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December 18, 2012 at 9:50am

Photos & Video: Champagne Sunday on Ice

CHAMPAGNE SUNDAY: From rock to folk and everything in between, the band brought it Saturday night at the Franciscan Polar Plaza in downtown Tacoma.

AROUND AND AROUND >>>

There is a moment each year that marks the true arrival of winter - and it's not the ugly sweater parties and debauchery of Santarchy. Nor is it fighting traffic on South 38th Street by the Tacoma Mall.

For the Weekly Volcano, it's making our way to downtown Tacoma, lacing on our black Bauer hockey skates in the tiny Polar Plaza tent and stepping onto the ice for the first time of the season. Pushing off, we feel the familiar wobble of ankles, but after a few laps around the tiny rink, falling only once or twice, we're back. This year the Franciscan Polar Plaza ice rink is more special to us. We're sponsoring the live music stage in the southwest corner of the rink, which we have tagged the Electric Salchow Stage. Every Saturday through Jan. 5, from 7-9 p.m., live music will serenade the thrills and spills. Igneous Rocks and Kim Archer set the tone the first two weeks. Last Saturday. Jessi and Jared Fredeen, also known as Champagne Sunday, brought a little punk, blues and indie rock to the rink. By far the busiest and coldest night of the music series, the crowd loved the show, as evident with a little hip shaking to the tunes.

Next Saturday, the Monday Ukulele Ohana performs holiday tunes on, you guessed it, ukuleles.

Here's the Electric Salchow Stage band schedule:

Saturday, Dec. 22: Monday Ukulele Ohana Holiday Show

Saturday, Dec. 29: BODYBOX

Saturday, Jan. 5: Sweetkiss Momma

The bands perform two sets from 7-9 p.m. with a couple of breaks during surface repair sessions.

[Tollefson Plaza, through Jan. 6, 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, $8, $1 off active duty military and family, $2 skate rental, Pacific Avenue and South 17th Street, Tacoma, website]

LINK: More photos from Champagne Sunday's performance at Polar Plaza

LINK: Photos from Kim Archer's performance at Polar Plaza

LINK: Photos from Igenous Rock's performance at Polar Plaza

LINK: Ten reasons why the Franciscan Polar Plaza is so awesome

Filed under: Holidays, Music, Tacoma,

December 18, 2012 at 11:32am

Bandito Betty Lou Who jumps for Giraffe

BANDITO BETTY LOU WHO: She's a Fair Trade kind of Lou Who.

BANDITO BETTY LOU WHO'S LEAP OF THE DAY >>>

Bandito Betty Lou Who isn't a huge fan of jingtinglers, floofloovers, trumtookas, blumbloopas and the other wack musical instruments her fellow Whos bang during the holiday season. Every two years she gets the hell out of Whoville and spends the holiday season in the South Sound.

She's back. The Weekly Volcano secretly attached a GPS device to her whocarnio. We're tracking her. Apparently, she was sledding in Wright Park this morning. 

We grabbed a shot of Bandito Betty Lou Who leaping inside Giraffe's new Tacoma store. The Fair Trade home decor and gift shop – located in Tacoma's Triangle District – offers select works from more than 175 artisan groups in 50 countries. If you dig Nativity scenes, Giraffe carries very cool ones from around the globe.

After Bandito leaped in the air, she darted out the door. Don't fret. The Weekly Volcano is hot on her trail. Expect more Lou Who action tomorrow.

GIRAFFE TACOMA, 622 ST. HELENS, TACOMA, 253.212.2188

LINK: Bandito Betty Lou Who jumps archive

LINK: Weekly Volcano loves the holidays, cats and crafts, so we joined Pinterest.

Filed under: Leap Of The Day, Tacoma, Fashion,

December 18, 2012 at 12:41pm

Proctor Farmers Market enters its winter phase

PROCTOR FARMERS MARKET: Bundle up and hit it one more time. Photo courtesy of proctorfarmersmarket.com

EAT FRESH, DRESS WARM >>>

Last night's snow is a good indication that summer loving, or even mild, pleasant weather is officially over. With that, we will be bidding adieu to the weekly Proctor Farmers Market.

