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October 11, 2007 at 7:12am

Tour of Urban Living this weekend

I can’t wait to peek inside Tacoma’s swank condominiums during this weekend’s Tour of Urban Living, a self-guided tour set to take place Oct. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In last year’s tour, I remember having a light bulb “Aha!” moment watching the occupants of the top floor of a million-dollar condo project.

Together, the couple entered the elevator with their two Scottish terriers, a carrier with six bottles of wine, and several bags of groceries.

Right then and there, I was sold on condo lifestyle. I could see myself as an empty nester with two lap dogs I’d bestow impossibly clever names upon, bringing up my gourmet fare to prepare and savor in my gourmet kitchen kitted out with Gaggenau and Viking appliances while sipping on an amazing vintage.

Check out the Tour of Urban Living details here. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Tacoma,

October 11, 2007 at 11:55am

Best Friend Ever Broadway Center

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is our bestest friend ever.  They are extending a 10 percent discount to Weekly Volcano readers for their following productions:

“Four Slices of Wry,”

“Rush Limbaugh in Night School,” and

“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 11, 2007 at 2:24pm

Trekkin’ through Tricky’s past

Trickys Captain Kirk has a son, and his name is Tricky. 

No, really. 

Tricky’s Pop Culture Emporium is owned and run by Patrick Kirk, whose dad was a captain (get it? Captain Kirk) in the U.S. Army.  Yes, Daddy Kirk was a Trekkie, and yes, the family sat together and watched “Star Trek” when it was on television.

It would seem like natural progression, then, that Tricky the Trekkie would dream of a world beyond the elder care he’d been involved with since he was 13 years old.  Tricky saw Star Trek: the Experience as a way out of the daily diapering of the elderly. “It was before Depends,” he remembers. “They were cloth diapers.”

Star Trek: the Experience, a sort of Disney World for Trekkies in Las Vegas, lured Kirk with the lofty title wardrobe assistant.  What that amounted to was, in his words, “washing Starfleet uniforms and shining Klingon boots.” He recalls how the Klingons’ boots, with internal lifts, lifted further the Klingons’ impressions of themselves.

But all was not well with the Experience, and downsizing brought Captain Kirk’s son a pink slip.

That brought Kirk back to work as a nurse’s aide in a Las Vegas old folks home filled with New York characters “who would not die.”  He recalls one guy with a four-pack-a-day â€" “unfiltered!” he emphasizes â€" smoking habit who had a particularly nasty attitude at 100 years old.  A former barber, the man had many photos on his walls.  All featured a cigarette in the right hand and a drink in the left.  “He used to cut Regis Philbin’s hair,” Tricky tells me, and I’m certain he’s pulling my chain. “No, I believed him,” he says.  “If he was going to lie, he’d say Frank Sinatra or something, not Regis Philbin.”

Good point.

At about this time, Elvis entered Kirk’s life in the form of albums some of the residents had given him.  Kirk says of his ambitions, “I moved there (to Vegas) to clean Klingon boots, not to do Elvis impersonations.”  But sometimes, the inevitable grabs hold, and Kirk succumbed, moving to Seattle shortly thereafter, where he garnered rave reviews and a first place for his Elvis in a skirt â€" TransElvistite.  A picture in his shop shows him as his alter ego, and he has a great pair of legs to go with his miniskirt.

Now, here in Tacoma, where his brother lives, Kirk’s shop acts as a physical autobiography of his life’s phases and interests â€" all for sale for surprisingly cheap.

Go there; talk to him.  It’s fun. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

[Tricky’s Pop Culture Emporium, 817 Division Ave. Suite B, Tacoma, 253.272.5288]

Filed under: Games, Tacoma,

October 11, 2007 at 2:42pm

Pole play, Samsara style!

