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December 3, 2007 at 11:52am

Future Things Are Coming

Holiday Trunk Show
What: Seven local artists offer their creations for holidays gifts.

Why: Because snagging your nails in a catfight over a cashmere scarf, ruining your skin in the moisture-sucking mall air, and growing monster knots of tension just to cross each gift off your list makes for a stressful season.

When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2-6 p.m.

Where: Tempest Lounge, Tacoma.

Dickens Festival at Stadium
What: A Victorian period-piece shopping experience in Tacoma’s Stadium District.

Why: Christmas shopping can be fun â€" especially when you dress up like the Artful Dodger.

When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Stadium District, Tacoma

December 3, 2007 at 1:30pm

Inspired Elegance was elegant

Indulgencegroup Last Saturday I joined a group of fellow gussied-up folks for an evening called Inspired Elegance, a fashion show fundraiser for Tacoma Art Place, which took place at Stadium Bistro.

This night consisted of five amazing courses of fine food and wine (the Angus beef and sauce was absolutely delectable) and elegant fashions designed by students from the Tacoma School of the Arts and other local women.

Indulganceone Indulgancetwo Indulgancethree The eight aspiring fashion designers and general artists worked with established local designers in Daniel Blue of Loyalty Conglomerate and Lisa Fruichantie of Transcendence Design during a 24-hour time span to create wearable art.

The fruits of their labor were indeed inspiring and they were a word that kept getting dropped throughout the course of the night: Empowering.

During and in between the five scrumptious courses, a parade of designs flowed before the 25-plus attendees and included a Kimono-inspired tube dress with faux suede shawl wrap, a poofy and youthful leopard cocktail dress; a drape garment inspired by the Greek fabric pattern that was married with a goddess robe; a black dress with a halter top finish, ribbon bows in the back and an elegant single-slit skirt; a sweet and simple baby doll dress inspired by Norway; and an Elizabethan corset with a gold wrap.

Each design was worn by the aspiring fashion designer or artist herself: Brenda Groboski, Camille Kelsey, Sinead Dennis (SOTA student), Andrea Trenbeath Lowen, Anastasia Nelson (SOTA student), Adriane Tate, Chelsea Ballinger and Kierra Miller.

What made the event even better was learning that all of the aforementioned women would receive the gift of an annual membership to Tacoma Art Place, which is a non-profit that provides affordable access to art equipment and training.

All of these inspiring designs will be on display at Tacoma Art Place, located at 1116 S. 11th, throughout the end of the week.

For more information about this cool nonprofit (the Weekly Volcano LOVES founder Linda Danforth), visit the Tacoma Art Place Web site, and add them to your MySpace. â€" Natasha Gorbachev

Photography by Dave Poole.

Second Photo: Tacoma jewelry artist Andrea Trenbeath Lowen designed, constructed and modeled a goddess robe fantasy dress for the Inspired Elegance fashion show benefiting Tacoma Art Place.

Third Photo: Kierra Miller is wearing a no sew, black tube dress accented by a leather belt she made with the help of professional fashion designer Daniel Blue.

Fourth Photo: Adrianne Tate stands tall in the Elizabethan stylized dress she designed. Her father taught her to sew by mending socks at age 5. 

Filed under: Fashion, Food & Drink, Natasha, Tacoma,

December 3, 2007 at 2:46pm

Feed the needy and feel good

It’s the holiday season, when we pretend to care about the less fortunate for a week or two before going back to our tragically ironic, passionless existences.  So get your charity jones satisfied in the most relaxed way possible; bring a non-perishable food donation for the Emergency Food Network to Savi Day Spa and enter to win one of its weekly drawings for a $100 Savi Gift Card.  I under stand you’ll also be entered into the spa’s grand prize drawing â€" a 12 month membership. Ocean Escape Tub Treatments and feed the hungry.  Nice!

So grab sevens cans of food, a spare blanket (to donate, not for post-massage naptime) and enter to win. Drawings will be held on December 8, 15, 22, and 29 with the grand prize drawing to be held on Dec. 31, 2007. 

Contact Savi Day Spa for more details. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Tacoma,

December 4, 2007 at 7:05am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart FILM
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Living in these parts, we simply cannot ignore our physical surroundings. Winter’s graceful drowning, Mount Rainier’s brooding-beauty, and Interstate 5 make all of us adventurers of sorts. Our physical surroundings permeate our existence.
For many in the area, the mountains call us to come see what lies beyond the civilized lives we lead.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival began in 1976 as a 10-film festival drawing 450 people to the small but famed mountain town of Banff, Canada. Each November, Banff celebrates the spirit of adventure by featuring that year’s best films on mountain themes. Then the best films hit the road.
If you’re looking for a celluloid high, check out the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Capitol Theater Saturday. The festival features the best in “mountain” film from all over the world, from white water to heli-kayaking, summitting a high peak to mastering fresh powder. â€" Suzy Stump

[Rialto Theater, 7 p.m., $10, 310 S. Ninth, downtown Tacoma, 253.591.5894]

MORE FILM: On local screens today.

