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October 7, 2006 at 8:27am

Tacoma Film Festival opening night

Opening night of the Tacoma Film Festival was an eye-popping affair seeing the Tacoma City Ballet opened it's gorgeous, vintage studios above The Grand Cinema and allowed invitees to nibble and em-bide to their hearts content inside the space.  Mostly patrons of The Grand turned out to mingle before the opening show "Johnny Was" screened downstairs. Although a few technical difficulties at the onset of the screening put the fear of God in the festival staff, after two minutes all was well in the world, and the show continued unabated.  Local gardening celebrity Ed Hume made an appearance at that party, and several filmmakers showing their films this week also had their party shoes on.  The Tacoma Film Festival runs now through Thursday.  Check out the schedule here. â€" Ken Swarner

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma,

October 7, 2006 at 9:05am

Ferrets and wenches and art, oh my?

Olyartwalk I found myself wandering aimlessly at the Olympia Art Walk last night, and in every aimless direction there was something new to see in a sort of Puyallup-Fair-meets-Pioneer-Square odd way.  One street had a crowd oohing, ahhing, and giggling over the real-person bride statuary in the window of Slyphide Design.  I’ve never been a wedding-gooey gal, but the dresses upstairs made me think maybe someday the dreaded aisle wouldn’t be so bad.
Another street had a jeweler cum artist (Michael Nutter) whose oil canvasses danced with as much fire as that fat and sassy diamond and ruby bezel-set pendant I wanted.  Yet another street had glass art by a tile-setter gone glass artist, ant the streets were alive with the sounds of music â€" jazzy music, folky music, incite-a-crowd-to-pleasure music.

I loved the bright and bold works by Sarah Utter in room 30; I loved that the crowd echoed my “this is the coolest could be in San Francisco shop, EVER!” And I loved that, despite the mess being stomped into Jenny Rose’s carpet, the first year anniversary of room 30’s existence was going off swimmingly (and I will buy hand-made felt food).

Olyartwalkband On another first year anniversary note, Veritas Olympia celebrated there first 12 months, as well, with a packed house and an awesome band. 

Olyartwalkboobs My own favorite art: the 12 months of bras, created by a lovely group who would like you to remember to get a mammogram.  Talking to two cool chicas admiring bras as I admired them, I learned of another cool thing happening in my own neck of the woods: bring a new children’s book into the Tacoma Art Museum today, get in free. 

The Mark was showing the owner Lisa Owen’s flora photos from the GRuB Project, which teaches young people to help economically disadvantaged people to grow their own food.
Sure, the causes had me feeling warm and fuzzy, and had me appreciating the Olympians’ sense of community well-being, but ultimately, I like two things: people watching, and drinkie-poos.  I got both, at Arts Walk. 

My favorite people watching moment was not the bad comedian being Einstein in some bad “Actor’s Studio” moment.  Nor was it the ultra post-modern-punk manorexic dude and his two girlfriends.  It had to be the moment after the moment, when the guy with twin pigtails on the top of his head gave a meaningful look to his multiple facial piercing guy friend, and then did a double-take himself, seeing the LDS missionaries milling.  The next second, I passed the four missionaries as they spread their message to a group of four, two of whom had ferrets.  It was surreal.

Bar-wise, I started my evening with Cielo Blu, with a fabulous Rhubarb-Raz-tini (a martini with rhubarb and raspberry puree and raspberry vodka.)  I ended my Oly evening at Ben Moore’s, because I overheard a walker-viewer say to her friend, “You HAVE to go there!”  I had a Harbor Lights-worthy Gin and tonic, and headed home. 

After chatting with Ms. Diva Natasha (in the best of leather rOWr! Ways,) I decided to stop by Doyle's Public House’s Octoberfest shebang, which was complete with a pirate, a wench, and an Irish band in a tent.  You could buy booze in Doyle's, or in the tent, but you could not mingle from one end to the next.  Blame Washington State law, apparently.  I left what I called “arrrrrgctoberfest” and headed home only to be tempted in by Enoteca, a place I had not yet been, but that had ingratiated itself on my consciousness.  Met a way cool lady and her man, and chatted with the Mistress and Maiden of Cheese.  Personally, I think the Mistress of Cheese thing doesn’t fit her.  She’s way more than cheesey.  But dang, does that wine and cheese make me happy!  Add it to sight, sounds, and art â€" and I was a deep-sleepin’ chica last night. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Arts, Olympia,

