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October 16, 2007 at 5:48pm

Beer prices going up?

One of our favorite beer distributors just told us the average price of any beer by January might be $14 to $15 a six pack. The price of hops went from $3 a pound to $21 a pound, and all other grains went up at least 50 percent, if you can even get them.

Hop growers are suggesting a lottery system to get grain, so if your number doesn't come up, you don't get any grain for the whole year. So, basically the world wide micro industry will get tossed on its ear in just one day.

Might be a good idea to stock up on a cellar of beer, especially high end beers and beers that are high in hops as most breweries will not be able to afford to produce anymore.

Scary, huh?  Anyone else hear this? â€" Brad Allen

MSNBC reports on it, too.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 17, 2007 at 7:04am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart CELTIC
Ockham’s Razor
Doyle’s Public House and its patrons have been warming up to St. Patrick’s Day in a unique way â€" with a St. Practice Day series â€" and the next one tonight will feature contemporary Celtic band Ockham’s Razor.  The band takes the Gaelic-Celtic genre into the 21st century with a keen sense of the past coupled with a progressive attitude that is entirely fresh.

Check them out and get your green drink on early. â€" Suzy Stump

[Doyle’s Public House, 9 p.m., no cover, 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.7468]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

Frasca favorites
Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia is featuring two artists and one husband and wife collaborative team this month: Marilyn Frasca, Betty Moynahan, and John and Robin Gamaelius.

Frasca is the real artist in this show. I’ve seen a few Frasca shows over the past two decades, mostly at Childhood’s End, and I think this may be the best yet. She’s showing around a dozen monotype and pastel drawings of figures and animals that look vaguely mythological. It is not at all clear what these humans and animals are doing, but they clearly seem to get along, somewhat like the creatures in a Henri Rousseau painting. The mythological look comes from the fact that some of the animals are proportionally much larger than life and some have masklike faces. They are mythlike, but they are not myths. â€" Alec Clayton

[Childhood’s End, 222 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia, 360.943.3724]

Bigfoot spotted in Olympia
Fact meets fiction and then rubs noses with history, Native American lore and modern science as the story of Bigfoot plays out in displays at the new exhibit “Giants in the Mountains: The Search for Sasquatch” at the State Capital Museum in Olympia.

This exploration of the Sasquatch story here in the Pacific Northwest focuses on why the geography and heritage found in this area of the globe feeds into the Bigfoot legend. â€" Steve Dunkelberger

[State Capital Museum, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $1-$2, 211 21st Ave. S.W., six blocks south of the Capitol Building, Olympia, 360.753.2580]

MORE ART: Stroll through galleries and museums.

October 17, 2007 at 9:30am

Thoughts on Club Impact

Update: The News Tribune covered the community forum concerning the corner of Ninth and Pacific where Club Impacts sits.

In case you haven’t caught wind of the brewing controversy between everyone’s favorite Jesus-sponsored all-ages music venue â€" Club Impact/Brick City, and the business owners that surround it, let me fill you in. This shit is funny.

According to an article written by Scott Fontaine and published in the TNT,  business owners surrounding Club Impact are complaining about crowds of unruly youth loitering outside Club Impact, taking up parking, dealing drugs, publicly urinating and generally being “rowdy.”
Even Marty Campbell, chairman of the New Tacoma neighborhood council, was quoted in the article, saying, “In the middle of what I think should be one of our top bar districts and entertainment districts, well, an all-ages club just doesn’t fit into that.”

This is so funny for so many reasons.

  • Club Impact getting treated like a societal blemish? What would Jesus say?
  • Do teens not have the same right to park as everyone else?
  • Try picturing someone pulling up to one of the bars or businesses in the proximity of Club Impact only to be frightened off by a rough group of teen-agers waiting for the church-sponsored metal show.
  • And how about Chairman Campbell’s assertion that Club Impact doesn’t fit in with “one of our top bar districts and entertainment districts.”

Look. I’ve spent a long time in Tacoma’s bar and entertainment districts. I’ve seen more drug deals, loitering, lewd behavior, raucous activity, and public urination than most people see in a lifetime. If that’s what the kids at Impact are up to, well, we should have invited them to our grown up Tacoma party a long time ago. Sounds like they fit right in. â€" Matt Driscoll

Filed under: Club News, Matt Driscoll, Music, Tacoma,

October 17, 2007 at 10:07am

Happy Pumpkin Day

Rustygeorgefreepumpkin Rusty George Creative advertising agency sent the Weekly Volcano a reminder â€" in the form of a scratch ticket â€" that it’s Pumpkin Day Wednesday, Oct. 24.  If the Weekly Volcano scratches one of the three pumpkins and it reads “You Win,” then we can visit Rusty George’s downtown office Oct. 24 and pick up a free pumpkin.

We’re not sure if that holds true after scratching all three.  Stupid Bobble Tiki. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Games, Tacoma,

October 17, 2007 at 10:59am

Babblin’ Babs â€" why we love it

Billed as “a world of flavors,” Babblin’ Babs Bistro doesn’t disappoint. 

Chef William Mueller fuses French techniques with a casual flair, crafting exquisite breakfast sandwiches, fresh lunch fare, and dinner specials featuring locally sourced and organic (when possible) products.  Items like Lavender lattes make us drool and go back for more, while exotic flavor combinations in his special dishes make us glad we did.

