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April 10, 2008 at 7:15am

Farmer and a Thistle

Volcanoblastart FOLK
Charlotte Thistle
A true folkie, Thistle works solo with an acoustic guitar, and as an artist she ranks up there with Ani di Franco, but isn’t quite so abrasive. This is not to say she’s all fluff and no substance as she can get political and speak out on such topics as war and social injustices, but she does so with an incredible wit.

Thistle has no agenda or goals to sell a billion albums; she just wants to sing her songs. It is with this humble mindset she has garnered such fabulous press and has won over so many fans in the Northwest. Her 2005 debut, A Girl With a Guitar, was a thought provoking and insightful recording, which critics salivated over. With simplicity in her music and complexity in her lyrics, she did a balancing act between the two with candor, humor and intelligence. â€" Tony Engelhart
[A Rhapsody in Bloom Florist and Café, 7 p.m., all ages, no cover, 3709 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.761.7673]

Billy Farmer
Billy Farmer runs the musical gamut.  A gifted guitar player, Farmer plays acoustic with a folk style, electric in a Chicago blues stomp style and knows his way around the Delta, too.  His arsenal of strings includes a reliable 12 string, Dobro, mandolin and banjo. When he needs a little oomph, Farmer plugs in his Les Paul or Stratocaster. Farmer is a master of mimicry and can imitate everyone from Jagger to Cash.  Farmer leads the Western R Bar open mic & jam tonight. â€" TE
[Western R Bar, 8 p.m., no cover, 1214 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.6920]

LINK: Handful of Luvin’ and others in the clubs tonight
LINK: Wonder what Chef William will prepare tonight?
LINK: Let’s eat steak tonight.

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

April 10, 2008 at 7:27am

Moment with Mueller


Babblinbabsmueller Reporters enjoy the privilege to share in the lives of the people we interview. We sit down, learn, explore, and delve into the backgrounds of private folks, searching for the themes, quotes and anecdotes that allow us to relate these people to you.

It’s fun.

I especially like moments when something is said and a complete knowingness between reporter and subject is instantly discovered.

I had that moment with Chef William Mueller this week. He was describing his artistry, searching for the perfect words to illustrate his passion for food, when he choose to draw reference to his role model â€"Chef Jerry, former executive chef at the Herb Farm in Woodinville and soon (as in this summer) to be opening Poppy in Seattle.

Mueller aspires to create like Traunfeld.

Instantly, a shared experience put Mueller’s words into crystal form. The Herb Farm happens to be where I had my best meal on this planet.  Mueller completely understood me when I mentioned that to him.

While not in the South Sound, The Herb Farm remains close enough for those wanting to splurge on a nine-course (food and wine) dinner that boggles the senses in an atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. I still dream of those mussels sautéed like shish kabobs on skewers of rosemary sprigs.

LINK: Interview with Chef Mueller

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

April 10, 2008 at 8:07am

Happy hour with a view


We all know that C.I. Shenanigans is great for the spring and summertime season with their incredible waterfront view, but you shouldn’t be so quick to overlook their gorgeous bar and the sweet drinks and happy hour deals that they’re cookin’.

I know that so many of you are concerned with affordability, and Shenanigans is ready to hook you up.  Here's what I found.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Natasha, Tacoma,

April 10, 2008 at 9:00am

Chris the pugnacious


THE DAILY WORDBreakfastaffairs112707
Pugnacious \puhg-NAY-shuhs\, adjective:
Inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.

USAGE EXAMPLE: Not many people realize it, but Gov. Gregoire is one of the more pugnacious politicians in Olympia, never afraid to bust a beer bottle over an opponents head if it means getting her way. It’ called getting results.


TACOMA: Farmers market

OLYMPIA: Eastern medicine

SEATTLE: Bumbershoot details

UNITED STATES: Hybrid craziness

MUSIC LISTINGS: Here's what's happening

Filed under: Music, Olympia, Politics, Tacoma,

April 10, 2008 at 10:35am

Sea Grill now serves lunch


Sea Grill in downtown Tacoma now serves lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Chef Matt Brandsey, just arrived from the Minneapolis area, has fresh fish, a warm seafood Caesar and Mediterranean top sirloin for your lunch meeting.

