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February 2, 2010 at 1:46pm

Music Issue: Be like Sour Owl

Sour Owl


By now you've probably clued into the fact that the Weekly Volcano's fancy new Web site - weeklyvolcano.com - has a "Band Profile" feature.

Now we're sweetening the deal:

1. Create a "Band Profile."

2. Become famous online at weeklyvolcano.com.

3. See your band in print, for no additional work, in the Volcano's Second Annual Music Issue's band directory section.

Ever weekday until March 11 the Weekly Volcano will be featuring one Band Profile on Spew to help folks get a feel for it. Consider this just one more reason to sign up.

Today's band

Sour Owl

Please get acquainted below ...

Lynn Henson-guitar/vocals
Skyler Blake-guitar/vocals
Tom Russell-flute, soprano and baritone saxophone
Steve Munger-tenor saxophone
Dave Hopper-bass
Steven Bentley-drums

Genres: jazz, pop/rock, R&B

Biography: Sour Owl is a band that will grow on you with each listening. With an imaginative fusion of styles from Bob Dylan & John Lennon to Sly Stone & Tower of Power, Sour Owl delivers a danceable, groove-oriented performance with compelling lyrics and strong musicianship.

Listen to their music, check out their photo album and become their fan on their Band Profile page here.

LINK: Weekly Volcano's Band Profile section

LINK: Sign up for a Band Profile

Filed under: Music, Weekly Volcano, Olympia,

February 3, 2010 at 7:30am

5 Things To Do: 1980s Exercise Video Night, True Margrit, "In The Mood" ...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2010 >>>

1. The IHAF (Intermittent Health And Fitness) Club is a maniac. It hosts a '80s Exercise Video Night at 7 p.m. inside King's Books. Bring a VHS tape and Legwarmers ‘cause it's going to be mondo.

2. Washington state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will discuss "The Future of our Public Lands" during the City Club of Tacoma meeting at 6:30 p.m. inside the Wheelock Student Center at UPS.

5. The 1940s big band theatrical swing dance revue In The Mood hits the Washington Center's stage at 7:30 p.m.

3. The Tallhouse Arts Consortium Aerialist Acrobatics Show hangs at The Brotherhood Lounge beginning at 8 p.m.

4. True Margrit will perform music off its latest album, The Juggler's Progress, at 9 p.m. inside the Cedarwood Dome in Milton.

LINK: Search for more events happening today

February 3, 2010 at 8:59am

PHOTOS: Nicole Lee


Nicole Lee, a young photographer with a Nikon D70 and D40, posted this beautiful shot of the Museum of Glass on the Tacoma Flickr Pool. Click here to see more of her shots of downtown Tacoma.

LINK: Weekly Volcano's Flickr Group

Filed under: Photo Hot Spot, Tacoma,

February 3, 2010 at 9:07am

Tacoma's Most Sexy voting ends tomorrow


Tomorrow is the last day to submit your Tacoma crushes for our Tacoma's Most Sexy! Share with us all the babes of the service industry, blue collar hunks and seductive locals you just can't get out of your head. Check out the weekly Volcano's Feb. 25 issue to see if your crush made the cut.

Filed under: Tacoma, Sex, Weekly Volcano,

February 4, 2010 at 6:46am

5 Things To Do: "Twilight Zone" Johnson, Beer Run, First Thursday ...

George Clayton Johnson with a young Robert Redford.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010 >>>

1. One of the writers of the original Twilight Zone series - George Clayton Johnson - will be speaking with William F. Nolan beginning at 7 p.m. inside the Tacoma Public Library's main downtown branch.

2. The Tacoma Runners present another Thursday Beer Run with a 6:30 p.m. starting gun in front of The Red Hot.

3. Mountaineer Dan Mazur - owner of Himalaya Incorporated in Lake Bay, famous for leading Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea" expedition to Mount K2 and the rescue of Australian climber Lincoln Hall on Mount Everest - will give an interactive photo-film presentation at 7 p.m. inside The Evergreen State College's Longhouse.

4. Tacoma's first First Thursday - a free art slam and potluck happening inside the Speakeasy Arts Cooperative - will run from 7-9 p.m.

