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December 15, 2010 at 4:20pm

EvergreenOne readies solo album, "Born In '86" video

EvergreenOne and Todd Sykes definitely know what's up.

TACOMA HIP-HOP >>>

Got word from Tacoma's venerable EvergreenOne and Todd Sykes today that the duo are hard at work - which should come as a surprise to no one.

According to EvergreenOne, both he and Sykes are prepping for the release of solo albums. EvergreenOne's effort will be entirely produced by Truss One, while Sykes is currently grinding away at a new solo EP and a production LP - both of which EvergreenOne reports will include, "a bunch of dope emcees."  In addition to all of this, Sykes and EvergreenOne - collectively City Hall -plan to have new music to the masses soon.

Also, noteworthy, and included in his note to us, is a download link for EvergreenOne's new "Posse on Broadway" - which includes John Crown, Gazmo and Fice. Take a listen here.

Finally, EvergreenOne forwarded this video, described as a preview of his forthcoming solo record.

Filed under: All ages, Tacoma, Music,

December 15, 2010 at 3:52pm

Phil Elverum and Mt. Eerie

BENEFIT AT NORTHERN FOR NORTHERN >>>

Sunday night at Northern, Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum) will perform alongside the Hive Dwellers, the latest outlet for the restless creative energy of K Records founder (and Elverum's buddy) Calvin Johnson. The show, which will also include Vancouver pop-psych outfit My Friend Wallis, is intended to help raise money for Northern, which is now nearing its second year of operation. As booker Ben Hargett explains, the costs of maintaining an all-ages venue add up very quickly.

Read the full article here.

And check out this interview clip with Elverum that we scrounged up on YouTube.

Filed under: All ages, Benefits, Music, Olympia,

December 15, 2010 at 1:58pm

Make it rain

RAIN CITY CAFE AND COFFE COMPANY >>>

Rain City Cafe and Coffee Company aims to fill your belly. The newest café to grace Market Street offers breakfast sandwiches, soups, leafy green and pasta salads, bagged chips and dessert and pastries from Corina Bakery. On the heartier side, Mike's East Coast Panini Sandwiches are packed full of winning ingredients and are a hot, quick meal for those on a short lunch break. Check out their specialty meat, mortadella, a cold cut of finely ground heat-cured Italian pork sausage. And their classic caprese sandwiches, which are spruced up with pesto mayonnaise spread.

Inside, 180-degree windows allow natural light in, which creates a pleasant vibe in the tasteful, uncluttered interior that has couches, a cozy fireplace and plenty of tables. A large off-street patio is certain to be popular come spring. Free Wi-Fi, books, magazines and games make it easy to stick around. Enjoy $2 espresso drinks during twice-daily happy hours (7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.). Food prices top out at $7-$8, coffee and beverages are $2-$5.

Also of note, Rain City plans to embrace the local art community by hosting the poetry open mic, "Mouths and Mics," every third Friday - hosted by Tacoma poet Antonio Edwards

[Rain City Cafe and Coffee Company, 744 Market Street, Tacoma, 253.383.2233]

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Filed under: Arts, All ages, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

December 15, 2010 at 12:58pm

New Goldfinch is better Goldfinch

PROGRESS AS DEFINED BY JOE IZENMAN >>>

Goldfinch. They are a band from Tacoma. They have released one, self-titled album, and this Saturday, the first A/B single from their forthcoming new record, Vacant Lot/Elephant, will enter the world in physical form.

(My editor tells me my first paragraph is supposed to actually inform the reader of my subject, instead of jumping into a random midpoint. So here we are.)

I have peculiar feelings about this single. I believe if these were the first songs I heard from Goldfinch, I would not love them like I do. I equally hold that, now having heard these songs, it's only made me love the band more.

The joy I get from the new single is the joy of change, of progress. I know I was not the only one who loved Goldfinch's first record, who listened to Go Easy On Me on a loop, day after day. And far too many bands who have inspired that kind of reaction will seek endlessly to duplicate it, until the fans get bored and the band fades away.

