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January 18, 2013 at 7:15am

5 Things To Do Today: Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza, MLK events, Wrist hug, TRIPOD Slide Show and more ...

ROCK VS. COMEDY: They'll play good Friday at the Backstage. Photo credit: Varona Photography

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 2013 >>>

1. At 8 p.m., the Backstage Bar and Grill and Puddin' Pie Productions will combine rock music and comedy into one Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza package featuring two bands and five comedians. A line-up of comedians - including Travis Simmons "The Big Funny," Justin Hayes, Greg Baldonado, Jeremy Whitman and Eric "Puddin" Lorentzen - 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. Read Nikki McCoy's full feature in the Weekly Volcano's Music section.

2. Bates Technical College will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic march on Washington D.C. and "I Have a Dream" speech with an 11:30 a.m. program that will remember the past and celebrate the future. Spoken word poet Lucas Smiraldo, also known as Vanilla Soul, and local activist and leader from the Civil Rights era Dr. Moses Harris will join Master of Ceremonies and former Bates President Lyle Quasim for the event, which will also feature speeches from Commander Sergeant Major Sherman Fox and Dr. Harris' daughter, Frances Lizette Renée Harris.

3. Members of the Saint Martin's University community will gather at 6 p.m. inside the Worthington Center for its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration honoring the legacy of the prominent human rights activist. Featuring a Southern-style dinner, the evening will include remarks by Tyler Calvi, the University's student body president, and University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. A powerful performance by spoken word poet Chas Jackson will round out the evening.

4. The Social Bar and Grill hosts local creative writing publication Wrist Magazine's launch party Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Beats provided by DJ Mr. Melanin while you can meet the staff and local authors and nosh on culinary treats and sip on some of the best craft cocktails in town. Tacoma winery 21 Cellars will be in the house too.

5. Talented Tacoma photographers command the Madera Architectural Elements Showroom once a month, illuminating their work and creativity with the visually aided enhancement implied by the name of the series, TRIPOD Slide Shows. Created by Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino, the night of digital slides features three local photographers and one creative theme.  The next TRIPOD Slide Show slides into Madera from 7-8:30 p.m. featuring 15-minute slide shows by photographers Becky Frehse, Ann Darling and L. Lisa Lawrence under the theme "Footloose and Fancy Free, all over the World."

LINK: Friday, Jan. 18 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

January 18, 2013 at 7:41am

Celebrating American history: Buffalo Soldiers Museum open house

WILLIAM JONES: Buffalo Soldier Museum of Tacoma founder.


The Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Tacoma preserves the artifacts and history of the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry - all-African-American cavalry units that served in America's wars from 1866 through the end of WWII. They participated in cross-country cattle drives, escorted wagon trains and stagecoaches through often volatile territories of the Wild West and fought in the Spanish-American War and both world wars. The museum was founded by Buffalo Soldier William Jones of Tacoma.

"Before Mr. Jones died in 2007 he had already amassed quite a few relics from other Buffalo Soldiers and a large quantity of printed materials, in order to start his museum," says Lynn Di Nino, local artist and friend of the museum. "Of course he belonged to the national organization and attended their reunions every year."

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, or by appointment.

Saturday, Jan. 26 the Buffalo Soldiers Museum will host its first open house, welcoming everyone in to learn and explore. Local poet Elijah Muied will be on tap with a reading of a work inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Muied's poems have been published in "Threads" and he has showcased his work at his own open mic events as well as multi-poet happenings such as Hope in Hard Times at WSHM.

There will also be refreshments and tours of the museum. The open house is free. Come one, come all.


Filed under: History, Military, Tacoma, Community,

January 18, 2013 at 10:19am

WEEKEND HUSTLE: Dusty 45s, Caspar Babypants, Stunt Dog Experience, WINERAM launch and more ...

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Hang out with the smalls Saturday morning at The Grand Cinema.



