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September 20, 2012 at 10:44am

Dine Out For Stonewall Youth

Stonewall Youth gets extra community love today in Olympia.

All day long you can help support Stonewall Youth by dining out in Olympia.

You can have coffee at Sizzis, lunch at Darby's and an evening cocktail at the Brotherhood Lounge, as they and nine other businesses are donating a portion of their sales to Stonewall Youth, whose vision is "a community in which all queer, gender variant, and gender non-conforming youth have a full spectrum of choices regarding their bodies, self-expression, and legal rights."

"I'm excited so many businesses signed up," says Emily Pieper, program director at Stonewall. "The whole event is about community showing up; it's that visual that people are here to support."

Dine Out for Stonewall Youth participating businesses are:

The Brotherhood: 4pm-9pm 25%

Cascadia Grill: 11am-10pm 15%

Cryptatropa: 4pm-2am 50%

Darby's Café

Jake's on 4th

Le Voyeur: 8pm-Midnight 15%

Mercato: 11am-10pm 10%

Nineveh Food Truck: 5pm-9pm 10%

Old School Pizzeria: All day 20%

Quality Burrito: 11am-Midnight 15%

SIZIZIS: 7am-1am 50%

Traditions: 9am-9pm 20%

For more information or to donate, visit http://stonewallyouth.org/

May 16, 2012 at 6:39am

Garage sale with an artistic twist

Nothing says garage sale season like seven sunny weekends in a row. This Saturday in Olympia, The Patrons of South Sound Cultural Arts (POSSCA), a non-profit supporting kids and culture, presents the Artists' Garage Sale, an art -lovers' extravaganza and fundraising event.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., over 70 participants will have goods for sale. From art supplies to finished pieces, the $1 admission will be well worth it. The event will be at the National Guard Armory at 515 Eastside St, SE, Olympia.

All money earned will support POSSCA's arts awareness mission, including their annual scholarship program, enabling talented high school seniors to pursue higher education in arts, and CAPS program, which provides musical instruments to students who would otherwise be unable to participate in school programs.

"We believe that a thriving arts scene is an excellent barometer for quality of life in our community," says the POSSCA website. "When the arts scene is alive and dynamic, we believe it has a profound and positive impact on education, business and private life."

What an excellent way to spend a sunny Saturday - supporting your local non-profit while sifting through tons of art-related treasures.

For more information, visit www.possca.org.

Filed under: Olympia, Events,

April 25, 2012 at 7:00am

5 Things To Do Today: Stepkid, Asian Hip Hop Summit, tarot and painting, 'Shoeless Joe' chat ...

STEPKID: Electro/spacey/drum-centric awesomeness. Photo courtesy of MySpace

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 >>>

1. The synthesizer is a powerful tool that has suffered much abuse since its entrance into the pop world. Cheese-doodling, lipstick-wearing hairspray bands of the '80s are to blame for the synth's lowly place among "real" instruments like guitars and snare drums. But Stepkid, a.k.a Benjamin Tyler from Portland, Ore., has reclaimed the keyboard's unique ability to create otherworldly audio on his new release, Cosmonauts. The drummer has crafted his Stepkid from a strange musical universe that encompasses the paranormal, mythology and both outer and inner space. His output feels like a musical battle between good and evil, an electronic, synthesized dance night for Rod Serling. Read the Weekly Volcano's Q&A with Stepkid on its blog, Spew, then catch him at Le Voyeur at 10 p.m.

2. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Erik Hanberg, chair of the Tacoma Reads Together committee, will discuss this year's choice, Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, at 7 p.m. inside King's Books. The conversation will focus on pursuing one's dreams, faith, and baseball as America's national pastime.

3. Many things go well with beer: Pretzels. Football. Your mother-in-law away on an extended cruise. You know what else goes great with beer? Tacos and tunes. Every Wednesday night Tacoma's Lucky Silver Tavern has $1 tacos and $1 plates of tater tots, not to mention a full docket of karaoke songs. Chugging beer, pounding beef tacos and belting out some Fleetwood Mac - now that's a Wednesday night.

