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May 15, 2008 at 6:43am

Fruits of their labor

Volcanoblastart GO LOCAL
Local Living Lounge
Go Local! and Tacoma Farmer’s Market will offer chances to see, do, eat, experience, learn and, er, lounge today at the Local Living Lounge. Every Thursday, in conjunction with Tacoma Farmers Market, The Local Living Lounge will occupy the space officially known as Pierce Transit Theater Square by the spitting silver salmon, and will offer a brilliantly dizzying array of activity and engagement under the banner of local living.

Each week, Local Living Lounge lizards will pose a new question intended to spark conversation and generate community input. â€" George Dorn
[Tacoma Farmers Market/Local Living Lounge, opens today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, Tacoma on Broadway between Ninth and 11th, www.tacomafarmersmarket.com]

The River and Sound Review
Jay Bates is noted creator, director, and producer of A River and Sound Review, a non-profit, live literary arts, music, and poetry show that he independently produces for radio in Pierce County. The next live production of River and Sound Review will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Puyallup Public Library. There, Pennsylvania poet, Philip Terman, will be welcomed as he reads from his new book, Rabbis of the Air. Terman will be joined by fiction writer, Elea Carey, and musical guest, Patrick Bradshaw. All this, plus an audience-engaging round of Name That Book and the next episode of an on-going saga of the greeting card poet, Heathclif Beed, in As the Publishing World Turns.  â€" Tammy Robacker
[Puyallup Public Library, Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m., free, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, 253.841.5454]

LINK: Kim Archer Band and others in the clubs tonight.
LINK: Let’s grab a summer brew today.
LINK: Let’s eat Asian today.

May 15, 2008 at 7:01am

Bar exam


Omalleys I had been to O’Malley’s Irish Pub a few times in my old Femme Fianna Dockyard Derby Dames days. It was always late at night, dark, crowded, and reeked of beer and sweat. I loved it. The best throw downs, punk bands and bartenders have graced O’Malley’s soil during the after dinner hours â€" so it was up to us to see what we could learn from a little dive bar visit during the daytime. That is, after all, one of the true dive bar tests.

Read what happened when I sat in the wrong seat here.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Steph DeRosa, Tacoma,

May 15, 2008 at 7:11am

Weekend stage shows


My Fair Lady
Federal Way's Centerstage Theater's production of My Fair Lady gets personal as it makes the story of the classic musical about a woman becoming a linguistic lab rat of sorts as her teacher transforms her from a street urchin with a heart of gold into a woman who could pass for a society lady into a story about challenge and love.
[Knutzen Family Theater, through June 1, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $8-$25, , 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road, Federal Way, 253.661.1444]

Table for One, No Wait
See something different with this staging of a one-woman play at 7 p.m. Friday at King's Books in Tacoma's St. Helens neighborhood. Fionna Larcom will perform her new play, "Table for One, No Wait," which explores one woman's journey through military life and the devastation of war. The event is free.
[King’s Books, Friday, May 16, 7 p.m., free, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.8801]

Shining City
See it now or regret your oversight. Harlequin Production is set to end its run of Shining City, a play that involves a former priest  (played by Vincent Brady) who becomes a counselor. His patient John (Anders Bolang) is haunted by the recent death of his wife. The show involves tight language and long monologues as it swings through the emotional roller coaster of life.
[State Theater, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $24-$33, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.786.0151]

May 15, 2008 at 9:00am

Two tickets to cockaigne


THE DAILY WORDBobblepaddycoynesbreakf

Cockaigne \kah-KAYN\, noun:
An imaginary land of ease and luxury.

USAGE EXAMPLE: In 1972 Eddie  Money first wrote the song “Two Tickets to a Cockaigne.” Wisely, Money reworked the tune for 1977’s Eddie Money, changing the title to “Two Tickets to Paradise.” The rest, as they say, is rock and roll history.


TACOMA: Nader's trying to fuck everything up again

OLYMPIA: Water worries 


UNITED STATES: Procrastination

MUSIC LISTINGS: Here’s what’s happening

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

May 15, 2008 at 10:08am

Broken News


Yesterday while I was loitering around my usual hangout, Tuell - McKee Funeral Home on Sixth Avenue, I was alerted to some broken news â€" literally.

Brokennewsfuneralbreaki With a flagrant disrespect for a white funeral vans, someone broke a van window in the parking lot of Tuell - Mckee late Tuesday night.  Here you see Jeff, one of the funeral directors, hard at work sweeping out the crushed glass from the front seat of the van.  He informed me that nothing was taken from the vehicle, and that the only thing of value (jumper cables) was left unharmed.

