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Theater Review: Cirque du Soleil's latest Cabinet of Curiosities

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Theater Review: Cirque du Soleil's latest Cabinet of Curiosities

A quick search of my computer reveals the word delightful appears in 10 of my theater reviews prior to this one. I've overused it, I suppose. It's an affected, even poncey word, but I need it again to describe Cirque du Soleil's traveling tent show, Kurios. Here's why: I was

Approaching "H.M.S. Pinafore" at Tacoma Opera

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Approaching "H.M.S. Pinafore" at Tacoma Opera

There was a period in my life when I knew, but didn't know I knew, H.M.S. Pinafore. Not that I could distinguish Gilbert & Sullivan, the composers of that masterpiece, from Lerner & Loewe, but I recognized some of their songs. Just as Bugs Bunny had introduced me to the

Feedbag: Trinity Brewing Night, Goose Island Night, Doyle's new menu

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Feedbag: Trinity Brewing Night, Goose Island Night, Doyle's new menu

TRINITY NIGHT Engine House No. 9 (611 N. Pine St., Tacoma) will host a Trinity Brewing Night with five on tap and three different brews in bottles, beginning at 6 p.m. Trinity head brewer and owner Jason Yester will be in the firehouse. DOYLE'S NEW MENU Doyle's Public House (208 Saint Helens Ave.,

The most knowledgeable used bookseller in Tacoma

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The most knowledgeable used bookseller in Tacoma

Used bookseller Jerry Culpepper has always had great expectations. Born in Tacoma he decided early to stay and find his deliverance in town. With wife Michele Martin, he owns Culpepper Books at 2521 N. Proctor, one of the few remaining independent bookstores in the area, and one of the most

Modern dance surrounds Ravenna Woods

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Modern dance surrounds Ravenna Woods

When I first saw Ravenna Woods, it was in Austin, Texas, 2011, at a showcase that included the Pacific Northwest likes of the Nightgowns and the Tea Cozies. Unlike those bands, Ravenna Woods were built in the mold of Washington's growing obsession with folk music. However, unlike the infestation of

Music Critics' Picks: Too Long Sparks, Band of Lovers, Mazen Kerbaj

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Music Critics' Picks: Too Long Sparks, Band of Lovers, Mazen Kerbaj

[EERIE POP] + FRI, FEB. 6-7 The struggle of a one-man-band is that your defining characteristics are utterly your own. There's no flavor to be found from the inclusion of a wild drummer or a stoic bassist - everything comes directly from whatever you decide to include in your lonely presence

Visual Edge: "BARE: A Boudoir Exhibition" at B2 Fine Art Gallery

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Visual Edge: "BARE: A Boudoir Exhibition" at B2 Fine Art Gallery

Maybe I shouldn't review this latest show at B2 Fine Art because I am in the show, but not reviewing it would not be fair to the gallery or the other participating artists. So I won't mention my own work other than to say it is an honor to be

Olympia loves TUSH! Burlesque

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Olympia loves TUSH! Burlesque

Early in my Volcano career, and in the history of Olympia's TUSH! Burlesque, I wrote a promotional article about the troupe in lieu of a review. Simply put, I bungled the job. I've learned much over the last few years - perhaps TUSH! has as well - and I apologize

Feedbag: Wine and chocolate, V-day prix fixe, Early Birdie Dinner

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Feedbag: Wine and chocolate, V-day prix fixe, Early Birdie Dinner

WINE AND CHOCOLATE Join Metro Parks Tacoma for their annual pre-V Day Wine and Chocolate event at the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory (316 S. G St., Tacoma) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. A $30 ticket includes an opportunity to sip on wine and champagne paired with chocolate covered strawberries

Music Critics' Picks: Air Supply, The Fun Police, Holy North American Motor Highway

Critics' Picks

Music Critics' Picks: Air Supply, The Fun Police, Holy North American Motor Highway

[SOFT ROCK] + FRI, FEB. 13 In 1983, I was a high school sophomore who spent many a weekend traveling to Oklahoma colleges for interscholastic speech tournaments. I was usually in vans full of neurotic drama geek girls, the only kind of girls to whom I knew how to talk. And

The genre-hopping tendencies of Skrill Meadow

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The genre-hopping tendencies of Skrill Meadow

Before I had even heard Prince, I heard the lo-fi, gonzo appropriation of Prince's sound in Ween. Here were a duo of weirdos that loved progressive rock and early '80s funk, but who filtered that love through tape machines and more than a little bit of huffed Scotchgard. Even after

Feeling Underwhelmed

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Feeling Underwhelmed

The phenomenon of the "morning zoo" radio show is a persistent and inexplicable one in American culture. People like Bubba the Love Sponge and other assorted fake monikers dominate drive time radio with an unending assault of sound effects and self-consciously edgy material, seemingly just because it's hard to keep

Visual Edge: Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen

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Visual Edge: Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen

"Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen" highlights not only works of art from the art gallery collection at The Evergreen State College but also collections from the Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections, the Chicano/Latino Archive, the James F. Holly Rare Books Collection, the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center and

Feedbag: Shake Shake Shake breakfast, sake pairing dinner, Bloody Marys

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Feedbag: Shake Shake Shake breakfast, sake pairing dinner, Bloody Marys

CHINESE NEW YEAR Thursday, Feb. 19 is the Chinese New Year. The Social Bar and Grill (1715 Dock St., Tacoma) celebrates with a sake pairing dinner party. Enjoy delectable Asian style cuisine concocted by Chef Tram and team paired with a delightful variety of sakes. Tickets are $75 per couple or

The Hoot Hoots shroud melancholy in ecstatic fizz

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The Hoot Hoots shroud melancholy in ecstatic fizz

Music has long been used to get through traumatic times like deaths, break-ups and wars. There's something comforting about being guided through the hard moments by artists who seem to know exactly what you're going through, but who have the tools to help others. Music is a salve, a sturdy

Music Critics' Picks: Specters, Ultra Violent Rays, DJ Qualifi, Hungry Skinny

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Music Critics' Picks: Specters, Ultra Violent Rays, DJ Qualifi, Hungry Skinny

[INDIE ROCK] + SAT, FEB. 21 Seattle quartet Specters are romanticizers of the '90s, as they say. Specifically, they bring the sort of slacker vibe to their music that bands like Pavement mastered. Unlike the weirdo energy that recent slacker rockers like Mac Demarco carry, there is a gentle power pop

10 awesome tacos in Tacoma

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10 awesome tacos in Tacoma

Have you ever noticed how Tacoman reads like "Taco Man" to non-natives? It's a little silly, but really, everyone loves some tacos, so I tend not to correct them. This "Taco Man" character would be one popular fella. It only seems natural, then, that Tacoman diners would partake in the

I Saw Fifty Shades of Grey with Mom

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I Saw Fifty Shades of Grey with Mom

Sometimes, when you're thinking up a story idea, you can engage in a game of chicken with yourself. An unusually potent example of this was when I brought up the idea of seeing the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey for a story. My friend suggested that I up

Dungeness Spit

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Dungeness Spit

One of the fabulous things about the Pacific Northwest is that no matter how long you've been here, I can probably come up with a place you've never been. I don't mean some obscure little town, although those are fun. I mean a legit place most people have heard of,

Visual Edge: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still Life Art in New Mexico

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Visual Edge: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still Life Art in New Mexico

I can hardly wait to see "Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico" at Tacoma Art Museum. As a matter of fact, I won't wait; I'll preview it now instead of writing my regular review column, and then I will review it for the March 12 Weekly

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