YouTube just got sexier, courtesy of Tacoma’s Samsara Pilates and Pole’s Meli McCourek.  You won’t see full frontal, but you will see titillating fun, and some super hot shoes.  Then you can sign yourself up for classes and learn the fun, yourself. Contact  Samsara Pilates and Pole at 253.370.2452 with all your questions. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Sports, Tacoma,

October 12, 2007 at 7:29am

Tacoma Film Festival winners

The Grand Cinema’s Executive Director Philip Cowan picked four out of the five winning films at the Tacoma Film Festival.  Before the festival opened, Cowan listed his “must see” picks, which include all winning films but "GPS: The Movie" announced last night at the closing ceremony.  Here are the winners:

Audience Choice Award: "My Left Hand"

Best Documentary: "Spitfire 944"

Best Local Film: "GPS: The Movie"

Best Short Film: "Full Disclosure"

Best Feature Film: "Rain in the Mountains"

Congratulations to the brain trust behind the festival.  We enjoyed many films, including bloody nose night at the Tacoma School of the Arts. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma,

October 12, 2007 at 12:21pm

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart_4 ROCK
Bug Nasties, Fungus Riot
Despite the obvious differences between the two bands, the similarities will be overwhelming. Rock will be the binding theme, and based on that alone this show will be one of the best the week has to offer. The Bug Nasties lean toward Austin Powers’ fashion, mod sounds of the ’60s, and extreme R&B. Fungus Riot, on the other hand, list bands like NOFX, Rancid, and Iron Maiden as their influences, and aren’t afraid to go a little epic on your ass. On paper they seem like complete opposites, but this writer’s prediction is it won’t matter. The two bands share a love of rock and roll ideals, and that’s almost always enough for an entertaining show. â€" Matt Driscoll
[Le Voyeur, 10 p.m., no cover, 404 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, 360.943.5710]

MUSIC: What’s happening tonight.

“Sweeney Todd”
There was a crime committed in downtown Olympia last weekend. There were two empty seats at Capital Playhouse’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” a tasteful play about a mass murderer who sees a business opportunity in the otherwise useless stack of corpses he has created. I guess you could consider the empty seats a “capital crime,” but the real victims probably don’t know they missed an opportunity to see one of the best shows found in the South Sound in the last decade or so. It was brilliant. â€" Steve Dunkelberger
[Capital Playhouse, 7:30 p.m., $21 to $33, 612 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, 360.943.2744]

“The Wonder Bread Years”
Comedian Pat Hazell examines baby-boomer Americana â€" sugar-highs, milk money, the kid’s table, pop rocks, the ice cream truck, and those long distance trips in the wayback of the Country Squire Wagon â€" in his one-man show, “The Wonder Bread Years.” â€" Suzy Stump
[Washington Center, 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$31.50, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, 360.753.8585]

STAGE: More stage shows tonight.

Filed under: Culture, Music, Olympia, Theater,

October 12, 2007 at 3:06pm

Indochine on Pearl to open Nov. 1

The building that was previously the unfortunately named Sar’s Oriental Cuisine has been sitting vacant near my house for awhile. 

Then improvements were made, paint was slapped on the walls, and rumors began circulating that an Indochine would be moving in.

Shortly after that, a sign went up, confirming that.

Just a few weeks ago, paper was taken off windows, hinting at the beautiful interior inside, as a banner was placed, promising  “coming soon, Indochine on Pearl.”

I just spoke to a representative from the University Place location, who will be running the new Thai restaurant, and he confirms that the restaurant is set to open Nov. 1.

But I’ll be getting the interior peek hook-up, soon.

Keep your eyes set right hear for more. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 13, 2007 at 9:41am

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki

Learn it, use it, spell it

Gauche \GOHSH\, adjective:
Lacking social polish; tactless; awkward; clumsy.

USAGE EXAMPLE: Bobble Tiki has been called many things in his life. An ass. A prick. Even an imbecile. However, Bobble Tiki has never been called gauche. It’s not because he’s not gauche, mind you, it’s simply that Bobble Tiki’s friends have the vocabulary of third-graders.

