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May 7, 2008 at 5:37pm

All good at Masa for Cinco

MATT DRISCOLL: THIS IS NOT A RESTAURANT REVIEW >>>

As I reported last week on the Spew, Masa on 6th Ave received the first special event permit issued by the city under Tacoma’s new comprehensive noise ordinance. The permit was for the Cinco de Mayo festivities which took place over the weekend and Monday at the restaurant.

While Masa owner John Xitco feared his special surprise musical act, which turned out to be the Vicci Martinez band, would not be able to stay under the 85 decibels allowed by the special events permit, as it turns out everything ran smoothly during Cinco de Mayo at Masa. According to the wording of the permit the music was also required to be wrapped up by 10 p.m., and Masa was required to have someone from management on hand at all times to deal with noise issues.

Luckily for everyone involved, no noise issues arose.

“Everything was a huge success. The noise ordinance officer did an excellent job of managing the interests of everyone involved,” says Xitco.

“No fines or jail, and the only unfortunate part was having to have Vicci Martinez end the show shortly after the curfew of 10 p.m. The officer allowed Vicci, with some convincing from me of course, to play one last song. Vicci and her band made the best of it and jammed out. Cinco at Masa this year was better then last year which was on a Saturday instead of this year being on a Monday. Everyone had tons of fun.”

Filed under: Matt Driscoll, Tacoma,

May 8, 2008 at 3:30am

Get your politics on

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Adnagaporp Strikes Again
Check out Mary K Johnson, Tim Kapler and Ivan Cunningham’s politically charge Adnagaporp Strikes Again at the Mad Hat Tea Company tonight. It’s an amazing, eye-opening show. Don’t do what everyone else does: lie around, watch TV, and drink soda pop. Go against the grain. Check out real artistic talent with a message. Scream your outrage from the top of your lungs. Or from the bottom of your lungs. Or from the bottom of the Mad Hat’s back stairs to the top of said stairs that lead to Broadway. Or from their front door onto Commerce. I think I just invented cross-block screaming. â€" Suzy Stump
[Mad Hat Tea Company, Thursday, May 8, 5-9 p.m., free, 1130 Commerce St., Tacoma, 253.441.2111]

HIP-HOP
Urban Art Festival Fundraiser
Urban Art Festival and Seattle-based arts collective Artifakt have cooked up something you’d be a fool to miss. The Urban Art Festival Fundraiser tonight at The Swiss, will feature Tacoma-born, Seattle-based hip-hop crew Life Cycle, sonic wizards The New Law, Can-U, DJs Hanibal and Grym.

Life Cycle sounds like Styles of Beyond at half-tempo, which is kind of fresh. Tacoma-born Joshua Jay and Burn One bring flows that are so smooth it doesn’t really matter what they’re saying. I could listen to 10 tracks of babble from these guys, as long as they keep that sick riddum.

Meanwhile, I am ashamed to say I have slept on The New Law. The Seattle duo comprises Adam Straney, aka Senator Adam, and Justin Neff, aka Justice, who defy description as they stir up the nastiest hybrid soundscapes I’ve heard in a distant minute. Call it trip-hop if you need to, but I heard one song that sounds like the unholy sonic offspring of Gibby Haines, Andrew Eldritch, Herby Hancock and Ventian Snares’ Aaron Funk. Seriously. Tracks like “Deconstructed Funk” and “Bad Weather Beach” are downright spooky. Six thumbs up for a beautiful balance of dirt and space.

Local artists Dkoy, Keger, Burn, Grym, Jeremy Gregory and Mike Capp are in the house, too. â€" Paul Schrag
[Swiss Pub, 8 p.m., $7, 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2821]

LINK: Pete Jensen Benefit Show and more in the clubs tonight.
LINK: May The Force be with your food today.
LINK: Let’s eat Chinese today.

