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July 27, 2009 at 2:01pm

Monday music link dump


Cheap Deal One: The Showbox in Seattle. Is offering a two-fer for its July 30 Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Too Slim & the Taildraggers show. The special is only good for today. Jump on the Showbox Ticketmaster site and enter the password "10daysout" and receive two tickets for the price of one.

Cheap Deal Two: Driven by strong fan demand, Live Nation is extending its half-price ticket offer for a second week for pairs of tickets for Rod Stewart and Def Leppard with Poison â€" both shows at the White River Amphitheater. Chosen directly by fans this past week, the half-price ticket promotion will now include both lawn tickets and select reserved seats at Live Nation amphitheaters. The half-priced ticket offer begins at 12:01 a.m. local time on Wednesday, July 29 on the Live Nation Web site.

Sunn O))): Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley discuss Tony Conrad, crowdsurfing, and their new LP on Pitchfork.

Oh, and watch Weezer perform two new songs, “I’m Your Daddy” and “The Girl Got Hot,” on Pitchfork, too. The songs are … not good.

Filed under: Music, Music Link Dump,

July 27, 2009 at 3:21pm

RY: Food & Drink


LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink, Music, Screens,

July 28, 2009 at 12:12am

5 Things To Do: Tuesday


5-Things-7-28 1. The theme of today's 6th Avenue Farmers Market is Ho Down. Expect bluegrass, a scavenger hunt and family fun from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

2. Jewelry artist Nancy Worden incorporates non-traditional materials such as seed pods and plastic hair curlers into her jewelry to tell a story. That's right, she explores social and political issues in her exhibit, Loud Bones, which shows at the Tacoma Art Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

3. Join local activist Michael Ladd at King's Books as he discusses why a recent Rasmussen Reports poll suggests that 20 percent of Americans think socialism is superior to the current capitalist system, with 33 percent of those under 30 siding with socialism as a political and economic ethos - beginning at 6:30 p.m.

4. Jazz saxophonist Kareem Kandi hosts an open mic night at 7 p.m. inside SAX on 6th.

5. Comedian Ralph Porter hosts Ha Ha Tuesdays at Jazzbones every Tuesday. Tonight's 8 p.m. show features guest comics Steve Monroe and Tim Warner.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

July 28, 2009 at 3:26am

Nosh Pit: Absolut hot, fizzy milk


Absolut Hot: Beginning at 3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, enjoy a patio menu of small plates and Absolut vodka drinks as part of "Absolut Summer" at Toscanos.

Fizzy Milk: Coke's new beverage set to boost milk consumption, dairy farmers hope.

Yes, Seriously: A heart disease study is searching for volunteers to eat dark chocolate every day for one year.

Today’s South Sound Specials

  • Half-price wine, Maxwell’s Speakeasy, 454 St. Helens, Tacoma, 253.683.4115.
  • 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.

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

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

July 28, 2009 at 7:15am

A night of elegance


Inspired-room The red carpet was rolled out for the "Inspired Elegance" Fashion Show Saturday night at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma.

The event â€" produced by Linda Danforth, Desiree Flerchinger and Angela Jossy â€" was a fundraiser for Tacoma Art Place, the non-profit Hilltop community-based art center that offers workspace, classes and low-cost equipment to artists and the general public.

Inspired-Dez After a stroll through the silent auction and dessert table, patrons watched aspiring fashion designers from Goodwill's Work-force model their own creations â€" with the help from professional designers â€" made from fabric and recycled items from Goodwill. The kicker? The designs were created in a 24-hour period. The models/designers â€" Blanca Lopez, Jeanne Courtney, Patricia Driscoll, Carnella Rashiyd, Chris Genereux and Denise Armstrong â€" also received a style makeover from Embellish Multi-space Salon.

Inspired-model-1 Inspired-models A video captured the pride, and nervousness, of each designer before they walked the runway. All six stories were inspiring.

Artist Robbi Firestone kept the crowd lively as emcee.

Tacoma Art Place's mission is to provide access to equipment and training that will allow more people to affordably explore their creativity and artistic ability. To contribute to its mission, visit its Web site.

Inspired-designers-2 Inspired-designers TAP is open 1-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday at 1116 S. 11th St., in the Hilltop Tacoma neighborhood.

Special thanks to Steve Naccarato of Steve Naccarato Photography for snapping shots of the event, including the shots on this post.

Another special thanks must be extended to one of the professional designers' table of friends for the added entertainment. Your attitude, fashion, dark shades and turban (head injury?) were a hoot.

July 28, 2009 at 7:42am

Morning Spew

July 28, 2009 at 10:02am

Albums that drop today


Bandofskullscover Band of Skulls, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey

Fabolous, Loso’s Way

George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Dirty Dozen

Blur, Midlife: Beginner’s Guide to

The Dead Weather, Horehound 

Death Before Disco, Better Ways

Howling Bells, Radio Wars

John Zorn, O’O

Owl City, Ocean Eyes 

Timber Timbre, Timber Timbre

Trashcan Sinatras, In the Music 

Filed under: Music,

July 28, 2009 at 10:40am

Lunar lunacy


Moon July 24, 1969: The world breathlessly watches a group of American astronauts bounce around the lunar surface like toddlers at the seashore. This historic moment will soon bring forth a new age of enlightenment in human civilization, one where science unites our species and allows us to conquer the cosmos at last.

