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November 15, 2006 at 11:11am

Start the big Saturday arts day with booze and music

Tacoma bursts with arts and cultural events this Saturday.  That point has been driven into your heads ad nauseam.

The Weekly Volcano believes you'll need to set your soul straight to make it through the long day.  We suggestion a little cluck, grunt and strum Saturday morning.

Cluck, grunt and strum comprise the Weekly Volcano’s description of the Silver Dollar Pub’s eggs, bacon and music Saturday morning Breakfast Club.  The Spanaway pub pairs a breakfast buffet or steak and egg special with live music every Saturday morning.  Nice.  This Saturday The Glenn Harrell Band will rock your Bloody Marys. â€" Suzy Stump

[Silver Dollar Pub, Saturdays, 9 a.m., no cover, 16003 Pacific Ave., Spanaway, 253.531.4469] 

Filed under: Club Hopping, Culture, Tacoma,

November 16, 2006 at 12:01am

Palace Restaurant & Cafe opens in Lakewood

For most of us, Korean cuisine can be difficult to like. First of all, it is the cuisine that gave the world kimchi – the notoriously stinky, fermented cabbage that is an essential part of any Korean meal and an acquired taste at best. Then there is the fact that so few Korean restaurants bother to Americanize. Most cater to Koreans only, so in reality there is little need to do so.

But this is a healthful style of cooking and quite delicious to boot.

Palace Restaurant and Cafe is no exception. Born three weeks ago in the former Papaya Sports Bar on South Tacoma Way, it is one of the more inviting, visually, of the two dozen or so Korean restaurants in Lakewood's Korean Town. The open concept décor mixes dark woods, purple and yellow halogen lighting, and modern touches with hokey red ribbons on plants, Korean advertisements and Korean programming on large plasma screens. On a recent lunch, there were around a dozen Korean men wearing golf hats, who had apparently just finished playing 18, and several groups of Korean businesswomen.  I was the only Caucasian but felt welcomed.

The menu is divided between noodle dishes, seafood, chicken, barbecue, and lunch boxes. Beef tends to be the main attraction at the Palace. With almost any entree you order, you also will get pa'chan – around 10 side dishes filled to the brim with kimchi, rice, house soup, yellow bean sprouts, pickled pineapple and on and on.  The boneless barbecue chicken arrived mountain size and quite tasty.

I'll have to send Weekly Volcano lounge rat Brad Allen their way.  The Palace's list of exotic cocktails is his dream exercise.

[Palace Restaurant and Cafe, opens at 11 a.m., 8718 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood]

Filed under: Food & Drink, Lakewood,

November 16, 2006 at 2:40pm

before Thaksgiving Day Party

Oh! Gallagher's is having a "Before Thanksgiving Day Party" on Wednesday, Nov. 22 with no cover from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Expect a DJ and dancing into the wee hours. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Club Hopping, Lakewood,

November 17, 2006 at 7:56am

Weekend Blowdown

The first Thanksgiving was a three-day potluck feast at which corn-wielding Indians and venison-slaughtering Pilgrims celebrated as if it were the opening weekend of Mardi Gras. Whether Puritan men used cranberry necklaces to get the Native American women to doff their tops isn't clear. What is clear is the weekend before Thanksgiving in the South Sound is a giant buffet of goodies.

Friday, Nov. 17
Slide Slam & Project-A-Thon
This is Slide Slam â€" one and a half hours of local art slammed into your consciousness like a shot of adrenaline. This is not your Grandma's slide show.

Tacoma Symphony
If your idea of the symphony still consists of haunting memories of some elementary school field trip to "experience culture," where the only thing you looked forward to was getting out of school for a day and riding across from your crush on the school bus, then your answer would probably be a polite, "No thanks." That might be why Tacoma Symphony Music Director Harvey Felder decided to expand out of the typical symphony hall and into a more casual and intimate venue at the Tacoma Art Museum. Tonight, the Tacoma Symphony brass section will perform Bach, Sousa, and Strauss a few feet away from the audience. Felder will chat up the symphony, and wine and dessert will move the audience even closer.

Saturday, Nov. 18
The Greatest Day Ever in Tacoma
As the good old doc was examining a bent over Weekly Volcano he exclaimed, "My there's a lot going on in Tacoma Saturday."  Everyone knows Tacoma is one giant party Saturday.  Check it out here. As for the doctor's office, we remind ourselves it could be worse. We could be Ned Beatty in "Deliverance."   

Sunday, Nov. 19
Horatio tour
Tacoma's new theater, The Horatio Theater Company, hosts an open house Sunday, Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m.

