’ll be lots of Grit City representation at the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 3 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Foss Waterway Seaport building in Tacoma. Engine House No. 9, The Harmon Brewery and The Ram’s Big Horn Brewing Co. will

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Brian Redman, R.I.P.

My soul was shattered and everyone in this city is so heartbroken over the loss of our friend, leader, lover and icon, Brian Redman. He passed away early Sunday morning in an accident on his goddamned Vespa, and ever since, people in our region and the world have been

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TIKI LOGIC: Maltoberfest

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new installment of Bobble Tiki’s South Sound music news and notes column. Without further ado, let’s get rolling … If you’ve followed Bobble Tiki’s career, you know the diminutive, island themed souvenir loves his boxed wine. It’s the silver

Valiant return for My Name

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Valiant return for My Name

You should have heard the excitement in the old man’s voice. “Did you hear My Name is playing Hell’s Kitchen!?!” While the “old man” in this story shall remain anonymous as to not offend his more youthful self-persona, his sentiments weren’t unique. There have been plenty of aging

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Tipping time

Thursday, Oct. 1 Half-price wine, Maxwell’s Speakeasy, 454 St. Helens, Tacoma, 253.683.4115. Wine tasting, five pours for $5, Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.8215. Ladies Night featuring half off all wine flights and $5 house pours, Sip, 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W, Gig Harbor, 253.853.3020.

Casual and quick

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Casual and quick

i Sushi & Teriyaki Where: 1225 Center Dr., DuPont, 253.964.8266 Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday Cuisine: Japanese Fusion: sashimi, sushi, sushi rolls, yakisoba, teriyaki. Scene: Very casual family friendly restaurant Drinkies: Hot and cold teas, bottled and canned juices and sodas Damage: $3.95-$19.95 ANNOUNCER:  With only

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Zombieland

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY: Michael Moore’s latest doesn’t suggest a solution for our economy, and is a little disorganized, but contains chilling explanations of “peasant insurance” and the Wall Street gambling known as “derivatives.” There is also awesome, long-forgotten footage of Franklin Roosevelt calling for a Second Bill of Rights.

El Toro lunch buffet

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El Toro lunch buffet

With plenty of lunchtime options in Tacoma’s downtown core, only one thing gets me to drive out to the end of Pacific Highway Southwest across from McChord Air Force Base — El Toro’s lunch buffet (which is only served at this location). A quick 14 minute drive from downtown makes

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