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High on cinema

Do you love movies? Do you love trivia? Do you love perma-stoned standup comedians? Then do we have a comedy extravaganza for you. Doug Benson might just be the hardest-working slacker in modern entertainment. Born in San Diego, Benson is 55 but looks a decade younger, two if his audience members'

Best accessible highbrow culture: Tacoma Opera

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Best accessible highbrow culture: Tacoma Opera

"Our 50th-anniversary season -- That's amazing!" crows Noel Karan, general director of Tacoma Opera. "It's very unusual for an opera company to last this long. I think we've done a pretty good job." Not only was Tacoma Opera incorporated half a century ago, it's presented a full season each year

Best pizza: The Cloverleaf

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Best pizza: The Cloverleaf

Almost all pizza is at least pretty good, so it takes a special breed of pie to rise above the norm and earn the adoration of our discriminating readers. The first bite makes it clear how The Cloverleaf's distinctively crunchy crust launched this Gritty City institution into the party-food stratosphere. This

James Blunt opens for international pop star Ed Sheeran

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James Blunt opens for international pop star Ed Sheeran

Photo: James Blunt gained international stardom as the singer and songwriter of "You're Beautiful," which scaled the charts in 2004. "Goodbye My Lover," the fourth single from his debut album Back to Bedlam, was a top-10 hit in the UK. He's touring in support of his recent album The Afterlove and as

Global superstar Ed Sheeran

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Global superstar Ed Sheeran

Photo: Ed Sheeran is the global superstar whose most recent album was the January 2017 ÷. It's already yielded two top-10 singles in the U.S., "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You." He also recorded

Brew Five Three

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Brew Five Three

The Broadway Avenue block party known as Brew Five Three (a play on Tacoma's area code - duh) may have only reached its fifth birthday, but it grew so fast it's already reached full maturity. Maybe that's one reason why you must be 21 or older to gain admission. Of course,

Undisputed giants

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Undisputed giants

With screams for Bruno Mars' 24K Magic World Tour stop still echoing in the corridors enclosing the Tacoma Dome, this week brings two massive top-40 acts to the same venue - and that's before Lady Gaga draws her thousands of little monsters next weekend. This is shaping up to be

Weekend fun in Tacoma

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Weekend fun in Tacoma

Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosts Air Mobility Command's first Mobility Guardian readiness exercise from July 30 to Aug. 12. Consequently, U.S. and allied units are arriving from around the world. This is our chance to introduce them to exceptional R & R in the southern Puget Sound region. Let's break it

Brian Regan

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Brian Regan

A YouTube transfer of Brian Regan standup special, I Walked on the Moon (ironically prefaced with the caption, "This DVD is for private home viewing only"), is boldly dubbed: "Best Comedian Ever." That's debatable, to say the least, but it points to the enduring appeal of Regan's career since his

Eternally groovy

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Eternally groovy

Ben Harper is one of our more enduring pop-musical talents, beloved by critics and record buyers alike. It's surprising, then, to find he's never had what Billboard would call a bona-fide, top-10 radio hit. The closest he's come thus far was "Steal My Kisses," a sweet little number that reached

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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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