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March 23, 2006 at 9:40am

The adventures of Ginger Knoxx

Wednesday, March 15
Petemossband_1The Vells, a side project of Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah, played Jazzbones along with the Pete Moss Band and Minimum Wage (from Seattle). Vells seemed a little off, like they had new cordless headsets or something. The Pete Moss Band was definitely the favorite of the night. Tons of fans came from across the bridge to see the young band perform for their second time on Jazzbones' stage since January. The teen-agers from Gig Harbor did a few covers, but they mostly played their own material heavily influenced by classic rock and blues.
Thursday, March 16
JameshumeartChecked out Third Thursday at Embellish Salon and Gallery du Jour for James Hume's artist reception. Murphy tried talking me into getting steps shaved into my hair. I assured him the style was seriously not me. Could you imagine that look on me? I'm not that outrageous (but secretly wish I was). Hume's new art work uses blues, yellows and even green, steering pretty far from the ultra-intense red and blacks. Matt E. and hottie Laura came by to see the art and listen to James Whiton perform rare, solo stand-up bass instrumentals that looped in layers to create a divine full sound. Hume's mother did numerology and told me all about myself through numbers in my name and my date of birth. It was exciting how dead-on she was. Hollywood Scott, who shows his art there next month, introduced me to Syren Lounge's owner, Chad. Even though our encounter was brief, I could tell he was cool and really look forward to throwing them back at his new place. Embellish owner Trish sported a killer wave of bangs with a little paper surfer actually in it. It was adorable. I went with Matt and Laura down to Rampart Gallery for a minute to check out Hogbot art, which turned out to be a collection of people who collaborate at get-togethers over beer and good food.  Next was The Swiss to see Jeff Olson's art on opening night. James Whiton bought me a lovely glass of vino as we realized everyone from the Embellish Art Walk party had met up at The Swiss to see Olson's art and for drinks and chat.

Friday, March 17
St. Paddy's Day is usually a day I push it to 11. Not this year. I didn't even leave the house till midnight. Scooped up Anderson, and we racked our brains for somewhere mellow. We just weren't feeling it, you know? It was a toss up between Monsoon Room and Tempest Lounge. Tempest won. I needed a place Sweet Cara and Anderson hadn't been before. DJ JoMama and friends were playing pool. Teddy Haggarty was in his regular seat at the bar talking with fabulous owners Michelle and Denise. Larry made tasty drinks indeed. Soon we were chain-smoking and talking too loud. We headed around the corner to the Monsoon. Uncle Eli spun cool tunes, and owner Laura made me a smooth Manhattan. I ended up chugging it because I was running my mouth instead of drinking. JoMama told me about the upcoming Urban Art Festival this June. That's gonna be a par-tay!

Saturday, March 18
CharliedrownOut of morbid curiosity I wandered down to the Kitchen to see Charlie Drown and Church of Hate. The guy using himself as a cutting board between bands was interesting, but not really anything new. Charlie Drown was pretty cool though. With flaming red-dyed waist length hair and powerful vocals, the other thing more engaging was her cleavage and the black electrical tape Xs that kept peeping out of the top of her metallic, sparkly blue promo dress that looked like it had had a bad run-in with a lawn mower. Yeow.

Filed under: Arts, Music, Tacoma,

March 23, 2006 at 9:44am

MTV Spring Break

Spring is in the air, bitches. You know what that means.

Spring Break!

While it's been a long, long, long time since I've watched any real MTV, I can almost guarantee readers that I know exactly what the channel's programming is going to consist of for close to the next month. It'll be the good stuff: girls in tiny bikinis, guys sweating testosterone, beer, and debauchery - otherwise known as the American institution of Spring Break.

If there's one thing college kids need, you know, it's a break. Partying on campus and the redundancy of keg stands in your own neighborhood just take a toll.  These kids deserve it.

And lucky for you, not rich enough to travel to Florida, too old for college, or just man enough to admit you'd rather watch the whole thing on television, MTV will probably have you covered.  It's events like this that television was created for.

Filed under: Pop Culture, Screens,

March 23, 2006 at 10:21am


Panera Bread opens soon in two South Sound locations - both the Lakewood Towne Center and the new Coscto/Home Depot Center in Hawks Prairie.  Bread, soups and salads - sounds like book clubs and bible study groups will be thrilled.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Lakewood,

March 24, 2006 at 10:40am

This just in

The Love Gods from the 1980s - Loverboy who, unbelievably sold four-Platinum albums play the Emerald Queen April 15 for $60-$65.  The red-leather pant hotties replace the now defunct Cheap Trick show scheduled for the same night.  Tacoma got rooked in the deal!!  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets.

Filed under: Music,

March 24, 2006 at 3:21pm

Qwest for country

Protein shake drinking, 10-gallon hat wearing, Renee Zellweger dumped Kenny Chesney saddles up Seattle's Qwest Field June 24.  Tickets are $34.50-$79.50 (ouch!).  They go on sale April 1 at 10 a.m.

