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November 6, 2007 at 11:20am

Brunch with Bobble Tiki

Breakfasthobnob110607 THE DAILY WORD
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Comely \KUHM-lee\, adjective:

1. Pleasing or agreeable to the sight; good-looking.
2. Suitable or becoming; proper; agreeable.

USAGE EXAMPLE: While many consider the movie “Transformers” to be an embarrassing blemish on the career of Shia LaBeouf, surely being arrested at Walgreen’s early last Sunday morning was far more humiliating for the 21-year-old rising star. LaBeouf was reportedly tanked, and after being asked to leave by Walgreen’s security, and refusing, the cops were called and LaBeouf was booked. While the situation was surely awkward for LaBeouf, it was no doubt a comely scene for everyone else who witnessed it.


TACOMA: Gregoire spews stats.

KENYA: Bad cops, bad cops, whatcha gonna do?

LAKEWOOD: Gorilla thrown in slammer.

FLORIDA: Why did the chicken carry the sign?

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: Tuesday is a tough night for entertainment. Convention tells you to stay home and be responsible, but the wild and crazy voices in your head tell you to do otherwise. When those voices tell you to burn your ex’s house down, don’t listen to them. But when they tell you to check out the Victory Music Open Mic at the Antique Sandwich Company on Tuesday night, take note. The voices in your head my have a penchant for gasoline and an angry streak, but sometimes they know what they’re talking about. 

MORE MUSIC: What's on tonight.

EAT: Find a restaurant.

FILM: Olympia Film Festival is full on.

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,

November 6, 2007 at 8:06pm

I went to prison

Well, it finally happened. I ended up in prison. But I got out just in time to go to work first thing Monday morning.

I was a member of a posse of multi-denominational rebels from around the Puget Sound that went to McNeil Island Correctional Center for a three-day retreat aimed at telling inmates about God's love for them.

Maybe one day I'll tell folks about the story of how a I made a convicted killer cry. But today is not the day. Visit here if you want a sense of the weekend. â€" Steve Dunkelberger

Filed under: Religion, Steve Dunkelberger,

November 7, 2007 at 7:06am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart VISUAL ARTS
The Helm Gallery
I’ve been following the evolution of Chauney Peck since the late ’90s when she showed up in a group show at the old Commencement Art Gallery.

Back then she was doing paintings that were expressive, spatially open and gestural. Then she evolved into a sculptor of large, painted wood constructions that looked something like giant kids’ jigsaw puzzles â€" a typical example being the big, cartoonlike boat she displayed at Ice Box Gallery last year. That boat and similar constructions presented an interesting twist on tradition: Paintings in the Renaissance tradition used perspective to create an illusion of three-dimensional space on a flat surface; in her painted constructions, Peck created an illusion of flat space in three-dimensional objects.

Her vinyl paintings on paper at The Helm bring together many of the visual concerns dealt with in her earlier works. She paints clumps or piles of urban debris â€" cast-off clothing, toys, furniture, the accumulated crap of a wasteful consumer society. Everything is piled together into a single shape surrounded by white space. Her compositions are highly structured and architectural in the way of Cezanne when he broke the forms of nature down to their essential geometric shapes. Her painting style â€" with flat, unmodulated colors and flowing lines â€" reminds me a lot of Jacob Lawrence.

Showing with Peck is Whiting Tennis, whose paintings and sculptures deal with many of the same subjects and are similar in style. The two are so similar in both style and outlook that it would be easy to assume that everything in the gallery was created by the same artist. They are a perfect match.

This is truly an excellent show. It closes today, so I urge you to see it. â€" Alec Clayton

[The Helm, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 760 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.627.8845, www.thehelmgallery.com]

MORE VISUAL ARTS: What’s hanging locally.

“American Gangster”
Apart from the detail that he was a heroin dealer, Frank Lucas’ career would be an ideal case study for a business school. “American Gangster” tells his success story. Inheriting a crime empire from his famous boss, Bumpy Johnson, he cornered the New York drug trade with admirable capitalist strategies. He personally flew to Southeast Asia to buy his product directly from the suppliers, used an ingenious importing scheme to get it into the United States, and sold it at higher purity and lower cost than anyone else was able to. At the end, he was worth more than $150 million and got a reduced sentence by cutting a deal to expose three-quarters of the NYPD narcotics officers as corrupt. And he always took his mom to church on Sunday. Four Stars. â€" Roger Ebert

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

OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL: Today’s schedule.

MORE FILM: Playing on local screens.

November 7, 2007 at 10:24am

All Freakin' Night: get your sleep now

It’s that ghoulishly gross time of year again. I hear the gentle falling of leaves in the graveyard and the sound of buzzing flies. Ah, the sound of things dying. It’s my kind of season.

