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August 18, 2010 at 10:04am

SHORT ORDER: Beyond the Bridge Cafe, Morso and the appeal of televised food shows

Step right up and order an espresso drink and a MOIST scone at Beyond the Bridge Cafe on Sixth Avenue.

DINING NEWS, NIBBLES AND BITS >>>

Open For Business: Beyond the Bridge Café has finally completed its transition from Sumner to Tacoma's Sixth Avenue and, for little over a week, has been serving tasty espresso drinks beginning at 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. on the weekend. Owners Ben and Trish Rubke have moved into the space formerly occupied by Il Fiasco (2717 Sixth Ave.), replaced the yellow-ish walls with dark colors and amazing hand-painted art and serve homemade soups, quiches, and the BBC's infamous and ever-popular bagel sandwiches. Next month the music shows kick in with the Warehouse folks hosting a show Sept. 13 followed by Vicci Martinez Sept. 24-25 (the final days of BBC's official grand opening party week).

Nice: Morso in Gig Harbor offers smoked trout crostini with a glass of Rodney Strong Chardonnay for $10 this week.

Future Things Are Coming: Speaking of Morso, the wine bar will host a Bisol Prosecco four-course lunch pairing on their patio Saturday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. The cost is $40. Reserve your spot at 253.530.3463.

Food Matters: An expert's theory of food television appeal.

LINK: South Sound happy hours

LINK: Lots of half-priced wine bottles tonight

August 18, 2010 at 10:23am

MORNING SPEW: Web is dead

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

You might not be monitoring them, but they definitely aren't listening to you. The Journal of the American Medical Association found that one in five kids 12-19 have hearing loss, most likely due to earbud headphone use. Kids need to read more, anyway.

WTF: More than a fifth of Pakistan is under water.

Wired magazine says the web is dead.

Weatherman finger fail.

Time waster of the day: vintage calculators?

Filed under: Morning Spew, News To Us,

August 19, 2010 at 7:41am

5 Things To do: Third Thursday Artwalk, Voxxy Vallejo, "O Brother" outside, Ben Union ...

Check out Matthew M Johnson's artwork tonight at Fulcrum Gallery during Tacoma's Third Thursday Artwalk.

THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010 >>>

1. Whether walking or riding the ART BUS, today's Tacoma Third Thursday Artwalk once again will be loaded with fabulous art and nibbles of food from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Tacoma. For a primer of what a few of the participating galleries, museums and spaces will have on display, click here.

2. Voxxy Vallejo performs at 10:30 a.m. at the Tacoma Farmers Market Broadway, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Tacoma.

3. With the primary barely behind us, the Weekly Volcano believes the conversation during the Drinking Liberally gathering at 7 p.m. inside The Hub should be a good one.

4. The Brothers Coen succumbed to being their all-out indulgent selves with their flick O Brother, Where Art Thou, a tale loosely based on Homer's Odyssey featuring three chain gang workers who escape in order to reclaim a buried treasure. What's up with the pomade? The Weekly Volcano has no idea, but that's part of the fun - trying to figure out what the hell was going through the Coens' minds as they wrote it. Figure it out yourselves when the film is screened at 8:30 p.m. at Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma - for free.

5. Finally, one of the Volcano's favorites, Ben Union, is playing Hell's Kitchen at 9 p.m. with Corvus and Bodybox. While the Volcano has blabbered about Union's funkified guitar styling on a number of occasions, we're no less smitten with him today than we were in the beginning. Check him out.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 19, 2010 at 9:33am

SHORT ORDER: French wines tonight, Java Jive commercial, dollar smoothies, recipes of the nerds ...

DINING NEWS, NIBBLES AND BITS >>>

French Wines In Tacoma: Mavi Contemporary Art opens for business tonight featuring the artwork of American/French artist William Quinn as their first show. In honor of its new neighbor, Minoela WineHouse will feature four French wines.

