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Young buskers in love

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Young buskers in love

The musical Once, a hit four months ago at Broadway Center, features a charismatic, young street musician who falls in love, only to face seemingly insurmountable romantic competition. That's a fair description of Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole, the next Tacoma Opera production, except this time the romantic triangle takes a

Sweetheart deal

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Sweetheart deal

For untrained listeners, a night at the symphony can be an intimidating prospect. Is it necessary to rent a tux, wear a monocle, understand French or Latin? Is there a secret handshake? That's where symphonic "pops" programs come in. They're happy compromises between the accessibility of pop-rock with all the

An epic anniversary

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An epic anniversary

A trip to the movies can seem like a fairly impersonal experience in 2017. We book our tickets on Fandango, carefully boxing out other pretenders to our favorite throne, the center seat right behind the aisle so our upcharged, 3-D glasses (recycled for "the environment" - riiiiight) give us the

Post-Wobegon days

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Post-Wobegon days

"Well, it's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota ..." With those familiar words, listeners to A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio have delighted for decades to the small-town shenanigans related by master writer and storyteller Gary "Garrison" Keillor. Keillor hosted the show from 1974, when it

Viva Mexico!

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Viva Mexico!

I've seen at least eight Cirque du Soleil productions, most recently the Avatar-themed Toruk in Portland, Oregon. It played like an ultra-high-tech riff on Walking With Dinosaurs, so it wasn't what I've come to adore about Cirque du Soleil - I like my Cirque mostly human-powered. Minutes into Luzia, however,

Fast fingers

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Fast fingers

When Symphony Tacoma presents works by Beethoven and Mozart this Saturday - Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 and Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201, respectively - the concert will add extra treats for classical music lovers. For one thing, there'll be two bonus selections:

Chow down, Olympia

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Chow down, Olympia

The Capital Food & Wine Festival is an annual 501(c)(3) fundraiser for Saint Martin's University in Lacey. Al Eckroth, director of the first and second installments, describes it as "a huge annual block party, where neighbors and friends unite in a spirit of community." The festival "began in 1989 as a

Rage on, Lewis Black

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Rage on, Lewis Black

Comedian Lewis Black gained fame in the early years of The Daily Show, when his perma-furious stage persona popped from what was then, under host Craig Kilborn, a rather glib half hour of comedy. Over the phone, however, Black's an absolute teddy bear - or maybe it's just that our

The wearing of the green

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The wearing of the green

Pop quiz, hotshot: Where was Saint Patrick born? If you said Ireland, this'll be a useful history lesson. Saint Patrick was born in Britain, then part of the Roman Empire, around 400 A.D. In the Confession, Patrick's alleged autobiography, we learn he came from a wealthy family of Catholic ministers

Turkish delights

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Turkish delights

It's easy for Americans to get the false impression that Islam is a mostly Arabian religion. In fact, only about one in eight Muslims around the world is ethnically Arab, and only one in five speaks Arabic as a primary language. The country with the highest Muslim population, at 205

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Beer week in Tacoma

"He was a wise man who invented beer," opined Plato, and Tacoma agrees. Beer's been Earth's favorite alcoholic beverage since its invention over 11,000 years ago. The ancient Sumerians wrote prayers to Ninkasi, their goddess of beer. In some Bible translations, Proverbs 31:6 recommends beer as a deathbed medication. We

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Growing people: On the job at L'Arche Farm & Gardens

I'm not going to lie: I was underwhelmed when I first glanced at a press release from L'Arche Farm & Gardens. That wasn't L'Arche's fault. It's because I know next to nothing about farming and/or gardening. What little time I've spent near either farms or gardens was in my teenage

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Nerd Alert issued for Star Wars trailer, Wayzgoose, summer movies ...

Suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, this is Nerd Alert, the Weekly Volcano's recurring events calendar devoted to all things nerdy. I myself am a Star Wars fan, mathlete, and spelling bee champion of long standing, so trust me: I grok whereof I speak. It seems this good thing

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Cinema paradiso: The Grand Cinema reaches voting age

When I was a kid in L.A., most walk-in cinemas looked like The Grand Cinema. I remember my parents dropping me off and leaving me in a theater for hours-no helicopter parenting for me - as I watched a double feature or, often, the same movie twice in a row.

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Keeping Freddie alive: One Night of Queen is a kind of magic

"Fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die I can fly, my friends..." - Queen (from Innuendo, 1991) The great Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, Tanzania (then the Sultanate of Zanzibar) and was raised Zoroastrian near Mumbai. At age 24, he joined guitarist Brian May and

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Nerd Alert issued for Game of Thrones, Ex Machina, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot ...

Struggling through the Voight-Kampff test, this is Nerd Alert, the Weekly Volcano's recurring events calendar devoted to all things nerdy. I myself am a Star Wars fan, mathlete, and spelling bee champion of long standing, so trust me: I grok whereof I speak. THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Louie, one of TV's best and

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Gray Sky Blues Music Festival have programmed a full day of blues

I want to open this blog entry by doing something I almost never do in my efforts for The Weekly Volcano: admit ignorance. One of the guiding principles of journalism, meaning whatever pallid version of it we attempt here, is a writer must do his or her research, then act

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Nerd Alert has been issued for Emerald City Comicon, Rock Candy Burlesque, Scientology, "Interstellar" ...

Pouring one out for Xenu in his electronic mountain trap, this is Nerd Alert, the Weekly Volcano's recurring events calendar devoted to all things nerdy. I myself am a Star Wars fan, mathlete, and spelling bee champion of long standing, so trust me: I grok whereof I speak.   FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Sadly,

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Why Adam? Why Odd Otter beer? Here's why: rally behind Team Knowing Stuff

The Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor in New Jersey once reached a temperature of 920 million degrees Fahrenheit. Hawaii gets four inches closer to Japan every year. Ants never sleep, and a decapitated cockroach can live for weeks. The cracks in breaking glass spread at up to 3,000 miles an hour.

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Getting Doug With Tacoma: Doug Benson is your comedy friend

"Did you know that in your lifetime, you are more likely to get attacked by a domesticated pig than by a shark?" Doug Benson inquires. "That is a true statistic, especially if you have a tendency to swim in pig-infested waters." Silly? Yes. Funny? Also yes. San Diegan Doug Benson has

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Oscar night parties in the South Sound

Forgive me if I've mentioned this, oh, about a squillion times, but I used to live and work in Hollywood. Most movie and TV studios, in fact, moved to quieter parts of Los Angeles and beyond years ago, but the tiny, tourist-packed neighborhood of Hollywood remains a frequent shooting location

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