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August 4, 2010 at 6:54am

5 Things To Do: Foxtrot, Thurston County Fair, UrbanSketchers, The Band of Heathens ...

FOXTROT: The band eschews convention and sits on big tractors. Photo courtesy of MySpace

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 4, 2010 >>>

1. Foxtrot have a way of making somewhat difficult songs that eschew the conventions of normal pop songcraft. They sort of sound backward or upside-down. The guitars, the drums, the bass - they're all there, but being used in a way that sounds slightly foreign to the ear. Yet somehow it works for us. They perform at 9 p.m. with The Razzberry Jam Band and Future Ranger inside Bob's Java Jive. Read the full story here.

2. The Thurston County Fair opens at 10 a.m. with the theme Whimsical Nights and Carousel Rides. Start the ride here.

3. Olympia UrbanSketchers - people who tour the town with sketchbooks and pencils - will meet 6:30 p.m. near "The Kiss" at Percival Landing then head out for two hours of drawing before returning to the same spot to compare sketches.

4. Harlequin Productions hosts "swamp rock" band The Band of Heathens in their first tour of the northwest at 7 and 9:30 p.m. inside the State Theater in Olympia. Their bass player, Seth Whitney (son of Harlequin musical director, Bruce Whitney, and nephew of Harlequin artistic directors, Scot and Linda Whitney) is an Olympia native who moved to Austin, Texas, several years ago to up his music game.

5. The quintet Sambatuque (samba-too-kie) will perform music from Brazil and the Caribbean from 7-8 p.m. at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 4, 2010 at 6:55am

Best of Tacoma 2010 is now online

Rick King, owner of Guitar Maniacs, was named Best Tacoman of 2010.

TAKE THE GRAND TOUR >>>

Hey folks, our yearly Best of Tacoma issue, in which your humble and helpful Weekly Volcano staffers – and readers – show some love for all the things that make the City of Destiny and surrounding Pierce County cities so nifty – is now online. And it's still in spectacular 3-D!

We appreciate all the voting participation, as well as the suggestions of new categories for next year. Keep those ideas coming – we're ready to mix it up big time in 2011.

Thanks for voting, and thanks for reading. Without further ado, click here. 

August 4, 2010 at 7:37am

SHORT ORDER: Mollydooker tasting, Scottish beers, nominate your favorite farmer

DINING NEWS, NIBBLES AND BITS >>>

Fun To Say, Fun To Drink: Pour at Four wine bar will be pouring $10 tastes of Mollydooker tonight from 5:30-8 p.m.

If It's Not Scottish, It's Crap: 99 Bottles in Federal Way will pour Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale  from California and Belhaven Scottish Ale from Scotland - both for a buck - tonight from 4-8 p.m.

Future Things are Coming: The Harmon Brewery & Eatery will celebrate its 1000th batch of beer with an all-day party Saturday, Aug. 7 hosted by long-time owner Pat Nagle. Festivities will include free T-shirts to the first 100 people, $3 pints, a special food menu, complimentary samples of the 1000th brew, a meet and greet with the brewers from 3-5 p.m. and live music from 7-10 p.m.

Food Matters: Nominate your favorite food makers/growers for the Good Food Awards. You have until Sept. 15.

LINK: South Sound happy hours

LINK: Half-price bottles of wine tonight

August 4, 2010 at 9:40am

Tacoma Diaries: not a pretty picture

THEY WENT THERE >>>

Tacoma Diaries reluctantly announces the premiere of a new episode titled A Really Bad Idea where Steve and Mike open a partially nude espresso stand in the City Of Destiny. Viewer discretion is mandatory.

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma,

August 5, 2010 at 6:29am

5 Things To Do: Come Out And Play Open Mic, Tacoma Green Drinks, "The Laramie Project," MC battle ...

Kim Archer will keep you on track tonight at the open mic inside the Tempest. Unfortunately, she'll also smoke you musically.

