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July 22, 2009 at 8:40am

McMenamins Moment


Mcmenamins 1 Yesterday during the Tacoma City Council weekly noon study session Tacoma developer Grace Pleasants and her business partner Rick Moses presented their laundry list of requests for the city’s part of the project aimed at redeveloping the dilapidated Elks Temple downtown into a McMenamins restaurant and hotel.

The Tacoma City Council shouted out with glee.

Read The News Tribune report here.

July 22, 2009 at 9:20am

Morning Spew

July 22, 2009 at 11:52am

Wednesday music link dump


Yo!: Yo La Tengo have booked a solid run of fall tour dates, which includes a stop at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle Oct. 22 (tickets are $18 and go on sale Saturday morning at Ticketmaster). You can hear their new LP now â€" which drops Sept. 8 â€" through their label’s Buy Early Get Now program.

Wow! This Is Early: SPIN's editors pick the 20 must-have records of the year that are available now.

NPR Song Of The Day: Regina Spektor’s “When Every Sound Sings”

Today In Upside Down: Obits have a new video that’s kind of freaky.

July 22, 2009 at 1:52pm

Second Childhood


Visual-Edge-7-23 Betty Jo Fitzgerald has been making art a long time. I’ve been familiar with her work since about 1990, but there’s something quite different about her latest work at the appropriately named Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia. It looks like she’s entered her second childhood.

This art is playful, joyful and decidedly childlike. There are six acrylic paintings that are each about two and one-half by three feet in size and a group of eight smaller acrylic and collage paintings. The images are primarily of animals â€" pigs and rubber duckies abound â€" in fanciful settings. The colors are bright and hot almost to the point of clashing, but tempered with the cool blues of water and sky. The drawing style in simple and almost clumsily childlike, but obviously intentionally so. There is nothing profound or more than mildly original and inventive about these works. They do not aspire to being great art, but they do aspire to creating a sense of joy and a kind of magic. In this respect they have a lot in common with the Alice in Wonderland illustrations by Ron Hinson that were recently shown in this gallery, but Hinson’s illustrations were much more carefully thought out, with every image having meaning and reference beyond itself; whereas I get the feeling Fitzgerald’s paintings are more spontaneous. She seems to toss in whatever comes to mind.

These are fun pictures to look at. The larger paintings have a flat and slightly dull surface despite some of the bright colors and more purposeful patterns. The collages have more variety is texture and imagery and have shiny surfaces. It’s hard to tell which I like best, but I tend toward favoring the collages.

I visited the gallery early on the day the show opened, and none of the works had title labels.

Typical of the collages and one of my favorites is a picture of a pink pig on the beach. He has a round body and long legs that look more like cow legs than pig legs. The sky is a bright acid orange and there are beach chairs, umbrellas and a row of palm trees. There seems to be little order to the placement of these objects.

One of the better paintings is one with a rubber ducky sitting on the lip of a big bird bath with a child’s inner tube around his waist. The bird bath is gray and heavily textured to look like stone, and everything else is rather flat. Water drips into the bath from a cane spigot.

To reiterate, this is not great art, but it is joyful.

Also showing are landscapes and seascapes on silk by Steven D. Scheibe. These are far too pretty and conventional and bland for my taste, and over priced to boot.

[Childhood’s End Gallery, though Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 222 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia, 360.943.3724]

Filed under: Alec Clayton, Arts, Olympia,

July 22, 2009 at 2:45pm

Hey bartender! Have you heard? ...


LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink, Music, Screens,

July 22, 2009 at 4:55pm

Patio Report: Doyle’s Public House


Doyle’s is raw and simple. If you’re looking for a no-frills sidewalk in the shade with a smattering of tables, good people and plenty of fantastic beers, Doyle’s Public House, or its front patio, is your place.

And right now it's empty and in the shade.

