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June 8, 2010 at 7:30am

5 Things To Do: Rock in Peace, letterpress, art auction, Puget Brass, swing dance

This afternoon local musicians will rock out for the Brian Redman Memorial Foundation at Doyle's Public House. Photo by Jason Ganwich

TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 >>>

1. The spirit of Brian Redman - musician, bartender, friend, superhero - still hangs heavy over Tacoma; it always will. The man touched so many lives, a fact evident long before the tragic scooter accident that took his life last September. Beginning at 3 p.m. today, Doyle's Public House will hold Rock in Peace 2, a benefit for the Brian Redman Memorial Foundation - which helps kids in Pierce County pursue music. There is no cover, but a donation is suggested. Considering the lineup - Fields Without Fences, Last Chance Romeos, The Hands Of Toil, And Those Who Were Dragged, the Revengers, Mahnhammer, DJ Chris Roxx, 12 Gauge Saint, Doxology, Glimpse and Noi!se - it's the least you could do.

2. Tacoma artists Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring will unveil a new letterpress broadsheet featuring challenging and inspiring words from women in history titled Drill, Baby, Drill at 7 p.m. inside the Gig Harbor Library at 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, The two will discuss the creative nuts and bolts behind the project and their collaborative process

3. The Pacific Gallery Artists annual art raffle will be held from 7-9 p.m. inside the Pacific Harbors Council of Boy Scouts of America Headquarters in Tacoma. The event will begin with a free reception, art viewing and $1 raffle tickets sales.

4. Puget Brass, a local British brass band that performs traditional and contemporary literature throughout the Pacific Northwest, will perform at 7:30 p.m. inside Building 3 on the Tacoma Community College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

5. Craig Cootsona joins the Jessica Blinn Quartet for a swing dance beginning at 7:30 p.m. inside the Eagle's Hall in downtown Olympia.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

Filed under: 5 Things To Do, Arts, Music, Olympia, Tacoma,

June 8, 2010 at 7:44am

SHORT ORDER: Cracker Jack, Island Mikie Burger, deals ...

Amocat Cafe in downtown Tacoma sells Cracker Jack. Put a little prize in your life today.

DINING NEWS, NIBBLES AND BITS >>>

It's the small things in life: The new Amocat Café not only sells baked goods and quiche, but you can also score Cracker Jack for 75 cents.

Deals: Goodfellas Italian Steakhouse inside the Great American Casino offers a four-course dinner every Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. for $20. Hell's Kitchen in downtown Tacoma hosts Tightwad Tuesday featuring $2 wells, $2 beers and $2 tacos.

Aloha: Mikie Burgers on Center Street in Tacoma added a new burger to its repertoire last week. The Island Mikie loads a quarter pound patty, Swiss cheese, Canadian bacon, pineapple, salsa and sweet chili mayo between its giant sesame seed bun. The $4.35 burger has been reduced to $3.75 through the end of June.

Future Things Are Coming: Brix 25 in Gig Harbor hosts 7 Seas Brewery for two, five-course brewmaster's dinners Thursday, June 17 at 6 and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $60 a person. Reserve your spot at 253.858.6626.

Food Matters: The 11 weirdest foods and gadgets at the National Restaurant Association trade show.

LINK: South Sound happy hours

LINK: Restaurant coupons

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

June 8, 2010 at 10:12am

MORNING SPEW: Hall & Oates are angry, LA hates drugs ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Hall & Oates are canceling their concert in Arizona in protest of SB 1070. We hope they don't cancel their Puyallup Fair appearance over the fact that Prosecutor Mark Lindquist chose The Minus 5 featuring Peter Buck instead of them for his fundraiser party Saturday night.

Three-year-old beer drinker to one day become boy king of Philadelphia.

Turkey passes an Internet ban on all things Google.

Los Angeles forces 400 medical marijuana dispensaries to close.

Donna

Filed under: Morning Spew, Music, Web/Tech,

June 8, 2010 at 10:56am

Best grilled cheese sandwich

HAVE YOU VOTED YET? >>>

A grilled cheese sandwich can go terribly wrong. Experimenting with the classic formula, in this arena, can turn an American classic into a toxic-tasting mouth mutant. And Jesus hates mouth mutants. Well, thank God for Deanna Bender, who still makes the best grilled cheese around. Go ahead and bitch if you disagree. Then go down to Over the Moon Café on Opera Alley and try wine—soaked sourdough oozing with Gruyere, grilled to perfection and served with marmalade. Don’t be confused by the name — Croutes de Fromage. It means bread and cheese. This is the grilled cheese of the future. Better recognize.

Over the Moon Café

Lunch 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
709 Court C, Tacoma
253.284.3722

BEST OF TACOMA 2010 VOTE NOW

Once again, the Volcano's readers' poll will be the engine that drives our Best of Tacoma 2010 issue, which hits the streets July 29. Here is a sample of the food related questions in this year's poll:

Best Cupcakes?

Best Bowl Of Noodles?

Best Sandwich?

Best Service?

Click here to vote now. You could win a fabulous prize, too.

June 8, 2010 at 11:38am

Who would be on your A-Team?

The new A-Team

WE PITY THE FOOLS >>>

The '80s-fave TV show The A-Team receives a big-screen remake with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Rampage Jackson taking over as Hannibal, Faceman, Howling Mad Murdock and B.A. Baracus. If you are too young, The A-Team follows the daring exploits of a colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going "rogue," they utilize their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the true culprit.

The new A-Team opens this Friday in South Sound theaters.

Are you bracing yourself or cackling with anticipation for this new A-Team? Who would you cast instead of Neeson, Cooper, Copley and Jackson? Who would be on your Tacoma A-Team?