Filed under: Music,

March 24, 2006 at 5:22pm

Tacoma Arts Commission group hug

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced the financial support of 17 art projects that will take place throughout the City of Tacoma this year. Art Projects funding strives to support arts components of programs generated by small nonprofit organizations.

"I always look forward to this time when we get to see the broad range of creative energy that these grassroots organizations bring to our community," said Chair Phillip Hill, Tacoma Arts Commission. "I am proud that the arts commission can support this diverse range of talent and their meaningful contributions to the community."

Out of 21 requests for funding, the 17 organizations received a total of $46,000. Projects in the works include the opening of a new contemporary art gallery, Critical Line, the creation of a new Hilltop dance studio, an outdoor site-specific dance performance, a Chinese artists' exhibition, increased arts and performances at local festivals, Shakespeare performances, poetry readings, traditional Cambodian dance and urban hip-hop.

Funded organizations include Art on the Ave, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, ArtRod, Barefoot Studios, Classical Music Tuesdays, Fab 5, Commencement Bay Maritime Fest, MLK Ballet, Normanna Male Chorus, Proctor Farmers Market, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Roosevelt Dancers, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, Tacoma Actors Guild, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Contemporary and Tacoma Farmers Market.

March 25, 2006 at 8:35am

Have some Trout tonight

Waltertroutatparadiso02Walter Trout and the Radicals
New Jersey electric blues guitarist Walter Trout is a seasoned veteran with killer licks, rich tones, and exhilarating stage presence.  Having spent years as a sideman, Trout's resume is as equally impressive as his guitar playing as he backed the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thorton, John Mayhall and even did a stint with Canned Heat.  During his stretch with Mayhall, Trout was spotted by a Danish concert promoter who sponsored his first solo tour.  Now a headliner, he released his debut, Life in the Jungle.  The disc is a well-balanced mix of studio work and live tracks where the guitar slinger showcases his songwriting abilities but also tackles tasty covers of Hendrix's "Red Houseâ" and Buddy Guy's "Sheâ's Out There Somewhere."  Trout released five more imports on the indie blues label Provouge before issuing his self-titled A&M disc in 1998.  The American debut spent a year on Blues Revue's Top 40 sales chart where it peaked at number 8, and Trout received high marks for his fiery leads and sensitive solos.  His latest, Deep Trout, is a compilation of unreleased material dating back to 1972 through 1997. Comprised of mainly self-penned material, the disc takes you through the evolution of this blues man. March 25, 9 p.m., 21+, $15, Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, (253) 396-9169.  Also Sunday, March 26, 7 p.m., all ages dinner show, Jazzbones.

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

March 25, 2006 at 8:43am

Bye Bye Blackbirds

If you enjoy claustrophobic crowds, sweaty people, and fast punk rock, don't miss this event. The Mexican Blackbirds last show ever is sure to be a packed house of folks ready to hear the band's signature bratty punk sound. The Tacoma-based band is calling it quits after the show.  Poppa Wheelie opens.  Saturday, March 25, 9 p.m., $3, Bob's Java Jive, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, (253) 475-9843.

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

March 26, 2006 at 9:10am

Tacoma under glass

Dale Chihuly's hometown breaks away from the crowd
By Robert Cross
Chicago Tribune staff reporter
Published March 26, 2006
TACOMA, Wash. --   If you've never heard of Dale Chihuly, you must not know Tacoma.
That's understandable, because the city is easily overlooked and underestimated, nestled as it is south of Seattle and bordered on three sides by extensions of Puget Sound.
On some maps of Seattle and Vicinity, Tacoma is part of the Vicinity.
But it has that native son named Dale Chihuly, the man who turns out startling art made entirely of glass or glasslike substances. Exhibits of his work--enormous flowers, gaily colored vases, abstract sculptures--have been permanently installed or temporarily exhibited all over the world.
Remember that lobby ceiling at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, the one that looks like an upside-down garden with over-fertilized blooms? Dale Chihuly did that.
Still, it surprised me as I drove up Interstate Highway 705 and into downtown Tacoma that one overpass would sport two enormous crystal towers, jagged, transparent and as blue as the front of an Alaskan glacier. Chihuly made those, too.
For a newcomer, the towers almost constitute a traffic hazard. They make it hard to shift the eyes back onto the road.
In Tacoma, the art is hard to miss and culture abounds: symphony, theater, opera, higher education, historic landmarks.
I managed to spend a few days here without ever feeling drawn to Seattle and its charms, even though Latte Land (as it's sometimes called) is only 31 miles up the road. Seattle will stay awake for another time. Tacoma commands full attention.  Go here for full story....

March 26, 2006 at 3:25pm

Desired Response Theory message

Desired Response Theory co-vocalist Jamie Henneigh smokes up a storm and chats up their April 1 show at Olympia's 4th ave Tav. The band rose from the ashes of Tacoma-area rockers Medicine Wheel, Before Christ, Throttle and Mister Grinch.

Filed under: Music,

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