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June 15, 2009 at 3:00pm

Hey bartender! Have you heard? ...

MICHAEL SWAN: TODAY'S HAPPY HOUR DISCUSSION TOPIC >>>

LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink, Screens,

June 15, 2009 at 4:39pm

Playing Under the Stars

SUZY STUMP: ACTING LIKE A KID FOR YOUR KIDS >>>

My posse’s on Broadway Saturday as the girls and I strap on our shades for an evening outside at the park.

With Broadway between 10th and 11th in downtown Tacoma blocked off, dinner under a large tent, spoiled by unlimited beer and wine, and amongst the most playful of playful adults â€" we’ll be tooling in Pierce Transit Park for the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s annual dinner fund-raiser: Playing Under the Stars.

As one of this region’s most worthwhile dinner tickets, Playing Under the Stars guarantees us a fun evening out with delicious food In an entertaining backyard theme.

I can’t wait to act like a child in public. At least this time I’ll have good reason: a Children’s Museum of Tacoma reason.

[Pierce Transit Park, Saturday, June 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m., $100 per person includes hors d’ouvres, drinks and dinner, 936 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.627.6031]

Filed under: Arts, Benefits, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

June 16, 2009 at 12:14am

5 Things To Do: Tuesday

MICHAEL SWAN: TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009 >>>

5-Things-616 1. The Banned Book Club will discusses The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie over drinks at 7 p.m. at the Tempest Lounge.

2. Put your local business face on at join in on Tacoma Shop Talk! from 5-7 p.m. at Paddy Coyne’s in downtown Tacoma.

3. Into Reiki? Share your Reiki energy and experience with fellow Reikiheads from 5-8 p.m. at Crystal Voyage.

4. Jay Spenser will tell the inside story of how people invented and refined the airplane at 7 p.m. inside the Olympic Room at the Tacoma Public Library in downtown Tacoma.

5. Ha Ha Tuesdays host Ralph Porter welcome guest comics Mike McCarthy and Simon Kaufman to Jazzbones at 8 p.m.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

LINK: Wine and beer events

June 16, 2009 at 8:30am

Nosh Pit: Black Water closes, Progressive Dinner

JAKE DE PAUL: TUESDAY FOOD LINKS >>>

The Bitten Word: best blueberry muffins

Food And Wine: Bring on the Voodoo Doughnut Burger

Film: Yes, you have to see Food, Inc.


Today's South Sound Specials

Wines from Chile tasting, 5:30-8 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015.

Half-price Wine Night, Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.3535.

Tightwad Tuesdays with $2 tacos, $2 beers, and $2 wells, Hell's Kitchen, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003.


Tomorrow's South Sound Special

The Sixth Avenue Progressive Dinner will hit Cork Wine Bar, Masa, Asado and Studio 6 Ballroom Wednesday, June 17 beginning at 5:30, 6:15 or 7 p.m. For details, call 253.905.5301.


The Back Water Café closed

As we reported yesterday, the Back Water Café at 743 St. Helens Ave. closed its doors as of Sunday. The folks at Black Water released a statement:

After three and a half years of serving the community we love, Black Water Café will be closing its doors. It has been an honor, a privilege and an inspiration to contribute to Tacoma. We urge all our friends to continue supporting small businesses.

We love the coffee at:

Valhalla Valkyrie Café, 3918 6th Ave,

Metro Coffee 1901 Jefferson Ave,

and Satellite Coffee 2811 6th Ave and 817 Division Ave


The community gathering spot will be missed.


LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Filed under: Food & Drink, Nosh Pit, Tacoma,

June 16, 2009 at 8:45am

Morning Spew

June 16, 2009 at 9:15am

Chilled summer teas

JENNIFER JOHNSON: MAD GOOD >>>

As the weather grows warmer, I begin modifying my beverage routine. Hot coffee or tea in the morning becomes a room temperature or iced version of its former self. Hoping to stay away from dubious bottled green teas packed with corn syrup and the same amount of junk as a Pepsi, I posed my question to Maureen McHugh, co-owner of Mad Hat Tea Company in downtown Tacoma. Absolutely perfect was her recommendation of Creamsicle tea, a caffeine-free blend of Rooibos and vanilla Honeybush loose-leaf South African teas that she sells.

Just as the frozen treat of the same name, the resulting steeped tea was naturally sweet, packed with citrus and mellowed with creamy vanilla; no sweetener needed. Another favorite of mine that’s excellent cold is the tart red hibiscus made popular by Celestial Seasoning as Red Zinger.

Adding brown sugar before allowing it to cool diffuses tartness and replaces it with pleasant sweetness.

[Mad Hat Tea Company, 1130 Commerce St., Tacoma, 253.441.2111]

June 16, 2009 at 10:32am

For those about to rock

WEEKLY VOLCANO: BETTER UPDATE YOUR CALENDAR FIRST >>>

This just in, T-Town rockers: AC/DC has rescheduled their upcoming show at the Tacoma Dome. Originally, the show was scheduled to go down on Sunday, August 30, but has now been moved to Monday, August 31. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on the new night - and, apparently, there are still tickets available.

Filed under: Concert Alert, Music, Tacoma,

June 16, 2009 at 10:51am

Mid morning music news

Filed under: Music, Weekly Volcano,

June 16, 2009 at 12:55pm

Go see Thee Oh Sees

BOBBLE TIKI: TONIGHT IN OLYMPIA >>>

Thee Oh Sees When Bobble Tiki first became acquainted with San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees â€" they were Thee Ohsees. See the difference? It’s really not much of one â€" which is why it’s fairly unimportant in the scheme of things. The important thing is the band is still churning out some of the best tunes you’re liable to hear anywhere â€" and certainly on a Tuesday night in Oly. When Thee Oh Sees classify themselves as pop/folk/psychedelic on MySpace, they mean it. They’re exactly the type of band that Olympia should slurp up like cheap drinks at McCoy’s. They’re arty, but not to a fault. They’re smart, but not to the point of being alienating. They’re definitely indie, but not just because it’s cool. According to Wikipedia, The Oh Sees “began as a way for John Dwyer (of Coachwhips, Pink and Brown, Landed, Yikes, Burmese, The Hospitals, etc.) to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings. However, over the course of five albums it has evolved into a full band.” Thank god. The results are awesome.

[northern, Thee Oh Sees, Christmas, Full Red, 8 p.m., all ages, $6, 321 Fourth Ave., Olympia, www.olympiaallages.org]

Filed under: All ages, Bobble Tiki, Music, Olympia,

June 16, 2009 at 1:48pm

Quasi and Kill Rock Stars team up

WEEKLY VOLCANO: AWESOMENESS EXPECTED TO ENSUE>>>

Quasi Just received this tip via the Kill Rock Stars newsletter:

KILL ROCK STARS + QUASI= AWESOME FALL RECORD COMING YR WAY

Kill Rock Stars is ecstatic to announce that we will be releasing the new album from Portland darlings Quasi on October 27th. It was recorded at Jackpot Studios by Kendra Lynn and will be mixed by Steve Fisk (Unwound, Sleater-Kinney, Shoplifting) This is Quasi's first studio album since 2006's When the Going Gets Dark and first for Kill Rock Stars.

We have wanted to work with Quasi for years and welcome Sam, Joanna, and Janet (welcome back Weiss!) into the KRS family.

Watch this page for details:http://www.killrockstars.com/artists/viewartist.php?id=416

Official website: http://www.theequasi.com/

Filed under: Music, Weekly Volcano,

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