Not so Goldfinch. Every song as a duet was centered around the collaboration of Grace Sullivan and Aaron Stevens. From start to finish, it was about the fluid harmonies, the interplay of guitar and keyboard. Other instruments filled out the sound, but that was it.

Now Goldfinch is a band. Not simply Goldfinch plus backing musicians, but a proper band. There is a breadth and depth to the music that was absent from earlier material. However, there is a sacrifice of intimacy. There is less room in the cracks of the song for the listener to feel like he is in on the musical conversation.

It is a difficult trade-off, but an important and ultimately positive one. Goldfinch has long since proven that they can create music worth listening to. Now they go a step further, and prove that they can change, and grow, and it bodes well for the future of Tacoma music.

Filed under: All ages, Arts, Music, Tacoma,

December 15, 2010 at 10:20am

5 Things to Do Today: Bill of Rights Party, SOTA Songwriters, 4 Tissimos, Jim Page and Maurice the Fish

Jim Page will be at A Rhapsody In Bloom Florist and Cafe Latte today. Say that three times fast.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15 >>>

1. There is no party like a Bill of Rights party ‘cuz a Bill of Rights party don't stop! What!?! What!?!  Put your hands in the air y'all! Now scream! OK, now get ready for the screening of This is What Democracy Looks Like, an uber-worthy documentary about the WTO protests in Seattle. It's the Bill of Rights Party at King's Books tonight.

2. Check out some talented people (never mind the fact they're mere children) tonight at Beyond the Bridge Café when the SOTA Songwriters Showcase Concert amazes all comers.

3. The 4 Tissimos Saxophone Quartet does its ragtime thing at the Mandolin Café today.

4. Like coffee? Like songwriters, poets and/or activists? Well, then, check out the legendary Jim Page today at A Rhapsody in Bloom Florist and Café Latte. All ages, and starts at 7 p.m.

5. Tacoma's Hilltop will be hoppin' tonight when the always-fantastic Maurice The Fish Records Showcase takes hold once again at Tempest Lounge. Expect no cover and an eclectic evening of fun and drinks.

December 14, 2010 at 1:06pm

Script is king

Harlequin's "Taming of the Shrew" delivered where many have not.

THOUGHTS FROM THE VOLCANO'S THEATER CRITIC >>>

I've heard people say casting is half of directing, but if that's true, then play selection is the other two-thirds. (I may have forgotten to carry a one somewhere.) When I critique a script, I'm looking at a wide variety of considerations, the foremost being: Does it provoke a physical response? Specifically, do the jokes make me laugh--not think, "Oh, that's witty," but actually laugh? Do the dramatic scenes boost my heart rate? Do the tragic scenes make my cry? I'm an easy laugh and an easy cry, so if those don't work the show has a real problem. Generally speaking, a show that produces a physical response other than revulsion will be a financial and popular success. As for musicals, if there's only one memorable song in the show, then I would argue there are half a dozen too few. Why? Count the great songs in The Little Mermaid or Chess or Avenue Q or the average jukebox musical. They're your competition.

Now. Who's your audience? If you direct one of the old warhorses, Our Town for example, are you appealing to the nostalgia of a generation that doesn't exist anymore? Those people are dead. Before a contemporary audience can make any sense of Dial M for Murder, you first have to explain what "dial M" means, then maybe what "dial" means. (I guess nowadays it'd be called Text OMFG! for Identity Theft.) Even the plot of a movie like Die Hard makes no sense in the era of cell phones, and much of the world's population grew up after the advent of cell phone technology. The folks who have a sentimental attachment to plays up through about 1970 are not the future of the art form. I realize they're the patron base of a lot of theaters, but catering to them makes sense only in the short term. Talented people are still writing plays rather than movies or TV: Yasmina Reza, Rebecca Gilman, John Patrick Shanley, Martin McDonagh. Read new material. The stuff you liked back in college, even the material that drew you into theater in the first place, was written for that time and audience. It probably hasn't aged as well as you have. But if you're still married to a revival of twentieth-century drama, at least give us program notes to explain what it means to audience members who grew up after it was current.

