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September 13, 2011 at 10:04am

MORNING SPEW: Why the neighbor kids are still messing with you, moratorium schmoratorium, earth-like planet and more ...


Why The Neighbor Kids Are Still Running Through Your Sprinklers: Tacoma teachers are on strike. (News Tribune)

Moratorium Schmoratorium: Wal-Mart may hit the Elks property anyway. (News Tribune)

Make It Stop: The fifth GOP debate rolls on. (CNN)

How Big Is The Internet?: Group aims to find out if it's bigger than a bread basket. (Tech Flash)

We Finally Get The Chance To Colonize!: Scientists have discovered an earth-like planet 36 light years away. (Washington Post)

Finally Proof!: Nicolas Cage is a time traveler. (Buzz Feed)

She Should Have Stopped At 64,999: Dutch woman charged with stalking after calling her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times (AP News)

They Felt The Need ... The Need For 3-D: Top Gun is being converted into 3-D. (Hollywood Reporter)

Give this woman a Grammy!

September 13, 2011 at 12:23pm

THIRD THURSDAY: You must investigate this Zen Art©

"Forgiveness": Mixed media triptych with recycled copper, paper, etc., by Nola Tresslar


Who really knows jack about Zen?

Nola Tresslar knows. In fact, she grabbed the concept, applied it to her art and attached a copyright thingy to it. She calls it Zen Art© - artwork created in reverse on Plexiglas or glass - often incorporating natural elements, such as pressed flowers and leaves.


Tresslar also creates mixed media, collage, printmaking and sumi-e artwork.

Her full spectrum of artistic talent will be on display at flow Gallery & Studio, with an opening reception during Third Thursday Artwork. The show appropriately has been titled "Full Spectrum."

There's something going on with this Zen Art© reverse thing, something powerful and clandestine. You must infiltrate flow gallery and report back with her secrets. You must tell us of all her inner machinations. We are trusting you with this reconnaissance mission - just you.

[flow Gallery & Studio, 5-8 p.m., free, 301A Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, 253.255.4675]

September 13, 2011 at 2:46pm

NBA, NHL team in the Tacoma Dome?


The News Tribune is reporting the Tacoma City Council will discuss revamping the Tacoma Dome to attract an NBA or NHL team. Check out the story here.

Filed under: News To Us, Sports, Tacoma,

September 13, 2011 at 3:55pm

Plan Ahead: Beer and breakfast pairing


Over in the "Restaurants" section on this website the lovely Jennifer Johnson posted a little ditty on Jake's Bar and Bistro's "Dogfish Breakfast for Dinner" going down this Saturday. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will visit the Steilacoom pub with crates and crates of its unusual beers loaded with ingredients such as juniper, honey, grape and lemon grass. Check out her story here.

One of the beers Dogfish will bring is its Sah'tea, a rye-brewed beer based on a 9th century Finnish brew, which will be paired with Grand Marnier syrup-topped spiced French toast stuffed with Gruyere cheese and black tea smoked bacon (cured in-house).

So nice.

Anyway, we found a couple videos by Dogfish explaining the story behind the story of Sah'tea beer. Enjoy.

September 13, 2011 at 6:05pm

COMMENT OF THE DAY: Camp Nola Tresslar


Today's comment comes from Paula Tutmarc-Johnson, former owner of the beloved Two Vaults Gallery in Tacoma, in response to our post on Nola Tresslar's Zen Art©. The post drew many a favorable comment toward Tresslar.

Tutmarc-Johnson writes,

It is wonderful to see this column giving due to one of Tacoma's truly "fine" artists. I have seen the work. Nola is one of a few Tacoma artists that have graced the south end with their exceptional work for sometime. Her work has been well loved here and far beyond her home area for a while now. Lovely to bring this refined and thoughtful work to the attention of the locals.

Filed under: Comment of the Day, Arts, Tacoma,

September 14, 2011 at 7:09am

5 Things To Do Today: Ariel Elisha, Kids tractor pull, Hank Cramer, Big Friction Jam and more ...

Jazz pianist Ariel Elisha


1. Jazz pianist Ariel Elisha performs improv on Jewish and Arabic themes, some neojazz and a few originals as a benefit for "Jerusalem Peacemakers" at 7 p.m. inside Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art in downtown Olympia.

