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October 18, 2007 at 3:58pm

Next Thursday will be Fabulous!

You’ve sung drunkenly at your girlfriend’s roommate’s surprise karaoke birthday party. Maybe you’ve even belted out one or two at a random wedding (yes, some people include karaoke at their nuptials). But the Weekly Volcano promise you’ve never grabbed the mike or stood in the spotlight like you will Oct. 25 at the Tempest Lounge.


Karaoke master Colin will orchestrate laugh-riotous, costume-enhanced live karaoke performances. Starting at 8 p.m., participants can choose from an attic’s worth of wigs, boas, and assorted props before selecting their tune â€" with any luck, you’ve already picked your poison. Of course, there’s never a cover. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

October 19, 2007 at 8:52am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart ROCK
Schoolyard Heroes
There’s been a lot of speculation, so I thought I’d cut straight to the chase.

The Schoolyard Heroes are Satanists. They worship the freakin’ devil, yo! They probably drink goat’s blood and cut off puppy dog paws for fun. They’re a Seattle “horror/rock” band set on spreading Satan’s message and converting as many of our youth as possible into Jesus loathing followers of Lucifer.

Facts are facts. Look at the band’s catalog. Songs like “Serial Killers Know How to Party,” “Funeral Parlor Tricks,” and “Nothing Cleanses Quite Like Fire” are all the evidence you should need.

But there’s more. Don’t think just because Schoolyard Heroes recently toured with Sum 41 they’re not evil. They most certainly are. In fact, there hasn’t been a band this evil since Ozzy’s heyday.

The Schoolyard Heroes play Hell’s Kitchen tonight. Now that you know they’re Satanists, I assume you’ll do the right thing â€" and show up in hordes. The Schoolyard Heroes rock. If the band wants us to run away and sacrifice a few farm animals, it seems like a small price to pay. I, for one, love the taste of goat’s blood. â€" Matt Driscoll

[Hell’s Kitchen, with Don’t Even Know and Knives In The Attic, 6 p.m., all ages, $10, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 235.759.6003]

Groundation is the Sonoma, Calif., roots reggae band that has gained an international following since forming in 1998. Their homage to roots reggae, blended with dub and jazz, has gained them respect outside the “trust-afarian” world, and has allowed them to play with dozens of the genre’s pioneers.

Tonight in Olympia will not be an exception. Joining Groundation at the Capitol Theater will be reggae legend Winston Jarrett backed by his Righteous Flames. The Studio One pioneer took the helm of the flames following Alton Ellis’ departure from the group in the mid-’60s. The “Ease Up” author is just one of the many Jamaican ex-pats calling Seattle home, and will be playing his first show in Olympia. â€" Timothy Radar

[Capitol Theater, 7:30 p.m., all ages, 21+ for the balcony beer garden, $12-$15 tickets available at Rainy Day Music and Buyolympia.com, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia, 360.754.5378]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

“Damn Yankees”
Tacoma Musical Playhouse is staging a successful run of a Broadway classic that just gets better with age. “Damn Yankees” tells the story an aging baseball fanatic, Joe Boyd, as he trades his soul to the devil for a chance to lead his favorite team â€" the Washington Senators â€" to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees.  Then he rethinks the whole deal and finds a way out of his agreement with Satan. Between deals with the devil and slides into second base a collection of songs gets heads bobbing and toes tapping with music and lyrics by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler.  It’s based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglas Wallop. â€" Steve Dunkelberger

[Narrows Theater, through Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 20 and 27, $16-$23, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.565.6867]

MORE STAGE: On the stages tonight.

October 19, 2007 at 12:53pm

Dancers prepare for scary ballet

Tacomacityballetfive Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that Halloween is right around the corner. But then again, if you’ve been living in a cave, every night is fit for batty behavior, and next weekend is no exception!

The Tacoma City Ballet brings you “Hallowed Dances Oct. 26 and 27 at the Pantages Theater.  The scenes have scary titles such as “The Dead Summer’s Soul,” “No Bones About It,” and Girls At The Gates.”  Nice.

The Weekly Volcano will scare up a story on the performance in next week’s issue.  Here are a few shots I snapped last night at their rehearsal. â€" Jessica Corey Butler
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Filed under: Culture, Tacoma,

October 19, 2007 at 1:45pm

Tacoma Beer Society event Saturday

The Tacoma Beer Society will once again invade Tacoma with its beer-centric activities Saturday, Oct. 20, at Paddy Coyne’s in downtown Tacoma.  I caught up with TBS co-founder Steph DeRosa before the event.  I will never be the same.

