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March 1, 2013 at 7:47am

5 Things To Do Today: La Luz, "Spring Awakening," Beard Off, The Dignitaries and more ...

LA LUZ: The upbeat band stacks up the harmonies. Photo courtesy of Facebook

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 2013 >>>

1. La Luz is the latest additions to the fun, lo-fi DIY label Burger Records - although the band has a long association through past ensembles with Olympia's K Records. La Luz is able to craft songs that feature catchy, upbeat, surfy interludes, combined with a dream-pop sensibility that features multi-part harmonies, which sets them above a lot of its contemporaries. Such an airy, garage-born entity is perfect for a setting such as Northern, where the band will play at 9 p.m. with fellow K companions Angelo Spencer and the Calvin Johnson led group, the Hive Dwellers.

2. Opera soprano Erin Guinup will sing solo with the Tacoma Community College orchestra in Bach’s Cantata no. 51 at 7 p.m. in a free concert at Tacoma Community College building 2 auditorium. The TCC orchestra will also perform Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” suite and music by Purcell.

3. What better to do with an evening out than see an oft-banned rock musical? Spring Awakening: The Musical follows a group of German students as they come of age and explore their sexuality - providing an afternoon or evening of entertainment for you. The content is explicit as it chronicles the consequences of oppressed sexuality so this is not your best bet for a family night out. In fact, it might just be your worst bet unless you want to fit in about four years of Sex Ed courses into one evening of song and dance. Catch the musical at 7:30 p.m. inside the Norton Clapp Theatre on the University of Puget Sound campus.

4. In the modern age, beards are seen as something of an anachronism. A relic from our unwashed past in the primordial soup, a beard is thought uncouth or eccentric. Most white collar work still carries a strict prohibition on male facial hair, which begs the question – are you a beardist? Beardism, (beer-diz-um,) noun. Hatred and intolerance of beards, and those who sport them. If, so, it's best you stay away from Rock The Dock Pub and Grill tonight. At 9:45 p.m. the joint will host a beard contest with $100 to the ones who sport the fullest, sexiest and most tonnage.

5. The Dignitaries, The FHoles and MILK will rock The New Frontier Lounge at 9 p.m.

LINK: Friday, March 1 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

March 1, 2013 at 8:57am

Weekend Hustle: Dance Oly Dance, Sustainability Expo, Dance party, "Arabian Nights," Dance Festival and more ...

DANCE OLY DANCE: Free televised dance party! Dance on live TV! Yippee! Photo courtesy of Facebook



Friday: Mostly cloudy with a couple of showers, hi 57, lo 44

Saturday: Periods of annoying rain, hi 55, lo 38

Sunday: Some rain here and there, hi 48, lo 35


It's been awhile since we've shined some light on Dance Oly Dance, where the dance revolution is televised. Well, at least on local television with local dancers and local DJs. The March 1 episode features an online vote for a favorite DJ, so dancers get to choose the poison. Will it be DJ SPF666? Will it be DJ Riot? Tune into Facebook for voting and results, and if you are not down there shaking your boo-tay, tune into TCTV to watch Dance Oly Dance live. — Nikki McCoy

  • TCTV, 8-9 p.m., 440 Yauger Way, Olympia


You know what rotating equipment engineers can do? They can: evaluate new equipment and enable employees training on proper repair and operational techniques; function as technical resource to maintenance groups to direct and recommend problems solutions; prepare equipment RFQ packages and technical bid evaluations and make vendor suggestions; review vendor design documents and coordinate with vendors during equipment design and fabrication process; publish two chapbooks; specify and review drawings and data for large pumps and rotating equipment for offshore applications and conduct routine and complex engineering, design, analysis and technical tasks. Well, at least that's what poet John Milkereit has done. Ask him about his chapbooks and RFQ packages tonight when he leads the Distinguished Writer Series event and open mic.


AKA and the Heart Hurt Goods is driven. The band is talented. And it plans to blow up The Royal Friday night in Oly. The group is always lively - with AKA laying his rhyme and reason to an authentic blend of talented musicians and lovely lady vocals. And I'm not ashamed to hype these guys by dropping names. They've opened for Sublime LBC and Macklemore. 'Nuff said. - NM

  • The Royal Lounge, w/Elbow Coulee, 9 p.m., $3/adv, $5/door, 311 Capitol Way N.,  Olympia, 360. 705.0760