July 2009: Said promise â€" and the hope and optimism behind it â€" remains the stuff of science fiction. Apollo 11 turns 40 this year, and that mission’s accomplishments have likewise shuffled over the hill, obscured in the collective memory of a new generation. It is into this postmodern milieu that director Duncan Jones (David Bowie’s boy) releases his second feature, plainly titled, Moon. Though set in a time of clones and robots, the film keeps one cynical eye fixed firmly on the past, as a reminder to 21st century audiences who, though jaded about the science of their times, still wonder about that giant leap for mankind.

Sam Bell (played by Sam Rockwell) lives alone on the dark side of the moon. Earthlings of the future uncover a convenient truth about our satellite; under its cratered face lies great reservoirs of Helium-3, a reliable alternative to fossil fuel. Bell ships canisters of the stuff off to Earth after computerized bulldozers buzzing around his base dig it up. Machines such as these have seriously undermined man’s status. One scene comes upon Bell listlessly watching Bewitched and squirming in his seat while a robot tries to trim his hair â€" the noble astronaut reduced to impatient boy. Nowhere in Moon do we better see the individual’s sacrifice to progress than in those lingering shots of Bell’s dirt-encrusted spacesuit. Even in the future, civilization can only advance through the toil of underlings serving those enlightened few in power.

Bell has no choice but to fulfill his three-year contract with an employer thousands of miles away (remember the faceless, menacing “Company” from Alien?). Moon makes homages to other sci-fi classics, most apparent in the HAL-like character Gerty. Kevin Spacey lends his voice to the role, and it is pitch-perfect casting. Even the actor’s most sincere utterances carry a whiff of sarcasm, keeping listeners ever on guard. Though the robot plays dutiful housekeeper to this cosmic castaway, one still gets the sensation of dark secrets hidden beneath Gerty’s lilting speech and fading metallic skin.

The isolation and malaise Bell experiences begin to take their toll on his sanity. Dislocated both in space as well as time, he sits through reruns of decades-old shows and spouts by rote phrases like “rock and roll” and “God Bless America.” His quaint pop culture references reveal a subconscious pullback to that golden age of space exploration, the sixties. After an hallucination causes him to have an accident, he embarks on a personal odyssey that leads him to the truth about his humanity.

I wish to keep the remainder of Moon’s plot vague on purpose, so as not to reveal the “surprise.” Unfortunately one can see this revelation coming too early. And once it does arrive, the story loses momentum. Jones does achieve several genuinely suspenseful scenes of violence and surreal gore, but I eventually tired of Bell’s repetitive meandering through his living quarters. Rockwell usually exhibits a Steve Zahn zaniness in films like The Green Mile and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, but in Moon has barely a chance to breathe his energy into an otherwise sober drama. His character hovers just over the black hole of emotional lockdown that Kubrick’s bland spacemen exhibit in 2001.

Perhaps most disappointingly, Jones neglects to explore more of the science fiction aspects of his story. To me, films of this genre that manage to rocket into the “epic-sphere” â€" Contact, The Arrival, Sunshine â€" use technology to deal head-on with humans’ place in the universe. Grand themes like these have no room in a small-budget character study. In setting its sights on a too provincial plane, Moon, like its stranded hero, fails to lift off and touch the heavens.  

LINK: Moon screens at The Grand Cinema

LINK: Films now playing in the South Sound

Filed under: Christopher Wood, Screens,

July 28, 2009 at 11:21am

Pixies coming, Bumbershoot bling


Concert Alert: The Pixies will perform their classic 1989 album, Doolittle, Nov. 12 and 13 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Tickets are $58 and go on sale via tickets.com or by phone â€" 877.STG.4TIX â€" Saturday, Aug. 1 at 10 .m.

Bumbershoot Package: KEXP and One Reel have teamed up to bring you this opportunity to win airfare, hotel stay, 3-day Gold Passes, plus passes to all of KEXP's (secret) Bumbershoot Music Lounge performances. The offer ends Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. The details are here. We hope they fly us to Seattle via Hawaii.

Will He Tear The Roof Off?: Funk originator George Clinton will be named a BMI Icon at the organization’s annual Urban Awards ceremony Thursday, Sept. 10 in New York.

Holy Mountain Goats!: The new Mountain Goats album is called The Life of the World to Come and it is coming out Oct. 6 via 4AD according to Pitchfork. All of the songs are named after Bible verses.

Snoop Dogg's Adult-Only Video: Straight to the Web for this adults-only video from his upcoming album, Malice In Wonderland. It's a lot of butt giggling.

Filed under: Music, Music Link Dump,

July 28, 2009 at 4:28pm

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LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink, Music,

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