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Weekly Volcano 2013 Theater Awards: Carvies and Varnies

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Weekly Volcano 2013 Theater Awards: Carvies and Varnies

We're not awful people, we swear! It bums us out to deflate the work of theatrical colleagues and friends. That's why I was delighted to add the "Carvies," a roster of exceptional work in Olympia, to my review schedule in 2010 and in every December since. Now I've encouraged Joann

The Broken Circle Breakdown is part romance, part tragedy

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The Broken Circle Breakdown is part romance, part tragedy

This week's film is a bit of a tonal shift from the stuff I've been reviewing over the last couple of weeks. I've been spoiled on horror spoofs about mutant monster Santa Clauses and dark comedies featuring nigh-invincible cats; I really wasn't mentally or emotionally prepared for the Movie ReviewermobileTM

Feedbag: Wine events, E-9 goes Greek, winter cocktails and more ...

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Feedbag: Wine events, E-9 goes Greek, winter cocktails and more ...

WINE CHALLENGE Morso Wine Bar (9014 Peacock Hill Ave. N., Gig Harbor) has concocted a challenge. A favorite sort of challenge for what can seem only targeted toward the Weekly Volcano - a drinking challenge. From now until Valentine's Day visit Morso and indulge in 16 Enomatic red wine selections in

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Ted Brown Music Company Tacoma - South. Uke 'An Jam. All Ages. 6:30-8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Cascade Community Center JBLM-Lewis Main. Bar Bingo in Heroes Lounge. No cash prizes. 7 pm. Pints & Quarts Pub Westside Olympia - Westside. Bingo. Win prizes. 8:30 pm. NC. Tacoma Comedy

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Barstool Bingo. 6:30 pm. White Horse Tavern Yelm. Barstool Bingo. Prizes. 7 pm.

Monday, Jan. 13, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Monday, Jan. 13, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday with Black Rose. 7 pm. NC. The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Dean Reichert. 8 pm. NC. Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino and Brooke Lizotte Experimental Jam. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo.

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Sunday, Jan. 12, 2013: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. 6-9 pm. NC. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Open Shape Note Singing. All Ages. 5 pm. NC. Antique Sandwich Company Ruston. Romantic Guitar concert featuring Jeffry Steele with pianist Monica Steele. All Ages. 3 pm. Freewill offering.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

BLUES Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Baby Gramps. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$15. COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Matt Braunger. 8 and 10:30 pm. $15. Grit City Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Sam Demaris. 8:30 pm. $15. Dave's of Milton

Friday, Friday, Jan. 10 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Friday, Friday, Jan. 10 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Amocat Cafe Tacoma - Triangle District. Amocat Live! featuring the Amocat House Band. All Ages. 7 pm. The Gig Spot Gig Harbor. Ian McFeron. All Ages. 8 pm. $10.. Pantages Theater Tacoma - Downtown. Indigo Girls. All Ages. 7:30 pm. $26-$72. Anthem Coffee & Tea Tacoma

Thursday, Jan. 9 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Thursday, Jan. 9 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Cascadia Grill Olympia - Downtown. Jeremy Serwer. All Ages. 6-9 pm. NC. Tides Tavern Gig Harbor. New Years Kick Off Party with The Shy Boys. 7 pm. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. The Swiss Tacoma

"People of a Feather" - another day hunting ducks, collecting feathers, hating dams

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"People of a Feather" - another day hunting ducks, collecting feathers, hating dams

My recommendation last week (The Broken Circle Breakdown) was an excellent film, but also a very depressing piece of cinema. It was certainly an odd way to start the New Year, but I didn't take it as a taste of things to come. Let's see what this week's film is

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Bachman & Turner, Mark Pickerel, Peter White, VNV Nation, Chromeo, Switchfoot and others ...

Concert Alert

Tickets On-Sale Alert: Bachman & Turner, Mark Pickerel, Peter White, VNV Nation, Chromeo, Switchfoot and others ...

We list major concerts going on sale this weekend, as well as national touring acts performing in the Puget Sound this week and down

Vien Dong restaurant will warm your body and soul

Reviews

Vien Dong restaurant will warm your body and soul

Ah, winter. Even while wishing for a mountaintop fireplace, darting from place to place for warmth, the first layering of woolens, drabbest down or brightest fleece begin to muffle forms and features. The back of the closet comes to the front, here's the Siberian mufti, the Antarctic-suited yakwear. Fake fur

Boogie Board rock

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Boogie Board rock

If you'll allow me a brief aside, I'd like to have the opportunity to get this observation out of my brain. "Laguna," the opening track off an EP of demos by the Echo Echo Echoes, reminds me so viscerally of Some Loud Thunder - the effectively career-ruining sophomore slump from

Winter concerts in the Pacific Northwest

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Winter concerts in the Pacific Northwest

Conventional wisdom suggests that one's best bet for combating those bleak Winter doldrums is to stay cooped up inside, shielding oneself against the elements, drinking heavily, and awaiting that glorious day when the weather turns. As a counterargument against conventional wisdom, I think it's vital to brave the outdoors and push

I'm, like, a Valley Girl on the "Angel Grove High" series

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I'm, like, a Valley Girl on the "Angel Grove High" series

Walking into BramCo Entertainment studios, the brainchild of Isaac Cooper and David Bramwell, two friends from Olympia who have known each other since middle school, I was led to a room with a microphone, a pitcher of water, and a Mac computer. Despite the minimal set up, the duo produces a

Visual Edge: "Global Perspectives Exhibit" in The Gallery at TCC

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Visual Edge: "Global Perspectives Exhibit" in The Gallery at TCC

The latest show at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College is outstanding. It provides a look into the art and cultures - and most particularly the lives of working class people throughout the world as seen through the eyes of local artists. Included are paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography by

Music Critics' Picks: Abdu Ali, DJ Hawkskee, You are Plural, Trees and Timber

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Abdu Ali, DJ Hawkskee, You are Plural, Trees and Timber

[POET/RAPPER/VOCALIST] + FRI, JAN. 10 Baltimore artist Abdu Ali is a tough one to pin down. Combining surreal poetry with droning R&B, Abdu Ali comes across as a restless experimenter, switching back and forth from rapping, chanting, singing and startling outbursts. His recent, lurching "Thornz" is as unsettling as it is

Theater Review: "Who's Afraid" of a three-act war?

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Theater Review: "Who's Afraid" of a three-act war?

There are roles we actors take on to prove, to ourselves and others, we can bear them. We dash ourselves against the windmills of Hamlet and Lear, Ophelia and Lady Macbeth. We speak of epic, three-hour monsters like Angels in America or August: Osage County with daunted respect. Some scripts,

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC The Bomb Shelter Tacoma - Eastside. Miss Massive Snowflake, Rainstick Cowbell. Secret show. All Ages. 9-12 pm. $5, Ted Brown Music Company Tacoma - South. Uke 'An Jam. All Ages. 6:30-8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Cascade Community Center JBLM-Lewis Main. Bar Bingo in Heroes Lounge. No cash prizes. 7

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