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The dancing fingers of Jake Shimabukuro

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The dancing fingers of Jake Shimabukuro

I think we each have that friend who "discovers" Facebook memes that made the rounds two years ago. We think, "How can he just now be seeing this? Has he really never heard ‘The Bed Intruder Song?' Does he still think Rick rolling is funny?" Last month I was that

Stories to tell

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Stories to tell

In the late '60s and into the '70s, there was a sea change in the world of country music. Rather than drawing from the glut of radio-ready folk and country that dominated the airwaves, a new class of country singers came up through the ranks, bringing with them a more

The big bam boom of Recycled Percussion

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The big bam boom of Recycled Percussion

There are times when it falls on the Weekly Volcano to shatter pop-cultural myths. This, we're sorry to say, is one of those occasions. No matter what the preternaturally effusive judges on America's Got Talent claim, they aren't always the discoverers of brand-new artistic geniuses. Last year, for example, contestants

Tacoma Art Bus 5-Year Anniversary Tour

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Tacoma Art Bus 5-Year Anniversary Tour

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, all through the town. ... Whether you find that song a childhood travel mantra or an invasive earworm, there's one thing that rings true: There is an actual bus, of the most wonderful kind, that has been winding its way around the

Visual Edge: Chihuly Drawings at Museum of Glass

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Visual Edge: Chihuly Drawings at Museum of Glass

I have always thought Dale Chihuly's drawings were more impressive than his glass creations, but I have never seen enough of his drawings to say so until now. "Chihuly Drawings" at Museum of Glass makes the case quite emphatically. One hundred and eighty-six drawings fill the main gallery at MOG,

Feedbag: Beer-pairing dinner, Meatout, Whiskers Wine and Dine ...

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Feedbag: Beer-pairing dinner, Meatout, Whiskers Wine and Dine ...

CHEF'S DINNER The Social Bar and Grill (1715 Dock Street, Tacoma) will host a chef's dinner Thursday, March 19 starring hops from Harmon Brewing perfectly paired with four courses concocted by Chef Tram. Start it off with Irish Sausages and Portobello Mushrooms paired with Harmon Eagle Point

A Dinner at the Well

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A Dinner at the Well

Saturday's A Dinner at the Well offers dinner for two for $50. The twist: If you buy a ticket, you get one meal and the other will go to someone living on the streets in Olympia. And all of the diners in both groups, along with volunteers, will share the meal, eating

Music Critics' Picks: Songs of the Emerald Isle, Julia Dream, Religious Girls

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Music Critics' Picks: Songs of the Emerald Isle, Julia Dream, Religious Girls

[CLASSICAL] + SUN, MARCH 22 You may not know it yet, but you are going to love Kaitlyn Lusk. She first sang with the Baltimore Symphony at age 14. A year later, she was chosen as featured vocal soloist for composer Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings Symphony suite. If you're

Sister Girlfriend reeks of unironic cool

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Sister Girlfriend reeks of unironic cool

Hall & Oates is one of those bands that it's very easy to scoff at: the dumb hair and mustaches, the painfully sincere music and the blue-eyed soul. Still, in this era of post-irony, where hipsters are able to enjoy cheesy music without ever having to keep it at arm's

Visual Edge: "Her Story" at South Puget Sound Community College

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Visual Edge: "Her Story" at South Puget Sound Community College

The latest art exhibit at South Puget Sound Community College is a group show called "Her Story." As described in the show announcement, this exhibition "contributes a verse to the volume that is the creative feminine. The works of six invited artists ... consider the multiple facets of the creative

Feedbag: Haggen hug, Meat Bingo, new menu and drinks

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Feedbag: Haggen hug, Meat Bingo, new menu and drinks

HAGGEN HUG The little Bellingham grocery chain Haggen is moving into the scores of Albertsons, Pavilions, Safeway and Vons stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada it bought last month. Haggen is connecting with Thurston County community members during a public forum at 5 p.m. Friday, March 27 in the

Sliders under glass

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Sliders under glass

Cue the music: Tiny burgers / In my belly; Make me happy (make me happy) / Make me feel fine (make me feel fine). Slider sammies are still trending, and that's A-OK with me. These versatile morsels pack big flavor between two wee buns. I mean, what's not to like? And Saturday,

Music Critics' Picks: Halcyonaire, Maroon 5, Father Murphy

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Music Critics' Picks: Halcyonaire, Maroon 5, Father Murphy

[COUNTRY] + SAT, MARCH 28 Oakland five-piece Halcyonaire approach the genre of country music from a roundabout way. Much like bands like Phosphorescent, the music is less about approximating the sound of country than it is about creating a hazy mirage of what country feels like. These are drifting songs that

Peach Kelli Pop and their joyous, beautiful youth

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Peach Kelli Pop and their joyous, beautiful youth

One of the more bizarre movie-watching experiences I've ever had is when my dad sat me down and had me watch Beach Blanket Bingo. Yet another in a seemingly endless series of beach party movies in the '60s, featuring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and tons of groovy dancing, Beach Blanket

Visual Edge: Between chance and control at Kittredge Gallery

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Visual Edge: Between chance and control at Kittredge Gallery

The title of the smaller show in the back gallery at Kittredge Gallery is "Between Chance and Control." That title well describes the main show as well: "Process Drawings: Recent Works by Makato Fujimura." I'm tempted to say Fujimura's drawings are dull, and in a way they are - dull in

Apple Tree puts on its Babypants

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Apple Tree puts on its Babypants

Chris Ballew, lead singer for mid-'90s Seattle alt-rock outfit The Presidents of the United States of America, has a pair of Grammy nominations under his belt. His hit singles "Lump" and "Peaches" are fixtures on rock radio. So it's amusing that Ballew reentered the public consciousness, not as a middle-aged

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