WEEKLY VOLCANO: How long has the Tacoma Beer Society been in existence? 

STEPH DEROSA: There was that one night when Melissa and I sat out drunk on my deck, talking philosophy.  I showed her my tits and she said we should start a Tacoma Beer Society.

So yeah, I'd say about 6 months.

VOLCANO: What is the best KISS song?

DEROSA: “Beth.” Yes, “BETH.”  Shut up. I'm a chick, what can I say?  Now if you were to ask me what's the best song to KISS too I'd have to say "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star.

VOLCANO: What beer are you embarrassed to admit that you like?

DEROSA: Dude, I think you should know me better than that.  Short of showing up to your house naked on accident, I'm not easily embarrassed.  BUT, since you're buying me lunch at the Harvester in return for answering these questions, I'll answer it this way:

The worst beers that I have to admit having no problem drinking at the time were:

1.) Miller High Life at a Dockyard Derby Dames bout in August.

2.) Coors (yes, just plain COORS in the beige can) in the parking lot of a Dave Matthews Band concert in Phoenix.  This was as recent as Sept. 25, mind you.

3.) I have no number 3.

VOLCANO: Have you ever been in a keg toss competition? 

DEROSA: Eat me.

VOLCANO: What is planned for Saturday’s Tacoma Beer Society function at Paddy 

DEROSA: We named it Bagpipes, Beer and Debauchery because it just sounded cool.  In reality we have no bagpipes, and there will probably only be debauchery if Suzy Stump shows up.  She's such a whore.  But we have beer! And lots of it!

We have a huge list of giveaways for a raffle.  Biggest list we've ever had!  We will give away restaurant gift certificates, a massage (Thank you Turning Point), six packs of beer, and many MANY T-shirts.

Basically our plan is to get everyone stupid drunk and roll them out in the parking lot.  Bring lots of cash.

VOLCANO: If you still want to attend the Tacoma Beer Society events after this interview (I don’t) then show up at Paddy Coyne’s at 8 p.m. The full interview is on the Weekly Volcano’s Web Site here. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 19, 2007 at 2:44pm

Broken News: Pierce College

The Weekly Volcano Broken News Team visited Pierce College today following up on a rumor that the college was changing its name to Pierced College when we caught this blurb in their newspaper, The Pioneer.  The Weekly Volcano certainly knows typos.  We thought this one in the Pioneer was classic.

Our Broken News Team reports the college will not change its name. â€" Suzy Stump

Pioneerpiercecollege Our Broken News Team brings you headlines and follow-up whenever we please on the stories our community couldn’t care less about. Broken news is posted on this blog  several hours or days after it happens, with unusual updates.

Filed under: Broken News, Lakewood,

October 19, 2007 at 3:39pm

Dia de los Muertos prefunc

Diadelosmuertos02 The Tacoma Art Museum kicks off its Dia de los Muertos celebration Saturday, Oct. 20, when a tapete, or sand carpet, will be installed in TAM’s lobby beginning at 10 a.m.  TAM’s celebration ends Sunday, Nov. 4 with a free Dia de los Muertos community festival beginning at noon.

Dia de los Muertos?  Well pull up a skull and read on.

“In Mexico, el Dia de los Muertos is a private family event,” explains Cynthia Duncan, associate professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Washington-Tacoma.

She describes how, typically, there is a mass for the dead and then a visit to the church graveyard.  The procession following the observance might evolve into a community party, but Duncan says, “It’s more of a religious event.”

She warns that community events such as the Sixth Avenue procession held Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., which she considers unauthentic, may be leading Anglos to misunderstand the traditional cultural forms in place for thousands of years.

“Americans are attracted as an artistic concept, but I really don’t know how much they really understand,” she says.

She describes a community festival in Chicago’s Museum Of Mexican Culture & History, not unlike the Dia de los Muertos event held in the Tacoma Art Museum as well as the one presented by the Latin Student Organization at the University of Washington, Tacoma, where folk art and traditions are presented to the public to promote understanding.

“It’s not completely authentic,” she reiterated. But the key difference Duncan points to is that the festival at the Museum of Mexican Culture & History was presented by Mexicans.

She says there’s nothing wrong with community festivals that inform the public about traditions, but she says she has mixed feelings.

“I think it’s really in a period of transition,” she says.

“El dia de los Muertos really belongs to Mexico,” explains Duncan.  “It goes back to pre-Columbian times.”  She continues, explaining how as Catholicism spread through Mexico pre-Hispanic belief was blended with Catholicism and how “Dia de los Santos,” as celebrated by other Catholics, became “Dia de los Muertos.”