October 9, 2006 at 9:24am

Free screenwriting workshop

How many great works of film have never actually made it out of a writer's imagination and onto the page? As anyone who's ever attempted to put pen to paper can attest, the act of writing a screenplay sometimes feels just short of heroic. The Tacoma Film Festival understands this: Producer Tim Wurtz ("Brats") will lead you through the screenwriting process today, 6-9 p.m., at the Grand Cinema. Harrah! â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma,

October 9, 2006 at 9:41am

Writing aloud

When's the last time someone read you a story? If it's been a while, check out the Northwest Playwrights Alliance and Tacoma Actors Guild's hosted reading of "A Wealth of Memories" by David Cochran tonight at Tacoma Actors Guild Rehearsal Hall. The yarn paints a picture of a poor family that meets a man with no memories and the laughter begins.  Check it at 7:30 p.m. tonight.  It's free. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Tacoma,

October 9, 2006 at 4:18pm

World Wide Dame

That fashion forward female Rebecca Dashow has illustrated her entrepreneurial innovation yet again by launching a Web site with her beautiful treasures. Stopping by her downtown Tacoma shop is tough to pass up, but if you don't have time, rock the Web site. Other features of the site will include a monthly newsletter, cool event pictures, and a "looks” category to see the clothes put together. Dashow is even going to let me change the lyrics of the song to "Whatever Natasha wants, Natasha gets." So true, so true. â€" Natasha

Filed under: Natasha, Tacoma,

October 9, 2006 at 7:33pm

Float on air Tuesday in Old Town Tacoma

Loop243 Conventional wisdom dictates that you'd rather spend Tuesday night watching PAX TV and sharing a big bowl of prune whip with your great aunt Martha than venturing out to hear a band comprised of drums, marimba, congas and found sounds. But in this case, conventional wisdom would be wrong. Unless, of course, you're a big fan of "Green Acres."

Despite the unusual instrumentation, the Brooklyn, New York, band Loop 2.4.3. employs live sampling, sound effects, and a bunch of drums for a dreamy sound. Loop 2.4.3. are so progressive that television and film snatched them up for various soundtrack projects.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, the band is at the Slavonian Hall (2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma) for a free concert as part of "Classical Tuesdays in Old Town." Give Martha a quick peck on her pruney lips and get there by 7 p.m.  For more details, call (253) 752-2135. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

October 10, 2006 at 2:39pm

Free Theatre Night

Theaters around the nation have gathered their forces and gone to war against the demon television by staging a free day of theater next week. A few of those battles of the culture war will be waged in the South Sound.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, theaters of greater Tacoma â€" Tacoma Actors Guild, Lakewood Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre and Tacoma Musical Playhouse â€" will present a free 7:30 p.m. theater night at Tacoma Musical Playhouse with each of the theaters staging a snapshot of its lineup.

Each theater will present for 20 minutes showcasing a show from its 2006-2007 season. TMP will do a medley of songs from its hit “Thoroughly Modern Mille” while TLT will present a few numbers from its “Dreamgirls.” Lakewood will do a collection of work from its upcoming musical “Seussical” while TAG will present scenes from “Ya Got Trouble,” a one-man show about the life of Robert Preston.

This collaborative effort will also include door prizes, dancing and all things theater fun.

Similar events are occurring around the nation in what will likely become an annual event conceived by the Theatre Communications Group and sponsored locally by Theater Puget Sound.

Olympia's Harlequin Productions will present a free showing of Peter Donaldson’s “Salmonpeople” as part of free theater night Oct. 19. This one-man show has a bit of everything â€" homespun economics, character insight, and cartography. At one point, Donaldson’s on-stage persona, Cyrus Jackson, draws the entire map of the bioregion, naming 100 rivers. This is a show for everyone, no matter what side of the environmental divide the viewer sits.

The show continues Oct. 20 and 21, 8 p.m., for $20-$25. Tickets are available at Harlequin Productions. â€" Steve Dunkelberger

October 11, 2006 at 6:36pm

Meat Dave

There’s been a vacant building at North I Street for a while that I’ve frequently driven by, fantasizing about what sort of perfect business could move into the space.

Recently I was somewhat shocked to see my wildest fantasies come to fruition in the form of a sign proclaiming “Dave’s Meat & Produce, Coming Soon!”

