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Time flies

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Time flies

Volta is the Italian word for time; and, in the acrobatic hands of the French-Canadian theatrical franchise Cirque du Soleil, it most certainly flies. The company's 15th production to tour through Seattle draws inspiration from such "extreme" sports as bicycle motocross and bungee jumping. Volta follows a blue-coifed character named

Ming the majestic

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Ming the majestic

China's Ming dynasty endured from 1368 to 1644 A.D. Its emperors ruled an area almost as large as that of the contiguous United States, and for longer than the U.S. has been a country. By 1600, the Great Ming Empire had over 160 million citizens. Among its contributions to world

Get wrecked

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Get wrecked

It isn't often most people get to say this, but holy hand grenade: That's a lot of beads. Shipwreck Beads is a quick jog off Interstate 5 from the Marvin Road exit in Lacey. First-time visitors, lured, no doubt, by the catchy radio jingle, are often stunned into an overwhelmed silence,

Moscow Beat

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Moscow Beat

Igor Yuzov was born in Germany but spent his formative years in Odessa, in what's now Ukraine but was, at that time, the Soviet Union. His fondness for Beatles and Rolling Stones albums presented a challenge. In those days, he explains, "It was almost like selling drugs. It was part

Rocker with a cause

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Rocker with a cause

Friday, July 27, tickets went on sale for what promises to be the biggest concert event in Tacoma this year. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh, the legendary Eagle, solo artist and five-time Grammy winner, presents a sterling line-up of American rock and country artists for VetsAid 2018.

Best Namesake: Tacoma the game

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Best Namesake: Tacoma the game

The year is 2088. Your name is Amitjyoti ("Amy") Ferrier. You've been assigned by the Venturis Corporation to salvage AI hardware from its seemingly empty station in earth orbit, specifically the strategic L1 point en route to the moon. Aiding you in your retrieval efforts is an augmented-reality device that

Best New Restaurant, Best New Business, Best Performance Space, Best Live Music Venue, Best Bookings: Alma Mater

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Best New Restaurant, Best New Business, Best Performance Space, Best Live Music Venue, Best Bookings: Alma Mater

Readers, you don't just like Alma Mater, the new performance-and-dining space between South 13th and 15th on Fawcett, you like like it, perhaps even love it. Well you should, because whether you're an art junkie, foodie or music aficionado, this space offers something for everyone. Maybe that's why you voted

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,

Play on

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Play on

Most people can't remember old phone numbers or grade-school teachers with whom they spent five days a week, but there's a good chance they can identify dozens of Star Wars action figures, Atari 2600 games or their first Cabbage Patch Kid. Though we didn't always buy them, toys were the

One singular sensation

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One singular sensation

And one and two and ball change, kick. Each year since 2010, dance troupes from all over Western Washington have come together to show off every little step they take on one expansive stage, The Washington Center. Organizing the 2018 Olympia Dance Festival program is Ken Johnson, artistic director for

Envelope, please

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Envelope, please

Nearly everyone who's ever so much as mumbled a line as Third Tree From the Left in a grade-school production of The Lorax dreams of accepting an Oscar. Still, rare are the opportunities working adults get handed by life to dress to the nines, walk the red carpet, credit Mom

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