Proctor Farmers Market is Tacoma's only four-season market, running every Saturday from March to this Saturday. After Saturday, the Proctor Farmers Market will open the second Saturday of the month in January, February and March.

Why do the vendors brave the wind, the snow, the SUVs screaming down Proctor Street? As L. Lisa Lawrence, Market manager puts it, "We discovered that people like to eat all year round."

The Proctor Farmers Market's mission, "Eat Fresh, Buy Local, Build Community," isn't just about offering a selection of fresh fruits and veggies from the likes of Little Eorthe Farms and Tiny's Organics, nor is it just about nibbles courtesy of Alina's Soups or local favorite Gateway to India. The Market folks wear "Build Community" like a badge. The Proctor Farmers Market proudly provides an outdoor hub for citizens to hug, enjoy music, learn a thing or two, and hug some more.

When asked what some of the highlights were Lawrence, was not at a loss for words.

Lawrence on music: "I loved having Steve Stefanowicz join our roster of wonderful market musicians. One of many musical highlights for me was watching the formation of the bluegrass group The Pine Hearts, which happened at our market. We also hosted our first ever bluegrass event, "MarketGrass," which we plan on bring back bigger and better next year."

Lawrence on nibbles: "We had some great cooking demos with chef Leslie Westphal from Maxwell's Speakeasy and Lounge and chef Aaron Grissom from Dirty Oscar's Annex - as well as a canning demonstration by Chef Betty Ann Curry as part of our Green Day Event."

Lawrence on special events: "Our annual Green Day event was bigger and better than ever, with seminars and demonstrations on urban chicken keeping, worm bin composting, home remodel, solar cooking, electric vehicles and composting toilets. We also hosted our annual Art-A-Thon event that raised money for the FISH Food back to purchase fresh produce from our farmers AND hosted a music stage as part of Proctor Arts Fest."

As for me, my fond memory of the Proctor Farmers Market was nibbling a blackberry blueberry creamsicle from Hilltop Pop Shop on a toasty day backed by the sounds of market chatter and live music.

I say we end this weekly market season with a bang, grab your umbrellas and get your market fix on! That is, if the big bang doesn't hit us Friday.

PROCTOR FARMERS MARKET, SATURDAY, DEC. 22, 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M., NORTH 27TH AND PROCTOR, TACOMA, WEBSITE

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December 18, 2012 at 6:02pm

Oly Rollers win inaugural USARS Roller Derby National Championship

OLY ROLLERS: National roller derby champions. Photo credit: David Costa / davidcostaphotography.com

WINNING BIG >>>

181-35. This was the final score in the inaugural USARS Roller Derby National Championship. The contenders in the final bout were Oly Rollers vs. San Diego Starlettes. The two teams made it through to the end of an eight-team bracket, including bouts against Tacoma's Underground Derby League All-Stars.

The winner?

South Sound heroes, the Oly Rollers!

"We made history," says Ashley Culbert, aka Layla Lawdown, with pride in her voice. Lawdown (former police offer) has been skating for two years. She, along with nine other Oly Roller derby girls, made their way to Fresno, Calif., for the championship that ran Dec 14-16.

The Oly Rollers won the Seltzer Cup trophy, named in honor of the creator of the sport, Leo Seltzer. The Olympia team's name will be engraved on the trophy and displayed to the public throughout the year at the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Neb.

Culbert explains how this championship differs from the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), which the Oly Rollers were named national winners in 2009.

"It's faster - a higher game," says Culbert. "You have to be more athletic because of how fast and hard hitting it can be."

USARS has been around longer than WFTDA, and holds more merit in the sports community, she says.

"USARS is going to take it (derby) very far," says Culbert. "This is the first step. If we're going to the Olympics, they are going to take us there."

Culbert says there were - amazingly - no injuries, and that the OIy team skated very cohesive.