Brokennewsptcruiser In other news, I noticed a striking similarity between two other vehicles in the funeral home parking lot.

May 15, 2008 at 10:48am

Tacoma Farmers Market live


After weeks (if not months) of hype and excitement, today the 2008 Broadway Tacoma Farmers Market is finally a reality. The festivities started at 9 a.m. sharp, and the fresh produce and artsy craftsy extravaganza will run until 2 p.m.

The event is sure to draw a who’s who in Tacoma â€" with every local living, eco-friendly personality in the City of Destiny sure to show up and be seen.

And, of course, the Weekly Volcano is there, too â€" documenting the action and looking for free samples.  Steph DeRosa and I have drawn to tough assignment of covering the fracas, and shortly we’ll be reporting live from the action.

Pictures of corn. Eavesdropping on discussion at the Local Living Lounge. The feel of the djembe beat.

Today’s the day. You’ll find it soon here on the Spew.

11:22 a.m. PAPPI: I wonder where the hell my writers are hiding.

11:29 a.m. PAPPI: While you're waiting for the live reports, talk amongst yourselves. Here's a subject: An NBC poll released Tuesday shows that an overwhelming number of Americans are sick of polls.

11:31 a.m. PAPPI: A similar poll commissioned by the Los Angeles Times found that a sampling of Americans polled agreed that they've "had it up to here with polls so leave me alone already or I'll find your office and poll your face until its unrecognizable."

11:33 a.m. STEPH: I'm walking as fast as I can toward the Market. I have crack sweat already.

11:35 a.m. MATT: Just parking now. I think I see Steph's crack sweat across the street.

11:36 a.m. STEPH: The two brothers from the Joshua Cain Band are cranking out the tunes. By the way Matt, your bra straps are showing.

11:46 a.m. PAPPI: I'm regretting this already.


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11:58 a.m. STEPH: My dog has eaten the first official organic doggie treat of the season. Stay tuned for the first official organic dog poop of the 2008 Tacoma Farmers Market.

Noon: STEPH: Political activists are setting up more than 15 signs asking people to impeach Bush.

Marketcrabs 12:02 p.m. MATT: Fifteen minutes in and I already got crabs.

12:05 p.m. PAPPI: I doubt Tacoma  Mama will link to this.

12:14 p.m. PAPPI: Matt just posted something on Spew regarding the show Saturday at Bob's Java Jive. That post better have been preprogrammed.

12:16 p.m.: MATT: It was.

Marketflowers 12:17 p.m. MATT: Flowers are out in full force this afternoon.

Marketherbs 12:21 p.m. MATT: Surprisingly, the BFM wouldn't let me set up my "herb" table.

12:22 p.m. PAPPI: I assume Steph's equipment has malfunctioned or she's inside El Toro at the bar.

Marketterry 12:25 p.m. MATT: Though under represented, Terry's Berries came through with some fine spinach, cauliflower and salad greens.

Marketatm 12:30 p.m. MATT: No recession at the BFM. Check out this ATM line.


Rent movies from Netflix

12:35: STEPH: Busted. OK, back at it. This years potted trees look taller than ever before! I credit global warming.

12:37 p.m. STEPH: The stench of beans from the taco truck promises it to be a good year for anti gas medicine.

12:40: p.m. STEPH: Tacoma Mama has made an appearance armed with crafts for kids using recycled materials.

Marketbread 12:41 p.m. MATT: Bread makes a cameo at the Broadway Tacoma Farmers Market.

12:42: p.m. STEPH: Reminds me of high school prom in the back of my date's car " "Baby Im-A Want You."

Marketlounge 12:48 p.m. MATT: Check out the kid and me being all sustainable and shit.

12:50 p.m. STEPH: All Tacoma offspring younger than the age of 5 have started the patchouli craze by rolling in the grass.

12:51 p.m. STEPH: Weekly Volcano scribe Carmen has arrived. She has on the hottest red heels I've ever seen.

Marketyogi 1 p.m. STEPH: Yogi bear is walking the red carpet as we speak. He's wearing an Armani full-body fur coat.

Marketglassballs 1:05 p.m. MATT: Balls and glass art â€" two things Tacoma goes gaga for.

1:18 p.m. PAPPI: And we're spent.

Marketyellow 1:24 p.m. STEPH: No we are not. I've kicked off the Uggs and stripped off the sweatshirt. It is damn gorgeous out.

1:29 p.m. STEPH: In the next week we should be seeing salads in a bread cone from Gayl and Bianca at the Swiss Pub. This is of course after I have an angioplasty from the Market's tamale stand.

