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October 6, 2012 at 6:45am

Calling all Chris’ on Columbus Day: Your name gets you in cheap

Hey Chris! Monday is your lucky day!

Christopher Columbus day is just around the corner and LeMay's America's Car Museum (ACM) is celebrating the famous name with admissions deals.

ACM is giving visitors with "Chris" in their first or last name a chance to sail through the museum for half-price on Columbus Day.

"Christopher Columbus and automobiles ... now that's American," said Scot Keller, ACM chief marketing and communications officer. "So if you're a Chris, Christina, Chrissie, Christine or Christian, Monday's a great chance to discover our museum at a special price. Adults get half off and kids (ages 12 and under) get in free."

Participants of all ages are required to show a form of identification (driver's license, student ID, library card, etc.) before exploring the museum's exhibits, which include the Cars of Harold LeMay, Ferrari in America, British Invasion of the ‘60s, Indy Racing, Classic Car Era and other treasures.

For more information about America's Car Museum, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.

October 6, 2012 at 6:50am

Oly’s best on display today at Arts Walk

Steph: Nick Baldridge, co-owner of Olyphant Art Supply, will open his shop’s walls to six different artists during Olympia’s Arts Walk. Baldridge’s own portrait, Steph, will be on display as well. Courtesy Nick Baldridge

It's time again for fall Arts Walk in downtown Olympia. Going on today, this celebration is the tamer counterpart to spring Arts Walk. There is still plenty to do, though, with hundreds of visual and performing artists being featured at more than 100 businesses downtown.

Here are samplings of a few of the artistic gems that will be found.

For the past year and a half, Ryan Adams has been working with still life photography, changing the color scheme and simplifying with stencils - using two-tone, three-tone or more to create art that visually pops of the canvas.

"I take a black/white photograph and single out each shade of grey," Adams says. "I cut these out on paper or plastic and place them on canvas in succession from darkest to lightest. Then I paint in the layers with appropriate shades of the color I chose."

Adams photos-turned-paintings will be on display at Oly Vegan during Arts Walk. Oly Vegan is located at 313 5th Ave, Suite A and is number 50 on the Arts Walk roster.

While Adams has done a variety of designs such as Buddha, Burlesque girls and portraits, his theme of 10 to 12 paintings will be vintage pinup and antique pornography.

"It's what caught my eye this time," says Adams, who sometimes performs with Olympia's Own Tush! Burlesque as Oliver Clothesoff.

"I'm inspired by street art and stencil art," says Adams, who hopes his paintings will help others "look at their world in a different light."

The art will range in size from 15 x 20 to 36 x 36 and range in price from $50 to $150.

Down at 117 Washington Street, Olyphant Art Supply will open its walls to six different artists.

Stephen Rue, Erik Maxwell, Arrington De Dionyso, Christopher Ross, Erica Keeling and Nick Baldridge will all display a variety of art.

Baldridge, who also owns the store with his brother J.B., has a few small pieces he will display at Olyphant. Ten to 12 of his watercolors, abstract, oil paintings and photo realism prints will be at Capitol Theater, located at 206 5th Ave, during Arts Walk.

Baldridge's portrait paintings have a very surreal, dream-like quality with flowing colors complimented by real life details. They tend to be larger than life. His portrait, Steph, is 8 feet tall.

"We are looking forward to seeing the city of Olympia shine during its fall Arts Walk," Baldridge says. "There is a lot of talent in this town and we're always glad to see our local artists getting the attention they deserve. We have an fantastic show in our gallery and we hope the artists involved get lots of exposure."

For a complete list of featured artists, visit www.artswalkolympia.com

October 7, 2012 at 2:29pm

Sunday Night in the Sound

On Sunday Rock Tiki likes to start drinking around Noon, and Charley's Pub never disappoints. Sundays Charley's features Free pool, as well as a pool tournament starting at 3 PM. As always Charley's has no buy-in Texas hold ‘em tournaments at 3 PM and 6 PM, and, of course, Karaoke at 9 PM. After Charley's, Rock Tiki will go to Slappy's Garage to enjoy beer and free pool. For more information, visit slappysgarage.blogspot.com.

