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August 1, 2006 at 10:54am

Atlantis is now Cedarwood

Cedarwood Sports Bar and Grill opened last week in the former Atlantis Nightclub building (7404 Pacific Hwy. E., Milton).  The club will host Jon Casey and the Rock & Roll Cowboys Aug 11 and 12 beginning at 9 p.m.  Also on the schedule are Enkrya, Dissonance and Charlie Drown Aug. 19.  Now for the kicker â€" You can smoke inside. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Club News,

August 1, 2006 at 3:46pm

Brooks & Dunn to play the Tacoma Dome

Loyd Christmas: I bet you Brooks & Dunn are coming to the Tacoma Dome sometime soon.
Harry Dunne: I don't gamble.
LC: I'll bet you twenty dollars I can get you gambling before the Brooks & Dunn tickets go on sale, although I don't know when.
HD: No!
LC: I'll give you three to one odds.
HD: No.
LC: Five to one.
HD: No.
LC: Ten to one?
HD: You're on!
LC: I'm gonna get ya!
HD: Nu uh!
LC: I don't know how but I'm gonna get ya.

Filed under: Concert Alert,

August 1, 2006 at 4:39pm

Dick Dale and Girl Trouble at Hell's Kitchen

Never say never. 
Tacoma garage legends Girl Trouble venture back into Hell's Kitchen to perform a show with surf guitar legend Dick Dale Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m.  Tickets are $20 at Ticketweb.  This freakin' rules. â€" Ron Swarner

Filed under: Concert Alert,

August 1, 2006 at 11:05pm

Chef swapping â€" oh, my

Guest bartenders were once all the rage. That was so 2001.
Tacoma’s inventive North End business heads have dreamed up the first ever Proctor Chef Swap to stay ahead of trends and possibly start some themselves. The Chef Swap involves chefs from four of the Proctor District’s eateries collaborating on a kitschy, fun weekly cuisine event by creating one of their own signature dishes.
Here’s the kitsch: the chefs are doing it in each other’s kitchens which can be like attempting to walk through a stranger’s home blindfolded or an enchanting voyage through a new space full of taste and sound. We’re betting on the latter.
Tonight Chef Alfredo from Europa Bistro took Chef Matt’s place at Pour At Four. Tuesday, Aug. 8, Old House Café will share its’ secret weapon, Chef Mark, to prepare shrimp and crab cakes with divine dill caper sauce at the comfy North 26th Street wine bar/eatery served with a perfect pairing of both a white and red wine which just might be one of August’s featured regional Italian wines.
Brand new in the neighborhood, Babblin' Babs, a self-proclaimed unique urban eatery sends Chef William to Europa Bistro.
Every week is different. Tuesday was never so much fun (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. throughout the month of August). â€" Jennifer Johnson

Filed under: Food & Drink,

August 2, 2006 at 10:20am

TCC Juried Local Art Exhibition winners

The Gallery at Tacoma Community College announced their artists’ awards for the Fourth Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition today.
Juror’s Choice awards:  Ric Hall and Ron Schmitt, Tacoma, for "Sadie Hawkins Day," 2004, pastel on paper; Traci Kelly, Tacoma, for "Family," 2003, sand, ceramics and findings; Mary Molyneaux, Seattle, for "Ascension," 2004, acrylic, ink, pencil, collage and pastel on wood; and Linda Staats, Tacoma, for "The Turquoise Summer Thing," 2005, color photograph.
The winners each received $75 and a certificate. â€" Michael Swan

Filed under: Arts,

August 2, 2006 at 10:41am

Gotta love a dog

Hotroddog I am constantly reminded why the South Sound area is such a cool place to live.  Take for example Hot Rod Dog (1742 Pacific Ave, (253) 593-6030).  Isn't it fabulous we have a hot dog stand with all of the fixings, under cover, right in the middle of downtown?  I went classic recently with an all beef wiener, then spread sauerkraut, relish, catsup and brown mustard across the bun.  Pure heaven. â€" Jason de Paul