Marketjustin 1:32 p.m. STEPH: Justin the Market manager is in the house wearing a Calvin Klein original red traffic vest.

May 15, 2008 at 11:51am

Solid Saturday show


There are a few bands in this town that I always keep my eye on. Whenever I see their name, I know the show’s worth paying attention to.

The Fucking Eagles are one of those bands.

Face it. The Fucking Eagles rule. Not only do they have “fuckng” right in their band name (which just screams dangerous, doesn’t it?), but their grimy garage rock meets maximum R&B could be the soundtrack to our city. The Fucking Eagles always put together killer lineups, too. When you see the band scheduled to rock, you know the whole night will be good.

So, when I saw the Fucking Eagles scheduled for a gig at Bob’s Java Jive this Saturday, May 17, I knew it would be a show worth getting the scoop on. Roy Loney of Flamin’ Groovies fame and Tripwire from Seattle are also on the bill, which left me with some research to do. Here’s the deal:

Tripwires is solid. Made up of drummer Mark Pickerel, brothers Jim and Johnny Sangster and vocalist John Ramberg â€" these guys have played in so many notable Northwest bands it’s almost silly. Together Tripwires lays down ear friendly, Cheap Trick-esque rock that’s exactly what it should be â€" both fresh and familiar.

As for Loney and the Longshots, what you need to know is Loney was a main cog in ’60s and ’70s era San Francisco rockers The Flamin’ Groovies â€" a band that had the misfortune of being at the wrong place in the wrong time (San Francisco during the late ’60s hippie explosion) but wielded powerful two-pronged blues rock that has given them a cult following to this day. Loney remains a revered man, and there are probably plenty of rockers in Tacoma looking forward to his stop at the Jive.

The Fucking Eagles, Roy Loney and the Longshots, and The Tripwires will play Bob’s Java Jive this Saturday. It’ll be one of the best shows this week. Hands down.

[Bob’s Java Jive, Roy Loney & The Long Shots, The Fucking Eagles, The Tripwires, Darrren Selector, Saturday, May 17, 8 p.m., 2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.475.9843]

May 15, 2008 at 1:42pm

Rock the Cause


One of the things I always tell people about Tacoma is that if you really want something positive to happen here, and if your idea is good enough, this entire city will come out in force to support it.

This theory has been proven yet again through the unique individuals and organizations that have come together to create Rock the Cause, taking place this Sunday, May 18 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Jazzbones.

I'm one of the leaders of Love Tacoma, and I hoped to create an event that showcased different kinds of local Tacoma bands that deserved additional exposure.

Love Tacoma also wanted to forge a partnership with Project:U, an incredible group that attracts 20-and 30-somethings through cool events and volunteer activities that are philanthropic fund-raisers for the United Way of Pierce County.

But I went into this idea initially with hesitation. I'm a master event planner, but I've yet to organize any kind of music festival. Among so many details, I wondered how we would pay for the bands and for the venue to host them since Love Tacoma functions on zero funding, solely on donations.

Fortunately, I reached out to Jennifer Johnson from Jazzbones, and she set all of my concerns at ease.

Jazzbones had been wanting to host a Love Tacoma event (yea!), and even better, Jennifer was willing to coordinate the band lineup and logistics. What I really can't believe is that all of the bands agreed to play for free since the proceeds from this event are going to a good cause, the United Way's Community Solutions Fund.

Love Tacoma is now eternally indebted to Evan Purcell, Fear Train Caravan, Matt Coughlin, Nasty Left, Paris Spleen, The Vamanos and Trip the Light Fantastic.

When I met with the Project:U crew, they were so amped about Rock the Cause and ready to support it, but they had one additional request: Could we ask people to bring their old cell phones so they could be reused through yet another good cause: The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center. OF COURSE!!!

As an additional partnership, The Weekly Volcano has been so kind in donating ad space and throwing words our way in today's edition.

Now, the rest of the support for Rock the Cause will come from you, Tacoma. Please plan on attending this unique event to show your love for local music, a small business and the community at large for just $8 from 2 to 9 p.m. this Sunday, May 18, at Jazzbones.

I'm serious: I really, really do love Tacoma.

Filed under: Community, Concert Alert, Music, Tacoma,

May 15, 2008 at 1:58pm

Flickr Post of the Day

Wright Park 1915-2008, originally uploaded by Doug Klippert.

May 15, 2008 at 6:13pm

Open Sorry


Photoofthedaysouthernk Southern Kitchen Restaurant apologizes for being open?  Ridiculous considering their hush puppies laced with jalapeño is one of the finer things in the galaxy.

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