                Afterwards, Rock Tiki will skip over to North 30th street to attend Sunday Blues at the Spar at 7 PM with no cover. Tonight Rock Tiki should probably just drink coffee tonight, so The Spar will be a perfect place to unwind with some coffee, dinner, and the soothing sounds of the blues. Visit www.the-spar.com/index.htm for more information.

October 7, 2012 at 3:50pm

Cuban Cultural Festival lights up Tacoma

Cuban Orquesta de Camara Concierto

From a press release received at Weekly Volcano headquarters:

A Cuban Cultural Festival will light up the University of Puget Sound campus this week, offering the public rare opportunities  to hear visiting Cuban orchestral musicians and to attend talks by Cuban scholars about the island’s culture.

From Monday, Oct. 8 to Thursday, Oct. 11 Puget Sound will host the festival’s visiting members of Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur (Concert Chamber Orchestra of the South). The talented musicians from Tacoma’s sister city Cienfuegos, Cuba, will present workshops and perform in a free 7:30 p.m. concert on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The ensemble repertoire runs from Baroque to Renaissance to contemporary music, with an emphasis on preserving authentic Cuban music.

The Cuban musicians’ visit is a collaboration between Northwest Sinfonietta and University of Puget Sound, with funding from the college’s Catharine Gould Chism Fund.

Puget Sound will host four days of public events, including cultural talks and music, from Monday Oct. 8 to Thursday, Oct. 11. University of Washington Tacoma will hold a final concert on Saturday, Oct. 13. Full details are available at: www.northwestsinfonietta.org, www.pugetsound.edu/cubanfestival and www.tacoma.uw.edu/cubanconcert.

The public is invited to many of the free events at Puget Sound, including lectures on Cuban life, theater, literature, and entrepreneurship, and musical recitals and master classes involving the Cuban visitors and Puget Sound faculty and students. Tickets are not required and all are welcome to attend. For further details please visit: www.pugetsound.edu/cubanfestival

Monday, Oct. 8, 7–8:30 p.m.; School of Music, Room L1
Violin Master Class, hosted by Maria Sampen and presented by violinists Mónica Gonzáles Rodríguez, Oscar Rolando Piñero Rodríguez, Emiliya Victorovna Bondarenko, and/or José Antonio Díaz Adelit.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9–10:30 a.m.; School of Music, Room L6
Cello Master Class, hosted by David Requiro, and presented by Isabel Cristina Palli Puente.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 12–12:50 p.m.; Noon Recital Hour; School of Music, Room L6
Cuban Popular Music, a recital hosted by Keith Ward, and presented by Tamara de la Caridad Codorniu Delgado.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4–5 p.m.; Wyatt Hall, Room 101
Cuban Reality During the Last Ten Years of the 20th Century as Seen Through the Writings of Abilio Estévez: a public lecture hosted by Monica DeHart and presented by Indira Rodriguez Ruiz.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5:15–6 p.m.; School of Music, Room 106
Piano Master Class: Cuban Music for Piano, hosted by Duane Hulbert and presented by Vivian Rodríguez Sánchez.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7–8:30 p.m.; Wheelock Student Center, Murray Board Room
The Founding of “El Monólogo en Cuba”: talk will focus on entrepreneurial issues in the founding of this organization; hosted by Lynnette Claire and presented by Miguel Rafael Cañellas Sueiras.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30–9 p.m.; Schneebeck Concert Hall
Cuban and Classical Music by Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur (Concert Chamber Orchestra of the South).

The Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur is comprised of talented graduates of the Instituto Superior de Arte (National Art School) in Havana, and professors at the Benny Moré School of the Arts in Cienfuegos, Cuba. It is regarded by many as the finest orchestra in the region. The orchestra hosted a tour of Cuba by the Northwest Sinfonietta in January 2012.

The free public events on campus for the Cuban Cultural Festival are sponsored by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund, a resource endowed by Seattle businesswoman Catharine Gould Chism that supports the arts and humanities.

