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November 1, 2012 at 6:07am

5 Things To Do Today: Eddie Palmieri, Signed Books and Wine Auction, AMOCAT Awards and more ...

EDDIE PALMIERI: The nine-time Grammy Award-winning pianist will offer a memorable night of Latin jazz. Courtesy photo

THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012 >>>

1. Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony have their place in society ... and that place is at the bottom of a deep lake with concrete shoes tied to their feet. If you want to hear some real, authentic Latin-American music, pop into Schneebeck Concert Hall tonight to see Eddie Palmieri, one of the influential pianists and founding fathers of Latin jazz. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Palmieri has had a career spanning five decades that's included recording projects with legendary percussionist Tito Puente and other salsa greats. Known for his richly textured arrangements and intense percussive style, Palmieri (along with renowned percussionist Jose Madera and the University of Puget Sound Jazz Band) will be heating up the stage. 7:30 p.m., $5-$11, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1500 N. Warner, Tacoma, 253.879.3100

2. Taller-than-average Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist makes his way back to King's Books for his annual Signed Books and Wine Auction, put on by People for Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. The shindig goes down from 5-7 p.m. and features wines and signed books from Maria Semple, Garth Stein, Molly Ringwald, Bret Easton Ellis, Ann Rule and, of course, Lindquist. 5-7 p.m., $25 suggested donation, King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.8801

3. Interested in stopping Coal Export facilities in Tacoma and our state? Attend the coal-scoping workshop tonight at the University of Puget Sound. Host Elanor Hines of NW Straits Chapter leads a discussion on what you can do protect our waterfronts from the impacts of exporting dirty coal. 6-8 p.m., free, Wyatt Hall, Room 307, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner, 253.879.3100

4. The Tacoma Art Museum will be busier than street sweepers cleaning up candy wrappers. First, it's the weekly Thursdays Ignite night at TAM, which means chillin' with drinks and crafts. Second, The Bead Factory will be in the house leading a Dia de los Muertos bracelet workshop ($20-$30) at 6 p.m. Last, the Tacoma Arts Commission launches Art at Work Month with a party that includes free apps, artists butt slaps and the presentation of the prestigious AMOCAT Awards. 6-8:30 p.m., Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.4258

5. Chinese acrobatics and martial arts have become a big deal onstage, from Cirque du Soleil shows to casino revues. Chi of Shaolin: The Tale of the Dragon features the Imperial Acrobats of China, a group formed by Las Vegas producer (and onetime acrobat) Yan Yan Shao. The show utilizes Gung Fu and Wushu martial arts, acrobatics, dance and music to tell a story. 7:30 p.m., $19-$56, Washington Center, 512 Washington St., Olympia, 360.753.8586

LINK: More Nov. 1 events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 1, 2012 at 9:39am

ISSUE 573: Captain Jack Sparrow doughnut, Happy Hour Bottle Caps, blues bash and more ...

LEGENDARY DOUGHNUTS: The joint crafts the craziest makes and models. photo credit: courtesy

THURSDAY, NOV. 1-7, 2012 >>>

In this week's issue, Kristin Kendle chats with Shannon Patten, owner of Legendary Doughnuts, the innovative doughnut shop opening this week on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue. Kendle discovered that the buttercream base used in many of the fillings and frostings is made with - drum roll - real butter! The joint crafts the craziest makes and models, including the Captain Jack Sparrow doughnut.

Art at Work: Tacoma's Arts Month kicks off tonight at the Tacoma Art Museum. It's a collective of events and exhibits packaged into one exciting month by the Tacoma Arts Commission. Some of these happenings take place year-round, others are Art at Work specific, but all of them invite the public out to see why Tacoma is such an amazingly artsy community.

"Our fall menu has some fun new items, like the Happy Hour Bottle Caps - spicy breaded deep-fried jalapeños with umami mayo - really spicy - really delicious if you like things hot like I do," says Gordon Naccarato. "Also my Chef Jessica came up with an Asian-style red curry Dungeness crab-dip served with won tons that is a fun take on that Northwest staple." That's right, we grabbed the scoop on Pacific Grill's fall menu.