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

May 8, 2008 at 4:47am

Weekend theater picks

STEVE DUNKELBERGER: THEATER THURSDAY >>>

A Pirate's Life For Me
All things piratey take to the stage as Encore! stages A Pirate's Life For Me, a tale about aristocrat Roger Goodman having his eyes on Sarah Huffington, only to learn that until she finds him boring.  She wants a bad boy and has her sights on a pirate. She then sets out on a voyage to find her man while he takes a crash course in seafaring as a way to win her heart. They meet on Treasure Island where the retired Bluebeard and his crew are searching only for some peace and quiet.  Throw in chests of gold doubloons and the result is a swashbuckling, happy ending, game of hide and seek.
[Encore! Theater, through May 18, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $8-$15, 38th Ave. N.W., Gig Harbor, 253.858.2282]

Shining City
Shining City is the latest work on the stage at Harlequin Productions. The play involves a former priest  (played by Vincent Brady) turned counselor and his patient John (Anders Bolang), who 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, through May 17, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $24-$33, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.786.0151]

May 8, 2008 at 7:40am

Flickr Post of the Day


The Stone Wave, originally uploaded by Lazeye.

May 8, 2008 at 9:00am

Equal split

BOBBLE TIKI: BREAKFAST WITH BOBBLE TIKI >>>

THE DAILY WORDBreakfast11807

Moiety \MOY-uh-tee\, noun:
1. One of two equal parts; a half.
2. An indefinite part; a small portion or share.
3. One of two basic tribal subdivisions.

USAGE EXAMPLE: Mr. and Mrs. Tiki split the box of wine, with Mrs. Tiki taking small sips from her moiety, while Bobble took huge swigs. 

MORNING NEWS

TACOMA: Cheap booze

OLYMPIA: Daring rescue

SEATTLE: Say no to bottled water

UNITED STATES: Obama's wealth

THINGS TO DO TODAY
FILM LISTINGS: Look here
MUSIC LISTINGS: Here’s what’s happening

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

May 8, 2008 at 2:09pm

No Good Deed Goes Unpublished

ALEC CLAYTON: MINERAL MENTION >>>

Lynndininomineral_2 Lynn Di Nino is at it again.  She’s the artist responsible for rolling heads down a hill during First Night. You just never know what she’s going to do next. Famous for weirdly humorous concrete animal sculptures, she is now showing a group of cast concrete necklaces â€" that’s right, I’ll say that again: cast concrete necklaces, at Mineral, the gallery in the old Ice Box Gallery space at 301 A Puyallup Ave., Tacoma.

The show, called No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, opens May 15 with a reception from 5-9 p.m.

The following is lifted without apology from Di Nino’s show announcement:

“‘These cast concrete necklaces are intended for martyrs to wear,’ says Di Nino. ‘I've created them to be as heavy and cumbersome as possible, with a range to fit any self-punishing person's specialized needs.’ These works suggest that when life tosses one an albatross, one slam-dunk response is to wear it proudly. A piece called The Buck Stops Here features a monumental concrete nose â€" a visual reminder to the masochistically inclined to ‘Just say no’ to the ceaseless demands inflicted by friends, coworkers and self-conscience. ‘Repeated pitfalls, the cycle of becoming engaged and then complaining, result in the mantra, No good deed goes unpunished.”’

Open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment (hours may vary, call ahead at 253.250.7745). And watch for my Visual Edge review coming soon.

Filed under: Alec Clayton, Arts, Culture, Tacoma,

May 8, 2008 at 2:56pm

Walkability issues

MATT DRISCOLL: WALKING MAKES HIM TIRED >>>

What determines a community’s walkability? While, as a generally flippant dude, it's tempting for me to say nothing more than the citizen’s desire to walk, there’s actually a little more to it than that.

What, you ask? I’m not sure I know yet.

But I just may find out on Monday when Dan Burden, who the City of Tacoma calls a “nationally recognized walking advocate,” will be in Tacoma at the University of Washington Tacoma campus lecturing and leading a discussion about Tacoma’s walkability and potential for improvement. According to the City of Tacoma, “Burden has 25 years of experience developing best practices for walkable and bikeable communities which focus on the needs of citizens.”

You’d figure that’s going to come in handy on Monday.

Here's a link to Walkable Communites, Inc. â€" a non profit organization that Burden is currently the executive director of.

Monday's lecture will be held in UWT’s Carwein Auditorium and it starts at 7 p.m. It’s free, and is scheduled to last 90 minutes â€" which may make it too late to walk home by the time it’s over. It depends on your desire to walk, I suppose.

