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Theater Review: Cirque du Soleil's latest Cabinet of Curiosities

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Theater Review: Cirque du Soleil's latest Cabinet of Curiosities

A quick search of my computer reveals the word delightful appears in 10 of my theater reviews prior to this one. I've overused it, I suppose. It's an affected, even poncey word, but I need it again to describe Cirque du Soleil's traveling tent show, Kurios. Here's why: I was

22nd Special Tactics Squadron helps Uganda orphanage

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22nd Special Tactics Squadron helps Uganda orphanage

The Special Tactics airmen of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron are showing that even in the challenging conditions of a deployment,  time can still be made to give back to those in need. In less than a month, combat controllers assigned to the 22nd STS were able to help raise more

Through Feb. 28: Artist Tom Anderson

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Through Feb. 28: Artist Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson is one of the most prolific and most popular artists in Olympia. He paints with chemicals, gold leaf, pastel, Graphite and varnishes on recycled metal and aluminum sheets. In the 26 years since I first saw his work I've observed an endless recycling of a

Wednesday, Feb. 11: Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

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Wednesday, Feb. 11: Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

Before Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein branded Portland, Oregon, Elliott Smith did the same - except his Portland was about self-loathing. He told stories about addicts getting off the bus at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 6th Avenue to cop, and chronicled the absurd ritual of the Rose Parade. After battling

Tuesday, Feb. 10: "CRAVE: An Early Glimpse of Spring"

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Tuesday, Feb. 10: "CRAVE: An Early Glimpse of Spring"

The calendar tells us its winter. The W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory remains skeptical. It's true though. Facts don't lie. We still have to pound something strong to battle the biting chill we encounter when we step outside The Swiss to load up the parking meter. But, the Conservatory says the

Monday, Feb. 9: "Postmodern Muslim Feminism"

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Monday, Feb. 9: "Postmodern Muslim Feminism"

As a scarf-wearing Muslim teenager in Chicago, Tahera Ahmad played a mean game of basketball. As a young woman, she wrestled with interpretations of her own faith and went on to study Islamic law at the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Today, as a respected scholar, speaker, and youth leader,

Sunday, Feb. 8: Mark Dufresne

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Sunday, Feb. 8: Mark Dufresne

If the modern blues too often feels ossified - riffs and poses handed down from the Blues Brothers and white classic rockers - then meet Mark Dufresne. The blues musician looks backward and forward at the same time. Dufresne is schooled in the ways of Sonny Boy, Junior Wells and

Saturday, Feb. 7: Drive The Blues Away

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Saturday, Feb. 7: Drive The Blues Away

Unless we're talking about people with actual chest hair, no one loves beer, booze, blues and Buicks more than the Weekly Volcano. We're willing to bet that the vast majority of celebrants at "Drive the Blues Away," a celebration of beer, booze, blues  and automobiles at LeMay - America's Car

Friday, Feb. 6: Band of Lovers

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Friday, Feb. 6: Band of Lovers

Few songs are sweeter than "Tennessee," the acoustic tune by upstate New Yorkers Band of Lovers. Their debut single comes correct with homespun violin, upbeat lyrics, even trilled ooh-oo-oohs and la-di-dahs. Friends for 10 years, Sabina Beachdell and Dave Strumfeld united their troubadour talents in 2013 to craft a five-song

Friday, Feb. 6: Murder-solving yoga teacher

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Friday, Feb. 6: Murder-solving yoga teacher

Yoga is the quintessential exercise for tree-hugging, granola-munching types. But what's the point of getting all in tune with your body and its connection to the earth if people are being killed just outside your yoga classroom? Seattle novelist Tracy Weber will read from her new novel, A Killer Retreat,

Thursday, Feb. 5: Puyallup River Brewing Alehouse 2nd Anniversary Party

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Thursday, Feb. 5: Puyallup River Brewing Alehouse 2nd Anniversary Party

