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January 19, 2007 at 5:42pm

Bobble Tiki's been Tagged!

So Bobble Tiki received an e-mail with "Hey Bloggersâ€"You're Tagged" in the subject line and
"Go here: www.TheHitList.org.  You've been tagged" in the e-mail body.

Bobble Tiki has been tagged?  Yikes!  What does that mean?  Is this spam?  If Bobble Tiki had his penis enlarged as many times as he's been promised, he would have an extraordinary career in the circus sideshow.

Oh, it's Tacoma Actors Guild's fund-raising promotion.  Check it here. â€" Bobble Tiki

Filed under: Bobble Tiki, Culture, Theater,

January 19, 2007 at 6:34pm

Junkyard venue shut down, firemen don't read Bobble Tiki

Tribune pop culture columnist EJ reports on his blog that his column in today's Trib prompted the Tacoma Fire Department to shut down the Junkyard all-ages club due to numerous code violations.   Apparently fireman don't read Bobble Tiki's column when he reported last week that the Junkyard was like a scene from the "Terminator." 

Don't throw rocks at EJ kids; he's just doing his job, like his worthy review of the Shins' new album. â€" Bobble Tiki

Filed under: Bobble Tiki, Club News, Tacoma,

January 20, 2007 at 9:53am

Controversial history rears its head in Lakewood

If you blink you’ll miss “Stuff Happens,” a controversial history play held tonight at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Playhouse.

A minimalist black-box theater, which boasts a podium and folding chairs on the upper level, with steps and a very last-supper-esque banquet table on the level below, plays host to the cast of 12 reading the show, clothed in suits and ties.  The story that unfolds is of duplicitous diplomatic dealings and bumbling president never seen alone.

The president is none other than George W, opening all his staff meeting with the hands of his staff clasped in prayer, putting together a jigsaw puzzle with Laura, and tripping through a teleprompter-mistake with severe diplomatic repercussions.

Most surprising about this “staged reading”, written by Englishman David Hare, which takes a critical look at the events leading up to the United States’ declaration of War on Iraq, is that it’s being staged right now at the Lakewood Playhouse, sandwiched right in between two military installations, whose most recent show was the rave-reviewed "Seussical."

The whole play feels experimental, with its stripped-down staging and impromptu nature.  All the actors read from notebooks, which are often used as props.  Many of the actors play multiple parts, most notably Jamie Pederson, Aaron Heinzen, Charles Canada, Jack House, and Jim Patrick.  Cynthia Bette also reads for a plethora of personalities, effectively so, as Chad Russell directs, with stage management by Brie Yost and technical direction by Ali Criss. 

The play was originally performed in London in 2004 as an epic, 40-person cast piece, and then stripped down for Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum.

It was the latter that Russell was shooting for in his conception of the staging of the play, paring down the actors to 12, with only three weeks (and six rehearsals) to prepare for opening night.

This is the first in what Managing Artistic Director Marcus Walker hopes will be a series of plays done in a workshop style, “in between shows” that will take on edgier themes than the standard community theater fodder.

For this play, moments of acerbic British wit highlight a riveting text full of scene-by-scene conflict made more interesting by the playwright’s skillful manipulation of on-the-record statements with those conversations behind closed doors that can only be speculated. A post-show discussion with actors and audience provides further insight as to the play, events, point-of-view, and acting process: kind of like an "Inside the Actor’s Studio" without that goofy A&E host.

Admission is by donation ($10.00 recommended). â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Culture, Lakewood, Theater,

January 21, 2007 at 11:22am

Tacoma Glassblowing with Jessie, Jesse and Jess

Glassblowing001 After a chat with Mark and Jeannine Sigafoos at last week’s William Traver Gallery artists’ reception, I felt inspired.  I would, I decided, take Sigafoos up on his invitation and blow glass.

Glassblowing014 The Tacoma Glassblowing Studio offers “The Glassblowing Experience” where you work through making a float or a paperweight with an instructor.  My guy was new employee Brian Farmer, who cut his glassblowing teeth at Wilson High, through the Hilltop Artists in Residence program.  Farmer also makes a darned impressive rose, a mesmerizing process to watch.

My own clumsy process was watched by a minor entourage, with Volcano intern extraordinaire Jessie Fouts shooting me as I fumbled through the making of my lavender, blue, and yellow float.  I have yet to see the finished product, as it needed to cool down in the 900 degree kiln after its creation in mostly 2000 degree kilns.

Glassblowing027Glassblowing102_1 And did I mention, glassblowing is hot?  Not only the heat of the kilns â€" which are indeed warm â€" but there’s a decent amount of innuendo happening in the studio, with reference to “glory holes” and very phallic looking rods and wands at every turn.  And yeah, the rods do go into the glory holes.

While it was very cool to be walked through a simple piece, to feel the taffy-like consistency of the molten glass as I gathered the colors I chose, for me the fun was watching the others in the studio.  One family â€" it looked like mom, dad, grown daughter, younger brother, and grown daughter’s kid â€" were all involved in the process as they made lampshades to sell, renting studio time from Tacoma Glassblowing. 

