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Ghost film's failures are scary

Why is nobody utterly in awe of ghosts in “Over Her Dead Body” and so many other ghostcoms? Here is a supernatural manifestation from another realm, and everybody treats it as a plot device. The movie even drags in a Catholic priest, who seems bewilderingly ignorant of his church’s beliefs

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Winston Jarrett

Winston Jarrett, a venerable reggae semi-legend, is playing Jazzbones this week, which poses quite a predicament for Bobble Tiki. First of all, let it be known that Bobble Tiki loves the reggae. An islander himself, Bobble Tiki just relates to the laid back vibe and “one love” ideals the music exudes.

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Best Of Show

When I first read “Best Of Show” on the press release for Mocha Moo’s $1,500 singer-songwriter competition, I had visions of a mockumentary love child mothered by “A Mighty Wind” and fathered by Christopher Guest’s other blockbuster, “Best in Show.” I guess you’d call it “Bestie Junior” (insert laugh track). But

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La Fondita Lounge

We at the Weekly Volcano were pleased to get the word about Music in the Lounge at Proctor District’s La Fondita from bar manager Johanna Gardner. Not only does the ‘Dita have some of the tastiest Mexican food in town, but the owners and staff are so pleasant and genuinely

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Carmen is a city slicker

Without a doubt, meeting John Fluevog last Thursday was a tremendous experience and an honor. In case you don’t know (you haven’t lived if you don’t know), John Fluevog is one of the most incredible shoe designers in the world. I had the unique opportunity to shake Fluevog’s hand at Seattle’s

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Half-priced wine night

There’s no doubt that Sixth Avenue completely rocks and pulses when it comes to nightlife, but sometimes girls like me prefer to take it easy. Life in the fast lane is good for the weekend nights, but once the week hits, I have to be on my intellectual tiptoes at all

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She's your online Mama

Would you be able to come up with 365 positive things to say about Tacoma? That’s precisely what Tacoma resident Jennifer B., aka Tacoma Mama, did. Following the fatal shooting of a student at Foss High School last January, Jennifer B. was tired of all the negativity surrounding Tacoma. “I

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Zowie Aleshire

Oversized coats and fur-lined boots walk the streets of Tacoma. In these cold winter months, one’s unique style is often forgotten, lost under the layers of fleece and down. The quest for individuality through fashion becomes increasingly difficult without freezing to death. But student Zowie Aleshire manages to pull it

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Fashion status

As the fashion world has had to say goodbye to Valentino, the one man who could possibly be referred to as the godfather of fashion, I, too, may have a farewell at hand. While weeding out from my closet clothes that have become obsolete since dropping a bit more weight,

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The Helm

For starters, the exhibition called “This is a Time Machine” at The Helm is colorful and visually exciting, and it begs some interesting questions about the use of found objects in art. Such as just how much of the work should actually be created by the artist? Is it enough

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Funny ha ha and funny strange

josh blue Last Comic Standing winner and Evergreen State College funnyman Josh Blue will be paying a visit to his old stomping grounds with a show in Tacoma. Either go out to support a local boy done good or just go because he is funnier than a middle school dance. Just

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Leave your brain behind

I became double booked this weekend when my daughter found herself at a tae kwon do match that landed her one step closer to being allowed to date. She has to have a black belt, and she just received her white belt with a green stripe. She has awhile, but

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The prodigal returns

Does he miss his native Tacoma? “Every day,” admits actor David Foubert of New York’s The Acting Company, which is bringing its productions of “Moby Dick ‘Rehearsed’” and William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” to the Broadway Center’s Theater on the Square beginning Feb. 6. Foubert, a graduate of Washington High School in

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"ReMix"

Saturday, the Weekly Volcano attended the reception for Mindy Barker’s art show “ReMix” at the Black Water Café.  Family, friends, scenesters, and art enthusiasts commanded the café previously occupied by many young men in hoodies pounding away on their laptops, who eventually disappeared into the cold night. Besides her hand

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The Lucky Charms of indie rock

There was a time in my musical life when a band like Larusso would have been right down my alley. There was a time when all a band’s sound had to be was loud and catchy for me to enjoy it. These were simpler times, when the possibilities seemed endless

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Joe Jackson and others on sale

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Bedouin Soundclash, Westbound Train, Beat Union Seattle. Feb. 13 (all ages) 9 pm. $13-$15 (Chop Suey, TW). Open World Russian Jazz All Stars Seattle. Feb. 18 7:30 pm. $20.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Roberta

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Esquire Man drinketh

Ever since Esquire Magazine came out with their Top Beers (top bars) in America ranking, so many of us here in Tacoma have been clapping about the fact that the Parkway Tavern and Doyle’s Public House made it to this elite list. But the remaining question that everyone wants answered is: What’s

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Better than a Rusty Nail

Drew Ebersole has a contagious smile and brown wavy hair that looks like a movie star’s, which is no surprise as he’s starred in several films and TV shows. He guest starred in the hit shows “ER,” “Dharma and Greg,” “Jag” and “That 70s Show.” He was also in a

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Pornrific

When I was first asked to write about Ron Jeremy for the music section, I asked, “The porn star?” With the typical ’70s porn soundtrack thumping in my brain, I questioned, “Is he going to sing, dance, MC?" Who knows. Maybe all three. Who knew he was more than a big,

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Ask Amy Alkon

A man on the meek I'm a guy and need directions! For a month, I've been flirting with this woman at work, and I think she's flirting back. I now have a week's vacation, but I'm not leaving town. Before I left, she said, "You know, if you're bored, you can

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