"It felt amazing," Culbert says. "It felt really good to be part of something that was truly for the skater and for the sport."

Filed under: Sports, Olympia,

December 19, 2012 at 8:00am

5 Things To Do Today: Mad Hat party, candlelight vigil, Holiday Brass Bash and more

MAD HAT TEA COMPANY: Bring help tonight.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 2012 >>>

1. The annual holiday party season can be a long and arduous one. It's like holiday parties always go one of two ways: either they are the most epic throwdown of the century, where legendary work-gossip anecdotes are born, or there are painfully awkward. Tonight at 7 p.m. the Mad Hat Tea Company hosts a Pre-Madness-Open-Shop-Party Thingy that could be epic - because it has rules: "You must bring a warm heart and a warm thought for others. You may bring fancy cookies, an hors d'oeuvre, beer, wine and a servant or two to follow you around the party whilst holding your glass, plate and napkin. A resting area for all servants will be provided. You may not bring the past, meatloaf, a blue tooth on your head and tea. Feel free to wear a hat and or pearls."

2. The TEARS Foundation staff and volunteers will hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at 6 p.m. at Carson Elementary School, 8615 184th St. E., Puyallup. The vigil will include music, prayer, naming of victims and a moment of silence to honor the families. Candles will be provided along with green and white ribbons representing Sand Hook's school colors.

3. Tis the season for holiday parties! From 7-10 p.m. Fish Tale Brew Pub will host its 13th Annual Holiday Brass Bash. There will be horns-a-hooting, Santa-a-sitting, nibble noshing and all for a good cause. This fundraising party benefits the Thurston County Food Bank. Cash, checks and non-perishable food donations are accepted. Last year Fish Tale raised $800 and collected more than 200 food items. They're hoping to squash that with a new record. Andy Omdahl and his talented group of horn-playing pals will fill the pub with Holiday music and cheer.

4. Bronn and Katherine Journey go off on the harp in their annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. inside the Olympia High School.

5. R&B songstress Kim Archer performs at 8 p.m. inside The Mix. Now that sounds quite lovely.

LINK: Wednesday, Dec. 19 arts and entertainment events in the South Puget Sound

December 19, 2012 at 8:49am

SOUND SANDWICHES: Meconi's Hot Italian Sub

MECONI'S HOT ITALIAN SUB: Delizioso!

It's hard to screw up a sandwich, since it requires just enough skill to cram a couple slices of meat and maybe some cheese between two pieces of bread.

By the same token, it's also hard to elevate the sandwich into something truly extraordinary. In the months to come, I will search the South Sound for masterful sandwich creations, then serving the scoop here every Wednesday.

My first stop: Meconi's Pub and Eatery in downtown Tacoma - home to tasty sandwiches, a lot of history and wacky mannequins on its faux balcony.

Italian is the word at this downtown Tacoma watering hole.

Meconi's serves several Italian sandwiches - hot and cold - but the hot sausage pub sandwich is the prime minister. Arriving open faced on a freshly baked sub roll - soft in the middle, toasted on the outside -the sliced hot Italian sausage stacks high. Skipping the sweet sausage is a good call. This puppy packs a punch.

Smothering the meat are sautéed green peppers and sweet onions - perfect contrast to the sausage's spiciness. 

Oh, and here it comes, the topper, a tangy marinara sauce and bubbly beautiful mozzarella cheese. So yum.

Riding shotgun are salad or fries, and my standard ice-cold beer.

The bar has been set, my friends. Ride with me.

MECONI'S PUB AND EATERY, 11 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT SUNDAY-THURSDAY, 11 A.M. TO 2 A.M. FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 709 PACIFIC AVE., TACOMA, 253.383.3388

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December 19, 2012 at 9:56am

CLAYTON ON ART: Sean Alexander draws the South Sound

SOUTH SOUND USER'S GUIDE: Yes, that's a coffee stain. The Weekly Volcano uses the User's Guide.

