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February 23, 2012 at 9:58am

5 Things To Do Today: OlyBlues Dance Night, Word 3rd Thursday, Tahoma Tea and Co. open mic and more ...

Volcano hip-hop columnist Josh Rizeberg hosts Word 3rd Thursday tonight at Hell's Kitchen. It's a record release show for Fatal Lucciauno.

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012 >>>

1. It's OlyBlues Dance Night at the Eagles Hall in Olympia. The fun is all-ages, starts at 9 p.m., goes down on the third floor and cost $5. And loners needn't worry - there's no partner necessary.

2. Celebrate Word 3rd Thursday tonight at Hell's Kitchen (produced, in part, by Volcano hip-hop scribe Josh Rizeberg). Hosted by Mr. Von and Rizeberg, tonight's event is an album release show for Fatal Lucciauno of SportnLife Records. The bill also includes Shao Sosa, Greg Double, Todd Sykes, Handle-Bar Raw and DJ Iceman.

3. The Tahoma Tea and Co. used to be The Den. It's still awesome. Tonight, leading into a weekend of "grand opening" shows, Tahoma Tea and Co. hosts an all-ages open mic from 8 - 10 p.m.

4. Get in on the Ram Restaurant and Brewery's version of the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz tonight by heading to the Ram on Ruston Way. Starting at 8:30 p.m. there'll be questions and drinking and more questions and plenty of fun.

5. Comedian Mike MacRae drops into the Tacoma Comedy Club tonight for a laugh-filled stay that runs through Saturday.

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February 22, 2012 at 9:46am

5 Things To Do Today: "Overexposed," Romanteek, Masa College Night, Blues Attitude and more ...

Romanteek will play Le Voyeur in Olympia tonight.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012 >>>

1. In 2011 students involved with Pacific Lutheran University's MediaLab - described online as a multimedia agency and applied internship and research program based in the School of Arts + Communication" - debuted the film Overexposed: The Cost of Compassion to rave reviews in Seattle. According to hype, the film "explores the complexities of ‘compassion fatigue,' a condition that affects many care givers and those repeatedly exposed to tragedy and trauma." Today filmmakers will host a free screening of the film for South Sound audiences, including a panel discussion of expects in nursing, family therapy and social work. The screening is part of an ongoing "Focus Series" presented by the PLU School of Arts and Communication.

2. It may be Wednesday, but that hasn't stopped Le Voyeur in Olympia from booking one hell of a show. Romanteek, Sabrina Chap and Andro Arrows will take to Le Voyeur's tiny stage tonight, starting at 10 p.m.

3. Holy crap! Hump Day already? That must mean it's time again for Masa College Night. Expect flesh. Your Girlfriend's Favorite DJ spins. No seriously - we're pretty sure that's the dude's name.

4. At Charlie's Sports Bar and Grill in Olympia join the band Blues Attitude for a no cover charge blues jam. The music starts at 9 p.m.

5. Play bingo with those not just killing time before the Grim Reaper calls their number. Every Wednesday at The New Frontier Lounge, players are treated to a rather boisterous evening of number-calling. The music rocks, the prizes are craptastic and there's something very satisfying about yelling "It's not a tumor!" when B-9 is pulled from the hopper (Schwarzenegger anyone?). Every Wednesday night is also Taco Night with $1 beef, $1 black bean and $2 chicken in soft or crunchy shells.

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February 20, 2012 at 9:57am

5 Things To Do Today: Steve Einhorn & Kate Power, Mandolin Cafe trivia night, Drunken Poetry and more ...

Catch live band rockaraoke tonight at Jazzbones on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma.

MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012 >>>

1. Whether you're looking for the perfect opportunity to whet your ukulele whistle, or you're already a seasoned ukulele vet, tonight's uke jam and singalong at Traditions Café in Olympia - hosted by the venerable Steve Einhorn and Kate Power - should be exactly what the doctor ordered.

