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May 1, 2008 at 7:25am

Weekend stage picks


You Can't Take it With You
Paradise Theatre is staging You Can't Take it With You, a play that centers on the Sycamores, who seem quite, especially because they are so counter to the disposition of the Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. Good times are had by all.
[Paradise Theatre, through May 11, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sundays, $8 to $18; 9911 Burnham Dr. N.W., Gig Harbor, 253.851.PLAY] 

Miss Saigon
One of the best shows of the season is set to end this weekend. Tacoma Musical Playhouse is all set to end its run of Miss Saigon, a classic tale of love and lost in a war-torn land.
[Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $16-$23, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.565.6867]

Tacoma's Barefoot Studios is staging a dance-theater show called Train. Josephine and Paul Zmolek researched the Depression-era train jumpers and hobos who would cross the nation on their way to finding better lives and employment in distant states. This workforce on the move got Zmolek thinking about the current flow of workers found in the illegal immigrant community and the political climate that surrounds them.  They set the two concepts to dance and added local artists as the background.
[Barefoot Studios, Friday, May 2-Saturday, May 3 8 p.m., $18, 1604 Center St., Tacoma, 253.627.2273]

May 1, 2008 at 7:36am

It all sounds so scary

Volcanoblastart_2 STAGE
Personal Ad
"Chubby, Smart, Blonde, SWF 5'4" seeks opportunity to fall in love, decide not to get married or have children, reveal all closeted skeletons, become truly intimate, build intense mutual appreciation, decide we need more than the other person can give, part amicably, and booty call each other for the next three years. Or not. What do you want?"
What you just read is professional storyteller Elizabeth Lord’s personal ad.
Wait, it’s not what you and I think, I think. Lord will present a one-woman original storytelling show titled Personal Ad. She’ll discuss the ins and outs of love relationships in the modern world. Think Spalding Gray meets Margaret Cho.â€" Suzy Stump
[The Midnight Sun Performance Space, May 1-4, 8 p.m., $7-$15, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia, 360.250.2721]


Opportunity is everywhere, and you never really know when it will present itself.
For Skarp, a Seattle-based grindcore metal band, opening for Jello Biafra and the Melvins in ’04 and ’05 proved to be quite an opportunity. Not only did the band, which emerged in 2000, get to share the stage with legends in the world of punk and sludge, but they also got a chance to audition for Biafra’s record label â€" Alternative Tentacles â€" though at the time Skarp likely had no idea. After watching Skarp lace into a frenzied crowd with an original mix of anger, ska, crust and hardcore â€" an odd sounding brew that Skarp has mastered and made homogonous â€" Biafra offered the band a spot on his label. In ’05, that relationship produced Requiem, a well written and well conceived display of original metal that surely has fans desperate for more. â€" Matt Driscoll
[The Viaduct, 8 p.m., all ages, 5412 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, www.myspace.com/ viaductvenue]

Vampire Hands
Vampire Hands have won me over with their psychedelic rock done right. Vampire Hands will hit Le Voyeur in Olympia tonight, and it has all the makings of a show you don’t want to miss. They’ll be in town, on tour, from their cold and lake-filled home in Minnesota.
I first heard Vampire Hands on KEXP. The station chose “Paradise Knife Fights” as a song of the day in mid-January, and it was hard to deny the band had something special. Many acts have hopped on the psych rock bandwagon lately, but Vampire Hands is a cut above. It’s a minimal mix of ambience and rock that has the ability to make indie kids go gaga. â€" Matt Driscoll
[Le Voyeur, Vampire Hands, Daguerreotypes, Triclops, 10 p.m., no cover, 404 Fourth Ave E., Olympia, 360.943.5710]

LINK: Jonny Smokes and others in the clubs tonight.
LINK: The Advice Goddess solves two more problems.
LINK: Let’s eat at Dockside Bistro today.

May 1, 2008 at 8:00am

Young faces behind Brix 25

At Brix 25 in Gig Harbor, the average age of the cooks rings in at 20 1/2 years of age (see Young Knives in today’s Weekly Volcano).  The following are the faces and names behind one of the South Sound's best restaurants, not to mention the 2008 Washington Wine Commission's Wine Restaurant of the Year.

Brixdanfirstphoto Dan Hutchinson, 23, head chef
Ambitions: Own his own restaurant
Quote: “The pros of being young is your not set in your ways or jaded yet â€" you’re willing to try anything.”

Brixryanford Ryan Ford, 22, sous chef
Ambitions: Studying engineering at Tacoma Community College
Quote: “The pace is a lot faster here â€" I like that.”

Brixryanhassilev Zach Hassilev, 19, pantry chef
Ambitions: Go to Alaska 
Quote: “There are a lot of conversations we have when cooking. It’s fun. We are all learning from each other.