Filed under: Culture, Tacoma,

November 17, 2006 at 1:03pm

Tonight in Music

www.myspace.com/ockhamsrazormusic ">Ockham's Razor
A crossbreed of the traditionalism of the Chieftains and the hard stomp of the Pogues, Seattle's own Ockham's Razor take the Gaelic-Celtic genre into the 21st century with a keen sense of the past coupled with a progressive attitude that is entirely fresh. â€" Tony Engelhart
[Doyle's Public House, 8 p.m., no cover, 208 St. Helen's Ave., Tacoma, 253.238.5359]

Cosy Sheridan
For the past 16 years Cosy Sheridan has been inadvertently dodging the conformist public all the while making music her way, and something tells me she's comfortable being an offbeat folkie.  â€" TE
[Traditions Café, Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., $8-$12, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia, 360.705.2819]

Three Dog Night
Since 1976, the band has broken up, reformed, broken up, and reformed.  The lack of new material hasn't kept these guys off the road, and now in their 39th year, original members Danny Hutton and Cory Wells are carrying the heritage of the band on with the third singer to replace Chuck Negron - Paul Kingery, whose high voice breathes fresh air into the band's classic hits.  â€" TE
[Emerald Queen Casino, 9 p.m., $25-$55 at Ticketmaster, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma, 253.383.1572]

Other worthy shows
Cedarwood Dome Milton. "Queens of Rock" featuring Stonebender, Alabaster, Tracer 8, Desired Response Theory, Firebrat 8 pm. $5.
The 54 Tacoma. Steve Stefanowicz 9 pm. No cover.
Hell's Kitchen Tacoma. Shatterdust, Roadsign, EPM, Oblivion, all ages, 5:20 pm. $7 adv./$10 at door. Lurid, Surgical Chaos, Wide Eye Panic 9 pm. $5.
Jazzbones Tacoma. Nick Vigarino 9 pm. $10.
Mandolin Café Tacoma. The Dandelion Greens, all ages, 8 pm. No cover.
Manium Warehouse Olympia. No-Fi Soul Rebellion, Joey Casio, Proto-Leviathan, Crash! and the Boys, AA, 8 pm. $5.
Phoenix House Olympia. Hornet Leg, The New Bloods, The Vonneguts, Marissa Magic 8 pm.
Pierce College Puyallup. Schoolyard Heroes, Kane Hodder, all ages, 7 pm.
urbanXChange Tacoma. Friskey, all ages, 7 pm.

For a complete list of tonight's music shows, click on the upper left link. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Club Hopping, Music, Olympia, Tacoma,

November 19, 2006 at 1:44pm

A night full of art love

Last night the Weekly Volcano hit the streets of Tacoma snapping shots at "The House of Kubla Kahn: Tacoma Indie Fashion Showcase," Tacoma Arts Community's "Snowballed" event, the opening night of Kulture Lab and the Tempest Lounge's one-year anniversary party.

Please excuse our brief report.  We're freakin' tired.  Some of use never went to bed.   

Satfashionlinda_1 The night began at 4 p.m. when Indochine restaurant became "The House of Kubla Kahn."  DJ Lulu Spice provided the exotic soundtrack for two dozen models showcasing the creations of Dang, betty Vintage, Prime.All's Lisa Fruichantie and Danii Blackwell, Isolde Chae-Lawrence, Carolyn Osborne, Sam Trout, Yoshimi Designs and Daniel Blue and his Loyalty Conglomerate.  Special thanks to Indochine owner Russel Brunton who treated the Weekly Volcano staff like royalty.

Satfashion2 Satfashionthree Satfashionfour Satfashionfive When Marty Campbell, president of the Downtown Tacoma Merchants Association,
introduced Chip Van Gilder, president of the Tacoma Arts Community, the organization behind Snowballed at that event last night, there were more empty chairs than filled ones.  Pity, because his message was optimistic and inspiring, as were the others that followed. 
The Arts community in Tacoma, despite what the empty chairs might indicate, is a viable life force, and has been “snowballing,” becoming bigger and bigger as time passes. One comment about the complaint that there wasn’t enough art in Tacoma â€" tonight there’s too much, drew a chuckle from the crowd, as the overabundance of the Arts might account for the overabundance of empty chairs.
As soon as Daniel Blue and his entourage arrived, the crowds descended, and threshold, Act One unfolded before our eyes.  Laura Malone lit up the stage, and despite the sorrowful undertone of the piece, some moments sparkled, like Janae Plaisance’s glee as the angel of death, with her fluid dance moves contrasting-or complimenting?the action.  Joel Myer’s energy and depth of emotion fairly burst off the stage, and the whole dramatic, arts-encompassing event was worth all the hype it received.
The crowd dwindled as Jeremy Silas performed his guts out, and dwindled even further when Angela Jossy and her Polar Bears hit the stage.  Again, a pity, because the chick’s got a set of pipes and showmanship that has more polish than you’d imagine a local act would have. 

