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October 1, 2009 at 12:12am

5 Things To Do: Thursday



1. The Pierce County Arts & Cultural Services Division and Pierce County Arts Commission will host a public reception for 15 artists whose art work was recently added to the county’s portable art collection, known as the Art Bank. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., art work by Sean Alexander, Barbara DePirro, Werner Dillenburger, Becky Frehse, Marsha Glaziere, Debra Harney, John Hillding, Cara Jennings, Yuki Nakamura (artwork pictured above), Claudia Riedener, Mauricio Robalino, Roshni Robert, Susan Russell Hall, C.J. Swanson, and Nola Tresslar will be on display at the Sound View Building at 3602 Pacific Ave.
2. It’s Local Arts Appreciation Day at the Tacoma Farmers Market in downtown Tacoma from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3. In The Mood, a 1940s big band/swing dance musical revue will hit the Temple Theater stage at 7:30 p.m.

4. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will play an 8 p.m. show at the Capitol Theater in Olympia.

5. Zook, 12 Gauge Saint and Mico de Noche will perform at 8 p.m. inside The New Frontier Lounge as part of a memorial service for Brian Redman.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Photo: City Islands (2006) by Yuki Nakamura, detail view, porcelain and resin on wood

October 1, 2009 at 12:56am

TFF Sniff 1: The Story



The 2009 Tacoma Film Festival kicks off tonight. The Rev. Adam McKinney wrote a Weekly Volcano cover story on the festival - an inside look, if you will. Here's an excerpt:

An important step forward in the development of Tacoma came three years ago when Erik Hanberg and Shawn Sylvian formed the Tacoma Film Festival. For the Grand Cinema's managing director and artistic director, respectively, the festival was the end result of their time in service to the Grand - a kind of Hail Mary thrown before they were unfortunately terminated. Their years at the Grand were fruitful, sometimes messy, but often passionate. Under their direction, the Grand created the 72-Hour Film Festival, showcased midnight movies, and hosted classes for the study of film, among other accomplishments. In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that I had the pleasure of working for them during this period, and though at times it felt chaotic, I consider it to be the best time in my short life. Although Hanberg and Sylvian had to go, the festival lives on as their legacy.

In their absence, their positions were unified into one title, executive director, and Philip Cowan took the helm. In the ensuing years under Cowan's leadership, the Tacoma Film Festival didn't exactly blow up, but like Tacoma's other endeavors, it's grown steadily. What started as some 50 films shown over a week in four venues has evolved into about 130 films in seven venues. Cowan says that attendance has grown by a few hundred people each year, which may not be mind-blowing, but it's these little steps that matter. It may sound grandiose to bring this up, but let's not forget how Sundance started: small crowds meeting in shabby theaters in a tiny Utah town that no one had ever heard of. In just over 30 years, it's become a behemoth.

Read the full story here.

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma,

October 1, 2009 at 4:00am

TFF Sniff 2: Opening Night


The 2009 Tacoma Film Festival runs Oct. 1-8 at seven Tacoma venues. Here’s today’s schedule:

Opening Night Gala
The Tacoma Film Festival kicks off tonight at 6:30 p.m. inside Kemper Theater at Annie Wright. Admission is $15 for Grand Cinema members, $17 for common folk. Food will be provided by Jonz Catering. Here are tonight’s films:

After You
Directed by David Kellman
Comedy (3 min) â€" NW Film
Filmmaker in attendance

Amidst her attempts to leave her ex-boyfriend behind, a young woman overlooks the one remaining link they share. This hilarious short was made right here in Tacoma.

Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Directed by May Charters and Mark Hug
Drama (101 min) â€" NW Film
Filmmakers in attendance

Childhood friends Tom and Allison reunite at a high school reunion and begin a childish romance out of a desire to go back to their youth. However, the arrangement becomes problematic when the couple is hit by the harsh realities of adulthood. This film won the Maverick Award for best feature film, as well as the jury prize for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Okanagan Film Festival.

LINK: Tacoma Film Festival Web site

LINK: Full film descriptions

LINK: Weekly Volcano Tacoma Film Festival cover story

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma, TFF Sniff,

October 1, 2009 at 4:40am

Great Xperience tonight



Let’s talk about this cat Xperience. I don’t know if you’ve seen this guy. It doesn’t matter. You will. He’s that good.

After years of grinding in the lost land of Olywa, rapper, producer, vocalist and all-around superstar Xperience is finally coming into his own. You may have seen him crooning with the man himself Macklemore as one half of Step Cousins; or you may have heard him plumb the depths of darkness while shining blinding light with Compost and A.K.A. as part of Olympia supercrew (((SoundAsylum))). Recently he’s been working with Seattle’s Oldominion, dropping verses on new singles from Grayskul, and is reportedly working on a project called SIX with Smoke of Oldominion and Iamme of Portland-based Sand People.

There is no stopping him. Period.

[The Royal Lounge, with Diezel P, Bad Habit, Luck One, Bad Crowd, Black Science, Deadbeat, Thursday, Oct. 1, 9 p.m., $5, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 360.705.0760]

Filed under: Music, Olympia, Paul Schrag,

October 1, 2009 at 7:15am

Casual and quick



With only one other Asian restaurant in DuPont’s McNeil Station, i Sushi & Teriyaki is the prettiest girl in the room. This Japanese Fusion restaurant’s close proximity to the military installations, easy freeway access and inexpensive pricing ensure a steady flow of hungry mouths. High ceilings and tons of windows ensure the volume level to be high as well. In short, it’s packed, loud and tasty.

