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December 4, 2012 at 12:33pm

Psst: Aerialists perform in a bar

TALLHOUSE ARTS CONSORTIUM: The troupe is back at The Brotherhood every first Wednesday. Photo credit: Lock and Key Photography / Facebook

TOMORROW NIGHT >>>

After two-and-a-half years, the Tallhouse Arts Consortium is back in full swing with its first Wednesday of the month free performances at The Brotherhood Lounge in Olympia.

The aerialists, whose Facebook profile states, "Farting rhinestones since... ah, we can't even remember," will delight audiences with its strong and sturdy flips, flying and artistic trapeze. The group brings in interesting songs, unique performances, flirty fun and guest trapeze artists - all for free.

They do happily pass around a hat at the end of the show. Tipping is strongly encouraged.

"They were stoked to come back again," says Pit Kwiesinski, owner of The Brotherhood.

"I think what I love most is about the Tallhouse Arts Consortium is that it takes a good bar environment and turns it upside down. It's not a bar anymore; it's a circus!"

THE BROTHERHOOD LOUNGE, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 8 P.M., NO COVER, 119 CAPITOL WAY, OLYMPIA, 360.352.4153

December 5, 2012 at 6:41am

COMMENT OF THE DAY: Keep The Blue Mouse alive!

ONLINE CHATTER >>>

Yesterday's comment of the day came from Niki in response to our feature Top 10 reasons to save The Blue Mouse Theatre.

Niki writes,

It was my first job and I begged for months to be hired. I don't know any other better first job (or job in general, really) that could make a person so happy to go to work. Help keep it alive, people!!

December 5, 2012 at 8:34am

5 Things To Do Today: Repeal Prohibition Day, Kim Archer, Public Officials Holiday Reception and more ...

GRETA JANE QUARTET: It's a no-brainer having this band at a Repeal Prohibition Day Celebration.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5 2012 >>>

1. On Dec. 5, 1933, Americans regained the freedom to imbibe, and 79 years later, Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 6 p.m., the Olympia Film Society (OFS) presents its second annual Repeal Prohibition Day Celebration at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia. The event encourages period clothing and is complete with pre-prohibition handcrafted cocktails, burlesque with the girls of TUSH!, photo booth, live music with Scuff & Al and the Greta Jane Quartet - all hosted by Oympia's lord of storytelling Elizabeth Lord. Doyle's Public House in Tacoma encourages liquor consumption today, too.

2. If you brush away the budget issues, traffic congestion, potholes, rain gardens, painted black bridges and 20-year-old laptops, you will see local public officials have a love for puzzles, a joy for knitting — with Tacoma Makes playing cards in their spokes and Green Day, Beyoncé and "Stairway to Heaven" in their ears. Today from 6-9 p.m. Tacoma's public officials will mix small talk with small drinks at the Public Officials Holiday Reception at the LeMay Car Museum.

3. The chaps at Feather & Oar host a Menswear workshop from 6-8 p.m. Whether your looking for a style upgrade, new styles to add to your wardrobe or shopping for the holiday season, the Spaceworks Tacoma store cordially invites you for an evening of style, food, refreshments and camaraderie.

4. After you correct your wardrobe issues at Feather & Oar, swing around the corner to The Mix and catch the awesome R&B powerhouse that is Kim Archer at 8 p.m. remember, Archer will perform at the Franciscan Polar Plaza ice skating rink at 7 p.m. Saturday.

5. Meconi's Tacoma Pub & Eatery amps up its Wednesday night trivia with Rev. Colin by adding a birthday celebration for Weekly Volcano's nightlife correspondent Steve Dunkelberger. Expect $6.99 fish and chips. $1 off craft beer and hijinks.

LINK: Wednesday, Dec. 5 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

December 5, 2012 at 10:08am

Bandito Betty Lou Who finds the 1111

THE ELEVEN ELEVEN: The Hilltop bar allows jumping.

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, Bandito Betty Lou Who had one more Peach Bellini before it closed.

Yesterday we caught Bandito Betty Lou Who jumping for joy at the Peterson Bros. Eleven Eleven Bar in Hilltop Tacoma. Bandito was thrilled to find a $7 bottle of the world famous Secret Aardvark habanero sauce inside, as well as kick-ass sandwiches. She quickly kissed her fingers and place them on the Brakeman Bill photo before darting out the door and down 11th Street. Don't fret. The Weekly Volcano is hot on her trail. Expect more Lou Who action tomorrow.

THE ELEVEN ELEVEN, 1111 S. 11TH ST., TACOMA, 253.284.1111

LINK: Bandito Betty Lou Who jumps archive

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

December 5, 2012 at 10:43am

Big Boys hits the road with Filipino fare

BIG BOYS FILIPINO FOOD TRUCK: we suggest a breakfast sandwich any time of the day.

