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January 11, 2013 at 1:57pm

SOUTH SOUND SIDEKICK: Sidewalks, politeness and the law in downtown Olympia

THE COUNSELOR: Jim Foley suggests you be polite and respectful on the streets of downtown Olympia.


South Sound Sidekick series offers advice from experts living in the, well, the South Sound. It posts every Friday. Today, The Counselor is back with his take on the Olympia City Council's decision to restrict lying on some sidewalks in downtown Olympia.

Dear Counselor,

I am so torn about the people I see sitting and lying on the streets in downtown Olympia. Some seem so young, others old - all invoke sympathy from me. Yet, at the same time, I feel for the downtown business people and the folks who live and shop downtown. What's your take on the whole thing?

Well, this whole issue has been in the news quite a bit lately. I did some research for your question. I spoke with downtown business owners, advocates for those who live on the streets and representatives of the law enforcement community. I also spoke with social service advocates for those described below with the H-word. Then I did some legal research to get the law.

First and foremost, you will not see the H-word used in this article. You know the word that begins with H and ends with "less". No, I will not use that word. Why?  Because after speaking with the aforementioned groups it became clear to me that the people you see on the street make up less then 10 percent of the H population. In other words, only one out of 10 people you see on the street should be labeled with the H-word. Everyone wants to use the H-word because it evokes sympathy and an emotional response. It is extremely paternalistic. Better call them kittens - "Oh how cute, oh how vulnerable, let's take them home." Not.

Not only is grouping the vast majority of street people as "H" heartbreaking ignorant. It is also just plain wrong.  It also diminishes those that properly are called "H' and does nothing to improve their lot.  There are some very good organizations that are working very hard to address the H-word. The organizations are making steady progress.  Next time you are about to give a dollar to someone on the street think instead about sending a couple of dollars to:

Anyone of these organizations will make way better use of your dollar then the guy on the street. OK, enough about the H-word.

What's up with sidewalks?

OK, this can only be tackled with a mini-law class on Real Property law. The sidewalk and the ground under it belong to the property owner - not the city, not the county and not the state. The sidewalk and the ground under it belong to the property owner.

Said property owner is liable for bad things that happen on the sidewalk most of the time - although there are always exceptions when it comes to the law. Got it? I am not making this shit up.

A city, county or government can and routinely does obtain and easement over the private property of the landowner. But this only gives the public the right to travel across this piece of land. It does not grant any other use.  Cities routinely require landowners to build, pay for and maintain sidewalks.  But the ultimate ownership and liability is with the property owner.

In Washington state, the property owner owes the following to people walking on the sidewalk. ...

A possessor of land owes a common law duty to prevent artificial conditions on his land from being unreasonably dangerous to highway travelers. The duty is founded on the principle that [t]he public right of passage carries with it ... an obligation upon the occupiers of abutting land to use reasonable care to see that the passage is safe. This duty applies to those passing by on a public walk. Munger v. Union Sav. & Loan Ass'n, (1933).

Criminal acts of third parties are general not the liability of the property owner.  But still if you sit all day every day on my sidewalk and your dog bites one of my customers.  We all know who is going to get sued and it ain't no street person.

The business owners I have spoken with only want to have a clean, safe environment for their customers to shop in. Part of this is making the street view and entrance to their shop as inviting as possible. Come on you do the math. Dirty sleeping bag? Pit bull?

What about the cops? 

They want the same thing we all do: a safe, friendly tolerant world where we can all be respectful, courteous and polite. Guess what? I am not joking. If law enforcement cannot have this, then they want clear enforceable laws that allow them to do their job with the least amount of ambiguity. They would really rather educate then enforce. They would rather resolve a problem then make an arrest. But, it all comes back to politeness and respect.

So in answer to you question, let's all try and be polite, respectful and tolerant of each other. You folks on the street: That is someone else's property you are sitting on; it is someone else's livelihood you are affecting. Those of you wishing to give money to the problem: Give it to one of the groups I have listed.

Repeat this mantra: polite, respectful, polite, respectful.

Sidewalks are private property.

The Counselor

>>> Questions for The Counselor may be sent to feedback@weeklyvolcano.com.

