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December 24, 2006 at 9:29am

Day of the Cookie: Antique Sandwich Co.

11 Day of Cookies; Day 10

By the 10th day, my true love sensed I was sugar-weary and in need of breakfast. His gift of the Antique Sandwich Company's fruit bar was healthfully inspired as the cookie, a bit like a Fig Newton (minus the Newton), was substantial with oats, nuts, raisins, and coconut. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

December 24, 2006 at 2:13pm

Margaret Payne wins Playstation 3 in Tacoma

Are you really looking for something to do tonight? Does your tenacious appetite for the wild thrills of south Sound nightlife have no bounds? Well, take a night off, for Christmas’s sake. That’s right, it’s Christmas! Enjoy the day off. Rent a video, kick back with the family an make merry.

By the way, did anyone else hear that Margaret Payne won the 20 GB Playstation 3 from Marty Campbell and the Buzzard's Videos and Discs/Stadium Video crew?  She did, you know. Congratulations to runners-up Joe Block, Priti Joshi, Gwen Parker, Paul Sherrodd and David Wilson.

Campbell extends his thanks to everyone who participated in his Holiday Food Drive and Playstation 3 Giveaway.  Thousands of cans of food were collected for St. Leo’s Food Bank.

Stadium Video is open today and tomorrow 11 a.m. to 11:03 p.m. â€" Michael Swan

Filed under: Giveaways, Tacoma,

December 24, 2006 at 2:57pm

"Santaland Diaries": Quest for Tacoma holiday completion goes mellow

Sometimes to have a complete holiday experience, you need to decompress.  Perfect decompression for me and my significant other was a night of fine cheese, great wine, good friendship, and Jason Ganwich's "Santaland Diaries" reading at Vin Grotto Cafe and Wine Bar.  While the downtown Tacoma wine bar was packed last night, with one lucky gent sitting in owner Kris Blondin's big leather desk chair at the table with his party, it wasn't a crazy crowd of intense and angry people. 

These people were mellow, wine drinking types familiar with Sedaris and what to expect of the reading. One party had been stalking Ganwich since his first performance at the Tacoma Little Theatre back in the day.

Ganwich threw in a few surprises. Who knew his singing voice was so impressive?  Who knew he'd be nervous after quite a few performances already?

After the reading, he met with each member of the audience, he seemed to unwind and loosen up a bit, though the nervous tension he might have been fighting on the makeshift wooden-pallet stage suited the high-strung elf persona perfectly.

For our own after-hours function, the significant one and I headed close to home, to the Unicorn Tavern.  I had a Tanqueray and tonic that put hair on my chest (all I want for Christmas is a full-body depilatory experience) and discovered the Unicorn has changed from the last time I went in, which had to be sometime in the last millennium.  I have to say, I like it better now.  The music had us shaking our rumps on our barstools; the usually dour significant one even pulled out a white man overbite faux dance move on me.

Sometimes the best Christmas gifts come in mellow packages, with bows that don't sparkle with newness.

Sometimes the best Christmas gift can be quiet togetherness, and a return to past haunts.

But tomorrow, I still want a large gemstone, lots of cashmere, and that aforementioned heavy-on-the-depilatory spa day.¬" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Culture, Tacoma,

December 24, 2006 at 3:30pm

Christmas Eve drive

It’s Christmas Eve (finally, finally, finally).  Having exhausted all financial resources barring the sale of various vital organs or offspring, you drive the streets, dejected, unsure of what to do now.  You venture into Spanaway, and you see stars. White stars, red stars, blue stars, in fact all sorts of colored lights. It’s Peace on Earth. Your mouth forms a wondrous “Oh.” You reach out for your loved one’s hand. He/she slaps it and tells you to stop being so sarcastic.   It seems to be coming from Spanaway Park.  Yes, you’re sure of it.  Well, God bless us, everyone, it’s Fantasy Lights.  The whole park is one big ol’ jolly drive-through light display, animated mind you.  The windows fog up.  OK, I have to stop there. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Culture,

