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August 20, 2010 at 10:10am

MORNING SPEW: bad eggs, Potter condoms, cloned meat ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Everyone be egg-stra careful when eating your breakfast this morning.

Do you have a Harry Popper in your wallet?

Being unemployed sucks. Thank goodness for retirement money!

Typo crusaider

The Cloned Meat Wars

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Filed under: Morning Spew, News To Us,

August 20, 2010 at 10:57am

Weekly Volcano Twitter Stalker

The Weekly Volcano follows Tweeting celebrities so you don't have to >>>

Just like most good, new-age, social media applications, Twitter allows people to share and be privy to once personal, almost wholly pointless information about peoples' lives. It's seemingly endless. While Twitter is mostly full of everyday, ho-hum people - just like you and me, sharing info about what type of oatmeal we ate for breakfast and where we get our hair cut - Twitter is also a magnet for the moderately-famous.

Stars of yesterday, illiterate millionaire athletes, former cast members of Saved By the Bell - you can follow them all, intimately, on Twitter.

But, you've got standards. We get that.

That's why we'll do it for you, in a feature we like to call Weekly Volcano Twitter Stalker.

Today, checking in with...

Terrell Owens!

Aug. 18: Terrell Owens is no Dick Butkus

"just got a mani/pedi @ Ambiance. Hands & feet r feeling nice after 2 weeks of training camp!!!" web

Aug. 16: Terrell Owens wants people to be perfectly clear

"Ok tweeples! Regarding the kiss cam @ tennis tourney, tht girl next 2 me is my "assistant!" Lol" via MogoTXT

Aug. 12: Terrell Owens knows quality dining

"Just had a gr8 workout! Now headed 2 Cracker Barrel 4 brkfast." MogoTXT

Aug. 12: Terrell Owens definitely has a man's appetite

"My brkfast: 8 eggwhites scrambled, turkey sausage, bowl of oatmeal w/bananas & OJ/water!! Gotta feed the mach" via MogoTXT

Aug; 12: Fifteen minutes later...

"Alllll gone!!"

Tune in next time for more hot Twitter Stalking action from the Weekly Volcano

Filed under: Bad Habits, Comedy, Media, Twitter,

August 20, 2010 at 11:47am

DEPT. OF NOW SEE THIS: Poster and postcard

Street Botany Figure 8

WHAT I FOUND LAST NIGHT DURING ARTWALK >>>

Last night I found Maria Jost's Street Botany's Figure 8 poster "What is this Taraxcum officinale poster about?" at the Brick House Gallery. You can read the multiple choice answers clearer on her Street Botany's blog here. This poster and the previous seven focus on art and science and plants, and they drop periodically in Tacoma.

According to her blog:

These figures will be posted around town. If one appears to be posted with direction, it was so placed because I appreciate the particular location and what it offers to the community. If one appears to be posted randomly, it almost certainly was.

Please pay as much attention to the posters as you like. I anticipate that many will be removed, most will be discarded, some will fall off or down, and a few will be kept.

I was hoping in this final paragraph to strip down my motivations for such a project into a single cohesive purpose. But, I am not quite sure how to synthesize the personal and public elements of my motivation. So for now, my purposes are simply: 1) to artistically explore the science-based concepts living in my brain, and 2) to share some pretty pictures with this town.

I also stumbled upon the Smooth & Juicey postcard with "complimentary size upgrade" printed on the backside. Jason Granwich designed it. It's freakin' funny.

August 20, 2010 at 1:15pm

THE PREFUNK: Death-defying bike jump

Send drunk-ass pictures of your pets to mattd@weeklyvolcano.com to see them immortalized forever in The Prefunkn

BRING ON THE WEEKEND >>>

Facts are facts - and the fact is the weekend starts tomorrow... or at quitting time today, for those who take weekends seriously. Most nine-to-fivers have two-plus days of freedom ahead of them, awarded by the capitalist religion we adhere to, and you'd be well-advised to take advantage- even if my handy-dandy iPhone weather ap is calling for crummy weather.

