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June 8, 2007 at 8:03am

Whild Peach pulls into the Garage

While most people may think they have never been exposed to Whild Peach, anyone who has ever watched Outkast perform has already seen this band in action. The band performs their own brand of what it calls "Slunky" music.

Hip-hop would not be possible without the instrumental work of a band like Whild Peach behind the rappers. In the last 10 years, Whild Peach has worked on projects with various musicians, including Sleepy Brown and Joi. It has also been featured on "The Ali Movie Soundtrack" and "The Scooby Doo Soundtrack." Check them out tonight. â€" Brad Allen

[South Sound Garage, 9:30 p.m., $10, 933 Market St., Tacoma, 800.325.SEAT}

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

June 8, 2007 at 11:01am

Daniel Blue loves Tacoma

This video makes Bobble Tiki's head bob with pride regardless of his love for Yelm.

Brilliant job Derek and Erik. â€" Bobble Tiki

Filed under: Bobble Tiki, Culture, Tacoma,

June 8, 2007 at 2:30pm

Sanford & Son on fire

Sanford & Son at Seventh and Broadway in Tacoma is on fire.  CNN has picked it up.  There's damage on the bottom floor mostly from a burst water main, which helped put the fire out.  Tracy Marie, owner of Tracy Marie's Day Spa and Gift Gallery, suffers from smoke inhalation and is being transported to the hospital. It is rumored that the fire was sparked by a candle in Tracy Marie's shop. More details to follow. â€" Brad Allen

Update: Zinnia Massage has suffered smoked damage. Country Girl Gardens' clothes need to be cleaned.

Filed under: Business, Tacoma,

June 9, 2007 at 11:11am

Eighties night at the Garage: Rad.

There will be happy Thursday nights ahead for me, if last night was any indication of how things may be.

At the South Sound Garage, Aaron Mack was spinning the new wave, dark wave Vogue- underground-nightclub-inspired best of my era, with the buoyant sounds of the likes of Eurythmics (as buoyant as they were) and Depeche Mode keeping my head boppin’ and my smile pasted on my face, along other songs that I remembered but didn’t remember I remembered, and songs I had yet to remember I remembered.

Starting out slowly and quietly (as many as eight subwoofers can be quiet) with more tumbleweeds than people, the evening picked up with an infusion of Puget Sound Pizza staff, at first, and more devoted friends and fans as the evening progressed.

The vibe was mellow and upbeat â€" can the two coexist? you wonder? Oh, yes they can, I emphatically answer â€" with the drinks, divine: my own new favorite take on the old classic I drank back in my last '80s-dancing days, the “vodka tonic.” Today’s version: the Effen tonic, with vodka so smooth you can use it in place of lubrication.

Upping the ante on that classic, the Effen X-Rated, with the same lethally smooth vodka mixed with X-Rated Passion Fruit Vodka and 7-Up; it went down so well I could see it being a standby red-wine standby for me, and I could feel it work its magic on my joints with the music â€" I very nearly got out there and shook my groove thing in public.

Next week? I may very well be there in the middle of the vast floor.

Or I may hide on my bar stool, smiling as I sip and bop, recalling the days when hair was big and music was better. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Club Hopping, Music, Tacoma,

June 9, 2007 at 11:16am

Tracy Marie speaks! (through the asthma)

Tracy Marie took a break from cleaning fire damage today to tell me all about what went down at yesterday’s fire, which impacted Tracy Marie’s Day Spa and some items from Leigh Young’s Gift Gallery (the two share a space), but fortunately not a whole lot else in Sanford & Son.  Though there’s water damage, especially on the ground floor, the fact that the building remains standing is a testament to Tracy Marie’s amateur firefighting skills and the Middle Floor Merchants’ ability to work together.

“There was a candle, I thought I blew it out, I went to get coffee chatted with Jen (from Country Girl Gardens)… we noticed water and then smoke coming out of my room…”

Tracy Marie said Jen quickly grabbed a large fire extinguisher, and Tracy Marie got to work; Jen grabbed a second fire extinguisher and Tracy Marie emptied that one as well.

About ten minutes later, “some guy made me leave, I’m not sure who he was… Maybe some fire chaplain guy?”

While the water main bursting potentially helped staunch the spread of the fire, the flames were starting to burn all the wood above the water main, where the smoke was seen coming through, and that area was beginning to burn quickly.

“Yeah the water main broke, but that’s not was put out the fire… I put it out!”

For that bravery, Tracy Marie was awarded a stay at the hospital for breathing treatments and spent the rest of the evening in the care of her mother, as she has asthma and needed monitoring.
As for the rest of the gang at the Middle Floor Merchants, it was business as usual, with an evening of shock and cleaning ending out their busy day.

I’m thinking that probably my own candle use is going to change a bit: yes, kids, those innocent looking air-improvers really can wreak havoc on a space. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Tacoma,

June 10, 2007 at 11:02am

Perfect day, perfect pairings

Friends and family.  Food and drink. Wine and roses.  Beginnings and completions.  Bitter and sweet.

Some things naturally go together, and on the lucky days, they all come together.

Case in point, my day.

Friday began with a walk across a stage with pomp and circumstance accenting each step, it involved the Significant One and my mother, who was teary eyed at my accomplishment despite the lack of honor cords around my neck.  While it was fun to see all my friends and professors, it made me teary to think that all those experiences I had were relegated to fond memory status. 