With Jewmongous, a solo musical comedy creation of Sean Altman, set to play Jazzbones’ Ha Ha Tuesday comedy night tonight, it seems safe to say jokes about being Jewish are funny. If they weren’t, Altman (who you may remember as the “founder and former leader” of Rockapella â€" famous for their role on TV’s “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”) wouldn’t be receiving such rave reviews.

The Philadelphia Daily News called Altman “part of a new breed of Jewish hipster comedy that includes Jon Stewart, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sarah Silverman and Heeb Magazine.” Time Out New York ran a cover story declaring Altman one of the world’s “New Super Jews.”

Check out Bobble Tiki’s interview with Altman here. â€" Bobble Tiki

[Jazzbones, with Ralph Porter, 8 p.m., $8-$12, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169]

Finn Riggins
Tonight, Finn Riggins, Revolt and Virginia and Evy Llyan will bring the college radio indie rock to Le Voyeur in Olympia.

Finn Riggins blends catchy rock riffs with some electronic magic, a few fresh time changes, a little bit of intellect, and a number of genre-defying song structures, there’s a reason all the hip kids are going ga-ga for Finn Riggins. â€" Matt Driscoll

[Le Voyeur, 10 p.m., no cover, 404 Fourth Ave E., Olympia, 360.943.5710]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

December 4, 2007 at 7:40am

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki

Breakfaststarbucks111307 THE DAILY WORD
Learn it, use it, spell it

Juju \JOO-joo\, noun:
1. An object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers.
2. The power associated with a juju.

USAGE EXAMPLE: How did Tom Brady become so good and so beloved? Well, it wasn’t juju and magic dust. Something tells Bobble Tiki it had more to do with hard work and that all American, pretty boy smile. Did Bobble Tiki also mention that if he ever gets the chance Bobble Tiki would like to stab Brady in the throat with a shoe horn because he loathes him so much? These are Bobble Tiki’s innermost thoughts.


AUBURN: Bank robbed while TV crew reports.

TACOMA: Where did the panhandlers go?

FLORIDA: Millionaire dog flees death threat.

MISSISSIPPI: With this ring I deflect.

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: While eating at the Reef the other day Bobble Tiki saw the homemade show flyers, giving notice that Calvin Johnson, Hornet Leg, and Houston’s Punkin Pie will be playing the Evergreen State College tonight. For one, Bobble Tiki appreciated the DIY motif of the poorly scrawled announcements. For two, Bobble Tiki thinks the band name Punkin Pie is both seasonally appropriate, and pretty damn funny. Funny and seasonally appropriate band names don’t always guarantee great shows, but with Johnson and Hornet Leg on the bill, the worst that Punkin Pie’s slightly trashy garage punk can do is make things a little more interesting. Bobble Tiki would tell you this show will be a hoot, if he thought in such square terms. 

MORE MUSIC: What's on tonight.

CHOW: Where to eat today.

Bobble Tiki knows damn well there are things he’s allowed to joke about and subjects he shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot stick. Call it the curse of political correctness if you want, but as an average middle-aged tiki, there are a number of jokes that it just wouldn’t be funny for Bobble Tiki to make.

Let’s look at Judaism. With Jewmongous, a solo musical comedy creation of Sean Altman, set to play Jazzbones’ Ha Ha Tuesday comedy night tonight, it seems safe to say jokes about being Jewish are funny.

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

December 4, 2007 at 9:37am

Toilet Tales: Hotel Murano

Toiletmurano12407 Ah, Hotel Murano is coming. You can smell it from a mile away. New furniture, fresh carpet, modern pretentiousness, a wine bar and lounge in the lobby, and of course, most importantly: new bathrooms. Before the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel crosses over into the age of streamlined decor, I want to remember the 1995 look of the Broadway Grill toilet I had enjoyed for so long.

I used to work at the Broadway Grill way back in 1999. I was free, single, and let me tell you I partied like it was 1999. The Sheraton was getting ready for the big Y2K fiasco. The hotel was hosting a huge New Year's Millennium celebration, and as for the staff, we all just prepared for sheer chaos. The world was supposed to explode at midnight, right?