Keeping with the season of the witch, those creepy folks at the Olympia Film Festival offer “All Freakin’ Night,” a late night mini-fest of mind-numbing unadulterated films sure to cause at least one of your major organs to fail. Beginning at midnight Saturday, Nov. 10 (perfect!) and running through early morning Sunday, five flicks will flicker with enough carnage to terrify, not just sicken: “The Blob (12:01 a.m.), “Werewolf Vs. Vampire Woman” (1:45 a.m.), “The Horrible Dr. Hichcock,” (3:45 a.m.), “Fright Night” (5:30 a.m.), “The School That Couldn't Scream” (7:30 a.m.).

Wedged between the movies will be Ballyho and Humbug taking control of the crowd’s minds, tossing prizes into the crowd and the unleashing of the monster.

The best scary costume wins a prize. â€" Brad Allen

[Capitol Theater, Saturday, Nov.10, midnight, $10-$15, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia, 360.754-6670]

BEFORE FREAKIN' ALL NIGHT: Go to this first.

Filed under: Olympia, Screens,

November 8, 2007 at 7:31am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart ROCK
Toga Party
While the origins of the toga party aren’t necessarily clear, one thing is certain. The toga party is an American institution. Whether “Animal House” introduced you to the idea of donning a bed sheet Greek style and drinking until you fall down, or it was Tom Wolfe â€" if you’ve never been to a toga party, you’re missing out on part of life.

McCabe’s in Tacoma realizes this. Tonight, Glass Ceiling Music will present a Toga Party as part of its Nothing But Rock series, featuring Big Fat Alice, Society Says, and Alpha Nation. In addition to the metal riffage, a toga contest will make things interesting, offering prizes for “Best Toga,” “Worst Toga,” and crowd favorite “Sexiest Toga.”

Mmmm. Sexiest Toga.

It’ll cost you five bucks at the door if you come dressed in a toga and ten bucks if you don’t. Sounds to me like you’ve got all the inspiration you need.

If you’re looking for a little help preparing your toga (and believe me, there’s more to it than simply finding a bed sheet), check out www.howtomakeatoga.info. Don’t ask me how I know this. I just do. â€" Matt Driscoll

[McCabe’s American Music Café, Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., $10, $5 with toga, 2811 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5403]

Kris Orlowski
Tonight, Kris Orlowski will play Jazzbones in Tacoma. Being unfamiliar with Orlowski’s act, I found my way to krisorlowski.com and, naturally, his bio.

“By deftly combining the intensity of a full band with engaging pop-driven melodies, Kris Orlowski has created a sound that is stirring, distinctive, and quintessentially northwestern. Flanked by bassist Jason Stiles and drummer Tim Rummerfield, the band delivers a pulsing, edgy roots-rock sound with strokes of Alternative and Americana sway that tease the ballads and tragedies of tomorrow.”

If someone can tell me what that means, I’ll buy them a drink. If someone can tell me how Orlowski can “tease the ballads and tragedies of tomorrow” I’ll buy them two.â€" Matt Driscoll

[Jazzbones, with Listen & The Reaching, Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., all ages, $5, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

“An Evening with Madame F”
Claudia Stevens, visiting scholar in music at the College of William and Mary, who has performed the piece as the centerpiece of Holocaust and Kristallnacht observances in more than 100 communities across the country, will perform her original work “An Evening with Madame F.” The event is scheduled to commemorate Kristallnacht, a night of violence and destruction that marked the tipping point in the violence against Jews in Germany prior to World War II, which culminated in the atrocities of concentration camps.

“An Evening with Madame F” combines Stevens’ vocal, instrumental, writing, and acting skills; the one-woman piece is a reflection through the eyes of a conflicted Holocaust survivor who was, herself, an entertainer. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

[Kilworth Memorial Chapel, Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., free, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner, Tacoma, 253.879.3419]

MORE ARTS: What on local stages.

November 8, 2007 at 8:16am

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki

Breakfast11807 THE DAILY WORD
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Cockaigne \kah-KAYN\, noun:

An imaginary land of ease and luxury.

Bobble Tiki’s fantasy Cockaigne is a place where Shaun Alexander still runs hard and Mrs. Tiki doesn’t have a problem with the 30 hours a week that Bobble Tiki spends watching football.


TACOMA: Rubbing our noses in it.

FEDERAL RESERVE: U.S. economy to slow.

WASHINGTON: The poop on where to hide your pills.

VIRGINIA: This dude is tall.

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: What’s the best thing about the Toga party on Thursday at McCabe’s in Tacoma? If you said it’s hard to conceal a weapon in a toga, Bobble Tiki likes your style. However, the correct answer was the “Sexiest Toga” contest. If you saw what women were able to do with Halloween, wait until they sex up the toga. These are the things Thursday night was meant for.

MORE MUSIC: What's on tonight.

FILM: Today at the Olympia Film Festival.

Bobble Tiki loves Mono in VCF. Loves them. Bobble Tiki can’t think of a more original band from Tacoma, and Bobble Tiki can’t think of a band he’d rather spend the night with.

When Bobble Tiki realized Mono in VCF will be taking over the Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome in Seattle Wednesday, Nov. 14, for a listening party featuring the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut, his jaw hit the floor. Everyone has a record release show, but it takes real cajones to book the Laser Dome.