May 8, 2008 at 5:19pm

Jamming at Steffie's

JAKE DE PAUL: LOVE ME SOME STEFFIE’S MON >>>

There’s a weird sort of voodoo â€" some subconscious trashing of all your cultural nationalism â€" that creeps into the brain when you find any good ethnic establishment not just surviving, but thriving in the heart of somewhere that it shouldn’t be. Such is the case with Steffie’s Caribbean Restaurant, a little restaurant on Tacoma Mall Boulevard behind Hooter’s that just feels right. Like, of course, there should be a Caribbean restaurant here, and why hasn’t there been one here back in the day?

At one of the two dozen tables and booths in the dining room â€" a space tastefully decorated in golds, greens and burgundies, along with stunning island travel posters, faux tropical foliage, wicker chairs and bamboo hardwoods â€" was a Middle Eastern family eating jerk chicken.  Today, sitting in the booth behind me, was a young grandmother in Minnie Pearl glasses enjoying curried goat with her grandson. Off to the side, a cop with his face hovering above a bowl of soup. It was one of those neighborhood scenes that renews my faith in the palates and eating habits of my culinary fellow travelers.

I sat there in the dining room, eating my goat with ornate silverware, slicing a block of soul-food mac-and-cheese, chugging Red Stripe beer out of a thick, wine-glass shaped glass, dabbing the corners of my mouth with a cloth napkin.  Bob Marley’s “Jamming” swirling overhead. Mon, it’s a delicious ting.

[Steffie’s Caribbean Restaurant, 6812-B Tacoma Mall Blvd., behind Hooter’s, Tacoma, 253.471.7300]

LINK: Weekly Volcano's dining section
LINK: Catch a flick tonight.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

May 9, 2008 at 6:36am

Red carpet treatment

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72-Hour Film Competition
You know how sometimes you watch a particularly crappy movie and you think to yourself, “Even I could make a better film than that!”? Apparently, the people at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema agree with you, and that is why they gave 30 teams with a video camera and $50 a chance to write, shoot and screen a five-minute film at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma. Films will be screened, and prizes will be awarded at the “72-Hour Film Competition” at the Rialto tonight. Read full story here. â€" Sarah Kahne
[Rialto Theater, Friday, May 9, 7 p.m., $9-$11, 310 S. Ninth, Tacoma, 253.593.4474, www.grandcinema.com]

LOUNGE
Billy Joel Birthday Bash
I’ve seen one weekend warrior starts things off by mounting a Chopstix piano and running a hot pink feather boa back and forth between her legs to the sweet strains of the piano classic “I Touch Myself.” I have heard Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” include the shouted refrain “Suck my balls!” after each repetition of the titular line during one night at Chopstix. Tonight, it’s all about Billy Joel at Chopstix.

The dueling piano bar hosts the first annual Billy Joel Birthday Bash, a holiday the bar intends to celebrate every year. A Billy Joel impersonator will hit the Tacoma Chopstix around 10 p.m. after visits at the bar’s sister clubs in Everett and Seattle earlier in the night. Expect “Piano Man,” “New York State of Mind,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Just the Way You Are.” “Movin' out.” “Only the Good Die Young,” “My Life.” “Big Shot” and many more, plus a commemorative glass and cake. â€" Suzy Stump
[Chopstix, 10 p.m., $7, 2702 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.7555]

LINK: Fat Kids Sink Fast and others in the clubs.
LINK: Let’s eat Japanese today.

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

May 9, 2008 at 6:55am

He won’t have a V8

BOBBLE TIKI: HEALTH SUCKS >>>

Bobble Tiki admits it. Seduced by those commercials featuring hot but sensible-looking womenfolk with haircuts straight out of Redbook, he tried a V8 V-Fusion Light. Wow! It was everything Bobble Tiki ever expected from a chilled banana sentenced to life in a soda can. He got halfway through one before the screams of his suddenly health-stricken mitochondria overwhelmed Bobble Tiki with pity.

Needless to say, the V8 can's tenure on Bobble Tiki’s Coffee Table of Most High Esteem was a mercifully brief three minutes â€" half as long as last week's Pepsi One that met a similar fate. Bobble Tiki banishes you both to Elbe! Bobble Tiki’s ass-bones did not achieve their vast sofa jurisdiction by being selective about calories. Researchers, double your efforts on Gravy Coke!

Filed under: Bobble Tiki, Food & Drink, Health,

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