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>>> FRIDAY, JAN. 18: DUSTY 45S

Aside from their good looks and talented musicians, including upright bass, harmonica and trumpet players, The Dusty 45s also bring an element of theater to the stage, with story-telling, animated gestures, and surprises, like a trumpet that comes ablaze with fire. Known to jump from country twang, to blues, jazz, or good ole rock 'n' roll, the 5-piece Americana band keeps the crowd engaged like no other. The Dusty 45's are making a rare stop in Olympia this Friday. Catch them if you can. - Nikki McCoy

  • The Royal Lounge, 8 p.m., 311 Capitol Way, Olympia, 360.705.0760


The Grand Cinema will screen Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as part of its Click! TV Family Flick series, which hits the big screen at 10 a.m. - for free - on a first come, first serve basis. It might not be Gene Wilder's best role, but it's certainly his most memorable - and those Oompa Loompas are just as creepy-licious as ever. Based on the children's book by Roald Dahl. Check out: The tune Wonka plays to open his musical lock. Mrs. Tee-Vee says it's Rachmaninoff, but actually it's the overture from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro." — Weekly Volcano

  • The Grand Cinema, 10 a.m., free, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., TAcoma, 253.593.4474


Your dog is lame. His "big trick" involves chewing through your records (country, specifically). Man, you really loved that first Taylor Swift album. Fortunately, your dog is handsome, so his creature comforts remain secure. The stars of Stunt Dog Experience earn their keep the old-fashioned way: They work for it. They fly like sugar gliders, weave through obstacles like show ponies and perform acrobatics that would challenge Olympic athletes. Check it. — WV

  • Washington Center, 2 and 7 p.m., $10-$25, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, 360.753.8586


Caspar Babypants makes his way back to the Tacoma area Saturday, this time landing at the Lakewood Pierce County library. The kindie-rock star is Chris Ballew of Presidents of the United States of America. With simple, sweet and goofy songs you can dance to - not a far stretch from PUSA - Caspar Babypants tones it down in content and instruments to appeal to the kids. As Weird Al Yankovic so rightly states on Ballew's website, "Caspar Babypants is one of the few children's recording artists I can listen to without wanting to stab myself in the eyes." — NM

  • Lakewood Pierce County, 1:30 p.m., free, 6300 Wildaire Rd SW Lakewood, 253.582.6040


WINERAM is an original, six-part web documentary exploring the world's top wine regions. Colin West, host of the series, has now teamed up with Olympia pro photographer, Casey Grant. The two of them will be leaving Jan. 21 to spend three to four months in Australia turning the web series into a full feature documentary, Vintage. Sunday, a launch party will feature a film premiere of Episode 3 of The WINERAM Experience from New Zealand and a debut of the latest work they have produced together. It's also Grant's dirty 30 birthday party, and while it's not confirmed, rumor has it he's accepting birthday spankings. - NM

  • Urban Onion, 7 p.m., all ages until 11 p.m., no cover, 116 Legion Way, Olympia, 360.943.9242


I'm seeing Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at Tacoma Little Theatre, attending Alec Clayton's reading/signing at Orca Books and indulging in foie gras (finally!) at Marrow Kitchen.

I've been holed up in my house all week, so I worry that I'll explode once the weekend comes. Just putting that out there so people know. I may explode.

Our son and his in-laws will be visiting. I have no idea what we'll do, but I'm sure it will be joyful ... and wet and cold. I shall start the weekend with Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at Tacoma Little Theatre. Saturday afternoon actors will be reading select scenes from my new novel, Return to Freedom at Orca Books. Sunday night I will interview a bunch of drag queens who perform at Jakes on 4th.

NIKKI MCCOY Feature Writer
I'm taking my little dudes to the mountain so they can learn to snowboard. Or as the youngest calls it "surfing the snow." Hot tubbing and book reading are also in the plans for this mama.

Friday night will be a meeting of minds at Wrist magazine's introduction shindig at The Social, which will involve plenty of tasty cocktail envy on my behalf. Workity shmork over the weekend and adult Peace Out fun on Saturday afternoon.

JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
I am excited to spend the whole weekend hanging out with my toddler and husband without any big plans Friday or Saturday. After church on Sunday, I will be reviewing Tacoma Musical Playhouse's production of The Musical of Musicals, the Musical.

We're taking our 5-year-old to Supernova to get a real non-Mom haircut. He's starting to look like Chaka from Land of the Lost.

Grand Cinema's Family Flix of the original Willy Wonka as well as Musical of Musicals at Tacoma Musical Playhouse Saturday and resting Sunday with some work on the book and Xbox 360 with the chillons.