Just thought you’d like to know. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

[Babblin’ Babs Bistro, 2724 N. Proctor St., Tacoma, 253.761.9099]

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 18, 2007 at 7:01am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart ROCK
Melt Banana
Over the course of a 15-year career, Melt Banana has unleashed eight full-length noise records on the world, ranging from the almost completely inaccessible Speak Squeak Creak, released in 1994, to the slightly less inaccessible Cell-Scape, released in 2003. Melt Banana’s music takes a certain type of ear â€" not one turned away by shrieks and squeals, or beeps and bloops. It’s not for everyone. Combining the debatable talents of vocalist Yasuko Onuki, guitarist Ichirou Agata, and bassist Rikia Mm’ (the band has featured a rotating slew of drummers since Toshiaki Sudoh quit the band in the late ’90s), Melt Banana’s most recent record is Bambi’s Dilemma, released on April 24 of ’07. â€" Matt Driscoll

[Hell’s Kitchen, with The Abodox, Madraso and As Dead As O-Ren, 9 p.m., $8-$10, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003]

MORE MUSIC: Who's playing tonight.

Third Thursday Art Walk
The Weekly Volcano recommends you stop by the Clothesline Project at the Tacoma Art Museum as part of your Third Thursday Art Walk night. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence and its partners have organized the Clothesline Project, a visual display that includes T-shirts designed by abuse survivors, those who have lost loves ones, and others affected by abuse. The Clothesline Project will be on display from 10 am to 8 pm. From 4:30 to 6:30 pm, visitors are invited to create their own T-shirt to add to the clothesline. â€" Suzy Stump

[Tacoma Art Museum, Thursday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Art Walk is 5-8 p.m. in downtown Tacoma), free, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.4181]

MORE ART: Tour the galleries and museums today.

Mike Farrell
B.J. Honeycutt is coming to town. He’s ready to make changes in this world, and he wants you to join in the fight.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, B.J. Honeycutt was Hawkeye Pierce’s buddy on “M*A*S*H” (played by actor Mike Farrell, more recently known as the kindly veterinarian Jim Hansen on “Providence”).

More than just an actor, Farrell is also an activist for human rights and peace. He served as co-chair of Human Rights Watch in California from 1994 to 2004 and serves as president of Death Penalty Focus and as a member of the advisory board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Farrell will be in Olympia at the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts at South Puget Sound Community College Thursday, Oct. 18, to speak about his journey into activism as described in his book, “Just Call Me Mike.” â€" Alec Clayton

[South Puget Sound Community College Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts: An Evening with Mike Farrell, Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., 2011 Mottman Rd. S.W., Olympia]

Filed under: Arts, Culture, Music, Olympia, Tacoma,

October 18, 2007 at 8:11am

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki

Learn it, use it, spell it

Bowdlerize \BODE-luh-rise; BOWD-\, transitive verb:
1. To remove or modify the parts (of a book, for example) considered offensive.
2. To modify, as by shortening, simplifying, or distorting in style or content.

USAGE EXAMPLE: A long time ago, in a place called Lakewood, the powers that be at the Weekly Volcano suggested bowdlerizing the paper. However, after careful reconsideration, they realized that would mean firing both Matt Driscoll and Bobble Tiki. Not wanting to pay the unemployment, the Weekly Volcano remains un-bowdlerized for your enjoyment.

Breakfastatbobbletikis THE MORNING NEWS

SOUTH SOUND: It will really blow!

MEDIA: Get ready for Volcano Vision.

MUSIC: New Led Zeppelin songs?

NEW YORK: Snakes in the toilet.

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 McCabe’s in Tacoma, www.myspace.com/kamikazisexpilots">Kamikazi Sex Pilots, www.myspace.com/circleofdeception ">Circle Of Deception, and Heavy Metal Poetry will be busting out the rock. Bobble Tiki isn’t sure what a “Kamikazi Sex Pilot” is, but he knows it sounds exciting. He also knows today is Matt Driscoll’s birthday, so if he’s not at home wading in dirty diapers or giving into his wife’s every whim, there’s a good chance he’ll be getting hammered at McCabe’s.

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.

October 18, 2007 at 9:30am

Haunted houses round up

Scarytownarticle1018 Haunted house tip of the year â€" wear a diaper.

Sanford and Son's legendary haunted house will otherwise soil costumes and make for an uncomfortable car drive home to change. Consider yourself warned.

The third annual house is shaping up to be the scariest of them all since each group not only builds off the other and teams of sadistic volunteers one up each other to create the scariest display or blood-splashed zombie of the house.

Check out Scary Town on the Weekly Volcano's Web Site for my round up of area haunted houses. â€" Steve Dunkelberger

Filed under: Events, Steve Dunkelberger, Tacoma,

October 18, 2007 at 1:55pm

Has your butler prepared you for the storm?

It's time. The wind is here. Do you have your Red Cross recommended emergency supplies kit? Do you have about $498 to spare? Or more like $985? Because if you truly follow the instructions and if you properly assemble the kit per the Red Cross guidelines, you will spend at least that on all the various "basic" supplies, double that if you make a kit for your car (which they do, in fact, recommend), quintuple that if you include vital ingredients and essential items any true Tacoman absolutely must have in the event they have to go without Frisko Freeze burgers and meat candy and the zihna mushroom quesadilla and Pabst and Today’s sandwich for a whole week.

Because let's be honest. Disaster preparedness is mostly for people with money. It is for the Visa credit carded and the disposable incomed, and condo dwellers and people who keep a spare pair of Manolo Blahnik boots in the trunk of the Cadillac Escalade, just in case. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: News To Us, Tacoma,

October 18, 2007 at 3:18pm

Tacoma Film Festival on the boob tube

A few of the Tacoma Film Festival films have been selected for a three-month run on Tacoma's  Click! Cable TV â€" in the ON DEMAND section. One of the films is “All About Haggarty” by Teddy Haggarty and Justin Peterson. 

If we didn’t post this Haggarty would be all about buggin’ us until we did.

The wind frightens me. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma,

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