2. The real entertainment at Jazzbones on Monday night isn't the Rockaraoke, it's the people-watching. Since most of the patrons are just a touch this side of 21, a look around the club is akin watching a "how to hookup" instructional video. Every technique is employed. There's the "touch the babe's lower back and whisper into her ear" maneuver. The "gaze into the stud's eyes and laugh incessantly" angle - a favorite of young ladies. And of course, the always popular "buy them $3 shots of Jager until inhibitions are sufficiently lowered" trick. Band nothing, the hookup attempts are the real show. By 11 p.m., there's a long line to get into Jazzbones. A line on a Monday.

3. Did you know the Mandolin Café jumped into the trivia game? It's true. Tonight Jeff Ross will host the Mandolin's trivia night, starting at 6 p.m. The action is all ages.

4. The Angels Club on Capitol Way in Olympia hosts a new open mic tonight starting at 9 p.m. According to promotion, "Please bring your instruments and band." Now you know. Best of all: there's no cover charge.

5. Of course, we're predictable ... but you start talking about an event simply billed as "Drunken Poetry" and you've got our attention. See the magic of "Drunken Poetry" yourself tonight at Last Word Books in Oly.

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February 9, 2012 at 9:15am

5 Things To Do Today: Phillip Roebuck, UWT Urban Studies Forum, Silent Movie Series, Maurice the Fish showcase and more ...

Phillip Roebuck

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012 >>>

1. Local indie label Maurice the Fish Records is connected to many of our area's most talented acts. Rafael Tranquilino, Gina Belliveau and Heidi Vladyka, to name but a few, have all been part of the Maurice the Fish roster. Tonight at the Swiss get in on the Maurice the Fish Records Showcase, starting at 8 p.m.

2. Thursday at the University Washington Tacoma, this year's Urban Studies Forum will focus on "Urban Industrial Futures." According to the UWT press release, the forum is a "one-day event designed to spur community conversation about how to balance industrial and post-industrial urban development strategies." Speakers for the forum include Joan Fitzgerald, professor and director of the graduate Law and Public Policy program and senior research fellow at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, Brian Coleman, CEO of Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center - a nonprofit industrial developer in New York, and Dean Amhaus, executive director of the Milwaukee Water Council. The Urban Studies Forum is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

3. Phillip Roebuck if freakin' amazing. No seriously. We're not just saying that. We've seen the "one-man-band" schtick before, but Roebuck, usually plucking a banjo with a kick drum strapped to his back, goes above and beyond. He's the kind of one man band you just don't go out and see, you buy the record when he's done performing. Tonight Roebuck will be at Hell's Kitchen with local favorites Swampy Draws, and Henry Kammerer along with the Cottonwood Cutups. Show starts at 9 p.m.

4. Get in on the Ram Restaurant and Brewery's version of the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz tonight by heading to the Ram on Ruston Way. Starting at 8:30 p.m. there'll be questions and drinking and more questions and plenty of fun.

5. Tonight at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia the Silent Movie Series will feature The Last Laugh with Dennis James on the Wurlitzer. The event is all ages and starts at 7 p.m.

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January 25, 2012 at 2:06pm

Scenes from a Social Media Club

The Social Media Club-Tacoma met at the Harmon Tap Room Tuesday. Photo credit: Steve Dunkelberger

HANGING OUT WITH THE SOCIAL MEDIA CLUB-TACOMA >>>

Social Media Club-Tacoma's first gathering of the year leaned more toward the "social" side than "media." A small group gathered Tuesday at the Harmon Tap Room to chat social media, play a few games and tip a few brews. Games included name that celebrity Tweet maker and a random drawing based on who had the closest number of Twitter followers to the number Kevin Freitas's smartphone app generated.

Game winners scored passes to The Grand Cinema, City Club events and Point Defiance Zoo. Erik Handberg also donated a copy of his book, The Marinara Murders.

To get in on the action, follow the Social Media Club-Tacoma here.

Filed under: Community, Games, Twitter, Tacoma,

January 24, 2012 at 9:44am

5 Things To Do Today: Tuesday Film Series at The Grand, Anything Anastasia at The Red Room, Irish Sessions at O'Blarney's and more ...