Well, my title at the Broadway Grill was Restaurant Supervisor.Ooooooh, sounds important, doesn't it? No, no it wasn't. I was a glorified hostess. But my chance came when the restaurant manager at the time decided to follow his dream of becoming a jazz musician, and resigned from the Sheraton. YES! I was a shoo-in for the position. No, no I wasn't. For some incredibly stupid reason they hired a girl who was a waitress from Altezzo upstairs. No college (I had a degree), no supervisory experience (I had previously worked for Brinker International for about 10 years opening stores for them in various states), and no one liked her (and I mean no one).

So she was now my boss, and I'm not lying when I tell you that I had to train her, teach her how to use a mouse on the computer, and how to use the Word application to write a staff memo. I was doing all the work and she was getting paid the 30K. Oh, and one more thing: she was a kleptomaniac with a known gambling problem. She âborrowed on more than one occasion $500 from the Sheraton (unbeknown to the Sheraton) to fund her trip to California, her pull tabs, and make car payments. Upon her return from Cali and theft confrontation, she somehow still had a job.

I think they finally let her go when she was caught under the tables at the Sheraton staff Christmas party. She was going through people's purses and taking money. I mean literally, she was under the tables on her hands and knees stealing from purses. Hahahahaha!

So guess what? I see her at a downtown Tacoma restaurant. I think she's some kind of supervisor there.

Anyway, I went yesterday to take what could be a final look at my old stompin grounds. My family and I love the breakfasts there. We go there for the smoked salmon and spinach Benedict, the freshly cut corned beef hash, the delicious orange juice, and the excellent service we get from Chris Smith. My daughter's favorite part of it all is not the hot cocoa with marshmallows, or the fresh strawberries. It's something that's going to change with Hotel Murano, something that screams I was decorated in 1995!

Give up? The restrooms. I am one proud mommy.

What can I say? She's 4 years old and loves pink.¬" Steph DeRosa

Filed under: Tacoma,

December 4, 2007 at 10:00am

24 Days of Cookies: Day Four

Cookiesposhpaws Paws Gourmet

I attempted to visit Hometown Bakery in DuPont.  “Attempted” is they key word.  I didn’t even notice that they were closed for business until I was violently trying to open the locked door.  Oh, duh, there’s the sign that says “Closed for business” right there in the window.  Go figure.

I pass a couple of other abandoned retail fronts that have also met their demise in DuPont, before arriving at Posh Paw.  Posh Paw is a pet store.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m intrigued by these stores.  And just like any good pet owner, I glance in and am immediately over-stimulated by all the way cool, useless, unnecessary pet gadgets that I MUST have.  So I enter the doggie paradise.

And there it was, in a cute little bakery case sitting on the counter.  Jackpot!   Christmas Cookies for dogs!  I don’t give a crap what Pappi Swarner says, dogs deserve sugary Christmas goodness just like we do.

Although they don’t make them on location, I made sure to ask which ones are locally made.  How did the cookie taste?  I suppose they were delicious.  My dog had no problem scarfing it down.  But then again, she also eats cat shit. â€" Steph DeRosa

[Posh Paw, 1545 Wilmington Dr., Ste 160,  DuPont, 253.964.8300]

December 4, 2007 at 1:44pm

South Sound Christmas

Southsoundchristmascake Gift shops are traditionally those places where you can find that sweet little trinket for Aunt Tilly, the place where you can find that floral thank-you card set or that perfect Chintz teacup that you just know will make her gush with joy.

Three South Sound gift shops have those sweet trinket items and much more. Drees in Olympia, Watermark in downtown Tacoma, and Cake in University Place all present any number of exquisite items for your dear auntie, but they also have things to make even the youngest, hippest recipients squeal.

Drees offers Olympia’s shoppers of distinction a wide range of items, from large custom furniture pieces to the daintiest of triple milled soaps in dog shapes.  Among other bath and body items at Drees are L’Occitane brand soaps and creams. The 20 percent shea butter hand cream is probably my favorite item when the winter weather makes my hands rough.  Drees also carries personal items such as scarves and purses, household goods for the well-stocked kitchen, and even children’s items, from books to pewter first-lock holders to Steiff stuffed animals.

Quality paper goods such as Crane & Co card sets are also available as well as a wide selection of handmade, one of a kind cards.  One favorite of mine, the hand water-colored avocado card with certificate of authenticity, sat beside a set of cards that looked like ’50s-era wallpapers. These are the sorts of things I love to give â€" and get â€" when the world seems to consist of e-mails, junk mail, and bills.

For this same reason, make a shopping stop at Tacoma’s Watermark. A personal favorite of mine is the custom stationery selection.  Here you can get invitations, announcements, and even customized writing paper like your Aunt Tilly used to send you letters on â€" until she started e-mailing you, that is.