Brixjonsavern Jon Sovern, 26, prep cook, utility chef

Ambitions: Who knows.
Quote: “This is the best crew I’ve worked with, ever.”

Brixdickiehendrickst Richard “Dickie” Hendricks, 19, second sauté cook
Ambitions: Keep cooking. 
Quote: “I’ve picked up a lot of skills here. I’ve paid attention.”

Brixdylankane Dylan Kane, 19, pastry chef
Ambitions: Going to TCC â€" not sure of future.
Quote: “Everyone is really talented here at what they do.”

Not pictured
Matthew Hancock, 17, dishwasher
Ambitions: Moving from dishwasher to cook.
Quote: “I take pride in doing the dishes.”

Photography by J.M. Simpson

Filed under: Food & Drink, Gig Harbor,

May 1, 2008 at 8:09am

The Acme


Barexamacme About a year ago The Acme Grub Cage was purchased by an eager bartender and his customer. Together they are changing the way Tacoma views this once dilapidated dive bar.

New wooden cabinets are stained and ready for the multitude of liquor bottles that will be available once their liquor license is obtained. Carpeting gone, floors polished, and bathrooms painted, I can easily label this place a very cool dive.

Check out what I discovered here.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

May 1, 2008 at 9:00am

One frappuccino over the line


THE DAILY WORDBreakfastshakabrah1211

Cloy \KLOY\, transitive verb:
1. To weary by excess, especially of sweetness, richness, pleasure, etc.
2. To become distasteful through an excess usually of something originally pleasing.

USAGE EXAMPLE: Eventually, the numerous grande, iced Frappuccinos began to cloy Britney’s senses.


TACOMA: Ax vandal

OLYMPIA:  Good deed 

SEATTLE: Eyman in trouble

UNITED STATES: Seven minutes

MUSIC LISTINGS: Here’s what’s happening

Filed under: Music, Olympia, Tacoma,

May 1, 2008 at 2:32pm

Artrageous 2008


Bobble Tiki just got back from Black Water Café where he met with Zach Varnell, who teaches audio recording at Tacoma’s School of the Arts (SOTA) and also works with the SOTA Partners Foundation.  The rendezvous was a precursor to a story Bobble Tiki is working on for next week’s paper about Artrageous 2008, a benefit for SOTA that will go down on Saturday, May 10. 

Originally, tickets for Artrageous 2008, which is designed to tell the SOTA story as well as move people to take out their checkbooks to help support the school, cost $75. That all changed when an extremely generous anonymous donor decided to sponsor the event a few weeks ago. Now admission is free, or as SOTA prefers to say you’ve been invited to attend as an honorary guest of the donor.

Either way, all the money raised during Artrageous 2008 will go towards SOTA’s ambitious goals of changing education to better fit the needs of all students as well as funding artists and teachers in other public schools in the area where music and arts funding has been drastically cut. Even though tickets are now free, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to donate â€" and if you agree with what SOTA does Bobble Tiki highly recommends you do just that.

Artrageous 2008 will be filled with cool stuff to see. Here’s a look at what’s planned.

If you want to go to Artrageous, Bobble Tiki suggests you get a move on. Varnell reports a ticket request explosion since the anonymous donation, and space is going fast. As of this afternoon there were about 200 tickets left â€" out of around 1200.

Sounds like it’s shaping up to be quite an event. Check out next week’s Volcano for the full story.

May 1, 2008 at 3:16pm

Crash Normal is from France


The French. Some people love them, and, well, some people don’t.

I say screw the people who don’t.

While I’ve never been to France, and never felt the shunning shoulder of a Frenchman who thinks Americans are stupid (which I don’t necessarily disagree with), there are a number of things I feel like the French and I have in common.

For starters, coffee, cigarettes, and wine. I love all of them, and so do the French.

Another thing I have in common with at least some of the French is a love of garage rock. Who knew? I didn’t until I did some research on www.myspace.com/crashnormal ">Crash Normal â€" a two piece punk outfit from Paris set to play www.myspace.com/bobsjavajive ">Bob’s Java Jive tonight.

Judging by Crash Normal’s Myspace page, which is all I have to go on at the moment, these guys should be perfect for Tacoma and the Jive. Fuzzy, distorted warmth with broken glass edges and punk rock ethos â€" Crash Normal could easily share a bill with Tacoma’s www.myspace.com/myteetharegold ">Gold Teeth and www.myspace.com/ihatethefkingeagles ">the Fucking Eagles. Tonight they’ll be playing with www.myspace.com/robotdeathclan ">the Synthetics and www.myspace.com/freakouts ">the Freakouts â€" which should make for one hell of a time.

If you’ve got nothing to do tonight, consider Crash Normal at Bob’s Java Jive. They may be French, but they also kick garage rock ass. What more do you want?

Check out this week's Rock Rhetoric for more about Bob's Java Jive.