With that, here's another installment of The Prefunk: a weekend primer for you and your liver, with a picture of an alcoholic household pet thrown in for good measure.

Death-defying bike jump for Second Cycle

Saturday, Aug. 21

Certainly, we all remember that point in college when one of our esteemed professors invited us into an alley to watch him/her strap on a helmet fit with sparklers and jump a bicycle through a wall of glowing neon tubing?

Wait. What? You don't remember that?

Well, if you went to the Evergreen State College you just might. But, better yet, even if you didn't go to Evergreen (or aren't currently enrolled) you can still watch and experience the magic as Galen McCarty Turner - a Tacoman, a bizarre artist, a bit of an eccentric, and a professor at Evergreen in the school's neon program - rides his bike over a death-defying multi-inch jump and through a wall of glowing neon tubing this Saturday, in the alley of Sixth and I Street, all for the benefit of Second Cycle, Hilltop's independent bike co-op. And by "benefit," I mean it's a fundraiser; this isn't just an act of insanity Galen is undertaking to raise moral Second Cycle - though it's likely to have that impact as well.

While we're on the subject of memories, many will recall the jump that started this all - last year's man-on-bike vs. wall of neon showdown that saw Galen McCarty Turner barrel through a glowing display of gas and glass he'd crafted himself. Those on hand no doubt still have fond memories of the cape sporting Galen's moment of triumph, and the karate-chop, pelvic-thrust celebration that followed.

This year's event promises to be just as memorable. Here's a snippet of hype from Galen (or Gaytron's) press team:

On August 21the second Bike Jump will take place in the alley of 6th and "I" Street in Tacoma at 8:00pm. The Bike Jump is 3 inches of sheer terror, a life-defying implosion of rare stimulated gasses combustigated from 90,000 volts of raditude. In layman's terms, Gaytron will be jumping a bike through a wall of dirty, handmade, panty-melting neon tubing set up in the alley. The performance has been heavily promoted as a public event and is a fundraiser for 2nd Cycle, Tacoma's Independent Bike Co-op located in Hilltop. Bike Jump T-shirts and limited edition event prints (printed on Brown and Haley Cherry Mountain Bar packaging sheets) will be available for purchase during the gathering. Merriment will commence after the neon is swept from the street.

PREFUNK: Here's the thing - "Gaytron's" fateful jump will happen less than an hour after the Music and Art in Wright Park festival concludes at nearby, well, Wright Park. So, you can warm up all day with heavy helpings of some of Tacoma's finest rock - both old and new - and this quintessential Tacoma experience can bleed right into another: watching Gaytron barrel through "rare stimulated gasses combustigated from 90,000 volts of raditude."

Also, you can snag a few drinks in the Hob Nob's bar between said spectacles. It's as though the stars have aligned.

See you next week.

Filed under: Bad Habits, Comedy, Arts, Events, Tacoma,

August 20, 2010 at 3:52pm

Duke's Famous Sweet Tea

Duke's Famous Sweet Tea

WHEN MARKETING DOESN'T LIE >>

After a spell in the summer sun, nothing tastes better than a large glass of cool lemonade. So try chilling out with Duke's Famous Sweet Tea, an alcoholic version of the beverage that's sure to help beat the heat. Made with Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea flavored vodka, fresh squeezed lemonade and served on the rocks in a pint glass, the $5.50 cocktail will definitely quench your thirst. I just downed two on Duke's Chowder House's deck while watching a massive freighter chug into the Port. Delicious. However, the drink could be deadly. I couldn't taste the alcohol.

The main reason I tried the delicious drink? Their drink menu stated it was voted "Most Refreshing Drink 2010." Further investigation revealed the voting party was actually the Tacoma Duke's staff.

Smart people.

