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August 1, 2012 at 8:05am

5 Things To Do Today: Story Time, Sampling Workshop, Shannon and the Clams, Collective Tarot and FUSION Art Soiree

Shannon and the Clams tonight at Northern in Olympia

Happy Hump Day!

1. Bring your family to cozy up in this inviting space and listen to a story or two. Books are chosen and read by ARC volunteers based on relevance to current exhibitions or artists on view, or just for fun. 11 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., 253.272.4258.

2. Tacoma Main Library, StoryLab Learn how to take a sound - any sound imaginable - and create custom beats using Logic Pro's EXS-24 digital sampler. Sampling technology lies at the core of rap, dub step, techno and today's pop music. The workshop will consist of teams of 3 - 4 students each, working together to select, edit and process sounds from sound effect libraries in order to build their own virtual drum kit. Lunch provided. Ages 13 to 20. Registration Required. Register online or call 253. 292.2001 ext. 1792, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free with registration.

3. Leave it to Northern in Olympia to throw a bangin party on a Wednesday night. This all-ages venue plans to get sweaty with Shannon and the Clams, Orca Team, Morgan and the Organ Donors and The Maxines. Touring from Oakland, Shannon and the Clams is all beach rock and pretty punk. The rest of the bands are just as awesome.

4. Join in a celebration of the third printing of the Collective Tarot, a collaborative publishing project of 25 contributors who reimagined the traditional 78 card tarot deck. The presentation also includes a panel discussion about the transformative power of art, magic, and community. Speakers include local mediators, artists, jewelers, camp counselors, and other magic makers. Olympia Timberland Library, 7:30 p.m., 313 8th Ave, Olympia.

5. FUSION (Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy) annual art event to support their transitional housing program. Moulin Rouge*, capturing turn-of-the-century Paris, features an art walk, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and raffle for an ocean cruise. Catered appetizers, wine, beer, espresso beverages served.Tickets $60 online at www.fusionfederalway.org or by phone 253-839-5212. At the door $70. 3 - 9:00 p.m. Dumas Bay Center, 3200 Southwest Dash Point Road, Federal Way, 253.835.2000.

Read more here: calendar.thenewstribune.com/federal_way_wa/events/show/267771065-moulin-rouge-fusion-summer-art-soiree#storylink=cpy

Read more here: calendar.thenewstribune.com/federal_way_wa/events/show/267771065-moulin-rouge-fusion-summer-art-soiree#storylink=cpy

August 2, 2012 at 7:51am

Tacoma's Crazy Monk performing

This Saturday get down to Le Voyeur in Olympia where ya can catch Tacoma's Crazy Monk performing a set - along with 2 Hip-Hop instrumental acts, and 2 other M.C.'s; one of them being Xero Ours from Olympia who I also recommend. Crazy Monk is a one-of-a-kind underground, slightly nerdcorish, activist/revolutionary/metaphysicist rhymer. He travels up and down the Westcoast, rocking underground Hip-Hop shows, political rallies, Occupy Campsites, and house parties. He's sort of a modern Hip-Hop Hobo - spitting his rhymes and whirling his dervish in militant coffee-houses all-around the Westcoast.

                  Monk just released his first full-length album - which he's been touring on the latter part of the summer and will continue to through the early fall. It's titled "27th Letter of the Alphabet". The cover is hand-drawn and it along with the inner album-artwork features Monk in a meditative stance, looking part B-Boy and part Yogi. Monk's rhymes are a hodge-podge of ancient-knowledge, third-eye visions, and a plenty of chanting down Babylon. The production on the album is what shines through though. It features tracks by DJ Alkaline, Graves 33, & Smear. It's worth listening to for the production alone - not to mention the guest verses from Orko Elohim, Man Danno, Revels, Graves 33, Blae Lue, Sooth, Clydewell Aseity, Summon, and Dulok Shaman push the album over the edge.

August 2, 2012 at 8:16am

5 Things To Do Today: Drinking Liberally, Jazz Under the Stars, Kryboys, Comedy, Kids Day at Thurston County Fair

1. They say never talk politics at the bar. The Hub in Tacoma encourages it. With the strange political climate and the outcome of recent primaries, there is bound to be some interesting conversations. Drinking Liberally is an informal gathering of like-minded left-leaners and true hardcore lefties who want to trade ideas, get more involved, to rant, or just share each others company. 7 p.m. 203 Tacoma Avenue South, 253.683.4606

2.  David Deacon-Joyner is Professor and Director of Jazz studies at Pacific Lutheran University. He has performed with jazz artists such as Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Marc Johnson, Ed Soph, and others. Dr. Deacon-Joyner is a professional vocalist in both studio and live settings, and is a composer and arranger. He currently arranges big band charts for Jeff Coffin, saxophonist with Bela Flect and the Flecktones and the Jeff Coffin Mu'tet, published by UNC Press. Free coffee. Bring chairs or a blanket and snacks. 7 p.m. Mary Baker Russell Music Center Amphitheater, PLU Campus, 8th Avenue Court S & Wheeler Street S, Tacoma. 