Filed under: Matt Driscoll, Music, Tacoma,

May 1, 2008 at 3:40pm

Rock the Cause!


Roxanne Murphy, the PR Bitty for the City, Love Tacoma organizer and now radio star, sent this press release to the Weekly Volcano World Headquarters: 

Love Tacoma and Project:U have banded together to offer you a rockin’ way to support SWEET local music, while giving back to the community, all in one day.
That’s why we’re amped to bring you:

Rock the Cause!

May 18, 2 p.m. Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave.
Jazzbones, one of Tacoma’s finest live music venues, will host this all-ages, beat-pumping fundraiser that will feature a diverse array of local Tacoma bands that are so very worthy of your love. These groups so far include: 

  1. Battersea, post punk / indie / experimental
  2. Bumma Stoge, visual / crunk / melodramatic pop
  3. Evan Purcell, acoustic / folk / alternative
  4. Fear Train Caravan, rock / alternative / indie
  5. Matt Coughlin, folk rock
  6. Nasty Left, hip hop
  7. The Vamanos, rock / garage / punk

Tickets for this event are just $8, with proceeds going to benefit the United Way of Pierce County. And! Bring your old cell phones to Rock the Cause because they’ll be donated and reused through the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center.

Buy your tickets for Rock the Cause early! This event is sure to sell out amongst the strong following between these amazing bands, Project:U, Love Tacoma, Jazzbones and our incredible sponsor, the Weekly Volcano. Purchase tickets now at the Jazzbones Ticket Office.

For more information about the electric Love Tacoma and Project:U, visit www.lovetacoma.com, Love Tacoma Myspace or www.project-u.org/.

Filed under: Community, Music, Tacoma,

May 1, 2008 at 8:08pm

Flickr Post of the Day

Metal Cake, originally uploaded by Tacoma Art Museum.


Filed under: Arts, Video Hot Spot,

May 2, 2008 at 7:14am


Volcanoblastart FILM
Iron Man
The delightful and well-crafted Iron Man, based on the Marvel Comics franchise, is one of the smartest superhero films to come down the pike in some time.

Robert Downey Jr. again reveals why he is one of the best actors of his generation â€" allowing himself simultaneously to be playful and poignant as he adds enormous depth to the title role.
Unlike so many previous big-screen incarnations of a Marvel icon, Downey has carved out his own interpretation of Tony Stark/Iron Man, and yet he delivers on the established premise of the character â€" so as not to disappoint Iron Man’s legions of fans. PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content. Four Stars â€" Bill Zwecker
[Century Olympia: 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Also Fr-Sun 10 a.m.; Galaxy Tacoma 6: noon, 12:55, 2:35, 3:35, 5:10, 7, 7:45, 9:40, 10:20.; Galaxy Uptown Theatre: Fri-Thurs, May 8 11 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1, 1:40, 2, 4, 4:30, 4:50, 7, 7:20, 7:40, 9:45, 10:05, 10:20.; Galaxy Uptown Theatre VIP: 1, 4, 7, 9:45.; Lakewood Cinema 15: 11 a.m., noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30. Also Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11, 12 a.m., 12:30 a.m.; Lakewood Towne Center 12: 1, 1:30, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:30; Longston Place 14: 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 4, 4:30, 5, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30. Also Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11, 12 a.m., 12:30 a.m.; Regal Martin Village 16: 11 a.m., 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9:30, 10, 10:30. Also Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11, 12:30 a.m.; Yelm Cinemas @ Prairie Park: 12:10, 12:35, 3, 3:45, 6, 6:35, 8:45, 9:15]

Voice of the Americas
Local poet Lucas Smiraldo teams up with Seattle-based jazz composer Wrick Wolff for a spoken-word symphony titled Voice of the Americas. Smiraldo examines historical events from the last half of the century through the viewpoints of famous Americans. Ten local performers will channel Smiraldo’s words, which don’t pull any punches, through historical figures such as Che Guevara, Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, set to Wolff’s jazz, blues and world beat soundtrack.

Throw your tired history book in the trashcan. Voice of the Americas will blow your mind. â€" Michael Swan 

[Theatre on the Square, 7:30 p.m., $15, 905 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.591.5894, www.broadwaycenter.org]

Tacoma's Barefoot Studios is staging a dance-theater show called Train. Josephine and Paul Zmolek researched the Depression-era train jumpers and hobos who would cross the nation on their way to finding better lives and employment in distant states. This workforce on the move got Zmolek thinking about the current flow of workers found in the illegal immigrant community and the political climate that surrounds them.  They set the two concepts to dance and added local artists as the background. Full story here. â€" Steve Dunkelberger
[Barefoot Studios, Friday, May 2-Saturday, May 3 8 p.m., $18, 1604 Center St., Tacoma, 253.627.2273]

LINK: The Bombadil Project and others in the clubs tonight.
LINK: Let’s eat steak today.

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