The Stacy Jones Band will play Jazzbones Sunday, along with six other artists and bands as part of the "Back to Beale Street Blues" benefit for the South Sound Blues Association, to send its "band of the year" winners - House of Bourbon and Blues Redemption - to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. in January. Nikki McCoy falls in love with Jones's voice.  

McCoy also met a woman who was beautiful, intelligent, confident and creative. She has a PhD, she is a successful photographer and she is a world-traveler. She is also a visual voice for the people of Olympia. Her name is Jan Lewis, and she just completed Olympia Portrait Project, an 80-page photo essay book capturing the tapestry of people who work, visit or live in Olympia.

PLUS: Alec Clayton reviews landscapes at Childhood's End Gallery

PLUS: Josh Rizeberg has the scoop on the local Blue Nose Music label

November 1, 2012 at 11:29am

CHECKING IN: Alec Clayton toured "Warhol's Flowers for Tacoma"

ANDY WARHOL: Acetate mechanical for 82-inch Flowers, 1964. Ink on acetate, handwritten ink on Bristol board, overall (support): 10 x 14 inches, overall (acetate): 10 ¾ x 8¾ inches. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The


Weekly Volcano visual arts critic Alec Clayton toured the exhibition Andy Warhol's Flowers for Tacoma, which opens Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Tacoma Art Museum. Warhol's purposal to turn the Tacoma Dome into a giant flower was nixed 30 years ago. This TAM exhibit examines the original proposal in the form of letters, drawings and paintings, plus more than 100 works of art by the Pop Art master. The art includes early illustrations from the 1950s, photographs, paintings, lithographs both black and white and hand-colored, photographs of Andy at work in The Factory and more.

Clayton's review of the Warhol show will appear in the Nov. 8 issue of the Weekly Volcano. We begged Clayton to come clean with early thoughts on the show.

If you thought you knew Andy Warhol you may be in for a big surprise. I know I was. There are many pieces in this show that I had never before seen, not even in reproduction.

We've all seen many of the silkscreen flowers with fluorescent paint, ink, and pencil in all their hypnotic repetition and funky-acid colors - the superimposed line drawings like chalk and the layered look like 3-D images seen without the glasses. There are many of these displayed in this show, and they are breathtaking. But there are also things such as a tiny and very expressionistic painting of flowers in a pot that is totally unlike anything I've ever seen by Warhol. And there is a series of lithographs displayed in a line along one wall with another line-up of the same lithographs as hand-colored by the artist.

Exciting, to say the least. Pick up a copy next Thursday for the full review. In the meantime, check out Clayton's review of Don Tiller's landscapes at Childhood's end Gallery.

LINK: Alec Clayton previews the Warhol exhibit

LINK: This week in the arts

Filed under: Arts, Tacoma,

November 1, 2012 at 5:10pm

Michael Jackson Night at Olympia's 1230 Room

DYLAN KUEHL: He's going to beat it. Courtesy photo


"Living the Dream," is an event that benefits South Sound Parent to Parent and Up With Down Syndrome Support Group, both local nonprofit organizations that support individuals and their families with disabilities.

Saturday night a full-on Michael Jackson memory performance will happen at the 1230 Room in Olympia. The MJ performance will be put on by Rhythm Fire School of Music and Performance featuring 19 performers - ranging from a 7-year-old singer to adults - all "living the dream."

The spear header for the event, and I might say star of the show is Dylan Kuehl, a 29-year-old drummer living with Down's syndrome. His mother, Terri Rose, is the events planner and she tells me that Kuehl has been playing drums since he was 3.

"He's been very passionate about playing Michael Jackson. He wanted a whole show. He was relentless about it," adds Rose.

The school, which usually only does a few song performances, finally gave in, and granted the students permission to do 16 songs, with rotating performers.

Kuehl will be lead drummer, but there will also be keyboards, trumpets, electric violin and other instruments.

