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November 13, 2011 at 12:23pm

PHOTOS: "Temporal Terminus" opens on a rainy Tacoma day

Tacoma Arts Commission Arts Administrator Amy McBride and artist Chris Sharp struggle with the crappy megaphone.

Temporal Terminus: Marking the Line - an awesome temporary public art exhibit that celebrates the important transformation of the Prairie Line Trail from rail to linear park - opened Saturday, Nov. 12 in downtown Tacoma. On the rainy opening afternoon, the Tacoma Arts Commission, staff from the University of Washington-Tacoma and the artist teams behind the eight installations guided approximately 60 people through the outdoor exhibition, which traverses downtown from South 25th Street to the Thea Foss Waterway.

The exhibition features amazing sculptural work by Austin-based national design team, Thoughtbarn (composed of Lucy Begg and Robert Gay), as well as a who's who from the Tacoma arts scene: Jennifer Renee Adams, Kyle Dillehay, Kristin Giordano, Jeremy N. Gregory, Diane Hansen, Christopher Jordan, Lance Kagey, Lisa Kinoshita, Ed Kroupa, Bret Lyon, Janet Marcavage, Maria Olga Meneses, Nicholas Nyland, Chandler O'Leary, Elise Richman, Claudia Riedener, Holly A. Senn, Chris Sharp, James Grayson Sinding and Kenji Stoll.

The City of Tacoma received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to give the historic rail line a facelift, shining an artistic light on the line the Northern Pacific Railroad built in 1873. Temporal Terminus - in partnership with the City of Tacoma's PA:ID (Public Art In Depth) multi-faceted program and the University of Washington-Tacoma - is the inaugural installation, with Philadelphia-based award-winning urban designer Todd Bressi and the team Thoughtbarn wearing the conductor hats. Up until 2003, trains pounded the historic rail corridor from the Thea Foss Waterway to the Brewery District, passing rickety warehouses and dens of iniquity before UW-Tacoma rang the school bell. Today, feet and bikes traverse the line, passing installations titled TacomaBall, Rogue Rhizomes and Ghost Prairie. When all said and done, some $5.83 million will be pumped into the half-mile Prairie Trail Line, creating a living and breathing interpretive trail connecting the waterfront with downtown Tacoma, which will also include a storm water purification system for the polluted runoff from Hilltop.

Below are a few photos of Temporal Terminus I snapped during yesterday's rainy afternoon tour. Due to the City of Tacoma's budget cuts to the Megaphone Department, and my frozen hands, I'm forced to add descriptive paragraphs written by the Tacoma Arts Commission. I have no idea what McBirde and the artist said through that crappy megaphone.

Dock Street: Zero Down

From a series of "footprints" that occupy the grassy area, colorful shadows extend. The images are rendered in temporary paint and continued in chalk; the forms span the grass and onto the concrete morphing into forms human and imagined. Each brightly colored shadow represents the diversity and complexities of humans' personalities. Artists: Chris Jordan, Chandler O'Leary, Claudia Riedener

15th Street Overpass: TacomaBall

The curve of this overpass is the inspiration for TacomaBall, a monumental, temporarily interactive pinball style game. Balls are bowled down the curve interacting with various obstacles depicting various national and local icons. Racing stripes and imagery reminiscent of the game will remain on the ramp through the course of the exhibit making every pedestrian a player in the game. Artists: Kyle Dillehay, Lisa Kinoshita

Under I-705: Wild Wilderness

This work comments on the diminishing open spaces in our world and that impact on animal habitat. In addition, it calls attention to the wild spaces that exist within our urban midst. A variety of animals that would be hard pressed to co-exist inhabit this newly created environment. Artists: Jennifer Adams, Kristin Giordano, Kenji Stoll

Hood Street: Rogue Rhizomes

This section of the Prairie Line Trail is a ragged remnant of an industrial heritage that has witnessed dynamic transformation all around, while remaining itself, virtually unchanged over the last 100 years. The fringes of this space are a competition between structured plantings and wildness trying to reinsert itself into the landscape. This installation explores the rogue elements of organic invasiveness, between city and wildness. Using brightly colored markers and a three-dimensional letterform the eye is drawn from a distance and evoke ideas of giant flora. Organic patterns around the base of each light pole emanate outwards over time making use of positive and negative space and ‘invade' the surrounding area. Artists: Chris Sharp, Lance Kagey, James Sinding