JAKE DE PAUL: Seated at the table across from the kitchen door, I felt like we were in the aisle â€" not comfy, not one bit. A passel of toddlers and their harried mothers sat across from us in what was obviously a designated waiting area for take-out customers and created an impromptu sideshow attraction with crayons, straws and animal noises. If we’d wanted to be at the circus it would have been perfect. Instead it was loud, loud, loud and detracted from any possible ambiance.

JASON DE PAUL: Wow, you’re certainly no Mother Goose. You sound like Dad when we were teenagers. We should have waited longer and sat in the back by the restroom.

ANNOUNCER: Read more riveting banter such as this, and the boys' thoughts on i Sushi's food, on the Weekly Volcano Web site here.

Filed under: Food & Drink,

October 1, 2009 at 7:39am

Morning Spew

October 1, 2009 at 8:20am

TCC and Primo Grill group hug



Out of the Tacoma Community College public relations camp: 

On October 14, 2009, the Primo Grill celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Benefit for Tacoma Community College Art Scholarships.  It’s an unbroken annual tradition that began in 1999, the year the Primo Grill opened its doors in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue Art District. The yearly benefit has now raised more than $90,000 for TCC student art scholarships.

The tradition began when Primo Grill owners Charlie McManus and his wife Jacqueline Plattner joined forces with TCC art instructor Marit Berg and her students to research the design traditions of ancient Mediterranean civilizationsâ€"the restaurant’s culinary inspiration. Berg’s students’ research on Minoan, Greek, Etruscan and Moroccan cultural designs likewise became the inspiration for 12 original hand painted tables created by TCC students expressly for the Primo Grill.

Every year since then, Marit Berg and her students have created a new painted table to be auctioned at the annual scholarship fundraiser. In 2004, Ms. Berg and her students painted the doors of Primo Grill’s brand new private dining room, appropriately named the “The Painted Door”.

Two years ago, the auction began to include a fund-an-item offering to raise money for student art supplies. This fund has grown to over $7,000 and pays for canvas, paper, brushes, paint, clay, bronze and more. This year’s auction items include artists’ thrown and painted Mediterranean-inspired bowls made especially for this event, art objects and a private cooking class with Chef Charlie.

Benefit tickets are $75.00 each; they must be purchased in advance at the Primo Grill on 601 South Pine Street in Tacoma, or by calling Jacqueline Plattner at 253-383-7000.
Filed under: Arts, Benefits, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 1, 2009 at 10:00am

All Together Now 25-year celebration



The City Club of Tacoma â€" turns out it’s not just about somewhat uptight business lunches and the exchanging of cards. Sometimes it’s about handing out muthafucking awards, and on Wednesday, Oct. 7 the Weekly Volcano is getting one, beeeotch! As part of the City Club’s All Together Now 25-year celebration at the Washington State History Museum, 25 “community partners” will be honored, which includes Broadway Center, Emergency Food Network, Goodwill Industries, Grand Cinema, KPLU, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum and University of Washington-Tacoma.

According to the press release, these “community partners consistently represent the best of our community’s effort in arts, social services, education, publications, and diversity.”

The 25 theme makes sense, since, according to the aforementioned press release, the City Club of Tacoma is celebrating “25 years of exploring community issues and providing the venue for important conversations about Tacoma and the world we live in.”

Hey, we’ll take an award any way we can get one.

Here’s my prediction of what will go down that night: The Weekly Volcano’s acceptance speech will be interrupted by Kanye West. Later, Bill Baarsma will call Kanye a jackass.

[Washington State History Museum, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m., $60, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.9561]

October 1, 2009 at 10:09am

Brian Redman tribute, New Abstract Rude CD


Brian Redman, R.I.P.: Overwhelming pain grips Tacoma with the loss of a loved friend and true original.

Brian Redman Memorial: The musical line up has been set. Amazing.

Rejuvenation: Spencer Wadnizak, hip-hop music director at KUPS 90.1 FM, reviews the new Abstract Rude album.

Filed under: CD Review, Music, Tacoma,

October 1, 2009 at 11:00am

El Toro lunch buffet



With plenty of lunchtime options in Tacoma’s downtown core, only one thing gets me to drive out to the end of Pacific Highway Southwest across from McChord Air Force Base â€" El Toro’s lunch buffet (which is only served at this location). A quick 14 minute drive from downtown makes the buffet totally worth it.

Moist seasoned chicken breast, shredded pork, good ol’ greasy ground beef, rice and refried beans sweeten the deal.

Toppings of grated cheddar cheese, strips of iceberg lettuce, chopped ruby tomatoes, diced white onion, jalapenos, and sour cream were kept nice and cold.

Enveloping white flour tortillas held shredded chicken and cheese.

Chili rellenos were cooked until the natural sugars in the peppers were released.

Choose between crispy hard shells or warm fluffy white flour tortillas.

Not authentic Mexican fare, but deserving of a B+ for price and food quality consistency.

[Lakewood El Toro, lunch buffet, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $8.95, military $7.95, 12914 Pacific Highway S.W., Lakewood, 253.536.9735]

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