FILL 'ER UP >>>

The South Sound has been on a slow crawl toward a food truck culture downtown. Permanent taco trailers are scattered here and there. A mobile food court in downtown Olympia officially opened in the summer of 2011. Moveable Feasts, a pop-up food truck festival, saw long lines this past summer at Cheney Stadium. Last month, Lumpia World parked outside UW Tacoma.

As of September another meal on wheels joined the ranks, brought to you by Nate Daep and Melanie Querubin. Big Boys Filipino Food Truck delivers compelling and flavorful Filipino inspired cuisine in Puyallup.

On the cusp of Milton and Puyallup, Big Boys sits in a lot next to a Chevron station on Stewart Road S.W. It's a busy strip of traffic with loads of commuters and truckers zipping by, hard to pull out into traffic during rush hour windows but well worth a visit.

Big Boys serves up Filipino fusion flavors in sandwich and burrito form stuffed with hash browns, egg, cheese, a secret sauce (not ketchup, not mayo, perhaps something in between) and a meat or your choice: bacon, sausage, beef, Spam and longanisa. Longanisa, for those unaware, is a sausage-like patty with a delectable salty sweet flavor marinated in Filipino spices. It may be my new favorite meaty go-to. The longanisa packed loads of flavor between ooey-gooey cheesy bites with the salty sweet meat and piping hot egg. The bun was a divine Pandesal bread, a sweet bread, toasted to perfection.  Though built with breakfast staples like egg and hash browns, these sandwiches are good any time of day.

I also opted for a crispy chicken jalapeño popper sandwich. Ka-pow! Talk about a flavor explosion. It packed a spicy punch with sliced jalapenos, cheese, fresh mixed greens and their special sauce served on the same Pandesal bun.

While only a month old, the little food truck has been gaining popularity using Facebook and word of mouth as a vehicle of spreading tasty rumors. I think the congenial crew with its big personality adds to the experience.

BIG BOYS FILIPINO FOOD TRUCK, HOUR VARY (CHECK FACEBOOK), 174 STEWART ROAD SW, PACIFIC

Filed under: Food & Drink, Puyallup,

December 5, 2012 at 12:29pm

Green Drinks Tacoma hosts coal train discussion and concert at Doyle's

DANA LYONS: The singer/songwriter will add his two cents Dec. 6 at the Green Drinks Tacoma gathering at Doyle's. Press photo

SEE YOUR FUTURE, BE YOUR FUTURE >>>

"One of the obligations of owning a proper public house is being open to the public," says Russ Heaton, co-owner of Doyle's Public House in Tacoma.

So when Green Drinks Tacoma approached him about having Dana Lyons perform his song "Sometimes" about the coal train slated to head from Billings, Mont. through Tacoma, it was a no-brainer. The show is tomorrow at 6 p.m.

"There is going to be a hearty and robust conversation," says Heaton.

Indeed. Green Drinks Tacoma holds its final gathering of the year tomorrow at Doyle's. The social organization that mixes sustainability, conservation and environmental conversations with cocktails asked Lyons to perform at its meet-up.

"I would like to make sure we've done our due diligence and talk about the issues. If you don't start talking about it - you're going to have knee jerk reactions from both sides," adds Heaton, honored Green Drink Tacoma choose Doyle's for the concert.

Lyons, who is known for his political leans, gruff voice and acoustic pleasantries, is perhaps most well known for his song, "Cows with Guns."

Heaton is looking forward to Lyon's performance, stating he'd seen some of Lyon's work online, but opted out of watching "Sometimes" because he wanted to experience it first hand.

Doyle's and Green Drinks seem a natural collaboration, as Heaton explains Doyle's has taken great lengths to minimize its impact on the environment.

"We pay a pricier sum for some of our electricity because we asked the power company for a renewable source. We've switched from plastic to sugar based silverware. We're in process of switching over to LED light bulbs. We're also working with tenants and the city for the food waste recycling program."

And as final encouragement to enjoy the show and engage in learning about the coal train, Heaton says, "Before passing judgment on anything, make sure to get all the information you can gather."

DOYLE'S PUBLIC HOUSE, GREEN DRINKS TACOMA, THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 6 P.M., $8-$10 SLIDING SCALE, 208 SAINT HELENS AVE., TACOMA, 253.272.7468

Filed under: Community, Green Crush, Music, Tacoma,

December 6, 2012 at 5:30am

COMMENTS OF THE DAY: Casey Heath

ONLINE CHATTER >>>

Yesterday's comments of the day come from Kirsten and Kamala in response to our posting of a benefit concert for Casey Heath whose life was tragically taken Monday night in downtown Olympia.

Kirsten writes,

I will be there to celebrate you Casey. Miss you.

Kamala writes,

Such a tragic sad loss for Olympia, friends & family. We <3 you Case!!