Tollefson: Link

"Link" makes visible the connection between the rail lines and highlights how the Prairie Line Trail linked Tacoma to the communities of Tenino, McIntosh, Wetico, Rainier, Yelm, Roy, Hillhurst, Lakeview, and South Tacoma. Floating yellow orbs, iconic of the yellow and black railroad signs will re-enact the stops along the line that connected with these communities. Artists: Bret Lyon, Janet Marcavage, Holly Senn

UW-T Campus: Ghost Prairie

Thoughtbarn installation speaks to the railroad line's namesake. Inspired by the mysterious Mima mounds located in southern Washington and the plight of the prairie, our public art installation introduces a piece of ‘artificial prairie' along the rails of the Prairie Line Trail in downtown Tacoma. It is a playful referral to both the railroad's history and its new landscape-driven future as a bike and pedestrian path through the city. For its duration the colorful, intriguing object(s) will catch the eye of local pedestrians and drivers. They will draw attention to the oft-overlooked railroad that nonetheless defines Tacoma's history. Those most curious can get up close to run their hands along the "grasses," which will also glow at night. Artists: Thoughtbarn (Lucy Begg, Robert Gay) with help from Tacoma School of the Arts students

UW-T Pedestrian Bridge: Envision

Gigantic eyes look down on the campus from the pedestrian bridge. Are they benevolent? Visionary? Judging? That depends. The eyes are those of Abraham Lincoln, the visionary whose dream it was to complete a transcontinental rail that would meet the Pacific. Is he overlooking his accomplishment or wondering about this particular routes demise and our crazy modern lives? Walking over the ped bridge, one experiences a different viewpoint and inspiration for the endurance of vision. Artists: Jeremy Gregory, Diane Hansen, Ed Kroupa

UW-T Grassy Areas: Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny was a phrase that justified the territorial expansion of the United States as if it were a divine sanction. A series of markers reminiscent of the Northern Pacific Railroad signs act as a historical timeline of Tacoma, starting in 1870, three years before Tacoma was designated as the western terminus for the transcontinental railroad. A stepping-stone begins the journey and the subsequent signs track the growing population of the city over 140 years at intervals that represent the largest jumps in population. Artists: Maria Meneses, Nicholas Nyland, Elise Richman

Temporal Terminus: Marking the Line temporary public art exhibit will dot the downtown Tacoma landscape through Nov. 30, 2011. A map of the public art exhibit can be found here.

LINK: More Temporal Terminus opening day photos

November 13, 2011 at 8:56am

5 Things To Do Today: Pierced Arrows, Miniature Art Show, Washington state history, Comedy for a Cause and more ...

Pierced Arrows / Photo credit: Simone Muller

SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2011 >>>

1. If you haven't heard of Pierced Arrows, you're in the dark. Born out of the ashes of seminal garage rock band Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows boasts Fred and Toody Cole - both of Dead Moon fame. Rounded out by drummer Kelly Halliburton, Pierced Arrows have been receiving positive comparisons to the famous band they succeeded, and winning smiles and applause from those who cursed the day Dead Moon broke up. The Brotherhood Lounge in Olympia hosts the band at 9 p.m. Missing out would be foolish.

2. There's something wonderfully odd and mysterious about the mind of the miniaturist; it takes a certain kind of person to spend so much time around small things, to appreciate the exacting elegance of a tiny table or an itty-bitty bed. Whether it's a simple dollhouse or an extravagant diorama, creating a good miniature world is a matter of scale, a fastidious craft that requires patience, an artist's eye - and lots and lots of time. Gallery Three in Puyallup celebrates those dedicated folks with a wine reception for its Miniature Art Show from 12:30-2 p.m.

3. Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, author of New Land, North of the Columbia: Historic Documents that Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Today will discuss her book at 2 p.m. inside the Olympic Room at the Tacoma Public Library Main Branch in downtown Tacoma. She's traversed the state and sifted through the files of three dozen archives to cull the 400-plus documents that bring to life Washington's last 150 years.

4. Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble launches its eighth season at 7 p.m. inside the Schneebeck Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Puget Sound.

5. More than a dozen local and national comedians will come together at 8 p.m. inside Jazzbones to make you laugh and raise money for Tacoma comedy veteran Debbie Wooten-Williams, who has recently had set some health setbacks. Hosted by Ralph Porter, tonight's   "Comedy for a Cause" lineup includes comics Jerry Percio, Travis Simmons, Susan Jones, Cari Tillery, Shawn Lawrence, Rodney Sherwood, Mike Wally Walter, Tony Daniel, Rico the Comedian and Mr. Mookie.