Smoothie Deal: Jamba Juice offers four coffee and tea smoothies for a $1 today. Find a local Jamba here.

Commercial break:

New Happy Hour: Morso in Gig Harbor has added a happy hour 4-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 9 p.m. to close Wednesday-Saturday. Expect discounts on wine by the glass and beers.

Future Things Are Coming: The Bayview School of Cooking in Olympia hosts an "Everyday Thai Vegetables Dishes" class Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Register at 360.754.1448.

Food Matters: Recipes of the nerds

LINK: South Sound happy hours

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

August 19, 2010 at 9:52am

ARTS BEAT: New Tacoma film festival, Tacoma's upcoming theater season, another look at Spaceworks and more ...

"HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN": The first feature film from Susan Youssef, one of the new faces of independent film coming to Tacoma. Courtesy photo

ARTS COVERAGE IN THIS WEEK'S VOLCANO >>>

New faces in indie film: The Grand's Philip Cowan believes the 25 New Faces of Independent Film festival can put Tacoma on the map by Rev. Adam McKinney

Tacoma Metal Arts Center meets Black Sabbath's Paranoid: Amy Reeves rocks out while crafting works of art by Ron Swarner

The Switch: It helps that there are some moments of inspiration here and there, but in the end it's a goddamn rom-com by Rev. Adam McKinney

Sleuth to Seuss: A look at theater in Tacoma for 2010-2011 by Christian Carvajal

Broadway's open-air art gallery: More intriguing Spaceworks Tacoma installations on Pacific Avenue by Alec Clayton

LINK: Arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

Filed under: Arts, Screens, Theater, Tacoma, Music,

August 19, 2010 at 12:04pm

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...

Bette Midler!

Today: Bette Midler hands out a compliment... we think.

"I love Boston. It's so common." via web

Aug. 10: Bette Midler talks stardom

"It didn't used to be like this. Years ago, stars had glamour... and pubic hair." via web

Aug. 13: Bette Midler talks stardom, some more

"You know, the sun is just another middle-aged star." via web

Aug. 16: OK, there's definitely a trend here...

"I worry about old stars. Where do they go now that "Murder, She Wrote" is off the air?" via web

July 30: Bette Midler is the Brett Favre of showgirls... we don't mean a waffler, just resilent and tough

"Perfect attendance!" via Twitpic

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

BONUS BETTE MIDLER WITH A FREAKY CAT PIC!

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

August 19, 2010 at 3:27pm

THE WEEKEND HUSTLE: Eva Marie Saint, Mr. Furry Face, bluegrass and Volcano scribes come clean ...

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

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Partly cloudy, hi 67, lo 51

Saturday: Partly cloudy, hi 66, lo 51

Sunday: Few showers, hi 61, lo 48

>>> FRIDAY, AUG. 20: MOVIES AT THE MANSION

Alfred Hitchcock's knack for suspense is equaled by his eye for American landmarks and landscapes in his delightfully perverse North by Northwest (1959). Mistaken for a spy, Cary Grant's Roger Thornhill finds deadly danger in such distinguished settings as the United Nations and Mount Rushmore, not to mention the agoraphobic expanse of a Midwestern cornfield. None is as picturesque as lovely Eva Marie Saint, however, a possible femme fatale paired with Grant in one of Hitchcock's sexiest couplings. North by Northwest screens Friday night in a picturesque setting: at dusk as part of the "Movies at the Mansion" film series at the historic Lord Mansion in Olympia.

  • Lord Mansion, 59 p.m., free but $2 suggested donation, State Capital Museum, 211 21st Ave. S.W., Olympia, 360.753.2580


>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 21: 81ST ANNUAL OLYMPIA PET PARADE

The great thing about summer is how easy it is to be in shape. Between the great weather (well, not so much this weekend) and the great wealth of outdoor activities you can enjoy here in this pretty great state, you really have no good (great) reason to be panting when you walk up the stairs.  Which is great, because now you're in shape for the greatest (!) event of all - Olympia Pet Parade. Dress Mr. Furry Face in a cute outfit and walk off some of that Alpo with hundreds of other pet nuts while thousands watch. There are prizes too! 