4. Hell's Kitchen hosts the Asian Hip Hop Summit featuring the Yellow Boyz, Lyricks, Smokes, Eetree, Lok Skywalker and Shao Sosa beginning at 8 p.m.

5. Want to get into the habit of doodling dudes? Tonight at 8:30 p.m. The Mix hosts live body painting giving Tacoma's creative community an opportunity to socialize, sip and scribble. Most succinctly described as figure-drawing sessions with a tarot readings twist, the sessions are open to the public, as long as you're of drinking age. Oh, there will be drinks.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: South Sound happy hours

April 24, 2012 at 10:31am

Olympia food bloggers bake to fight hunger

BAKE OLYMPIA >>>

With the popularity of food blogs these days, local bloggers are using their reach to positively affect their community. Bake Olympia, a bake sale to fight hunger, will be doing just that at the Make Olympia Street Market this Friday, April 27 during Olympia's Spring Arts Walk. The proceeds from the sales of the baked goods and donated food items and produce will go to Thurston County Food Bank.

As a food blogger that focuses mainly on fresh produce, bake sale organizer Jenni Crain (of The Plum Palate) is well aware of the price of food and that not everyone can afford to eat what she's eating and blogging. "It makes sense to turn that around, even a little bit, by organizing people who are passionate about food to help alleviate hunger," Crain said. She hopes to raise $1,000 for the food bank, as well as collect food and raise awareness of the issue of hunger in the community.

Crain was inspired by Seattle bloggers' Will Bake for Food, an event that raised over $2,500 for the Emergency Feeding Program. "We don't have the star power Seattle does, but we do have a small group of committed food bloggers and the Thurston County Food Bank, which is working to eliminate hunger right here," she said.

Some of the anticipated treats include salted caramel brownies and s'mores bars (from Krista and Jess), chocolate cherry big cookies (from Fresh Scratch) and lavender meringues and macarons with mango (from OlyEats). Jenni Crain's blogging partner, Chie Okazaki, is working on a savory gluten-free scone.

You may purchase or exchange fresh produce and non-perishable food items for these baked goods and more on Friday, April 27 at the Make Olympia Street Market (100 block of Columbia Street, downtown Olympia) during the Arts Walk 5-10 p.m.

April 23, 2012 at 1:13pm

WEDNESDAY: Stepkid's spacey show at Le Voyeur

STEPKID: Electro/spacey/drum-centric awesomeness. photo courtesy of MySpace

ADJUST YOUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT >>>

The synthesizer is a powerful tool that has suffered much abuse since its entrance into the pop world. Cheese-doodling, lipstick-wearing hairspray bands of the '80s are to blame for the synth's lowly place among "real" instruments like guitars and snare drums. But Stepkid, a.k.a Benjamin Tyler from Portland, Ore., has reclaimed the keyboard's unique ability to create otherworldly audio on his new release, Cosmonauts. The drummer has crafted his Stepkid from a strange musical universe that encompasses the paranormal, mythology and both outer and inner space. His output feels like a musical battle between good and evil, an electronic, synthesized dance night for Rod Serling.

We caught up with Tyler before his show Wednesday at Le Voyeur in downtown Olympia.

WEEKLY VOLCANO: What is the equipment of your choice?

BENJAMIN TYLER: I use soft synths in Ableton a lot. Sawer is my favorite because it has a lot of grit to it and isn't as shiny and pristine as a lot of other soft synths.  My favorite instrument however is an antique drum synthesizer called the Syndrum. It's the weird blips and boops of this machine that gives Cosmonaut its retro sci-fi sound. 

VOLCANO: Do you have visuals when you perform live?