Duke's Chowder House

3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma
253.752.5444

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

August 21, 2010 at 8:13am

5 Things To Do: Music and Art in Wright Park, Rock At The Dock II, 1,000 Black Men Rally ...

C.F.A. will rock Wright Park today as part of the Music and Art in Wright Park festival.

SATURDAY, AUG. 21, 2010 >>>

1. The Music and Art in Wright Park festival is a selfless act of goodwill toward this rough-around-the-edges place we call home - in the form of a free, all-day rock show for Tacoma, by Tacoma. After returning last year (from an eight-year layoff) with grand success, event coordinators Cody Foster, Roxanne Wolfe, Bennett Thurmon, Ken Johnson and Donna Herren are back with another installment, this year inviting 15 bands to the stage from noon to 7:30 p.m. in Wright Park.

2. Johnny's Dock Restaurant & Marina hosts Rock At The Dock II, a full day of car shows, a beer garden, food and two bands with an all-city dance benefiting The Breast Cancer Alliance from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

3. A historic rally of 1,000 Black Men Rally will take place at People's Park on Hilltop in Tacoma.  Inspired by a general void in consistent leadership, the need for empowerment and the general crisis of community apathy - the rally will include guest speakers and will be hosted from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. by former Tacoma Poet Laureate Antonio Edwards.  The rally will address issues of education, leadership and ways to improve the conditions in our communities.

4. Actress Trieste Kelly Dunn will be in attendance for the 3:15 p.m. screening of the film she stars in, The New Year, at The Grand Cinema as part of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film festival.

5. Galen McCarty Turner will jump his bike 3 inches off the ground through a wall of dirty, handmade, panty-melting neon tubing set up in the alley at 8 p.m. in the alley at Sixth and I Street. The performance has been heavily promoted as a public event and is a fundraiser for 2nd Cycle, Tacoma's Independent Bike Co-op located in Hilltop. Bike Jump T-shirts and limited edition event prints (printed on Brown and Haley Cherry Mountain Bar packaging sheets) will be available for purchase during the gathering. Merriment will commence after the neon is swept from the street.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: More ideas in our Weekend Hustle

August 22, 2010 at 12:30am

Tacoma: Alley crowd, cops and exploding neon

Money shot

WHEN GALEN MCCARTY TURNER JUMPS ON HIS BIKE, THINGS HAPPEN >>>

When Bobble Tiki was a kid he would ride his bike over empty soda cans so they caught on the tops of the tires, making a buzzing noise nothing at all like a motorcycle, but to a 10-year-old tiki, Bobble Tiki might as well have put glasspacks on his Huffy.  Some of those same nutty kids have graduated from Pepsi cans to ... jumping their bike through neon tubing.

As promised, Tacoman Galen McCarty Turner jumped his bicycle through neon tubing last night, just as Weekly Volcano editor Matt Driscoll previewed in his Prefunk column Friday. What Driscoll left out was that the alley would be packed with more than a hundred people in an atmosphere that felt like a high school keg party, that the Tacoma Police force would arrive as the neon tubing was about to be lit, that Patricia Lecy-Davis would convince the police to slow their walk toward Turner to a crawl so that the Tacoma daredevil could skip his pre-jump ritual and jump his bicycle through the tubing before the event was shut down.

And that's exactly what happened. The crowd cheered Turner on as he skipped the pre-jump theatrics (fortunately not skipping the steps where he lights the sparklers on his helmet and bike) and went right for the gusto before the police cleared the alley.

It was spectacular, to say the least.

Check out the few photos we snapped of the event in our Photo Hot Spot.

August 22, 2010 at 8:24am

5 Things To Do: Burning Man flick, Longacres Mile, "Neddy" closes ...

Watch what happens during Burning Man tonight at The Brotherhood Lounge.