5. Freeze And Fur Coat, Trip the Light Fantastic, and Clyge Kurtis perform at 8 p.m. at The New Frontier Lounge.

LINK: Catch a movie today

February 4, 2010 at 9:43am

EAT SPECIAL: hash browns

El Gaucho's hash brown


El Gaucho Tacoma

Why We Go: The upscale steakhouse brings New York-ish service and ambiance to Tacoma. While this town has several upscale eateries, never before has it had a restaurant that creates an experience that leaves diners feeling as if they had stepped into another world, where every attention to detail is designed to make them feel pampered and important. El Gaucho is so much more than Angus beef and fine wine - it's about a vacation resort that doesn't require a plane ticket to enjoy.

The piano bar is a nice touch, and the bartenders are friendly and attentive.  It's the sort of bar where one feels inclined to sip martinis, sidecars, old fashions and Brandy Alexanders.

What We Eat: It may bum you out, but the best hash browns in Tacoma remain locked up during the breakfast hour. You could take your bed-head down to El Gaucho for some, but no one is home at 8 a.m. You must wait until dinner with a wad of 20s in your pocket to get at these babies. Worth it? You bet your tater tots.

The large slab of shredded potato arrives crisp but not chewy or hard. Fresh in flavor, the slices are thick enough to soak up the beef juices yet thin enough to be light and airy.

At El Gaucho, diners choose from a list of sides creating the classic indecision of our generation - baked potato or hash? You've heard the story a million times. Choose the hash people - it gives your four-star meat the accompaniment it deserves.

What We'd Change: Um ... um ... um, well, yes, it's expensive to eat at El gaucho. Lower price tags would be nice.

[El Gaucho, dining 5-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 4:30-11 p.m. Sunday, 2119 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.882.0009]

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

February 4, 2010 at 2:12pm

THE ARTS SHOWDOWN: First Thursday, "Drunk Dialing," bella social ...

Artwork by Aaron Trotter-Voronoff, who will be showing at the First Thursday event.


TONIGHT: Speakeasy Arts Cooperative has a First. Their first First Thursday Artwalk is a community art party featuring an art jam, potluck and yes, an opportunity to walk on art. 7-9 p.m., no cover, 746 Broadway, Tacoma 

FRIDAY: The Telephone Room Gallery will celebrate Drunk Dialing ... Kristen Ramirez's new exhibit featuring inscribed booze bottles. The show opens Friday night with an artist reception. 6-9 p.m., no cover, 3710 N. Seventh St., Tacoma

SATURDAY: Old people rule. Well, at least the Washington State History Museum thinks so. As part of their Icons of Washington History exhibit, the downtown Tacoma museum will bring Washington state historical figures to life as part of Ghosts of the Great Hall: Icons of Washington tours. 1-3 p.m., a tour every half hour, free with admission, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

SUNDAY: Want to view apocalyptic genius? Harlequin Productions presents a matinee performance of its End Days, a play Weekly Volcano theater critic Christian Carvajal calls "one of the richest productions of any new play I've seen in a decade." 2 p.m., $12-$20, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia

MONDAY: bella! bellaballs studio - home of glass artist Diane Hansen and designer Lesli Jacobs-McHugh and their beautiful hand-blown glass floats, bellaballs — will host another bella social Monday night featuring cocktails, food and, you guessed it, bellaballs. 5-8 p.m., no cover, 747 Fawcett Ave., Suite B, Tacoma

TUESDAY: Arun Ghandi, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi, will be in Puyallup to discuss his grandfather's philosophies on non-violence and racism. Noon, free, Pierce College, 1601 39th Ave. SE, Puyallup

WEDNESDAY: Russian animation master Yuri Norstein will discuss and screen his work in Olympia. His films Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) and Tale of Tales (1979) were voted the best animation films of all time by international juries in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Zagreb. 7:30 p.m., $5-$10, The Evergreen State College Communications Lab Building, 2700 evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia

LINK: Other South Sound happenings

Filed under: Arts, Theater, Word, Olympia, Puyallup, Tacoma,

February 4, 2010 at 3:28pm

Cigar room inside El Gaucho to reopen Monday


Calling all cigar enthusiasts: Remember the ol' El Gaucho cigar lounge?

Well, dear stogie smokers, the windowless room tucked in the back right corner of the Tacoma fine dining restaurant will reopen Monday - if the final tweaks to comply with state laws are carried out. At this point, all signs point to that happening.