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January 12, 2013 at 8:46am

5 Things To Do Today: Future Bass DJs, Pagoda opening, "5 Broken Cameras," comedian Kyle Kinane and more ...

FUTURE BASS: Your future is tonight at The New Frontier Lounge. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

SATURDAY, JAN. 12 2013 >>>

1. The Future Bass DJs - Mr. Melanin, BROAM and Bobby Galaxy - have been a mainstay of the Tacoma alternative club/nightscene since 2009, blending cultures and genres by mixing the cutting edge of hip-hop, heavy electro dance music and indy electroclash remixes. It's a night of infectious, soulful beats backed by lush visuals and classic breakdancing videos. It's awesome. Get into the groove beginning at 9 p.m. inside The New Frontier Lounge.

2. Man's best friend comes in many shapes and sizes. There are small dogs, big dogs, hairy dogs and dogs that shit and piss all over the place. There are cute dogs, ugly dogs, stinky dogs, and, well, dogs that shit and piss all over the place. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Puyallup Fairgrounds (specifically, the Puyallup Fair & events Center) the Western Washington All Breed Dog Show Cluster will end its weekend run in epic fashion - pitting the most privileged and pampered yappers you'll ever seen in a battle royal for canine supremacy.

3. The waves of shock reverberated throughout Tacoma. Mouths fell agape. Eyes stared in bewilderment. Dogs paced nervously. On April 14, 2011 the beloved and historic pagoda at Point Defiance Park was set ablaze by a 15-year-old boy. The nearly 100-year-old building - built in 1914 and a replica of a 17th century Japanese lodge - that went from streetcar station in May 1914 to home to a lot of weddings up to 21 months ago, was destroyed. Seven million dollars later, The Pagoda opens today at  2 p.m. with self-guide tours, history lectures, speeches and hugs until 5 p.m.

Even if you don't quite understand the complicated politics behind the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you'll have a visceral reaction to 5 Broken Cameras, a documentary that captures five years of protests via the amateur lenses of Emad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer whose hometown of Bil'in on the West Bank was overtaken by Israeli settlements just as his youngest son, Gibreel, was born. The documentary will be screened at 5 p.m. inside the First United Methodist Church. Emad Burnat's brother, Iyad Burnat - a nonviolent activist from Bil'in - will host the film, then discuss his life in the West Bank under Israeli military occupation.

5. "When you eat pancakes out of a bag in a semi-public place, there are rules," says comedian Kyle Kinane midway through an eight-minute story about watching a man on an airplane eat pancakes out of a grocery bag. You or I might see such a sight and, upon reporting it to our friends later, the extent of our story might be just, "Pretty weird, right?" But that's not how Kyle Kinane operates. On his first album, Death of the Party, and his second, Whiskey Icarus, Kinane tells stories both large and small, but they are never short of epic in the telling. Whether it's a story about the terror of using a bathroom in a sketchy bar, or about what it means to receive a blank fortune cookie, or about the rules of speeding tickets for bicyclists, Kinane wrings short stories out of even the most mundane things, and it's always hilarious. Catch him at 8 and 10:30 p.m. tonight at the Tacoma Comedy Club. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's interview with comedian Kyle Kinane in the Weekly Volcano's Arts acetion.

LINK: Saturday, Jan. 12 arts and entertainment events in the greter Tacoma and Olympia area

January 12, 2013 at 11:39am

Where to watch Seahawks vs. Atlanta game Sunday morning


Sunday morning, we'll be yelling at the top of our lunges, stuffing ourselves into a purple-hazed food coma and throwing adult temper tantrums during commercials, all in the name of cheering the Seahawks to a win Sunday against Atlanta, then on to the NFC Championship game.

Where to watch the game?

Good question. Ideally, the Weekly Volcano wants a combination of multiple televisions, good grub and drink specials. Good grub could be sacrificed.

We searched Facebook looking for Seahawk breakfast specials in the South Sound so you don't have to.

Burs in Lakewood

Cheers West in University Place

Farrelli's Pizza Tacoma

Johnny's At Fife

Masa on Sixth Avenue

Pints & Quarts Pub in Lacey

O'Blarney's Irish Pub in Olympia

The Office in downtown Tacoma

The Ram on Tacoma's Ruston Way and South Hill Puyallup

The Red Hot on Sixth Avenue

Spring Lake Cafe

The Swiss in downtown Tacoma

Topside Bar and Grill in Steilacoom

Varsity Grill in downtown Tacoma

Where else?

January 12, 2013 at 12:32pm

NIGHT MOVES: The Hard Way, Coven, Fingertips, Down North, Pink Bead, The Maxines and others ...



4th Ave Ale House Olympia - Downtown. The Hard Way, Glass Elevator, Full Moon Radio. 9 pm. $5.