  • Heritage Park, 8 a.m. lineup, 10 a.m. start, on Water Street adjacent to Capitol Lake, Olympia, 360.754.5420


>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 21: OLALLA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Here's the thumbnail on my relationship with bluegrass: Successive generations of wannabes liked the Dead. Tattoos entered wannabe biker culture.  Jerry liked bluegrass. He's dead. It must be cool. Tattoos are cool. Hence, I have a tat and a mandolin.  In Olalla, one of the best of the small festivals will be held, the Olalla Bluegrass (& beyond) Festival, with headliners The Paperboys, Prairie Flyer, Runaway Train, Blackberry Bushes and others, plus arts and crafts, food and a berry pie contest. 

  • Olalla Little League Field, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., $8-$12, $2 parking, $10 camping, Southeast Olalla Valley Road and Southeast Hovgaard Road, Olalla


>>> WHERE OUR STAFF IS GOING

MATT DRISCOLL Editor and MSM sandwich aficionado
With Music and Art in Wright Park scheduled for Saturday, my weekend will likely be spent partaking and/or recovering from said all day Tacoma music festival. I'll also probably take a nap at some point. And watch some History Channel. And drink beer ... not necessarily in that order.

PAUL SCHRAG Senior Contributor
I'm going to Whidbey Island with my dad and sister and Mary K. My plan is to sleep, paint, and talk about the solar energy industry.

NIKKI TALOTTA Feature Writer
Holy Shit! I'm getting married to the man of my dreams! Then it's a dance party at The BroHo, followed be a late night at the Phoenix Inn in a honeymoon suite. (wink, wink) 2 p.m. check out, baby. ...

STEPH DEROSA Columnist
Domesticated life calls this weekend.  On the books are a soccer clinic, birthday party at Point Defiance Zoo, and a huge DeRosa-fest in honor of a few adult birthdays that took place recently. This may sound boring to most people, but I'm actually excited about it all. I love my friends and family more than anything. (Cue Golden Girls theme music)

KRIS BLONDIN Food/Wine Writer
Since this weekend's weather will be a preview for October's weather, I plan to stay home and clean my house. If anyone would like to save me from this madness, please call me. I'm serious.

JENNIFER JOHNSON: Lifestyle/Leisure Writer
The Weekend Getaway Queen will be traveling to Pendleton, Ore. Thursday through Monday for the annual Pendleton yoga retreat. Oooooooommmmmmmmmmmmm

REV. ADAM MCKINNEY Features Writer
Friday, I'm going to the Peabody Waldorf in the afternoon to catch what has to be one of the best Tacoma shows of the year: Japanther, Muhummadali, and the Wheelies. Saturday, I'll keep the rock rolling with the Music & Arts in Wright Park. Can't wait.

CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL: Theater Critic
It's the last quiet weekend of the summer for me, having caught up on a crap-ton of work; so my big plans include swimming, a good book, a movie of some sort, and the love of a beautiful woman. You know: la dolce vita.  (Which I'm pretty sure is Italian for Piranha 3D.)

ALEC CLAYTON: Visual Arts Critic
 I will be editing my screenplay The Backside of Nowhere, which will be performed as a reading in a Tacoma theater. Details will be announced soon.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 20, 2010 at 8:21am

5 Things To Do: 25 New Faces film fest, Helsing Junction Sleepover, Mouths and Mics ...

Filmmaker Brent Stewart will be at The Grand at 8:30 p.m. to showcase his films "The Dirty Ones" and "Colonel’s Bride."

FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 >>>

1. This year's 25 New Faces, as chosen by Filmaker Magazine, will be showcased at The Grand Cinema, beginning today at 2, 4:15, 6:45 and 8:30, in what is apparently the first film festival modeled after the magazine's list.