Resumé kits, etiquette books, calendars, planners, notebooks, journals, and other useful paper items sit in the displays at Watermark as well as sparkling handmade jewelry, bath and body items, and serving and décor items for entertaining.

An intriguing line that melds two of my favorite things â€" cooking and scents â€" is the Cucina line, featuring scents such as coriander and olive tree, ginger and Sicilian lemon, and basil and tomato.  With this line, cooks can get a more pleasant-smelling space, softer hands, and cleaner dishes without the war of the scents that can happen when a garlic pesto meets up against a gardenia candle.
Fun stuff for those who don’t like to cook â€" and enjoy laughing about it â€" can be found at Watermark too. Its selection of Anne Taintor products is about the largest (and funniest) that I’ve seen in the South Sound.

Laughter is also emphasized in University Place at Cake with an eclectic selection of humorous gift books and other whimsical printed items such as wallets and cards. But Cake also offers up serious shopping with its Anthropologie-like boutique styling and products ranging from design and décor items for the home, high-quality body products, and seriously hip clothing. Antique furniture mixes with up-to-the-minute clothing lines such as Joe’s Jeans and Seven for all Mankind, just as sculptured vases seen last week in Elle Décor sit next to knobs and hardware that could have been at home on Aunt Tilly’s mahogany sideboard. 

The only problem I had while doing my gift shopping at these three shops was that I didn’t want to give items â€" I wanted to keep them.

Who’s the wise guy that said it’s better to give than receive, anyway? â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

[Dree’s 524 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, 360.357.7177]
[Watermark Gifts 1115 A St., Tacoma, 253.383.2041]
[Cake 3838 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.564.2253]

Filed under: Holidays, Olympia, Tacoma,

December 5, 2007 at 3:21am

It's on today!

Volcanoblastart_2 PARTY
Repeal Of Prohibition Party
Normally I receive odd looks from bar patrons when I stick my head between my knees so that booze remnants might revisit my brain.

Tonight at Doyle’s Public House I bet I don’t receive a single wince.

The Stadium District watering hole is hosting a party to celebrate the repeal of prohibition.

Doyle’s co-owner Russ Heaton states in a release: On December 5th, 1933, Congress ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and restoring the American right to a celebratory drink. Unlike St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo, Repeal Day is a day that all Americans have a part in observing, because it's written in our Constitution. No other holiday celebrates the laws that guarantee our rights, and Repeal Day has everything to do with our personal pleasures.

Doyle’s will be celebrating with Jack Daniels and Miller High Life. â€" Brad Allen

[Doyle's Public House, all day, 208 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.PINT]

Campy, sarcastic, and sleazy, the Supersuckers were atypical to the mid-1990s grunge movement as they sported cowboy hats and offered up a mix of rockabilly flavored garage rock.  With sex, drugs and Satan as their mantras, the band’s lyrics were an uproarious celebration of all of the wickedness habitually associated with rock ‘n’ roll â€" namely sex, drugs, Satan and any other offensive topic they could muster up.

Today, they add a bit of country to their rock.

“When we make rock music I’m not trying to make Southern tinged rock, or Western sounding rock, or rockabilly or any of these things,” lead singer Eddie Spaghetti told us last year. “I’m just trying to make straight up rock ‘n’ roll from the streets. Knock down, drag out rock.” â€" BA

[Hell’s Kitchen, with Top Heavy Crush, 9 p.m., $12-$15, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759. 6003]

MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.

Filed under: Club Hopping, Music, Tacoma,

December 5, 2007 at 10:00am

24 Days of Cookies: Day Five

Cookiesmercatoitaliano Mercato Italiano

A small, inconspicuous Italian deli lies directly across the street from the Narrows 8 movie theater off Mildred Street in Fircrest.  Being Italian by marriage, I felt obligated to go scope it out and get some goods.

Right there on top of Mercato Italiano's counter sat a huge glass containers filled with tiny Italian Christmas cookies.    I ask owner Cori Nordid (husband: Larry Nordid) if she bakes them at her store, and she says no, but they are flown in from Italy.  I immediately recite in my head the leg lamp scene from “A Christmas Story”: “Oooooh FRA-GEELAY.  Must be from Italy!”  (C’mon, if you don’t remember that part you need a spanking.)

The cookies were three for a dollar.  Baci di Duma, Dame, and Sabiosino cookies.  Sure, I could’ve grabbed one of each.  But you know me, I had to snag three of each.  I am so glad I did.  The Baci di Duma were full flavored and freshly crisp.  I could eat a hundred.  And the Sabiosino?  It is a classic cookie every child and adult will consider a treat.   And by child, I mean Italian husbands. â€" Steph DeRosa

[Mercato Italiano, 2049 Mildred St. W., Fircrest, 253.566.6108]

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