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October 26, 2013 at 8:29am

Night Moves: The Hive Dwellers, E-40, Rod Cook, Wide Eye Panic, Aaron Daniel's One Man Banned, Blue Nose Music, Clinton Fearon and others ...



B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Triangle District. Rod Cook. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

Capitol Theater Olympia - Downtown. Night Of The Living Tribute Bands, featuring tributes to The Specials, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Beastie Boys, They Might Be Giants, The Pixies, Queens Of The Stone Age, Spinal Tap. All Ages. 8:30 pm. $8-$10.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Aaron Daniel's One Man Banned. 9:30 pm. NC.

Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. First Degree The D.E.'s Halloween Horror Night Costume Party, with Blue Nose Music, Shao Sosa, Awall AKA 2Piece, Beanz & Rize, hosted by Josh Rizeberg. 8 pm. $10.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band, with New Kingston. 8 pm. $10.

Kilworth Chapel Tacoma - Northend. La Familia Valera Miranda. All Ages. 7:30 pm. $12.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Oly Freakdown Halloween Hardcore & Metal Show with Eidola, Redeem the Exile, ThisTopia, Enclosures, T.H.O.R. All Ages. 5:30 pm. $5. MC Swamptiger, Smoke Of Oldominion. 9 pm.

Louie G's Pizza Fife. Wide Eye Panic, In The Between, December In Red, Insuburban Avenue, Watcher's Eye. All Ages. 6 pm.

Matrix Coffee House Chehalis. 16 Sparrows. All Ages. 8 pm. $6.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. The Kareem Kandi Band. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

Northern Olympia - Downtown. Lovers Without Borders, Lois, The Hive Dwellers. All Ages. 8 pm. $6.

  • Saturday's show at the Northern is a showcase of Olympia legends, including K Records founder Calvin Johnson with his Hive Dwellers project, and a supergroup of Karl Blau, Allen Peril, and Jessica Bonin by the name of Lovers Without Borders. Of particular interest is a performance from Lois Maffeo, who tends more often to go by the Google-confounding title of, simply, Lois. A prolific member of the Olympia DIY community throughout the '90s, Lois's output has slowed over the years, but she leaves an impressive collection of collaborations with any number of alt scene movers and shakers - most notably her quite good album, The Union Themes, which she recorded with Brendan Canty of Fugazi. All along the way, what distinguished Lois were her lovely voice, her strong songwriting and her flair for knocking out warmly catchy folk-pop. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Rock the Dock Pub & Grill Tacoma - Downtown. 13 Eves of Halloween with Ghost 211. Creepiest costume contest for cash. 9 pm.

The Royal Lounge Olympia - Downtown. E-40, Beejan, Krucial Barz, Mr. Tist 7 Yak Nasty, Frankie Hustle, Circle of Bosses, Free Whiskey and XPerience. 9 pm. $20.

  • The legend, the lyricist, the greatest gamespitter of all time, the Ambassador of The Bay, E-Feezy Fonzarelli ... Call him what you want, but don't be late catching this man rock the stage at The Royal Lounge Saturday night in Olympia - and he often travels with his cohort from The Click, B-Legit. E-40 is the hardest working man in hip-hop, at least in terms of albums output.  In the past three years, 40 Water has dropped the Revenue Retrievin' series (four CDs) and The Block Brochure Volumes 1-3, his collaboration with Too Short's Mob & Function Music (double disc) and the forthcoming parts 4-6.  You do the math - that's 12 quality releases in as much time as it took you to write your last resume. He's a model for the art of hustling and he's in The 25360 this weekend, The Mailman cometh. Alongside 40 will be a lineup of local talent including Beejan, Krucial Barz, Mr. Twist & Yak Nasty (celebrating a long-term of sobriety - go, Yak!), Circle of Bosses, Free Whiskey, XP (coming off the release of his new classic, The Revelations [EP] and hosted by Frankie Hustle. Bound to be plenty of memorable moments at this one. - Jose Gutierrez Jr.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Pre-Halloween Party, with Crosswalk Band, costume contest. 9 pm. NC.

Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe Tacoma - Eastside. 6th year Anniversary Show featuring Pioneers West Reunion, with The Wheelies. 9 pm. NC.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Spanaway & Tacoma ABATE Halloween Bash, with Justice Creek. 9 pm.

Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Halloween Party, with Tumbling Dice. 9 pm.

LINK: More live music Saturday, Oct. 26 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

LINK: Today's Halloween events in the South Sound

October 27, 2013 at 9:11am

5 Things To Do Today: Harmonica Showcase, Halloween events, Vicci Martinez, Jethro Tull and more ...

Stacy Jones will blow you away tonight.

SUNDAY, OCT. 27 2013 >>>

1. A good harmonica player seems like he or she never breathes, he or she just blows and blows and blows until his or her ears say enough, and the intricate collection of notes and rhythms hangs over the audience like a heavy lace curtain. That's about the time people start screaming like wildcats and demanding more, which is exactly what will happen at 5 p.m. when the ninth annual Blues Vespers Harmonica Showcase blows into Tacoma's Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Paul Green & Straight Shot host the affair with Steve Bailey, Stacy Jones, Kim Field, Dan O'Bryant and others. The combined talent (and personalities) will be an indescribable treat for the ears and eyes, and you will walk away jaw hanging like a codfish.

2. The frights are upon us once again, and there are, as always, plenty of ways to spend the Devil's holiday. The Weekly Volcano has listed the parties, the theater performances, haunted houses, the kids fare and the rock 'n' roll here - it's up to you to decide where you'll go, and, of course, what you'll wear. Boo, South Sound.

3. Cindy McCoy has battled and survived breast cancer twice before. She lost her son tragically in 2005, and now she is in the midst of another hardship: she has been diagnosed with terminal stage IV spindle cell sarcoma. McCoy's spirit has reached far and wide, and from 5-9 p.m., a benefit will be held in her honor at The Swiss. Live music by local acts, including The Voice's Vicci Martinez, will be part of the celebration. A silent auction will take place as well, with donated items including a weekend cabin getaway; a custom-made gun safe; a $1,000 Home Depot gift card with three days labor; artwork; window tinting; and a private performance by Martinez. Read Nikki McCoy's full feature on tonight's benefit show here.

4. The Mix will host a unique art exhibit where you will experience works from local artists, live music, figure drawing, live performances, fashion, body painting and much from 5:30-9:30 p.m. There will even be an interactive human Tetris game (you read that right). Local vendors will also be present selling merch. There will be wine and snacks as well as a full bar. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

5. At 7:30 p.m., Tacoma's Broadway Center welcomes Ian Anderson to its Pantages Theater stage. He and his mates will perform Thick As A Brick in its entirety for the first time since 1972, then follows up with TAAB 2. This will be Anderson's only West Coast stop this tour. Read Nikki McCoy's interview with Ian Anderson in the Music and Culture section.

LINK: Sunday, Oct. 27 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

October 28, 2013 at 7:06am

5 Things To Do Today: Art At Work Party, "Girl Rising," poetry, Goth DJs and more ...

Tacoma arts will be on display tonight at the Foss Waterway Seaport. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

MONDAY, OCT. 28 2013 >>>

1. Tacoma's Art at Work Month has become a Godzilla's feast of literary, visual and performing arts. Is there any other town of comparable size in the Western Hemisphere that has anything to match it? We don't think so. November is Art at Work Month, but the festivities actually begin at 6 p.m. with an opening party and the AMOCAT Arts Awards presentation inside and outside of the Foss Waterway Seaport. The free event offers appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar while Taxi Driver plays jazz, Tacoma Community College artists pour molten iron into blocks of ice, BareFoot Collective dances, Fab-5 breakdances, Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo paints with words and Kat Ogden and Carla Barragan screen their latest films. As a bonus this year, Diane Hansen will remove the rope around her soon-to-be-installed public art piece, The Locks, so guests may personalize a provided padlock to hang on the installation. Toward the middle of the evening, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the Tacoma Arts Commission will present the three 2013 AMOCAT Arts Awards winners, as well as the 2013 arts fund recipients. Dress warm.

