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December 14, 2012 at 1:15pm

WEEKEND HIP-HOP: Sarx, Qui Vive and others ...

QUI VIVE: He's fonky.


This weekend looks to be pretty mellow as far as 253 hip-hop goes. There really are not any local shows and there are not many notable releases or videos that will be dropping this weekend either - except for Beanz & Rize (CONFLICT OF INTEREST!) So, let us delve into the Seattle Hip-Hop scene and other neighborly-areas to find something fun to do.

Tonight, ya could go up north to Mill Creek and land at The Jet Bar. There you will find a show put on by the Fated Empire record label. The cover is $10, which is a tad-steep. There is not much else to do in Mill Creek, so ya really do not have a choice. The show starts at 9 p.m. Fated Empire consists of Graves 33, Sarx and others. Sarx has history in Puyallup - that is the 253 connection. Fated Empire is a quality, underground, local hip-hop outfit. They are the thinking man's underground rap. They are Part Project Blowed, part Rhymesayers and part Oldominion ish. It makes for a deep and interesting group of artists.

Saturday, ya can take a shorter trip north to The Sea' and ya can catch local hometown Tacoma kid Qui Vive killing his live instrumental hip-hop mp3 set. Qui Vive is a frequent show rocker in Seattle. Seattle has more of an instrumental hip-hop scene, and they have embraced Qui Vive as one of their own. This man is straight-fonky. Check out his music on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. This show is at the Vermillion Art Gallery and it starts at 9 p.m.

That will do it. Sunday go down to the Graffiti Garages as usual at 1 p.m. Have a good time Family!

December 14, 2012 at 3:06pm

It's time to end gun violence

Last night a friend and I were discussing how depressing it is to read The Trib's Lights and Sirens blog. The flood of South Sound idiot criminals carrying out idiot acts, including what seems to be a rise in gun violence, can lead one to believe maybe the End of the World is just around the corner. I've found it nearly impossible to avoid thinking about gun control as the AP updates from the Connecticut elementary school mass murder scene consume my iPhone. Actually, I found it nearly impossible to avoid thinking about anything other than hugging my 9-year-old.

Once again, it's time to discuss stricter gun control.

No doubt calls for stricter gun control will continue to be flicked away by politicians too timid to go up against the NRA, gun manufacturers and others who believe any form of gun control leads to more control, and then more, and ultimately to a ban on gun ownership of all kinds.

Yes, idiot people with idiot intentions would have guns and law-abiding citizens wouldn't. Certainly, for a little while. That's the situation now. But ban guns and you'll reduce the availability of guns, to law-abiding and non-law-abiding citizens alike.

I'm sure there exists a small minority who still believe citizens must arm themselves so we can resist an oppressive government. But, I believe the majority of American fall into two groups: Americans who believe they need guns for protection against criminals and Americans who want to own guns for pleasure, such as target shooting and hunting. But if there were no guns, criminals wouldn't have them. And right now most people would agree the pleasures are not worth the cost of those 26 victims in Newton, Conn.

Let's get it done.

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December 14, 2012 at 5:59pm

NIGHT MOVES: Tin Man, Steve Stefanowicz, Awesomeparty2012, Angelo Spencer, Fitz of Depression and others ...

THE DIRTY BIRDS: Straight up rock.


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

Black Lodge Olympia. Smooth Sailing, Into The Storm, Gladiators Eat Fire, A God Or An Other. 9 pm.

C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Northend. KC Brakes presents pop folk rock night. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Tin Man, Bodybox, Dave Hannon. 8 pm. $5.

Karma Indian Cuisine & Lounge Puyallup. Steve Stefanowicz. 8 pm.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Adrians Motown Discotek. 9 pm.

The Lochs Tacoma - Downtown. Riff Raff, Slowdance, The Breaklights, Sky Pilot. 8 pm. $8.

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

Metronome Coffee Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Tacoma Noise Rodeo. Obscure Robot vs. Infrared, Black, Kord, plus a 45-minute freeform collective jam finale. All Ages. 8 pm.

