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Top 10 shows not to miss

Stage

Top 10 shows not to miss

Perhaps reflecting the collegiate world in which many stage artists train, theater's "season" ignores the calendar and runs from fall into summer. Thus, companies all over the South Sound are rehearsing their season openers. We take this opportunity to look into our crystal ball and identify the 10 shows most

Love the '90s?

Music

Love the '90s?

Where were you on April 28, 1994? That's the day All-4-One's cover of "I Swear," originally a chart-topping country track from John Michael Montgomery, was released to the public. That crooned rendition also hit #1 and stayed there for 11 weeks. If you're a member of Generation X, there's a

Animal sanctuary on adorable display

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Animal sanctuary on adorable display

In a world! ... where the Mariners are eight-and-a-half games back, summer movies have only been OK, and presidential candidates bet millions on who can be least popular, we need an August pick-us-up. On Facebook, the response to that necessity is simple: baby animal videos. In real life, the kind

Best of Tacoma 2016: Ice Cream Social

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Best of Tacoma 2016: Ice Cream Social

If you've ever been to a Disney theme park, then you know what Heaven smells like. That was no accident. Disney's Imagineers invented a device called the Smellitzer, which pumps the scent of vanilla from the ice cream shop onto guests stampeding up Main Street, U.S.A. Not only does that

Travel: American Alps

Travel

Travel: American Alps

There's something wonderfully freeing about "can't." North Cascades Lodge is a place where you can't make or receive a phone call. You can't watch TV in your room. You can't read the newspaper. You can't check email or catch up on Facebook. It's off the grid. It's hard to believe

Feels like the first time

Music

Feels like the first time

Generation X grew up on the music of British-American rock behemoth Foreigner. We know every word to such massive hit singles as "Cold as Ice," "Double Vision," "Juke Box Hero," and "Urgent" among others. When these songs appear on classic radio, they're as enjoyable now as they were a generation

Top chef is Sherpa

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Top chef is Sherpa

It rises to a height of 29,029 feet, or, as one movie put it, "the cruising altitude of a 747." Climbers who aspire to scale it must deal with climatic variations from frostbite to sunburn. Then there are the rockslides and avalanches, edema of the brain and lungs, and an

Tenor, actor, Mandy

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Tenor, actor, Mandy

Actor Mandy Patinkin said director Rob Reiner gave him his choice of roles in the much-loved 1987 film adaptation of The Princess Bride. After almost three decades, it's impossible to say what may have drawn Patinkin to Spanish swordmaster Inigo Montoya in particular, but it's worth noting that Patinkin's own

International departures

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International departures

Travelers can fly directly to places as far away as Beijing, Dubai and Hong Kong from Sea-Tac International Airport, so it only makes sense that exotic fare should be available nearby. Yet most passengers are regrettably unaware of anything more challenging than a 6 a.m. Cinnabon in the Seatac area.

Back to Eden ... nudist style

Travel

Back to Eden ... nudist style

Never let it be said Kathy F., owner and operator of Arcadia Romantic Getaway near Shelton, is clamoring for publicity. Over the last 22 years, she's greeted guests on her six-acre property, most of whom heard about it from other delighted patrons. This place has devoted fans. Kathy estimates her

O Fortune!

Stage

O Fortune!

"O Fortuna," the opening chorus of Carl Orff's 1935 classic Carmina Burana, is as famous and ubiquitous a melody as any in 20th-century music. Its staccato chant added drama and majesty to the soundtracks of Excalibur, Speed, and Jackass: The Movie. It powered trailers for Glory and South Park: Bigger,

Napa of the north

Travel

Napa of the north

For years, travel experts have extoled the virtues of California's Napa Valley, a nexus of wine production and haute cuisine. It's true: Napa's weather and scenery are gorgeous, its food and wine better. Ad Hoc, Celadon and The French Laundry, for three examples, stand as destination restaurants that carry commensurate

Seaside summer in Port Orchard

Outdoors

Seaside summer in Port Orchard

Let's face it: Washingtonians have varying notions of beach life. If anyone in this region owns a bikini, it's because she owns an indoor pool or just got back from somewhere else. Our beach bunnies are actual rabbits, our beach blankets thermal sleeping bags. Cabanas and hot dog stands give

Idyllic Kubota Garden

Outdoors

Idyllic Kubota Garden

We first visited Kubota Garden only hours after Prince went away. Restoration was desperately needed. Few South Sounders, it seems, have ever heard of Kubota Garden. The park doesn't go out of its way to announce its presence, but it still seems unfair. The suburban hideaway is an easy drive from

Epic Threepenny

Stage

Epic Threepenny

German playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was one serious dude. He called for a new form of live entertainment: "epic theater," in which empathetic identification with the characters was downplayed in favor of sociopolitical reflection. The characters represented movements, not individuals. The audience was meant to feel distanced from the action,

Hot popcorn

South Sound Cinema

Hot popcorn

The hot summer movie season is upon us! Captain America: Civil War, aka the Marvel Comics conflict that'll instigate a pair of Infinity War epics, kicks it off May 6. We know it'll be great already, thanks to overseas critics who saw it first. Thus, we can recommend it to

The many faces of Aimee Mann

Music

The many faces of Aimee Mann

Thanks to the global memory bank that is YouTube, we can all enjoy the boppy little 1981 single "Give Me Your Face." It's a cut off the album Bark Along With the Young Snakes, recorded, not surprisingly, by a Boston post-punk outfit called The Young Snakes. It's an enjoyable tune,

A mystic journey continues

Music

A mystic journey continues

Technically, Arlo Guthrie is a one-hit wonder. Thus saith Billboard, anyway. The only chart hit Guthrie enjoyed was a still-familiar number called "City of New Orleans." You know: "Good mornin', America, how are ya? Don'tcha know me, I'm your favorite son ... " The catch is it's not a song

Out of Africa

Reviews

Out of Africa

Let's start with the question of "where." The closest Ethiopian eatery to most Weekly Volcano readers is Dukem Restaurant and Market, near the intersection of 518 and 509 highways in Burien. It's in a tightly packed strip mall. Don't let that stand in your way. In fact, bring an empty

Grown-up spring break

Travel

Grown-up spring break

If you aren't a proud alumnus of the University of Washington, an afternoon on its campus may seem an odd choice for a single-day Seattle getaway. Still, there's something so memorable about college life that graduates can find themselves recalling a more adventuresome era as they stroll along the Quad.

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