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August 3, 2009 at 9:37am

Morning Spew

August 3, 2009 at 10:50am

Library wants you to get a job!


Didn't you already just know? Didn't you already sort of see it coming?

That is to say, didn't millions of us already sense, deeper down, with all this mad orgasm of technology, all this incredible ability to stay in constant touch, and how you can travel almost nowhere in the world save for remote parts of Orting where you cannot be tracked or e-mailed or download an app â€" didn't you know that the library would always have your back by keeping up with the technology and maintain its mission of giving you stuff for free?

Yeah, Bobble Tiki didn’t know, either.

Pierce County Library System announces a free career assistance service, in cooperation with Resume Maker:

People may access the Resume Maker service free with a current Pierce County Library card through the Library’s Web site, search site: resume maker. People may also use the service by using public computers for free at Pierce County Libraries.
The service offers breakthrough technology in three areas: resumes and letters, interviews and salary, and job search tools. Certified professional career counselors developed the Resume Maker software.

Check it out here, right now, on your phone, as you float down the Green River on your new kickass raft with your best friend Chuck while drinking Pabst.

August 3, 2009 at 11:32am

Urban Art Festival review


Editor’s note: Laura Eklund took a year off from Tacoma’s Urban Art Festival’s organizational duties. A founding member, a busy schedule this year forced her to watch Saturday's festivities from the sidelines as South Sounders enjoyed classic cars, art, music, food, beer and more under the hot, baking sun.

Well almost, Team UAF convinced Eklund to stilt walk for a while.

Anyway, Eklund shares a few thoughts from Saturday’s Urban Art festival for Spew:  

Urban Art Festival returned this year as “Iron vs. Art” taking on a whole new life. Completely reinvented it became the combination of urban arts and hot rods.

With a new location on South Jefferson in front of The Swiss and encumbering the neighboring Diamond parking lot, this festival thrived Saturday.

As I entered the event Saturday, I ran into a bamboo-laden mainstage with two 8-foot-tall tiki gods. On said stage I dug the Hard Money Saints, KJ Sawka, Vicci Martinez and Life Cycle. Apparently, so did The Swiss’s insanely massive beer garden as the attendees got their dance on.

Down toward 21st Street beautiful art and handmade goods vendors lined both sides of the street.

Tacoma’s tots were busy at the Creation Station kid’s area thanks to Nicole King.

Half way down the street was the MLKBallet stage where unique performance pieces could be seen throughout the day.

Cars? Yup, the classic hot rod show â€" courtesy of Lifters Car Club â€" consumed the Diamond parking lot.

While drooling over the glistening autos I could hear the DJ Stage. As if out of a movie set, designer Charlie Hill took the DJ Stage to Hollywood status with an amazing scrap metal junkyard décor.

Close to the DJ stage was Al’s Brewing Co. beer garden at the end of the parking lot. Serving Jell-O shots, Lauren Ballwebers sangria and, of course, beer, festival goers moved to the beats of Deron “Suga” Jones, Bobby Galaxy and others.

It was freakin’ awesome to find misty spray bottles on all the tables in the beer garden.

The ridiculously scorching weather didn't keep people away from the smokin’ hot event. Nice job Urban Art Festival crew!

August 3, 2009 at 11:59am

Rock the Books, SXSW


DynoJamz Sound Off Winner To Rock Books: DynoJamz, EMP’s 2009 Sound Off winner, will perform at the Tacoma Public Library’s free, all-ages Rock the Books concert Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. According to the library’s press release, Dyno Jamz defies classification. “They are a unique combination of cool jazz and really hot hip hop.” More information is available by telephoning the library at 253.591.5666 or on the concert Web site.

Advertising on CDs: Normally, we would rather stay home and remove our own pubic hair with a roll of masking tape than listen to Mariah Carey. However, Billboard reports that her new CD, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which drops Sept. 15, will carry advertising. According to Billboard, “The first deal, created for the Mariah Carey release Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel on Sept. 15, is a 34-page co-production with Elle magazine that includes lifestyle ads from Elizabeth Arden, Angel Champagne, Carmen Steffens, Le Métier de Beauté and the Bahamas Board of Tourism. Providing the experiment goes well, the label is eyeing bigger brand deals for booklets of CDs by Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Kanye West and other artists.” Read the full story here.

SXSW Fires Up: The 24th South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference and Festival is now open for business. Conference registrations, hotel requests, and music festival showcase applications are now being accepted. SXSW Music takes place March 17-21, 2010 in Austin, Texas. To apply, go to sxsw.com/music/shows/apply. All applications must be submitted no later than Nov. 6, 2009. Application fees are $30 for early submissions, $40 for applications submitted after September 25, 2009.For more information on every aspect of SXSW, go here.

