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November 16, 2007 at 12:58pm

My dog looks hot

Jessdog_3 Tank the wonder-Springer was looking scruffy.  More than that, he was dragging in bucket loads of mud on the fur of his paws, and his nails, which had already removed most of the Swedish Finish on our hardwoods, were beginning to gouge the concrete of the sidewalks.

It was time for a grooming.

On Friday, I called Soulful Tails to make a Saturday appointment, only to hear, “the mailbox is full.”

Ditto Saturday; Sunday I didn’t try, and then Monday and Tuesday were hairy in terms of life juggling.  So then on Wednesday, I tried once again to make Tank an appointment to be beautiful, only to get “The number you have reached has been disconnected.  If you feel you have reached this recording in error, please try the number again.”

I did, and I got the same damn message.

Tank’s hair and nails weren’t getting any shorter, so I brought him to Tacoma’s Best Pet Grooming, where I found a friendly staff that put me and Tank immediately at ease, and where Tank found a female Springer Spaniel with her tail-stub waving.

He was stoked.

I was later stoked with his fabulous new ‘do (he got to keep the Mohawk!) and his short-haired paws.  Sounds like Soulful Tails closed unexpectedly, though I can’t call to reach anyone to confirm anything.

As a treat for being handsome, Tank received a bully stick and a fab new collar next door at Lucky Dog Outfittersâ€"and we brought Bill home the same items for being a patient and naturally short-haired brother.

[Tacoma's Best Pet Grooming, 3411 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.756.7385]
[Lucky Dog Outfitters, 3411 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.761.4486]

Filed under: Tacoma,

November 17, 2007 at 7:39am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart PERFORMANCE
Josh Rizeberg and producer Xaviant are about to answer a lot of prayers. The native poet and beatsmith have alchemically distilled something really special. It’s not hip-hop. It’s not spoken word. Don’t call it fusion, please. The duo’s first collaboration, dubbed “Spoken Worlds,” features tight, grimy euro-bangers by Tacoma-born, Cuba-raised, Miami-forged Xaviant, and silky, smart, multi-rhythmic flows from Rizeberg. The full-length album evolves too much to fit into any pop-culture box, so I’ll call it what it is. It’s plain ill. You can catch him performing a commissioned work for the MLK Ballet’s MOVE series tonight and Saturday. â€" Paul Schrag

[Tacoma School of the Arts, 7 p.m., $14, 118 Commerce St., Tacoma, 253.906.2190]

MORE STAGE: On local stages today.

Northwest Sinfonietta
Beethoven achieved fame through his musical virtuosity and then was dealt another cruel blow as he slowly lost his hearing.

By the time Ludwig van Beethoven wrote the piece the Northwest Sinfonietta, with 75 special choral guests and pianist Jairo Geronymo, will play tonight at the Rialto Theatre in Tacoma, he was already half deaf.

Released from the standard conventions Beethoven was already pushing, the composer created a piece that blended concerto, symphony, cantata, and solo; it’s suggested that the piece is a “rehearsal for Beethoven’s 9th (think “Ode to Joy” as you listen to themes.) In its inaugural concert, it was part of a four-hour epic that musicians only had one day â€" in an unheated theatre in Vienna, in the winter â€" to prepare for. Beethoven was conductor as well as pianist for that event, with his rock star-sized ego playing considerably in the event he’d funded. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

[Rialto Theater, 7:30 p.m., $12-$50, 310 S. Ninth, Tacoma, www.nwsinfonietta.com]

The Round
The new music/art series, The Round, debuts tonight. It’s three acoustic singer/songwriters sitting on stage together taking turns telling stories and singing songs. Occasionally they will chime in to accompany each other. All the while, live painters visualize their shared muse on canvases nearby. After each musician has performed a song, a poet will recite a piece of spoken word or poetry, and then the cycle begins again with more music. The audience sits in rapt attention while enjoying free appetizers.

Two Seattle singer/songwriters, Robert Deeble and Carrie Biell, Seattle slam poet Matt Gano and Seattle painter Scott Erickson were invited to perform along with Tacoma singer/songwriter Aaron Spiro, Tacoma poet Daniel Blue and young Tacoma painter Chloe Scheffe, a Tacoma School of the Arts student.

[Club SOTA, Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., all ages, $5-$8, 1117 Broadway, Tacoma]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

November 17, 2007 at 8:24am

I was MOVE!ed last night

Call it a sign of old age, a bad week, or effective choreography: tears bounded into my eyes when I saw “Class” at the MOVE! Performance last night at the Tacoma School of the Arts.  There was the wee little kid, soloing without self-consciousness, at the end of Josh Rizeberg’s spoken word piece that representatives from the Adult, Young Adult, and Ballet I classes also danced to.  I felt like Sienna Williams, aged 5,  represented the completion of the circle that the legacy of MLKBallet demonstrated: bringing freedom of physical expression to all those who are dedicated.  That dedication spans age, physicality, race and gender, but doesn’t have to be limited by income level.