TYLER: I've been talking to the guy who made a music video for machines recently about busting out the huge crazy robots we used for the video for a live show. We were thinking of making a rig so they could dance around weirdly. Hopefully this will come about, but as of right now, I try not to take too long to set up when I play live and since I'm a one-man band I can't make the visuals work yet. However, anyone who wants to add some cool visuals props or bring a fog machine is welcome to bust them out at a Stepkid show!

VOLCANO: Did you grow up with retro science fiction toys crammed in every nook and cranny in your bedroom?

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April 23, 2012 at 10:52am

NERD ALERT!: Get your geek on, April 23-29

SATAN: Olympia Satanists hold their monthly meeting in the Olympia Center Wednesday, April 25.

THE WEEK IN GEEK IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

And we're back! Nerd Alert is the Spew blog's recurring events calendar devoted to all things nerdy. I myself am a Star Wars fan, mathlete, and spelling bee champion of long standing, so trust me: I grok whereof I speak. As a matter of fact, this column took me hours to write because I kept getting distracted by the Scale of the Universe website.

Monday, April 23

Ken Jennings, you'll remember, was the Mormon mentat who won 74 straight games of Jeopardy! back in 2004. All in all, Jennings earned more than $3 million on the show, only to have his carbon-based heinie handed to him by Watson the IBM supercomputer. He then went on to win half a million bucks on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, author three books, and top the rookie division of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in his first time competing. This personable, telegenic specimen from the next phase of human evolution will be at Powell's City of Books tonight, signing his national bestseller Maphead and generally reminding you what a moron you are by comparison.

[Powell's City of Books, Ken Jennings book signing, free, 7:00 p.m., 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Portland, 503.228.4651]

Wednesday, April 25

Olympia Satanists hold their monthly meeting in the Olympia Center. Personally, I have no interest in standing with the cloven-hooved Lord of Ordure - that South Park movie effectively declawed Old Scratch - but I advertise his conclave chiefly to counter the actions of a club of Evergreen fundamentalists who keep removing Satanists' flyers. (Not cool, Christians. A simple "get behind me" will do.) I was surprised to learn Olympia Satanists have a blog and a Facebook page; topics covered there include a hidden egg project, prayers of gratitude for fornication, and how to grow a silly "Satanic" Penn Jillette beard. Even more diabolical, they promise to lure you into their evil embrace through the strategic application of cookies. Not the Internet kind-just...cookies. Those fork-tailed bastards.

[The Olympia Center, Olympia Satanists gathering, free (unless you value your mortal soul), 7:30 p.m., 222 Columbus St. NW, Olympia, olympia.worshipsatan.org]

Friday, April 27

Furries unite - it's Procession of the Species weekend in Olympia! Yes, it's Oly's beloved 18th annual tribute to natural selection, human creativity, and the flora and fauna of planet Earth. Friday sundown brings the Luminary Procession, culminating in the release of glowing gossamer balloons over Sylvester Park Capital Lake. It's effing magical. Then, on Saturday afternoon, about 30,000 members of species H. sapiens will gather to watch a few more thousand hominids dress as gregarious wildlife. Ironically, the parade enforces a strict "no pets" policy, which seems more than a little anthropocentric for the occasion. Procession policy does, however, allow human spectators to join in the parade at any point along its route.

[The Procession of the Species, Friday, April 27 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 4:30 p.m., free, Cherry St. and Legion Way, Olympia, 360.705.1087]

Friday also marks the release date of The Pirates! Band of Misfits, a whimsical kiddie flick about, as you may well predict, a band of hapless buccaneers. We mention this movie only because it's the latest release from Aardman Animation, the quirky English outfit that gave us Chicken Run and the classic Wallace and Gromit shorts. It's been out for several weeks in the U.K., where it earned an impressive 92 percent score on the (Rotten) Tomatometer. In other words, you could do a lot worse ... like, say, The Raven, which enjoys a "freshness rating" of 23 percent as this column goes to press.

Until next week, may the odds be ever in your favor, the Force be with you, and your Darwin fish car magnet unmolested.

