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Rebecca Lea McCarthy sings the "Diaphragm Blues"

I wish I could review every show, truly, but some intrigue me far more than others. There's no point in writing and publishing a critique of Singing the Diaphragm Blues, as it runs a single weekend, but it sure does sound fascinating. I mean, how many plays offer "chickens, diaphragms,

Feedbag: wine and chocolate, Irish beer dinner, wine dinner ...

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Feedbag: wine and chocolate, Irish beer dinner, wine dinner ...

WINE AND CHOCOLATE Treos in Old Town (2312 N. 30th, Tacoma) will host a Wine and Chocolate pairing featuring delectable artisan bon bons handcrafted by two sisters of Wow Chocolates at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 6. For those who wish to forgo the vino, the roasted bean also pairs well with

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Tori Amos, Jethro Tull, Linkin' Park, Riff Raff, O.A.R. and others ...

Concert Alert

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Tori Amos, Jethro Tull, Linkin' Park, Riff Raff, O.A.R. and others ...

We list major concerts going on sale this weekend, as well as national touring acts performing in the Puget Sound this

Washington State Historical Society needs your Pacific Northwest rock ephemera

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Washington State Historical Society needs your Pacific Northwest rock ephemera

Sometimes, when I'm drunk in the early morning hours, I'll find myself falling down a rabbit hole of accidentally important live albums - documents of moments in time that are impossible to replicate. I've Never Seen a Straight Banana, for instance, captures a private performance Tiny Tim gave for three

Podcast: Beats and Eats with Ty Ray and Nick Gelso

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Podcast: Beats and Eats with Ty Ray and Nick Gelso

"Live, from our studios somewhere in cyberspace - it's "Beats and Eats" - a happy hour for your mind," says the announcer, in the style of early radio and TV broadcasting, voice booming over a catchy background jingle. "The virtual lounge is open. So come inside, grab a stool and

Nervosas' combustible post-punk doesn't mess around

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Nervosas' combustible post-punk doesn't mess around

If the punk movement was about tearing down the bloated, cliched foundation of popular music, then post-punk was the beginning of the steady rebuilding process. Like all manner of nebulous music terms, post-punk has come to mean a variety of different things to different people. Bands grouped into the post-punk

Music Critics' Picks: Coma Figuram, Broken Water, T-Pain, Lark vs. Owl

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Music Critics' Picks: Coma Figuram, Broken Water, T-Pain, Lark vs. Owl

[BEDROOM POP] + FRI, MARCH 7 Near as I can tell from what little music is available of Coma Figura, one might describe them as a sort of Foxygen or Titus Andronicus for the bedroom pop set. These are bands that mash together influences and jumble them up into something that

Best of Olympia 2014 Retail: Psychic Sister, Obee Credit Union, Shipwreck Beads, Olympic Cards and Comics and others ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 Retail: Psychic Sister, Obee Credit Union, Shipwreck Beads, Olympic Cards and Comics and others ...

Best retail combo   PSYCHIC SISTER   Just as restaurants offer you fries with your burger or rice with your curry, retail shops tend to offer combinations of goods: Gift shops have cards; shoe stores have socks. But those classic combinations are nothing compared to the offerings at Psychic Sister. Sure, the vintage clothing

Best of Olympia 2014 Retail: Best outdoor gear store - The Alpine Experience

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Best of Olympia 2014 Retail: Best outdoor gear store - The Alpine Experience

The Alpine Experience is dead; long live Centro. The longtime outfitter, which again was our readers' pick for best outdoor gear store, is being born again, evolving into something that's not exactly an outdoor gear store. Rather, think of it as an urban adventure marketplace, including The Bike Stand, Olympia Footwear Co.,

Best of Olympia 2014 Retail: Readers pick Hot Toddy, Rainy Day Records, Orca Books, Fire and Earth, Music 6000, Danger Room and others ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 Retail: Readers pick Hot Toddy, Rainy Day Records, Orca Books, Fire and Earth, Music 6000, Danger Room and others ...

The Weekly Volcano would like to thank all those who took the time to vote in the best of Olympia 2014 Readers' Poll. You are the best. Best shoe store: Hot Toddy Best record store: Rainy Day Records Best grocery store: Olympia Food Co-op Best tattoo shop: Lit Fuse Best hair salon: Jamie Lee &

Best Olympian 2014: Calvin Johnson

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Best Olympian 2014: Calvin Johnson

"Our role isn't to create popular bands," says Johnson, "we're just here to document them." The founder of K Records, Calvin Johnson, who dug into hearts with his bands Beat Happening, Halo Benders and Dub Narcotic Sound System, who played records on Evergreen's independent radio station, KAOS, when he was just

Best of Olympia 2014 City Living: Readers pick Darren Mills, GRuB, Rob Richards, Mike Cummins, Nikki McClure and others ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 City Living: Readers pick Darren Mills, GRuB, Rob Richards, Mike Cummins, Nikki McClure and others ...

