5 Things To Do Today: Clam Boil, cooking demo, Wash. Center kickoff, Kurt Lindsay and more ...

By Volcano Staff on October 3, 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 3 2013 >>>

1. Writing in her 1891 compilation, Mrs. Lincoln's Boston Cookbook, Mrs. D.A. Lincoln describes a clam boil as follows: "An impromptu clambake may be had at any time at low tide along the coast where clams are found. If you wish to have genuine fun, and to know what an appetite one can have for the bivalves, make up a pleasant party and dig for the clams yourselves." Thankfully, attendees of Satly's Clam Boil can forgo that last bit about digging the clams themselves, since the Redondo Beach restaurant will have people to do it for them. That leaves 'boilgoers with the lighter task of enjoying Manila and savory clams (plucked from local waters) with prawns, fresh sweet corn, potatoes and spicy sausage. From 5:30-7 p.m. anyone who comes to the Clam Boil dressed as a clam - silver from head to toe - wins a prize, in addition to the fun of washing off silver face paint all night.

2. Longtime Bayview School of Cooking instructor Barb Agee has grapes on the brain. She'll be at the Bayview Thriftway from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. to showcase her grapes, cheese, walnut and honey appetizer and her seared fennel and cayenne-spiced chicken with pan-roasted grapes and gastrique dishes live. Her cooking demonstrations are free and open to the public.

3. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts invites the public to a special season-opening reception and performance from 5-6:30 p.m.  The Olympia arts house will serve champagne and light hors d'oeuvres before enjoying the world-class, high energy music of Jon Batiste and Stay Human in his West Coast debut. Meet new Executive Director Jill Barnes and bid on art donated by local artists. Baptiste hits the stage at 8 p.m.

4. Weekly Volcano music critic Rev. Adam McKinney says there's vocal similarities between Kurt Lindsay and late cult singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. The Rev. says, "Lindsay's voice, like Buckley's (though, of course, no one can truly touch Jeff Buckley, vocally), is simultaneously full of bravado and wounded timidity. It quivers with feeling, though it might be noted that Lindsay's voice often comes across as more lost, searching, which adds a nice element to what is largely music that errs toward modern rock, with some detours to friendly mixers like R&B and folk." See for yourself over a beer or three at 6 p.m. when Lindsay joins Jamie Nova for a show at the Y Sports Bar in Spanaway.

5. Besides being all fancy, the Hotel Murano is dang smart. It knows a good thing when it hears it. The Kareem Kandi Band is back to fill the lobby with jazz from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

(6. Tacoma Film Festival opens tonight.)

LINK: Thursday, Oct. 3 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area