If you're reviving material written prior to 1900, on the other hand, material like Shakespeare or Rostand, then it's safe to assume it's survived because there's something universal about it. Directors: Do not automatically assume you have to translate the Bard into some other time and space. Shakespeare was not a historian. Ancient Rome didn't have tolling clocks, Illyria doesn't resemble the country in Twelfth Night, and ninth-century Danish Prince Amleth (i.e., Hamlet) never existed. Shakespeare created his own playgrounds--they're already mythical--so moving those stories is a bit like transporting The Hobbit to New Hampshire. What's the point? If the argument in favor of the move is simply, "It'll make costuming cheaper," that's not good enough. Changes to the text should amplify it rather than stand in its way. If you really want to set a drama with pretty language in Las Vegas, Nevada, write one. Don't twist and mutilate Titus Andronicus in hopes of making it fit.

(Of course, every time I gripe about the automatic transportation of Shakespeare, someone comes along and does it perfectly--witness Harlequin's Taming of the Shrew. Thanks a pantsload, Scot Whitney.)

If you're still desperate to try your hand at the creative exercise of moving a text, does it have to be Shakespeare or Greek? Use your imagination. What about Volpone in the Mafia? The Odd Couple in a lunar module? Brigadoon in a Sid & Marty Krofft style puppet orgy? Those are clearly godawful ideas, but at least they have, as Captain Kirk would say, "the virtue of having never been tried before."

Okay, enough about the text. You've chosen your playground; now lie in it. Study it thoroughly. Know where all the beats are. Know which plot developments are surprises and how to make them "land," meaning how to use them to create that physical response you're seeking. Live entertainment is about physical response. It's about cheering our heroes and booing the villains. Give a damn about your characters. Make them people, not job descriptions or vocal ranges! Not every show needs to be as emotionally gripping as Rabbit Hole, but hey, it sure couldn't hurt.

Filed under: All ages, Arts, Theater,

December 14, 2010 at 10:37am

5 Things to Do Today: Classical Tuesdays, new beer, open mic, Nicole Mitchell and the Nativity House Holiday Art Show

7 Seas Brewery will debut Santa Ale at the Crown Bar in Tacoma tonight.

TUESDAY, DEC. 14 >>>

1. "Wine & Song" - what more could you want from a Tuesday evening? Check out Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma tonight for the annual Wine & Song benefit, welcoming Alexandra Picard and baritone Charles Robert Stephens for what's being billed as an evening of "Romantic Arias."

2. Stop into the Crown Bar in Tacoma tonight for the debut of 7 Seas Santa Ale. Mmmmm. Beer. (7 Seas in the Weekly Volcano.)

3. Looking for a good way to let loose some creativity? Try the Loft on Cherry in Olympia tonight for the Art Kitchen sponsored open mic, sure to draw lots of great poetry, music, spoken word and more. The action starts at 8 p.m.

4. Folk meets blues meets acoustic singer songwriter action when Nicole Mitchell performs at the Mandolin Café in Tacoma today.

5. A great cause and a great shopping experience - the Nativity House Holiday Art Show goes down today from noon to 6 p.m. at the Tahoma Center Gallery at 1323 S. Yakima Street. Nativity House artists will offer their one-of-a-kind wares to you - conscientious consumer - and 100 percent of proceeds will go straight back to them. Score big for a good cause.

December 13, 2010 at 12:25pm

"Straight to Hell Returns" with director Alex Cox

Courtney Love in "Straight to Hell Returns". PHOTO COURTESY: alexcox.com

CULT FILM ABOUT HOT DOGS, PUNK ROCK AND COFFEE >>>

There's a certain "what the fuck" grandeur to Straight to Hell Returns. Absolutely nothing beyond the first couple minutes (in which some greasy gangsters hide out in the desert after robbing a bank) makes one lick of sense, but that's all right. The vague notion of a story is present, as is the misty sense that the plot is moving forward, but every scene succeeds in upending every expectation and leaving the viewer with the sensation of having just woken up from one seriously whacked dream.

