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Holy Locklear! It’s Larvelle!

The eighties. Ahh, memories. Bobble Tiki has many. Every once and a while, something comes along that sends Bobble Tiki into a retrospective haze, staring glassy eyed into space and recollecting a time when the Great Communicator was giving Dubya’s daddy lessons on ideological warfare, women wore shoulder pads, and Bobble

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Carrie Akre is a name associated with rock royalty in the Pacific Northwest. Her former bands, Hammerbox and Goodness, are the subject of local legend. Her name will be written in any credible Northwest rock history book. She’s on a first name basis with people that the average person couldn’t

Staying Quiet

Arts

Staying Quiet

Film noir, with its signature chiaroscuro, hard-boiled dialogue and (most important to an independent moviemaker) low-budget vibe, has over the decades spawned countless remakes, spoofs and homages. Falling somewhere amidst these three categories is Quiet Shoes, which hit the Rialto last summer and now returns to town at the Tacoma

What's the Word?

Music

What's the Word?

This is the debut of "What's the Word?" a weekly column covering Tacoma and 253-area hip-hop. Being that it's mid-March, I thought it would be a good idea to bring ya'll up to speed on what's happened already during the first few months of 2011 On Valentine's Day a free EP

Tuesday, March 22: Jen Marlowe

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Tuesday, March 22: Jen Marlowe

Sami Al Jundi was sentenced to 10 years after a bomb he made and intended to use against Israeli police killed a friend. Al Jundi's sentence included plenty of torture, but also an "extraordinary metamorphosis from militant to a passionate advocate of nonviolence," according to the press release. It's all

Saturday, March 19: Awadagin Pratt

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Saturday, March 19: Awadagin Pratt

Think all pianists - especially pianists schooled in the likes of Beethoven, Bach and Chopin - are lame and stuffy? Think again. Or, better yet, check out Awadagin Pratt this Saturday at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma. Billed as a "rare phenomenon," and a "wonderfully gifted artist and conductor whose

Friday, March 18-Saturday, March 19: "Java Tacoma"

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Friday, March 18-Saturday, March 19: "Java Tacoma"

Dukesbay Production's Java Tacoma: Episode 37, Ashes to Ashes, Cup to Cup is an ode to Tacoma and the unintentional (though very intentional here) humor and dramatic storylines of daytime TV ... which also plays off an undying adoration for everyone's favorite caffeinated beverage. Written by Curtis B. Swanson and

Memorial sculpture to be unveiled

Arts

Memorial sculpture to be unveiled

The unimaginable happened at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on a warm Wednesday evening last June. The members of the Wednesday night Bible study had welcomed the stranger with open arms, but he had responded to their hospitality by doing the unthinkable. Opening fire, he

What's new at TAM?

Arts

What's new at TAM?

The first thing to catch the eye when entering the gallery of new gifts to the Tacoma Art Museum is Guy Anderson's "Mountain Picnic," a moody painting in oil on paper mounted on plywood. Next to it is an equally dark and moody painting by Paul Horiuchi titled "Religious Heritage",

Thursday, March 17: The Paperboys

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Thursday, March 17: The Paperboys

A band like the Paperboys must wait all year for St. Patrick's Day to roll around. The green-spirited Irish holiday is probably the touring band equivalent of what Christmas means for Macy's. Business booms. Thursday, Tom Landa and Co. will do their jig at Doyle's in Tacoma as part of

CRITICS' PICKS: Picoso, Fur Hood, Golden Ghost, Old Man Markley

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CRITICS' PICKS: Picoso, Fur Hood, Golden Ghost, Old Man Markley

PICOSO >>> Thursday, March 17 While Olympia often has a few bagpipers skirting around downtown on St. Patty's Day squeaking out classic Irish ditties, there are other options out there. Instead, how about some lively, upbeat music you can really move to? I'm not talking about a DJ spinning New Wave or

Booming business

Ragnet

Booming business

In every issue of this fine rag my hack team of wannabe journalists and I tackle some of the most laughable criminal acts that have recently happened in our area. Then - if we're doing our job - we write about those crimes in a way that makes you chuckle,

Internet killed the radio star

Music

Internet killed the radio star

In December, the outgoing Democratically-controlled Senate passed the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, freeing up more FM real estate for new, locally focused stations. As early as last week, Republican congressmen were calling for the defunding of NPR. Terrestrial radio is in an awkward, tenuous position.  Internet radio, on the

Big Whisky Saloon

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Big Whisky Saloon

Tonight, I have a hankering for a barn burner. A saucy humdinger. A real part-y.  Because I didn't shine my dancing shoes for nothing. I'm scheduled to check out The Matador, but I quickly learn it's more of a dinner spot than a real meat market (wood-grained tequila bar aside). Undiscouraged,

Drive the Blues Away

Music

Drive the Blues Away

Warmer months in western Washington are filled with outdoor festivals, especially beer and wine tastings. As the weather cools down and the rain shows up, many of these festivals go into hiding ... yet it's during the colder months that a beer fest really serves to cheer Northwesterners up. Never fear!

Morning Quickie Newsletter: $50 restaurant gift certificates (CLOSED)

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Morning Quickie Newsletter: $50 restaurant gift certificates (CLOSED)

(THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS STEVEN!) Welcome to another awesome Weekly Volcano Morning Quickie Newsletter giveaway. This morning we're giving away two $25 gift certificates to Budd Bay Cafe in Olympia. The recently-remodeled restaurant boasts a 180 degree bay view from the State Capitol to the Olympics, which is nice. To

Friday, March 18: Claire Dederer

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Friday, March 18: Claire Dederer

Like many people - even liberals, even in Western Washington - Claire Dederer was a yoga skeptic. But when she threw her back out nursing her baby daughter, Dederer decided to give it a try, despite what she calls a "longtime policy of never entering a structure adorned with Tibetan prayer

Thursday, March 17: "Quiet Shoes"

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Thursday, March 17: "Quiet Shoes"

Film noir, with its signature chiaroscuro, hard-boiled dialogue and (most important to an independent moviemaker) low-budget vibe, has spawned countless remakes, spoofs and homages. Falling somewhere amidst these three categories is Quiet Shoes, which hit the Rialto last summer and now returns to the Tacoma Art Museum. A story rife

The Cars of Downton Abbey

Attractions

The Cars of Downton Abbey

Sure, you could eat lunch at your desk or go to that café down the street with the same old sandwiches every day or you can join the LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM) and its If Cars Could Talk lunch series, held the first Tuesday of every month from

Oscar parties

South Sound Cinema

Oscar parties

Surely one of the foremost appeals of Hollywood's night of all nights is imagining oneself in attendance. The South Sound offers two big opportunities to share in the glitz and glamour of Oscar night this Feb. 28. I know; I've been there. In a break from current editorial preference, this writer's first-person

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