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Magical Music Man

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Magical Music Man

Olympia's a town that adores musicians, and it's played parent, host and/or teacher to more than its fair share of name-brand performers. Beat Happening, Beck, Bikini Kill, Kurt Cobain, Kimya Dawson, The Fleetwoods, Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic, Sleater-Kinney -- all have deep connections to Washington's capital city. It's also the

Go Graphic this Weekend

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Go Graphic this Weekend

Every year since 2001, the Olympia Comics Festival has played host to renowned graphic authors and artists alongside homegrown beginners. Casey Bruce and Frank Hussey, owners and operators of Oly comics shop Danger Room, pride themselves on running the oldest alternative-comics event of its kind in the Northwest.  "It really started

Let us introduce to you:

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Let us introduce to you:

Music erases distance. There are about 4,600 miles between Liverpool, England, and northeastern Texas, but those vanished when 9-year-old Dave Walser first encountered the Fab Four on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was early 1964, and even Walser knew his life had just changed. "I'd been playing guitar since I

Nerd-rock nirvana

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Nerd-rock nirvana

By the late 1970s, thanks to American Graffiti, Grease, Happy Days and the televised doo-wop of Sha Na Na, nostalgia for the 1950s had bloomed in pop culture. As any Beatlemaniac, Deadhead or Trekker can tell you, idolatry for the '60s and ‘70s never waned. If anything, then, 1980s revivalism

In search of ...

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In search of ...

Put one way, this summer marks the 60th birthday of one of the South Sound's most legendary residents. Put another way, this mythic figure spans millennia. Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest told tales of wild men in the woods, from the Lummi Ts'emekwes to the Chinookan people's mountain skookums

A fond farewell

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A fond farewell

The Weekly Volcano was pleased to speak with Robert Musser, founder and conductor of Tacoma Concert Band, in advance of a concert celebrating his impending retirement. First, however, a simple question: What's the difference between a concert band and an orchestra? "It's just a different sound," Musser explained. "The orchestra is

Spring awakening

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Spring awakening

Everyone knows the end of August brings three weeks of entertainment to the Washington State fairgrounds, which is among the largest state fairs in the country. Less well known, perhaps, is the shorter Spring Fair, which has arrived every April since 1990. It may be less expansive than its older

Heaven with theatrical flair

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Heaven with theatrical flair

The last time most of us thought about the harp -- and chances are that opportunity wasn't recent -- our most likely associations were uptight chamber music or supplies from Saint Peter to the newly inorganic. Maybe not, though. Maybe you're one of those lucky connoisseurs who are hip to

Journey into the unknown

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Journey into the unknown

When Ludwig van Beethoven died in March of 1827, possibly from cirrhosis of the liver, he'd been in poor health for years. Despite that, he managed to finish several string quartets and his now-beloved Ninth. The finale of that symphony, an allegro familiar to anyone who ever watched Die Hard,

Chekhov's drama of everyday life

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Chekhov's drama of everyday life

"I love Chekhov because he's one of the greatest playwrights ever, and his work is really great for training actors," said Marla Elliott, a faculty member specializing in drama at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. "He creates stories and plays in which there are no villains and no heroes,

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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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