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Let’s get ‘goaty’

Travel

Let’s get ‘goaty’

Nowhere is there a city as enamored with goats as Spokane, Washington. We're not just talking "bah bah bah" goats, we're talking garbage-eating goats, goats doing yoga, goat-inspired breweries, goat namesakes ... goats doing everything. They've run amok. And since we're never one to spoil the party, we thought we'd

Down That Dusty Road

Music

Down That Dusty Road

I think a lot about two particular bands, the qualities they share and the different ways in which these qualities are portrayed -- in one corner, we have the Band, and in the other, we have the Traveling Wilburys. The Band, of course, started out as Bob Dylan's backing band, before

Macbeth

Stage

Macbeth

Story-wise, Macbeth is about as straightforward as they come, especially as it concerns William Shakespeare's work; not only is it Shakespeare's shortest tragedy, but it follows a quite linear line of A to B to C, working with economic momentum toward its predestined path of death and destruction. Its themes

We Reach Toward  Poetry

Arts

We Reach Toward Poetry

On a chilly Wednesday night last January, Claudia Castro Luna took up the mantle of Washington state poet laureate. She is the state's fifth poet laureate, and she'll serve as a poetic ambassador to communities across the evergreen state from 2018-2020.  Her prior experience as Seattle's inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2017),

Three easy pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three easy pieces

Welcome to Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a specific bit of pop culture, from its birth, to how it looks today. As summer looms, I prepare myself for a few months of living a life of quiet perspiration. Like an anti-Superman, I find myself weakened by Earth's yellow sun,

Lovino Ristorante Italiano in Ruston

Reviews

Lovino Ristorante Italiano in Ruston

ANNOUNCER: After a long wait, Lovino Italian restaurant opened a few weeks ago in Ruston. Jackie and Dutch rushed in, even before the cobwebs could be cleaned away, to dine on authentic scratch-made pasta, bread and other hard-to-find dishes.   DUTCH: Though the early stages of any restaurant always bring about some

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

I'm not really sure what the "summer bod" thing is all about? I mean, your body is your temple. I've never heard of folks counting the calories they placed upon altars of the divine, why start now!? I'm team Dionysus, that dude knew how to party. Keep the fermented grapes

The Demons Within

South Sound Cinema

The Demons Within

Some 40 years after creating Travis Bickle and Taxi Driver, Paul Schrader gives us Ernst Toller and First Reformed. Travis was a tightly wound loner caught in the grips of despair. He kept a diary as he grew ever more isolated from the world around him, ever more certain he needed

Student art at SPSCC

Arts

Student art at SPSCC

"The 13th Annual Student Art Exhibition" now fills the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College.  My first impression was admiration for the audacity and humor of "Boombox," a gigantic boombox made of cardboard with wood screws that are used both structurally and for aesthetic purposes. Immediately upon seeing it, I

VOTE NOW: Best of Tacoma 2018

Critics' Picks

VOTE NOW: Best of Tacoma 2018

Once again, the Volcano's readers' poll will be the engine that drives Best of Tacoma 2018. Think you know the best band, Italian restaurant, fashion designer, blog, thrift store, local hero, dance bar in Tacoma and Pierce County? Cast your vote below. Remember, our annual survey

Tacoma AF Music Series

Music

Tacoma AF Music Series

When was the last time you went to a live show and local poets performed between sets? If your answer is never, or at least never in our mid-sized city of Tacoma, you're not alone. That's about to change, though, as the multi-genre, mixed artform "Tacoma AF Music Series" kicks

Mad folk riot

Music

Mad folk riot

It seems, looking back, like a foregone conclusion that punk and folk music would become intimate bedfellows. The two genres have long existed on each others' peripheries, with each style aspiring to a sort of pure aesthetic, stripped away of unnecessary embellishments and the staid trends of popular music. Add on

Mexican Printmaking

Arts

Mexican Printmaking

Childhood's End Gallery's latest show is clearly different from their usual group show. "Oaxaca to Washington" is an exhibition of more than 30 prints by Mexican artists from the state of Oaxaca. Local artist Mimi Williams became friends with Mexican artist Edgar Martinez (not the baseball player), who now lives

The Harvester

Reviews

The Harvester

ANNOUNCER: A long-time popular neighborhood shop in the Stadium District, The Harvester has been serving up diner-style food for years. Now under new management, the old menu has been tossed and a new all-scratch menu has replaced it. Jackie and Dutch rushed in to see what changes have occurred in

The Season That Was

Stage

The Season That Was

Lakewood Playhouse's Little Shop of Horrors may have two more weekends of shows before it ends its run, but once it does, that will mark the end of the theater's 79th season. Save for some classes over the summer, Lakewood Playhouse has nothing to do but begin preparation for its 80th season, beginning in

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

An early look at weekend weather is encouraging for the two food truck festivals going down in the South Sound this weekend. Saturday, June 16, you have the previously mentioned Truckaroo Food Truck Festival taking place at Bates Technical College's South Campus (2201 S. 78th St.), featuring 20 trucks selling

A fun day in La Conner

Travel

A fun day in La Conner

 La Conner is a cute little waterfront town about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Plan to find a place to park and enjoy this beautifully walkable town, filled with shops, museums and great places to eat. First stop, head towards the waterfront and visit the Scone Lady Bakery.

2018 Tacoma Freedom Fair

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2018 Tacoma Freedom Fair

The largest Fourth of July celebration in the South Sound is on Ruston Way. Packed with food, music and fireworks, this is the place to be for big city action. Click here to view our interactive 2018 Freedom Fair program.

Magical Music Man

Stage

Magical Music Man

Olympia's a town that adores musicians, and it's played parent, host and/or teacher to more than its fair share of name-brand performers. Beat Happening, Beck, Bikini Kill, Kurt Cobain, Kimya Dawson, The Fleetwoods, Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic, Sleater-Kinney -- all have deep connections to Washington's capital city. It's also the

Feeling Good

Stage

Feeling Good

Suite Surrender, written by Michael McKeever and directed by Toni Holm for Olympia Little Theatre, is a period comedy set in the early 1940s. It is filled with outdated and overused comic bits -- and yet it still manages to elicit quite a few chuckles from the audience. Two outlandish, imperious

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