2. The frights are upon us once again, and there are, as always, plenty of ways to spend the Devil's holiday. The Weekly Volcano has listed the parties, the theater performances, haunted houses, the kids fare and the rock 'n' roll here - it's up to you to decide where you'll go, and, of course, what you'll wear. Boo, South Sound.

3. Janelle Gordon is a Jamaican native who is a poet, performance artist, painter, designer and photographer, as well as a University of Puget Sound alumna. In her work as a mixed media artist, she promotes art as an experience and describes her style as "freestyle." Gordon is the author of the poetry chapbook i&i Reflections (2013), which explores issues of cultural, spiritual, and sexual identities. She has produced and participated in numerous art and fashion shows including Spectrum of Colors, which was composed of exhibits exploring the combination of writing and painting. Gordon is co-founder of JFearon art and design company and artistic director of kbphotoart.com studio. At 6:30 p.m., as part of UPS's Caribbean Writer Series, Gordon will lecture on "I & I Reflections: A Poetic Exploration of Spiritual, Cultural, and Sexual Identities" at the Rasmussen Rotunda in the Wheelock Student Center.

4. Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins' highly-acclaimed film Girl Risingis an innovative documentary telling the stories of nine girls from around the world who, through access to education and mentoring, have risen from poverty to productivity and a promising future, narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez and other Hollywood luminaries. At the heart of the film is the desire to educate girls and change the world. Uptown's Galaxy Theatre will screen the film at Gig Harbor's Galaxy Theatres as a fundraiser for Strong Women Strong World, YWCA of Pierce County and Jubilee Women's Center. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction and raffle, followed by a few words from the national director of World Vision Women of Vision's Cindy Breihl, before the 6:30 p.m. screening.

5. The stereotype is racing through your head: Everyone is in all black, many are wearing dark and heavy eye make-up and every now and then, the DJ stops a tune with a vertebrae-shattering guitar riff for chants of, "Kill! Kill! Kill!" But O'Malley's "Mondays For The Damned," is not some cartoon-like parody like you see in the movies. For the most part, the Monday DJ night is just your typical above ground underground new wave, synth pop, Goth, industrial and post-punk haven, and, tonight at 9 p.m., it's one of the best places to find yourself in the company of the city's Goth scene.

LINK: Monday, Oct. 28 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

October 28, 2013 at 10:42am

Eat This Now: The Rabbit's lamb burger

The Iron Rabbit in Olympia serves a tasty lamb burger. Photo credit: Jackie Fender

Iron Rabbit in West Olympia is like your favorite present wrapped in a brown paper bag: The exterior is plain to say the least; the interior is cozy with a cool open kitchen that could almost pass for a diner - if it weren't so nicely appointed. It's casual comfort for sure with fabulous service. But hey, it's all about balance, and the menu has an abundance of character and intriguing finds. The Iron Rabbit need not dazzle with the ambiance.

Serving locally sourced, gastropub cuisine in a family-friendly establishment, Iron Rabbit scores big points across the board with fun appetizers, flavorful salads and impressive burgers - all of which often feature intriguing ingredients.

What do I recommend?

The Lamb Burger.

It's rare to find a lamb burger outside a Mediterranean-focused establishment - save for a "chop." The hand-forged patty is cooked to a perfect temp, topped with fresh organic spring greens, sliced tomato, crispy onion straws and tzatziki sauce with a delicious tender bread hug by a brioche bun. For those unaware, tzatziki is a goat milk yogurt based dip with flavors of garlic and cucumber that you often find in gyros. The goat milk base gives the burger nice sharp tart-y notes throughout complementing the lamb. For sides, you can opt for apples, slaw or fries. Their fries are real potatoes similar to jojos in presentation but only lightly seasoned giving them a golden crisp interior.

Added bonus: the Iron Rabbit's bar selection is a collection of unique spirits, fabulous craft brews and wine menu featuring well crafted and fun concoctions on all fronts from regional sources and beyond.