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November 11, 2011 at 7:39am

True Tacoman app trivia game: Jail answer, Friday's question

DO YOU KNOW YOUR TACOMA HISTORY ... AND LOVE FOOD? >>

Foodcaching is a new smart phone app alerting customers of awesome food deals at 16 restaurants in the greater Tacoma area. You may download the app for free on your iPhone and Android here.

The Weekly Volcano has teamed up with Foodcaching for the True Tacoman game. Every Tuesday and Friday right here on Spew, we post a Tacoma history trivia provided by the Washington State History Museum. If you know the answer, run to one of the 16 participating restaurants, come clean with answer and you'll receive points on your Foodcaching app, which you downloaded free here. We'll be running the True Tacoman trivia game through the end of the year.

The person will the most points on Dec. 31 will be crowned the True Tacoma and be flooded with various food prizes.

Tuesday's Tacoma trivia answer

In 1867 the U. S. Congress authorized a prison for Washington state along with $20,000 for the building project. Two sites considered were Fort Vancouver to the south and Port Townsend to the north. Steilacoom, a growing industrious community with a busy seaport, was located in the middle and was chosen by the legislature to be the site for the new prison.

Today's Tacoma trivia question

Two British companies claimed much of Pierce County after the Civil War. Name the two:

A) The Puget Sound's Agricultural Company

B) The Hudson's Bay Company

C) The Northwest Company

Answer the question correctly at one of the 16 participating restaurants below and score points - besides the awesome food deals from the restaurant. The correct answer will be revealed Tuesday, Nov. 15 on Spew. Also keep an eye on this blog for bonus game points and a special invite to the True Tacoman Game Party in early 2012.

Oh, you can download the free app here.

Participating restaurants

  • 1022 South, 1022 South J St., Tacoma, 253.627.8588, Facebook
  • Capers Cafe & Take Home, 2602 N. Proctor St., Tacoma, 253.761.4444, Facebook
  • Dirty Oscar's Annex, 2309 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.0588, Facebook
  • Dorky's Arcade, 754 Pacfic Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.4156, Facebook
  • Harmon Brewery & Eatery, 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.383.2739, Facebook
  • Harmon Tap Room, 204 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.212.2725, Facebook
  • The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, 253.683.4606, Facebook
  • Jake's Bar & Bistro, 215 Wilkes St., Steilacoom, 253.581.3300, Website
  • Massimo Italian Bar & Grill, 4020 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.503.1902, Facebook
  • Marrow Kitchen & Bar, 2717 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.267.5299, Facebook
  • Over The Moon Cafe, 709 Court C/Opera Alley, Tacoma, 253.284.3722, Facebook
  • Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.3535, Facebook
  • The Social Bar & Grill, 1715 Dock St., Tacoma, 253.301.3835, Facebook
  • STINK Cheese & Meat, 628 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.426.1347, Facebook
  • Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe, 3529 Mckinley Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.1502, Facebook
  • TWOKOI Japanese Restaurant, 1552 Commerce St., Tacoma, 253.274.8999, Facebook

November 8, 2011 at 7:18am

True Tacoman app trivia game: Friday's answer, new question

DO YOU KNOW YOUR TACOMA HISTORY ... AND LOVE FOOD? >>

Foodcaching is a new smart phone app alerting customers of awesome food deals at 16 restaurants in the greater Tacoma area. You may download the app for free on your iPhone and Android here.

The Weekly Volcano has teamed up with Foodcaching for the True Tacoman game. Every Tuesday and Friday right here on Spew, we post a Tacoma history trivia provided by the Washington State History Museum. If you know the answer, run to one of the 16 participating restaurants, come clean with answer and you'll receive points on your Foodcaching app, which you downloaded free here. We'll be running the True Tacoman trivia game through the end of the year.

The person will the most points on Dec. 31 will be crowned the True Tacoma and be flooded with various food prizes.

Last week's Tacoma trivia answer

The present day building which houses the Washington State History Research Center in Tacoma dates back to 1911, when the Washington State Historical Society shared space with another historical organization, the Ferry Museum. Clinton P. Ferry - the Tacoma businessman for whom the Ferry Museum was named - was given a special name in the City of Destiny. What was the special name? The name was The Duke of Tacoma. Clinton was the son-in-law of Morton Matthew McCarver who named Tacoma after the Salish word.