  • When it comes to interviewing bands, there are some band members who say few words. And there are band members who say everything so well, you'd like for them to just write the whole article. All girl indie rockers Full Moon Radio is one such band. Ali Baker and Sarah Lynn (third member, Jessie Jackson was not interviewed) discuss their show Saturday with The Hard Way and Glass Elevator at the 4th Ave Tav in Oly. The lineup: "It seems to me that the ‘high energy rock' element that existed here 20 years ago is starting to emerge again," says Baker. "I am really excited to play with some of the hard working bands made up of musicians who are inspired and have rock and roll dreams. There is something very innocent and sweet about it." The venue: "I have played the 4th Ave Tav before and it is awesome because the sound guy Ben is one of the best in the biz," says Lynn. "We will be playing a couple new songs, including one inspired by a bomb shelter at our practice space. If you have never been to a show at the 4th Ave, this is the one." - Nikki McCoy

Al Lago Ristorante Italiano Auburn. Kurt Lindsay. 8 pm. NC.

C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Ruston Way. KC Brakes presents pop folk rock night. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Fingertips. 9 pm.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Down North. 9:30 pm. NC.

Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. Tin Man. 9 pm.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Pink Bead Signing Show with The Chicharones, Sapient and Fine Malt lyrics. 8 pm.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Unstoppable Death Machines, MTNS, Easy Living. 9 pm.

McCoy's Olympia - Downtown. Coven, Demon Dogs. 9 pm. $4.

  • The back bar at McCoy's will surely be busy this Saturday as every leather clad, gravelly-voiced, long-haired or bald-headed hesher in Olympia will be scrunched near the stage - spilling bears and throwing horns - to witness thrash metal legends Coven and old school metal lords Demon Dogs rage the night away. John Boyce, bartender, booker and sound guy at McCoy's, talks about the last time Demon Dogs played, "It was awesome, just crazy energy - they're ferocious." And about Demon Dog's infamous drummer Jerry Ziegler Boyce states, "It's the most demanding thing I've seen him do." If you've ever seen Ziegler in action, then you know Boyce's words hold weight, and you'll be there Saturday night. - NM

Northern Olympia - Downtown. The Maxines, Hooded Hags, Wimps, The Shivas. All Ages. 8:30 pm. $5.

  • Over the course of the past couple of years the Maxines have evolved from a one off party-project to a band that has been barnstorming the Pacific Northwest with itsspecial brand of two-piece garage rock. The K Records duo of Matt Murillo and Kelly Norman have simply been one of the most upbeat and "fun" bands to see in a long while. Saturday the group will bring the party to Olympia's Northern for a show that promises to start the year off with a bang. Sadly, for those who love seeing the band, this may be the last time you get a chance to for an extended amount of time. Joining the band for the evening are the Vancouver, Wash. by-the-way-of Portland garage band The Sivas. The Shivas, who is the latest coup for K, has a high-energy blend of pop, garage and surf that almost sounds like the Velvet Underground and the Beach Boys simultaneously. Portland's Hooded Hags, featuring longtime K bassman Chris Sutton, brings the cool, Gories style garage, while Seattle's Wimps brings the full on '90s style garage punk experience to the table. - Timothy Grisham

Rock The Dock Bar & Grill Tacoma - Downtown. Author Unknown. 9 pm.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. North Country Bluegrass Band. 8 pm.

LINK: More live music tonight in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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

January 12, 2013 at 3:30pm

Tweets of the Week: Jan. 5-12


Whether you've been on Twitter since its beginnings in 2006 or you're a Twitter neophyte, you know keeping up on important tweets can be overwhelming. If you follow everything and everyone that you find interesting, you can end up with hundreds and hundreds of Tweets showing up in your feed on a daily basis.

Don't despair. Every Saturday the Weekly Volcano shares important and pointless Tweets from South Sound Twitter accounts, and sometimes beyond, so you may stay on top of the gayest cities in American, Sonics updates, falling concrete - and the latest action on the streets.

Follow the Weekly Volcano on Twitter. Because otherwise we're coming to your house, and while we will bring wine, we will not, under any circumstances, take off our shoes.

January 13, 2013 at 2:09pm

5 Things To Do Today: McTuff, Mas Uda dancers, Play With Fire and more ...

MCTUFF: Hammond organist Joe Doria and his veteran crew guitarist Andy Coe and drummer D'vonne Lewis - with regular guest saxophonist Skerik - cross the barriers of jazz with powerful keyboards, rhythmic drums, screaming sax and fuzz-distorted guitar.