"It's kind of a built-in festival, if you wanted to put it together, but I was curious if anyone had ever tried to do that," says Philip Cowan, executive director of The Grand Cinema. "I assumed someone probably had, but I got in touch with Filmmaker Magazine, and nobody had ever done that. They had talked about it, but nobody had ever tried to pull it together. So they were on board."

The idea is to assemble the work of these 25 New Faces - or most of it, anyway - and there you have a festival. Most of these filmmakers are young, innovative people whose daring projects impressed early on. Read the full story here.

2. Billed appropriately as a "Countryside Freak-out! (in the gentlest of ways)," the annual Helsing Junction Sleepover happens this weekend in rural Thurston County. One of the best ideas K Records has probably ever had - which is saying something - the Sleepover is a multi-day music fest partnering purveyors of local, free-range, organic music (K Records), with purveyors of local organic sustenance (the Helsing Junction organic farm). It kicks off today with Gary May, Human Skab, The Maxines, Angelo Spencer, The Curious Mystery, Japanther, Arrington De Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa and a bunch of films from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

3. Is anyone else just a wee bit sick and tired of hearing about how AWESOME Portland is? Every time you turn around someone is talking about Portland and something the Rose City is doing right, or something Tacoma is trying to copy in one way or another. Of course, PDX (Damn! It even has a nifty abbreviation thingy!) is pretty cool, but let's not let the facts interrupt a good anti-Portland rant! It smells like Kombucha down there! At 7 p.m., Sustainable Tacoma Pierce, in conjunction with its Tacoma Permaculture Design Course, will host a discussion at King's Books featuring Matt Bibeau talking about "Inspiration from Portland's City Repair Project." Portland's City Repair Project spawned a nationwide movement of "placemaking" - a kind of DIY urban beautification. You see potholes. Bibeau sees community gardens.

4. Spoken word open mic Mouths & Mics hosted by the 2009 Soul of the City Tacoma Poet Laureate and Speak Your Soul Poet Antonio Edwards runs 7-9 p.m. inside Café Messina on Market Street.

5. The Best of Musical Broadway, or BOMB - a musical revue of Broadway hits performed by students of Lakewood Playhouse's Youth Theatre program - hits the stage at 8 p.m.

More suggestions in The Weekend Hustle.

LINK: New movies open today

LINK: Concerts go on sale today

August 20, 2010 at 8:46am

NIGHT MOVES: More live than you'll ever be

Sea of Bees performs inside The Peabody Waldorf tonight.

THE WEEKLY VOLCANO SUGGESTS >>>

Cedarwood Dome Milton. Green Jelly Tour, with Locally Disowned, Lost Cause, Sickamore, Super Geek League, The Fabulous Miss Wendy. 21+. 8 pm.

Harbor Greens/Forza Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Chicken Joe. 21+. 7 pm. NC.

Hell's Kitchen Tacoma - Downtown. Wide Eye Panic, In Lunar Blue, Rishloo, Blame It On The Girl. 21+. 9 pm. $5.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. The Return Of Pretty Boy Sean's Showcase, featuring Jobe Himself, The Black Sails, Monique Lanier. 21+. 8 pm. $6.

  • Someone apparently thought it'd be a good idea to have Sean "my voice is effeminate but I'm really a tiptoeing communist" Culver back to Jazzbones, his former place of employment. As many will recall, Culver booked the Boneyard for years, specializing in comedy, his indie showcase nights and, most prominently disturbing facial hair. Friday "Pretty Boy Sean's Showcase" returns to Jazzbones with music from Jobe Himself, Black Sails and Monique Lanier. This will be a homecoming of sorts, with references to Hugo Chavez and midget porn for those within eavesdropping distance of Culver. – Weekly Volcano

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. One Nation Undereducated. 21+. 9 pm.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. State Of Murdoch CD Release Party. 21+. 9 pm. Bobble Tiki has a few more details here.

