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May 12, 2008 at 11:09am

Concerts on sale this weekend


Sheryl Crow and James Blunt will perform Aug. 30 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn. Tickets are $40.5-$80.50 and will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

Carlos Santana and the Salvador Santana Band will also perform at the White River Amphitheatre a week later on Sept. 6.  Tickets are $40-$68 and are also on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

Last, funny guy Carlos Mencia will play the Paramount Theatre in Seattle Oct. 11. Tickets are $41 and $46. Ticketmaster will throw it on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m., too.

LINK: Concerts on sale right now.
LINK: Our summer concert picks.

Filed under: Concert Alert,

May 12, 2008 at 11:30am



Welcome to Wino, the Weekly Volcano’s new online wine column â€" the online space that promises a wine education with no nets.

How many tasks literally strike fear in people? Singing in front of folks? Yes. Having children? It should. Ordering wine? You can feel your pits dripping, can’t you?

Mark Merrill, owner of Pour at Four says wine intimidates most people. But anyone can change that â€" it just takes time and the complete erasing of your brain regarding what you think you already know about the grape. You must rewind the movie Sideways, tune out wine gurus, forget what self-possessed “wine snobs” think they know, and try to erase those nasty comments your family has made about the white zinfandel you like to drink. In other words, stop feeling insecure just because you can’t taste the difference between Dom Perignon and Cook’s Brut. That’s right, pull the spit bucket close and expectorate those decades of wine insecurities you have ingested.

Wine4dummies300 Merrill says there’s no right or wrong in wine preferences. Sure, magazine writers, vineyard owners and sommeliers say to the contrary, but that’s mostly because they’d be out of a job if they couldn’t convince most people they were right. What they say about taste is irrelevant anyway, because (hold your glass) everyone’s taste buds are different. What the experts taste is not what you will taste and vice versa. Do you care that some people actually like the taste of cow testicles? Feel bad you don’t? Of course not â€" to each his own. So what if your beloved Washington Cabernet costs $6.95 a bottle â€" you love it â€" screw the rest of them.

So I asked Merrill how long it takes for the average person to feel secure ordering wine in public.

He laughed and said that question misses the point. From the start, he says, everyone should shed the intimidation. Start ordering wine and discovering what you like immediately and confidently.

But if you must study, Merrill likes Wine for Dummies.

Next week we’ll discuss some whites. Therefore, your homework is to try one or two or three glasses, bottles or barrels of white wine by next week at this time.

And, if you want to offer your thoughts on the vino, please contribute here.


Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

May 12, 2008 at 2:24pm

Flickr Post of the Day

Leroy, the Big Pup, originally uploaded by Doug Klippert.

Clever chewed frame.

LINK: Artrageous photos on the Volcano's Flickr thingy.

May 13, 2008 at 7:01am

Losers and winners

Volcanoblastart FILM
David Mamet’s Redbelt assembles all the elements for a great Mamet film, but they’re still spread out on the shop floor.  It never really pulls itself together into the convincing, focused drama it promises, yet it kept me involved right up until the final scenes, which piled on developments almost recklessly.  So gifted is Mamet as a writer and director that he can fascinate us even when he’s pulling rabbits out of an empty hat.

The movie takes place in that pungent Mamet world of seamy streets on the wrong side of town, and is peopled by rogues and con men, trick artists and thieves, those who believe and those who prey on them.  The cast is assembled from his stock company of actors whose very presence helps embody the atmosphere of a Mamet story, and who are almost always not what they seem, and then not even what they seem after that.  He is fascinated by the deceptions of one confidence game assembled inside another. Rated R for strong language. Three stars. â€" Roger Ebert
[Century Olympia: 11:55 a.m., 2:30, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55; Lakewood Cinema 15: 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10; Lakewood Towne Center 12: 5:10, 7:30, 9:50; Longston Place 14: 1:05, 3:35, 7:05, 9:40; Regal Martin Village 16: 11:20 a.m., 1:55, 4:35, 7:35, 10:05]

City of Destiny Awards
Tacoma’s lanky but loveable Mayor Bill Baarsma will honor winners of the 22nd annual City of Destiny Awards at Jason Lee Middle School tonight. Baarsma will be joined by the entire Tacoma City Council, and, of course, the winners of the 22nd annual City of Destiny Awards.  Though the recipients of the 22nd annual City of Destiny Awards have already been announced and even posted on the Weekly Volcano’s blog Spew, we’d like to pretend there’s still some uncertainty. It just makes things more fun. Maybe, instead of all the deserving winners we’ve already heard about, the awards will go something like they did the first year of the City of Destiny Awards, 1986: Winner for best volunteer acid wash â€" Pappi Swarner. Winner for best volunteer feathered hair â€" Suzy Stump. Winner for best volunteer IROC-Z burnout â€" Brad Allen. Winner for best volunteer Adam Ant impersonation â€" John Herbert.  We can only hope. 1986 was ace. Or at least it was for future employees of the Weekly Volcano. â€" Matt Driscoll
[Jason Lee Middle School, 7 p.m., free, 602 N. Sprague Ave., Tacoma]

LINK: Jazz Combo and others in the clubs tonight.
LINK: Let’s eat American today.

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma,

May 13, 2008 at 7:24am

Is album art dying?


Stickyfingers4 And you thought he just reviewed music.  Check out Volcano scribe Tony Engelhart's article on the future of music packaging.