ROCKFORD ROWLEY All-Ages Music Columnist
This weekend I'm spending some quality time with my textbooks, computer and a great cup of coffee - no room for cream. The latter component will probably be provided at Bluebeard Coffee.

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January 18, 2013 at 1:28pm

NIGHT MOVES: Piko Panda, Champagne Sunday, Nearly Dan, The Good Chills, The Pine Hearts, Elbow Coulee and others ...



Anthem Coffee & Tea Tacoma - Downtown. Piko Panda & Justin Martin of Oh Dear! All Ages. 7 pm. $5.

Backstage Bar & Grill Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza. All Ages. 8 pm. $9.

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

Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Steve Cooley & The Dangerfields. 9 pm.

Forza Coffee Fircrest. Rev. Slim's "Grin & Bear It" Medicine Blues Revival. All Ages. 7 pm. NC.

Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. Champagne Sunday. 8 pm.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Nearly Dan (Steely Dan tribute). 7 pm.

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. Tyranny Theory, The Lush Tones, In The Between, Stript. All Ages. 8 pm. $5.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. Lance Buller Combo. 7 pm.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Elbow Coulee, Trees & Timber. 8 pm.

  • Much has been said (by me, at some times) about how Elbow Coulee sounds like the meeting between pop-punk and dancey synth-rock, but the truth is that the band's range is larger than that. I mean, yeah, lead singer Andrew Tuller's voice does tend to sound pretty similar to that of the dude from the Offspring - but other than that, there are flourishes of lite prog-rock guitar noodling, mixing with dips into '90s emo and tight, spiky, early '00s dance-punk. It's a soup of offbeat rock from throughout the past couple decades, which makes for an intriguing and rather time-traveling listening experience, like flipping around the radio dial and landing on The End, KISW, or college radio, depending on which song (or, even, which verse) you happen to be hearing. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Northern Olympia - Downtown. The Good Chills, Them Dogs, Sick Minds Think Alike. All Ages. 7:30 pm. $5.

The Olympia Ballroom Olympia - Downtown. Fruition String Band, Kendl Winter & The Summer Gold, Science! All Ages. 9 pm. $10.

The Royal Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Dusty 45s. 8 pm. $10.

  • For most Olympians with even a passive interest in attending live shows, Dusty 45s is a known quantity. Truth is, I shouldn't have to tell you about the band's renowned blend of rockabilly, honky tonk, folk and Americana, because you probably already know. You also may already know that it served as famed rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson's backing band on the tour to support her Jack White produced album, or toured with Adele at the height of her rise to fame. The Seattle band has become an institution, and when it returns to Olympia at The Royal Lounge Jan. 18 it is a homecoming of sorts for one of its members. Drummer/backing vocalist Kelly Van Camp is a Thurston County native whom performed in the early '90s power pop group The Noses, which featured John Merrithew of C Average and Tim Brown of the Dirty Birds. For $10, you will not regret catching a band with over a decade on the road, a deep discography and thousands of miles on the odometer; they are a band worth catching time and time again. - Timothy Grisham

Spar Cafe Olympia - Downtown. The Pine Hearts. 8 pm. NC.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Cosy Sheridan. All Ages. 8 pm. $8-$12.

Washington Center for the Performing Arts Olympia - Downtown. Black Box Cabaret Jazz Series: Steve Luceno & Friends. 8 pm.

LINK: More live music Friday, Jan. 18 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

January 18, 2013 at 2:14pm

WEEKEND HIP-HOP: Motamouth Jones, Graffiti Garages Sunday Ciphers, Tall Cann

TALL CANN: The Tacoma hip-hop artist is part of a huge show Sunday night.


Although it is cold out, there is no snow yet (as of writing this). So, there really isn't an excuse to stay in during the weekend. Now bundle up! Here are yo marching orders! This weekend will have ya a little here and a little there, seeing a little of this and a little of that. ...

Saturday, at 8 p.m., for $15, The Nectar in Seattle is hosting Layzie Bone and the High Off Life Tour. Motamouth Jones and Sikk Stylez are on the bill as openers. Motamouth Jones is currently building his K.O.E. (Klowns Over Everything) movement. I will have more on them in a future as part of my What's the Word? column. Motamouth will be sure to bring you that sharp lyricism and those theatrical-performances that have earned the group a top spot in the Tacoma hip-hop scene. There are a whopping nine artists on the Nectar bill, so hopefully it will not turn into a cluster mess of poorly run hip-hop sets.