THURSDAY, AUG. 5, 2010 >>>

1. Come Out And Play Open Mic with hosts Kim Archer and Nick Sandy runs at the Tempest Lounge from 7-10 p.m.

2. Children have taken over The Gallery at TCC. It's cool. They didn't kiss the walls with Kool-Aid stained mouths or anything of the sort. Instead the tykes - ages 6-9 - have covered the walls with their artwork during their Early Learning Center summer program stay. Drop by for a looksy from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 

3. Once a month the environmental community group Tacoma Green Drinks gets together to just have fun and meet new people. They don't try to solve any problems, sign you up to testify for anything or ask you for money. They just want to have fun ... and drink. Tonight they'll gather from 5:30-8 p.m. at Wildside Wine. While they say they won't try to solve and problems, we'd like to see what happens if you throw your napkin in the wrong bin.

4. Good news about a depressing thing: South Puget Sound Community College Drama Department will revisit The Laramie Project - the story of the death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard - as they did eight years ago. This time, the play returns in a new form as The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, revisiting the community and its ongoing struggle to cope with what happened that night. See it at 8 p.m. inside the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts.

5. Go Hard Or Go Home MC Battle, hosted by SP, with DJ Travisty, begins at 11 p.m. inside The Royal Lounge in Olympia.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 5, 2010 at 7:00am

ARTS BEAT: New gallery coming to Tacoma, Spaceworks, "Step Up 3D" and more ...

SPACEWORKS: The "Ackawacko Meeting" exhibit in the Woolworth Windows was created by the group meadow starts with p, aka Andrew Peterson and his two kids Angel Brain and Snake Puddin'.

August 5, 2010 at 1:20pm

Peepshow coming to Tacoma's Puyallup Avenue

This preview photo includes the work of MAE artists: Jennifer Weddermann-Hay (mirror), Jennevieve Schlemmer (peacock), chess table by Diane Roberts, pillows by Cecelia Blomberg, lamp by Carlos Taylor-Swanson and silhouette cut-outs by guest artist Wade Ma

PLAN AHEAD: DON'T LOOK AND ACCESS DENIED ART SHOWS WILL BE WORTH A PEEK>>>

"Is ... Is that a peephole?" you whisper under your breath, halting your walking tour of Tacoma. You look left, then right. It definitely looks like a peephole.

Supporting your body weight with your hand you peer through the hole, drilled into a building along Puyallup Avenue. Your eyes adjust. You believe you're gazing at ... yes, it's some sort of boudoir. Yes, most certainly - with carefully posed shadows and selectively chosen props occupying a brightly illuminated but shallow space surrounded by mood lighting. The tightly staged vignette in a single scene suggesting a certain narrative and thematic possibility, but resists being reduced to one storyline.

You pull away from the peephole. Then lean back into it. You repeat several times. "This is bizarre," you think to yourself.

A bit dizzy, you carefully continue down the sidewalk only to stop again a few feet later when your eye catches a space full of... what? Seriously? chastity belts!?! This is getting ridiculous.

"Good lord," you say to no one in particular. "What is going down in my city?"

And then you remember reading this post. Ah, yes. The Madera Architectural Elements artists are behind the boudoir vignettes, combing their artisan interior and exterior building skills into single scenes as part of the Don't Look group show. And the chastity belts are actually another round of the Denied art shows at Mineral gallery, with new artists - the original of which drew rave reviews last summer as Entrance Denied at the same gallery.

You turn the corner onto Pacific Avenue and head north, processing what you've seen. You've peeped into ladies dressing rooms. You've ogled ladies underwear. On an unrelated note, you also saw a young couple making out at the Sound Transit stop across the srteet.

Then you come to a halt - having reached some sort of epiphanic conclusion over what you have witnessed. And an opportunity has presented itself. You slowly spell out your thoughts for all to see in Tollefson Plaza.