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

November 8, 2007 at 8:34am

"King of Kong" in Olympia

“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” screens today at the Olympia Film Festival. It’s documentary that is beyond strange, about two archenemies and their grim, long-term rivalry to set the world record score in the 1980s arcade game Donkey Kong. One is a hot sauce tycoon, the other just got laid off at Boeing, and they both spend way more time playing Donkey Kong than any human life should have to endure.

Olympia Film Festival: It’s on today.

MORE FILM: What's playing today on local screens.

Filed under: Olympia, Screens,

November 9, 2007 at 7:12am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart_2 ROCK
U277 not only performs all U2 material, they do it with a passion that rivals Bono’s work with the African Aids epidemic. The Tacoma/Seattle-based unit of Sean Bendickson as Larry Mullen Jr., Jason Lindgren as Adam Clayton, Aaron Bendickson as the Edge, and Stephen Minor as Bono, formed two years ago. Performing some of the early work such as “Out of Control” and “Bullet the Blue Sky,” they lay the foundation of U2’s genius. But that’s only half their act. They also cover the neo-psychedelic incarnation of the band’s Achtung Baby and Zooropa period. Present day U2 is also well represented with such songs as “Beautiful Day” and “Vertigo.” â€" Tony Engelhart

[Station 56, 9 p.m., $5, 5602 S. Washington St., Tacoma, 253.474.2639]

Self-described as a “genre-blending radio metal band,” Jellyneck mix rock, punk, industrial and every type of metal known for a sound that is unique. Employing only the basics â€" bass, guitar, drums, and vocals â€" Jellyneck strip rock to the bare essentials and leave no scraps at the table. As a live act, you’d be hard pressed to find a more energetic group of musicians. â€" TE

[Hell’s Kitchen, with Lurid and Zombie Jihad, 9 p.m., $5, Hell’s Kitchen, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

Snow porn
If it’s November, it must be Warren Miller time. Again. Since before Ike was president, Miller has been making, more or less, annual films dedicated to the exhilaration of all things vertical and snowy. The fact that he’s still doing it â€" though the actual director’s reins have been handed to successors, including his son, Kurt â€" suggests that he’s doing something right for his target audience. It’s winter sports porn for me.  I soak in every money shot.  For the 58th time a Miller film tours the nation, and this time it’s on “Warren Miller’s Playground.”  Ski and snowboard athletes tackle the world, including Dubai and Japan. â€" Suzy Stump

[Washington Center, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., $17.50, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, 360.753. 8586]

OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL: What’s screening today.

100TH MONKEY VIDEO: Check out the resprospective on the parties.

MORE FILM: What’s playing on local screens today.

“Dying to Be Thin”
Roseneath Theatre’s production of “Dying to be Thin” Friday in the Theatre on the Square is a profound look into the life of one young adult and examines how an eating disorder impacts her life and the lives of those surrounding her.

[Theatre on the Square, Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., $15-$24, 915 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.591.5894]

MORE STAGE: On local stages tonight.

November 9, 2007 at 9:30am

Tollbooth Gallery update

Tollboothgallery The Tollbooth Gallery came and went â€" providing Tacomans with one of the most unique art spaces anywhere and finally leaving a big, gaping hole in Tacoma’s art scene. There are plans to resume operation sometime in the not-too-distant future, but so far there have been no announcements as to when that might happen.

Billed as “The World’s Smallest Gallery Dedicated Exclusively to Experimental Video and Wheat-Pasted Paper Fine Arts,” The Tollbooth was an old downtown kiosk where experimental videos were shown on an enclosed monitor with wheat paste art plastered to the sides.

It was run by Artrod, a non-profit organization founded by Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael Lent, who also founded the short-lived Critical Line Gallery. Since Lent and Pappas-Kelly left Tacoma, The Tollbooth has been in a state of suspended animation.

Tacoma Arts Commission Administrator Amy McBride contacted Tacoma Contemporary, or TaCo, and asked if they would take over the operation of the gallery.

“It is our goal to reactivate the kiosk in a manner that continues the opportunity for innovative contemporary video,” says TaCo board member Jessica Balsam.

Balsam further states: “The TaCo board, in partnership with the City, who owns the gallery, is committed to continuing the rotating film-and-wheat paste art in the space. We are planning to run it on a call to-artists-basis rather than acting as curators.”

Details have yet to be finalized with the city, according to Board President James A. Porter. â€" Alec Clayton

Filed under: Arts, Culture, Tacoma,

November 9, 2007 at 11:37am

Night Tacoma Danced canceled

Tacoma Art Museum Director Stephanie A. Stebich announced that their annual spring black tie gala fund raiser, Night Tacoma Danced, no longer exits.  There's a substitute. Their new fund raiser will be titled The Tacoma Art Museum Gala, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.

Yeah, that’s a long time away. Don’t cry.  The Museum has a new spring event.

Museo: 2-Museum Benefit, Hotel Murano Launch Party will be held Saturday, March 8, 2008.  It’s a fund raiser for both the Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass in the new Hotel Murano. Neat.

Everything will be fine. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Arts, Culture, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

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