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It’s not easy to engage a live audience in an age where people channel surf while text messaging, talking on the phone, eating dinner, checking e-mail and updating their MySpace pages. Spending an hour or two watching a singer/songwriter is great if you are already a big fan or if

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"Beowulf" is bloody funny

In the name of the mighty Odin, what this movie needs is an audience that knows how to laugh. Laugh, I tell you, laugh! Has the spirit of irony been lost in the land? By all the gods, if it were not for this blasted infirmity that the Fates have

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Wonderful for the young only

Mr. Magorium is 243 years old, he informs us. He has possibly survived so long by being incapable of boredom. Life for him is a daily adventure, which he shares with the children who pack into his magical toy store. And let’s talk about the toy store first. If the

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On local screens this week

30 DAYS OF NIGHT: Barlow, Alaska, said to be the northernmost town in America, undergoes 30 days without sun every winter, which makes it an ideal holiday haven for vampires.  The townsfolk, led by Josh Hartnett and Melissa George, do battle against ravenous vampire hordes led by Danny Huston, in

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Award-winning Bella hits the screen

“Bella” tells the story of two people who fall in love because of an unborn child. Winner of the Audience Award at Toronto 2006, it is a heart-tugger with the confidence not to tug too hard. It stars an actor named Eduardo Verastegui, whom I would describe as the next

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Savoy Brown in town

Bobble Tiki is a has been. There’s no denying it. When it comes to the journey of life, Bobble Tiki has already seen his best years slip by, and now lives day-to-day under the realization that he’ll never be as fit, as spry, or as youthful as he was 20

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The Pasties

I like to support unorthodox music venues — if for no other reason than strange music venues provide writers like me an instant lead-in. I’m lazy like that. When the Pasties recently played under the Fourth Avenue bridge in Olympia, and Bobble Tiki mentioned the show on the Weekly Volcano’s Spew, I

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Rocking out for Mr. Punk

What exactly does it mean to be “punk rock?” While I’ve offered my opinion on the matter a number of times here in the Weekly Volcano, in truth, what the hell do I know? I’m about as punk rock as Bette Midler. (And for those playing at home, Ms. Midler

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Sinfonietta sneak peek

As he sipped his latte before the Tuesday night’s Northwest Sinfonietta rehearsal, Musical Director Christophe Chagnard explained that he’d researched Beethoven and felt as though he understood the man who’d been so influential in pushing the future of classical music. Beethoven’s childhood at the hands of a drunken father left him

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"Visiting Mr. Green," "Fiddler" and more

“visiting mr. green” Olympia Little Theatre is staging a comedy worth a look. “Visiting Mr. Green” follows the story of, well, Mr. Green as he wanders into New York City traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, an ambitious and hard-working corporate executive. What starts as

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'Sleep' is not the key word

I have to be brutally honest here for a minute. I didn’t have high hopes for Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of “Sleeping Beauty.” I just didn’t. But I played the role of the dutiful father and took my daughter to see the show so I would have something to write about. Apparently,

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Christy Reedy

The Weekly Volcano finds excitement when all the elements of style end up under the same roof: groundbreaking, ingenious design, cutting-edge fashion, and the most progressive of music. Therefore, we found ürbanaüt last Saturday at Sanford & Son Antiques very exciting. We also found interior designer Christy Reedy’s outfit that night

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420 Funk Mob, Boneyard Crawlers, and others

Thursday, Nov. 15 PSYCHOBILLY boneyard crawlers When I hear the name “Boneyard Crawlers,” I instantly think of something completely different than what the Tacoma-based psychobilly band probably had in mind. Because I’m all about hip lingo, I often refer to Jazzbones as “the Boneyard.” Having worked the door at the club, I’m more

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Matt Coughlin

There’s a fine line between a totally sappy love song and an intelligent portrait of a relationship. Not many singer/songwriters can pull it off, but Tacoma’s own Matt Coughlin has the ability to wear his heart on his sleeve without making me want to puke. Originally from Belgrade, Mont., Coughlin

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Margaret's Café

The phrase “good things come in small packages” came to my mind recently while I was patiently waiting in line this week at a staple T-Town location. In downtown Tacoma, there’s an absolutely charming business with an equally charming owner, and both are small and cozy. Margaret’s Café Margaret’s was opened by Margaret

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Hitting 'em with art

Consider Friday night’s Art Slam at the Rialto Theater to be, sort of, like a blending of Laser Pink Floyd and that art class you had freshman year, only cooler than either because the event is sprinkled with a liberal dose of the essence of Tacoma. Basically, what you have is

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Celine Dion and others on sale this week

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Highland Heath And Holler with Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Bruce Molsky Tacoma. Nov. 29 7:30 pm. $36-$46 (Rialto Theater, 253. 591.5894). Switchfoot, Reliant K, Ruth Everett. Dec.

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Dancers, games and bad sweaters

THE DANCE Josh Rizeberg can “MOVE!” Josh Rizeberg and producer Xaviant are about to answer a lot of prayers. The native poet and beatsmith have alchemically distilled something really special. It’s not hip-hop. It’s not spoken word. Don’t call it fusion, please. The duo’s first collaboration, dubbed “Spoken Worlds,” features tight, grimy

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Pac Island Grill

No photo A bright orange wall meets a tropical green wall. Large framed pictures of surfing, sea creatures, and island sunsets grace the entry. The Taste of Tacoma Best Entrée winner for 2006 and 2007 enjoys plenty of sun and light streaming through cream colored, curtain-draped windows trimmed in lush teal

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Gone with the tropical breeze

I am on my way home after nine days of tropical sun, food and fruity drinks. This was our (the husband and my) second trip to Kauai, Hawaii, and it was everything it was before and more — almost.  We visited prior haunts and new digs. Many places have stayed

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