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February 10, 2012 at 9:41am

Heart to perform at the Puyallup Fair

Heart / Photo courtesy of heart-music.com

FUTURE THINGS ARE COMING >>>

If you heart Heart - "Barracuda," "Crazy on You," "These Dreams," "Alone" - and its edgy classic-rock stylings, then you probably looking at your computer screen through your heart-shaped hands right now. Chunky guitar chords plus scones equal the Puyallup Fair Sept. 10. Check it:

Puyallup, WA - Feb. 10, 2012 - Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart stormed the charts in the ‘70s, and the music scene has never been the same since. Whether it was hits "Crazy On You," "Magic Man," or "Barracuda" - the first decade they performed - or later works like "These Dreams," "Alone," or "What About Love" of the ‘80s and '90s, their music has had a profound influence on rock music.

Heart will perform on Monday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Fair's 2012 Concert Series, Presented by Columbia Bank. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 18th at 10:00 a.m. on the Fair website, www.thefair.com/concerts or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. PST. To save the convenience charges, purchase tickets in person at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center box office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $65 golden circle; $50 infield; grandstand seating at $50, $40 and $25. Seats are reserved and include Fair gate admission.

February 10, 2012 at 11:33am

Tonight on "The Tonight Show": Vicci Martinez

Vicci Martinez will be singing Friday, Feb. 10 on "The Tonight Show."

TACOMA ON THE TUBE >>>

Last year, Tacoma's own Vicci Martinez had a remarkable run on the NBC singing competition, The Voice. Martinez eventually landed in the top four, just short of taking the whole thing. As Weekly Volcano music critic Rev. Adam McKinney noted, "This is notable for a number of reasons, most obviously because of the pride we have in our own, and the deftness with which Martinez handled her performances over several weeks on national television. We couldn't have asked for a more charming, talented and humble representative of our neck of the woods. Despite not taking the top prize, Martinez took full advantage of what was really a several-week-long audition for anyone who was watching, and has since received a record contract."

It was exciting, to say the least.

Whether it's a bout the music, or just a marketing shot in the arm, Cee Lo Green  - Martinez's mentor and coach on the NBC TV's reality singing competition - will be the musical guest tonight on "The Tonight Show."

And Martinez will be right next to him.

The duo will be debuting the single "Come Along."

Tune at 11:35 p.m. on NBC, Channel 5.

Filed under: Screens, Music, Tacoma,

February 10, 2012 at 12:54pm

Vegetarian eating in Tacoma and Olympia

Darby's Café

GO GREEN >>>

Dining out as a vegetarian or vegan can sometimes be a pain, complete with steamed vegetables and the same old vegetarian burgers over and over. This is true even in Tacoma and Olympia.

Luckily, there are places that offer vegetarian or vegan fare galore, including vegetarian foods you just don't see every day.

Here's a down-and-dirty look at five of your best bets for vegetarian and vegan fare in the South Sound.

Quickie Too

1324 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, 253.572.4549
At Quickie Too on Tacoma's Hilltop, it's all veggies (and tofu and meat substitutes), all the time. Quickie Too is hardcore veg, with items on the menu like TofuStrami and a millet and quinoa burger. Menu highlights include delicious burgers like the Crazy Jamaican Burger, a vegan gyro and a strong lineup of side dishes, soups and sweets.

Caffe Dei

2607 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2550
Caffe Dei is loaded with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options - and is known to be delicious for veggies and carnivores alike. The vegan grilled cheese and vegan meatloaf get high marks, and a special bonus is the vegan breakfast menu served all day. Caffe Dei is also a great coffee shop with free-trade coffees and teas, and is especially known for a fantastic chai tea.

The Red Hot

2914 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.779.0229

Veggie fans may not think to check a bar known for hot dogs and beer for vegetarian fare, but prepare to be surprised - The Red Hot substitutes all-veggie Not Dogs and Nisqually Not Brats (made with Full Sail Amber Ale) at no additional charge.

New Moon Café

113 Fourth Ave. W, Olympia, 360.357.3452
While New Moon Café is not exclusively vegetarian, it offers a good range of veg options. For breakfast, there are many meat-free dishes along with tofu scramble allowed to substitute for scrambled eggs. The lunch menu allows garden burgers to be substituted for meat patties, and has specials like the tempeh Reuben.