O'Malley's Irish Pub Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Hunting The Stork. 21+. 9 pm. NC.

The Peabody Waldorf Boutique and Gallery Tacoma - Downtown. Japanther, Muhummadali, the Wheelies. All ages. 3-7 pm. The Warehouse presents Sea of Bees, Fort Union and Colin Reynolds. All Ages. 7-9 pm. $6.

  • When you think of art rock, bands like King Crimson and Genesis or Sonic Youth and latter-day Talk Talk tend to come to mind. The common thread that runs through most of these bands is a deadly seriousness. It's, you know, "art." It needs to be serious. And it needs to be taxing and difficult and all those other words we use to describe albums that just aren't any fun to listen to. Enter Japanther, an art rock band with punk leanings that's actually fun. The band (a duo) got their start in college, at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. They're a couple of art students who formed a band just to form a band. Before they knew it, they were opening up for bands like the Blood Brothers. On record, Japanther is lo-fi and noisy, and live it's not much different. Live, the duo play bass and drums, filling out the rest with their backing track on cassette. The rest I'll let you discover on Friday - a free, all-ages show that may be one of this year's best. - Rev. Adam McKinney

The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Spazmatics. 21+. 9 pm. $8.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Metal Effen Friday Gargoyles Benefit, with 5 local rock bands. 21+. 7 pm. $3-$5.

LINK: More live music tonight in the South Sound

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

August 20, 2010 at 9:30am

Bleach clothing store celebrates opening tonight

Pioneers West

CLOTHING. CULTURE. CONNECT. >>>

Tacoma's a city that gets all damp in the pants over anything that's made with local love - from clothes to music to art. John Crouch, one of the founders of a new men's and women's skate culture clothing store in downtown Tacoma, knows this. He's also privy to the fact that clothes, music and art can bleed into each other within a community, creating a site-specific urban underground culture. Its grand opening party tonight features live music by Tacoma-based acts Pioneers West and DJ Platelunch.

Bleach, with the slogan - "Clothing, Culture. Connect." - aims to maintain cohesiveness with the downtown area's artistic element. 

"It has a clean ring to it, it's an important chemical to clothing and to keeping things clean, it's the name of a great Nirvana album (in my mind the best one) and it has a nice ring," says Crouch regarding the store's name, which is located in the spot formerly occupied by The Cool. "We want our store to keep a clean crisp feel and we thought the name suited us in so many ways."

Crouch, a graduate from Wilson High, explains that he and his ownership team of Tacoma natives have opened Bleach as the flagship store of Imperial Motion, a Tacoma-based action sports clothing brand founded by Eric Wicken, and Steve and Spencer Goetz.  Along with the Imperial Motion brand, Bleach will carry Independent, Creature Skateboards, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Matix Clothing, Krew, DVS Shoes, Lakai Shoes, LRG Clothing, OBEY, Volcom, Bleach Clothing, Alternative Apparel, Loser Machine, Cons and Converse Shoes and more to come. Largely a clothing store, Bleach will also boast a skate hardware section on a back riser that will otherwise be used for bands, DJs, and as a display area for local art. 

The store got off to a rock start on its first day of business when the downtown store was broken into Aug. 11.

"Nothing was stolen, they left blood on the broken window and it looks like it was either vandalism or they got scared away," says Crouch. "It was 9:30 p.m. when they committed the crime and there were people out on the street. The alarm went off and they ran."

That incident won't be on the minds of Team Bleach tonight when Pioneers West rocks the joint.

"The guys are personal friends of mine, I love their music and I think it's fitting for our style and what we're doing and they are from Tacoma," Crouch adds.

Drop by Bleach tonight and connect with Tacoma's new addition to downtown.

Bleach Grand Opening

Featuring Pioneers West and DJ Platelunch
Friday, Aug. 20, 5:30-10 p.m., all ages, no cover
1934 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
bleachlife.com
After party at Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe

Filed under: Fashion, Culture, Music, Tacoma,

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