Filed under: Olympia, Crime,

December 6, 2012 at 7:51am

5 Things To Do Today: Dumpster Values show, choral concerts, Green Drinks and more ...

NI-HAO: The Japanese band squeezed in an Olympia show tonight during its world tour. Photo courtesy of Facebook

THURSDAY, DEC. 6 2012 >>>

1. After several months of silence Broken Water has emerged. This serves as a relief to those concerned about the state of the band following the groups critically acclaimed LP, Tempest. Tonight at 8 p.m. inside Dumpster Values, Broken Water will perform with Ni-Hao from Japan, Vex featuring HPP bassist Aaron Larsen, and a new super-group of sorts featuring Abigail Ingram and Kanako Wynkoop from Broken Water and the Need's Rachel Carns.

2. After work and dinner, and while your better half gets the kids to bed, why not get some holiday shopping out of the way at Tacoma's Antique Row? Thursdays, now through Christmas, the 70 merchants that make up Antique Row offer free parking after 6 p.m. and have extended hours until 8 p.m. So pick up the perfect book for your niece, grab an original framed local art piece for your mom, or find that great shabby chic nightstand for yourself. 

3. The Saint Martin's University community invites the public to share in the joy of the upcoming holidays with the University Chorale and the American Legion Band in a Christmas concert and carol sing-along at 7 p.m. inside Saint Martin's Marcus Pavilion. This free event, a collaboration of the Chorale and the Office of Campus Ministry, will launch the Christmas season with a concert of familiar carols, followed by a tree blessing celebration.

4. Speaking of free holiday concerts, three vocal ensembles from Tacoma Community College - TCC Singers, TCC Voices and the TCC Gospel Choir - present a fall choral concert at 7:30 p.m. inside TCC Building 2.

5. Green Drinks Tacoma holds its final gathering of the year at 6 p.m. inside Doyle's Public House. The social organization that mixes sustainability, conservation and environmental conversations with cocktails asked Dana Lyons to perform at its meet-up since wrote a song bout the coal trains blazing through Tacoma. Read an interview with Doyle's co-owner Russ Heaton regrading tonight meeting/show.

LINK: Thursday, Nov. 6 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

December 6, 2012 at 8:16am

ISSUE: 578: Band practice spaces, Casey Heath benefit, Facebook arts, beer joints and more ...

BROKEN SPOKE: Grab a can and watch some Bowden Cable action. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

THE WEEK OF DEC. 6-12, 2012 >>>

In this week's issue ...

Band practice spaces can be mysterious. Musicians and bands hide from the outside world in order to find the perfect sound through undisturbed collaboration - most of the time. The Weekly Volcano respects the secret spaces - kind of. We dispatched our scribes Nikki McCoy and Rev. Adam McKinney for a look behind the scenes at an epic space in Olympia and a couple eerie, concealed spaces in Tacoma.

Downtown Olympia's a tight knit community of artists, musicians and tradespeople that are all trying to make sense of Casey Heath's horrific death. This Saturday, at McCoy's Tavern, Heath's longtime friends are throwing a benefit to help with the funeral costs, but more importantly, bring together the Downtown Olympia Community to remember a dear friend.

South Sound artists, venues, galleries and organizations are surprisingly techie - most everyone is on the Facebook or the Twitter. There are so many artists, groups, and businesses online that it might be difficult to figure out who will keep you in the know. Not anymore. Kristin Kendle suggests nine Facebook pages to follow to get a grasp of the South Sound arts scene.

Two pub "gems" recently opened in Tacoma. The first is a combination bottle shop and taproom with a niche focus on Northwest craft beer located in the former Mario's Mercato Italiano space. The second is a working bike shop that serves canned beer on Hilltop Tacoma. Jackie Fender explores both.

What do you want from a Christmas play? If you're like most people, you want sparkly lights, a jolly Saint Nick with a real beard, tiny tots with their eyes all aglow, and a reminder of the true, commercial-free meaning of Christmas (brought to you by Coca-Cola). You want some damn Christmas magic, thank you very much, and you'll get it from Miracle on 34th Street, as Christian Carvajal discovered in Tacoma.

PLUS: A bunch of great music this week

PLUS: A look at the new exhibit at Pierce College

December 6, 2012 at 10:07am

Bandito Betty Lou Who spotted at Tacoma's Old City Hall annex

BANDITO BETTY LOU WHO: She was spotted jumping in front of the old Tacoma Police stable and storehouse, which was built in the early 1900s.

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, Bandito Betty Lou Who had a gay ol' time this morning.

The Weekly Volcano is a bit slow on the draw. We finally figured out Bandito Betty Lou Who's pattern. She's visiting new businesses. Yesterday, she leaped for joy outside Tacoma's Old City Hall annex - originally Tacoma's police stable and storehouse — which is now owned by attorneys Mark Bardwil, Michael Ritchie and Joe Loran, as well as Pinnacle Financial's CEO Brent Hall. They now call it Station Annex LLC. Bandito was startled and ran off after hearing voices inside the building's garage. Don't fret. The Weekly Volcano is hot on her trail. Expect more Lou Who action tomorrow.

STATION ANNEX LLC, 615 COMMERCE, TACOMA

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, Holidays, Tacoma,

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