Filed under: Food & Drink,

August 2, 2006 at 3:04pm

Harvey Felder loves TSO

Harvey Felder has signed on with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for three more years behind the baton.  This next year will be Felder's 13th year with the orchestra.
"I am delighted to extend my relationship with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra,” Felder says in a prepared release.  “Working closely with the men and women of the TSO has been and continues to be a great joy.  I look forward to bringing many more hours of the world's greatest music to our wonderful community." â€" Michael Swan

August 2, 2006 at 9:12pm

Raconteurs concert review

Racontjazckmoore72706 RaconteursjackdrummermooRaconteurs live at the Moore Theatre, July 27, 2006.  Photos by Jennifer  Boutilier

Two days of Raconteurs. By Matt Driscoll

  • When: Tuesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 27, 2006
  • Where: Roseland Theater, Portland, and Moore Theatre, Seattle, respectively

It was kind of gross, like being posted next to a new couple at the bar, a pair who can't keep their hands or tongues off each other. It was awkward, like seeing something private, intimate, and borderline naughty.
It was Jack White and Brendan Benson on stage with the Raconteurs last Thursday, July 27, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.
I think they're in love.
The Raconteurs, of course, is White's new band. It's NOT a side project from The White Stripes, or so he has claimed repeatedly.  The Raconteurs are White and Benson, teamed with the rhythm section of Greenhornes - Jack Lawrence on bass and Patrick Keeler on drums.  Keeler and Lawrence are the definition of tight and the most interesting thing the band has to offer. The Raconteurs released their debut, Broken Boy Soldiers, in May.
So if they're not a side project, what are they? They're definitely not a real band. I say that for certain.
Around the time the Raconteurs announced plans for their nationwide tour - and around the time the team of label types behind them started manually stimulating a "buzz," scheduling interviews, photo shoots, and reviews - I received information about obtaining press credentials to their Seattle show.  I responded, as even a free ticket to see Jack White fart "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is a ticket I'd gladly take. There's no disputing the man's brilliance.
I heard nothing in response. I assumed they'd figured me for a hack, perhaps correctly, and balked at the idea of giving me a free ride.  It wouldn't have been the first time someone figured me out.
I went with plan B and made a check out to Mr. White, purchasing tickets for the band's show in Portland at the Roseland. 
Flash forward.  The morning after seeing the Raconteurs in Portland on Tuesday, I received a surprise e-mail - confirmation for press credentials for the show in Seattle on Thursday. Despite the short notice, I was on it.  I kept my mouth shut about having already seen the band, and let the Raconteurs' record label put me on the list for Thursday's performance at the Moore - promising them a write-up in return.
That's the business.
After seeing the Raconteurs deliver nearly identical sets to nearly identically craving crowds in the span of three days, at best I can say the band is a sometimes pleasant product of Jack White's ego. At best. The punch of Keeler and Lawrence is the band's saving grace - and what makes them tick. Benson looks sheepish and out of place, and White seems content to play boring songs with boring chord progressions, making his friends some money and assuming crowds will unquestionably consume anything with his name on it.
Apparently they will.
There were two tour buses parked in front of the Moore. I assume one is for the band and the other for White's ego
Both nights the Raconteurs played around a dozen songs, staying on stage for a little over an hour.  Both nights the band waited for the encore to dish up the hit single "Steady, As She Goes."  Both nights they mixed in a couple of unfamiliar numbers not from their record, which proved the most enjoyable. Both nights White appeared a little thick around the middle.  Both nights Benson looked uncomfortable and under qualified. Both nights it was the rock star strut of White that brought the crowd to a roar.
At the end of each performance, the band gathered at center stage, embracing and smiling, chumming around like schoolboys, and bowed to a wildly appreciative crowd.  They lined up with White and Benson in the middle, White's linebacker arms engulfing and protecting frail Benson.  If I didn't know better, I'd say they were lovers. 
If not lovers, the two are definitely long lost brothers. One got the teeny tiny rock star looks. The other got the talent.  The Raconteurs have their moments. Their rhythm section is as solid as any in the business.  You can tell White and Benson truly love each other. But they're not a real band.
The Raconteurs is White's side project. It's as simple as that.