A TOURIST GUIDE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR >>>

By all appearances Sean Alexander is obsessed with drawing. He was a Foundation of Art Award nominee in 2008 and again in 2011. He is the former owner of the Helm Gallery. His work has been shown in many venues from galleries to books. One of his drawings can be seen in the current Foundation of Art exhibition at B2 Gallery, and lots of them can be seen in the new South Sound User's Guide, edited by Ken Miller and illustrated and designed by Alexander.

The cover illustration for the book is the South Sound's most visible icon - Mount Rainier. Most visible when it's out, that is. But on the South Sound User's Guide it is always out. It's a strong image. The mountain appears to be surrounded by low-lying clouds. Or it could be interpreted as rising out of water, which is, of course, inaccurate; but it makes for a nice image. Countless tiny vertical lines in the foreground could be seen as evergreen trees seen from a great distance or as fields of grass. Similar lines radiating from all directions indicate the rays of a glorious sun. The lines also look like swarms of sperm swimming toward an egg.  A similar radiating sun can be seen in many of his drawings.

The back cover features a drawing of an old style train in solid black with white lines. The background images and the wheels reverse that image with black on white. It's a cropped section of a larger drawing that appears in the section on Old Town Tacoma. Here again we see the ever-present mountain and the same sky.

The drawings throughout are playful and delightful, very much like children's book illustrations, with strong black and white contrasts and fine line work. His drawings illustrate scenes from all around the South Sound and nicely capture the flavor of the area.

Among my favorite drawings are:

The Elliot Air airplane on page ii of the introduction, executed with the same white-on-black line work as the Old Town train drawing.

The Bob's Java Jive drawing on page 8.

The Kiera's Kitchen duck on page 17 - love the flat duckbill.

The silly musical note illustrating Vicci Martinez' favorite live music spots in Tacoma on page 57.

The elegant little rat with his bow tie sitting on a slice of cheese on page 61.

The State Capitol drawing on page 139. Here the radiating lines from the sun are bolder, as is the heavy outline around the top part of the building. These stronger lines convey the largeness and importance of the Capitol.

Batdorf & Bronson's dancing goats in the Port of Olympia section on page 151.

The South Sound User's Guide is unique to the area and nicely different than any other travel guide. It is available at Kings Books and Orca Books and other venues throughout the area.

Full disclosure: I am one of many contributing writers, as are other Weekly Volcano scribes, and our publisher/editor, Ron Swarner, wrote the introduction.

Filed under: Tacoma, Olympia, Arts, Travel, Community, Books,

December 19, 2012 at 11:31am

TOMORROW: Burlesque Pub Crawl, Fa-La-La-La-La Edition

GRITTY CITY SIRENS: The burlesque troupe has the Christmas spirit. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

THERE THEY GO A-WASSAILING, OR SOMETHING >>>

Tomorrow, burlesque troupe Gritty City Sirens will shimmy-shake its way through Tacoma bars, singing carols and spreading holiday cheer to those who drink beer.

And wine.

And booze.

The troupe's Caroling Pub Crawl launches at 7 p.m. inside Puget Sound Pizza, then hits The Office Bar & Grill, The Swiss, Jazzbones, Doyle's Public House on the hour, ending the shenanigans at The Mix around Midnight.

This won't be the usual burlesque eye-full (though sure to tantalize) as the Sirens intend to enliven the holiday spirit with some caroling - and all for a good cause. Every dollar donated will go to Pin-Ups Against Cancer Fund. If you purchase a raffle ticket, you'll be entered to win some cool prizes.

Goodie bags will also be given out at each stop.

Between the booze, the boobs and the benefit you're bound to get some of the warm 'n' fuzzies.

CAROLING PUB CRAWL, THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 7 P.M. UNTIL THE MIX KICKS YOU OUT, TACOMA, FACEBOOK EVENT

December 19, 2012 at 3:41pm

Bandito Betty Lou Who caught in the STINK Tank

STINK TANK: Is that Bandito's hand on the counter? Is she tiring?