Some elements involved in Straight to Hell Returns that you might find interesting: Joe Strummer; pre-Cobain-acquainted Courtney Love; coffee; absurd bloodshed; Dennis Hopper; Jim Jarmusch; a beautiful woman washing a motorcycle; coffee; Elvis Costello; combing hair with gasoline; The Pogues as cowboys; Grace Jones; a drunken group-singing of "Danny Boy"; and more coffee.

To describe what happens in Straight to Hell Returns (an extended director's cut of Straight to Hell) would be an exercise in futility. Like many cult films, it mostly just amounts to watching a bunch of cool people having a great time in the desert. Unlike many cult films, Straight to Hell Returns also functions well as a time capsule of that period in the ‘80s when American independent film directors were going fucking nuts. People like Straight to Hell's Alex Cox and Jim Jarmusch were bringing a punk aesthetic to the screen in a way that hasn't quite happened since.

When Straight to Hell Returns screens at the Grand Cinema tonight, director Alex Cox will be in attendance. Stand near him and soak in the punk rock aura.

[The Grand Cinema, Straight to Hell Returns with director Alex Cox, 7 p.m., $5 -- $ 8.50, 606 S. Fawcett, Tacoma, 253.593.4474]

Filed under: All ages, Arts, Screens, Tacoma,

December 13, 2010 at 10:16am

5 Things to Do Today: "Straight to Hell" with Alex Cox, Holiday Talent Show, Graphic Novel Book Club, Movie Night at Le Voyeur and photos with Santa ...

Meet Santa (or someone much like him) in Federal Way today.

MONDAY, DEC. 13 >>>

1. See Straight to Hell Returns at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma. What? That's not good enough for you? OK - see Straight to Hell Returns at the Grand in Tacoma AND meet and discuss the film with famed director Alex Cox. Ask for anything else and you're just being greedy (though popcorn will be available).

2. Talent shows are awesome. And perhaps you haven't seen a good one since middle school. All the more reason to check out "Tacoma's Best Holiday Talent Show" at the Broadway Center tonight at 7 p.m. - brought to you by the Broadway Center's Ensemble 915. Expect audience participation and a gong.

3. New to the graphic novel game? An old pro? It really doesn't matter - Tacoma's Graphic Novel Book Club, which meets on the second Monday of every Month at 1022 South, has something for everyone. And guess what!?! It's the second Monday of the month! See what's up tonight, when the club discusses December's book - A Gods Somewhere by John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg.

4. It's movie night at Le Voyeur in Olympia.

5. According to the Volcano's impeccable collection of South Sound event info, until Thursday you've got a chance to meet - and have your photo snapped - with Santa Claus ... at the Commons at Federal Way of all places. Make today YOUR day for a session on Santa's lap. Open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

December 10, 2010 at 4:24pm

Randy Oxford jams headed back to Jazzbones

Randy Oxford is bringing his jams back to Jazzbones

THE GOOD NEWS KEEPS ON COMING >>>

South Sound blues legend Randy Oxford announced today that the jams are returning to Jazzbones - specifically, two monthly jams the horn-blower will host.

According to Oxford, an "adults-only" jam will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at Jazzbones starting January 26. This will be a jam intended for the 21+ crowd, featuring Oxford as host and a revolving door of special guests. The action will kick off at 8 p.m.

Perhaps more exciting, however, is the news that Oxford also plans to reintroduce a monthly jam for the underage crowd - appropriately titled the "Jazzbones Kids Jam." These events will take place on the last Sunday of every month, starting Feb. 27 according to Oxford - hopefully continuing the good work the musician's previous all-age jams at Jazzbones have done over the years.

Filed under: All ages, Music, Tacoma,

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