IRON RABBIT, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday,2103 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, 360.956.3661

Filed under: Food & Drink, Olympia,

October 28, 2013 at 11:06am

Raising the roof for childhood education

A scene form the 2011 Get Involved Gala. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

Each year, the Get Involved Gala - better known as GIG - kicks up its heels and puts on one of T-town's finest parties. Dress to the nines and help raise funds for United Way of Pierce County. Do you think you could do better for a night out? Yeah, I didn't think so.

This year's theme is 253Love, which means all things local and awesome. There will even be a few local celebrities, including Rhubarb and the Sonics Guy.

"The GIG is a fun night out. It's a great opportunity to come out with your friends, mingle and meet new people," says GIG co-chair Brittany Ellsworth. "The majority of the attendees are young professionals in the area, so it's a very dynamic mix of people."

While you mingle to the max, enjoy Top 40, '80s and '90s music spun by a DJ. Bar services by The Mix and Cork Wine Bar ensure libations for all, and Neighborhood Bistro will provide delicious local food. Dress is cocktail attire, which means button-up shirts and ties for men and dresses for women, but the event loves to encourage people to go full-on fancy and formal.


October 29, 2013 at 7:23am

5 Things To Do Today: Rufus Wainwright, "Red Obsession," UFO chat, "Potted Potter" and more ...

Rufus Wainwright is on a six date tour of the Northwest, including Olympia tonight. Photo credit: Barry J. Holmes.

TUESDAY, OCT. 29 2013 >>>

1. It's no surprise that Rufus Wainwright should find himself years later to be a consummate showman. The son of folkies Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Wainwright grew up in a house of music, joining his mother's band at the age of 13. Even his sister, Martha, has a respectable music career in her own right. Wainwright was destined for the stage, though he veered off early on from the folk music legacy of his family. Wainwright takes the Washington Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's interview with Rufus Wainwright in the Music and Culture section.

2. Red Obsession is David Roach and Warwick Ross' directorial debut. This engaging documentary from the "Land Down Under" takes audiences on a journey into the fascinating world of winemaking by going right to the source. No, not California, (apologies to Paul Masson fans), but rather to France and China, the two largest vintners in the modern world. The film screens at 2 and 6:45 p.m. at The Grand Cinema.

3. James Clarkson spent a career as an Olympia police sergeant interviewing crime victims, collecting evidence from crime scenes, auto wrecks and autopsies - and then met respected, no-nonsense June Crain who could prove she worked in secret laboratories at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and who told him about UFO crashes, alien bodies, and how the cover-up works. Clarkson penned Tell My Story - June Crain, the Air Force & UFOs. Upon retiring, he joined the Mutual UFO Network in 1986 and is now the Washington state director. Clarkson will discuss his research at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood Library

4. Comedians Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner send up all seven Harry Potter novels and stage a live match of Quidditch in only 70 hysterical minutes in Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry experience in the Rialto Theater. We're talking 300 characters, many female, with a variety of accents from Beauxbatons in France to the highlands of Scotland. Oh, and what the hell, let's throw in a fire-breathing dragon - live on stage. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. for a week's run.

5. The 1230 Room probably has you at "free taco bar," but you also may be interested in the downtown Olympia club's new Tuesday deep, tech and progressive house night "The Deep End." It launches at 9 p.m. with drink specials, no cover and resident DJs Alex Bosi, Evan Mould and Chris Paro.

LINK: Tuesday, Oct. 29 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

October 29, 2013 at 10:00am

Nerd Alert!: National Novel Writing Month and Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma

Jet City Comic Show is a brand comic book and pop culture convention held in Tacoma Nov. 2. Photo courtesy of Facebook


In my four years working for the Weekly Volcano, I'd say I've averaged roughly 1,000 written words per week, which adds up to 4,000 a month. Not too bad. But, in the month of November, a few hundred thousand people will be putting me to shame as they each churn out at least 50,000 words as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Beginning Nov. 1, participants in NaNoWriMo will have 30 days to start and complete their novel. Once they've finished, they will turn them in to nanowrimo.org for verification and receive a certification of their accomplishment in return.