The New Frontier Lounge will play host to one of THE premiere dance parties of the year Saturday. Tacoma's own Death By Stars has rounded up an all-star cast of its amazing friends to provide the 253 with a night of something new, something different, something ... weird! Bands includeEver So Android, Werebearcat! and DJ Melodica. "We wanted to bring in bands that don't get a chance to play in Tacoma enough," says DBS member Patrick Galactic.  It's also Galactic and Juan El Revelator's birthday.  "I've never thrown myself a bash before," Galactic continues, "so we're gonna do this RIGHT!  It's going to be a celebration of the friends, family and city we love. If you like to shake it, this is your night. If you don't like to shake it but like to watch sexy girls shake it ... this is your night!" - NM

  • The New Frontier Lounge, 8 p.m., $5, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, 253.572.4020


Fun fact: Before there were expos, people had no idea how to disseminate information about sustainability. It was a bleak time. Luckily, events like Saturday's South Sound Sustainability Expo at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center have solved this problem, bringing "green" to the masses. According to hype, the South Sound Sustainability Expo is "intended to provide residents and business owners in the greater Tacoma metropolitan area a place to discover services, products, companies, and agencies in our region that address sustainability needs in our community." As part of that goal, instruction and information on everything from urban chicken cooping to waste minimization and recycling will be discussed. 


The Tacoma Youth Symphony Association brings its 2012-2013 season to the Rialto Theater Sunday for a performance by the much-loved Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra. Titled Arabian Nights, and thematically including Mahler's "Adagietto" from Symphony No. 5, Weber's Second Concerto for Clarinet and Romsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Sunday's afternoon concert should deliver in all facets of awesomeness. Coolest of all: 100 free main-floor tickets for students of high school age or younger will be available at the door on the day of the performance.

  • Rialto Theater, 3 p.m., $6-$17, 310 S. Ninth, Tacoma, 253.591.5890


Jazz hands, everyone! Sunday brings the fourth annual Olympia Dance Festival to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Combing the dance talents of several regional dance troupes - listed on the press release as Ballet Northwest, Centralia Ballet Academy, Comerford School of Irish Dance, Debbi's Dance, Johansen Olympia Dance Center, Mas Uda Middle Eastern Dancers, Random Acts of Dance Collective, Slieveloughane Irish Dancers, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble and Studio West Dance Academy - this yearly event typically inspires smiles and rounds of applause. Southwest Washington is full of dance talent, and the Olympia Dance Festival routinely puts that fact on full display.

  • Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 2 p.m., $10, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, 360.753.8585


Our schedule is unusually vacant this weekend, so the better half and I plan to give our condo a thorough pre-spring cleaning. Also, I'd very much like to catch Shakespeare Abridged at TLT, given its enthusiastic thumbs-up from Joann Varnell.

This weekend, I'll be hitting up Patrick Galactic's birthday show at the New Frontier. Death By Stars, Ever-So-Android, Elbow Coulee and Werebearcat! I'd be a fool not to go.

We're going to Seattle Saturday to see Photograph 51 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Not exactly a title that makes people run out and buy tickets, but I hear it's a great play.

NIKKI MCCOY Feature Writer
How about a bubble bath while the servants, I mean children, clean the cat box and fold the laundry? How about a full body massage with lavender and jojoba oil while my husband serenades me on the guitar? How about a luxury shopping trip with girlfriends and martinis while a team of top-rate gardeners prepare my yard for spring? Oh, sorry, what was that? My weekend plans? Nursing a cold and scrubbing toilets while the tyrants, I mean children, fight over Legos and complain about dinner.

JOSH RIZEBERG Music Columnist
I'm not doing too much this weekend. Friday, I'll be at Jazzbones for Clemm Rishad's album-release party. Saturday, I'll be teaching my spoken word/poetry class at D.A.S.H Center for the Arts. Sunday, I'll try to get my slow-moving ass to the Graffiti Garages for the Sunday Cyphers.

JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
Saturday, I'll hit up the Super Mall with one of my best friends (with my toddler in tow) to spend a gift certificate from Christmas. Sunday, I'll start the day with a birthday breakfast in bed and say hello to 38. I have no other plans than to relax, maybe take a nap (you know, like old people do) and enjoy a birthday dinner prepared by my rad husband. (Do people even say "rad" anymore?)

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Nightlife Correspondent
Well, I will be working on my next book about the history of Lakewood and going to the training session to learn about researching life in Washington during the Civil War years for an upcoming exhibit at WSHM, beating the ukulele strings like they owe me money for a birthday gig I got roped into playing and then maybe hit Louie G's for the Ben Union show or the Blanco Bronco show at the New Frontier. Decisions, decisions. Oh yeah, and walk the dog.

NIC LEONARD Music Writer
Saturday night I will be attending the Portland Trailblazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game down at the Rose Garden followed by a night if partying in Portland. Look for me on TV!  I'll be decked out in vintage Sonics gear sitting two rows behind one of the hoops.