And the MOVE! shows work as double entities: they entertain, and they sustain. And there's two more shows today â€" 2 and 7 p.m.

“We’ve gotten it down to where, through producing shows, we can sustain ourselves,” explains Director Alexa Folsom-Brown to me last week, proud of the fact that “our income is directly related to how hard we’re working and creating.”

She says, speaking for all at MLKBallet, “I want to work for it, I don’t want to be dependent on anyone.”

Even still, thorough collaborations and partnerships, the fledgling ballet company can put on shows like last night's, which brought Can Can Castaways and North West Dance Syndrome down from Seattle, and a screen projected Joel Myers â€" whose initial Joel Show introduced me to the SOTA Theatre and the potential dynamism of dance, back two winters ago, sowing the seeds of the infant MLKBallet â€" not to mention the talents of Rizeberg, The School of the Arts dancers, MLKBallet dancers, and a sneak peek at the Metro Parks’ "Wizard of Oz," due to hit the stage in January.

High points for me, the dynamism of Tacoma boy turned Seattle success Ben Meersman exploding onstage in leaping spins, echoed by Alaisha Jefferson’s dynamic presence as the Witch in the "Wizard of Oz" teaser.  Interestingly, both dancers discovered dance in their teens; the power and magnetism they both exude onstage bodes well for both futures.

Another amazing dancer was thought to have begun in her later teens, only she was younger than her teacher initially thought.  Vorece Miller, the red-skirted dancer in the Sam Cooke piece “Stories: Soul, Cry, and Well” danced with an assured maturity that MLKBallet Artistic Director Kate Monthy thought was appropriate for 15 or 16 year olds, and as a teacher she pushed accordingly; only recently Monthy discovered her pupil was merely 13-years-old.  “She pulled it off,” Monthy said with a proud grin.

I found the whole evening to be, as Folsom-Brown suggested in our earlier interview, “good quality movement for under $20,” and I found it to be much more: I learned about the possibility of entertainment for future road trips to Seattle at the Can Can, as well as a slightly more outre’ endeavor called the Little Red Studio from friends Roland and Cherie.  And most importantly, I felt the collaborative spirit that Tacoma Arts can evolve into.

“Everything is going in a forward direction,” Folsom-Brown asserts as we talked about MLKBallet.  But I saw, tonight at MOVE!, more than forward: as the Northwest Dance Syndrome worked their “Crosswalks” early in the evening, I saw what I love now about dance: that forward contains many more directions than just  straight ahead in the traditional fashion, and I can’t wait to explore the future â€" and see how it develops â€" as MLKBallet grows, and MOVE! Grows with it. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler 

Filed under: Culture, Tacoma,

November 17, 2007 at 8:42am

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki

Learn it, use it, spell it

Cavort \kuh-VORT\, intransitive verb:

1. To bound or prance about.

2. To have lively or boisterous fun; to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner.

USAGE EXAMPLE: There will be no more cavorting on Saturdays for University of Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon. After tearing his ACL, not only has his team lost their hopes of a national title, but Dixon has lost any chance of being crowned this year's Heisman Trophy winner. Bobble Tiki hates to see anyone hurt â€" unless they're a Duck â€" in which case he just laughs for days and days and days.


LACEY: Outdoorsmen are freaks.

UN: It’s hot in here.

BANGKOK: Man lands helicopter for ‘srooms.

MEXICO: Dead man tells no tales.

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: Though their name is a lie, Fat Kids Sink Fast will play the Java Flow in Olympia tonight. It's all ages, which is cool. With the trouble the Manium has had, Oly needs every all ages show it can get.  For the record, fat kids float, but Bobble Tiki isn't one to nit pick.  Apparently neither is the band, claiming "happy hardcore" as their genre. Want to know WTF?  Check them out at Java Flow â€" 207 Washington St. S.E.

MORE MUSIC: What's on tonight.

When Savoy Brown plays Jazzbones tonight, and Bobble Tiki slides through the door, it will be something of a has been convention. The guys who created Savoy Brown are old enough to be your grandpa’s weed dealer. Many people have probably relegated Savoy Brown to the history books of rock ’n’ roll â€" a thing of the past. To many, Savoy Brown is probably a distant, hazy, drug hampered memory.

Well, let the band’s show at Jazzbones be proof to the contrary.

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

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

November 17, 2007 at 8:55pm

Night of a 1,000 sirens

Driving away from a very entertaining and impressive MLKBallet MOVE! performance at the Tacoma School of the Arts 20 minutes ago I ran into a police blockade at 11th and Market and another on the other side at Ninth and Market.  Did the audience at the Northwest Sinfonietta riot tonight at the Rialto?  Anyone know what's going down tonight?  The sirens are still shrieking. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: News To Us, Tacoma,

November 18, 2007 at 10:39am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart BLUES
Bill Sims Jr.
Sims is a blues man’s bluesman who doesn’t limit himself to any one style. From Chicago to the Delta and everywhere in between, Sims puts his own unique spin on everything he plays, but stays true to each sub-category of the genre.