Darby's Café

211 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia, 360.357.6229
Darby's Café is a great option for vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike as the café caters to all. Nearly every category on the menu has both meat and veg options, from breakfast to burgers. Breakfast can be vegan egg substitute scramble. Vegan burgers include Facon Cheez Burgers and black bean burgers alike.

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Filed under: Food & Drink, Olympia, Tacoma,

February 10, 2012 at 2:08pm

Night Moves: Live music tonight in the South Sound

Foreign Money

IT'S HAPPENING TONIGHT >>>

Amocat Cafe Tacoma - Triangle District. Amocat Live! featuring the Amocat House Band. All Ages. 7 pm.

Hell's Kitchen Tacoma - Downtown. Projections, They Charge Like Warriors, Until This Sunrise. All Ages. 6 pm. The Dignitaries, Deathtrap America, Variety Hour, Sources In Code. 9 pm. $5.

  • Momentum is a cherished quality in the world of music. It's what led hype-monster and Internet meme Lana Del Ray to a notably uncomfortable, Brian Williams-baiting performance on Saturday Night Live with only three songs to her lazily made-up name. It's what caused Radiohead to slam on the brakes and reinvent their sound, effectively creating a massively smaller but exponentially more devoted audience. It's what Tacoma's the Variety Hour has lacked over the past year, as the band has taken what more or less amounted to a hiatus, wherein the band regrouped, recast, and recorded their follow-up to their eponymous debut EP. To read the full feature on The Variety Hour, click here.Rev. Adam McKinney

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Phasers On Kill, Black Top Demon. 8 pm. $14-$17. See 5 Things To Do Today

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Oly Music Awards Pre-show featuring Jabi Shriki, Fight for Change, Elbow Coulee, Point Process. 9 pm. Read the interview with Jabi Shriki here.

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. The Flanagan Precept, Jared Blake. All Ages. 8 pm.

Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Radim Zenkl. All Ages. 8 pm. $10.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. Lance Buller Trio. 7 pm.

Morso Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Gretchen Peters. All Ages. 8 pm. $25.

The Space Tacoma - Downtown. Santee, Makeup Monsters, A Leaf, Foreign Money, $7, 9:30 pm.

  • Santee makes scratchy, lovesick, indie folk-pop. The band has a way of tentatively coming around to these walloping choruses and emotionally resonant refrains. Over the years, what began as the bedroom folk duo of Heather Loepp and Josh Vega has grown and developed into a larger, fuller band with a richer sound to match. Loepp's voice has always been the most striking aspect of Santee, being, how it is, somehow hoarse and delicate at the same time. With the addition of Speedwobbles and Brite Futures drummer Conor Sisk, Santee has further embraced its more rollicking side. Full disclosure: this show is a fundraiser for the forthcoming Squeak and Squawk Music Festival, which I am booking. As I've said before, though, this is a show I would be telling you about anyway, regardless of my involvement. - Rev. Am

Spar Cafe Olympia. Paul Mauer. 8 pm. NC.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Jerry Miller Band. 9 pm.

Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Upper Tacoma. Rafael Tranquillino. All Ages. 7:30-10 pm. NC.

Uncle Thurm's Finger Licken Ribs & Chicken Tacoma - Lincoln District. G Street Jazz Series. 8-11 pm. NC.

LINK: More live music tonight in the South Sound

Filed under: Night Moves, Music, Olympia, Tacoma, Fife,

February 11, 2012 at 10:09am

5 Things To Do Today: GLBT Book Club, Too $hort, Tush! burlesque, electroforming copper and more ...

EvergreenOne and CityHall will be at Jazzbones tonight as part of a fairly epic hip-hop bill.

SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2012 >>>

1. It's another huge night in live music for the South Sound. Legendary Bay-area hip-hopper Too $hort will be in Olympia at the Royal Lounge, while Olympia's own Calvin Johnson will trek north to Tacoma  with his band the Hive Dwellers for a show at The Space. The Weekly Volcano's comprehensive live local music listings have all the answers you need.

2. Tacoma's GLBT Book Club meets today at Tully's Coffee downtown on Broadway to discuss Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. The Volcano's Jenni Prange Boran recently profiled the GLBT Book Club and its organizer Matt Lemanski.