Satsnowballed1 Satsnowballed2 In the end, I succumbed and left to see what all the fuss was about at Kulture Lab, which was a room-filled, slamming good artistic time.  The Dead Artists threw a righteous opening night party that included a DJ Dynomite D spinning acid jazz above in a loft, bassist James Whiton, Victor Prinsen and Matt Eklund jam, Dead Artist Rob Anderson dressed as a robot wandering inside and along Sixth Avenue, Meyer Lansky III, grandson of the legendary mobster, was in the house checking the scene, three films looped on the walls, a who's who in the Tacoma art scene, plus tons of art that will continue to show at the space.

Satkultureone Satkulture2 Satkulture3 Satkulture4 Satkulture5 Satkulture6 After "Snowballed" and Kulture Lab most of the crowd hit the Tempest Lounge's one-year bash, where once again Laura Malone sparkled, happy to hear people faced with the dilemma, “Which hilltop hot spot should we hit?”
Booties shook, the floor writhed with energy, and I can safely say a great time was had by all. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler
Sattempest

Filed under: Culture, Music, Tacoma,

November 20, 2006 at 5:02pm

Dockyard Derby Dames tryouts

I saw sparkrobot's post via exit133's post regarding the Dockyard Derby Dames upcoming tryouts and that cranked the hamster and wheel in my head.

"I want roller skates!"

Not Rollerblades, which may or may not be "in" anymore for all the attention I've paid to them, but good old-fashioned skates. And I don't want to skate someplace where men are acting extra friendly toward me because they're thinking perverted Rollergirl thoughts, and do remember that a kick to the groin with one of these puppies would do irreparable damage, if it came to that.

Nope, I want to skate for Tacoma's only all-girl, flat-track roller derby league â€" the Dockyard Derby Dames.  The Dames are holding tryouts Sunday, Dec. 3, in time for the spring 2007 league start.  Girls must be 21 and older, and according to their press release, must "possess grit, determination, and derby desire." Me, me, and so me.

The Dames say prior experience is not necessary, just a great attitude. â€" Suzy Stump

[Skate-N-Station, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to noon, 133rd and Pacific Avenue, Parkland, pre-register by contacting Elysia Smith or Jennifer Hirst]

Filed under: Sports, Tacoma,

November 21, 2006 at 10:14am

Tacoma indie teen hits the big time

Brooke Bennett, a Gig Harbor High School student, Tacoma Community College Running Start attendee, and all around nice person can now add another item to her resume: professional fashionista.

Bennett’s styles were highly regarded at this past Saturday's “House of Kubla Khan â€" Tacoma Indie Fashion Showcase” event at Indochine, where three of her items paraded the runway, clinging to their models. 

While her upholstery fabric, pheasant print short jacket was decidedly cool, it was the white with red-floral-print dress that had a number of us drooling, including the girl who modeled the dress for her.

But all reports were Bennett didn’t want to sell the dress since it was the first one she’d made.
My own first item made, a bad Barbie dress of Kleenex, never made any runways, nor did it survive its first disrobing.  If I recall correctly that was pretty much the last clothing item I ever designed and put on a model.

Props go to Bennett for holding it together in a crazy busy time, for churning out great indie fashion, and for a professional and polished product. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Tacoma,

November 21, 2006 at 11:23am

The Garage to open in downtown Tacoma

William Wallace will invade Tacoma's club scene.

Wallace is ready for an early December opening of his garage at Ninth and Market.  Yes, garage.  Wallace has transformed his home's garage into a very nice club called The Garage.  The beer's tapped.  He will serve hard alcohol.  And Bobble Tiki's ready for a tune-up.

Stay tuned here for more details. â€" Bobble Tiki

Filed under: Club News, Tacoma,

November 21, 2006 at 12:13pm

More hot chicks at Hooters

I'm working like a dog today in order to make it to Hooters for KZOK's 2007 Classic Car Calendar signing.  The hot chicks who posed with the cars will be on hand to sign copies.  Check it at the Tacoma Hooters today from 5-7 p.m. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Tacoma,

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