By the way, Sea Grill is now closed on Mondays.

LINK: Sea Grill lunch menu

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

April 10, 2008 at 3:20pm

Jim Hightower in Olympia


Populism. I consider myself a fairly educated dude, and I still couldn’t offer you a succinct and exact definition of the word. And I went to Evergreen, for Phil Lesh’s sake!

I do know populism is a view that supports the power of the people over elites, and I’m so down with that.

I also know Jim Hightower pretty much personifies what a populist is, or can be if they set their mind to it. Hightower will be at Olympia’s Capitol Theater on Saturday, April 12 to discuss his new book Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, and raise funds for the Olympia Film Society.

For all George W. Bush has done to tarnish the cowboy hat, Hightower is doing more than his part to bring some respect back to the Texas headdress. A National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, and longtime populist voice, Hightower has worked for over thirty years on behalf of the average Joe, Jane, or Javier as the case may be.

Ticket info can be found here. Also, for $40, there’s a pre-show reception at Plenty that starts at 6 p.m. According to pioneermusic.org the $40 price includes admission to the evening event, VIP seating, a copy of Jim Hightower’s new book and delicious snacks provided by Plenty!”

Filed under: Matt Driscoll, Olympia, Politics,

April 10, 2008 at 4:13pm

Meet 31 Knots, Tacoma


This Saturday at www.myspace.com/sanfordandsonantiques ">Sanford and Son, www.myspace.com/destructionisland ">Destruction Island will release their debut CD, Destruction Island Preaches the New Wilderness, and they’ll be celebrating with a show that also includes Portland’s 31 Knots, and local favorites www.myspace.com/thesearmsaresnakes ">These Arms are Snakes, and www.myspace.com/tolsatd ">Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death.

I’m working on an interview with Destruction Island’s Kye Alfred Hillig as we speak.

But Tacoma should know 31 Knots is a pretty fucking top notch band. I came to appreciate their stylistically diverse and often unclassifiable racket during my winter of discontent in Portland. I even wrote a little something about them for the Portland Mercury. Here’s proof. I’m not sure if they’ve played Tacoma before, but if you’ve never heard of them, 31 Knots is definitely worth some attention.

Anyway, this show at Sanford and Son is going to kick major ass, and I’ll have an interview with Kye Hillig up on the Spew tomorrow to help you get pumped about it.

That’s all for now.

Filed under: Matt Driscoll, Music, Tacoma,

April 11, 2008 at 7:12am


Volcanoblastart A CAPPELLA FOLK
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Self-dubbed as progressive roots a cappella, this group has seen many incarnations since forming in 1973. While the group is categorized as 20th century gospel, they incorporate blues, jazz and African influences into the mix. In other words, they have no limits. With 18 totally diverse records to their credit, Sweet Honey has been bestowed with countless awards. Their latest, Expeience…101, was nominated for another Grammy in 2007. The disc, like past works, is diversely intoxicating and political in nature. â€" Tony Engelhart
[Washington Center, 7:30 p.m., $35.50-$37.50, 512 Washington St. S.W., Olympia, 360.753.8585]

Dance 2008
Well, it’s almost here. The end of the season. No more plays, no more dance recitals, no more artsy nothin’ â€" ever. OK, not ever. However, it will be one looonnng summer of American Idol reruns, I tell you what. How about one more, just for old time’s sake? Pacific Lutheran University Dance Ensemble presents Dance 2008, a collection of dances in the style of jazz, modern, ballet and hip-hop. In all, the performance features 13 choreographers, 57 dancers and musicians and that dude working the lights. Aaahh, let’s end the season by giving each other a big hug. â€" Suzy Stump
[Eastvold Auditorium, April 11-12, 8 p.m., $5-$8, Park Avenue South and Garfield Street, Parkland, 253.535.7411]

Alex Duncan
Juno nightclub’s opening night will fill the massive venue with the smooth sounds of Alex Duncan, who’s been putting it down for more than a decade. Originally from the Island of St. Kitts, Duncan was lead vocalist for Seattle ensemble Jumbalassy, and has taken home awards for Best World/Ethnic band and Best World/Ethnic album. He counts Bob Marley, New Edition and Buju Banton among his influences, and it shows. â€" Paul Schrag
[Juno, 9 p.m., $10, 933 Market St., Tacoma, www.myspace.com/clubjuno]

Mos Generator
The term “stoner rock” is meant to describe slow, chugging, ’70s throwback style licks â€" loud and thick, and heavy on the facial hair. Mos Generator often gets labeled “stoner rock,” and going by what the genre is supposed to imply, I suppose they fit the bill.