"It's going to be rich," Rose says, with a smile in her voice.

Ethan Tucker will fill the gaps with reggae and folk tunes.

The event also features a Michael Jackson costume and dance contest with $100 going out to the winners.

Kuehl is also an international award-winning artist. If you bring three cans of food, you score an original Kuehl. You could also win fused glass jewelry by Kuehl as part of a raffle.

[1230 Room, Michael Jackson Memory Band with Ethan Tucker, Saturday, Nov. 3, 6-10 p.m., all ages, $10, 111 Washington St., Olympia]

Filed under: Benefits, Music, Olympia,

November 2, 2012 at 7:15am

COMMENT OF THE DAY: Peeking over the Olympia Film Society fence


Yesterday's comment of the day comes from Great Job who is a little upset over a summer hire at the Olympia Film Society, an organization set on mending fences.

Great Job writes,

Well, they did a great job fixing the situation, because in July they hired Thom Mayes. If anyone had taken the time to check the Lincoln Theatre's 990, a nonprofit's tax return that you can find for free at GuideStar.com, you'd see that Thom left the Lincoln Theatre as their executive director, $50,000 in debt. Debt they did not have prior to Thom's appointment to the organization. Since then, he's jumped positions a few times in a few years, and his background in administration, outside of being an artist, consists of telemarketing for the Seattle opera. I'm not sure why arts organizations are so set to fail. There are so many good, strong, solid people out there and yet, they continue to hire people with little relevant experience, shaky job records and those who leave organizations in worse financial positions than they were found. So, great luck OFS--you'll need it!

Filed under: Comment of the Day, Olympia,

November 2, 2012 at 9:09am

5 Things To Do Today: Nappy Roots, Kareem Kandi, Tacoma Opera and more ...

NAPPY ROOTS: Come on, get Nappy tonight.

FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012 >>>

1. Hip-hop/funk group Nappy Roots brings its Kentucky-fried soul and funk to Jazzbones behind the new mixtape, Sh!t's Beautiful. "We wanted to make a project that's able to promote our upcoming releases, as well as introduce the world to the individuals who make up the collective known as Nappy Roots," member Skinny Deville told AllHipHop.com. "We try to make the best music possible and hit as many cities as we can, and without the fans' support, none of that would be possible." With DJ Victor Menegaux, 8 p.m., $10-$15, Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169

2. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Kareem Kandi got an early start playing the saxophone, picking it up at age 11 while attending Washington Hoyt Elementary. Today, Kandi divides his time teaching jazz improvisation as an artist in residence at The Tacoma School of the Arts, directing the award winning student jazz ensemble at Pierce College, conducting master classes and workshops at schools around the Puget Sound area and maintaining a full load of private students. Oh, he also plays a mean sax in joints around the South Sound, such as tonight at Uncle Thurm's. Joining Kandi will David Deacon-Joyner on piano, Clipper Anderson on bass and Mark Ivester on drums. 7 p.m., no cover, Uncle Thurm's Finger Licken Ribs & Chicken, 3709 S. G St., Tacoma, 253.475.1881

3. A winter storm of ski and snowboard video premiere parties will pummel the South Sound over the next two months, as local theaters roll out the white carpet for local/national/international filmmakers.  Tonight, Northwest Snowboards hosts a Winter Video Premiere at the Capitol Theater in Olympia. Expect locally made skate and snowboard videos along with nationally acclaimed snowboard videos, plus killer raffle prizes like snowboards, skateboards, gear and more. 7 p.m., $7-$8, bar for 21+, Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave., Olympia, 360.754.6670

4. "Nightmare scenarios of the End may turn out to be a dramatic device intended to awaken people to deeper levels of awareness as life reaches not a final end, but a vital edge of revelation rippling with new discoveries and surprising insights." Nice. Author and mythologist Michael Meade wrote those words in his book, Why the World Doesn't End: Tales of Renewal in Times of Loss. Discover what other tidbits Meade might drop on the world tonight at the Epworth-Lesourd Methodist Church. Proceeds support at-risk youth and multicultural projects. 7 p.m., free, $12, 710 S. Anderson St., Tacoma.