If you need another excuse to drink a good beer (and who doesn't?), Puyallup River Brewing Alehouse is celebrating its 2nd anniversary Thursday. Puyallup River Brewing owner-brewer Eric Akeson opened the downtown Puyallup taproom less than a year after launching his South Hill garage brewery. The long, dark 2,000-square-foot alehouse

Approaching "H.M.S. Pinafore" at Tacoma Opera

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Approaching "H.M.S. Pinafore" at Tacoma Opera

There was a period in my life when I knew, but didn't know I knew, H.M.S. Pinafore. Not that I could distinguish Gilbert & Sullivan, the composers of that masterpiece, from Lerner & Loewe, but I recognized some of their songs. Just as Bugs Bunny had introduced me to the

Sunday, Feb. 8: Mazen Kerbaj

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Sunday, Feb. 8: Mazen Kerbaj

This festival of improvised music at Obsidian features a very special guest by the name of Mazen Kerbaj. Hailing from Beirut, Lebanon, Kerbaj specializes in the trumpet, taking that instrument many miles from any expectations you may have when I utter the words "improvisational trumpet." His style takes the trumpet

Saturday, Feb. 7: For MCs By MCs Presents "Capitol Punishment"

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Saturday, Feb. 7: For MCs By MCs Presents "Capitol Punishment"

The South Sound MC battle scene began in the early '90s, but flourished on an astronomical trajectory with the emergence of Heretic The Heathen's For MCs By MCs Presents organization a few years back. The battle scene is composed of upstart and veteran writers, lyricists and vocalists who compete with

Friday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 8: "H.M.S. Pinafore"

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Friday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 8: "H.M.S. Pinafore"

Tacoma Opera's production of Pinafore boasts vocals by Boston Lyric Opera soloist Michael Drumheller, Seattle Opera Guild's Ksenia Popova and returnees from The Barber of Seville.  Read Christian Carvajal's full feature on H.M.S. Pinafore in the Music & Culture section. H.M.S. PINAFORE, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 and 2 p.m. Sunday,

Friday, Feb. 6-Saturday, Feb. 7: Too Long Sparks

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Friday, Feb. 6-Saturday, Feb. 7: Too Long Sparks

The struggle of a one-man-band is that your defining characteristics are utterly your own. There's no flavor to be found from the inclusion of a wild drummer or a stoic bassist - everything comes directly from whatever you decide to include in your lonely presence on stage and record. Mig

Feedbag: Trinity Brewing Night, Goose Island Night, Doyle's new menu

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Feedbag: Trinity Brewing Night, Goose Island Night, Doyle's new menu

TRINITY NIGHT Engine House No. 9 (611 N. Pine St., Tacoma) will host a Trinity Brewing Night with five on tap and three different brews in bottles, beginning at 6 p.m. Trinity head brewer and owner Jason Yester will be in the firehouse. DOYLE'S NEW MENU Doyle's Public House (208 Saint Helens Ave.,

Steilacoom author Joan Brown discusses life as a military wife

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Steilacoom author Joan Brown discusses life as a military wife

Joan Brown writes with a lyrical touch about the challenges and triumphs she faced as a military wife. Move - And Other Four Letter Words is a prize-winning memoir of Brown's life as her Air Force husband moved from assignment to assignment. A memoir about Brown's mobile marriage, the book presents fascinating,

The most knowledgeable used bookseller in Tacoma

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The most knowledgeable used bookseller in Tacoma

Used bookseller Jerry Culpepper has always had great expectations. Born in Tacoma he decided early to stay and find his deliverance in town. With wife Michele Martin, he owns Culpepper Books at 2521 N. Proctor, one of the few remaining independent bookstores in the area, and one of the most

Modern dance surrounds Ravenna Woods

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Modern dance surrounds Ravenna Woods

When I first saw Ravenna Woods, it was in Austin, Texas, 2011, at a showcase that included the Pacific Northwest likes of the Nightgowns and the Tea Cozies. Unlike those bands, Ravenna Woods were built in the mold of Washington's growing obsession with folk music. However, unlike the infestation of

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