ROCKFORD ROWLEY All-Ages Music Columnist
This weekend, I'm headed up to The Experience Music Project to see The Sound Off! finals. I'll be pulling for Tacoma's own electro-pop glimmer-twins THE FAME RIOT. A winning outcome will guarantee them a spot on the Bumbershoot bill.

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March 1, 2013 at 10:33am

Tonight: Artist Paula Jacobson will go round in circles

PAULA JACOBSON: Be a part of her circles tonight at The Swiss. Photo credit: Scott Leen


Tonight at The Swiss, a new artist will enter the Tacoma arts scene. Paula Jacobson will have her first-ever art show. While this is her first public showing, Jacobson is hardly new to the unique works she creates - an intriguing combination of photography, paper and metal.

"The background is photography, which I've taken, and I embellish it," she says. "Everything I use to embellish are circles, parts of circles and arcs of circles because circles are eternal and infinite and beyond boundaries."

Many moons ago, she began doing her circles as color studies, but then set them aside. After being inspired by the documentary Herb & Dorothy, she returned to her circles, later decided to add in her own photography ... and then a love of metalwork led her to mount the finished pieces onto stainless steel plates.

The result? Awesomeness.

While there isn't a formal presentation tonight, Jacobson will be at The Swiss, most likely surrounded by friends and family. Grab a beer, or one of Monkey's Manhattans, an order of nachos, kick back and ponder the circles.


Filed under: Arts, Tacoma,

March 1, 2013 at 12:24pm

Food Show: Tacoma shows Seattle how to do it

CHEF AARON GRISSOM: He was Tacoma's ambassador at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience. Photo credit: Derek Rowley/Rowley Services


As the sun was coming up Sunday, Feb 24, an SUV was loaded and rode low for the short trip to Seattle Exhibition Hall. Dirty Oscar's Annex chef Aaron Grissom, operations manager Jennifer Johnson and staff drove toward their first experience at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, a one-day event showcasing more than 50 restaurants, bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries.

The SUV was loaded with food and smiles and one sleepy person.

For the Dirty Oscar's crew, the day was a blur of smiling faces, chatting and making almost 1500 handmade s'mores for event attendees. "We had to come back and have this again; it's the best thing here," gushed a woman right before snagging another plate and devouring the sticky, sweet treat. The dessert was one of only a few sweets at the entire meat and red wine dominated event.

DIRTY OSCAR'S IN SEATTLE: From left, Kevin Mckone, chef Aaron Grissom, operations manager Jennifer Johnson and Adam Lewis. Photo credit: Derek Rowley/Rowley Services

"I wanted to create something that would remind people of their childhood, but appeal to their adult palate," says chef Aaron of the nostalgic morsel he made from Madagascar vanilla marshmallow and sea salt almond ganache pressed between hand-cut graham crackers. Finished with a drizzle of soy sauce caramel, the s'mores balanced both sweet and salty.

In the adjacent booth was the only other representative of Pierce County, Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles. Going from small booths at a few farmers markets to selling hundreds of jars at one of Seattle's premiere gastro events is an impressive jump for the young start-up company. If the number of empty cases of jars at the end of the event were any indicator, Lynnae and her helper did just fine selling the jalapeno spiked Hot Mama Pickles and Mrs. Pickles, the signature sweet and sour dill.

Good news! You can taste chef Aaron's s'mores today. Dirty Oscar's offers a scratch s'mores ice cream dessert with a marshmallow, graham crackers, almond ganache in chocolate ice cream base garnished with mini s'mores for $5 a pop.


Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

March 1, 2013 at 3:59pm

Weekend Hip-Hop: Sunday is the day

BRUCE LEROY: He's on the radio Sunday.


Last weekend was crazy. There were three shows to choose from every night of the weekend. This weekend is a little bit mellower. I'm thankful. I could use the rest. There really is not that much to do concerning 253 hip-hop on Friday and Saturday. You will have to find yo kicks elsewhere. The fun actually starts on Sunday night.

If ya want to go out Sunday and have some fun, then hit the California Club at 56th and Portland Ave. in Tacoma. Starting this Sunday and then every first Sunday of every month after, Power Moves Ent and SlapBoy Ent will throw benefit shows. All the proceeds from these shows will toward buying school supplies and gift cards to clothing stores for young students. You can donate money at the door or actually bring school supplies and/or clothing store gift cards to the show.

This is an awesome idea. I congratulate P.M.E. & SlapBoy for making a true effort to help young people in the community. That's umoja!