Anything Anastasia

TUESDAY, JAN. 24. 2012 >>>

1. The Tuesday Film Series at The Grand Cinema continues today with Revenge of the Electric Car. Director Chris Paine's film investigates the intentional destruction of thousands of electric cars in 2006 by the same company that made them, and how the electric car has returned "with a vengeance" since. Show times are 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

2. Anything Anastasia will rock The Red Room in Tacoma tonight. Sharing a bill with My Iron Lung and Myself Aside, the show is all ages and kicks off at 7 p.m.

3. Speaking of all-ages music, the Kareem Kandi Band will play Uncle Thurm's Finger Licking Ribs & Chicken tonight at 8 p.m. Even better - there's no cover.

4. There are abundant trivia choices throughout Tacoma today. Test your brain at any of the following water holes tonight: The Mix, The Hub, Farrelli's or The Swiss. And for a full look at bar trivia nights throughout the South Sound, check out our calendar of events.

5. Down south, it's open mic night at Tugboat Annie's in Olympia, and at O'Blarney's Tuesday means a chance to get in on an "Irish Sessions" - which means live traditional Irish music starting at 7:30 pm.

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January 20, 2012 at 11:34am

Pool rooms with perks

The Swiss

SLUSH DAY SPECIALS TOO >>>

Whether you like to shoot a game of pool in a boisterous tavern or want to bring the kids along, there are tons of places with pool tables in the area. Many restaurants and bars have a pool table. Farrelli's Pizza joints always have a table or two, as does The Spar in Old Town Tacoma, Harmon Tap Room, Top of Tacoma, Meconi's, Brotherhood Lounge and many more.

The places we've chosen to feature have more than one table, as well as an undeniable perk or two to go with your game of pool.

Also listed below are specials for today.

The Swiss

1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2821
The Swiss is quintessentially Tacoma is so many ways-local artwork on the walls, industrial-chic local, and awesome food. There are four pool tables at The Swiss along with shuffleboard, foosball and other games. Better yet, stop in Monday through Thursday and enjoy free pool. Friday and Saturday nights often include live music.
Slush Day Specials: Pasta primavera, egg salad sandwich and clam chowder

Malarkey's Pool and Brew

445 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, 253.383.3301
With about 16 pool tables, Malarkey's is hard to beat if you're looking for a serious pool hall. Wednesday evenings feature 9-ball tournaments, and all evenings offer cheap food, beer and games.
Slush Day Specials: Clam chowder, plus $5 "summer-ish" drinks and hot cocoa

Tower Lanes

6323 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.564.8853
Tower Lanes is a good place to go if you want your pool with a side of mini golf, arcade games, pull tabs and bowling. There are three pool tables available at $6 per hour. If you go on a Friday or Saturday evening, you might have to wait to play, but there is enough to do at Tower Lanes that it's not likely to be a problem. Tower is also one of the rare places where adults can play pool and tip back a beer, but still bring the kids along.
Slush Day Specials: None. Still $2.50 a game to bowl

Eastside Club Tavern

410 E Fourth Ave., Olympia, 360.357.9985
If you live closer to Olympia, check out the Eastside Club Tavern for all your pool hall needs. Located downtown (close to several other bars and taverns if you want to make a bar crawl out of the night), the Eastside has a great selection of microbrews at very reasonable prices and an array of other table games.
Slush Day Special: $3.25 pints from 4-7 p.m.

4th Ave Ale House & Eatery


201 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, 360.786.1444
The 4th Ave has a fantastic jukebox, a huge room of pool tables, a predictable selection of domestic-micros on tap, sandwiches, pull tabs, and of course - the infamous "back room."
Slush Day Specials: Ring ... ring ... ring ...

Where do you like to shoot pool?

Filed under: Games, Food & Drink, Olympia, Tacoma,

January 17, 2012 at 11:44am

FAMILY FEUD: The Talottas nailed it

Team Talotta

NIKKI TALOTTA AND FAMILY ARE FEELING LUCKY >>>

Some people say I'm lucky. I've won blackjack tournaments and essay contests; I've won radio show trivia for board games and concert tickets; once I even won a trip to London to see Muse at Royal Albert Hall.