Morso Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Americana Music Series, featuring Kelly Joe Phelps. 8 pm. Sold out.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Camp666 presents Awesomeparty2012 featuring CFA, Mahnhammer, Scooterhorsey and the premier of "and my head explodes episode 2." 9 pm.

Northern Olympia - Downtown. Mtns, Angelo Spencer, Arrington De Dionyso. All Ages. 9 pm. $6.

Northern Pacific Coffee Co. Tacoma - Parkland. Heidi Stoermer, Jenny Snipstead featuring Andrew Crook. Show will include special duets and holiday sing-alongs. All Ages. 7 pm. $4.

The Pig Bar @ South Bay BBQ Olympia - Downtown. Science! CD Release Party. 8 pm. NC.

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

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Three Skinny White Samoans. 9 pm.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Hella Sunshine, Silver Bullet, Kramer. 9 pm.

Urban Onion Restaurant and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Casey Heath Benefit featuring Fitz of Depression, The Dirty Birds, C Average and DJ Slimrock. All Ages. 9 pm. $5.

The Pig Bar @ South Bay BBQ Olympia - Downtown. Science! CD Release Party. 8 pm. NC.

LINK: Friday, Dec. 14 live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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

December 15, 2012 at 9:04am

5 Things To Do Today: Champagne Sunday on Ice, Bryan Bowers, Christmas Revels, DJ Jalen and more ...

JESSI FREDEEN OF CHAMPAGNE SUNDAY: Her voice packs a punch. Photo credit: Steve Dunkelberger

SATURDAY, DEC. 15 2012 >>>

1. Champagne Sunday is an interesting breed. Performing a little bit Broadway, a little bit contemporary, a little bit punk and a little bit blues, this indie duo has a lot of energy and talent that makes for an engaging, powerful listen. Tonight, from 7-9 p.m. you may ice skate to Champagne Sunday when it performs at the Weekly Volcano's Electric Salchow Stage inside the ice rink at the Franciscan Polar Plaza. They'll be dancing on the ice tonight. Read Nikki McCoy's interview with Champagne Sunday in the Weekly Volcano's Music section.

2. The Christmas Revels is a show, a Puget Sound tradition, a high-spirited, silly and serious, variety show that takes on Christmas in a way unique to other holiday performances.  The Revels combine folk traditions and a bit of historical appeal with choirs and community performances, dance and drama. It's run opens tdoat at 2 and 7:30 p.m. inside the Rialto Theater in Tacoma.

3. Tacoma Performing Dance Company invites you to its annual take on The Nutcracker Ballet today and tomorrow at Stadium High School's Performing Arts Center. Catch the show at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today, and 1 and 6 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets will be available at the door and run $18-$22.

4. According to Wikipedia, "There is debate over the origin of the auto-harp. A German immigrant in Philadelphia by the name of Charles F. Zimmermann was awarded US 257808 in 1882 for a design for a musical instrument that included mechanisms for muting certain strings during play. He named his invention the ‘autoharp.' .... Karl August Gütter of Markneukirchen, Germany, built a model that he called a "Volkszither," which most resembles the autoharp played today. Gütter obtained a British patent for his instrument circa 1883-1884. Zimmermann, after returning from a visit to Germany, began production of the Gütter design in 1885 but with his own design patent number and catchy name. Gütter's instrument design became very popular, and Zimmermann has often been mistaken as the inventor." Now, will you need to know any of this to appreciate autoharp master Bryan Bowers's performance at the Tacoma Public Library's Main Branch when he busts out a free holiday concert at 2 p.m. sure to delight the masses (or handfuls)? Of course not. But it won't hurt. And it just might make Bowers' mastery of the autoharp all the more impressive, as the singer songwriter is often credited as having redefined the instrument.