From the damp reaches of Port Orchard, Mos Generator is three dudes with plenty of hair and plenty of respect for Sabbath born rock and roll. They bow at the throne of all things heavy, and have an 8-year career going that’s proof people are into the mud they’re slinging. â€" Matt Driscoll
[Hell’s Kitchen, Mos Generator, Witchburn, The Valley, Bacchus, 9 p.m.. $5, 3829 Sixth Ave, Tacoma, 253.759.6003]

LINK: Mercury Rising and others in the clubs tonight.
LINK: Memento and Napoleon Dynamite at The Grand. Gosh!
LINK: Let's eat Mexican tonight.

April 11, 2008 at 7:40am

Second Thursday Art Walk


Secondthursdaymadhat1 It was only a matter of time before the KAke’s artistic skin rubbed off on me.  Last night we ventured into Tacoma’s art scene a week before Third Thursday Art Walk.  The Mad Hat Tea Company hosted a humble welcoming to all interested in catching a glimpse into locally inspired treasures.

Secondthursdayhouston I caught up with a featured friend (in my book, anyway) Houston S. Wimberly III. His colors drew me in, and the pieces were amazing.

Secondthursdaydaniel Daniel Blue sold a hefty piece, well worth every penny.

Secondthursdayheartink I originally purchased the piece I Heart Engineers by Maureen, co-owner of the Mad Hat.  My husband is an engineer, so I asked her to explain the story.  “Oh I’ll do more than that, I’ll write it down for you,” she said.  It was a goldmine.  I pictured it framed, with the explanation next to it.  It was perfect.

Then KAke pointed out something on the next wall.  Dammit.  It was a now a choice I had to make.  What do I choose: The engineer ink, or the heart ink.  I hate decisions.  And don’t even try to tell me “both.”  Even KAke knows better than that.

I chose the heart ink.  And I love it.  My first Tacoma piece, congrats to me!

Secondthursdayoverthemo Afterward KAke suggested Over The Moon Cafe for dinner.  I had never been (besides the rampant Swarner Communications Christmas party turned gift exchange massacre next door in The Ruby Room), so that seemed like a pleasant treat to my taste buds.  “Do they have a nice pour of wine?” I asked KAke.  She replied, “If not, I’ll give you all my jewelry.”  Well, seeing as how that’s her only asset, I trusted her.

Secondthursdaymoon2 The Moon Mountain wine was strong, silky, and poured extremely smooth.  I had the salmon: perfectly cooked with just a perfect amount of sweetness.  KAke noted the sage chicken as one of the best things she’s tasted.

The wine flowed all night, and the night was grand.  I can’t wait for next Thursday’s Art Walk, where I’ll be viewing some of Chris Sharp’s work at the UWT.  Hope to see you guys there!

April 11, 2008 at 9:00am

Friday breakfast


THE DAILY WORDBreakfasthobnob110607
Caesura \sih-ZHUR-uh; -ZUR-\, noun;
plural caesuras or caesurae \sih-ZHUR-ee; -ZUR-ee\:
1. A break or pause in a line of verse, usually occurring in the middle of a line, and indicated in scanning by a double vertical line; for example, "The proper study || of mankind is man" [Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man].
2. Any break, pause, or interruption.

USAGE EXAMPLE: Bobble Tiki finally took a caesura from drinking so he could devour some chips and guacamole. It was a brief caesura, though, and before long Bobble Tiki was hitting the beer bong again.


TACOMA: Dangerous crossing

OLYMPIA: Evergreen riot, blah, blah, blah

SEATTLE: Dalai Lama will fuck your commute


MUSIC LISTINGS: Here’s what’s happening

Filed under: Music, News To Us, Olympia, Tacoma,

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