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What Tacoma needs

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What Tacoma needs

Hey, look: I've long since admitted that I will first pay attention to a band with an attention-grabbing name. There's no getting around it. I have relegated myself to a world where I'm inundated with bands and sounds that are fated to sound exactly the same. Because of this, I've

Cymbeline

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Cymbeline

I've struggled with how to approach diving into Harlequin Productions' staging of Cymbeline, which it seems is a fairly normal reaction that many have had to the work, since its first production around 400 years ago. One of William Shakespeare's final plays - generally categorized as one of his "late romances,"

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

In Three Easy Pieces, I deconstruct one specific genre of pop culture, from its birth through how it exists today. This month, I'm looking at cartoons for adults. When did animation shift from a medium cultivating imagination in kids to something to expand the minds of grown-ups? BIRTH: Fritz the Cat Honorable mention: Fantastic

Mad musical machines

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Mad musical machines

For many casual fans of music, there can be a rigidity to the ways in which a musician is allowed to express themselves. Without necessarily being conscious of it, the listener will pay deference to tradition and professionalism: music is made by guitars, drums and pianos, that look demonstrably how

Dark pop concepts

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Dark pop concepts

Concept albums have existed for decades, utilizing a record's full length and capabilities to tell one unifying story. Usually, though, these albums function like short stories: a band or artist gets a bug of an idea and crafts a narrative through 40 or 80 minutes of music. At their most

12th Annual Tacoma Film Festival

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12th Annual Tacoma Film Festival

We've survived the cruelly sun-filled dystopia of summer, and have come out on the other side in the slightly darker autumn. Movies suddenly become better. With big theaters soon filling up with Oscar bait, the Tacoma Film Festival (TFF) also returns, celebrating its 12th year of existence, and its selection is

Honestly crazed

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Honestly crazed

Folk and punk music have long had a dalliance with one another, existing on a parallel line that encourages musicians to explore their various extremes. It's no secret that the two genres share many of the same values, down to their stripped-down sounds, emphasis on personal narratives, and frequent explorations

Rumors

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Rumors

Rumors is a play that starts in the middle of a crisis. Rather than easing the audience in through introductions to what will balloon into a whirling dervish of a cast, Rumors begins at a fever pitch, and only ramps up the hysterics as the show goes on. This is a cacophonous farce

Fall music preview

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Fall music preview

The fall season approaches, freeing us from the cruelly oppressive sun and getting us prepared to be once more plunged into the cold and darkness that makes the Pacific Northwest special. Well, special and wet. With this change in inclement weather -- because all weather is inclement weather, now --

Wait Until Dark

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Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark is a strange, daring choice for Lakewood Playhouse to open its 79th season -- a fairly nasty thriller that features harsh violence and some truly disquieting moments. Far from the standard crowd-pleaser that tends to open a season of theater, Wait Until Dark is a pulpy suspense piece whose entire engine

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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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Recently Reviewed Movies

"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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