Some say it's luck. I just say I try. My latest bout of "luck" has been with game shows. Recently I was chosen via-video audition to attend a final audition for the Wheel of Fortune. Lady Luck was not with me that day, however, as my son gave me a stomach bug, and hours before the show I was poised over the toilet, violently vomiting with curlers in my hair. With sweat dripping down my brow - I was persistent - "The show must go on!" I proclaimed, as I downed Imodium AD and bombed the audition.

But, perhaps, it was fate. Because just a few days later, the Weekly Volcano reported that the Family Feud would be holding contestant auditions at South Hill Mall!

I quickly followed the link and phoned like 10 family members. At our Christmas party, we drunkenly attempted to make a video to submit, thought better of it, and sent a witty email to try and ensure a spot for the auditions instead.

A few days later, Team Talotta got the confirmation letter! Excitement swelled inside me as I called my aunties and cousins, chatting about what we'd wear, and how we'd stand, and most importantly, who Team Talotta would be comprised of. Our own family feud had begun.

Shit, I didn't realize 10 of us were crazy enough to go on the show. The first thing we had to do was narrow it down to five or six. So we cut the quiet ones, and the flakey ones, and then finally my own husband was cut, as we deemed it appropriate that in-laws don't count. (Sorry, honey.)

So, team Talotta was complete. Me, my big brother, my goofy mom, my smarty-pants aunt and my motivational speaker cousin. Solid.

The morning of the big day arrived, and as promised, I provided my team with a continental breakfast, complete with jelly-filled frosted cinnamon roles, fresh coffee and orange juice. After a few trial runs on my cousin's family feud phone app, we piled in our cars and braved the snowy roads up to the fine city of Puyallup.

When we arrived, the parking lot was ridiculous, as no one could see the lines where to park so cars were randomly positioned wherever. Inside the mall, families were just as ridiculous, everyone checking their paperwork, with everyone wandering around trying to figure out where to go.

Finally, we got to the check-in line, where a sprite little lady was making name tags. I told her my name was Nikki, and she could go ahead and spell that W-I-N-N-E-R - which she did. Awesome.

There were three stages hosting the auditions. We were at stage "C," near Macy's. There was paperwork to be filled out, and as families bowed over their clipboards, classic rock played in an attempt to pump up the crowd. So, I began throwing up horns and singing along, encouraging my family to do the same. I even got the cameraman involved and slapping me high fives. The other families stayed fixed on their paperwork.

Soon, our host Carlos arrived, all sweaty and energetic, and the games began. The first few families did all right, and eased the tension a little bit. Then, it was our turn. We flew out of our seats, ready to play. I showed my good sportsmanship by shaking the hand of the other team's captain, and then flawlessly introduced my players.

The first question was, "Name a country that is known for having macho men." I didn't hit the buzzer fast enough, and the other family guessed a few right answers. So our job was to get in a huddle and come up with an answer to steal, if we got the chance.

Three strikes and the other team was out. We completely exploded out of our huddle, prompting the host to say, "See, that's how you do it!" We stole the game when I answered, "Right here in the USA!"

We played another round, showing off our spunk and wit, winning again, and riling up the audience. It's funny how our family dynamic and nuances seem completely normal to us, like when my mom started slapping my brother's hand and shouting that she couldn't hear. It was freaking hilarious to other people, again prompting the host to comment, "The feud is supposed to be the other team."

Anyway, it was super fun, and we walked away feeling like we nailed it. We will receive a postcard by Feb 5 if we are chosen. Family Feud would then fly us to a taping sometime in the next year, where we would have the chance to win up to $100,000 and a new car!

Know what? I'm feeling lucky.

Filed under: Games, Puyallup,

January 17, 2012 at 7:14am

5 Things To Do Today: "Never Eighteen" launch party, Eric Etheridge, "The Swell Season," Jeff Angell and Kyong Kim, and more ...

Jeff Angell and Kyong Kim perform tonight at Doyle's Public House. Photo credit: Patrick Snapp

TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012 >>>

Weekly Volcano recommends you call ahead as Snowmageddon is wreaking havoc on our little neck of the woods.