SUNDAY, AUG. 22, 2010 >>>

1. The Brotherhood Lounge in Olympia will screen a Burning Man documentary at 7 p.m.

2. A total of $1,760,000 will be offered in stakes purses including $250,000 for the diamond anniversary running of the Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs. The Mile anchors a stakes double-header that includes the $75,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares at a mile and one-eighth. First post time is 2 p.m.

3. Today marks your last chance to see some of the best art the Northwest has to offer in Tacoma Art Museum's Honoring 15 Years of Neddy Artist Fellows, which features works by the 2010 nominees for the Neddy Artist Fellowship in painting and glass as well as the previous 23 Neddy Fellows. Also, actors from Tacoma's Shakespeare In the Parking Lot Theatre Company perform the award-winning tragicomic drama Arcadia by Tom Stoppard at 2 p.m. outside the museum.

4. Glass artist Brynhildur Thorgeirsdóttir from Iceland will discuss her sculptures at 2 p.m. inside the Museum of Glass.

5. Paddy a dragon boat from 3:30-4;45 p.m. at the Foss Waterway Seaport. It will change your life.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 22, 2010 at 8:44am

NIGHT MOVES: Live shows full of outlaws today

The Fun Police play the Outlaw Music Festival at O'Malley's today.

WE LIKE THESE LIVE SHOWS >>>

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Lyon Pride Music's Black & Blue Sundays. 21+. 8 pm. NC.

Johnny's Dock Restaurant and Marina Tacoma - Dome District. The Dana Lupinacci Band. 21+. 5 pm. NC.

Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 6 pm. NC.

O'Callahan's Pub & Grill Key Peninsula. Leann Trevalyann & Billy Stoops. 21+. 12 pm. NC. Tammy Faye & The Thrill Billies. 21+. 4 pm. NC.

O'Malley's Irish Pub Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Outlaw Music Festival, featuring The Fun Police, Ten Miles Of Bad Road, Bullit County, Midnight Salvage Co., Johnson County, The Kings Of Outlaw Country, The Shivering Denizens. 21+. 12 pm. NC.

  • Tongue-in-cheek is the best thing that could have happened to country music. Heartfelt lyrics about trucks and beer and dusty old dogs and the open road have long begged to be approached with just a little bit of humor. I don't mean full-on parody, but a loving tribute to the country heroes of the past with a little bit of a wink. This spirit more or less fuels the Outlaw Music Festival, returning Sunday for its second year. The lineup includes mostly bands that have a reverence for the form of country, but twist it in exciting ways. Ten Miles of Bad Road headlines a show that includes Johnson County, Midnight Salvage Co., The Fun Police, the Shivering Denizens, Built County and plenty of booze. - Rev. Adam McKinney

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Wheelies, Oh Dear, Where Sails Meet Rails. 21+. 9 pm.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Leroy Bell. 21+. 7 pm. NC.

Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe Tacoma - Eastside. Mahnhammer, The Hands of Toil 6 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Olympia Jazz Tentette performs A Tribute to West Coast Jazz. The music of Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich and Gerry Mulligan" directed by Syd Potter and featuring many outstanding musicians from around Puget Sound in a little big band setting. All Ages. 2-4 pm. NC.

LINK: More live music today in the South Sound

Filed under: Night Moves, Music, Olympia, Tacoma,

August 22, 2010 at 9:29am

PHOTOS: Oh hell yes we go to pet parades

Vivian Glass, 12, dressed as Sharon Osbourne for the Olympia Pet Parade.

OLYMPIA AND THEIR PETS TURN OUT FOR THE PARADE >>>

True, true: There's nothing more frightful than a Great Dane in a tutu. And we saw one at yesterday's Olympia Pet Parade, the 81st annual animal parade hosted by The Olympian. Pets of every size and description, dressed to the nines, were walked, wheeled and dragged through the streets of downtown Olympia with their sights on the finish line - Sylvester Park. This year's theme was fairy tales.

We snapped a few shots and loaded them in our Photo Hot Spot.

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