Also back running the show with two business partners will be Santos Samson, the cigar lounge's original cigar captain. After the state smoking ban law shut down many cigar lounges Samson left El Gaucho for a job with Xgroup Restaurants - Asado and Masa.  Mackay Restaurant Group owner Paul Mackay wanted the cigar lounge back in his El Gaucho restaurant and tracked down Samson, which wasn't hard in this tight community. Operating as a separate business from El Gaucho, and constructing a long see-through glass wall, the cigar lounge will comply with all the state regulations, including the 25 feet from the door rule.

Titled the VIP Lounge, the room will have an Old World romantic feel to it, as opposed to a flashy sports bar, says Samson. Yes, the flatscreen TV will be back with the game on, but it's not going to be the focus. Instead, the focus will be on the clients, especially the former members of the old cigar lounge, says Samson.

In accordance with the law, the lounge will not be open to the general public but rather only available to El Gaucho VIPs. You must be invited to enter the room. It's not a membership club. The former members who occupied the cigar humidor lockers have first rights to the VIP status. The humidor lockers go for $500 a year.

The VIP Lounge will only be open Friday through Monday. Beer, wine and liquor will be available through El Gaucho. However, the law states El Gaucho ownership and employees can't enter the smoking lounge. Samson and his business two partners — operating under the company VIP Services, LLC — will serve the the VIPs.

If you drop by the VIP Lounge to meet Samson, be sure to drop my name. I can see myself lounging in an overstuffed chair, watching the game, sipping scotch and puffing away on a fat stogie. I can so see that.

[VIP Room inside El Gaucho, 5-11 p.m. Monday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 4:30-11 p.m. Sunday, 2119 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.882.0009]

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

February 5, 2010 at 8:17am

5 Things To Do: Two Smothers, world music, "Me and Orson Welles" ...

The brothers Smothers

FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010 >>>

1. CBS might have pulled the plug on their variety show in 1969 but the Smothers Brothers 7:30 p.m. show is still on at the Pantages.

2. Zac Efron and Claire Danes play young actors caught up in the intrigue, gossip, egos and impossible hours of the theater in the film Me and Orson Welles screening at 1:30, 4, 6:45 and 9:10 p.m. at The Grand Cinema.

3. The Telephone Room Gallery will celebrate Drunk Dialing -Kristen Ramirez's new exhibit featuring inscribed booze bottles - with an artist reception from 6-9 p.m.

4. The World Music and Dance Concert featuring The Erev Ravs, Ragdharma, Wild Honey and Rhythm Quest begins at 7:30 p.m. inside The Loft on Cherry in Olympia.

5. Champagne Sunday will perform at 9 p.m. inside the Harmon Brewery and Restaurant.

February 5, 2010 at 10:30am

NIGHT MOVES: The Coloffs, Electric Minge

Electric Minge, photo courtesy of MySpace


GARAGE ROCK: Throughout the years, from the Sonics to Girl Trouble to Durango 95 and beyond - and even less genre specific, from Portrait of Poverty and I Defy to the Nightgowns, Paris Spleen and The Drug Purse to the Makeup Monsters, Apache Chief and the Gypsies - Tacoma hasn't always had a "sound," but there has always been a Tacoma "edge" to our bands. Maybe we've all just grown up underdogs, but bands from Tacoma have an underlying, unstated aesthetic that you can usually pick out of a lineup. The Coloffs are a band from Tacoma. Co-creators Brian Coloff and the only recently departed Stu Miller both have Grit City under their fingernails. If you don't know them, you should. The Coloffs, The Dignitaries, South Sound Bureau Chiefs, 9 p.m., $5, The New Frontier Lounge.- Matt Driscoll

ROCK: Electric Minge is a band that revels in the spirit of classic rock, placing an emphasis on solid songwriting over the more common college band tendency for self-conscious and distracting style. It's substantial, is what I mean to say. Good old-fashioned rock ‘n' roll delivered with youthful exuberance. They even sound relaxed, like they've got this shit down. It's hard not to pick up on the band's confidence. Electric Minge, The Gypsies, Warner Housecat, Womberang, 6 p.m., The Den @ urbanXchange. - Rev. Adam McKinney

LINK: More live music in the South Sound tonight

Filed under: Music, Night Moves, Tacoma,

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