Here's today's Tacoma trivia question

The first civilian jail in the Puget Sound was located:

A) Sumner

B) Tacoma

C) Steilacoom

Answer the question correctly at one of the 16 participating restaurants below and score points - besides the awesome food deals from the restaurant. The correct answer will be revealed Friday, Nov. 11 on Spew. Also keep an eye on this blog for bonus game points and a special invite to the True Tacoman Game Party in early 2012.

Oh, you can download the free app here.

Participating restaurants

  • 1022 South, 1022 South J St., Tacoma, 253.627.8588, Facebook
  • Capers Cafe & Take Home, 2602 N. Proctor St., Tacoma, 253.761.4444, Facebook
  • Dirty Oscar's Annex, 2309 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.0588, Facebook
  • Dorky's Arcade, 754 Pacfic Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.4156, Facebook
  • Harmon Brewery & Eatery, 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.383.2739, Facebook
  • Harmon Tap Room, 204 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.212.2725, Facebook
  • The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, 253.683.4606, Facebook
  • Jake's Bar & Bistro, 215 Wilkes St., Steilacoom, 253.581.3300, Website
  • Massimo Italian Bar & Grill, 4020 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.503.1902, Facebook
  • Marrow Kitchen & Bar, 2717 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.267.5299, Facebook
  • Over The Moon Cafe, 709 Court C/Opera Alley, Tacoma, 253.284.3722, Facebook
  • Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.3535, Facebook
  • The Social Bar & Grill, 1715 Dock St., Tacoma, 253.301.3835, Facebook
  • STINK Cheese & Meat, 628 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.426.1347, Facebook
  • Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe, 3529 Mckinley Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.1502, Facebook
  • TWOKOI Japanese Restaurant, 1552 Commerce St., Tacoma, 253.274.8999, Facebook

November 6, 2011 at 5:11pm

FREELOADERS: Old Edition

Check out the grey nurse shark feeding Saturday mornings at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

THIS WEEK'S FREEBIES NOV. 7-13 >>>

Hey, what happened?  Bobble Tiki was just traipsing happily through autumn, watching the leaves turn pretty colors and fall into someone else's yard, when it suddenly turned cold!

When the cold arrives is when Bobble Tiki begins doing his old man thing: puttering around the house. Bobble Tiki walks around turning lamps on and off, makes coffee, calls to see which checks cleared overnight, visits the porch to see which plants he has killed and, well, just putter. Anything you read on this page must be taken with a grain of salt, because Bobble Tiki can't remember what it is he's supposed to be doing.

But don't fret, gentle reader, because Bobble Tiki sends you another fresh Freeloaders column to keep your tootsies toasty. This week, Bobble Tiki will focus on free events centered on things that are old. Like Bobble Tiki. 

MONDAY, NOV. 7: Tacoma playwright C. Rosalind Bell presents a free staged reading of her screenplay about blues guitar legend Robert Johnson at the Toy Boat Theatre in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood. Twelve professional and community actors will bring to life the African American blues artist who, in the 1930s south, developed a sound and approach that was to influence the entire genre of rock and roll music, before his untimely death at 27 after being poisoned by the husband of a woman he was wooing.

TUESDAY, NOV. 8: For some reason, the history books concentrate on the presidents after the adoption of the U. S. Constitution. However there were 14 presidents prior to the U. S. Constitution, eight of which served under an earlier constitution, The Articles of Confederation. The 14 Presidents Prior to George Washington exhibit - on display at Karpeles Manuscript Museum next to Wright Park in Tacoma - will discuss history during these 14 presidential terms. As always, admission is free.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9: Emile Zola's epic Germinal was published in 1885: the year Freud arrived in Paris to study hysteria, and the year the miner's son, DH Lawrence, was born. Psychologically, socially and politically, Germinal was a trailblazing fiction set in the 1860s in a mining community in northern France. Meeting in Tacoma since 1994 - the year Bobble Tiki was beat up by his construction site buddies after Bobble Tiki said he preferred anti-folk, no-wave and some math rock over country music - the Classic Book Club will discuss Germinal at 7 p.m. inside King's Books.

THURSDAY, NOV. 10: For the past 25 years investigative journalist David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape with his weekly audio series Alternative Radio, a one-hour public affairs program carried by over 125 radio outlets in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. In September, he was deported from India for his work on Kashmir and other revolts. At 7:30 p.m. Barsamian will give a free lecture on "Uprisings: Form Kashmir to Egypt to wall Street inside the Washington State Labor Council office in Olympia.

