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October 20, 2007 at 10:24am

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki

Learn it, use it, spell it

Sanctum \SANK-tum\, noun;
plural sanctums or sancta::
1. A sacred place.
2. A place of retreat where one is free from intrusion.

USAGE EXAMPLE: In Bobble Tiki’s often times miserable life, he considers his only reliable sanctum to be the crapper. For 10 or 15 minutes every morning, like clock work, Bobble Tiki is at peace with the world. He’s also pooping.

Breakfastatbobbletikis THE MORNING NEWS

SEATTLE: Copperfield’s magic hands.

GORBACHEV: It’s my party!

BERLIN: Let go of my schnitzel!

FLORIDA: Hey, my leg itches!

You can stand atop the mountain and scream your naked desires to the universe or shed that synapse epilepsy and hug the South Sound today with your fellow man:

MUSIC: Tonight at Club Impact â€" inconveniently located on the corner of Ninth and Pacific, luring rowdy youth into one of Tacoma’s finest neighborhoods and mass transit hubs â€" a folk/acoustic show with Cavalier, A Secret Kept, David Levang, Cassie Corelle, The Overcast, and Clearwall is planned to go down. Damn those kids and their acoustic/folk! To Bobble Tiki there’s nothing more threatening than teen-agers in a group. Tacoma must nip this problem in the bud, before kids start thinking they’ve got something to do.

MORE MUSIC: What's on tonight.

EVENTS: Check out area haunted houses.

DRINK: Silent but deadly.

A few weeks ago Bobble Tiki received a stuffed manila envelope from the band Intervision, who will be up from Portland to play Jazzbones Saturday, Oct. 20. Inside was a copy of Intervision’s second record, Shades of Neptune, released earlier this year. The envelope also contained a brief bio, describing Intervision as "soul/R&B/Pop-rock," and saying the group combines "elements of soul, rock, jazz, and pop, the quintet is earning lofty comparisons to bands like Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, and Jamiroquai, yet have created their own intensely unique sound." Check out the band here.

Please be Bobble Tiki’s friend here.

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Deal with it.

Filed under: Bobble Tiki, Music, News To Us, Tacoma,

October 20, 2007 at 10:51am

It's on today!

Evan Purcell
Evan Purcell could write a song about a paper bag that would make you cry. Purcell is the king of nostalgia. A performance by Purcell is like a patchwork portrait of real life characters and their poignant real life stories. Some songs feel like letters to people he has known. All are touched with a sense of understanding and sympathy for humanity. Everyday items become special as they are draped in memories.

What makes his songs so important is the connection they make with people when they hear them. It’s almost as though Purcell is a novelist who happens to write songs. â€" Angela Jossy
[Origin 23 Degrees, with Jeanlizabeth, 8 p.m., all ages, no cover, 601 N Union Ave., Tacoma]


Damon Castello
Newcomer Damon Castello, possesses a similar vibe to John Mayer with the ability to construct lines that are intellectually driven but accessible at the same time. Uniting shades of blues, soul, folk and rock like so many in the new singer/songwriter movement, Castello will most certainly fall into the predictable slot of adult alternative and be played on 103.7FM the Mountain. He debuted in 2005 with a five-song EP entitled Revolving Door where he showcased his California pop style, and yet the tracks vary in style â€" from the soul-drenched “Weird World” to the West Coast acoustic flavored title track. “Annie Hall” is a metaphoric take on the Woody Allen film that is a fine example of Castello’s ability as a lyricist. He flirts ever so slightly with hip-hop and dub with “Get Out of My Way” and “All I Really Want,” which shows his incredible diversity. Watch this artist. â€" Tony Engelhart
[Jazzbones, with Phil O’Sullivan and Intervision, 9 p.m., all ages, $8-$10, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169]


Harlequin productions is staging "Macbeth," which is known in theater circles as "the Scottish play" because it is deemed unlucky for the theater to even mention the name of the William Shakespeare tragedy lest it face a series of mishaps during the run of the show. There is a bit of evidence to suggest there is at least some truth to these theater tales.

Harlequin creates a wonderful landscape of creepy characters and scenes. It is a complete creation with effective lighting, stark makeup and off-center staging with dreadfully grand costumes.

"Macbeth" is a must-see this Halloween. â€" Steve Dunkelberger

[State Theater, through Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $24-$33, $12-$15 rush tickets a half-hour before curtain time, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.786.0151]

Filed under: 5 Things To Do, Music, Tacoma, Theater,

October 21, 2007 at 9:03am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart CLASSICAL
Classical Sundays
These are the standard sounds of the restaurant on this Sunday afternoon: the hiss and rumble of the espresso machine, the metal-on-stoneware “tink” as food is eaten, the indistinct snippets of conversation melding with the rumble of the Harley Davidson motorcycles outside.

And then, from one motorcycle’s sound system Black Sabbath blares, creating an interesting contrast of sounds against the classical guitar being strummed by Geoffrey Klok.

