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What effortless pop

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What effortless pop

It will never stop fascinating me to track how music fans' perceptions and preconceived notions change over time - with accepted truths contradicting each other with as little as a decade of time separating them. For instance, in the 2000 film American Psycho, when Patrick Bateman delivered a monologue about how

Three easy pieces

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Three easy pieces

Another month, another edition of Three Easy Pieces, where I explore a pocket of pop culture from its birth through where it sits today. This month, I'm thinking about postmodern film noir. In the decades following film noir's heyday in the ‘40s and ‘50s, filmmakers took the genre's touchstones --

Seasons change

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Seasons change

It's one of the many odd ways we have of processing music that we arrive at comparing the sounds we're hearing to the relatively ineffable feeling we get from the various seasons. Of course, humans have spent centuries at a loss for words, reaching out into the darkness to say

Gray Sky Blues Music Festival

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Gray Sky Blues Music Festival

Blues, by design, has always been the musical genre of the people. In order to make blues music, one needn't own anything more than an acoustic guitar and a story to tell. Its bare bones form and personal lyrics enabled even the poorest of folk to take part, leading to

Peter and the Starcatcher

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter Pan: the boy who never grew up, who learned to fly, who valued the power of imagination and a sense of wonder over trivial matters like responsibility and adulthood -- this is a character that's become so familiar to generations of audiences, hopping from literature to theater to film

For the hopeful and defeated

Music

For the hopeful and defeated

For many people, they engage with music the same way they do with smart phone games, mindless reality shows, and endless cycles of nostalgia: it's all about escapism. And it makes sense, with music having the potential to be one of the most transportive art forms out there. If you

Cabaret comes to Tacoma

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Cabaret comes to Tacoma

Cabaret is the kind of musical that has shown itself capable of working its way into the pop culture landscape, functioning under a veneer of pure bravado and style, while also carrying with it a message that has only grown more resonant over the years. Beginning its life as a play

Alma Mater rises

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Alma Mater rises

Having the kind of mid-sized venues that cities like Seattle and Portland enjoy has typically been something that's eluded Tacoma. Sure, we have a number of smaller places for your workaday touring bands to play, and we've got enormous institutions like the Broadway Center and the Tacoma Dome, where your

Cerebral intimacy

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Cerebral intimacy

In rock music, passion and verve have traditionally led the way for lead vocalists to express themselves. Nothing played so effectively as an open heart, inviting listeners to empathize with the music, enabling them to put themselves in the shoes of the people singing about love, loss, indignation, sorrow, and

Genre-fluid

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Genre-fluid

Somewhere along the way, humanity saddled itself with stifling, abundantly inconvenient, and calamitously damaging notions of gender, sexual orientation, and the respective roles of women and men in society. For a life so filled to the brim with nuance, it seems a bunch of people got together and drafted a

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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 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

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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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