Don't Look

Saturday, Aug. 14-Sept. 14 anytime from the sidewalk
Preview events: Saturday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday Aug. 19,  5-8 p.m.
Gallery 301, 301 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma
253.396.0774

Access Denied

Saturday, Aug. 14-Sept. 14 noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Preview events: Saturday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday Aug. 19, 5-8 p.m.
Mineral, 301 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma
253.396.0774

August 5, 2010 at 1:45pm

THE WEEKEND HUSTLE: steamships, hotrods, fuzzy wuzzy animals and awesome art under crappy skies

Oh hell yes!

THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Partly cloudy, hi 70, lo 54

Saturday: Chance of rain 30 percent, hi 65, lo 54

Sunday: Partly cloudy, hi 67, lo 54

>>> FRIDAY, AUG. 6-SUNDAY, AUG. 8: NORTHWEST STEAM SOCIETY'S ANNUAL MEET

When readers contactthe Weekly Volcano offices, they usually want to know one of two things: 1) Are you, or are you not going to respond to my lawsuit? And 2) When is this year's Northwest Steam Society's Annual Meet? Happily, we now have a definitive answer to the second of these two questions, and the hands-down most fun event of the summer will be happening Aug. 6-8 at the Foss Waterway Seaport. Expect open-to-the-public dockside tours of more than 30 elegant pleasure crafts. Highlights of the event include parades and steamboat races on Thea Foss Waterway as well as displays of world class antique and classic reproductions of launches and tugboats, steam powered autos, and fully restored steam engines of all types. See! So fun!

  • Foss Waterway Seaport, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, $2-$5, 705 Dock St., Tacoma, 253.272.2750

>>> FRIDAY, AUG. 6-SATURDAY, AUG. 7: HOTROD-A-RAMA

If little red Porsches are for emasculated middle-aged men and monster trucks are for tattooed mullet-heads in muscle shirts, what rides do cool guys roll in? The answer idles among the cars in the eighth annual Hotrod-A-Rama Friday and Saturday. That's right, see how they made them when they used to make them like they don't make them anymore - traditional hotrods, custom cars, motorcycles and lowriders. As for the tunes - slap, twang and rock and roll baby. Read the full story here.

  • The Swiss, 9 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2821

>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 7: WOOFSTOCK

Warning: Don't take your kids to Woofstock. You will leave with a puppy. Or a kitty. Or a rabbit. Or a godforsaken ferret of some kind. Trust us. Every year the University of Puget Sound, along with lots of help from the Dugan Foundation, puts on Woofstock, an all day free festival dedicated to solid pet ownership, outdoor music, and most importantly getting fuzzy, wuzzy animals adopted and in the arms of new owners. Last year's event resulted in 115 adoptions. This year expect more.

  • Todd Field at UPS, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., free, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, 253.572.7700

>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 7-SUNDAY, AUG. 8: IN THE SPIRIT: NATIVE ARTS MARKET AND FESTIVAL

Washington State History Museum and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College presentIn the Spirit: Native Arts Market and Festival, which should be a fabulous opportunity to buy and see cool stuff.  During the event, festivalgoers can experience a juried art exhibit, arts market, and performances - all in the Native American tradition.  There are artisans, storytellers and musicians, plus a vendor area with goods for sale such as carvings, weavings, engravings, clothing and more.  Allow time to see the museum's regular exhibits as well. 

  • Washington State History Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $6-$8, Washington State History Museum, 19th and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

>>> WHERE OUR STAFF IS GOING

NIKKI TALOTTA Feature Writer
This Friday takes me to Portland where I will be celebrating my last days as a bachelorette! Scavenger hunts, shopping and Japanese gardens during the day, overall debauchery and mayhem by night. (Yes, I do have a pair of panties that say "Bachelorette" in rhinestones across the ass, whether or not I have the balls to flash them is another story.) Saturday I will be recovering and watching the kids while my sweet future hubby does the same, except I'm pretty sure he doesn't have any rhinestone undies. I hope.