Filed under: Arts, Music,

May 13, 2008 at 9:00am

Gift for malapropism


THE DAILY WORDBobbleatmarysburgerbis

Malapropism \mal-uh-PROP-iz-uhm\, noun:
The usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound; also, an example of such misuse.

USAGE EXAMPLE: Displaying an above average gift for malapropism, President Bush told his ever dwindling legion of supporters that he enjoyed “self defecating” humor. Then, realizing his mistake, he pooped himself to cover his tracks.


TACOMA: Gas prices suck

OLYMPIA: The economy sucks

SEATTLE: New Death Cab

UNITED STATES: How to stop being stupid

MUSIC LISTINGS: Here’s what’s happening

May 13, 2008 at 9:50am

Gringo de Loco shuts down


Gringo de Loco in downtown Tacoma has closed for financial reasons. Here's the owner's explanation.

Did you eat there?

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

May 13, 2008 at 10:22am

Toilet Tales: Rhapsody In Bloom


The moment I step into Rhapsody in Bloom Florist and Caffe Latte I feel transported to a land of relaxation. Whether it's raining or sunny, you feel part of the outdoor garden as you sit beneath the glass-ceiling greenroom. Walking through the multi-leveled cafe and floral shop makes you feel as though each room is a different person you are meeting at a party.

Off to the left of the front entry you can glance behind you and see the beautiful flowers ready to be put together in arrangements. They sit together as the elite group of pretty girls at the party. They watch you walk in with a smile on your face, and they judge you immediately. They're watching you, what you're wearing, and whom you're with. They have already determined your agenda for the evening, and it's not with them.

The glass room beneath you on the right is the social area and living room. Keep on walking and you enter the kitchen. Warm coffee and delectable treats center themselves in the middle of this inviting house. To the left of the kitchen is where I would imagine the make-out room would be. It has mood lighting and cuddling written all over it.

Immediately upon entering the bathroom, I'm thrown back in time. As I take a break from my house party fantasy and rest my bum, I recollect an old friend whom I'll never forget.

Henry was a wild child, and we grew up together living only one street apart. We celebrated my 16th birthday together, and it was extremely uneventful in the means of parties and gifts. The only thing that mattered to Henry and me that day was the thing that mattered to most 16-year-old Houston teenagers: a driver's license. Alert all traffic patrols and strap on your helmets, I had Henry by my side and the legal ability to drive a car. On the streets. With no parents. Boo-yah.

A few weeks after achieving my lifelong 16-year-old goal of having a driver's license, spring break rolled around. Henry had a huge white van, which made a perfect spring break road trip vehicle¬" so off we went. As we approached the beach, I declared that I should be driving. I now had a license, and dammit I should be driving. Henry agreed. Yes, I should be driving¬" but only on his lap.
Drive on his lap? That made perfect sense. Yes, he could control the speed and I could control the steering wheel¬" brilliant!

I shimmied up onto his lap at the next stoplight and squeezed my legs between Henry and the steering wheel. It was springtime in southern Texas, which means it was a balmy 85 degrees at least, and I was sweating my ass off in shorts. The steering wheel stuck to my legs at every turn and made recovering the sharp turns somewhat difficult. As we moved toward a local beach neighborhood, the teamwork of Steph steering and Henry accelerating somewhat deteriorated. I took a hard right, he accelerated, the steering wheel stuck to my legs, and we turned. We turned right into a house. Literally. Our van was in someones living room.

The crazy part was that we were able to back out of the living room and proceed to the beach.

The memory of this scares me on so many different levels¬" and still punches me in the stomach with guilt and worry. I have no idea whose house it was, and have repeatedly tried to recollect exactly where this all happened. I've visited the streets in this beach town again and again. I cannot find the house.

Henry's van had some minor damage, and he informed me that he'd not tell my mom if I had sex with him. I gave him a big hell no and then informed him that I'd kick his ass if he told my mom. He agreed in the latter of the two bargains.

I snap out of the memorable daydream, wash up, and head back out to collect my coffee and flowers for my mom on Mother's Day. I consider the fact that my mom still knows nothing of the illustrious van story, one of the best Mother's Day gifts I could ever give her.

Filed under: Tacoma,

May 13, 2008 at 1:09pm

Flickr Post of the Day

Jim Oliver snapped this shot at Artrageous 2008 â€" the benefit for Tacoma School Of The Arts. Pappi Swarner snapped a few shots for the Volcano's Flickr site. Pappi's shots basically suck.

May 13, 2008 at 2:25pm

Some good news for a change?


Today the City Council is discussing what to do about organizations that serve Tacoma’s homeless population that failed to make the grade when the Human Services Commission reviewed and made recommendations about the disbursement of federal block grant money â€" specifically the MLKHDA’s Men’s and Women’s Emergency Shelter and the Salvation Army’s Emergency Family Shelter. Both organizations were recommended to receive no funding through Community Development Block Grant funds.

Exit 133 is reporting City Councilman Mike Lonergan has made a proposal to help out both the aforementioned shelters. Check out Exit 133’s story here.

WEEKLY VOLCANO LINK: Here’s some back information on the situation. 

WEEKLY VOLCANO LINK TWO: And here's a little bit more.

Filed under: Community, Matt Driscoll, Tacoma,

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