BANDITO BETTY LOU WHO'S LEAP OF THE DAY >>>

Bandito Betty Lou Who isn't a huge fan of jingtinglers, floofloovers, trumtookas, blumbloopas and the other wack musical instruments her fellow Whos bang during the holiday season. Every two years she gets the hell out of Whoville and spends the holiday season in the South Sound.

She's back. The Weekly Volcano secretly attached a GPS device to her whocarnio. We're tracking her.

We found Bandito Betty Lou Who bouncing around Tacoma's Triangle District again. News hit her circle of pixies that the new STINK Tank wine bar received a shipment of new cheeses — Samish Bay Chili Chive Gouda and Sunny Pine Farm honey and lavender chévre — and some glühwein. Since Bandito is well versed in 34 languages, she knows the Tank has a big ol' vat of mulled wine waiting. Bandito also knows the STINK Tank's happy hour runs 4-6 p.m. offering $2 off glasses of wine, which is nice.

A quick snap of the camera and — Bam! — Bandito is out the door and down the street. Don't fret. The Weekly Volcano is hot on her trail. Expect more Lou Who action tomorrow.

STINK TANK, 630 ST. HELENS AVE., TACOMA, 253.426.1347

LINK: Bandito Betty Lou Who jumps archive

LINK: Weekly Volcano loves the holidays, cats and crafts, so we joined Pinterest.

December 20, 2012 at 7:03am

5 Things To Do Tonight: "Caustic Compositions," Tacoma Runners, Holiday Open Mic and more

"CAUSTIC COMPOSITION": Devin Reynolds colors nature. Photo courtesy of fulcrumtacoma.com

THURSDAY, DEC. 20 2012 >>>

1. If you don't visit any other gallery tonight, do yourself a big favor and make sure you get to Fulcrum Gallery for the opening of the Devin Reynolds' show of new works, which focuses on nature, but not watercolors of hillsides. Reynolds produces colorful compositions of water, sky and plants through chemical reactions on canvases. His "Caustic Compositions" show distorts nature in the most interesting way. Check it out during a public reception from 7-9 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 15.

2. If the Tacoma Runners was a human entity, it could run for the Position 2 seat on the Tacoma City County. The Tacoma Runners gets things done. If you haven't heard, the Tacoma Runners will host a computer timed 5K run every Saturday beginning next year. What started as seven people running to justify post beers has turned into a giant mass of people running roughly a 3K every Thursday ... to justify post beers and to be social. Yes, the Thursday runs continue with a 6:30 p.m. jaunt launching from Cork Wine Bar. Bonus: Jingle bells are encouraged.

3. Think you've got some writer's chops on ya, do ya? Think you can take the heat? Washington State History Museum is here to give you your shot - or let you kick back and listen to other people reading, if you so choose. At 6:30 p.m., the museum will host a special holiday edition of its Writer's Open Mic.

4. The burlesque troupe Gritty City Sirens will shimmy-shake its way through Tacoma bars, singing carols and spreading holiday cheer. The troupe's Caroling Pub Crawl launches at 7 p.m. inside Puget Sound Pizza, then hits The Office Bar & Grill, The Swiss, Jazzbones, Doyle's Public House on the hour, ending the shenanigans at The Mix around Midnight. This won't be the usual burlesque eye-full (though sure to tantalize) as the Sirens intend to enliven the holiday spirit with some caroling - and all for a good cause. Every dollar donated will go to Pin-Ups Against Cancer Fund. If you purchase a raffle ticket, you'll be entered to win some cool prizes.

5. There are many options for celebrating the screeching halt of the Mayan Calendar, which several dozen people think will cause the world to end this Friday. The Java Jive Appreciation Society is tossing an End of the World Party tonight at the Java Jive. Expect beer, karaoke, free buttons and world-ending celebrating.

LINK: Thursday, Dec. 20 arts and entertainment events in the greater TAcoma and Olympia area

Filed under: 5 Things To Do, Arts, Sports, Word, Music, Tacoma,

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