SUNDAY, JAN. 13 2013 >>>

1. Hold your head high.

2. Hammond organist Joe Doria and his veteran crew guitarist Andy Coe and drummer D'vonne Lewis - with regular guest saxophonist Skerik - cross the barriers of jazz with powerful keyboards, rhythmic drums, screaming sax and sometimes fuzz-distorted guitar. Improvisational and funky with a whole lotta swagger, the band's epic jams knock the mind into the far reaches of a 1970s version of space and the butt into an uncontrollable groove. The Seattle band drives down Marine View Drive for a stint at the "Jazz LIVE at Marine View" series Jan. 13. 5-7 p.m.

3. Mas Uda dancers of Olympia will be dancing at Great Cuisine of India in Olympia. If you haven't seen the new paint job and new carpet, it's quite lovely. And, of course, nothing beats fabulous Indian food on a January evening and a lot of hip shaking. The dancers hit the floor at 6:30 p.m.

4. Backstage Bar & Grill in Tacoma hosts Play With Fire, Far From The Genuine, Life Afterlife for an all-ages show at 7 p.m.

5. Remember back in the day when you were in your first apartment and spent a memorable Saturday night with your friends just blaring the record player and singing along to random selections from your album collection? Toss in a pitcher of PBR and extreme lighting and that is karaoke at Bob's Java Jive. Sunday through Tuesday nights has Nikki Weatherhead on the mic beginning at 9 p.m. The spunky Tacoman never seems to lake energy or a smile even if the sign up sheet is less than full.

LINK: Sunday, Jan. 13 arts and entertainemnt events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

January 13, 2013 at 7:47pm

SIPPING OUT: Toast of Tacoma


First things first: We adore wine events almost as much as we can't stand attending wine events. Wine events are A. educational; B. a good place for like-minded fellowship; C. tedious; D. bargains; or E. all of the above. Well, if the wine events we've attended over the years are any indication - and we're sure we've attended well over a hundred - the correct answer is E. Wine dinners, more often than not, are informative, good values and a great place to meet other food and wine enthusiasts like you.

Want to try one?

El Gaucho in downtown Tacoma will toast the New Year with its Taste of Tacoma wine event featuring nine Washington wineries paired with the fine-dining restaurant's tasty bites. Hello Tenderloin Diablo! The pours will be from bottles labeled Woodward Canyon, Long Shadows, Dusted Valley, Sparkman Cellars, Mark Ryan, Beresan, Cavu, Balboa and DeLille Cellars.

The event is a whopping $95 per person.

Bonus: El Gaucho is offering special room rates at Hotel Murano and round trip complimentary shuttle transportation.

EL GAUCHO, FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 7-10 A.M., $95, 2119 PACIFIC AVE., TACOMA, 253.272.1510

January 14, 2013 at 6:14am

5 Things To Do Today: Lady Gaga, LeMay Gaga, "Saga, Vol. I," Jessica Blinn Octet and more ...

LADY GAGA: She came out of the womb like this.

MONDAY, JAN. 14 2013 >>>

1. Tacoma gets another dose of Lady Gaga - born Stefani Germanotta - when the diminutive pop star and budding media mogul brings her Born This Way Ball show to the Tacoma Dome tonight. Gaga has been touring overseas since the release of last year's Born This Way disc and only made scattered U.S. appearances. Friday she kicked off her North America tour with a show in Vancouver, B.C., where she showed everyone her bum. Speaking of nudity, Gaga has been making waves for admitting to recording in the nude and being scared to have sex for fear of her creativity being sucked out of her vagina. So there is that. Throughout the Born This Way Ball tour overseas, she let the audience into her life with some tender stories, some twinkling piano, and, apparently, some mock on-stage birth giving. Sweet. Don't know what to wear tonight? The Weekly Volcano can help you with that.

2. LeMay - America's Car Museum, or LeMay Gaga, welcomes Lady Gaga's "Little Monsters" with a guarantee a parking spot at the museum and fuel-up for the concert at its cash bar from 5-7:30 p.m. For $6, you may tour ACM's Signature Showcase Gallery full of awesome automobiles with one free drink. Pay $35 to park your car in their lot next to the Dome, and you'll receive one free beverage and 2-for-1 ACM admission voucher. Reserve your parking spot at 877.902.8490.