5. DJs Broam, Bobby Galaxy and Mr. Melanin bring people together with their Future Bass night of Electroclash, EDM, hip-hop, disco, exclusive remixes and throwbacks, which they'll do again at 10 p.m. isnide The New Frontier Lounge. The trio is also bringing in DJ Jalen from Chicago. Raised on Parliament and WAR in Olympia, before honing her skills in the Big Apple, Jalen returns to the South Sound to be together ... with you.

PLUS: Yes Yes No No Holiday Show, Rare Exports and Drunken Telegraph Holiday Show in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: Saturday, Dec. 15 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

December 15, 2012 at 10:05am

Bandito Betty Lou Who goes underground

BANDITO BETTY LOU WHO: Nope, she didn't hit the ceiling, but it was close.


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 making paper snowflakes at Puget Sound Pizza.

Truth be told, Bandito Betty Lou Who's palate can't tell the difference between a glass of 2010 Elephant Mountain Merlot and a glass of Bud Lite, which is why she popped in on 21 Cellars in Tacoma's Northend neighborhood. Every Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., 21 Cellars opens its tasting room for sips and wine speak. 21 Cellars wins cool points just for being an urban winery, but earns bonus points for its awesome, underground tasting room.  

We managed to snap a shot of a "happy" Bandito before she whisked away. Don't fret. The Weekly Volcano is hot on her trail. Expect more Lou Who action tomorrow.

21 CELLARS, 2621 N. 21ST ST., TACOMA, 253.220.7752

LINK: Bandito Betty Lou Who jumps archive

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

December 15, 2012 at 10:57am

Tweets of the Week: Dec. 8-15


Whether you've been on Twitter since its beginnings in 2006 or you're a Twitter neophyte, you know keeping up on important tweets can be overwhelming. If you follow everything and everyone that you find interesting, you can end up with hundreds and hundreds of Tweets showing up in your feed on a daily basis.

Don't despair. Every Saturday the Weekly Volcano shares important and pointless Tweets from South Sound Twitter accounts, and sometimes beyond, so you may catch up on music choices from the mayor and the latest action on the streets.

Follow the Weekly Volcano on Twitter. Because otherwise we're coming to your house, and while we will bring wine, we will not, under any circumstances, take off our shoes.

December 15, 2012 at 12:19pm

SOUTH SOUND SIDEKICK: Domestic violence and the holidays

THE COUNSELOR: Jim Foley suggests you think before getting angry over burnt pot roast


South Sound Sidekick series offers advice from experts living in the, well, the South Sound. It posts every Friday (sometimes on Saturday if tragic events happen in our nation). Today, The Counselor is back with the lowdown on what will happen if the police respond to a domestic violence report at your home.


QUESTION: Last night my roommate came home drunk, we argued and the police where called. What is going to happen now?  

ANSWER: This is the season when people drink way too much, and often argue about Christmas, relatives and money. Domestic violence is as serious as it gets. The Yakima YWCA reports an increase in domestic violence calls of 50 percent over the holidays.  Nationwide, calls spike by 30 to 60 percent on New Year's Day.  These are big numbers. 

I am not going to point fingers in my response, and this article should not in anyway be considered an essay on the root causes of domestic violence, or solutions to this horrific problem. I am just going to tell what is going to happen if the police come to your house over the holidays in response to a domestic violence call. 

First and foremost, they will arrest somebody if they believe any type of criminal behavior has occurred - this would include pushing, shoving, hitting or breaking things. In fact, they are required to arrest somebody. (RCW 10.99.030). 

The person who goes to jail will be seen the next judicial court day, i.e. if you are arrested Friday night you will be in jail until Monday. The court will put in place a no-contact order - even if the parties do not want one - the court will order it.  The arrested person will have to move to a new home. They will not be allowed to live where they used to. The court will order that the arrested person have absolutely no contact with the other person involved. This no-contact order will likely be in place for at least eight weeks. The court will want proof that both parties have, and are, receiving some type of counseling for domestic violence from a state certified service provider.

So, no-contact with your boyfriend/girlfriend, roommate, husband /wife till after the holidays. The cost includes supporting two households instead of one.  Repeated court appearances and months of counseling over what? Drinking too much? Being angry?

