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A very loud weekend

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A very loud weekend

I think it's safe to say that I'm a wimp. Let me count the ways: I have a bad hip at age 28; I sometimes listen to Iron & Wine before falling to sleep, Sam Beam's hushed voice spiriting me away to a dream land where I almost always miss

Jonathan Kite

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Jonathan Kite

In the dark days before I started writing for this fine rag, I was hired on at an ice cream shop for a very silly reason. It was during a group interview and, when asked if I had any special talents, I offered that I could do an impression. Rather

A singular voice

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A singular voice

I've never been an expert on hip-hop, having been sheltered from it through the majority of my formative years. What I knew was relegated to what flew by me on the radio, and the years when that exposure would have happened were a particularly fallow period for the genre, coming

Sax freaks

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Sax freaks

In a way, it's a bit of a shame that the saxophone, as a totem, came to become irreconcilably tied to either sexy times or terminal hokiness - and frequently both. The instrument has been practically plagued, guilty by association with images of Rob Lowe wailing on one in St.

Lo-fi two ways

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Lo-fi two ways

While there's certainly not a dearth of options for your entertainment dollar in the City of Destiny, it can still be reflexive to look at a place like Seattle with envy. A metropolis with an artistic bent like Seattle is, by its nature, positively lousy with shows every night of

We belong, Tacoma together

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We belong, Tacoma together

For as long as I can remember, depression has been a part of my life. I didn't think anything of it, this persistent weight on my shoulders and ache in my heart. Winston Churchill famously characterized depression as a black dog, sitting in his lap and never giving him peace.

Film Awards Party

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Film Awards Party

As we approach this Sunday's Academy Awards, it's valuable to look past the pageantry and consider the story that the Oscars tell about the lives we've lived for the past year. Regardless of the value that you place on the ceremony, the Oscars have a funny way of taking a

2017 Best of Olympia: Obsidian

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2017 Best of Olympia: Obsidian

It takes a hell of a lot of work to keep a music venue going strong, especially one that incorporates all-ages shows and makes risky booking decisions. Even a city as vibrant and artistically-minded as Olympia can fall victim to lackluster attendance, acts of God, and financially ruinous emergencies that

Exuberant noise

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Exuberant noise

As I was growing up, roller rinks represented ticking time bombs of messy emotional development. Birthday parties, graduation parties, post-soccer pizza parties - any reason to assemble a jumbled group of children would somehow coincide with a trip to a roller rink, and thus result in hormonally tormented proto-humans walking

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

In the past decade, or so, there's been a relative dearth of good biopics about musicians. It used to be that playing a legendary artist in a movie usually resulted in acclaim, but that well has run dry. One might be able to trace this fading genre back to Walk

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Nerd Alert issued for Grand Cinema's Documentary Week, Free Comic Book Day, David Sedaris ...

The new Avengers movie doesn't need my help. Believe it or not, this is one movie that will be just fine, even without the highly sought-after Nerd Alert bump. It's going to Hulk smash box office records, and there's nothing you or I can do to prevent the interminable onslaught

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Nerd Alert has been issued for Celebrity Deathmatch and True Story

Part of the gauntlet of programming that originally sounded the death knell of MTV actually playing music videos, Celebrity Deathmatch stabbed its influence into the hearts and minds of a certain generation. Featuring battles between tangentially related celebrities, the claymation show was frequently more clever than anyone every really required

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Nerd Alert issued for Trevor Noah and "It Follows" horror film

Lots of comedy and politics fans were shocked and dismayed to learn that Jon Stewart would be retiring from his role behind the desk of The Daily Show. Immediately, speculation abounded about who could possibly take his place. Some names thrown around included Louis CK, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer

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Nerd Alert has been issued for Let the Right One In, Welcome to Night Vale and What We Do in the Shadows

Let the Right One In Because Hollywood just can't fucking leave well enough alone, we are now being faced with yet another adaptation of the Swedish masterpiece, Let the Right One In. We've already been given an English-language version that hewed so close to the original that it gets a pass,

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Nerd Alert issued for Modest Mouse, Chappie and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

It's been eight years since the last Modest Mouse album has hit stores, after the disappointing We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. But, over the past few weeks, singles from their forthcoming Strangers to Ourselves have been appearing online. While the songs I've heard have proven to be

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Nerd Alert issued for the Academy Awards and "Force Majeure"

The Academy Awards In a refreshing change of pace from Oscars past, the Academy Awards, this year, are full of nominations for off-kilter films, instead of the usual Oscar-bait pablum. There are no films that aim to create a post-racial society (looking at you, Crash) or dazzle gullible audiences with good

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Nerd Alert! Oscar nominated shorts! Jupiter Ascending!

Oscar Nominated Shorts For anyone with an Oscar pool, this weekend is as important to him or her as the Super Bowl was to gambling junkies. Yes, the time has come, once again, to learn just what exactly the Oscar nominees for Best Live Action and Animated Shorts are. These will

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Nerd Alert! Oscars snubs, Liberace Hologram, Justin Bieber Roast

Oscar Nominations It's been an unusually strong year for movies, with outliers like Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash and Boyhood even snagging spots on the list of nominees for this year's Oscars. Missing are the mega-blockbusters from years past that would fog up the nominations, like the overwhelmingly mediocre Avatar.

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Nerd Alert! Gotham and They Might Be Giants Dial-A-Song!

Gotham Ah, the day that nerds the world over have been craving for far too long has at last arrived! They Might Be Giants' Dial-A-Song has come back? Yes, but I'll get to that in a moment. First, some sarcastic praise for the Baby Batman show we never knew we wanted:

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Nerd Alert! - "The Interview" disaster and "The Imitation Game"

Ed. note: Sony Pictures Entertainment said today it will release The Interview in select theaters on Christmas Day. It would be disingenuous for me to start off this column with anything other than the biggest bit of news in the entertainment industry, right now, even though I might literally be the

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"Kick-Ass"

Kick-Ass Review: Two out of four stars Starring: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz Director: Matthew Vaughn Rated: R for strong, brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and drug use - occasionally involving children   It's unclear exactly how bad of an idea Kick-Ass thinks vigilante justice is. The first 20 minutes feature

25 New Faces of Independent Film hits Tacoma

It should come as no surprise that one of my favorite filmgoing experiences happened at The Grand Cinema. There I sat, in the darkened theater, watching creeping slow-burn of The House of the Devil. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror movies, but I had

72 Hour Film Festival recap

Last year's 72-Hour Film Festival was, I think, one of the best years so far. This year, I unfortunately cannot say the same. I don't believe that this change was affected by a drop in quality - there is always a healthy batch of misguided films. You've got your overly

Bridesmaids

Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to ma

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob

Documentary Week at The Grand Cinema

For a lot of people about my age, I'd be willing to bet that the first documentary film that appealed to them outside of a sort of eat-your-medicine vibe was American Movie. Here was a documentary that not only was a warm, compassionate, and comprehensive look at two unlikely filmmakers,

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