Congregation Of The Damned: Orange County rockers Atreyu have completed the follow-up to 2007’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor. The album, titled Congregation of the Damned, produced by Bob Marlette (Airborne, Ozzy Osbourne) and mixed by Rich Costey (Mars Volta, System of A Down, Rage Against the Machine), will be released Oct. 27. A fall co-headlining tour with Hollywood Undead will hit Seattle’s Showbow SoDo club Saturday, Nov. 14.

Filed under: Music, Music Link Dump,

August 3, 2009 at 12:09pm

Early Sunday love


The Weekly Volcano World Headquarters voicemail received a call at 4:15 a.m. Sunday from a gentleman claiming Bob's Java Jive doesn't have crappy beer â€" as we lovingly suggested in the Best Of Tacoma 2009 issue.

While the gentleman ranted, there was swanky sounding music in the background â€" adult movie swanky.


We love early morning calls. Keep them coming to 253.584.1212.

P.S. Remember our Best of Tacoma 2009 will post to our Web site early Thursday morning.

Filed under: Best of Tacoma, Tacoma,

August 3, 2009 at 12:34pm

Tacoma bands practice here


It's a dungeon. It's an old car museum. It's the epicenter of Tacoma's indie music scene.

In this week's issue of the Weekly Volcano, which will hit streets on Thursday, Aug. 6, ace reporter Mark Thomas Deming ventures inside the dusty basement below Sharp & Sons USA of Yesterday Motors (on the corner of Sixth and St. Helens, across from Maxwell's Speakeasy), which also happens to be, quite possibly, the most happening little nook that Tacoma's local music scene has to offer. Much of the music you come to hear in Tacoma's clubs, not to mention read about in the Weekly Volcano and Spew, is conceived in this small and unassuming space. It's the uterus of T-town rock.

While on assignment, Deming was able to shoot a couple videos of one of the bands that rehearse in this infamous space â€" The Drug Purse. To whet your appetite for Thursday's cover story, today we share those videos with you. Here's what it looks like when The Drug Purse practices.

Filed under: Matt Driscoll, Music, Tacoma,

August 3, 2009 at 2:57pm

Happy Hour: Sip and skateboarding


Today’s happy hour suggestion

4793 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W., Gig Harbor, 253.853.3020
Hours: 4:30-6:30 p.m., 9-11 p.m. daily
Food specials: half off all small plates such as sweet roll sliders and black truffle popcorn

LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink, Gig Harbor,

August 3, 2009 at 3:29pm

Shakabrah Java open mic tonight


Monday, that most put-upon of weekdays, has gotten a bad rap. Yeah, going back to the office stinks, but the first day of the week also happens to be the best one for a good, invigorating talk.

Think about it: You’re still fresh from your weekend, and you haven’t yet had your joie de vivre trounced by the working week.

Lucky for you, Shakabrah Java offers Monday open mic night, which features whatever you want to perform: music, poetry, tap dance. The event is free, open to everyone and pretty damn cool, if you ask Spew (and really, by reading this, you are asking us).

[Shakabrah Java, Mondays, 5 p.m., free, 2618 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2787]

Filed under: Music, Tacoma, Word,

August 4, 2009 at 12:12am

Original 5 Things To Do: Tuesday


8-4-5-things 1. Tacoma Art Museum curator Rock Hushka will discuss the art of collecting at 8 p.m. after a screening of Herb and Dorothy â€" a documentary about a librarian and a postal worker who built an important art collection over 30 years â€" which screens at 6:30 p.m. at The Grand Cinema.

2. Professional nature photographer and author Alan Bauer will show slides and discuss his recent book, Day Hiking: The Central Cascades, at 7 p.m. inside the Olympic Room at the Tacoma Public Library Downtown Branch.

3. The 26th annual National Night Out takes to the Tacoma and Pierce County streets tonight with more than 75 block parties and gatherings. For more information, visit safest.org.

4. Matt and Erin Quarterman are Star Called Sun, a duo that mixes genres, instruments, languages and cultures, perform their slocore show at 7 p.m. in front of an all-ages crowd at The Mandolin Café.

5. Jazz vocalist Greta Jane and her band celebrate their first year together with a 9 p.m. show at The Royal in Olympia.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

August 4, 2009 at 5:34am

Nosh Pit: National Farmers Market Week


National Farmers Market Week: The Tacoma Farmers Markets have initiated a challenge to local residents. Winners will receive prizes such as $50 in Market loot, T-shirts, and reusable tote bags. Details on the contest can be found on their Web site, or by stopping by the information booth at the 6th Avenue Market today or Broadway Market Thursday.

Got fish?: Not in Alaska where king salmon is disappearing.

Oyster Wines: The wine pros chime in on what to drink.

Today’s South Sound Specials

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

Half-price wine, 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, Tacoma,

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