3. Sharon Carr, acrylic artist, is showing her latest abstract and figurative work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gallery Row in Gig Harbor.

4. Sick of sitting at home alone on a Monday night flipping through Tumblr/Pinterest? Why don't you get out of the house and do it with other people at 1022 South bar? The Graphic Novel Book Club gathers to discuss Saga, Vol. I by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona K Staples at 7 p.m. Talk to a human being face to face, why don't ya?

5. The Jessica Blinn Octet - featuring drummer Craig Cootsona, saxophonist John Croarkin and saxophonist Jim Pribbenow - will fill The Royal Lounge in Olympia with jazz beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: Monday, Jan. 14 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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January 14, 2013 at 7:03am

"The Mountain Runners": Way more than a jog through the park

"THE MOUNTAIN RUNNERS": Participants were not professional athletes, but loggers, farmers and coal miners.

The film The Mountain Runners first appeared at The Grand Cinema during its 2012 Tacoma Film Festival. The masses were pleased. The show sold out. Rave reviews amassed! Now, The Grand is bringing it back for two screenings on Tuesday, Jan. 15, as part of its Tuesday Film Series.

The film tells the story of what is thought to be the first adventure races in the United States - a contest of certain insanity, held from 1911 to 1913, pitting modified Model A cars against a train and runners up the slippery slopes of Mount Baker. Like I said, certain insanity.

"We think the film has a wide appeal because it tells the story of an amazing, true adventure here in Washington state that until now really had not been told," says Zach Powers, marketing director at The Grand. "It is a suspenseful story that pits local heroes against the elements and terrain."

The Mountain Runners is a locally produced film. Co-directors Todd Warger and Brian Young will be at both screenings at The Grand for post-show talks and question sessions.

THE GRAND CINEMA, TUESDAY, JAN. 15 2 AND 6:30 P.M., $4.50-$7, THE GRAND CINEMA, 606 S. FAWCETT, TACOMA, 253.593.4474

January 14, 2013 at 10:04am

Q&A: Cody Foster discusses Friday's Rocking Comedy Extravaganza

ROCKING COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA: C.F.A. takes on a slew of comedians Friday.


So two bands, five comedians and one radio host walk into a bar.What sounds like the start of a joke is really this Friday's Rocking Comedy Extravaganza at The Backstage Bar and Grill in Tacoma.

A string of comedians including Travis Simmons aka "The Big Funny," Justin Hayes, Greg Baldonado, Jeremy Whitman and Eric "Puddin" Lorentzen will start off the night followed by Hookerfist, a Tool tribute band, and local rockers C.F.A. The event is a NWCZ Radio sponsored listener's party, with on-air host Darrell Fortune playing emcee.

The Weekly Volcano caught up with C.F.A. vocalist/bassist Cody Foster for the lowdown on Friday's extravaganza.

WEEKLY VOLCANO: It's about time comedy and rock music melded in the South Sound. Don't you agree?

CODY FOSTER: It makes sense. People watch us and tell us we are funny. We don't find us to really be funny. We think of ourselves as more, well, challenged. But all three of us are comedian fans. So we are excited to get to watch comedians, then do a set. It will be very surreal. Never done that in the 27 years as musicians.

VOLCANO: Why do you think shows like this are important to Tacoma?

FOSTER: This is a great hybrid of entertainment. Who doesn't like to laugh and get rocked? The big deal comes from not having your eardrum pounded all night. There is definitely a place for that. We have been talking with Eric and Travis and if this goes well we will do something else.

VOLCANO: What can people expect from C.F.A?

FOSTER: The usual, dumb controlled chaos. Loud.

VOCLANO: Since we're talking comedy, I got a nerdy Star Wars joke for you: What temperature is it inside a Tauntaun? It's "Luke" warm! Aha ha!

FOSTER: That is F'n great! We will be using that one for sure.

VOCLANO: Do you have any good jokes or one-liners?

FOSTER: I don't think my rubber pants will fit you. Come on, the safe word can't be ouch! Better to ask forgiveness than permission.

VOLCANO: Nice. What would you say to somebody to get his or her butt out to the show?

FOSTER: I would start by letting everybody know that this is an independent show put together by comedian Eric Puddin Lorentzen. Which means a comedian picked the other comedians. The best booked shows start this way.

VOLCANO: Anything else you'd like to add?

Foster: Come down and get loose. We are filming for a video!


LINK: Rocking Comedy Extravaganza on NWCZ Radio

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