FRIDAY, NOV. 11: The Washington State History Museum will admit active duty and retired military and their family free admission on Veteran's Day. At 2 p.m. the downtown Tacoma museum will commemorate Veteran's Day by reading aloud a series of recollections written by or about military service members past and present. Members of the public are invited to recount, in 500 words or less, a personal experience related to the American armed forces or a memory of someone who is or was in military

SATURDAY, NOV. 12: What was life on Earth like in the years between the dinosaur extinction and the rise of human beings?  Bobble Tiki was thinking it must have been pure bliss.  But no, there were dangers a plenty, which you may witness if you drop in on the shark feeding at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium at 11 a.m. 

SUNDAY NOV. 13: Remember how sweet life was before everyone was addicted to TV and the Internet?  When situations weren't created for you - you actually had to use your imagination to spice up life? Shake the dust off your brain, and listen to Dr. Lorraine McConaghy discuss her newly released book, New Land, North of the Columbia: Historic Documents that Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Today, at 2 p.m. inside The Tacoma Public Library Main Branch. Historian McConaghy has traversed the state and sifted through the files of three dozen archives to cull the 400-plus documents that bring to life Washington's last 150 years.

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October 24, 2011 at 6:21am

5 Things To Do Today: Batman, wacky Tacoma slide show, "Girls With Guns" and more ...

Capes & Cowls Book Club will geek out on Batman tonight.

MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2011 >>>

1. Back in 1989, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean published Batman: Arkham Asylum, which was a kind of coffee table art version of Batman - almost a European movie-style Batman, if you will. In celebration of the book, sweet pea will turn on the Batman signal at 8 p.m. summoning the Capes & Cowls Book Club for a discussion of said book inside King's Books.

2. Tacoma has had its share of the unconventional - from an Egyptologist to a Swedish swami; from a dog that rides the rails to octopi that wrestle. Local historian Karla Stover will run through the wackiness at 10:30 a.m. inside the Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center. Afterward, everyone will nap.

3. Spurred on by encouraging posts from Facebook friends about how much money they've saved and by reality TV shows like "Extreme Couponing" on TLC, more and more people are turning to clipping coupons as a way to stretch their grocery dollars. Heather Clarke in on this couponing thing, too. She will lead a Couponing 101 class at 7 p.m. inside the Olympic Room at the Tacoma Public Library Main Branch. Clarke will examine techniques for getting groceries, toiletries and drug store items cheap and even free by using coupons, rebates and sales.

4. The Tacoma Cult Movie Club screens films under the theme "Girls With Guns," plus raffles and free popcorn at 7 p.m. inside the Acme Grub Cage. Weekly Volcano scribe Rev. Adam McKinney has the inside scoop on the club here.

5. The Rod Cook and his crew will fill The Swiss with soulful blues melodies beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events today in the South Sound

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October 15, 2011 at 11:35pm

FREELOADERS: Dead Edition

The Tacoma Art Museum celebrates the dead.

THIS WEEK'S BEST FREEBIES OCT. 17-23 >>>

Let's think about this. Dia de los Muertos goes down Nov. 1-2 and everyone will have Day of the Dead stories on Nov. 3. Some will be wild; some will be amusing, and - depending on what sort of crowd you run with - many could be incoherent. Yours should be different. Because, you know, everybody should be different. You celebrate Day of the Dead starting Monday all the way through Nov. 2. You call it 17 Days of the Dead. Here are a few suggestions that should knock you dead. You're welcome.

MONDAY, OCT. 17: You know the story: Ebenezer Scrooge is a miser who couldn't give a fig about his fellow man. He's dismissive toward his nephew, his only remaining family member; abusive toward his impoverished employee, Bob Cratchit; and just a miserable wretch in general. In the days leading up to Christmas 1843, Scrooge is haunted by his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. This is not a social call. Marley - doomed to forever walk the earth alone, in death as he did in life - warns Scrooge that he has one chance to mend his wicked ways, and so Scrooge will be visited by three ghosts who will teach him the lessons of Christmas. You were born to play Marley. Give the Tacoma Little Theatre a call right now at 253.272.2281 and sign up for Monday's night's auditions for A Christmas Carol.

TUESDAY, OCT. 18: The My Lai massacre, which took place on the morning of March 16, 1968, was a watershed in the history of modern American combat, and a turning point in the public perception of the Vietnam War. Investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh is best known for exposing the cover-up of the My Lai massacre, as well as the recent series he wrote on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in The New Yorker. Hersh will lecture on his career at 7 p.m. in the University of Washington-Tacoma's Philip Hall. It's free to attend, but advance registration is required.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19: Are microplastics floating in the ocean killing organisms when ingested? What happens when microplastics enter the food chain? Dr. Joel Baker, science director at Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, will share the answers, for free, in a 7 p.m. lecture at the WET Science Center in Olympia.