As more of my entourage showed up (Angie Jossy showed up with her daughter, Jesse: by that point there was a whole lot of Jess going on in the studio) the young punk-rock looking son was lured over to us by the youthful heat of my group.  He mentioned that he’s been blowing glass with his family since early days, and I remarked, “how fun.”  He shrugged it off and said it was mostly work.  Because he was young and cool like that.

But the work is mesmerizing and exciting to watch, especially when you watch people who know what they’re doing. 

Glassblowing032 Then again, it’s awfully sweet to blow the hookah-like pipe and feel your glass expand into a delicate work, aware that at any moment you can completely screw it up, and lose your piece.
But with the help of Brian, I never did lose my piece.  If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go claim it now. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler


Photography by Jessie Fouts

Filed under: Culture, Tacoma,

January 21, 2007 at 1:04pm

The View lounge menu

Food this time of year for the average person consists of carbohydrates and canned soup, and as much beer as an already holiday-bloated belly can take. Pasta, too. February could almost get away with being subtitled Pasta Month. The sub-zero weather can serve to enhance a food experience, however. I ate a late-night wild mushroom ravioli in The View’s lounge and couldn’t have had a warmer meal on the hottest July day.

Housed in the Tacoma Club and open to the public, The View restaurant released its new lounge menu Thursday during the Third Thursday Art Walk.  Nine items fill the menu including vegetable and goat cheese strudel, seared pepper tuna, grilled chicken tortellini, coconut prawns and a plate of large, thickly stuffed crimini, shiitake and porcini raviolis, served with mushroom jus ($10). As with most of the lounge dishes at The View, the portion is ample.  Items are priced $9 to $12.

The view from The View twinkles with Port of Tacoma activity and a look down the Puyallup Valley.  Call ahead for a romance check, though.  Rotary 8 was in the house with poker and booze a plenty. â€" Jake de Paul

[The View, 16th floor, Wells Fargo Plaza, 1201 Pacific Ave., downtown Tacoma, 253.272.3218]

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

January 21, 2007 at 4:02pm

Tonight's Junkyard show moved to Eagles Club

Tacoma's fire marshall shut down The Junkyard club Friday due to code violations.  Promoter Josh Brumley has moved tonight's show.  â€" Brad Allen

  • E-mail from Brumley: the junkyard has been closed down due to not having bathrooms with plumbing, portos don't count.... the city of tacomas fire marshal found out about the building and now if we have anymore shows, I (Josh B) will be thrown in jail. the show on sunday the 21st has been moved to the eagles club on 4810 south tacoma way. we need all the support we can get right now. we need people to show up to this show. IAMTHETHORN, Behold, Owen Hart, This Time Tomorrow, The Helm, Strength To Endure. 5 bucks. 6pm. please come and help us build a relationship with this new potential venue. thanks for everyones support. -Josh
Filed under: Club News, Tacoma,

January 22, 2007 at 8:07am

Congratulations, you have been TAGGED

Stealing the tag line from this season's run of the "Heroes" television series about mystical people with super powers, Tacoma Actors Guild has sent out a mass e-mailing wondering if you are "on the list?" and directs select recipients to visit www.thehitlist.org.

As you would expect, the e-mail asks for money, but it does so in a clever way.

It goes on to say that the recently cash-strapped theater isn't bouncing checks again, but it would still like 1,000 "close friends" in the South Sound to chip in $100 each (that's $100,000 if you do the math) to go toward the further financial stability of the theater. It's a cute idea that might just work, so I'll give them kudos for innovation. But it just seems odd that the theater is all set to expand programs just months after being able to pay its light bill again.

Baby steps, TAG, baby steps. â€" Steve Dunkelberger

January 22, 2007 at 12:20pm

Tech N9ne plays Area 151 Tuesday night

Kane Hodder at Hell’s Kitchen, Coco Montoya at Jazzbones or Tech N9ne at Area 151 tomorrow night?  Hmmm, tough call, but Kansas City “lyrical sniper” Tech N9ne’s rapid-fire skills must be heard to be believed.  â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Concert Alert, Tacoma,

January 22, 2007 at 2:32pm

Let down your hair tonight with Junkyard Jane

When the moon is in the Seventh House And Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius!

It’s the Aquarian Party! Tonight at the Swiss in Tacoma, with special music by Junkyard Jane. Come see Leanne Trevalyan, Billy Stoops, Tom Sunderland, and Alex Featherstone together again before Billy goes back to Kentucky. Hell, Junkyard Jane alumni Randy Oxford and Jim King will be in the house.

Let down your hair around 8 p.m.  Be there or surely you’ll be square. â€" Jessie Fouts

Filed under: Concert Alert, Tacoma,

January 22, 2007 at 4:12pm

Even Little Bunnies?

Unwanted Refugeez will perform an all-acoustic show every Thursday at Golden West Restaurant and Lounge on South Tacoma Way beginning Jan. 25. 

Come on, guys, Unwanted?  Is the fact that the universe is rapidly suffering entropy freakin' you out?  You have thrown it all away and - Oh, you are changing the name of your band every week.

Sorry.

Brilliant!

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

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