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July 3, 2012 at 6:16am

5 Things to Do Today: Lacey Fireworks, Boy at the Grand, $2 bowling at Chalet, Boathouse 19 is open,

Happy Tuesday

1. The City of Lacey is getting an early jump on the 4th of July with fireworks scheduled for this evening. The rockets red glare at William A Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Dr. SE., Lacey.  Expect the show to dazzle around dusk.

2. If it's Tuesday, it must be The Grand. The Tuesday film series features Boy (87 min, NR) containing some Maori with English subtitles. The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand "Thriller" is changing kids' lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, Boy is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson. Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein returns home after 7 years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.  Show times are 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $5-$7 with membership, $6.50-$8.50 general. The Grand Cinema, 606 South Fawcett Avenue. Tacoma.

3. The lanes are paved with savings, where $2 gets you a game at Chalet Bowl on Tuesdays in Proctor.  Shoes are $2, too. There's nothing more to say. Chalet Bowl is at 3806 North 26th Street, Tacoma.

4. Try Tacoma's newest restaurant. Boat House 19 opened yesterday at the Tacoma Narrows Marina.  Owner Denny Driscoll states the focus of the restaurant is regional American food with a waterfront emphasis.
Items on the menu include...

Sandwiches: House-made corned beef, po' boys, American backyard-style burgers, Carolina pulled pork sandwiches, Monte Cristos
Entrees: Scratch-fried chicken with fresh-cut fries, blackened rock fish with Cajun rice and Southern slaw remoulade, ribeye steak with barbecue French fries
Desserts: Cupcakes, banana splits, warm apple pie
Soda fountain: House-made ice creams and syrups for sodas, custom sodas with a soda fountain, milkshakes, lemonade, sweet tea and handmade drinks
Is is July 2nd already?

Boat House 19 is the fourth restaurant owned by Driscoll in Tacoma.  His other places include The Lobster Shop at Commencement Bay, The Lobster Shop at Dash Point, and The Tanglewood Grill.

Boat House 19. 9001 S. 19th St, Tacoma, WA. (253) 565-1919 http://boathouse19restaurant.com/

5. Sing with the people.  Do a little Star Spangled Banner tonight before a live audience during one of many available open mics.  Here is our list:

  • Dirty Oscar's Annex Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Musician's Industry Night. Hosted by Steve Perez. 8:30 pm. NC.
  • The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Open Mic Night. 8:30 pm. NC.
  • Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 6-9 pm. NC.
  • LakeBridge Forza Lakewood. Open Stage. All Ages. 7 pm.
  • Antique Sandwich Company Ruston. Victory Music Open Mic. All Ages. 7-10pm Sign-up by 6:30.

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July 8, 2012 at 7:15am

Food truck mania

Later this summer, a moveable feast is coming to Tacoma!

Tacoma's first food truck festival will be held in the Cheney Stadium lot, consisting of 35 food trucks/casts, bands, beer garden, photo op, skate contest, kid zone, a portion of the proceeds benefit Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.

Food trucks of all kinds will be present, ranging from Athena's Mediterranean to Ben and Jerry's.

The food truck festival  will take place Sunday, July 29, 2012 from noon-7pm. Event is open with free admission to the public. a $10 option of a VIP entrance is available giving ticket holders an early entrance and a festival t-shirt.

Check link below for more details, schedule of events, and directions.


July 11, 2012 at 6:42am

Outdoor Cinema series for Lacey

It's time again to pull out the blankets, grab some friends, and head down to Lacey's Parks and Recreation outdoor cinema series. Huntamer Park in Lacey's Woodland Square will open up the lawn for five evenings of free entertainment. The movies start at dusk every Saturday through August 11. 

Besides a comfortable environment and cute selection of movies, Huntamer Park also offers live music before the movies beginning at 7 p.m. So come early for good seats and even more free entertainment. A concession stand is available for snacks and refreshments. 

This Saturday begins with music from British Export, a Beatles tribute band. The movie is "That Thing You Do," a 1996 comedy, drama-musical film written and directed by Tom Hanks. The story is set in the summer of 1964 and follows the rise and fall of a one-hit wonder rock band. 

Thanks City of Lacey for being awesome! Here's the line-up:

July 21 - Music: Gothard Sisters, Celtic music and dance. Movie: Disney's Tangled

July 28 - Music: David Correa & Cascada, Latin guitar and world music. Movie: Rio

August 4 - Music: Freckles Brown Band, classic county and original rock. Movie: Soul Surfer

August 11 - Music: Dan in Black, Johnny Cash Tribute. Double feature: Hairspray and Mama Mia!

For more information: 360.491.0857

July 11, 2012 at 8:35pm

Q-Dot, Jon Salt, Ripnt, Onl's B-day bash...it's all good


Every week I search for the best show involving Tacoma or Tacoma artists, tell ya'll about it, & encourage ya'll to go. There's always a multitude of things to do every weekend. So, I still urge all Hip-Hop Heads to check-out and research the other local events that I don't have room to highlight in these blurbs.