I had a snoop around the space (at 1312 North I St., Tacoma) with proprietor Dave Wenstad as my guide. Wenstad and his business partner, Derek Kipapa, will open shop in about three weeks and have tentative plans for the store to be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., though these hours are due to change based on demand. 

Already they have refrigeration units in place and a high-end decorating scheme laid out that even the upscale folks farther up North Tacoma would approve of.

And that’s not coincidental. Wenstad, who has had over seven years of meat managing experience at Metropolitan Market, has recently been with Uwajimaya.  The two philosophies will blend in the new shop, where every bit of the space will be utilized to offer meat, produce and spices to include specialty marinades and rubs, as well as other necessary items such as milk and eggs.
Wenstad says of the future shop, “We want to be known for service and quality.” â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 12, 2006 at 9:42am

Karpeles Manuscript Museum breathes

History breathes, and gets sticky-juicy
What do Mohandas Gandhi, Charles Manson, Galileo, and Mata Hari all have in common? Incarceration, and mail.  Their letters, and many more, are on display at Tacoma's Karpeles Manuscript Museum.

I especially liked John Dillinger’s letter to his niece, showing a playful side to “Public Enemy Number One” and Lee Harvey Oswald’s letter, from Russia with love? To his brother, ending with the somewhat foreboding phrase, “I don’t know how I’ll feel to be back in the States.”
Two other presidential assassins had letters on display, Charles Guitreau, who killed President Garfield, was terse and grammatically challenged in his confession, while Leon Czolgosz, President McKinley’s assassin, was about a page more verbose.  Both claimed to have done their duty.

Duty and other lofty concepts didn’t figure in the content of the letter Mohandas Gandhi wrote to his sister, thanking her for the fruit that he’d just eaten, after feeling faint due to fasting; the interesting part of this letter was the content in between the lines, and items as mundane as fruits alluded to so much more.

Karpelesletters What is great about the Karpeles’ most recent exhibition, to me, is how, under the subject of “incarceration,” such a huge array of historical figures is accounted for. Represented were:

  • the notorious â€" Charles Manson’s letter, signed with a swastika and pee, had me feeling a bit sick;
  • the infamous â€" Al Capone signs away with watch, watch chain, and watch case to his brother, in another;
  • and the historically significant â€" Napoleon renounces his throne next to his excommunication by Pope Pius the VII, Galileo’s findings on mechanics,  and documents in the hands of Sir Walter Raleigh and Mary Queen of Scots. 

Looking at the handwriting on the papers, seeing the well-known names distilled into such banal and recognizable artifacts as “documents” breathes life into the not-so-dry subject of history.  In the context of “incarceration,”  history becomes as juicy as the fruits Gandhi describes in his missive.

Go see for yourself â€" the incarceration display will be up through Dec. 22, in addition to ancient Egyptian artifacts and Sumi-e painting s on the wall by the Tacoma Sumi-e Art Association, who will hold a reception on Oct. 28. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Arts, Tacoma,

October 14, 2006 at 7:40am

Block Tie Affair review

Organizers of Thursday's downtown Tacoma's Block Tie Affair had hoped that the large rooms rented for the occasion would be filled to capacity, with milling denizens chatting away with community notables, getting set to spread good urban-living-energy for the Tour of Urban Living this weekend.

Their hopes were fulfilled, and judging by the volume and happy faces at the Tacoma Club (now morphing into The View restaurant), a good time was had by all.   

Sassy day maker Anna Sayner, with her “ass me about Urban Living!” button, the gorgeous Julie Bennett, the hard-working, long-promoting, and ever-chic Patricia Lecy-Davis, and my herd of MetVet friends (YAY!! I have a date for my some-day bike tour of Tuscany!) all were present and accounted for. We’ve been talking about the optimism that’s pervading Tacoma â€" it was a tangible entity in that once-exclusive room overlooking the twinkling lights of the city.

First Vicci Martinez, then Matt Coughlin set a mellow-nice tone to the evening, which continued down the street at 21 Commerce.  Miss Natasha, Paul Schrag, Pappi Swarner and myself popped in at “Chill at the Grill,” the Pacific Grill's chic Thursday night affair featuring DJ LuLu Spice.  Next, we shifted to the Tempest Lounge, where Bender, Hume, and Loiselle commanded the post-Tacoma Film Fest party.  Teddy Haggerty made my day, week, probably, with his crayola-and-ballpoint rendition of my face.  It was like the symbolic tying together of the blocks for me, seeing new Tacoma optimism meet up with existing Tacoma fun. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Tacoma,

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