Sunday will have you out all day and night. At 1 p.m. you have to head over and hit the Graffiti Garages Sunday Ciphers put on by the Northwest M.C. League. Whether you are a freestyler, a battler or a producer shopping beats, this is the place to build. The last couple Graffiti Garage Ciphers were canceled due to the Seahawks game.

Later Sunday night, head up to Seattle to 88 Keys (9 p.m. for $10) for Shut the Stage Down 3. These are huge hip-hop nights that E-Dawg has been throwing. Sixteen artists are scheduled to perform, two DJs and the night is hosted by Shawn Kemp. Tacoma underground and highly respected legend Tall Cann will be rocking. Speaking of cluster messes, this night can turn into one. Hopefully E-Dawg and the artists that are booked can pull this historical night off. I am hoping so!

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January 18, 2013 at 3:02pm

SOUTH SOUND SIDEKICK: How to improve your photography skills

NEWSPIN PHOTO: Professional photography by Red Williamson

South Sound Sidekick series offers advice from experts living in the, well, South Sound. It posts every Friday. Today, Red Williamson of Newspin Photo has advice on how to pursue a hobby or career in creative photography.

Red Williamson writes,

If you're interested in pursuing a hobby or career in photography, it can be a challenge knowing where to begin. With the emergence of the digital age, I have watched the career field of photography make notable changes since I started my business, Newspin Photo, 9 years ago. When I am asked for photography advice, there are several points I always come back to, and now I would like to share with them you.

The first thing you should know is: You don't need a new camera! You may have heard this before but it's worth repeating. Chase Jarvis said, "The best camera is the one that's with you." This statement rings true now more than ever, since the rapid evolution of the smart phone. As for me, I have prime lenses and a professional, full-frame, 36-megapixel camera; I also have an iPhone 5. Which device do you think has taken the most pictures of my 17-month-old son? My phone. Easily. And I'm not the only one. Kevin Russ sells prints of photos he's taken all across America with his phone. Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi are two war zone photographers who have captured images from Afghanistan using only iPhones.

Hopefully you see where I'm going with this. If you want to pursue a hobby or a career as a photographer, why wait another day? You don't need to buy a fancy camera. Odds are, you already have a great camera right in your pocket. Start shooting with what you have. Even a lousy camera can take beautiful pictures if you learn how to use it.

My second tip may seem like a no-brainer as well, but it's something I constantly have to remind myself. Never stop learning! There are a number of ways to learn about photography; undoubtedly, the most valuable resource we all have access to is the Internet. There are countless articles available to you, YouTube videos, tutorials and friends on Facebook that you can message. If you ever want to find out how a technique is done - just ask. I tell my mom to talk to "Lord Google" like it's a person. For example, I recently googled, "How do I get a press pass to shoot Lady Gaga at the Tacoma Dome?" The results were very informative. Then I asked a Facebook friend how he's gotten into shows, and now I have plenty of information I didn't have before. It's that simple.

And for now, my last piece of advice is: BREAK all the rules. My only formal education is a film class I took in high school. I'm so glad I learned the rules of photography, but I'm also glad I pushed back against every rule I was taught. If you are limited to what people before you have done, or what's currently "cool." or what you think will get you the most likes (duck faces, I'm looking at you) - then you've missed the boat. You have to approach photography like any form of artful expression. Show us the world how you see it, feel it, taste it and hear it. Show us something new - something true.

This may sound silly, but often times when I'm adding an image to my portfolio (or even my Instagram) I struggle with thoughts like, "Is this cool? Will I make money off this? Will this make me famous?" Instead, I choose to quiet these thoughts and remind myself that I'm doing this for me. I have to be true to that, first. Then whether the likes come or not, or whether the prints sell or not, I can ultimately say I'm at peace with the fact that I boldly shared a piece of myself with the world.

In the end, I believe that staying true to my own art and expression was one of the biggest reasons I found success in doing what I love for a living. Don't be afraid to release your creativity and think outside the box. You never know what might happen when you do.

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January 19, 2013 at 9:08am

Fabio Lanzoni visits Metropolitan Market today

FABIO LANZONI: Many stories will be written today at Metropolitan Market.