3. Tacoma Metal Arts Center offers the bold and the curious a chance to learn "electroforming in copper," which is probably just about as awesome as it sounds. According to hype, "Electroforming is an exciting technique which allows you to 'grow' copper over almost any form. You will learn how to use this process to create a shell of copper over things like glass, wax carvings and organic materials (seed pods, dried flowers, etc) to name a few. Electroforming can be used to create complex hollow forms in copper for sculpture or jewelry." This is a two-session class that kicks off today and concludes next Saturday, Feb. 18. Cost is $135 plus $15 materials fee, and instruction is provided by Amy Reeves.

4. Prior to a Valentine's Day performance in Tacoma with T-Town's Gritty City Sirens, Olympia's own Tush burlesque troupe will take to the Capitol Theater. As event hype points out, Tush will be joined by Seattle's own Paris Original, Olympia's Wednesday du Monde, and the music of Portland's Autry. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m., and it'll cost you $10-$15.

5. At Jazzbones, it'll be a night of hip-hop featuring Ra Scion, The Breaklites, City Hall, Josh Rizeberg, DJ Reign and DJ Minus. Show starts at 8 p.m.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs tonight

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February 11, 2012 at 10:55am

Road To Valentine's Day: Get your local chocolate on

Go big Sunday and Tuesday with the Valentine's Dessert Buffet at Affairs Chocolate & Desserts in University Place. Courtesy photo

LOVE COVERED IN CHOCOLATE >>>

Label me a sentimental fool, but I confess up front to having an affinity for St. Valentine's Day that is hopelessly and helplessly romantic.  Sure it's become a "Hallmark Holiday," but it's also a time of year when the imagination is the limit to the range of seductive attire, playthings and, of course, food available to woo your loved one. If M.F.K. Fisher is correct - and she always is - "gastronomy is and always has been connected with its sister art of love."

Dining with a loved one on Valentine's Day requires keen attention to the lust factor.  Pot roast just isn't going to get the job done; you've got to dine with flair!

Of course, this can mean a number of things, from splurging at a fancy restaurant to a mountain outing with a backpack full of pate, nuts, fruit, cheese and a good bottle of vino.  If you are cooking your way into someone's heart this Valentine's Day, you may as well throw out the calorie counters.  It's best, on this special day, to err on the side of decadence.  Sensual foodstuffs like asparagus and mangos (eaten sans utensils, of course) or oysters, are always good bets to get Cupid's arrows quivering.

Chocolate also does the trick.

You could say that eating chocolate on Valentine's Day is a twofer: bringing health and happiness to your heart. Every confectioner and pastry chef in the South Sound gets chocolate-covered for Valentine's Day. There's the four large chocolate dipped strawberries, trio of chocolate soufflé, cherry crème brulée, passion sorbet and assorted hand painted chocolates at Bite inside the Hotel Murano. Babblin' Babs Bistro will serve Irish cream chocolate dipped shortbread and berries featuring buttery rich shortbread cookies passed down from several generations of Sawyer family (Babs). Profiteroles with chocolate ganache are on the Valentine's menu at Morso Wine Bar.

Also, Weekly Volcano foodie Jennifer Johnson presents a list of local delicious treats here.

For the ultimate chocolate hit, I'm urging you to slide over to Affairs Chocolate & Desserts for their annual Valentine Dessert Buffet, which will be offered twice - 2-4 p.m. Sunday and 5-7 p.m. Valentine's Day.  According to owner Gay Landry, a gaggle of customers gorge every year.

Landry does the café in romantic old linens and candles.  Customers pick from an alluring array of bite-sized desserts: mousses, chocolate-dipped strawberries, cakes, tortes, cookies and of course, Affairs' indescribably luscious, rich truffles.  Located on Bridgeport Way West in University Place, reserve your spot at 253.565.8604.

More than 40 of the fabulous Proctor businesses will offer treats and/or discounts on chocolate items today through Saturday as part of the Proctor Chocolate Festival today. Participants may pick up a Proctor Chocolate Festival Passport at Metropolitan Market, Giardini Gift, Knapps or Safeway, then collect "codes" from each business.  Passports with a minimum of 80 percent number codes completed can be dropped off at the mentioned businesses to be entered in the drawing for prize baskets. If you stop by US Bank today, and sit down to chat with a rep, you'll score a big ass Hershey chocolate bar. Also, Envy clothing store is serving hot chocolate.