Sims will perform an acoustic set and with the award winning Mark Riley Trio. Sitting in with the trio will be three great south sound blues musicians: Buck England on B-3, Jay Mabin on harmonica and Doug Skoog on piano. â€" Tony Engelhart

[Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 5 p.m., all ages, 901 N. J St., Tacoma, 253.627.8371]

420 Funk Mob
Tacoma has it so good. It wasn't long ago that 420 Funk Mob and special guest George Clinton killed it at Jazzbones for a sold-out crowd. For those that missed it, there is really nothing like being in a small venue, bathing in funk and basking in the best vibes imaginable. It was likely one of the best gigs this town has ever hosted. Well, the forces of funk return tonight and Sunday to Jazzbones, bringing The 420FM Super Meltdown Tripfest to the West Coast.

Clip Payne’s 420 Funk Mob will arrive with Key Master Clip Payne, P-Funk lead guitar trickagician Micheal "Kid Funkadelic" Hampton and bass master/vocalist Lige Curry, along with a random, rotating cast of P-Funk All Stars. The 420 Funk Mob grew out of a group of solo projects in 1997 and has since produced a handful of underground burners.

By all that is holy, if you can, go to one of these shows. See what the funk is all about. â€" Paul Schrag

[Jazzbones, Friday, 9 p.m., $40-$75, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

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

November 18, 2007 at 11:27am

Bad man

Filed under: History, Tacoma,

November 18, 2007 at 7:47pm

Fantasy Lights preview

Fanlights8 It gets cold out there, but it sure is fun and the crisp air sparks the holiday spirit in even the most curmudgeon among the walkers.

A family tradition in the South Sound is walking through the Fantasy Lights displays at Spanaway Park. The 2.5 mile route is open to walkers on the first night of the season. I walked it tonight, but you wimps can still drive the loop to see some 300 light displays that range from a skiing snowman to a tank firing snowballs to a pirate ship and jumping rain deer. Fantasy Lights, now in its 13th year, is the Northwest's  largest drive-through holiday lights display.

Driving through the loop as the colored lights zoom passed the window can be fun. Tune your car radio to 93.7 FM to hear holiday carols performed by local high school choirs and don't forget to bring hot cocoa with mini marsh mellows. A wool blanket for the snugglers in the back seat doesn't hurt either. It's not a bad idea to have the children dress in their jammies so they are ready to go to bed by the time the drive home starts.

Fantasy Lights runs nightly Nov. 22 to Dec. 3, including Christmas and New Year's Eve, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $13 per car or $45 for a bus. $10 tickets are also available at Lakewood Community Center, Sprinker Recreation Center and Garfield Bookstore. More information is available here. â€" Steve Dunkelberger

November 19, 2007 at 7:07am

It's on today!

A titanic epic battle between the monster Grendel and the hero Beowulf, shown by director Robert Zemeckis with rip-roaring gusto by using the same technology as his “Polar Express,” so that animated characters look almost real. With the voices (and sometimes the appearances) of Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson and Crispin Glover (who however doesn’t look anything like Grendel). Full frontal female nudity and yet a PG-13 rating because, you see, Jolie isn’t really there, although she’s there enough she says she won’t be taking her own kids. Absurd violent action in the Monty Python spirit. Rated PG-13. Three Stars. â€" Roger Ebert
[Century Olympia: 11:30 a.m., 12:55, 2:10, 3:40, 5, 6:30, 7:50, 9:20, 10:30; 12:35, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10; Lakewood Cinema 15: 11:10 a.m., 12:05, 2, 2:45, 4:45, 5:30, 7:30, 8:15, 10:10, 11; Lakewood Towne Center 12: 2, 4:35, 7:05, 9:45; Longston Place 14:12:15, 12:45, 2:55, 3:25, 5:30, 7:05, 8:05, 9:45, 10:45. Also 3D showtimes 11:45 a.m., 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25; Regal Martin Village 16: 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:45. Also 3-D showtimes 11:15 a.m., 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15; Yelm Cinemas @ Prairie Park: noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45]


“Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead”
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke play brothers who conspire on a “victimless crime” with dire consequences, in one of the year’s best thrillers â€" and films.  Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Amy Ryan, Rosemary Harris; one of the best films by the cinematic treasure Sidney Lumet. Rated R. Four Stars. â€" RE
[The Grand Cinema: 3:50, 6:20, 8:45]

MORE FILM: On local screens.

November 19, 2007 at 11:18am

It was 420 all night long

420one Jazzbones' roof was torn off last night due to an overabundance of funk.  The 420 Funk Mob and George Clinton funked up the crowd with long funky jams and a few Parliament hits, including "Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)."

Here are a few shots I snapped last night. â€" Brad Allen

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