Please, if drinking or domestic violence in your household is a problem, access many of the resources the state offers:

Wishing you happy holidays and a safe season,

The Counselor

>>> Questions for The Counselor may be sent to feedback@weeklyvolcano.com.

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Filed under: South Sound Sidekick, Crime,

December 15, 2012 at 1:15pm

Was Awesomeparty2012 awesome?

DAVE TAKATA: He plays lead guitar in band Cody Foster Army. Photo courtesy of Facebook


How was last night's Awesomeparty2012?

The Weekly Volcano asked local guitarist Dave Takata for a behind the scenes take on the big shindig last night at The New Frontier Lounge.

Well, since I don't like company Krampus parties, I dubbed this my Krampus party (in my head mind you) and let me say it lived up to it's name...AWESOME! Cody and Reno were awesome (I don't think I did too well myself...), Elliot Greenman's film was brilliant. The Hammer KILLED IT! They even let me do a song with them for old time's sake. SCOOTERHORSEY. SCOOTERHORSEY. SCOOTERHORSEY. If you weren't there, WOW. Seriously, best band I've seen in a LONG TIME! NO JOKE. FUCKING BRILLIANT! AND I GOT TO FEEL UP ANOTHER DUDE'S OLD LADY!! WOW!! BIG TITTIES IN MAH HAND! I'm not sure what that says about me when another man willingly let's me fondle his girlfriend's breasts, in public. Awesomeness all around last night....

Was Awesomeparty2012 awesome for you, too?

Filed under: Club Hopping, Music, Tacoma,

December 16, 2012 at 8:31am

After long wait, John McCluskey and Rudy Henry marry in Tacoma

WEDDING DAY: Mayor Marilyn Strickland announced to the congregation that John McCluskey and Rudy Henry were officially married. Photo credit: Ron Swarner

"Oh Happy Day."

This was the song pianist Steve Smith performed to begin the wedding of John McCluskey and Rudy Henry the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 15 at First United Methodist Church in Tacoma.

And Oh what a happy day it was. Complete with family, friends, dignitaries and the press.

After being a couple for nearly 53 years, McCluskey, 76, and Henry, 78, were first in line to receive a marriage license in Pierce County Thursday, Dec. 6. Marriage licenses became available that day after state Referendum 74 was certified.

McCluskey and Henry wore matching tuxedos with pink accents at their wedding - Henry confined to a wheelchair after suffering a stroke.

Rev. David Alger and Mayor Marilyn Strickland officiated the ceremony, which began with a long moment of silent prayer for the people of Newtown, Conn. dealing with the aftermath of the shooting Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"A marriage must not be entered carelessly or with selfish motives, but responsibly and prayerfully, and it is my understanding that 53 years together should be adequate preparation," said Rev. David Alger to a congregation of that erupted into laughter.

"We give our blessing, and promise our love and support," said Mayor Strickland with the congregation repeating the words.

Rings were exchanged. A kiss sealed the deal. And applause erupted in the church.

The ceremony ended with a flash mob dance of happiness in the church's foyer.

Afterward, a reception was held in the church's basement, thanks to Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Broadway Center Deputy Director Benjii Bittle, Rainbow Center Executive Director Michelle Douglas and others.

Councilman Mello met McCluskey and Henry in 2001 when he was fresh out of college, working on his first campaign in Tacoma for then candidate Mayor Bill Baarsma. Then, he worked with the two on the Tacoma United For Fairness Campaign to defend Tacoma's anti-discrimination ordinance.

"John and Rudy are politically active and have worked on LGBT civil rights for decades," says Mello. "Community members like myself and about a dozen others who were very active on R74 in Tacoma produced the wedding for them as a way to say thanks. After R74 passed, a group of us were reflecting on what we should do next and how we celebrate and keep the spirit alive.  Much of it was driven by Laurie and Michelle, and a core group that helped lead 74 and our desire to make sure John and Rudy had the joy of a proper wedding before too much time passed us by."  