THURSDAY, OCT. 20: You've always had a fascination with the Grim Reaper and art. Why not combine the two? Once again the Tacoma Art Museum is partnering with Centro Latino and Proyecto MoLÉ once again to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which includes the annual construction of altars or ofrendas (offerings) dedicated to the spirits of the deceased. During Third Thursday Artwalk - with free admission to TAM from 5-8 p.m. - the altar artist will discuss their works from 6-7 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 21: OK, you have "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi down pat in front of your mirror. It's time to go all the way - a live karaoke band. At 8:30 p.m. every Friday night at the Varsity Grill, the Rock-Bot band backs karaoke singers on more than 450 songs. Who knows, maybe you'll knock 'em dead. Or die on stage.

SATURDAY, OCT. 22: The Fireside Story League will tell spooky stories about the dead the whole family will enjoy at 2 p.m. inside the Bonney Lake Pierce County Library.

SUNDAY, OCT. 23: Tacoma's favorite Victorian-style glass conservatory offers a botanical montage of madness, paralysis and death Tuesday through Sunday. The exhibit Wicked Plants: An Exhibit of the Deliciously Dark Side of the Plant Kingdom features deadly flora that would please a homicidal 19th-century botanist. The W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory exhibit is inspired by Amy Stewart's bestseller Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, a much-needed compendium of plants that rack up body counts. Go see it from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., if you dare.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

October 11, 2011 at 5:02pm

PHOTOS: Tacoma's rock and roll royalty spiffed up

Don Wilson of the Ventures and Buck Ormsby of the Wailers reminisce with former State Rep. Dennis Flannigan. Photo credit: Steve Dunkelberger

HISTORY! >>>

A who's who of Tacoma's rock past and present mixed with the city's upper crust of business and politics at the Tacoma Historical Society's 5th Annual Destiny Dinner Sunday, Oct. 9 inside the Tacoma Yacht Club. Titled "Tacoma Rock and Roll Wall of Fame," the evening was full of story telling, rock memorabilia and elbow rubbing in celebration of the city's rock history. 

Weekly Volcano photography Steve Dunkelberger slipped past the front desk for a few photos.

For more information on the event, click here.

Filed under: Music, History, Tacoma,

October 10, 2011 at 7:33am

MORNING SPEW: Rainy Day Fund, Tacoma City Council picks, "Minority Report" is real and more ...

If you open your door to this - run!

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Rainy Day Fund: Washington state legislators want it. (News Tribune)

Tacoma City Council Election: Hardy, Hill, Baker and ... Ibsen get the shaft from the News Tribune. (News Tribune)

Operation Fast & Furious: Here come the subpoenas. (CNN)

The Department of Homeland Security: It's going all Minority Report on your ass. (CBS news)

Better Than Walking Five Miles Barefoot In the Snow To School: World's oldest running car sells for more than $4 million. (Penn Live)

Saturday Night Live: Who vacuumed off Ben Stiller's face? (Videogum)

Tears For A Team: Witness a football fan as he rides a roller coaster of emotions. (TruTV)

Women Kick Ass: Five women who've been massively influential in traditionally male-dominated fields. (Flavorwire)

September 21, 2011 at 11:32am

PHOTO: Old Town Tacoma is ready

HAPPENING TOMORROW >>>

Tomorrow at 2 p.m. the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation will hold a dedication ceremony for the ting, donated by officials in Tacoma's sister city in China, Fuzhou. Trees in Old Town Tacoma have been decorated in celebration of the ceremony.

Ripped from the Weekly Volcano online events caledar:

A grand opening celebration and dedication ceremony for the Fuzhou Ting will be held Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at Chinese Reconciliation Park, 1741 Schuster Parkway, along the shores of Commencement Bay. The event is co-sponsored by the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation and the City of Tacoma, and it will feature Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Vice Mayor Chen Qi and his delegation from Fuzhou, China.

The event celebrates the completion of the complex installation of the traditional ting or Chinese pavilion in Chinese Reconciliation Park which began one year ago. It also celebrates Tacoma's ongoing Sister City relationship with Fuzhou, China, which donated the ting to Tacoma.

Filed under: History, Community, Tacoma,

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