This weekend I've chosen local Media Man, On1's Birthday Bash. This is another Hip-Hop show at Harmon Taproom Underground. With the closure of Hell's Kitchen, The Taproom Underground and the California Club are becoming the go-to venues for live Hip-Hop. The two spots couldn't be more different either. It's a good two-sides to the same coin. If ya like the college-type beer-drinking friendly vibe - then the Underground is yo spot. If you're more into the grit and grime and hood fabulousness that makes Tacoma Tacoma, then the California Club is more for ya. However, ya'll should be like me and get a healthy dose of both spots.

The show at The Taproom this Saturday has performances from Q-Dot, Jon Salt, and Ripynt (from Everett). The show is hosted by Darren Selector of Grit Rock on www.nwczradio.com. It's free to - so I'll see ya'll there!

July 11, 2012 at 9:28pm

5 Things to Do Today: Mandolin count-down, comic BINGO, Tai Chi, tomfoolery and meditation

1. The Mandolin Cafe is retiring to South Sound history, but before it does, you can take part in the last four days of live music and events.  Starting tonight, here's the final count-down plan: Dave Berry & Friends Thu. 12. July (7:00pm-9:00pm), Fang Chia & Conveyer Fri. 13 July (7:00pm- 9:00pm), Kitt Bender, Kurt Lindsay & Dave Hannon Sat. 14 July (7:00pm-10:00pm), Open Mic w?Denny Foreman Sun. 15 July (6:00pm-9:00pm). Mandolin Cafe. 3923 South 12th Street Tacoma, WA.

2. Cosmic BINGO - this new entertainment craze sweeping the country takes a very old game of chance, applies some shock therapy, and creates an entertainment option that today’s younger generation are flocking to. Cosmic bingo is played in a stimulating, high energy, black light environment that is driven by DJ entertainment and the players favorite song titles. BJ's Bingo; 4411 Pacific Highway E.; Fife. 11 p.m. $7 buy in pack.

3. Beginning Tai Chi in Puyallup. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese 'moving meditation' practiced by millions throughout the world for its health, fitness, and stress-reducing benefits. Participants will learn a short Tai Chi form along with complimentary Qigong (energy) exercises and meditation. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes. Pre-registration required. Register online at: www.piercecountywa.org/parks. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Frontier Park
21800 Meridian S. $61 (8 weeks).

4. Character Blitz Party will be gathering a group together in order to wreak havoc on our fair city. Well, ok, maybe just unleash a little tomfoolery. You see we have these characters we’ve made this year to rep the block party and we’re going to cut out 11 x 17 versions of each of them, break into teams, and put out 200 of the little guys in random places all over Tacoma. The team with the most out-of-the-box character placement and the team with with the most prominent placement will win a nice little prize. (so bring your camera phones - you'll be uploading your best pics as you go to FB!). RSVP here: www.facebook.com/events/335161596559317. 6- 9p.m., 1120 Court E., Tacoma.

5. Commune with nature in the Seymour Conservatory. Join an hour of meditation guided by Megan Zaback. Call (253) 591-5330 to reserve your spot. Accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. 6:30-7:30 pm., $10 suggested donation, 316 South G Street, Tacoma.

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July 16, 2012 at 9:05pm

3 COURSES: 1022 South, wine party, fry fun

Cocktails: Want to meet master mixologists without leaving the 253?  1022 South knows how to bring the elixirs of life to, well, life.  And Fod & Wine magazine knows this as well.  1022 South was recently featured on the magazine's blog.  See the story on salt HERE.

Reservations: Join Tacoma Nosh Leaguers for our monthly meeting featuring food and rose pairings at Stink in Tacoma.  This event features take-away materials so you can create your own summer rose party at home. This will be hands on and a great learning opportunity. Enjoy great foods and pink wines with your fellow foodies, July 31st beginning at 6 p.m.  As always, just $15 covers everything.  Stink is at 628 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma.

Take It Home: Want to fry something at home other than potatoes?  Check out this visual festival of 25 great flavors to put in the deep fryer.  Click HERE.

July 17, 2012 at 9:17pm

Plinth fail

"Jericho," metal sculpture by Grey Brogdon. Photo by Gabi Clayton.

The Percival Landing Plinth Project is a good idea that so far hasn't panned out too well.

When the city rebuilt a large section of Percival Landing they included 15 plinths (sculpture stands) designed by project artist Elizabeth Conner with the idea of filling the plinths with art. The plan was to invite local artists to submit work and the best of the submitted pieces would be displayed on the plinths for up to a year with one piece to be chosen for the "People's Prize"to bepurchased for the City's public art collection.

Two problems with this: One, not enough artists submitted works, so the choices were slim; and two, when "the people" choose the winner always appeals to the lowest common denominator.