Breakfastatbobbletikis THE MORNING NEWS

SCHOOLS: Bethel teachers shouldn’t photocopy their asses.

VATICAN: Vatican bars prelate in gay row.

NEW YORK: Karaoke machines vs. vacuum cleaner hose.

NEW YORK: Casper goes down.

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: If there’s one place Bobble Tiki supports it’s Bob’s Java Jive. Over the years he’s spent many a paycheck there. Tonight, Mismatch and Odradek will rock the giant coffee pot, and all proceeds will go to “keeping the Jive alive.” Bobble Tiki isn’t exactly sure what’s threatening the Jive these days, but as always, he thinks keeping it alive is a mighty fine idea. Be there, be square.

MORE MUSIC: What's on tonight.

EVENT: Tour of Urban Living today and tomorrow.

DISH: Grab some soup today.

When Bobble Tiki saw that War with Saturn â€" who according to their MySpace page are in the metal/metal/metal genre â€" will be playing McCoy’s Saturday, Oct. 13, naturally he was mildly interested. If anywhere in Olympia seems fit for metal it’s McCoy’s, but still, Bobble Tiki had to wonder. When Bobble Tiki found out War with Saturn actually live in Olympia, and consider it the home of the band, he was downright intrigued.

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

October 13, 2007 at 9:49am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart ROCK
The Boss Martians
The Boss Martians â€" who will bring their ’60s-influenced guitar pop to Hell’s Kitchen tonight along with Dragstrip Riot and The Dirty Birds â€" may quite possibly be one of the most underappreciated bands currently calling the Northwest home. Not that the Boss Martians aren’t loved by many â€" because they are. And not that the Martians have had an unsuccessful career â€" because they haven’t. (Rolling Stone’s David Fricke has called them “rising stars.” Spin has called them “irresistible.”) But for as good as the Boss Martians are, you’d think they’d rule the world by now â€" or at least have played Leno once or twice and graced the cover of Rolling Stone as many times as Fall Out Boy. â€" Matt Driscoll
[Hell’s Kitchen, 8 p.m., $5, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003]

Jason Webley
Diving into gypsy artist Jason Webley’s world, I found jazz flavors of Django Reinhardt, a sincerity of Tom Waits and a reflective vocal style akin to Ray Davies.

To date, Webley has recorded five solo discs. Each one is unique and a wildly entertaining listen as he cross-breeds genres and interjects his yearning accordion into the mix. Rather than penning the obvious cliché love songs, Webley digs a bit deeper for a more introspective take on things. His latest, The Cost of Living, is another great effort by the Seattle-based artist. â€" Tony Engelhart
[Capitol Theater, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., all ages, $8, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia, 360.352.8787]

the everybodyfields
The everybodyfields, who hit the Northwest from Johnson City, Tenn., are firm evidence that country music is alive and strong, and the young Americana, folk, indie blood being pumped into the genre will be more than enough to carry us past the inevitable bloated death of Toby Keith and the small and bankrupt demise of Big and Rich.

the everybodyfields released Nothing is Okay in August of ’07. It marked the band’s third full-length release, and first with Ramseur Records â€" an indie label also known for the Avett Brothers and Mad Tea Party. I strongly suggest you check the record out at www.theeverybodyfields.com, and I strongly suggest you check them out when they hit Plenty Saturday. If you’ve never seen a show at Plenty, this one’s a sure bet. â€" Matt Driscoll
[Plenty Restaurant, Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., $5-$10 sliding scale, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia, 360.705.3716]

MORE MUSIC: Tonight in the clubs.

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

October 13, 2007 at 12:35pm

Like lots of beer?

Doylesgiantmug Doyle's Public House sells these giant puppies for $10 a pop.  You can purchase just the mug for $5.  And refills are only $8 â€" but it's only good for their Oktoberfest brews. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

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