“(It was) a symbolic way of remembering, respecting, acknowledging they’re still a part of us,” Duncan says.

She describes altars and the symbolism of the items placed on them. A cigarette and ashtray are items she places on her alter for her mother, who liked to smoke.  Her father gets apples. The marigold, the flower of the dead, the sugar skulls, bread with bones â€" all are traditional Aztec elements, not Spanish, she says. 

For the Aztecs, the dead weren’t in a completely separate and different place than the living. Duncan explains the concept as “just because I don’t see them doesn’t mean their spirits aren’t with us.”

When Duncan was faculty advisor for the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Latin Student Organization, the group put out Tacoma’s first Dia de los Muertos public altar display at the university.

“A lot of people at the university didn’t know what el Dia was. They were skeptical,” Duncan says.

But she recalls that the event offered those involved a chance to learn a cultural tradition, and there was another benefit: “It was really healing for people who had lost husbands, fathers … . Dia is a chance to talk about the person that you lost and love.”

But she allows that even in Mexico the lure of Halloween may be competing with the pure Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos.

“In Mexico, it’s becoming difficult to avoid contamination,” she says.  For example, supermarkets there sell Halloween items. 

Even still, those experiences that are not authentic can foster conversations and education.

Even in her own experience with the Latin Student Organization, Duncan saw friction over the decision to present a Dia de los Muertos event with the mixed group of students with Puerto Rican, Columbian, Peruvian, and Central American backgrounds.

“But in the end, the group thought it was important to educate,” Duncan says. â€" Jessica Corey Butler

Filed under: Arts, Culture, Events, Tacoma,

October 19, 2007 at 3:56pm

Beer and Rollergirls Saturday Night

OMG! Stop with the threats!

Attention everyone!  The Dockyard Derby Dames present “Beer and Rollergirls Saturday Night” this Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Red Hot. The Hellbound Homewreckers will be in the weenie house with a raffle, giveaways and a chance to win a date with one of the Homewreckers. 

The fun begins at 8 p.m.

Am curious.  What do you mean when you say you will make a Brad Allen Homewreckers sandwich if I don’t post this? â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Food & Drink, Games, Tacoma,

October 20, 2007 at 9:35am

Chainsaw mix up

Sanford & Son Antiques' haunted house has been closed by the Tacoma Fire Marshall for violations.  Here's the word from Sanford & Son co-owner Cheryl Gorsuch:

    The Haunted House has been temp. closed. We will be opening back up on
    Wednesday the 24th of October.

    An " anonymous" phone call to the fire dept. stating that there was a
    chainsaw getting too close to the public had to be investigated.
    (there is no chainsaw in the haunted house)

    The fire inspector came to do his job. We have to remove a few pounds of
    plastic and add a few more extinguishers etc. We do not blame the fire

    I hope that you will find it in your hearts to forgive this inconvenience
    and that you will return on Wednesday . I apologize to all of the folks
    from Seattle that we had to turn away and the bus loads of Jr. High

    So, we all wonder who made that inaccurate phone call. We know it was
    someone who never went through the haunted house last night, but that is

    Again, We offer our most sincere and humble of apologies and would really
    like to make it up to you on Wednesday the 24th by having the best haunted
    house ever. (and the safest)

    Our very best to you all. Please repost this for us to reach as many folks
    as possible .

    Thank you very much,


Filed under: Games, Tacoma,

October 20, 2007 at 9:50am

Broken News: sad news, or happy news

Angie Unger from Bacchante Wine & Essentials off of Sixth Avenue has just informed the Broken News Team that she's been served her eviction notice.

While this is sad for the community of wine lovers who loved to have a casual place to sit and sip great vino, it's fabulous news for cheapskates who want to take advantage of bargain basement prices on great wines.

She's closing out all her wine inventory, offering wholesale pricing until Oct. 31, then moving on to sell out all fixtures in the shop Nov. 1-7. â€" Brad Allen

Our Broken News Team brings you headlines and follow-up whenever we please on the stories our community couldn’t care less about. Broken news is posted on this blog several hours or days after it happens, with unusual updates.

Filed under: Broken News, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 20, 2007 at 10:03am

Board Game Geekfest

The Weekly Volcano received cryptic message from someone named Beverly Queery that’s in the same category as invisible spaceships and ancient cabals featuring really elaborate handshakes that would make "The Da Vinci Code" seem like a day at the sandbox.

    Board Game Geekfest.  Play your favoritist board games.  Play your new favoritist board games.          Drink cocktails.  Oct. 28, 7-10 pm.  Email beverlyqueery@gmail.com for location details. 

Hmmm. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Games, Tacoma,

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