If ya want to stay home Sunday but still experience some of the best Tacoma hip-hop, then tune into KEXP 90.3 FM - or stream it live at www.kexp.org - at 8 p.m. to listen to a live on-air performance from Bruce Leroy. Bruce is fresh off a dope performance at The Breaklites show in Seattle. His album is still getting props. I have spent many a car ride listening to track 1 "Leroy" on repeat - man that beat goes. Props to 1st Born! All we need is a fresh video from Mr. Leroy and our lives would be complete.

Also on Sunday, as always, the Graffiti Garage Sunday Cyphers fires up at 1 p.m.

Peace family, see ya'll out there!

LINK: Josh Rizeberg's What's The Word? column featuring Starr

March 2, 2013 at 7:49am

Comment of the Day: You can walk from Stadium High right to Lincoln High


Yesterday's comment of the day comes from Donovan Wilson in regards to Joshua Swainston's feature story Tacoma: The Divide of Division Avenue, which discusses how Tacoma still adheres to arbitrary divisions set up by its city founders.

Wilson writes,

Great work! I always cringe when I'm reminded of the original plan for Tacoma because it sounds so great. But lost opportunity should stop defining this town. This article is great because it makes us think about the affects of urban planning on society. The challenge now is how to work within a rigid framework to create a great city. Lets not forget how connected our city actually is. You can walk from Stadium High right to Lincoln High!

March 2, 2013 at 8:02am

5 Things To Do Today: The Green, Urban Adventure Course, St Helens Ave Mercantile, comedy and more ...

THE GREEN: The band's back from the 808 and ready to kill it in Tacoma.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 2013 >>>

1. Reggae fans and bands are nearly everywhere - even in Hawaii. It's not hard to understand the music's appeal. In addition to its infectious grooves, reggae lyrics typically present a fantasy life to listeners, one in which positivity and love always win out and smoking large amounts of pot is a good thing. The latter reason seems to be the key to why audiences for reggae and jam rock have largely merged into one baked body. We don't know the baking habits of The Green, but we do know the Hawaiian reggae band takes the genre to a new level, incorporating R&B into its music, and adding energy to its shows. Catch the band with Stay Grounded and New Kingston at 7 p.m. inside Jazzbones.

2. Today marks the grand opening of STAR Center's Urban Adventure Course, which is an obstacle course that teaches kids age s6-12 physical and cognitive skills while being safe and inclusive. Throw your kid into the adventure from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and enjoy the extra grand opening events such as live entertainment, refreshments and watch kids run around like maniacs.

3. Today also marks the grand opening of the St Helens Ave Mercantile - the home of the Tea Works, The Blue Octopus Art Gallery, Wolf Bear Treasures and the OCD Candy Company at 753 St. Helens Ave in Tacoma's Triangle District. Now, under one roof, you may shop for organic and loose leaf teas, art, oracle readings, energy enhancing crystals, nostalgic candies, healing stones, steampunk accessories, aromatherapy incense and much more. Celebrate the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and get in on the prizes, candy, art demonstrations and raffle.

4. The Oakhouse Restaurant & Bar hosts The Canadians Are Coming, a comedy show featuring Greg Kettner, Dennis Lintonqua and Ed Hill. Kettner has opened for Norm MacDonald and performs more than 300 shows a year. Hill tweeted this Feb. 22: "I just burned 500 calories in 30 minutes with a slice of pork chop and a microwave." The show begins at 8 p.m.

5. Guitarist and self-proclaimed man about town Vince Brown teams up with bassist Steve Luceno to celebrate a jazz duo that rolled like a winning pair of dice: bassist Ron Carter and guitarist Jim Hall. Brown and Luceno will channel the talented jazz legends, filling Swing Wine Bar's cozy space with the musical conversation between Hall and Carter, a fragile duet from 9-11 p.m.

PLUS: The South Sound Sustainability Expo in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: Saturday, March 2 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

Filed under: 5 Things To Do, Tacoma, Sports, Music,

March 2, 2013 at 8:32am

South Sound Sidekick: How to be a bartender


South Sound Sidekick series offers advice from experts living in the, well, South Sound. It posts every Friday (sometimes Saturday!). Today, we turn to the Weekly Volcano's own. Nikki McCoy has tended bar for more than a decade. She's seen it all. If you're thinking about becoming a bartender, you better read this column.

Nikki McCoy writes,

I've been tending bar for more than 10 years. I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. I will probably serve your kids their first drink. I promise I will be easy on them.

If you want to know how to bartend, don't go to some academy - go to the bar.