Press photos of Orquesta de Cámara Concierto can be downloaded from: www.pugetsound.edu/pressphotos

For directions and a map of the campus:www.pugetsound.edu/directions
For accessibility information please contact accessibility@pugetsound.edu or 253.879.3236.

Filed under: Tacoma, Community, Economy,

October 8, 2012 at 2:50pm

Purchase GIG Tickets Tomorrow Night at the Melting Pot (and maybe win something cool)

Last year's Gala. The house was packed with 20-30 somethings (and a couple of old folks, too.) This year the organization expects 500+ people.

Tacoma is awesome. Diverse, artsy and informed, there seems a symbiotic relationship between the livelihood of the people and the livelihood of the city.

Take for example The Get Involved Gala, aka The GIG, a fundraiser for the United Way of Pierce County that takes place Saturday, November 10 at the prestigious Tacoma Art Museum.

Fancy attire is requested at the gala that hosted 300 young civil-minded partiers last year and earned $14,000.

This year, GIG expects 500+ attendees and will provide food, fun, games, drinking, dancing, and photo booth and will provide guests exclusive access to the Andy Warhol Flowers exhibit premiering that weekend.

Tomorrow night, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., join Weekly Volcano staff at the Melting Pot with Project U and pre-purchase your tickets in person. Melting Pot is providing some delectable appetizers and happy hour drink prices. Project:U will raffle off some special prizes and the Weekly Volcano may even comp you a ticket to the GIG. Who knows? You might even score a date to the GIG while you're there.

Can't make it to the launch party? Purchase your tickets online now at www.getinvolvedgala.org., before prices go up October 16.

Filed under: Tacoma, Benefits,

October 9, 2012 at 4:38pm

Flow and Function Opens in Olympia

Flow and Function opened Friday, October 5 and offers a variety of handmade, local items as well as vintage and antique items.

A new business has opened its doors in downtown Olympia.

Flow and Function, located at 113 5th Ave, between Capitol and Columbia, opened Friday, October 5.

Owners Kelly and Terry Ziniewicz sold their local business of 20 years, Espresso Parts, (they were also the founders of Olympia Coffee Roasters,) in February, and after doing summer travelling decided they wanted to start a new business in the world of art, artisans and antiques.

“We have a lot of talented family and friends,” said Kelly. “This was a way to bring everyone together.”

The boutique, which is warm and inviting, with hardwood floors and thoughtful arrangements of plants and display items, offers a variety of locally made items like soaps, lotions, jewelry, musical instruments and even clocks made from old vinyl albums. They also carry small antique items such as collectible books.

When Kelly learned the previous business, Matter, was moving to a new location, she knew the spot on 5th Ave would be the home of their new business.

“The space spoke to me,” she said.

The store utilizes the couple’s love of estate sales, industrial vintage and local flavor. It also brings in the talents of their two adult children, Sara and Sean.

The name Flow and Function was thought of by Sara, who intended to use it as a blog name, but the family found it to be perfect name for the store.

“This is a real family adventure,” said Kelly.

Flow and Function is open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. and closed Mondays.

Learn more about this unique store and check out items for sale here.

Filed under: Olympia,

October 9, 2012 at 8:27pm

Shows on stage this week

Want to go see a show and don't feel like driving to Seattle? No problem. Tacoma and Olympia both have a number of great theatres so you can enjoy a night on the town close by. Here's a local theatre listing lineup for this week and weekend.

Chicago at Tacoma Musical Playhouse is on until October 21.

Wayne Brady at the Pantages on October 11 at 7:30 p.m.

In the Pantages Lobby on October 14 at 5 p.m. is the annual Tacoma Historical Society Dinner and Action. Tickets are $55 and $60 and include Vaudeville entertainment, access to the auction, and dessert.

The Fireworks Ensemble is at the Rialto on October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Sherlock's Last Case is wrapping up at Lakewood Playhouse on October 14.

For one weekend only, October 11 to 14, Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! (we're talking Harry Truman here) is at Olympia Little Theatre.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is enjoying its last weekend, until October 14, at Capital Playhouse.

At Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Joel Sartore, National Geographic wildlife photographer, will be making a presentation about conservation and his experiences.