Evade the couple at the next table from leaning into your sweet nothings by skipping the hoopla and head for the cellars. The South Sound Wine Trail stretches through Lacey, Olympia and Shelton and includes seven award-winning wineries. For the next two weekends, the wineries present Red, Wine & Chocolate, a passport game where for $20 you may taste their wine while nibbling on chocolate. Complete your passport and turn it in at your final tasting to be entered in a drawing for a weekend getaway.

Speaking of drinks, the Ale House Sports Pub and Grille offers several desserts in a fancy glass. On Valentine's Day, the University Place gathering sport will serve chocolate-covered cherry martinis, devil's food chocolate martinis, raspberry white chocolate martinis and Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout on tap.

February 11, 2012 at 11:57am

Tonight: The Solvents at The New Frontier Lounge

Solvents

YOU WILL DIG IT >>>

Jarrod Bramson and his pop-rock band, Solvents, come from Port Townsend. And, aided heavily by the violin-work of bandmate Emily Madden, the band, often compared to Big Star, even sounds a little like the little postcard town at the end of the road they call home.

Exterior beauty, boatyard grit, small-town honesty: the Solvents brim with all of it. Bramson's vocal ticks, if not his tones, owe a bit to John Lennon in the way he can express regret, shame, remorse and vulnerability without sacrificing masculinity and a cynical bite.

And all the while, Madden's violin sweetens and gently badgers Bramson in a game of musical one-upmanship that elevates Solvents into something special.

Bramson says the band is preparing to record a new record, and also recently contributed a song to the Smiths tribute album, Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to the Smiths - delving into "Is it really so strange" for the effort.

Romantics and pop-rock lovers would be well advised to catch Solvents at the New Frontier tonight. As The Stranger's Dave Segal noted of Solvents, "STFU and swoon to their tunes." We had to Google "STFU," but now that we did we totally agree.

[The New Frontier Lounge, with Where Sails Meet Rails, Bandolier, 9 p.m., cover TBA, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, 253.572.4020]

LINK: Buy The Solvents deliciousness at K Records

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

February 11, 2012 at 2:35pm

Tonight: The return of Stephanie Johnson, Nicole Torres and Heidi Stoermer

Stephanie Johnson, Nicole Torres and Heidi Stoermer / photos courtesy of MySpace

LET'S EAT CAKE! >>>

Bobble Tiki demands no more birthday parties or album release shows. Cake has destroyed half of his six-pack abs! 

OK, there's a big party tonight at the Northern Pacific Coffee Company, so Bobble Tiki will go and eat cake.

It's sort of a local singer/songwriter hat trick show: Stephanie Johnson will celebrate the release of her new album, Heidi Stoermer will perform solo for the first time in a while and Nicole Torres is back in town after years in Colorado and California.

Throw three candles on that cake!

There are many female musicians around the South Sound, and exactly one of them has a distinctive, instantly recognizable sound (think Tracy Chapman): Stephanie Johnson. Her voice doesn't need her guitar skills - it's an instrument unto itself. 

"Stephanie's been working as a session musician for cruises all over the western hemisphere and singing with the Seattle Opera - everybody knows this girl has a voice, but she's in top form right now," says Stoermer. "What I have heard (off Johnson's new album) is leaning more toward the blues spectrum, and I'm loving it."

Stoermer's voice is sweet and endearing without being so cutesy Wonka would try to brand it. She sings with passion. She controls her voice like a seasoned violinist. Stoermer successfully attacks heartache, loss, and betrayal; her voice is husky, melancholy, and achingly charming.

"I'm leaning more toward the Americana and folk flavor these days," says Stoermer of her music. "Tonight, one of my band mates from 1928 - Marc Bordelon - will be joining me on a couple songs. He's a phenomenal steel guitar and banjo player."

How did Torres become involved with tonight's show?

"Nicole got in touch about a month ago and said she was coming up for a visit, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a reunion," says Stoermer.

Multiple Midwest rags have described Torres as Ani DiFranco's musical twin. "They share both slow funk rhythms and spoken-word vocal stylings. ... She also has a deep alto voice with shades of Tracy Chapman, as well as faint rhythmic influences from her parents' native Cuba," say the Wheat Ridge Transcript.