Filed under: Olympia, Screens, Tacoma,

June 8, 2010 at 12:10pm

Junk in Your Trunk

OH NO THEY DIDN'T >>>

Stop rifling through your couch's cushions for pocket change: there isn't any, and the act of scavenging is rather unbecoming. Yes, I know - times are tough. When you opened your most recent mortgage statement it actually mocked you. But still, scouring the nether regions of your furniture for stray nickels is an act reserved for college students and meth heads, so really, back away from the sofa.

If you need a little payday, you might try looking closer at the stuff you've amassed over the years. You've always been curious about the history of your thrift store finds and family hand-me-downs; you suspect some of them might be bona fide collector's items. Start rummaging through your stuff for Sprinker Recreation Center's Junk In Your Trunk garage sale July 10.

Yes, Pierce County Parks is calling it Junk In Your Trunk. Their press release explains why:

Here's a new twist on the old garage sale.  Load up your trunk and sell your stuff from the back of your vehicle.  You bring the junk, we bring the people, July 10 at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 S. C St, Parkland/Spanaway.  The fee per vendor is $15 for a car/truck/van and $25 per RV/Camper.  Each vendor will be assigned one parking stall for parking and one stall to set up tables.  The event runs rain or shine between 9:00am-4:00pm.  Pre-registration required.  For more information call 253-798-4177 or www.piercecountywa.org/parks

So If your closet is bursting at the seams with dust-collecting clothes that fit 20 pounds ago, Junk In Your Trunk is a simpler way of getting dough for your duds than advertising them on eBay or the sad shrubbery in front of your apartment building.

June 8, 2010 at 2:50pm

HAPPY HOUR: The Schooner Pub and Lady Gaga

TODAY'S HAPPY HOUR DISCUSSION TOPIC >>>

Discuss Lady Gaga's new video for "Alejandro" over happy hour at:

The Schooner Pub & Galley

5429 100th St. S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 584-1919

Hours: 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday

Drinks: $2 domestics, $3 micros, $2.50 wells

Food: $4.65 mozzerella cheese sticks, $4.65 boneless hot wings, $3.85 deep-fried mushrooms, $3.65 onion rings, $3.96 gizzards, $3.95 steak bites, $3.35 chicken nuggets, $2.25 curly fries, and more.

By the way, Lady Gaga will perform Saturday, Aug. 21 inside the Tacoma Dome.

LINK: More South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink, Music, Lakewood,

June 8, 2010 at 3:42pm

Rock in Peace 2: The calm before the rock

SONGS FOR BRIAN >>>

In a few minutes, Doyle's Public House will fittingly play host to a memorial concert for Brian Redman - which, naturally, will include a heavy dose of rock and music. Based on the astounding number of people Redman touched during his time in Tacoma, it's likely all of Tacoma will leave work early.

Rock In Peace 2

With Fields Without Fences, Last Chance Romeos, The Hands Of Toil, And Those Who Were Dragged, the Revengers, Mahnhammer, DJ Chris Roxx, 12 Gauge Saint, Doxology, Glimpse and Noi!se
Tuesday, June 8, 4 p.m., donations
Doyle's Public House, 208 Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma
253.272.7468

Here are a few snapshots of the preproduction work at Doyle's.

Filed under: Benefits, Community, Music, Tacoma,

June 9, 2010 at 7:02am

5 Things To Do: A Leaf, Diva Night at REI, "The Tilting House," comedy night ...

A Leaf will rock Hell's Kitchen tonight.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010 >>>

1. A Leaf, Zoo Animal, and The Reaching play at 9 p.m. inside Hell's Kitchen.

2. Meet with women-specific product vendors and community organizations, get tips from local experts on health, nutrition, fitness, and outdoor adventure during Diva Night from 6-8 p.m. at REI in Tacoma.

3. Tom Llewellyn, one half of the guerilla letterpress duo Beautiful Angle, celebrates the release of his debut young adult novel, The Tilting House, at 6:30 p.m. inside King's Books.

4. Sixties coffee house veteran (guitarist, not barista) J.W. McClure and jazz/blues guitarist Thaddeus Spae perform at 7 p.m. inside A Rhapsody in Bloom Florist and Café Latte on Sixth Avenue.

5. The Schooner Pub and Galley in Lakewood hosts a comedy night featuring seven comedians beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

June 9, 2010 at 9:02am

The almighty bicycle

GO FOR THE GOLD ... AND GLITTER >>>

The Tour de France might be one of the coolest things on two legs operating two wheels, but it's such a commitment of time, effort and frequent flyer miles to check it out. Then they ride by and it's over. Fortunately, there are other options in bike racing-whether you're a participant or a spectator - a bit closer to home.

The Tacoma Twilight Criterium is a breakneck loop around Pacific and A Streets between 8th and 11th Saturday June 12 from 3-11 p.m. Grab a cooler and a lawn chair and watch amazing athletes do their thing. With $3,000 in cash and prizes to winners in seven categories, the stakes are high and the competition stiff.

The event also includes a kids' bike race, beer gardens, live music, DJs, a logical appearance by U.S. Olympia speedskating bronze medalist J.R. Celski, and an art bicycle parade.

An art bicycle parade?

Yup, a gaggle of human-powered art bicycles will parade through downtown Tacoma Saturday, no doubt including at least three gorilla men on bikes and a bicycle pulling a canoe tented in green fabric and supporting a large Egyptian head. They might be bicycles built for two, or four, or maybe just involves the cannibalized corpses of multiple bikes welded into a towering hulk, but whatever they'll be, they'll undoubtedly going to be fabulous.  Tacoma's "first" Art Bike Parade will launch at 7:10 p.m., riding from South 8th to South 12th Street, in conjunction with the criterium cycle street race.

Filed under: Community, Events, Sports, Tacoma, Chainsuck,

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