5. Tacoma Opera will open season with Mozart's comedy Cosi fan tutte tonight at the Rialto Theater. This production will mark Tacoma Opera's new general director's first full season as head of the company and will also mark his Tacoma Opera debut as stage director of Cosi fan tutte. The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra provides the soundtrack. 8 p.m., $25-$66, Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth, Tacoma, 253.591.5894

LINK: Friday, Nov. 2 arts and events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 2, 2012 at 11:18am

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

ALTARS: The community has resurrected tributes to their dead loved ones. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner


For the ninth year, Tacoma Art Museum hosts a Dia de los Muertos Festival.

Day of the Dead, ya'll.

This may or may not surprise you, but the Day of the Dead Festival at TAM brings in the largest crowd of the year.

"We expect thousands this Sunday," TAM Executive Director Stepheanie Stebich said last night at the Art at Work Tacoma opening party.

Despite the name of the holiday, it and this festival are all about honoring life - attendees will be greeted by much color, chances to make their own arts and crafts, life-affirming mariachi music and installations.

The festival kicked off Oct, 21 and runs through Sunday, which is the day Dia de los Muertos fills the museum from top to bottom with sugar skulls, altars and more Dead fun. Nov. 4 the museum is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That's right, free. You have no excuse not to go.

If it sounds macabre, it's not really. Skulls made of sugar are a perfectly normal way to connect with your loved ones on the other side. You can even decorate your own.

A tapete- a sand painting by artist Fulgencio Lazo - graces the museum's lobby; the tapete centers on marigolds, a central image of Day of the Dead. There are also 27 ofrendas altars - designed by the community - in TAM's upstairs halls.

But wait ... there's more!

Get your groove on with live music by Mariachi Ayutla or relax and watch Aztec dance troupe Grupo Quetzalcoatl de Olympia.

Party on, El Gartho.


Filed under: Arts, Community, Music, Tacoma,

November 2, 2012 at 11:46am

TONIGHT: Southern underground hip-hop on Sixth Avenue

NAPPY ROOTS: The band is touring behind its mixtape, "Sh!t Beautiful."


Know this. You should be launching your post-Halloween festivities tonight at Jazzbones.

I must give it up to that establishment. They have been steadily - probably once a month - been bringing in national hip-hop artists with opening local artists. It is nice to see Jazzbones making an effort to stage hip-hop music - so kudos and thank you.

Tonight, you can see the Southern Underground - underdogs Nappy Roots. Nappy Roots has had one mainstream hit in "Awnaw," its hit from 2009. The band hasn't followed it with a song as popular or catchy, but that is a good thing I would say. Their music has consistently been quality, full of dope Southern hip-hop beats, smart, politically conscious yet Southern lyrics, and a commitment to staying in their lane that is refreshing to see.

Nappy Roots has never tried to sound anything other than what they are - funky country-dudes who make good Hip-Hop.

The band has never jumped on a bandwagon or switched their style.

Each MC is fresh, and they all have a different voice and cadence, making for truly, well-rounded vocals.

Open will be Seattle's Irukandji. It is an underrated funk/hip-hop jam band that does get-down, for real!

The show starts at 8 pm, $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

That will do it folks. There are not many local hip-hop shows this weekend. I guess we are resting and eating candy from earlier this week.

JAZZBONES, FRIDAY, NOV. 2, $10-$15, 2803 SIXTH AVE., TACOMA, 253.396.9169

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

November 2, 2012 at 1:00pm

SOUTH SOUND SIDEKICK: The Counselor has DUI advice

THE COUNSELOR: Jim Foley wants you to mind your manners.

Dear Counselor,

I have friends that have gotten DUIs, and they all seem to have different advice on what to do if you get pulled over and have been drinking. I've got to know, if I get pulled over while drinking, what should I do?

ANSWER: "If I blow there will be trouble, if I don't there will be double."  Remember that.