Why do something like this? I dunno. Personally, the very idea of it sends homework anxiety shivers down my spine. But, if you've had this idea in the back of your head that would make for a good short novel, but you've never had the gumption to just go ahead and do it already, NaNoWriMo is the perfect excuse to take a month and force yourself to make some art. There's nothing like having a deadline to wring all that creative juice out of your head - warts and all.

To commemorate the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, King's Books will be holding a "Write In" - a sort of meet-up and support group for NaNoWriMo participants to get together and vent and plan the rest of their novel-writing flurry. Creativity doesn't grow in a vacuum, so it doesn't hurt to meet other people who are working for the same goal.

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH MEET-UP, 3-7 p.m., King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma, no cover, 253.272.8801


Jet City Comic Show's (JCCS) origin story finds it rising up to humbly take its place as Tacoma's premier comic book convention, amid a wasteland of out-of-town events. JCCS fills a void in Tacoma, creating a place for disenfranchised Tacoma nerds to gather in safety, free to browse every rare reissue and alternate timeline experiment and up-and-coming graphic novel auteur. The amount of talent and creative freedom on display at a comic book convention such as Jet City Comic Show is staggering, and well worth the time for even the casual comic enthusiast.

Of most interest to serious comic fans is the programming on tap for JCCS, including an intriguing talk from GeekGirlCon's Jennifer K. Stuller on the mythology of women in comics, and a Q&A featuring Neal Stephenson and Mark Teppo of the epic Foreworld Saga.

Mainly, though, this is an opportunity to take in all of the brilliant work on offer and to add more items to your no doubt exhaustive collection - or to make the first entry into your inevitably expansive library. Either way, Jet City Comic Show is a great way to meet new artists, with like-minded people, and get your geek on in fully regal costume. Any way you wish to nerd.

JET CITY COMIC SHOW, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, $8, jetcitycomicshow.com

ALERT!: The official Jet City Comic show Drink-N-Draw returns on the night before the show at the Harmon Brewery & Eatery in Tacoma

Filed under: Nerd Alert!, Books, Word, Tacoma, Community,

October 30, 2013 at 7:37am

5 Things To Do Today: Devils Night DJs, Rock The Vote, Rufus Wainwright, trivia and more ...

Calling all Electronic Gladiators!

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 2013 >>>

1. Halloween might be tomorrow night, but pull out your LED Tron costume anyway. Providing house music geeks to get their bump on early, The Lochs is hosting ARSON!!! Devils Night in Tacoma featuring DJs dAb, Cide, The Architects, Chris Savenetti and Demetre Baca. Just to make the night more blinking and glowing 1313effect.com will be in the house.

2. Founded 20 years ago in response to a wave of attacks on freedom of speech and artistic expression, Rock the Vote concerts represent the intersection of young people, politics and popular culture. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Swiss, the University of Washington-Tacoma and Pacific Lutheran University will Rock The Vote with several bands, including Michelle from the Club and SHEBEAR. There will be a ballot drop bag on site.

3. Wednesday night is always good for getting quizzical in the South Sound. The Harmon Brewery hosts Trivia Night with Gordon Adams, Doyle's Public House offers Knowledge Night team trivia with awesome prizes, and Rev. Colin holds trivia court at Meconi's in downtown Tacoma. Find all the info you need right here.

4. It's no surprise that Rufus Wainwright should find himself years later to be a consummate showman. The son of folkies Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Wainwright grew up in a house of music, joining his mother's band at the age of 13. Even his sister, Martha, has a respectable music career in her own right. Wainwright was destined for the stage, though he veered off early on from the folk music legacy of his family. Wainwright takes the Pantages Theater stage at 7:30 p.m. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's interview with Rufus Wainwright in the Music and Culture section.