The Weekly Volcano would like to thank all those who took the time to vote in the best of Olympia 2014 Readers' Poll. You are the best. Best politician: Darren Mills Best politician you love to hate: Karen Rogers Best Thurston County nonprofit organization: GRuB Best local hero: Rob Richards Best Thurston County based website:

Best of Olympia 2014 City Living: Camp Quixote, Darby's Cafe, SAGE, Initiative 502 and more ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 City Living: Camp Quixote, Darby's Cafe, SAGE, Initiative 502 and more ...

Best action scene   FERRARI JOYRIDE   Readers of a certain age (mine) will remember the arcade game Spy Hunter, in which an operative driving a "G-6155 Interceptor," a fictitious sports car that looked an awful lot like a Ferrari, careened down a road at insanely high speeds to the tune of Henry Mancini's

Best of Olympia 2014 Food and Drink: Readers pick Quality Burrito, Brotherhood Lounge, Old School Pizzeria, Eastside Big Tom, Twister Donuts, Tea Lady and others ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 Food and Drink: Readers pick Quality Burrito, Brotherhood Lounge, Old School Pizzeria, Eastside Big Tom, Twister Donuts, Tea Lady and others ...

The Weekly Volcano would like to thank all those who took the time to vote in the best of Olympia 2014 Readers' Poll. You are the best. Best restaurant: Quality Burrito Best restaurant server (waiter/waitress): Jess at King Solomon's Reef Best bartender: Whitney Lee at 4th Ave Tavern Best happy hour: The Brotherhood Lounge Best

Best of Olympia 2014 Food and Drink: Best Desserts - Bearded Lady Food Co.

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Best of Olympia 2014 Food and Drink: Best Desserts - Bearded Lady Food Co.

Bearded Lady Food Co. is not your typical eatery: It's open only three days a week, and its evening menu has just one section: desserts. People like it that way: Our readers again chose the restaurant Olympia's best place for desserts. You can get such staples as cupcakes, ice cream and cookies

Best of Olympia 2014 Food and Drink: Sage Brunch House, Back Door Bakery, Stewart's Meat Market, Basilico Ristorante and others ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 Food and Drink: Sage Brunch House, Back Door Bakery, Stewart's Meat Market, Basilico Ristorante and others ...

Best breakfast if you're feeling relaxed   SAGE'S BRUNCH HOUSE   We have waited at Sage's Brunch House for hours. Literally. To be fair, though, that was on the day of The Evergreen State College graduation. The service is often very good, but there are times when it, too, demands that the customer have

Best of Olympia 2014 Arts and Entertainment: Readers pick Kanako Wynkoop, Capitol Theater, Pug Bujeaud, Harlequin Productions, Nikki McClure, Ira Coyne and others ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 Arts and Entertainment: Readers pick Kanako Wynkoop, Capitol Theater, Pug Bujeaud, Harlequin Productions, Nikki McClure, Ira Coyne and others ...

The Weekly Volcano would like to thank all those who took the time to vote in the best of Olympia 2014 Readers' Poll. You are the best. Best local filmmaker: Kanako Wynkoop Best movie theater: Capitol Theater Most creative person: Pug Bujeaud Best theater company: Harlequin Productions Best dance company: Ballet Northwest Best performance space: Washington

Best of Olympia 2014 Arts and Entertainment: Best Actor - Christian Doyle

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Best of Olympia 2014 Arts and Entertainment: Best Actor - Christian Doyle

I'm pleased to see Mr. Doyle breaking out as your choice for Olympia's Best Actor this year, as he's accumulated one of the most consistently solid resumés in town. I nominated him for Best Actor myself for his work in Harlequin Productions' Stardust Serenade (2011). You may remember that show

Best of Olympia 2014 Arts and Entertainment: Morgan Picton, Salon Refu, Matter, Olyphant Art Supply and more ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 Arts and Entertainment: Morgan Picton, Salon Refu, Matter, Olyphant Art Supply and more ...

Best man around town   MORGAN PICTON   I'd seen Picton perform as an actor several times, in shows for Animal Fire and Olympia Family Theater, then worked with him in June of 2012. That was the summer he cracked wise as the Gravedigger in Animal Fire's Hamlet. He had an easy, authoritative knack

Best of Olympia 2014 Music: Readers pick Full Moon Radio, Hannah's Bar, Christian Mistress, DJ Mothrider, AKA & The Heart Hurt Goods, Andy Geertsen and others ...

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Best of Olympia 2014 Music: Readers pick Full Moon Radio, Hannah's Bar, Christian Mistress, DJ Mothrider, AKA & The Heart Hurt Goods, Andy Geertsen and others ...

The Weekly Volcano would like to thank all those who took the time to vote in the best of Olympia 2014 Readers' Poll. You are the best. Best band: Full Moon Radio Best new band: Fruit Juice Best indie rock band: Full Moon Radio Best metal band: Christian Mistress Best punk band: GAG Best jazz band:

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