If pulled over for D.U.I always blow.  When you blow you are complying with the implied consent law and you are giving your attorney tools to work with.

Under the law in Washington state, licensed drivers are required to give a BAC - Blood Alcohol Content - sample to law enforcement officers.  The officer must have 1) have a valid reason to pull you over; 2) reasonable grounds to believe you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol; 3) then they must arrest you; And most important ... 4) give you a BAC test in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code.

All these things must be done in strict accordance with the law and an attorney trained in such matters will have numerous options to help defend you. BUT ONLY IF YOU BLOW. 

Not blowing is giving up your driver's license for two years automatically. Yes you can get occupational licenses and interlock ignition licenses. But your license will almost 100 percent of the time be revoked for two years.

What is worse about not blowing is that your refusal can, and will most certainly, be used against you in a jury trial.  Not blowing will allow a prosecutor to argue your refusal means you were drunk. 

Finally, a refusal to blow results in an automatic penalty enhancement that doubles everything: jail time, license suspension time and the monetary fine.

If I blow there will be trouble ... If I don't there will be double.

So, what to do if you get pulled over? Be polite. This is the single most important thing you can do. Be polite. The officer in the field has enormous discretion in choosing what they do. Even after your arrest, the prosecuting attorney often talks with the arresting officer to see how you acted. If you're an asshole then you are going to feel the pain big time.  If you are really polite it will go a long way in helping your case.

Also, DO NOT TAKE ANY TEST IN THE FIELD. So called Field Sobriety Tests and the Portable Breath Test BT are evidentiary in nature and you have no obligation to take them. POLITELY REFUSE TO DO ANY TEST IN THE FIELD.  No walk and turn, no stand on one leg, no ABCs - none.  You have a constitutional right not to do them and they will be used against you in court.

Lets summarize: be POLITE and ALWAYS BLOW.

Submit your questions to "The Counselor" Jim Foley at thecounselor360@hotmail.com. Foley will do his best to answer any legal question you have.  Even though he has tried more than 300 jury trials to a verdict, he does not rely on his 22 years of law practice alone. Every question submitted will be reviewed by five or six of the brightest, wisest and most clever lawyers in Thurston County. After a consensus is reached, an opinion will be rendered. Foley is also a world traveler and enjoys building boats, weight lifting and memorizing poetry. He's known for making some of the world's best cookies, bread and pickles. He also enjoys a nice scotch.

Filed under: South Sound Sidekick,

November 3, 2012 at 9:21am

Psst: "Come see the Amazing Thing at the Guest House"

PYTHIAS BRASWELL: "Pythias Braswell blends ancient relics and alien lasers into a song form that is both old and new. He sings about mystery, memory, death, dreams and dust." Photo credit: Facebook


This past winter a spambot out of China infiltrated the Weekly Volcano's calendar system filling it with love gone wrong, genuine college degrees, the Hon. Sid Dooku III and odd verb placement.

It was a nightmare.

Webmaster Zack, hopped up on beef noodle soup and shaojiu in some sort of method coding zone, killed the Chinese threat and restore the public's ability to enter its own events into our calendar system.

Shrieks of joy could be heard from Calendar Kate's office in Wing C at Weekly Volcano World Headquarters.

The public responded, clicking our calendar button and adding its South Sound events, which load into our online calendars as well as exporting to our print product.

Last night, as the people of China walk the streets in daylight, Olympia musician Pythias Braswell logged into our system and posted two shows he'll be partaking in over the next week: a house show tomorrow night and a gig at Northern Nov. 8. Braswell took full advantage of the opportunity, adding a flavor to his posts only those who love alien lasers could.

Come see the Amazing Thing at the Guest House this Sunday!

Joe Fletcher will magically exorcise graveyard blues using only a railroad spike and a handful of brick dust! Pythias will operate Alien Language to Channel the Memories of a Vagabond! Jonah will lightning-afy your face with his Guitar Hands! Caitlin will hypnotize woodland creatures with her voice! Let's build a fire folks, with you there staring into it, and you there and you there and that person!

Sounds like something to see.


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