October 9, 2012 at 8:30pm

Lattin's Apple Festival

Looking for something autumny to do? Tired of the same old pumpkin farms and corn mazes? Never fear. Lattin's Country Cider Mill Apple Festival is here!

Lattin's is open all year round, but all throughout October during the Apple Festival, the farm celebrates Washington's apple harvest with fresh apples, cider, apple crisp, apple pie, caramel apples, and just about everything else apple. Oh, and some live bluegrass music, too.

Just to make sure you're really in the spirit, they also have a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and hay rides.

The festival is free, but parking is $3. The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you visit on a Monday, you can watch the cider presses in action.

October 9, 2012 at 8:32pm

Flow Gallery honors Mary Shizuka Bottomley

"Mountain" sumi painting by Mary Shizuka Bottomley, courtesy Flow Gallery.

The next art exhibit at Flow is a special in honor of Mary Shizuka Bottomley, co-founder of Puget Sound Sumi Aartists who recently passed away.

"We all have such a special place in our hearts for her and I wanted to celebrate her work," says Flow owner Andrea Erickson. "She was co-founder of PSSA and devoted her time and taught calligraphy to countless members of Puget Sound Sumi artists over the years."

The show is called "Beautiful Shining Flame, " and it is clear that the title was chosen because to members of PSSA and to Bottomley's friends and family that - a beautifult shining flame - is precisely what she was and will always be.

Mary Shizuka Bottomley (1925-2012) was a beloved calligrapher, artist, and teacher in the Puget Sound area. She was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and moved to the United States in 1953. Since her family in Japan operated a printing and seal carving business, she was exposed to many styles of Japanese writing from an early age. In 1974 she began studying calligraphy with Yukei Aoki, a master calligrapher from Japan. She also studied sumi-e and collage with Fumiko Kimura and Chinese watercolor with Betty Ling inTacoma. 

She exhibited her work widely and was honored with many awards. Since she believed that calligraphy practice was essential to strong, expressive brushwork, she donated her time and taught calligraphy to countless members of Puget Sound Sumi artists over the years. Bottomley and Fumiko Kimura were the co-founders of Puget Sound Sumi Artists. According to Kimura, Bottomley was the spiritual foundation of Puget Sound Sumi artists in building the organization and helping to foster it into the organization it is today. She helped Kimura with outreach programs that PSAA is still heavily involved in. She was also very proud of the two degrees she obtained from Pierce College, in Arts, Science and English, she also took many art courses during her time at Pierce.

The exhibition of Bottomley's art will run Oct. 18 to Nov. 3. The opening will be during the October Art Walk, Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m. Thereafter the gallery will be open by appointment and on Saturday, Oct/ 27, 2-4 p.m.

Flow Gallery and Studio is located at 301A Puyallup Ave. Call  253.255.4675 for an appointment or email flowstudio301@hotmail.com for further information.

Thanks to Andrea Erickson for the biographical information on Mary Shiuka Bottomley.

October 10, 2012 at 1:53pm

Split City Flicks: Local Movies Run the Gamut at Tacoma Film Festival

Melinda Raebyne and Rick Walters in a still from Tapat Sa Pangako, directed by Ron Lagman.

I witnessed some great talent in Tacoma last night. And I don’t mean The Beebs.

I managed to avoid the gridlock crawling towards the Mecca-like Justin Bieber concert, heading north instead for Day 6 of The Grand Cinema’s Tacoma Film Festival. This particular evening’s selection called itself Grit City Flicks, a Go Local-sponsored series offering a peek into the minds of seven Tacoma filmmakers.

Inside we find a few devils - suicide, domestic violence, funny suicide, more domestic violence. But some lighter fare as well: video games, rock-and-roll, and of course film itself. The lineup ricocheted viewers from the backwards comedy of Bryan Johnson’s Film Esrever (available to watch on YouTube), to the poignant hopelessness of Ron Lagman’s Tapat Sa Pangako, and back again for more. I felt a little schizophrenic by night’s end, but then, doesn’t our own Grit City sometimes feel like Split City too?

 TFF ends this Thursday, October 11 - catch some before it splits for another year.

Filed under: Tacoma,

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