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August 16, 2011 at 8:30am

MORNING SPEW: Flags lowered, bike sharing, "Real Housewives" in your city, Muppets and more ...



Vote: Today.

Honored: Flags will be lowered today in honor of Tacoman Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett who was killed in Afghanistan. (News Tribune) 

Rick Perry: Bill Clinton thinks he's a good looking rascal. (Politicker)

One Step Closer: Those nutty Portland residents want to share their bicycles. (The Oregonian)

The Most Sensational Inspirational Celebrational Muppetational Album: Andrew Bird, OK Go, Weezer, My Morning Jacket and others cover The Muppets. (NPR)

Awesome: The Real Housewives are going on tour. (TVGuide)

Next Step: The first concert to use only mobile ticketing. (Denver Post)

For Gawd's Sake Don't Let Her Drive Alone!

August 2, 2011 at 11:34am

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Captain Planet and the Planeteers pose outside the Super Best of Tacoma Party last Thursday.


Arriving fashionably late to the Super Best of Tacoma Party Thursday night at the Varsity Grill, eight individuals calling themselves Captain Planet and the Planeteers made an entrance as if they were superheroes.

Apparently, they are.

Planeteer Stephanie McCallum, a bigwig at Umpqua Bank in downtown Tacoma, came clean on the group via email:

Captain Planet and the Planeteers is an animated environmentalist cartoon that ran from 1990-1992. Gaia (Aja Pound), the spirit of the Earth, is awakened from a long sleep by human activity threatening ecosystems, taking place across the globe. Realizing that the damage is extensive, Gaia sends five magic rings, each with the power to control an element of nature and one controlling an extra element, heart, to five chosen youths across the globe. These five are dubbed the Planeteers (Stephanie McCallum, Sopang Men, Andie Farias, Alicia Carter and Kate Burrows) and given the task of defending the Earth in the case of the greatest of disasters and making effort to keep others from happening. Gaia uses her "Planet Vision" to discover where the most devastating destruction is occurring and sends the Planeteers to help solve the problem. The Planeteers use transportation (usually a flying machine called a Geo-Cruiser) based on solar power to avoid causing pollution themselves. In situations that the Planeteers cannot resolve alone, they can combine their powers to summon Captain Planet (Aaron Bryan), a magical entity who possesses all of their powers magnified. Dr. Blight (Morgan Strom) is mad scientist Eco-Villain who represents the dangers of uncontrolled technology and unethical scientific experimentation.

OK, sounds good.

June 18, 2011 at 8:47am

5 Things To Do Today: Green Day at the market, Olympic Air Show, free movie, beer at a wine bar and more ...

Specials honors will be bestowed to those who ride their bike to the Proctor Farmers Market today.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 , 2011 >>>

1. Today's environmentally themed Proctor Farmers Market promotes local, sustainable practices and family-friendly fun. Attendees can learn more about green living, eat locally made food, browse booths, attend workshops and watch demonstrations, check out an electric conversion car and listen to live music from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Should you arrive at the Market by bike or carrying a reusable cup or shopping bag, don't be surprised if you get your picture snapped for the "Green Wall of Fame." 

2. "Warbirds." Star Trek aside, the term is not a creation of Gene Roddenberry and company, but a real-world designation for any aircraft that has served in a military capacity. And warbirds - from World War II bombers to Vietnam-era helicopters to A-10s - are the aircraft that will be on display and in the air beginning at 9 a.m. around the Olympia Regional Airport during the Olympic Air Show.

3. The film Madagascar is the story of four animal friends at the Central Park Zoo - Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) - who, through a series of mishaps, end up marooned on the relatively rustic island nation of Madagascar. There, the pampered and homesick New Yorkers must eke out an existence in the wild without the help of beneficent zookeepers or adoring fans. This glorious film will be screened for free at 10 a.m. at The Grand Cinema.

4. Where there's beer, there's burping, and where there's beer-burping, there's an Old World wine bar (sound of a wine glass shattering on the ground). That's right, Pastiche Wine Bar is getting their microbrews on for Father's Day weekend with a free beer tasting from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., as well as a full meal of burger, potato salad, baked beans and a microbrew for $11.99. Tonight, expect live music, bar games and, yes, burping.

5. The upstairs of Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill is not technically a bar. It's a private membership club. A club that's actually not much different than your local dive watering hole. You know, the ability to smoke cigarettes inside, hot bikini-clad bartenders waiting on your every need and nightly drink specials ranging from liquid marijuana shots to cheap draft beer. But wait. Your local dive bar doesn't have bikini-clad bartenders serving liquid marijuana shots? Oh, too bad for you.

PLUS: Titlow Lodge Centennial details in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Wine tastings!

June 4, 2011 at 7:58am

5 Things To Do Today: Marilyn Monroe party, "Assignment Crafty," Mother Earth News Fair, "Dance with Dancers" and more ...

SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011 >>>

1. Marilyn Monroe was gorgeous and glorious, incandescently burning the candle with animal sensuality at one end and vulnerable innocence at the other. It's the former that caught the eye but the latter that drew us closer. There's been no one before or since possessing that perfect blend of guilelessness and carnality, and it was with her almost to the end. At 7 p.m. Pastiche wine bar throws a Marilyn Merlot party in honor of Monroe's June 1 birthday. The Sixth Avenue spot will host a male and female Monroe look-a-like contest, and pour Marilyn Merlot, which celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2. The Mother Earth News Fair makes its West Coast debut this weekend at the Puyallup Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's a family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event that features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, gardening, green building, green transportation and natural health.?You can also taste samples of organic beverages in our beer and wine garden (nice!),  participate in a silent auction, check out the latest alternative energy vehicles, experience small-space living and score deals from vendors hucking sustainable lifestyle products and services, including books, tools, seeds, crafts, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more.

3. Revisiting craft projects culled from how-to books from the 1960s to the 1980s, the Telephone Room Gallery asked 16 artists to explore three randomly assigned projects taken from these books as part of the "Assignment Crafty" show, which opens with a reception from 5-9 p.m. Check out the contemporary perspectives on fish printing, bottle gardens, rock creatures, Ojos de Dios and more.

4. With just a few lyrical brush strokes, Lennon, McCartney, and their mates made us mourn the lonely death of Eleanor Rigby, taste the strange bittersweet kiss of the girl who came in through the bathroom window, and wonder what life would feel like were we living in a yellow submarine. Jo emery Ballet School will bring the Fab Four storytelling life in a Beatles-inspired contemporary piece as part of its annual showcase "Dances with Dancers" at 7:30 p.m. inside the Pantages Theater. Artistic Director Jo Emery will also lead her students and the Tacoma Performing Dance Company through in a Moulin Rouge production and Alice in Wonderland.

5. Tacoma's Urban Art Festival  - the free, all-ages event that showcases Tacoma musicians and artists - will be reaching new heights this year when it commences stretches it over two days - June 25-26 - and brings it back to downtown Tacoma, this time along the Thea Foss Waterway. Organizers are busy finalizing the arts and bands. However, they presently have fundraising on their minds, including the one at 9 p.m. inside The Spar in Old Town Tacoma.  Expect Ava D'Jor, Funny Face Fanny (singing on the bar as well as performing) and Polly Puckerup from the Gritty City Sirens burlesque troupe, as well as DJ Suga Jones spinning '80s New Wave.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Wine tastings!

June 3, 2011 at 11:38am

TACOMA WEEK IN REVIEW: e-cigarettes, bar blitzes and dope drumlines

Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health doesn't want this in kids' mouths.


It's Friday afternoon, which means it's time for another installment of Zach Powers "Tacoma Week In Review" column. While you have been leaning against your office building with an aluminum reflector soaking in the rays, Powers has been holed up in a dark cave this morning pounding out this fodder so you may have talking points for your bridge game tonight.

This week, Powers touches on the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health's ban on e-cigarettes, Tacoma Police's bar blitz Saturday night and awesome East Tacomans. To read Powers' column, click here.

May 16, 2011 at 6:43am

5 Things To Do Today: Tacoma Cult Movie Club, Giant Magnet, Bike To A Better Tacoma, Broken Water and more ...

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 >>>

1. Would it surprise anyone to learn that the better part of our childhood was spent glued to a television, watching just about every horrible film ever made? We didn't think so. But a life wasted scarfing up bad movies is not without its plusses - the chief one being the Tacoma Cult Movie Club welcomes us with open arms. The lovers of B-movies and such gather at 7 p.m. inside The Acme Grub Cage for a night of films, shorts and trailers under the theme "Tacoma Club Under Attack." We have no idea what that means, but EXCITING!

2. The Seattle International Children's Festival became Giant Magnet two years ago. It happened last week in Seattle - but today it condenses itself into a mini version and packs into the Pantages - for a day of kid-friendly fun featuring Doktor Kaboom!, Guangdong Province Puppet Troupe, and Andes Manta at 10 a.m.

3. From 5-7 p.m. The Hub hosts Bike To A Better Tacoma, a get-together with fellow bicyclists and City staff members to get happy and be updated on the Mobility Master Plan. If you bike to The Hub, you'll receive a free slice of pizza, and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Hub gift certificates. Bonus: enjoy Tacoma's only valet bike parking.

4. Broken Water, Nu Sensae, White Lung and Wet Hair rock the Dumpster Values store in downtown Olympia beginning at 7:30 p.m.

5. The Backstage Bar & Grill has given white trash a new home. Every Monday night, while DJ Lo spins Top 40, the Sixth Avenue rock club offers $5 40-ounce PBRs, $2 wells, $3 domestic pitchers, $1 Hamm's drafts, $2 mac and cheese and $5.95 steak dinners. Show your roots.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Happy hour!

May 7, 2011 at 12:53am

5 Things To Do Today: Free Comic Book Day, Kentucky Derby Party, Tinkerer's Technologies and more ...

Alex Henshaw of Comic Book Ink in Lakewood has free comics for you today.