Alma Lister looked small and serious and stylish, as she pushed her shopping cart past the cheese selection. She was wearing an afternoon dress of subdued elegance and formality, and at 37, she was still as slim as she had been when she married Ernest Lister 15 years ago. She looked like a ballerina, with her green eyes, and her long straight blond hair, which she had knotted into a sleek bun. She sighed, and quietly poked cheese squares with a toothpick.

The Metropolitan Market in the Proctor Business District was alive in anticipation of Italian model and spokesperson of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and Old Spice fame Fabio Lanzoni. Her heart fluttered, as she faked shopped her way through the fancy Tacoma grocery story. She closed her eyes for a minute, thinking of what she would say to Fabio. And as she opened them again, she could hear the burst of cheers at the front entrance. To Alma, there was no other sound, no creaking grocery cart wheel, no shout of "Who's next?" from the deli. Alma could only hear Fabio's breathing as he walked through Met Market carrying samples from his Healthy Planet Nutrition line. He approached a table draped with a deep blue tablecloth that matched the color of the Mediterranean Sea, set down his samples and glanced at the crowd. The store lighting highlighting his shoulder length, glossy curtain of hair.

Alma approached Fabio. Even though she knew he'd be at the market for three hours promoting his whey protein, glutamine and colostrum supplements, she couldn't wait. She smiled wickedly; Fabio matched her smile with an insouciant one of his own, knowing that there was nothing the woman could do that would ever get that reaction from him again. He circled her wrist, opened her palm and placed his Purest Whey Protein - Creamy Vanilla in her hand. "This will change your life, my dear," he softly tempted her.

Her cheeks flushed, she carelessly shrugged her lovely shoulders. "I'm already a strong woman," she said, standing tall.

"Ah, and I am a strong man," he said, lifting his shirtsleeve to reveal a tree-trunk arm.

With a low, irreverent chuckle, Fabio casually folded his arms across his chest. "My Healthy Planet Nutrition Purest Whey Protein is the highest quality whey protein available today. It's 100 percent all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free and sourced from growth hormone-free cows. My Purest Whey Protein can help regulate your food intake, which is essential in weight management. Studies show that whey protein also plays a vital role in helping to maintain healthy circulation."

Her green eyes flashed with ire. "You've no idea whom you insult!"

"On the contrary," the aging hunk said, giving her a mocking bow. "I know exactly who Ernest Lister is."

Alma's eyes widened; she caught a small cry of indignation in her throat. "There is no need to be hateful!" Fabio grinned indolently, arranging his Purest Colostrum bottles on the table. Alma pressed her lips together in a thin line, turned abruptly, and marched toward the espresso stand exit, cutting him in a way only a thoroughbred aristocratic woman could do. A bag boy just barely reached the door and opened it before she sailed through, her pale yellow skirt swinging against the man's legs with her strut.

Smiling lazily, Fabio adjusted his neckcloth and smoothed back an unruly wave of golden-brown hair. Alma was a beauty; he would give her that.

"Who's next? Who would like to try my Purest Glutamine? It's a supernutrient for digestive health and is also commonly referred to as brain fuel, as it supports mental energy and function," Fabio said with a smile.

"I'd like to know more about cell regeneration, mitochondria, anti-oxidants and amino acids," said Rebecca Carr.

They smiled in unison.


Filed under: Health, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

January 19, 2013 at 9:55am

5 Things To Do Today: Charlyn Yi, Elvis, book theater, "The Birds" and more ...

CHARLYNE YI: Charlyne Yi has many strings to her bow as an actress, comedian, writer, musician and artist.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 2013 >>>

1. Charlyne Yi (who you may know from movies like Knocked Up and her own quasi-documentary Paper Heart) will perform drop by the Olympia all-ages venue Northern at 9 p.m. Yi, a resident of the out-of-control great Los Angeles indie comedy scene, is a true original. Bizarre, hilarious, and utterly unique, Charlyne Yi's music finds itself somewhere between performance art, anti-folk and sketch comedy.