Artworks chosen for the first year were bland and uninspired. For the most part they looked like garden ornaments. Now the second round has been installed, and the overall quality is slightly better. There are fewer lawn ornament pieces, but what we have instead is a bunch of stuff that looks like 1930s modernism. Nobody got the message that it is now 2012.

The problem, I believe, is that there simply weren't enough works to choose from. Or perhaps it was that the people who did the choosing are not art professionals. One member of the Art Commission who asked to not be identified said there were very few entries and pretty much everything that was entered was accepted and that, furthermore, their criteria was not so much choosing the best works of art but simply finding enough for all the plinths.

A couple that look interesting and, from certain viewpoints even impressive, are Don Freas' "Ring Dance #2/Core" and Grey Brogdon's "Jericho. Both are large, soaring images that are pretty impressive when seen in front of a blue sky. Freas' piece consists of interlocking rings and Brogdon's of stacked cubes that imply a denial of gravity. Unfortunately these things have been done to death over the past century.

Roy Evans' "Butterfly" is a giant butterfly hovering over a sunflower. It looks like something made from pipe cleaners by a 12-year-old.  Karsten "Boysen's "Nike Goddess of Victory" is a modern art version of the winged "Victory of Samothrace." Not bad from certain angles, but it has also been done to death.

One of the better pieces is Sylvia Perle's "3 Graces," a bas relief knockoff of relief sculptures by Henri Matisse and Auguste Rodin. Unfortunately, relief sculpture should not be displayed in the round.

The walk along Percival Landing is one of Olympia's most enjoyable walks, and I love the idea of the plinth project. But it's just not working yet.

July 18, 2012 at 7:58pm

Sultry Summer Night Soiree

The words "sultry summer night" might conjure up images of Morocco, or Barbados, or maybe even Florida. It's unlikely most of Tacoma's nights will get conjured up in this particular imagining, but maybe! In any case, there is indeed a Sultry Summer Night Soiree taking place this weekend.

To kick off the 2012-2013 season, Tacoma City Ballet hosts Sultry Summer Night Soiree-an evening of arts. And not only ballet arts, but the full range, including live music, short films, visual arts and an installation piece, dance, and some ballet in there, too. Half reception and half performance, this sultry night allows you to hob nob with the artists themselves or kick back and watch a show. Get yo' artsy fartsy on.

To make sure this event is extra sultry, Tacoma City Ballet will decorate its studio in the fashion of a sultry sultan's tent-lush and lovely and ready to carry your imagination away for an evening.

Sultry Summer Night Soiree is set to take place at the Jan Collum Ballroom at the Merlino Arts Center, 508 6th Avenue, Tacoma. There is a no-host bar and the event is 21+. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 each. To purchase tickets in advance (which is recommended), call 253-272-4219.

July 18, 2012 at 8:01pm

California Club has a packed Saturday show

Hell's Kitchen is closed - but the music-scene just keeps pushing-on. I've seen it happen so many times. To list all the cool music-venues that have been closed due to slow-business or forced to shut-down by the holice would fill-up all my word-space. Our local artists are super-resilient - the show must go on.

                  Are ya into Chicano-Rap, or maybe ya just like to soak-up some international, south of the border flavor, then be at the California Club on Friday. Coming to town is Lil Cuete, Jasper Locote, and Baby Wicked. Opening for them will be Tac-Town's own Lil Dreams & Neno Brownz with Weaz Huitzilopotchli. Lil Dreams and Neno Brownz run with Golden Brown Entertainment who you might have heard from if ya pay attention to local Hip-Hop. Show starts at 8pm, $25 presale, $30 at the door.

                  Saturday, return yo ass to California Club to see Rappin 4 Tay. Yeah, the hair-pressed and permed M.C. from Fimore in ‘Frisco is here to entertain ya'll. Ya know ya want to get real drunk and rap-along to his huge hit from '94, "Playaz Club". There are a slew of local rappers opening for him this night. It's an early-show, doors at 7pm.  

July 18, 2012 at 8:09pm

3 COURSES: Bite, cooking classes, bagels

Reservations: Comcast's annual Bite of Seattle will take place this weekend! Fifty-plus Seattle area restaurants and 30+ food product companies will be participating in this year's event. Check out link below for more information including: times, directions, prices, schedules, and much more. www.comcastbiteofseattle.com/article_read.php?articleid=195

Reservations: Interested in learning how to prepare dishes from Southern France?  Primo Grill in Tacoma invites you to a cooking class Saturday between 2pm and 4pm. The $65 fee includes recipes and instruction, lunch with a glass of wine, tax and gratuity. Call Jacqueline at 253.383.7000 to purchase tickets.

Main Course: The Weekly Volcano reviewed Lakewood's Cascade Bagel.  These bagels aren't just for breakfast. See the review HERE.

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