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Synthpop two ways

Music

Synthpop two ways

There's something kind of admirable and romantic about the advent, and continued popularity, and synth music. Synthesizers were created, in part, to provide a more precise engine for creating music, cutting out the middle man that would otherwise be fumbling around with analog instruments like guitars, drums, and bass. Eliminating

Mountains, thickets and tangles

Arts

Mountains, thickets and tangles

A warm and welcoming glow washes over you as you step into the gallery at Childhood's End. It's not just that the art on display is good, which it is. It's the spacing of the art and the dominant colors that flow wavelike from painting to painting from the warm

Charlie Brown is  still a good man

Stage

Charlie Brown is still a good man

That's the way to do it, Centerstage. This is the way "Peanuts" should be produced on stage. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is based on the comics by Charles M. Schulz, adapted for the stage with book and music by Clark Gesner, and directed at Centerstage by Tyler Harr.

Mi Casa Mexican Food

Reviews

Mi Casa Mexican Food

ANNOUNCER: Heading to where the food is in Lakewood, Dutch and Jackie find themselves on South Tacoma Way. And surprisingly the cuisine of choice is not Asian influenced, but rather a small but authentic Mexican spot -- Mi Casa. JACKIE: If South Tacoma Way can boast of anything, it would be

Spring Fair is in the air

Attractions

Spring Fair is in the air

The Washington State Spring Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds is a great time to shake off the rainy grey of winter as the lightness and color of spring approaches. "Family is truly what Spring Fair is all about, from the types of programming to the duck mascot named Quigley," said Stacy

Three Easy Pieces

Music

Three Easy Pieces

Another edition of Three Easy Pieces, another time for me to tell you about a corner of pop culture, from how it started, to how it looks today. This month: comedy podcasts. Podcasts have only existed for about 15 years, but in that time, have not only grown in popularity,

Weekend getaway to Cannon Beach

Travel

Weekend getaway to Cannon Beach

In early spring before the summer crowds, Cannon Beach has a sleepy small-town vibe which makes it a very relaxing place to get away. You know when a town has beach in its name there will be an exceptional one. The iconic Haystack Rock dominates the beach and serves as

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

Attractions

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

The Museum of Flight welcomes Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. The exhibition is from the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and is the final stop on a two-year tour to four museums. The showcase of the exhibit is the Apollo 11 command

Tacoma Restaurant Week is back

Features

Tacoma Restaurant Week is back

One of the favorite parts of my job here at the Weekly Volcano is being challenged to dine out at establishments that aren't necessarily on my radar or among those I tend to have in my boring routine. We all do it; we know what we like; how we like

New Pacific Seas Aquarium

Attractions

New Pacific Seas Aquarium

Last September, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium debuted their beautiful new 35,000-square-foot Pacific Seas Aquarium -- home to green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, a giant Pacific octopus and so much more. Since opening last fall, there have been dozens of new animals added, and now for the entire month of

A room of their own

Stage

A room of their own

Salon is the French word for room. It sounds much the same in la langue française as it did in Latin (sala) or Italian (salone) in days past, but leave it to the Italians and French to elevate it into the realm of the intellectual. Beginning in the 1500s, artsy-smartsy

It’s all about the art (books)

Arts

It’s all about the art (books)

What better way to welcome the sun back into our lives this April than by heading to the park with a good book ... or two ... or three ... or four ... okay, you get the point! There's something magical about cracking open a new book while lounging in

Beefy’s Burgers

Reviews

Beefy’s Burgers

ANNOUNCER: Gone is Fish Fish Fish on Sixth, and in its place is another burger concept from the owners of Shake Shake Shake. Dutch and Jackie head down the Ave to get their hands on a burger made from fresh beef. DUTCH: Not a lot of interior change happened from the

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

Mother Nature has teased us with a window or two of blissed, sunny rays of sunshine, which means more and more foodie festivities will be taking place outdoors! This is a good thing because we can now pretend that putting on our walking shoes and putting in our steps for

Collaboration transforms 950 Gallery

Arts

Collaboration transforms 950 Gallery

Elise Richman and Nicholas Nyland are ubiquitous presences in Tacoma art spaces, but what they've done together at 950 Gallery is something one has to wonder if either of them could have done alone. Their site-specific and collaborative installation is one large piece of abstract art with individual pieces that

Top five

Music

Top five

April marks my 10th anniversary writing for the Weekly Volcano. In that time, the vast majority of my coverage has centered around music in the South Sound, and it's been a real roller coaster ride to see how the scene has shifted and developed. Fallow periods come and go, but

2019 Spring Career & Education Guide

Online Interactive Guides

2019 Spring Career & Education Guide

Click here to view our interactive 2019 Spring Career & Education Guide.

Those overcast blues

Music

Those overcast blues

It's wild to step back and consider that the Gray Sky Blues Music Festival has been alive and kicking in Tacoma for 12 years. This Saturday will mark the event's entry into the dozen-timers' club, and that milestone once again shines a light on how infrequently blues music gets mentioned

Asian fusion comes to Olympia

Reviews

Asian fusion comes to Olympia

ANNOUNCER: It doesn't take much to get Jackie and Dutch to take a trip south to Olympia to try out a new place. And this week, the trip offers a Korean-inspired menu packed with fresh ingredients and lots of flavor options for them to choose from. JACKIE: I'd like to come

Welcome to the family

Stage

Welcome to the family

The South Sound theater community is populated with a cavalcade of intensely passionate participants -- both onstage and behind the scenes. It's an unending source of joy to see so many familiar names pop up as actors or crew members for all the plays that we get to enjoy from

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