2. The Museum of Glass opens "Northwest Artists Collect" exhibition today from a run through October 2013. Organized by Museum of Glass in conjunction with interns (interns rule!) from University of Washington, Tacoma, the collection offers a glimpse into the world of Pacific Northwest glass artists Martin Blank, Joseph Gregory Rossano, Richard Royal, Ginny Ruffner, Preston Singletary, Cappy Thompson and Dick Weiss through their personal collections and the role that collecting plays in inspiring and influencing artists and their work. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3. They're coming at you - all the bird in Tacoma are about to home in on your head and then tear your eyes out. Yes, it's that scary. The Broadway Center presents the 1963 Hitchcock classic The Birds at 3 p.m. inside the Theatre on the Square. The film focuses on the residents of Bodega Bay as they are confronted with a malicious, full-scale attack by birds of all shapes and sizes. Interesting film fact: Having failed to make Vera Miles (The Wrong Man, Psycho) the next Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock turned to Tippi Hedren, whom he discovered in a diet drink commercial. Hedren starred in The Birds and then alongside Sean Connery in Marnie, but the real career went to her daughter, Melanie Griffith.

4. Alec Clayton, author of The Backside of Nowhere and art critic for the Weekly Volcano, recently published Return to Freedom, which begins where Backside left off - the day of the hurricane that wiped out the little bayou village of Freedom, Miss. Clayton and local actors Pug Bujeaud, Michael Christopher, Heather Christopher, Jennie Jenks and Christine Goode will read scenes from Clayton's new book at 3 p.m. inside Orca Books. Discussion and book signing will follow.

5. In Olympia, the King's birthday has become synonymous with one man: Robert Washington - one of the world's top Elvis impersonators (see the film Almost Elvis) ... and a guy who just happens to be black. To some this is controversial. To Washington, it's simply his calling. "I don't really think about it. I'm not going to let my color prevent me from being the best," Washington told the Weekly Volcano in 2004. At 7:30 p.m. Washington will be back in Oly for the Elvis Birthday Bash. In addition to Washington's performance, there will a screening of the documentary, Almost Elvis, which follows contenders, including Washington, on their quest to be crowned "King" at the World Championships.

PLUS: Willy Wonka, Stunt Dog Experience and Caspar Babypants in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: Saturday, Jan. 19 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

January 19, 2013 at 11:12am

Tweets of the Week: Jan. 13-19


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 Lady Gaga, fog and Pierce Transit news - as well as the latest action on the streets.

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January 20, 2013 at 9:31am

5 Things To Do Today: Rainy Day Records Party, "Sounds of Brass Concert," Socialism Conference, Extreme 2013 hip-hop and more ...

WILDMAN JAMES MAEDA: He'll spin at the Rainy Day Records party tonight. Photo credit: Nikki McCoy

SUNDAY, JAN. 20 2013 >>>

1. Celebrate 40 years of records, skateboards, rock shirts and nag champa at Rainy Day's birthday celebration at 9 p.m. inside The Brotherhood Lounge. Former and present Rainy Day employees will be spinning tunes. DJ Action Slacks will take a break from her regular gig, Sugar Town, at The Spare Room club in Portland, to give the soul people of Olympia some good tunes. Wildman James Maeda and Chris Sutton will also spin the jams. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the $3 cover will benefit Planned Parenthood.

2. The Tacoma Socialism Conference fills the aisles of King's Books from 1-5 p.m. The free event focuses on "Capitalism in Crisis and the Socialist Alternative" and the social, economic, and political issues for Tacoma.

3. Brass Unlimited is sponsoring the free 15th annual "Sounds of Brass Concert" at 3 p.m. inside St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Featured ensembles are Brass Unlimited and a 15-member brass ensemble with percussion under the direction of John Falskow, TCC Music Dept. chair. Saxophonist Tracy Knoop will also be in the house. Music selections include portions of Stravinsky's “Firebird Suite,” “Fantastie Brilliante” by Arban and several Gershwin Preludes.

4. Immaculate Flave presents Extreme 2013, a full night of dynamic, live hip-hop, intricate wordplay and break beats at 7 p.m. inside the all-ages Olympia venue Northern. Scheduled to perform are Scarub of the world famous Living Legends crew, X-Kid, Sea One, Model Citizens, Steez, Akeem, Cauze & Efekt and DJ Pasquan.

5. Nikki Weatherhead hosts a 9 p.m. karaoke session at Bob's Java Jive. The spunky Tacoman never seems to lack energy or a smile even if the sign up sheet is less than full.

LINK: Sunday, Jan. 20 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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