2. There's a kids tractor pull from 1-6 p.m. in the Green Gate Area at the Puyallup Fair. Seriously.

3. Harmon Brewery and Eatery's Trivia Night hosted by Gordon Adams begins at 6 p.m.

4. Folksinger Hank Cramer will fill A Rhapsody In Bloom's courtyard with his booming bass voice and vintage flat-top guitar beginning at 7 p.m.

5. At 9 p.m., under the increasingly-cool "Wednesday Sessions" header, Jazzbones will welcome back the Big Friction Jam for an evening that's sure to blow your usual Hump Day plans out of the proverbial water. Expect a cast of talented locals laying down the funk and groove and magic

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Half-price wine bottle night

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

September 14, 2011 at 8:04am

MORNING SPEW: Tacoma 253 Hearts vs. Portland Trailblazers, best new bands and more ...


Why The Neighbor Kids Are Still Disturbing Your Morning Chill Time: Tacoma School District will fight its striking teachers in court this morning. (News Tribune)

"Tacoma 253 Hearts Vs. Portland Trailblazers": That could be a local headline if the Tacoma City Council can find a way to revamp the Tacoma Dome for a professional sports team. (News Tribune)

Boldly Going Again: J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct Star Trek 2; pre-production is already underway, and the plan is to begin shooting this winter. (Vulture)

Since 1976: Austin City Limits has announced its new lineup (The Decemberists and Gillian Welch!). (Paste Magazine)

Already?: The "40 Best New Bands of 2011." (Stereogum)

The New Sassy: A review of the new Rookie magazine for teen girls. (Slate)

The Killing Bono trailer is out:

September 14, 2011 at 9:39am

SHORT ORDER: News, beer releases and wine tastings tonight

Wingman Brewers is a Tacoma-based brewery.


Endless Rolls: TWOKOI Japanese Restaurant in Tacoma offers an awesome weekday lunch deal for those you dig sushi rolls. For $19 you may chow down as many rolls as you can at the sushi bar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Sucks: Smitty's Chicago style pizza in Lacey has closed.

Beer Launch Party: Wingman Brewers will release its Ace IPA tonight at 6 p.m. inside The Red Hot in Tacoma. The IPA's Belgian malts complement the Citra, Centennial and Cascade hops.

Wine Tastings Tonight: Pour at Four in Tacoma's Proctor District will be pouring Barnard Griffin Winery tastings from 5:30-8 p.m., and Wildside Wine at Sixth and Oxford in Tacoma will a "Find Your New House Wine" tasting from 4-7 p.m.

Future Things Are Coming: Octoberfest Tacoma featuring live music, beer-filled pumpkins, chainsaw pumpkin carving, a pumpkin pie eating contest and tons of beer will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 in Tacoma's Opera Alley.

LINK: Download our free Mobile Happy Hour app

September 14, 2011 at 10:34am


OMG: Pizza, Taylor Swift, limo and our mothers.


THING: One rad limo

Full of: Eight rad chicks

Headed to: Taylor Swift at Tacoma Dome

Driven by: Jeff Call

Owned by: Jeff Call

Associated with: Stonegate Pizza & Rum Bar

Where: We gorged before the show

Bartender Dave: Made me do a Three Drink Minimum

I did not: Fight him or resist

You're not: Surprised at all, I'm sure

I rented a limousine recently, so I know what the going rate is for a regular stretch limo, a Lincoln stretch limo, a stretch Hummer and a party bus. 

Which is why I'm also familiar with the going rate for a "hoopty limo."

To read about the awesome limo I picked, click here.

September 14, 2011 at 6:40pm

COMMENT OF THE DAY: Chicago rocked!


Today's comment comes from Rock Oldenburg who after seeing the band Chicago perform with the Tacoma Symphony at the Puyallup Fair, searched our event listing for the show and posted a review.

Oldenburg writes,

Great Concert - the Symphony shone prior to Chicago taking the stage. Symphony helped fill out the melodic hits of the group but was less noticeable in the full-on rock hits which were blasted from the stage. The group was superb; the Symphony was superb - the concert was a wonderful stroll through the 70's and 80's. Chicago has not lost its touch for either music and harmony or showmanship. Total thumbs up experience - and we can be incredibly proud of our Tacoma Symphony, they shine at every concert! Their local season begins in October. If you haven’t attended a Symphony concert in a while I can highly recommend the experience. We are extremely lucky to have a full, professional Symphony Orchestra that calls Tacoma its home!

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