August 2, 2006 at 9:43pm

Sketchy Wednesdays

Gigharborartblog There were Berol Prismacolor markers, acrylics, pencils and pastels, among other media in Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor Aug. 2. 
The event was one where the Peninsula Art League pays a model every Wednesday to try to sit still while local artists or would-bes try their hand at the easel and the art implement.
Once again, I was too chicken to draw but I was liking what I saw: Keith Campbell, this day’s model, sat artfully composed, fully clothed and oh-so-still atop a pallet, a quilt, a chair and Mexican blanket.  I would have been itching to sketch any of those, but the artistes were more facially-minded. Music softly played while a minor throng of people strolled the waterfront, a couple of families milled about, and the sun contemplated peeking out from the clouds.
Even if we had been enjoying full-sun, the event would have happened under the same structure that sheltered us, as it will happen on Wednesdays through the summer.
Barbara Patterson, working the Prismacolor action, laughed that she’d been with her trainer today, and if I took a picture, to make sure her she looked slim.  I said I’d do my best to make her fingers look buff.  Lita Dawn seemed to be in the know about the event, and impressed the heck out of me with her luminous pastel-technique.
Next time? I’ll pick up a writing implement other than scribbley pen. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Arts,

August 3, 2006 at 7:36am

Rocking the balcony

Natasha_24 SCENE OF THE CRIME by Natasha
I have to admit that when I first heard the word Jazzbones I had the wrong picture in mind.
I envisioned pretentious 40 and 50-somethings drinking Syrah, talking about international politics with a Billie Holiday wannabe (no one could EVER be as good as she) performing on stage. Snooze.
Thank goodness my darling Damon's birthday festivities were held there to correct my terrible misconception.
Just like my homegirl Joan Jett said, I love rock 'n' roll (jazz, blues and punk, too), and Jazzbones is a fantastic place to get it. I'm not the type of girl who pays cover charges, but the shows that Jazzbones schedules are worth it.
I like to hit the place up with Weekly Volcano warriors like Wild Bill (the good ones are always taken). I also like to mix with the crowd there - even though, or possibly especially since, it's not my usual. Piercings and skateboards may be required during certain shows, but broads like me - with real black hair - can get away with just about anything (cracking of the whip noise goes here).
One of my other favorite things is Taylor the bartender, the feisty little she-devil. Her almond eyes speak volumes. She darted a look at Pappi Swarner the other night and called him a wussy with a p for not wanting to take a shot. Atta girl.
Jazzbones is loaded with art deco appeal. The multitude of paintings on the walls makes me feel like "Lucy in the Sky," and the white tablecloths force all of Jazzbones' colors to stand out even more, regardless of the low light. All of the art is for sale, too, unless it's noted otherwise.
I generally prefer to rock the upstairs balcony so I can watch the band and talk to my friends at the same time. Another fun muster spot is the chairs along the front of the building. Both are front row seats for scoping the peeps. I typically go for the all-American kind of guy, but there's something so tempting about those tattooed guys at Jazzbones.
Jazzbones maintains a beefy Web site with all of its upcoming shows so you can plan accordingly. If the cover change has you down, try it out on the Wednesday no cover jam night.  Also, if you purchase an entrée Monday through Thursday before 7 p.m. there's no cover unless it's a special event. Tuesdays are customer appreciation days with $3.50 domestic pitchers from 7 to 10 p.m.  Wednesday is service industry night where all of my favorite bartenders and servers can get 50 percent off drinks with a current pay stub or SIN card. Does anyone else think it's ironic that bartenders have SIN cards?
The word on the street is that Jazzbones is the spot. I concur.   
Finish your prescribed Weekly Volcano reading and go!
Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, (253) 396-9169

Tell me where you like to party here.

Filed under: Club Hopping, Natasha,

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