This is the Antique Sandwich Company’s Classical Music Sunday, an event that’s been in existence for nearly 25 years.

Today, enjoy the Brass Unlimited Quartet.

[The Antique Sandwich Company, 3 p.m., 5102 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, 253.752.4069]

Mandolin Café
With live music just about every day of the week, it’s hard not to mention Mandolin Café. Some of the Northwest’s most treasured acoustic performers frequent the joint, and its one of the few venues that provide a grand piano for performers to use. If you like a dash of conversation with your coffee and music, then you will fit right in. Oh yeah, and they serve beer and wine too. â€" Angela Jossy

  • Village Jazz, Sunday, Oct. 21 11 a.m., all ages, no cover.
  • The Kareem Kandi Band, Sunday, Oct. 21 3 p.m., all ages, no cover.
  • Jake Hemming, Sunday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., all ages, no cover.


[Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St. 253.761.3482 www.myspace.com/themandolincafe]

MORE MUSIC: Today’s music calendar.

“100 years of Broadway”
Do you have attention deficit disorder? Or maybe just a short attention span? Well, nix the Ritalin for the night and head down to the Pantages Theater Sunday. It’s not a cure, but rather a fix. Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” is loaded with snippets from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “CATS,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” Berg, in the true if-you-can’t-beat-‘em-join-‘em spirit, decided to throw a bone to the MTV/soundbite/ USA Today generation, and anyone else who can’t seem to keep their minds on anything for any amount of time, by offering Chunks of Broadway with itty bitty time frames. Just on the off-chance that you people with short attention spans are still reading this, an all-star New York band is in tow. â€" Suzy Stump

[Pantages Theater, Sunday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m., $32-$54, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.591. 5894]

MORE STAGE: What’s on local stages.

October 21, 2007 at 9:31am

Downtown Tacoma protest Nov. 9 and 10

Look what Spew found  while searching the Portland Independent Media  Center. â€" Suzy StumpDowntowntacomaprotest

Filed under: News To Us, Politics, Tacoma,

October 21, 2007 at 8:16pm

A-mazing day

Cornmaze Despite ominous skies, we thought a trip to a corn maze and pumpkin farm we hadn’t yet visited would be fun.  So the wee one, significant one, and significant mom and I all piled into the SUV and went over the river (but not through the woods) to Rutledge Farms.

Possibly the first piece of evidence to my directional abilities was my misreading of the map we had; we found ourselves nearer our standard Christmas tree farm than any corn maze.

Back on track, we arrived at Rutledge Farm.  I chose to attempt the maze despite my directional impairment, though the significant side of the family â€" all three of them â€" opted out of the fun, instead choosing to hunt the perfect pumpkin.

Cornmazefrombridge I should have brought pebbles, or breadcrumbs, or a guide: I found myself bewildered in the first four minutes, and deciding to get back to the entrance and concede defeat.

Cornmazemap But to get to the entrance, I’d have to find it.  I found, instead, a bridge, which showed me I was closer to the back of the maze than the front.  A map I found confirmed that I was, indeed, the furthest distance between the entries.

I heard voices, I saw no bodies.  The skies grew more ominous, and I started freaking out.
Running, not heeding logic (because, after all, “logic” was what got me to the point of no return to begin) I finally got to the exit, and decided that â€"reallyâ€"I am not a maze person.

Cormmazetwo Finally meeting up with the fam at the pumpkin patch, I found more fun slogging through deep puddles with the kid (which was, it turned out, her favorite activity of the day) just as the skies finally opened up.

Still, a fun, autumnal day. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Games,

October 22, 2007 at 6:21am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart FILM
Gavin Hood’s terrifying, intelligent thriller tells the story of an Egyptian-born American who is "disappeared" from a flight by the CIA and held without good cause for torture and interrogation. Reese Witherspoon plays his pregnant wife, who turns to an old boyfriend (Peter Saarsgard) to intervene with his boss, a senator (Alan Arkin). Meryl Streep chillingly plays the U.S. head of intelligence, and Jake Gyllenhaal is the troubled CIA bureau chief in the country that is hired to torture the man. A big, confident, effective film with its politics seamlessly a part of its story. Hood won an Oscar in 2005 for his "Tsotsi." Rated R for torture/violence and language. Four stars â€" Roger Ebert

[AMC Narrows Plaza 8: 2:40, 5:20, 8; Century Olympia 16: 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10; Lakewood Cinema 15: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20; Lakewood Towne Center 12: 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45; Longston Place 14: 12:30, 3:30, 7:30, 10:30; Regal Martin Village 16: 11:35 a.m., 2:30, 6:50, 9:45; Yelm Cinemas @ Prairie Park: 12:20, 2:55, 6:20, 9]

MOVIE CLOCK: What’s playing on local screens.

October 22, 2007 at 6:42am

Plan now for Art at Work Month

Tacoma’s Art at Work Month has become a Godzilla’s feast of literary, visual and performing arts. Is there any other town of comparable size in the Western Hemisphere that has anything to match it? I don’t think so.