THE REV. ADAM MCKINNEY Feature Writer
Friday I plan on getting wasted and watching Doug Stanhope tear down the Jazzbones stage. The rest of the weekend will be more of the same, minus the awesome comedy.

I'm quite convinced that while Hershey chocolate bars might be the traditional s'more choice, there is a better, softer alternative out there.  As much as I'd love to purchase and sample every candy choice available at the local 7-11, I choose to hide away in my secret laboratory this weekend developing the next best candy bar that will appropriately melt on a freshly-made s'more.  Then Sunday I will leave for Lake Chelan with some friends.

KRIS BLONDIN Food/Wine Writer
Friday night, a new hair color is on the agenda at Azarra Salon and Wine Shop. On Saturday I am pushing my favorite wine and cheese pairings in a seminar at the Gig Harbor Food and Wine Festival. Sunday, since the weather plans to suck, I plan to hold up in my basement and watch the entire DVD series of Strangers With Candy.

CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL: Theater Critic
I'm seeing Laramie: Ten Years Later at SPSCC, then wishing two very good actors a fond farewell to New York.  I'll probably cook a birthday dinner for my future mother-in-law.  What, is that not edgy enough for you, Weekly Volcano? You hipsters make me sad. Look, I partied with Ice-T. I'm somebody, damnit!

ALEC CLAYTON: Visual Arts Critic
Aw hell, nobody wants to know what I'm doing this weekend. But since you asked, I'm going to the PFLAG picnic in Priest Point Park in Oly.

JENNIFER JOHNSON: Lifestyles Writer
Friends' weddings, Hotrod-a-rama. Woo hoo!

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 5, 2010 at 2:12pm

NIGHT MOVES: Thursday concerts

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

Hell's Kitchen Tacoma - Downtown. No Bullshit Battle Of The Bands Semi-Final, with I Defy, Loose Cannon, Forced Elegance, Mason James. 21+. 8 pm.

Mary Baker Russell Music Center Tacoma - Parkland. Jazz Under The Stars, with David Deacon-Joyner Trio. All Ages. 7 pm. No cover.

The Royal Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Go Hard Or Go Home MC Battle, hosted by SP, with DJ Travisty. 21+. 11 pm. $5.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Billy Stoops Acoustic Jam. 21+. 9 pm. No cover.

The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Maurice The Fish Records Showcase. 21+. 8 pm. $5.

Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Upper Tacoma. Come Out And Play Open Mic. Hosted by Kim Archer and Nick Sandy. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

Jazz(hands) Under The Stars

>>> Grab more music listings here.

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

August 6, 2010 at 7:34am

5 Things To Do: "Pink Panther" outdoors, Ben Union, Chris Sharp's opening, Speak Your Soul and more ...

Not now Kato!

FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 2010 >>>

1. Gig Harbor resident David DePatie created the Pink Panther cartoon character that starred in the opening credits of Blake Edwards' Pink Panther flicks. The opening was the perfect tip-off to the silliness that followed. At 8:30 p.m. DePatie will show two or three Pink Panther clips followed by the original 1963 Peter Sellers Pink Panther film as part of CinemaGig Outdoors, which takes place at Donkey Creek Park.

2. Ben Union performs at 5 p.m. inside the Harmon Brewery & Eatery in downtown Tacoma.

3. Tacoma's Telephone Room Gallery, the world's second smallest gallery, hosts an opening reception for talented painter and letterpress artist Chris Sharp from 6-9 p.m. Sharp's show, I don't hate anyone, runs through Aug. 29 at the very tiny gallery. You'll feel at ease during the reception as Sharp will take a liking to you. He doesn't hate anyone.

4. Ariel Zimmer will perform inside The Den Tea Bar at 7 p.m. as the featured poet for the Speak Your Soul open mic. You and your poem Let's Ruin Irony For Everyone will follow.

5. The Human jukebox Steve Stefanowicz performs at 7 p.m. inside the Harbor Greens/Forza Wine Bar in Gig Harbor.

LINK: New movies open today

LINK: Concerts go on sale today

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