This is the beauty of simplicity in action with a solid draught selection. Pints of Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Hoegaarden Wit, good old Beamish and Carlsberg, Bellhaven Twisted Thistle, Fuller’s Mr. Harry and, all praises, Aventinus, will help you realize that a table by the sidewalk can be just like heaven.

What to drink: Ah, the U.K. Collection. Carefully cultivated, this list includes Chimay Red and Blue, Green King Abbot Ale, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (try this with a scoop of ice-cream if you have the sack), and Wychwood Hobgoblin.

[Doyle’s Public House, 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.7468]

More South Sound decks and patios

Filed under: Food & Drink, Paul Schrag, Tacoma,

July 23, 2009 at 12:12am

5 Things To Do: Thursday


5-Things-7-23 1. The Lakewood Playhouse offers a “pay-what-you-can” performance tonight at 8 p.m. for its outstanding Angry Housewives show. By the way: they offer 10 “rush tickets” every Saturday beginning at 7:45 p.m. The show ends Aug. 2 so get on it.

2. Glass artist Diane Hansen and illustrious designer Lesli Jacobs-McHugh show off their bella balls and studio (747 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma) from 5-8 p.m.

3. The Kareem Kandi Trio play a free jazz show at Doyle’s Public House beginning at 7 p.m.

4. Larry Hill and Todd Thompson fill The Cliff House with jazz beginning at 7:30 p.m.

5. A benefit concert for Media Island & KOWA 106.5 Community Radio will be held at the The Loft On Cherry in Olympia featuring righteous bands Mystic Roots Band, High Ceiling, Katherine Ramirez, DJ Diesel, and Stay Positive Sound beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Photo: Angry Housewives’ Careese Robertson as Jetta, photography by Dean Lapin

July 23, 2009 at 2:32am

All about the wings


Rest-review-article-7-23 Much as a hermit crab takes up residence in an empty shell, a few years back one chain restaurant took the place of another in a building on Tacoma Mall Blvd. The Tony Roma’s is now Winger’s Grill & Bar. A focus on barbeque ribs is replaced by one on hot wings. Winger’s extensive menu is more of a novel than a short story and spans a multitude of food types, evidence of the restaurant’s mission: to be everything to everyone.

JAKE: You ever notice how much stuff is screwed to the walls in chain restaurants? Ugh, visual bombardment. Why did we go choose Winger’s again?

JASON: Because Kip Winger wrote us a personalized invitation to his new venture. Yeah, right. It’s the wings, man, the wings.  From sweet to hot to tangy, five distinct wing sauces cover much of the flavor spectrum. The menu is coded in symbols to aid in ordering.

Read the full review here.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

July 23, 2009 at 2:39am

Native American Music Academy


OK, this week I have a commentary that I get to share and it is very near and dear to the hip-hop community. This week I am reporting on location from long Beach, Washington where more than 80 students, mostly Native American, are participating as members of the Native American Music Academy hosted by Washington Music Mentors (WAMM).  The program addresses issues like drug abuse, sexual education, prescription drug abuse, problem gambling, and self-esteem building and life skills via musical and artistic teaching, learning and expression.

This week the Music Academy has enlisted a powerful group of coaches and presenters from The 25360 and beyond. The presenters, mostly volunteers, are coaching students in writing technique, song format, stage presence and more.  Coaches include Asliani, Savage Family, Antasha, Angel and Long Beach representative J. Ross Parrelli. 

Read the full story in my column here.

Filed under: Community, Music, Social,

July 23, 2009 at 4:58am

Nosh Pit: that's a peach, hun


Tacoma Farmers Market: It’s “Taste of USA Tour” at the downtown Tacoma market with an emphasis on peaches today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Minoela Wine House: Maryhill Winery will be at Minoela pouring tastes from 6-8 p.m. tonight

Live Music Outside: Have a cocktail on Toscanos patio and listen to the musical stylings of Andy Shofner tonight at 7 p.m.

CoffeeMeister: How to make the perfect cappuccino.

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

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

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