November is Art at Work Month. Festivities begin with an opening celebration at the Museum of Glass Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, music by the Tacoma Youth Symphony, and a performance by Carla Barragan & BQdance. It’s free.

Oh, but that’s the day after Art at Work Month begins. The real start is Thursday, Nov. 1, when the University Jazz Ensemble plays at Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound puts on a play called “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” the “Define-a-Thon” takes place at King’s Books, and singer/songwriter Joshua Scott entertains at Mandolin Café.

Plan your November cultural calendar here. â€" Alec Clayton

Filed under: Alec Clayton, Culture, Tacoma,

October 22, 2007 at 2:12pm

Striking good deal

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is our bestest friend ever.  They are extending a 10 percent discount to Weekly Volcano readers for “Striking 12.”

Just mention you are a Weekly Volcano reader when purchasing your tickets and they will knock 10 percent of your purchase and think you are the smartest person in the whole world, maybe the universe. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Culture, Tacoma, Theater,

October 22, 2007 at 5:09pm

Sanford & Son Haunted House closed

The Sanford & Son sponosred Haunted House is closed for the season.  Here is the word from Sanford & Son co-owner Cheryl Gorsuch:

        Haunted House closed for good......soooo wrong......  I am sorry to say that the Haunted v             house will not be reopening..........

        We are soooo sad. The City of Tacoma and The state of Washington have a new permit law             this year for any amusement building. You have to have a permit at least 6 months in                     advance..........

        So much for the artist in you or any type of spontaneity to create an installation for all to             enjoy......

        Oh well....

        We're are going down to Meconi's Pub right now and you are all free to join us.

        Thank you all for all of your support and kind words of encouragement.

        We still love Tacoma!

        Cheryl G.

October 23, 2007 at 7:10am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart OPEN MIC
Victory Music Open Mic
The Victory Music Open Mic is considered the granddaddy of all open mics in the South Sound.  The charming laid-back atmosphere encourages self-expression during the weekly open mic without the threat of being heckled. All levels of talent, skill and influence are welcome. Each show is also broadcast on Tacoma radio station KVTI 90.5 FM.

The Antique also offers one of the most wholesome “good for you” menus around, too. They specialize in organic healthy ingredients with a huge variety of whole and half sandwiches in addition to their tasty homemade soups and quiches. If you have a sweet tooth, they have some of the best desserts around, too. â€" Jennifer Johnson

[Antique Sandwich Co., every Tuesday, 6 p.m. sign up, 7 p.m. music, all ages, $1-$3, 5102 N. Pearl St., Ruston, up the road from Point Defiance Park, 253.752.4069]

Mark Dufresne, Brian Feist

Two Northwest blues men will combine forces and tear up the Red Wing Casino Tuesday. Mark Dufresne and Brian Feist are celebrated blues artists in their own right.

Dufresne is a seasoned harp player and vocalist who has been a part of the Northwest blues scene since the 1980s and shows no signs of slowing down. With a controlled mastery of the harmonica, he has been a welcomed guest on many West Coast artists’ recordings. His own disc, There’s a Song in There, was proof positive he was a true bluesman. And when the legendary Roomful of Blues was looking to return to a traditional blues format, they called upon the bug man to fill the bill.

Feist is just a babe on the blues block but is already causing quite a stir. The Olympia-based guitar player is one of the few axe men who have an open invitation to play with Little Bill and the Blue Notes. Yes, he’s that good. Whether playing jazz, funk or blues, Feist can cut the mustard with style. It is no wonder trombone extraordinaire Randy Oxford just put Feist on his payroll. â€" Tony Engelhart

[Red Wing Casino, 7 p.m., no cover, 12819 Yelm Highway S.E., Olympia, 360.412.5000]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

Great Pumpkin

“Each year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere,” Linus explains to Sally as they wait together on Halloween night in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” “He’s got to pick this one â€" he’s got to! I don’t see how a pumpkin patch could be more sincere than this one,” Linus continues. In the end, though, the Great Pumpkin chooses not to grace the Peanuts’ pumpkin patch, and a disappointed Linus is forced to wait another year while an irate Sally laments her lost “tricks or treats.” Alas, the stench of Lucy’s hypocrisy must have been too strong.

Let that be a lesson to any of you hipsters out there thinking of dropping by the W.W. Seymour Conservatory to partake in Pumpkin Patch Photos: Come correct or don’t come at all. We don’t need any snickering from pumpkin haters ruining our chances of seeing the Great Pumpkin. True believers are invited to bring the family and greet the fall with a search for the perfect jack-o’-lantern in the park’s fecund pumpkin patch. Snap photos of your young and old ghouls and goblins â€" a little pumpkin patch complete with oversize metalwork crows will be set up for a festive backdrop. â€" Suzy Stump

[W.W. Seymour Conservatory, Oct. 23-Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, donations are righteous, Wright Park, 316 South G St., Tacoma, 253.591.5330]

MORE EVENTS: Get your Halloween on.

Filed under: 5 Things To Do, Music, Tacoma,

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