1. Singer Jeff Angell and guitarist Kyong Kim anchored a tight quartet that fused rock, seedy lyrics and grease to form a fresh sound unlike anything you've ever heard. The band was named Post Stardom Depression. It was headed toward the big time. Along the way the wheel fell off causing the band to crash and burn. Fans will be happy to hear Angell and Kim will perform tonight for old time's sake during Doyle's St. Practice Day party at 8 p.m. No cover makes it even harder to believe - but it's all true.

2. New York writer, editor and journalist Eric Etheridge, who grew up in the South during the Civil Rights era, will discuss his 2008 book Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center at Tacoma Community College. The book includes mug shots of the 328 black and white Freedom Riders who were arrested in Jackson, Miss. and charged with breach of peace for trying to desegregate transportation terminals in the city.

3. The musical drama Once ended with the guy and the girl going their separate ways. As much as this went against the grain of romantic expectations - and this rough-hewn indie was deeply romantic - that ending was perfect. The Swell Season arrives as a sequel of sorts. Shot in lush black and white, the documentary follows Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the stars of Once, on a two-year tour after the pair won the 2008 Oscar for best song: the lovely, heartbreaking "Falling Slowly." The Swell Season screens at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. at The Grand Cinema.

4. Tacoma-native Megan Bostic's book, Never Eighteen, hits bookstores nationwide today. Never Eighteen tells the story of 17-year-old Austin Parker, who lives in Tacoma and is dying of leukemia. The book falls into the young adult genre, but Austin is a wise and believable character who appeals to older readers as well. His heartbreaking situation resonates with anyone who has lost a loved one to a chronic illness or cancer. A launch party and book signing will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Wheelock Library in Tacoma. To read Kristin Kendle's full feature on Bostic, click here.

5. Tuesdays seem to be the hottest night for the overeducated South Sound masses to prove their intellectual worth. And where do such brainiacs head? Glad you asked. The GEEKS head to Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub. The Tacoma watering hole is the site of John Dicker's Geeks Who Drink pub quiz night at 8 p.m. The quiz consists of eight rounds of eight questions and is played in teams of up to six people. Questions are read aloud by the quizmaster; teams write their answers on provided sheets and turn them in at the end of each round. The team with the most points after eight rounds is the winner.

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January 11, 2012 at 10:19am

5 Things To Do Today: Charles Lambert in Oly, "Wish You Were Here," karaoke galore and more ...

Play bingo at the New Frontier Lounge tonight.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012>>>

1. Join Charles Lambert tonight at the Timberland Regional Library in Olympia for a presentation on Martin Luther King Jr. that arrives just in time for the MLK holiday. According to hype, Lambert wil "bring Civil Rights history to life using images, lecture, and song. This presentation will cover the Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, and the Sanitation Workers Strike in Memphis along with music from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s." It starts at 7:30 p.m.

2. Play bingo with those not just killing time before the Grim Reaper calls their number. Every Wednesday at The New Frontier Lounge, players are treated to a rather boisterous evening of number-calling. The music rocks, the prizes are craptastic and there's something very satisfying about yelling "It's not a tumor!" when B-9 is pulled from the hopper (Schwarzenegger anyone?). Sessions are free with $2 margaritas and $4 Cuervo Gold shots during bingo. Every Wednesday night is also Taco Night with $1 beef, $1 black bean and $2 chicken in soft or crunchy shells.

3. Today South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia will unveil its Wish You Were Here postcard exhibit, the result of months of wading through submissions and the combined word of 75 local and regional artists who produced 250 works of art in a variety of mediums, from paintings, prints and drawings to photography, ceramics and sculpture. Running through March 2 in SPSCC's Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Gallery, Wish You Were Here will celebrate an official opening reception Friday, Jan. 20 - kicking off a six-week silent auction, with all the works on display available for purchase.

4. Holy crap! Hump Day already? That must mean it's time again for Masa College Night. Expect flesh.

5. It's karaoke galore around the South Sound tonight. Check out the Volcano's live local music listings for the bevy of bars and clubs offering you a chance at the mic tonight. Hot spots include Backstage Bar & Grill, Club Silverstone, The Swiss and even Tillicum's Barbecue Inn.

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