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The minds of Henry Jekyll

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The minds of Henry Jekyll

In October 1977, a man whose birth certificate read William Stanley Milligan was arrested for the rape of three women on the Ohio State campus.  Milligan claimed insanity; his psychologists claimed he suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), then called "split personality."  The rapes were allegedly committed against Milligan's

Through Sept. 18: "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"

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Through Sept. 18: "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"

In Jeffrey Hatcher's 2008 adaptation Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Hyde is represented by four actors, one of them female, but Jekyll's a different actor altogether. It's a challenging idea, which Harlequin Production's director Scot Whitney does a fine job of communicating quickly.  Of Harlequin's four Hydes, I found Mike

Twists and turns

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Twists and turns

There are a number of things that make a play difficult to review: complexities of plot; subtleties of theme; good plays with bad actors and bad plays with good actors. And then there are shows like Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, which is difficult to review simply because I don't want to

Through Sept. 26: "Sleuth"

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Through Sept. 26: "Sleuth"

There are a number of things that make a play difficult to review: complexities of plot; subtleties of theme; good plays with bad actors and bad plays with good actors. And then there are shows like Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, which is difficult to review simply because I don't want to give

Impersonal portraits

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Impersonal portraits

Matthew Johnson's charcoal drawings and watercolors at Fulcrum are unassuming, unpretentious and traditional in style and execution. There's nothing to distinguish them other than 1) the unusual subject matter and 2) the skill of the drawings. Yet, I was drawn to them even from outside the gallery on the

Through Sept. 11: "Impersonal Portraits"

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Through Sept. 11: "Impersonal Portraits"

Matthew Johnson's charcoal drawings and watercolors at Fulcrum are unassuming, unpretentious and traditional in style and execution. There's nothing to distinguish them other than 1) the unusual subject matter and 2) the skill of the drawings. Yet, I was drawn to them even from outside the gallery on the sidewalk

Friday, Sept. 3-Sunday, Sept. 5: "The Beyond"

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Friday, Sept. 3-Sunday, Sept. 5: "The Beyond"

Horror films have carved out a bloody niche for themselves on the badlands of mainstream cinema. So it makes sense that The Grand will begin making screen space for this oft-overlooked genre with a new monthly series. Says Executive Director Philip Cowan, "We spend a lot of time...trying to

The Rosetta rock

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The Rosetta rock

We really are the same all over. Just about every place in the world knows how to rock, as if there were a rock 'n' roll Rosetta stone somewhere that taught the ways of electric guitar. If there is a difference, it's in the subtle changes in paradigm from

Tuesday: Garotas Suecas

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Tuesday: Garotas Suecas

Go down to Brazil, though, and everything gets a little brighter, more colorful. Case in point: Garotas Suecas, or which happens to translate to Swedish Girls. Garotas Suecas take their cue from garage rock and funk. Read the full story here.   Garotas Suecas   with Arrington De DionysoTuesday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., $6Northern, 321 Fourth

WEDNESDAY READING: Nike means victory

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WEDNESDAY READING: Nike means victory

The last tour New American Shame embarked on before the band's premature retirement was playing the opening slot for headliners Megadeth and main support band Static X on a week's worth of shows in the Midwest.  None of us were huge fans of either band, but we were certainly thankful

Last Call

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Last Call

Lakewood's Last Call is oddly out of place. Wedged between a karate dojo and a produce stand, the bar occupies strip mall space typically reserved for family-fun pizzerias or tanning salons. But inside, the club more closely resembles a swanky Seattle nightspot than the sandwich shop that's adjacent to it. Everyone

5-2 Stryker Brigade Reflagged as 2-2

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5-2 Stryker Brigade Reflagged as 2-2

A Stryker brigade whose only commander said was "conceived under the aegis of Mars" retired its flag and welcomed a new leader last week. The Destroyer Brigade cased its colors July 22 for the first time in its three-year history, when it inactivated to become 2nd Brigade, 2nd

Underground to hallowed ground

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Underground to hallowed ground

Colin Reynolds was born and raised in Tacoma, but for the past two years, he's been holed up in a Manhattan apartment, writing and recording material - using only a laptop and his sonorous voice - and busking in New York's subways to scrape by. Now the 22-year-old is back

Sept. 3-4: Bridging the gap

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Sept. 3-4: Bridging the gap

Emerald Queen Casino's Bridge Nightclub attracts all types. We mean ALL types. Hot chicks wearing next to nothing will be dancing next to Mom and Dad celebrating an anniversary with Grandma sipping a very regulated martini pour in the corner, counting her slot money. It's common for 300 people to

Sept. 3-4: Fish in a barrel

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Sept. 3-4: Fish in a barrel

Local rock bands beg The Swiss for a spot on their weekend stage. Good luck with that. The Swiss, a 1913 historic landmark, hosts the most popular cover bands every weekend, always with a line out the door. The front room, middle dance floor space and back game room are

Tuesdays: Barstool Bingo

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Tuesdays: Barstool Bingo

The Westgate Bar & Grill, the Noah's Ark of dive bars, packs them in for Barstool Bingo.  Get there early. By five o'clock the neighborhood couples start rolling in. [Westgate Bar & Grill, 5928 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.756.7072]  

NON-STOP HIP-HOP: Free Whiskey

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NON-STOP HIP-HOP: Free Whiskey

"I'm a crazy person," says DJ Hush Cut.  "(He's) the craziest DJ!" adds Nicatine. I'd simply asked, "Who are you guys?"  Thus begins a Sunday afternoon conversation in the heart of West Olympia's mall district, where Nicatine, DJ Hush Cut and I chill outside I.talia Pizzeria enjoying the sun.  We gather to discuss

Thursday, Sept. 2: The Fun Police

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Thursday, Sept. 2: The Fun Police

The Fun Police, it must be said, are one of those workhorse local bands that absolutely fucking bring it. They treat each venue the same, making sure the crowd leaves dazed, a ringing in their ears and smiles on their faces - because they've just seen a show. Through a

Saturday, Sept. 4: The Sofistokits

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Saturday, Sept. 4: The Sofistokits

What do we know about South Sound band the Sofistokits? No more than is necessary. The Sofistokits trudge in marshy, blues-laden hard rock bogs and rarely take their rock shoes off upon coming inside. Comprised of Dennis Byers, Justin McIntyre, Andrew Hilton and Dick Midnyte, the Sofistokits are a band

Monday, Sept. 6: Rhombus

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Monday, Sept. 6: Rhombus

Rhombus is a punk band with absurdist tendencies. They have a hard-bitten sound that mixes with silliness in a way that reminds me of early Ween, when every heavy metal anthem was tempered with some under-the-counter chemical to form a queasy mélange. I watched a video of Rhombus live performing

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