Even though I’d completed classes and my bachelor’s degree in December, formalizing the completion with the commencement exercises made it all very tangible and real and sad, in an “I did it, I really did it…Now what?” kind of way.

Lunch at Paddy Coyne’s was a great way to connect with my mom and my mate, with an awesome lamb skewer and salad making my tum happy.

After that, picking up the wee one at her new school and introducing my mom around was a fun way to see the cycle begin to perpetuate: my kid is now the daughter of two University graduates, with her daddy crossing a stage to get his master’s next week.  To know that that’s her background, to know she’s surrounded by books and a love of things smart: very cool.

The evening was capped off in a perfect way, with a trip to Pairings Fine Wine & Bar for an exquisite Malbec tasting with my old-time good friend Maria, who’s seen me go through my entire school experience and was the ideal person to help me celebrate it.  And how fun, to wander into Rebecca V and see Roland and Cheri, and to compare notes on the show (turns out, Roland and I had similar taste as to our favorites.)

Call me a fruity girl: I can take it.  I like my wine with fruity flavors, and the Malbecs at Pairings made me happy.  Making me happier, the fabulous friendly girls, Jess and Bekka.  Bekka was rocking my tasting world when she brought out my next tastes as she noticed I needed them: I’ve never had that experience before, since I’m usually bellyin’ up to the bar for the next taste.  Helping, I’m sure, was the rather sparse crowd a the event: I was about to blame this morning’s Sound to Narrows race until we went to Tempest and saw the crowd there.

Bitter+Sweet at Tempest: Lovely Larry’s moving on to Pacific Grill, though Lovely Leslie will take his place and Larry will still be on-call.

Still and all, fun times there, and then a remembered invitation to hang with the gang that got me into the journalism gig to begin with, Prof. Chris and Herr Editor Nick, who along with friend Damien had also commenced. Something called a “touchdown” was purchased for me at Ida’s, and that Red Bull with dunked shot of something did something to my inhibitions â€" pretty soon I found myself singing Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” with the Prof, with her singing Meatloaf and me singing, rather pathetically, the woman’s part.

Great, great fun, great, great day. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

June 10, 2007 at 11:08am

Compare and contrast: two temporary closures

Babblin’ Babs Bistro and Corina Bakery have a few things in common.

The small spots dish up big flavors, Babblin’ Babs with foodie-friendly, huge flavors in surprising combinations, and Corina Bakery with the most mouth-wateringly fabulous old-school cakes and sweet baked treats.

Both establishments are family owned.  William and Shannon Mueller run Babblin’ Babs while also parenting two kids under 6, which is the same situation for Corina Bakery’s Walter and Jessica Gaya.

And both establishments will soon expand, and temporarily close.

Corina Bakery will close down on June 17 for about a week, so that the Gayas can expand the space.  The bakery itself will move upstairs, with an expanded downstairs that will potentially include a wheelchair accessible restroom.

Though the Muellers of Babblin’ Babs are working on expanding into the space next door, an exact date that conferences, meetings, and large parties can use the space is unknown, as is exact information on when their liquor license will be approved.

What is known, is that the Muellers will embark on some well-deserved family time off from July 1-14, with some traveling featuring in their plans, in addition to a bistro spruce-up.

While it’ll pain me to give up my berry cheesecake (Corina’s) and lavender latte (Babblin’ Babs) temporarily, at least I won’t have to give ‘em both up, together.

And the after-effects of the closures?

Both good things. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

June 11, 2007 at 12:47pm

Club Masa

The next time you roll into Masa, you might notice something a little different beneath those hipster shoes of yours. The proprietors there have installed a dance floor in one half of their formal dining room. Tables will sit on the dance floor for lunch and dinner, but once the eating crowd has made their exit, all of the tables will be cleared at 10 p.m. for some serious rug cutting, called Club Masa. A Latin DJ will spin salsa, merengue, reggaeton and enough hip-hop to get those rumps shakin' every Friday and Saturday until closing, starting Friday, June 15. I have just appointed myself as Masa's first ever go-go dancer. Somebody say hooooo! — Natasha

Filed under: Club Hopping, Tacoma,

June 11, 2007 at 4:48pm

The Garage closes

"Tacoma is just not ready for a club of this size," says South Sound Garage owner Chris Wallis.

Noquarter Even though he had a packed crowd for Saturday's No Quarter concert Wallis closed his 9,000-square-foot downtown Tacoma Club today not sure if he's selling it or reopening at a later date.  â€" Brad Allen

Photo by Carmen Jones

Filed under: Club News, Music, Tacoma,

June 12, 2007 at 1:00am

Galaxy 6 screens local film "Limbo"

How much worse can it get for a 30-something guy to have to move back in with Mom and Dad? Not much, some would say. But it can get worse, a lot worse. He could lose his girlfriend, his nightclub, and go bankrupt in the same year, freezing his life in a state of limbo. Tacoma-born Joe Rosati has his true story â€" or something based on his true story â€" blown up on the Galaxy 6’s big screen Wednesday and Thursday.

Rosati’s misfortune actually happened over the course of a year, but it was written and filmed to happen all in one week â€" for the sake of the movie, "Limbo." Rosati, Ben Warner, Mike Winfrey, and his longtime movie partner Nick Snapp collected funny stories in their lives and melded them into this original script.  Rosati makes his life a spectacle for Tacoma. â€" â€" Stacy Wagoner

“Limbo,” plays at the Galaxy 6 Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m. 

Filed under: Screens,

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