3. KryBoys, who picked up an award for best cover band for Weekly Voclano's "Best of Tacoma 2012," are getting their rock on at Jazzbones tonight. Kry is the #1 cover band in the Seattle/Tacoma area. They have the energy, the talent and ability to deliver all of your favorite songs the way music should be ... LIVE! It's like going to a big time rock show where you know every song. 9 p.m. 2803 6th Ave, Tacoma.

4. Nate Jackson, comedy extraordinaire, is at Varsity Grill tonight. Cracking up crowds of all sizes with his razor-sharp wit, engaging stage presence and his high-energy style, Jackson is loved by audiences of all ages. 8 p.m. 1114 Broadway, Tacoma.

5. Today is kids day and buddy day at Thurston County Fair. Kids 6-14 are admitted for $2 and 2-for-1 carnival buddy wrist bands are available. Kid's tractor pull, buzz-tastic bugs, and chocalate cake contest are just a few scheduled events.Thurston County Fair, 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey, 360-786-5453.

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August 3, 2012 at 7:36am

5 Things To Do Today: Lego Contest Unveiling, Dance Oly Dance, Lush Tones, Proctor Arts Fest and Crack Sabbath

Hooray! It's Friday!

1. Since July 3, participants of all ages have been bringing in their one of a kind Lego creations to Wind Up Here in Olympia. From ships to circuses and Olympic events, the structures do not exceed 18" on any side and are of various designs. The unveiling is today, and all entries will be on display in the store through August 24. Voters will choose their favorite! 121 5th Ave, Olympia, 360.943.9045.

2. Free televised dance party! Dance on live TV! It's the August 3rd episode of Dance Oly Dance with DJ PhilosoBitch playing LOCAL N.W. MUSIC ONLY. 8:00pm to 9:00pm at the TCTV studio "A" on the West Side, 440 Yauger Way SW, in the Comcast building across from Capital Medical. In case you don't know what it's about, here's a sample from a previous episode:

3. Lush Tones will play their funky, soulful, and dare I say sexy, alt rock tonight at The Backstage Bar and Grill. Fun fact: The most difficult part of the formation of this group was selecting a name. All members submitted their ideas and after voting was completed, the name Lush Tones was decided by coin toss. This was witnessed by 10 Washington State Patrol officers outside of a Starbucks at the Supermall. The deciding coin was a gold one dollar coin featuring Rutherford B. Hayes. This coin is kept in a secure location for use; should it become necessary in future decisionmaking. With Roam and Project-86, 7 p.m., Backstage Bar, 6409 6th Ave, Tacoma.

4. Sidewalk sales, dog show and parade, farmers market, music, free movie, kids events and more. Proctor Arts Festival does it right. Today and tomorrow from 10a.m.- 6p.m., N 26th and Proctor, Tacoma

5. Andy Geertsen founder of Andyinoly Productions, presents jazz music moguls Crack Sabbath. Smooth, powerful, emotional, these are just a few words that come to mind when listening to this unique band. Says Geertsen, "Crack Sabbath is comprised of some of the best well established jazz musicians in Seattle ... a song will seamlessly go from a flawlessly flowing jazz tune into a full blown heavy metal grind ... see them once and you're hooked." 9 p.m. Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE

August 3, 2012 at 8:04am

Paisley's Cafe in Olympia Brings Paninis and More

Meaty and Melty Panini. Yum.

Mmm…Batdorf and Bronson Coffee, deli sandwiches, toasty paninis and fresh soup. All this and more is now available at Paisley’s Café inside the Westfield Mall in Olympia. The shop opened August 1.

From the owners of Metro, Olympia’s premier body piercing, costume and accessory store, Paisley’s Café brings a breath of fresh air to the world of mall eating.

“It was something that was needed,” says Abbie Rose, owner. “People seem really excited about our options.”

Rose runs the café with her husband Jeff, a handful of family members and a few employees, one of whom scoots around in his wheelchair delivering food and coffee to mall employees.

“It’s a team effort,” says Rose, “it’s working really well.”

If the staff is welcoming, the décor is inviting, with comfortable seating and a fireplace. And with a lean toward local suppliers, Paisley’s food is fresh and delicious.

The Paisley Panini is a big seller. Loaded with chicken, bacon, ham, Swiss and cheddar, it’s grilled to a melty, meaty delight.

There are also yummy vegetarian sandwiches and wraps with custom mayo and cream cheese blends.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned since opening,” says Rose with a laugh, “Is that people love their paninis!”