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011 >>>

1. It's our guess that The New Frontier Lounge's Kentucky Derby Party will be filled with a bunch of julep-jolly people who don't know how to read the Daily Racing Form, the sort of people who bet on the horse with the cutest name or the longest tail. And that's awesome. After all, the Derby is a party event. Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson told stories of sloshed Kentucky colonels puking all over their white suits at the annual event held on the first Saturday of May. The Derby is a carnival best experienced through a slight haze, and The New Frontier will do its bets to recreate such an atmosphere from 3-6 p.m. Wear a big freakin' hat.

2. Nerds everywhere squeal! Free Comic Book Day is pretty self-explanatory, a holiday to celebrate the graphic land of the comic book. Numerous South Sound spots will be celebrating with appearances, characters and, most importantly, free comics. Check it here.

3. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as part of National Preservation Month, the City of Olympia will be celebrating the region's music at The Olympia Farmer's Market. The program will include Native American performer Paul Wagner; The Evergreen Chinese Music Ensemble; Vivian & Phil Williams playing the music of the Lewis & Clark expedition; and Vince Brown, Paul Anastasio and Cary Black will crank out swing and novelty tunes from the '20s and '30s.

4. Sustainable Tacoma-Pierce County hosts a Tinkerer's Technologies event featuring discussions on rocket stoves, thermal air heaters, passive hot water and more at 1 p.m. inside King's Books. Those awesome drawing plans you have on converting pencil erasers into floor tiles that generate power are welcomed.

5. The Jerry Miller Trio will perform at 9:30 p.m. inside Doyle's Public House.

PLUS: Check out the Weekend Hustle for more events today such as Dockyard Derby Dames bingo and the Tacoma Wine Classic.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

April 22, 2011 at 1:23pm

TACOMA WEEK IN REVIEW: Farmers markets return, Pierce County signs up for two “eco challenges,” the shopping cart problem and incumbents who want to keep their job

PAT MCCARTHY: She likes her job

We all know presidential campaigns are marathons, spanning multiple years. But so to, apparently, are Pierce County Executive races. County Executive Pat McCarthy recently launched a new website and is holding a campaign kickoff event April 27 at the Varsity Grill. On her website McCarthy touts having "re-prioritized the delivery of core government services, trimmed the size of government, consolidated programs, and challenged managers to find operational efficiencies while improving the quality of public service."

Currently no other candidates have filed to oppose McCarthy, but they still have roughly a year and two months to do so.

To read the full column by Zach Powers click here.

April 20, 2011 at 5:00pm

Rebels with a cause (the bus)


When I think about public transportation (or even taking the airport shuttle), I think about smelly drunk guys. I think about being squeezed in next to people I don't want to be that close to. I think about taking the bus in Chicago one time and going really far before I realized I was going in the wrong direction - the very, very wrong direction.

Olympia's own Rebels by Bus, Mary Williams and Gail Johnson, have a brighter view.

"It's a great adventure," Johnson says. "It's really fun. It's something different."

To read Molly Gilmore's full article click here.

Filed under: Green Crush, Olympia,

April 20, 2011 at 5:53am

5 Things To Do Today: Food justice chat, "Everyman" outdoors, 4:20 Wildstyle Wednesday and more ...

For those who have already fired up today, this isn't what you'll see when you crash on the couch any second but rather Jessica Bender's "Dead Loss," an installation detail at the Telephone Room Gallery. Photo courtesy the artist

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 >>>

1. The Telephone Room Gallery has squeeze in Dead Loss, an installation inspired by solitary confinement, padded cells, and blanket forts by Jessica Bender, into their tiny exhibition space for the month of April. Give them a shout out here to check it out.

2. A thought-provoking panel discussion about farmworker and food bank issues and how these relate to a sustainable, just food system, the panel will ask, "Does it matter whether a tomato is local and organic if it was harvested by people who make so little money they cannot feed themselves, or who work under slave-like conditions?" Leading the discussion will be Pierce County Gleaning Project, Hilltop Urban Gardens, and University of Puget Sound Office of Spirituality, Service and Social Justice from 6-8 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound's Wheelock Student Center.

3. And now for something completely different. At 6:45 p.m. beginning at the sidewalk crossroads near the O'Grady Library at Saint Martin's University, and continuing on through the campus, will be a presentation of the timeless morality tale of Everyman, who is summoned by a displeased God to account for a misspent life. Bring a five spot and jump in.

4. Out of Sight, Out of Mind, a super group comprised of Don Izenman and Goodwin Trent, will pop out of the '60s for a night of great folk music and one-liners beginning at 7 p.m. inside A Rhapsody In Bloom on Sixth Avenue.

5. The Gruv Lounge's 4:20 Wildstyle Wednesday - featuring DJs Tres and Reign spinning indie hip-hop to sub step - will begin no where near 4:20, but rather 9 p.m. Most of the crowd won't know the difference.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: A bunch of half-priced wine bottles tonight

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