December 24, 2006 at 6:44pm

Tacoma Christmas Pageant rocked Hell's Kitchen

Griltroubletwo Girltroublefive Girltroublesix The youth outnumbered the old as the Tacoma Christmas Pageant rocked Hell's Kitchen Saturday night.  Kids pogo-ed, rode on backs and slammed into each other as today's local garage rock â€" The Syrens, www.myspace.com/freakouts">The Freakouts and Durango 95 â€" twisted the crowd before Girl Trouble performed their 20th Christmas show.  Bassist Dale Phillips, guitarist Big Kahuna, drummer Bon Von Wheelie and singer/saxophonist K.P. Kendall rocked through old favorite before the band threw on green elf hats with Kendall dressed in a skewed Santa outfit and rocked "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Blue Christmas."  Their tradition of throwing presents into the crowd continued as Kendall tossed wrapped gifts with names written on the gift tag.   Girl Trouble looked and sounded like they have 20 more in them. â€" Brad Allen

December 25, 2006 at 12:01am

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Christmasday Merry Christmas, gentle readers!  It’s time to string some popcorn, nog some eggs, and unwrap those goodies!  We here in Spew-land are hoping for a white Christmas, and we have a dump truck filled with foam packing peanuts standing by just in case. From all of us here, and the Weekly Volcano, have a merry Christmas, and may you enjoy a dump truck-load of peace and cheer this holiday. â€" Weekly Volcano

Filed under: Culture,

December 25, 2006 at 10:00am

Merry boarding

Uuuuummmmm … So, uh, like I guess this is it. Uuummm …  Yeah. OK. What to do now? Clean up wrapping paper? Make up a list of everyone who gave you something crappy so you can forget them next year? Frantically search through all of your gifts to find something to give to that person you forgot? Dread going back to work tomorrow? Go boarding at Crystal Mountain and eat Christmas dinner in the Bullwheel? Catalogue what you need to return tomorrow, the second largest retail day of the year? Pretend none of it ever happened? Uuummm, ski at Crystal today. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Sports,

December 26, 2006 at 11:18am

Day of the Cookie: Tempest Lounge

11 Days of Cookies: Day 11

Yeah, yeah, yesterday was the 11th day, but the Weekly Volcano was making merry and our 11th day cookie venue was closed, so we give you the 11th day today â€" Tempest Lounge.

On the 11th day, my true love has my number.  He knows I love "love."  The Tempest Lounge feels like love, to me.  It feels like home, community, and acceptance. Throw in the most wickedly warm and delicious chocolate chip cookies, and then share them, and you have love, squared. â€" Jessica Corey Butler

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

December 27, 2006 at 12:08pm

Let's start the resolution train

I see resolution time approaching.  My world is dominated by resolution-oriented thoughts.
In this spirit, I offer this short list of my resolutions:

  • I resolve to learn more, recognizing that I’ll never be smart enough.  As such, eyes, ears, and mind will be kept in the “on” and “open” positions.
  • I resolve to support community.  Because community is at the heart of everything we have.  Community makes us care about others and makes them care about us.  Community makes things fun, keeps things vibrant, and feeds the creativity of all involved in it, regardless of race, religion, or creed.  Community, like that Tacoma is fostering, is the height of cool, and I want to do my part to keep it vital.
  • I resolve to hang out at urbanXchange more, especially in the month of January when Danii Blackwell and Lisa Fruichantie will have an installation up. The displays will be changed weekly, and the products will include groovy things like leg warmers that you could get from the mall or Target â€" but why would you want to? â€" Jessica Corey-Butler
Filed under: Culture, Tacoma,

December 27, 2006 at 2:07pm

Cucina! Cucina! sold

First Blue Olive, now Cucina! Cucina!  No! No!

The Italian franchise restaurant Cucina! Cucina! has been bought out and will close at the end of January 2007.  The Weekly Volcano has only confirmed that the Tacoma Mall location will close.  The fate of the Redmond and Issaquah locations is unknown. No further information on the buyer is available as the corporate office in British Columbia is closed for the holidays until tomorrow.

Cucina! Cucina! merged eight of their Italian Cafes with Joey Tomato's Mediterranean Grill; a Pacific Northwest Restaurant Company that operates out of Vancouver, British Columbia in conjunction with Gibralt Capital, a private equity group, back in January 2004. â€" Michael Swan

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

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