Paisley’s Café, 825 Black Lake Blvd, Olympia, 360.753.7309.

August 4, 2012 at 5:36am

Proctor Arts Fest is today

If you don't live in or near the Proctor District, you might not generally head there to hang out. It's tiny. It's cute. It's got a farmers market with beer and wine samples. It's got cheese samples at Met Market, which is enough for me to hang out there on a regular basis. Saturday, August 4, Proctor also puts on its annual Proctor Arts Fest-an art event to rival many larger art events in T-town.

While this shindig calls itself an arts fest, you'll find much more than art here. There is a dog show and parade, live music on three different stages, and a kids' area and family stage, too. The usual Proctor farmers market also overlaps with the arts fest so you can pick up some veggies, baked goods, try some wine, or catch more live performances there. For even more food options, the Bite of Proctor features tastes from some of the Proctor restaurants from stands in front of Capers, Chalet Bowl, Met Market, and Pour at Four.

But, of course, what's an arts fest without some arts? Arts fest fun includes a Juried Art Show, well over 100 arts and crafts vendors, and demonstrations of some unique art forms. These include thread and yarn spinning, sewing with a treadle machine, and sculpture by hand.

Face it. You won't find anything better to do this weekend.

Event Website: http://www.proctorartsfest.com/

August 4, 2012 at 6:24am

Tacoma Maritime Festival seeking entries for fun contest

The Quick and Dirty boat building event has been a staple of the Tacoma Maritime Festival for eight years. Teams of three people get the same materials, then have six hours to build a boat of any kind, then race it in the Thea Foss waterway, providing the boat floats. 

"When we didn't do it in 2010 because of the recession, there were a lot of long faces," said Paul Birkey, one of the contest organizers.

That's because the boat-building contest is possibly one of the most entertaining events of the free, two-day festival Aug. 25 and 26 celebrating the history of Tacoma's working waterfront. 

In a spirit of fun, teams are encouraged to dress up and be creative.  Costumes range from pirate outfits to tutus and combat boots, while the vessels themselves are no less outlandish - the most memorable crafts include "Ship Happens" and "Miss Management."

When the boats are completed, they are boisterously paraded down to the beach  ("Best Parade to Beach" is one of the judging criteria).   

"One year we were led by a group of belly dancers," Birkey said with a laugh.  "Another year we were led by a troop of bagpipers."

At the waterway, the event has reached its climax: the 100-meter boat race.  At least two people are required to paddle the boat, although winning seems to be one of the lowest priorities for contestants. 

"If you want to be a crowd favorite, sink," Birkey said. 

There's nothing more exciting than a hastily constructed boat sinking into the bay - but there are no worries because rescue crews are standing by to fish people out quickly.  But for some teams, even a sinking ship is not the end. 

"We had one group that kept paddling even after the boat had sunk," said Birkey. "They finished the race with a sunken boat!"

If the Amateur Boat Building Contest is not yet a Tacoma tradition, it should be. Birkey is hoping for a record turnout of teams. There is little skill required, he insists. In fact, some teams appear as though they have wielded few tools before, while others are carpenters by trade.  The contest managers are especially excited about the possibly of a team of Servicemembers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord entering. 

In order to enter, visit www.maritimefest.org to complete an entry form.

August 4, 2012 at 6:26am

Mega-Uke to rock out Procter Arts Fest

Slowly yet surely, the South Sound is coming around to the lifting sounds of the ukulele. Eddie Vedder threw the stringed instrument into the spotlight last year and since then it seems ukuleles have been popping up everywhere.

A prime example is the Mega-Uke Ukulele Jam at the Procter Arts Fest this Saturday. Expected to be the biggest Ukulele Jam in Pierce County, the event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. and includes an instructional session for any beginners interested in playing, culminating in a jam session with at least 30 and maybe more than 100 players, both experienced and new.

The event is hosted by Washington Association of South Sound Ukulele Players, (cutely making the acronym WASSUP) which has an enthusiastic group of about 80 players.

Chris Neil, a member of WASSUP, has been playing ukulele for about nine months.

 "The ukulele has become so popular lately, and it's because it's easy and to learn quickly and it's fun," Neil says.

Tom Brooks, the man behind WASSUP and the Mega-Uke Jam agrees with that sentiment, and while the group has regular jam sessions, Brooks decided to kick it up a notch with this event, inviting newbies to the joys of playing the uke.

"I had the crazy idea to see how many people we could get to play," Brooks says. "My goal is over 100."

"The market may get a little chaotic," he adds with a laugh, "Every time you turn around, you'll run into a ukulele."

WASSUP will provide lender ukes for those who don't have one, and Brooks has made poster-size song sheets of easy to play, recognizable songs like Sinatra's "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and Art Landry's "Five Foot Two and Eyes of Blue." Songs for the young and young at heart include, "How Much is that Doggy in the Window?" and "Rubber Ducky," the Sesame Street favorite.