You must know how to drink in order to make drinks for others. It's called quality control, and if a customer wants to know what a drink tastes like, you have to be able to tell them. Try it all, from Scooby Snacks (coconut rum, melon liqueur, cream and pineapple juice, shaken and strained) to straight shots of fine, aged scotch. Based on these criteria, and his recent column, "Dear Drink," Pappi Swarner would make a fine bartender.

You must also be able to be quick on your feet, sharp with your tongue and know the phone numbers of at least three different cab companies.

Also, try and be nice. I know there are a lot of a-holes out there, but just keep calm and carry on. We actually have a fortune cookie fortune taped to the bar's cash register that says, "Keep smiling. See how far it takes you."

Please don't do drugs. Sometimes there can be a plethora of drugs available at a bar. That doesn't mean you have to do them. You have enough to keep up with trying all those drinks, plus your day-to-day life. So, if someone offers, do yourself a favor and pass. Again, it helps to remember to keep calm and carry on.

Do dance behind the bar. Flirt with your co-worker, tell jokes, and dance when your favorite song comes on the jukebox, it helps lighten the load and often, your mood helps dictate the mood of the bar.

Speaking of co-workers, cover for them. While I mean that in all senses of the word, I'm specifically referring to their shifts. You never know when you'll have an emergency hangover day or wedding to attend that you'll want to cash in on, plus it shows the boss you care about business.

Don't ask people out when on shift. I know a bartender who rules his life by this motto. If they stay until your shift ends, then you have the green light.

Keep up to date on your licenses: liquor, food-handler's and driver's. You could be asked for any one of these by a person of authority at any time.

Finally, learn how to make a decent handcrafted cocktail. Any Joe can pour rum and coke in a glass. Do you and your customers a favor (remember, they pay the bills) by having a specialty drink on hand that involves, muddling, layering, building and/or chilling a glass.


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March 2, 2013 at 10:10am

Tweets of the Week: Feb. 23-March 2


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 stray dog and soup news - as well as 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.

March 3, 2013 at 9:24am

5 Things to do Today: Poet Remi Kanazi, sukiyaki dinner, Big Wheel Stunt Show, Bill Sims Jr. and more ...

REMI KANAZI: His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders and BBC Radio.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 2012 >>>

1. The tragic, yet ultimately inspiring story of Rachel Corrie made its way from Olympia to around the world in a matter of days back in 2003 when The Evergreen State College student made her way to the Gaza Strip to protest the destruction of homes of Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli government. She was killed by an Israeli bulldozer when she stood between the heavy machinery and the house only to be crushed to death as the bulldozer went about its business. Her death sparked not only international attention and outrage but highlighted the struggle of the Palestinian people. Ten years later, it has been an extraordinary and challenging journey for the Rachel Corrie Foundation, for the Corrie family, and for those in our community and beyond who have worked tirelessly for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel, in the world, and here at home. In reflection, the Rachel Corrie Foundation hosts Remi Kanazi, Palestinian-American poet, writer, and human rights activist based in New York City for a spoken word event at 67 p.m. inside the Washington State Labor Council.

2. The Tacoma Buddhist Temple (1717 S. Fawcett, Tacoma) hosts its annual sukiyaki dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3. You may enjoy a one-pot meal of thinly sliced beef, saifun noodles, tofu, green onions and other vegetables, all lightly sautéed in a flavorful broth - as well as teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef shish kabobs, mochi ice cream and cupcakes, rice and drinks - to raise money for the temple's programs and maintenance costs.

3. If you've been dreaming of crashing a party ever since the 2005 blockbuster Wedding Crashers, then here's your chance. The Lincoln High school Alumni is hosting a 100th Birthday Bash from 2-8 p.m. at The Swiss. So what if you went to Wilson. Nolan Garrett, Big Wheel Stunt Show and island Bound are performing. Maybe you'll have a beer with retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna.

4. From New York, Grammy nominated Bill Sims Jr. and special guests Paul Green and the Mark Riley Trio will perform at 5 p.m. at a special Blues Vespers concert at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Tacoma. All proceeds will go toward the 2014 IPC/Habitat for Humanity International Build in Guatemala. Get in on the Gumbo Fundraiser Dinner after the show.

5. Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra has been popping up in local bars and restaurants, introducing folks to jazz of years gone by, as well as a few current numbers. Lately, the big band has put more emphasis on the jazz-rock fusion, some hot Latin jazz and some big band rock tunes from Chuck Berry and James Brown. That said, Maynard Ferguson hovers above the band like Obi-Wan Kenobi. Wetzel and crew perform at Stonegate Pizza at 5 p.m.

PLUS: 4th Annual Olympia Dance Festival and Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: Sunday, March 3 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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