Washingtonians overwhelmingly approved Referendum 74 on Election Day by a margin of 7.4 percent. This past week of marriages has been a long time coming for many couples.

"Long ago I felt sad to think that, unlike my siblings, I would never experience marriage," said John McCluskey in a statement released earlier in the month.  "Although we kind of felt married after half a century, it doesn't compare to the joy we feel at finally having our relationship acknowledged by our community. My parents must be looking down and high-fiving."

LeRoy Jewelers donated the wedding rings — kind of. McCluskey and Henry were awarded the rings after receiving the most votes during an annual ring giveaway contest held at LeRoy's holiday party. 

The delicious food was coordinated by Bittle with the help of Adriatic Grill, Cornina Bakery, Jonz Catering and Old Milwaukee Café & Dessert Company.

"It's a magnificent day," said Bittle. "I'm thrilled to be involved."

Indeed it was magnificent.

LINK: More photos from the wedding

Filed under: Tacoma, Gay Rights, Community,

December 16, 2012 at 9:30am

5 Things To do Today: "The Sound of Music" ends, Say Dat Sundays, funky St. Practice Day and more ...

"SOUND OF MUSIC": Tacoma Musical Playhouse is alive with the sound of music. Press photo

SUNDAY, DEC. 16 2012 >>>

1. The Sound of Music closes today at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse with a 2 p.m. performance. Marissa Ryder, a TMP regular, makes and sings a lovely Maria. Karen Early Evans provides operatic chops in the role of Mother Abbess. Jonathan Bill's an imposing Captain Georg and has a resonant baritone. Director Jon Douglas Rake's choreography is often straight from the movie, which is fine in this context. Will Abrahamse and John Chenault offer yeoman work on the set and lights, respectively. Read Christian Carvajal's full review of The Sound of Music in the Weekly Volcano's Arts section.

2. Now through Christmas Eve, the Harmon Tap Room is serving one of its seasonal beers - past and present - daily for the next 12 days. Participants who complete the difficult challenge of finishing the select beer a day will be handsomely rewarded with an engraved mug as proof of their brew dedication. So far, Harmon's One Hop Wonder, Vanilla Porter and Stryker Stout have been checked off. One of the days will include Harmon's Sour Cherry ESB that has been conditioned in a 21 Cellars barrel. Is today the day?

3. So the tree and the fairy lights are up, you have enough booze and unhealthy snacks to sink the Titanic, and your television is about to explode in a flurry of consumerism and romantic schmaltz. But there's something missing. That's right, folks: it just wouldn't be a happy holiday without some singing about God. And for that, there's no beating Handel's "Messiah," a piece for choir, orchestra and soloists that has delighted audiences worldwide for more than 250 years. As 18th-century music historian Charles Burney once said, "Messiah" has fed the hungry and clothed the naked, fostered the orphan, and enriched succeeding managers of Oratories more than any single musical production in this or any other country." We aren't totally sure what that means, so check out the 2nd annual "Messiah" sing along accompanied by the Peninsula Civic Orchestra at 4 p.m. inside the Fox Island United Church of Christ.

4. Matt Coughlin and the Growlers have labeled their style as "funktry" - a combination of funk and country, natch. Coughlin grew up in Montana, raised by a couple of hippies. "They're folkies from back in the day," says Coughlin. "They got me playing piano and playing the guitar and singing and whatnot. I carried that through high school, and found out that girls like it when you play guitar and sing." At 7 p.m., Matt Coughlin and the Growlers will help Doyle's Public House celebrate St. Practice Day, joined by another band Coughlin sometimes jams with - Phunkatron and the Double Deuce Horns, as well as the Buckshot Brass Band. It should be epic.

5. The Grit City Comedy club showcases Northwest comedians every Sunday night. Tonight at 8 p.m., Derek Sheen will over-share his personal failures and the most intimate details of his secret thoughts.

PLUS: Yes Yes No No Holiday Show and Rare Exports in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: Sunday, Dec. 16 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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