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What’s your damage?

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What’s your damage?

It's hard to look at the 1988 film Heathers and imagine it becoming anything other than a cult hit. All of the hallmarks of a cult film are there: a campy aesthetic, a profoundly dark sense of humor, and a subject matter that might've once seemed fantastical, but has only

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a piece of pop culture from its birth to today. This month, I'm acutely aware that the world's a nightmarish hellscape of suffering and dread. What type of entertainment pairs best with that? Nicecore! Coined by critic David Ehrlich, nicecore concerns a

The game’s afoot!

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The game’s afoot!

There are few entertainments better than a cracking good murder mystery, and no one more synonymous with the genre than Sherlock Holmes -- a character that's been deconstructed and reinterpreted in a dizzyingly large number of ways. Holmes for the Holidays (or The Game's Afoot, depending on who you ask)

Midsummer in December

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Midsummer in December

By far one of William Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream -- as its name might suggest -- carries with it a loopy, humid feel, befitting its summer solstice setting. It's a bit of a treat, then, to see the Changing Scene Theatre Northwest stage this show as

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to another edition of Three Easy Pieces, where I explore a certain subsection of pop culture, from its birth to how it looks today. Since the holiday season is upon us -- bringing with it yet another remake of Black Christmas -- I thought I'd revisit a topic I

Math dramatics

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Math dramatics

Until I saw Dukesbay Theater's production of Proof, my only exposure to the play was its 2005 film adaptation. While the film had its admirers, it never clicked for me; I suspected that this material was ill-suited to making the jump to the big screen, a theory that was supported

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to another edition of Three Easy Pieces, where I look at a specific corner of pop culture, from its birth to how it looks today. Since we're smack dab in the middle of awards season, I thought we'd discuss the ignoble film sub-genre known as Oscar bait. Want to

Highway to the Splatter Zone

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Highway to the Splatter Zone

The Evil Dead trilogy -- featuring, of course, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness -- became something of an unlikely success, creating an all-time great cult horror franchise, and ushering in the career of the great director Sam Raimi. I say that this was somewhat unlikely

Lovestruck and writer’s blocked

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Lovestruck and writer’s blocked

What if William Shakespeare, rather than being a deified author of some of the greatest plays in history, were just a lovestruck doofus with a serious case of writer's block? This is the position taken by Shakespeare in Love, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman's playful deconstruction of the Shakespeare mythos;

Getting haunted in the South Sound

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Getting haunted in the South Sound

Plenty of people use Halloween as an excuse to doll themselves up and hit the town in their best "sexy" get-up, whether that's as a sexy doctor, a sexy librarian, or a sexy Babadook. Being that you're a Weekly Volcano reader, though, we know you've spent the rest of the

Tacoma Film Festival rides again

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Tacoma Film Festival rides again

At this point, we shouldn't really be surprised by the continued expansion in both quality and quantity of the Tacoma Film Festival's (TTF) lineup, but honestly: looking at the schedule, we are awestruck to see what the 14th annual TFF has to offer. Tacoma's preeminent celebration of movies, put on

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

It's time, once again, for Three Easy Pieces, the column where I take you aside and gab about a particular corner of pop culture. First, we start at the beginning, and then take you on through to how it looks today. This month, I'm talking about one of my favorite

Strike a pose

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Strike a pose

Calendar Girls, the opener for Tacoma Little Theatre's 101st season, is powered purely by charm and the winsome performances of its actors. This is effervescent entertainment, imbued with a good amount of pluck and heart, and oddly enough, the only time it slows down is when conflict is introduced. The 2003

Autumn entertainment

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Autumn entertainment

As the leaves start to change and a bitter bite begins to permeate the air, there are lots of folks in the South Sound who are bidding a tearful goodbye to summer and dreading the approach of fall and winter. It's during these months that people have a tendency to

Best of Theater: 2018-2019

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Best of Theater: 2018-2019

Weekly Volcano theater critics choose the best plays in Tacoma and Olympia of the 2018-2019 season. Note: we did not see many of the same shows. If we had seen all of the same ones our choices might be different. Rev. Adam McKinney 5. The Foreigner was a tonally wild show, stuffed

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a pocket of pop culture, from its birth to today. This month, I'm doing something a little different. Last year, I ran down a selection of movies that take place during heat waves, to help us all prepare for the onslaught of

The madness of theater

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The madness of theater

Though its setting is established as a cozy lake house getaway, much of The Seagull feels as though it takes place in a nightmarish purgatory where writers and actors -- suffused with every choking bit of egotism, depression, insanity, megalomania, and grinding fraud complexes -- are forced to endure one

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to Three Easy Pieces, where I guide you through a narrow subsection of pop culture, for reasons known only to me. This time, I have Endgame on my mind. Yes, Avengers: Endgame recently crawled past Avatar's $2.78 billion to become the highest grossing film of all time. But the

The season to come

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The season to come

Looking at a list of theatrical productions coming up this season, it's truly awe-inspiring to see the sheer number of shows happening in the South Sound over the course of the year -- seriously, dozens of shows, from an increasing amount of theatre companies, covering nearly every style and demographic

Best of Tacoma 2019: Hi-Voltage Records

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Hi-Voltage Records

A stroll through a record store can be a therapeutic experience: shuffling through the bins, soaking in evocative album art, feeling the weight of the vinyl as you pick up a record to examine, all while hearing some great music being spun by the passionate employees. At the end of

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