5. Lindsey Pavao from NBC's The Voice will perform at Jazzbones with Hero's Last Mission, Whitney Myer and Olivia De La Cruz, beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: Wednesday, Oct. 30 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

October 30, 2013 at 10:32am

Naked City: Plethora of activity brewing around downtown Olympia

Tallhouse Arts Consortium returns to The Brotherhood Lounge in downtown Olympia.

Olympia is gearing up for November, the month that averages nearly 9 inches of that wonderful wet stuff we call rain. But the downpours aren't going to dampen anyone's spirits; there is a plethora of activity brewing around town.

Downtown, Charlie's Bar and Grill will re-open after months of tarps and boarded up windows. The owners of the Brick Tavern in Tumwater purchased the business. Charlie's should reopen in mid November. While pull tabs, spirits and the name Charlie's will stay the same - the restaurant is expanding to include an all ages seating area and extended menu. 620 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia

Across the street at city hall, new councilmembers will soon be voted into office. The contenders for Position No. 4 are Darren Mills and Cheryl Selby, two powerful downtown business owners. And will it be Jim Cooper who makes it to Position No. 7 or Prophet Atlantis? Could Atlantis' super natural powers perhaps save Olympia? No matter who comes into council, let's hope Olympia is better for it.

Heading toward the water, Swing Wine Bar has swapped one fine bartender for another. Bradford Knutson, Olympia's renaissance man when it comes to libations, has left his long-time career of bartending to become an independent sales representative at Pilchuck Distributors. In his place, 20-year industry veteran Tom Perez will sling drinks at Swing, displaced from the recent closing of Ben Moore's, which, if you meander by, you can see is getting an extensive remodel itself. Will it be opening in the near future? 825 Columbia St. SW, Olympia

At The Brotherhood Lounge, aerialists are about to take flight again, after a summer-long hiatus (hot months = sweaty hands = not safe). The re-vamped team is ready to amaze audiences with its color brand of trapeze. Creativity never ceases and performances range from naughty to funny to just plain beautiful. The shows are free and tips are encouraged. New this year is a dance party to follow, with grooves by DJ Fir$t Lady. If you've ever been to one of the impromptu dances parties at past aerialist events, then you know about the twerking, pumping and shaking that goes on. The shows hit the Broho on the first Wednesday of the month, beginning at 8 p.m. Nov 6. Get there early for a good view. 119 Capitol Way, Olympia

Mama Mia! Vic's Pizzeria has been hard at work prepping its new location in the Wildwood building, next to the popular Oly Coffee Roasters and Spud's Produce. While the inside capacity is smaller than the original location on the Westside, there will be more beer and wine on tap and future plans include a large outdoor seating area. They hope to be open by Thanksgiving. Plenty of people will be giving thanks they can soon grab an Elvis Special or Double Crusted Big Vicin the South Capitol neighborhood. 2822 Capitol S. Blvd., Olympia

October 30, 2013 at 10:55am

"Potted Potter" Review: In the chamber of secret dialogue

It got a little Harry at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma.

It's hard for me to believe, but it's been 15 years since the U.S. was introduced to one Harry James Potter, aka The Boy Who Lived. Since then, an entire generation has grown to young adulthood, and the Wizarding World has achieved the literary stature of Narnia, Middle-earth and Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. That's why I assumed the touring parody version, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, would be pitched toward both children and adults. Not so much. I found, in fact, that I'm about 40 years too old for it. This is a show that doesn't benefit from mature consideration.

Promotional materials assure us its game performers, James Percy and Delme Thomas, take on all 300-plus characters from Rowling's seven massive novels. That's not even vaguely true. The actors don't do impressions, and they leave out such choice characters as Professors McGonagall, Lockhart and Umbridge. We were promised a fire-breathing dragon, "live" on stage. Don't get your hopes up. The most spectacular theatrical coup afforded by your ticket - which costs at least $38, by the way - is a disco ball. Luckily, if your kids are anything like the adorable tots in the Rialto Tuesday night, they won't give a chocolate frog about any of that. Most were clearly in rugrat heaven. Keep in mind, though, your kids have extremely unsophisticated taste in comedy.


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