This show is a perfect pairing of three talented singer/songwriters, who also happen to be great friends.

Bobble Tiki will access his inner JoBeth Williams and grip the wall to prevent the Cake Poltergeist from sucking him in.

[Northern Pacific Coffee Company, Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., $4, 401 Garfield St. S., Tacoma, 253.537.8338]

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

February 11, 2012 at 3:00pm

Party Alert: Raising a Glass for Marriage Equality

Celebrate the Marriage Equality Act with Tacoma City Council Member Ryan Mello Monday night at King's Books.

CELEBRATING HISTORICAL MOMENTS >>>

Justin D. Leighton, chair of Tacoma's Central Neighborhood Council, passed along Tacoma City Council Member Ryan Mello's announcement of a party Monday night at King's Books to celebrate Gov. Gregoire's signing into law the Marriage Equality Act.  Here's the press release:

Tacoma, WA: On Monday, February 13th, Governor Gregoire will make history by signing into law the Marriage Equality Act making Washington State the 7th state in addition to the District of Columbia to legalize marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.  The bill passed through the Legislature on a bipartisan vote in both the House and Senate and is now scheduled for signing by the Governor Monday morning.

"I've waited my entire adult life for this day.  Marriage is more than just a contract.  It's about love, commitment and mutual respect.  As I care for my aging and ill partner of 53 years, the need to protect each other with both the contract and love that marriage brings has become more necessary than ever,"  John McCluskey, local civil rights leader. 

To celebrate this historic moment a group of community leaders, the Pierce County Marriage Equality (PCME) Leadership Team is hosting an event to "Raise a Glass for Marriage Equality".  The event will be held at King's Books on St. Helens Ave. in Tacoma at 5:30pm Monday, February 13th.  Co-sponsored by King's Books, Galanga Thai, and The Mix as well as co-hosted by Tacoma Mayor Strickland, Tacoma Council Member Ryan Mello, State Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Benjii Bittle and the entire PCME Leadership Team.

"Our local marriage equality leadership team and hundreds of advocates are trained and ready to talk to voters about why protecting all families equally under the law is so important.  First, we celebrate, then we will wake up Tuesday, February 14th ready to do whatever it takes to ensure all families have equal protections under the law," said Ryan Mello, Tacoma City Council Member. 

Celebratory events like this one in Tacoma are being organized around the state and a statewide toast for Marriage Equality will take place at 6:00pm.

Raising a Glass for Marriage Equality

Monday, Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m.
King's Books in Tacoma
218 St. Helens Avenue, in Tacoma's Stadium District
Food, beverages and activities provided
Legislators from Olympia will be skyped in to participate in the celebration

See ya there!

LINK: Facebook Event

February 12, 2012 at 8:56am

5 Things To Do Today: Kareem Kandi Band, Rich Wetzel, Galumpha, JazzLive at Marine View Presbyterian Church and more ...

The Kareem Kandi Band will play an early all ages show today at the Mandolin Cafe from 2-5 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2012 >>>

1. The Kareem Kandi Band will play the Mandolin Café in Tacoma today, an early all-ages show that runs from 2 - 5 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m., Denny Foreman and Friends take to the Mandolin stage.

2. Big band leader Rich Wetzel, no stranger to snappy sports coats and even snappier jazz numbers, isn't afraid to make a big promise. So, when he proclaims today's performance at Stonegate Pizza as "the Super Bowl of live entertainment," we shouldn't be surprised. Does this mean we should expect four-plus hours of pomp and Madonna at halftime? Probably not. But what we can expect is a damn entertaining show from Wetzel and his 15-piece jazz rock orchestra.

3.Galumpha hits the Broadway Center in Tacoma and the Pantages Theater today. According to hype, Galumpha offers "(s)tunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography bring to life a world of imagination." Today's show starts at 3 p.m. with tickets running $15 - $29.

4.Sunday means it's time for another Sunday open mic with Jeanlizabeth at the Steilacoom Pub and Grill. There's no cover and the tunes start at 8 p.m.

5. Tonight's JazzLive at Marine View Presbyterian Church in Northeast Tacoma features the Janette West Group. It's all ages and starts at 5 p.m. with no cover.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs tonight

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