"There are only two chords, so it's accessible," he says.

The schedule is as follows:

9 - 9:30: WASSUP Performance

10 - 10:30: Instruction for beginners, two-chord jam

10:30 to 11: Jam with  WASSUP

"The ukulele is making a revival," says Brooks. "It's such a personable little instrument, you can carry it around with you and it has a real joyful sound."

(Proctor Arts Fest, Mega-Uke Jam, 9 to 11 a.m., 2702 North Proctor Street, Tacoma)

August 4, 2012 at 6:28am

Fine Arts and Crafts Show in Olympia

Looking at the pieces that will be on display at the Fine Arts and Crafts Show, I am in awe. All the pieces are really quite beautiful and well crafted. There is lovely jewelry, breath-taking photography, skilled woodwork, creative stone, cute and quirky stuffed creatures made from recycled sweaters, pretty paintings, upscale pottery and impeccable wood block printing.

The exhibit will run all weekend at the Fine Arts and Crafts Show Summer Invitational at the Coach House in Olympia. The show runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 to  4 p.m. on Sunday.

The invitational boasts some of the best artists in the region, including renowned pastel artist Dorothy Sandlin, whose works have won her many prestigious awards. Now into her 80s, Sandlin began showing art at the age of 12.

Rosalind Philips, another featured artist, writes on event's Facebook page, "This is my favorite show! In August I will have Snowy Owl pictures from my Canada Owl chasing trips last January and February. I am also experimenting a bit with digital art by combining several photographs."

Ten other artists will be featured: Neil Peck, Christine Malek, Dee McDonald, Candy Nichols, Carie Westby, Dale Baird, Doris Jean Culvin, Laura Harmon, Steve Hovelson and the curator of the show, David Kaynor.

"It's all very professional and top-quality," Kaynor says.

Kaynor has been running the show since 2005, when Open Door Gallery had to shut down operations.

Since then, Kaynor has been networking with regional pros and putting together exceptional shows.

 "These shows are among my favorites, they are so well organized and the artist works only get better and better!" reads one fan comment.

This summer is the Fine Arts and Crafts Show first invitational. Usually artists are chosen at juried shows, but this time Kaynor hand-selected a variety of talented individuals to attend.

"This is really a good group of people," says Kaynor, "we look forward to having a good show and having lots of people attend."

While Kaynor has been in the art scene throughout the region, he admits that "Olympia is a very art-supportive town - the most I've ever seen."

Thanks to people like Kaynor and events such as the Fine Arts and Crafts show, Olympia will help keep the South Sound on the map for creativity, collectiveness and collaboration.

(Coach House, 211 21st Ave, Olympia, www.facebook.com/FineArtsandCraftsShow)

August 4, 2012 at 7:01am

5 Things To Do Today: D.I.Y Magic, Woofstock, Salmon Bake, Oly Pub Crawl and Junk in the Trunk

1. Orca Books is delighted to welcome Portland author Anthony Alvarado to the store this Saturday afternoon to talk about his zine about the history and many meanings and uses of magic. 6-8p.m., 509 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.352.0123.

2. Don’t miss the biggest adoption event of the year! Over 20 groups from around Washington State will have companion animals of every shape and size, available for adoption. Bring your other dogs to play in fenced areas, and ensure you get the right fit for your whole family. Merchants will be on hand offering great products and services to help you with your pets. Entertainment will feature Automatic Theory, Gina Belliveau, Sevens Revenge, & Kim Archer Band. With face painting and doggy wading pools it is a day of fun for the whole family! Casual summertime attire, shoes and shirt are required. Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times. 10a.m. - 3p.m., FREE, University of Puget Sound - Todd Field, 1500 N. Warner Street, Tacoma, 253.572.7700.

3. The Original Browns Point Salmon Bake. This is Granddaddy of them all! The Original Salmon Bake is the best event in the Northwest. Big salmon dinners, live entertainment game booths for kids with prizes, Since 1946 The Bake brings people from miles around. 201 Ton-A-Wan-Da Ne., Tacoma (Browns Point)

4. Oly Pub Crawl is an annual event where participants, volunteers and local businesses come together to help raise money to fight childhood cancer. Participants go to 5-8 sponsoring bars and/or restaurants in a pre-planned order to partake in social networking and ice-cold, frothy beverages and food. No actual crawling is required. Downtown Olympia, (360) 970-6854, www.olympiapubcrawl.com

5. This is a new twist on the old garage sale. Vendors load up their trunk and sell their 'stuff' from the back of their vehicle. Junk in the Trunk is free to the public. Open 9a.m.-4p.m. Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 S. C St.
Tacoma, 253.798.4000.

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