Filed under: Nerd Alert!, Screens, Olympia,

April 20, 2012 at 3:35pm

NIGHT MOVES: High Ceiling, Jay Barz, AKA, VIII Days Clean, Squirt, Polyrhythmics and others ...

Snarky Puppy

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Northend. James Coates. 7 pm.

The Conquering Lion Tacoma - South. High Ceiling, Dub Lounge International. 8 pm. $25.

Hell's Kitchen Tacoma - Downtown. Jay Barz, Motamouth Jones, Chris Crazie, John Crown, From Heros to Legends. All Ages. 5 pm. $5. Psycho Rehab, Sanction VIII, Demon Dogs, Pukesnake. 9:30 pm. $5.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Lawless Birthday Bash, with AKA featuring Nathalie, Hollywood Kill Krew, Pawz One, Double B. 9 pm. NC.

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. VIII Days Clean. All Ages. 8 pm.

Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. The Dukes Of Jazz. All Ages. 6 pm.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Squirt, Resident Kings, DJ Kahuna. 9 pm.

  • A very long time ago I was on the radio. I used to rig contests so folks in Tacoma would win - I felt I owed them something. Tacoma was the first place to embrace my early '90s rock outfit Squirt. We didn't make it big or anything, but Tacomans were the first to understand, and that was huge for nobodies. Squirt had many ties to Tacoma. Our guitar player Eric "The Swede" Olson was from Tacoma. Lem Durant, the guy that booked Prosito (before it was The Central and the first Hell's Kitchen) was the first person to ever approach us for a gig. Squirt's first release on a compact disc (mind you getting a CD made in '93 cost a deep left nut) was courtesy of 253 label Wrecking Ball. And the first "cool" band to embrace/befriend us was Girl Trouble. It was different. Tacomans were ... nice. We were an odd lot. Read guest writer Dick Rossetti's full story on his band Squirt in the Music section at weeklyvolcano.com. – Dick Rossetti

The Olympia Ballroom Olympia. Polyrhythmics, Snarky Puppy. All Ages. 9 pm.

  • Just in time to celebrate 4/20, Andyinoly Productions brings in another stellar show. This time at the Olympia Ballroom, and all-ages, Polyrythmics will be keeping heads happy with their funky, world-beat music. According to dictionary.com, polyrhythm is the simultaneous occurrence of sharply contrasting rhythms within a composition. According to me, (and thousands of fans,) Polyrythmics is the simultaneous occurrence of badassness. This eight-piece ensemble jams long and hard, with interesting twists and tweaks to keep the mind engaged and the body moving. From the band's webpage, "Polyrhythmics have quickly gained notoriety playing to packed clubs and festival crowds all over the Northwest. Their self-titled and now sold-out EP released in 2010 has been charting on radio playlists up and down the West Coast." Snarky Puppy will also play this funky 4/20 party. Featuring members of Snoop Dogg's and Erykah Badu's band, this band hits the same fusion, international vibe as Polyrythmics. So light one up, cruise to the Olympia Ballroom and let this incredible line-up do the rest. – Nikki Talotta

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Jerry Miller Jam. 9 pm. NC.

Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Hilltop. Nick Deonigi. 7:30 pm. NC.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Emma's Revolution. All Ages. 8 pm. $12-$17.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Stony Balony, Vigilante Justice, Inebriator, Ranchero. 9 pm.

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. VIII Days Clean. All Ages. 8 pm.

LINK: More live music in the South Sound

April 20, 2012 at 11:10am

THE WEEKEND HUSTLE: Environmental Film Festival, 'Sweet Freedom's Jubilee,' Record Store Day, Wayzgoose ...

WAYZGOOSE: Sunday!

THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Showers, hi 53, lo 44

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, hi 65, lo 47

Sunday: Partial sunshine, hi 72, lo 51

>>> FRIDAY, APRIL 20-Sunday, April 22: Environmental Film Festival

Nature nurtures both our physical and artistic instincts. A filmmaker, for instance, looks about and sees Earth as one vast mise-en-scène, its raw materials photographed in endless combinations to suit infinite stories. The Olympia Film Society's third annual Environmental Film Festival, April 20-22, celebrates a few of those stories that carry a unifying message: lean, clean and green, baby. See the Olympia Film Society's website for a list of films.

  • Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave., Olympia, 360.754.6670

>>> SATURDAY, APRIL 21: Sweet Freedom's Jubilee

Born Aramintha Ross, a slave in Maryland in the early 1800s, Harriet Tubman became the courageous rescuer of hundreds of slaves via the Underground Railroad. Tubman's remarkable life of more than 90 years was packed with amazing adventures, bravery against all odds, and unwavering commitment to the freedom and dignity of African Americans. Sometimes called "Moses" or simply "The Conductor," Tubman could neither read nor write but spoke eloquently at numerous anti-slavery and women's rights rallies in the North. Saturday at B2 Gallery in downtown Tacoma, Karol Brown plays an elder Tubman in Sweet Freedom's Jubilee, a performance of Negro spirituals and stories to celebrate the 99th anniversary of this famous abolitionist's death.

  • B2 Gallery, 7 p.m., $15, 711 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.238.5056

>>> SATURDAY, APRIL 21: Record Store Day

Who ever said vinyl is dead? This Saturday is Record Store Day, a day to celebrate music with some of the most anticipated vinyl releases of the year. Record Store Day began in 2008 as a way to attract music fans to dying record stores. Since then it has become a marker day for artists from all over the world to release special edition vinyls, new albums, and rare singles. This year is no exception with new music from live the Black Keys and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, 7" vinyl from Foster the People and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, a limited-run, 180g vinyl from Death Cab and hundreds of other items. Participating stores in the South Sound include Phantom City and Rainy Day in Oly, plus Disc Connection and Rocket Records in Tacoma. For the full roster of swag for sale, visit RecordStoreDay.com. Then show your local disk pushers some love. They deserve it.

>>> SUNDAY, APRIL 22: Wayzgoose

There aren't enough places in the world where you can watch Tacoma stalwart sweet pea Flaherty drive a steamroller over stuff while simultaneously creating the art of letterpress. The annual Wayzgoose event at King's Books just happens to be one of them. Already in its eighth year (holy crap!), there's a reason Wayzgoose is on the lips of every artful Tacoman this time of year ... and, frankly, it has a lot to do with sweet pea driving a steamroller. Of course, the collection of letterpressers and book artists Wayzgoose brings together doesn't hurt. Check out Kristin Kendle's feature story on Wayzgoose in the Arts section at weeklyvolcano.com

  • King's Books, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., no cover, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.8801

WHAT SOME OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS ARE UP TO

CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL Theater Critic
Starting this weekend, my life becomes one big La Traviata rehearsal. My wife has also accepted a solo role, with only 10 days to learn it. If I have any spare time whatsoever, I'd love to just sit down and catch up with my Netflix and DVR queues.

MOLLY GILMORE Features writer
I'm going to see Distracted at Olympia Little Theatre and going to the Washington Press Association awards luncheon (because, yes, we Volcano writers are award-winning!).

ALEC CLAYTON Arts Critic
I'm taking this weekend off from awesomeness.

NIKKI TALOTTA Music Writer
Friday, I'm bartending happy hour, where I will be mixing up the goods and keeping an eye out for another awesome story to add to my Behind Bars collection. Saturday is a toddler birthday party. Sunday is reading, writing and relaxing.

JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
Friday night the little toddler and I will be hanging out while the husband is busy getting ready for Artrageous. Saturday morning, the toddler will be hanging out with one of his favorite people and I'll head to a friend's house to spend about four hours writing. Saturday evening the whole family will be heading to Artrageous for the toddler's first fundraiser. We'll head to church on Sunday and hopefully get to go play outside, or nap.

NIC LEONARD Music writer
I am out in Illinois playing shows here this weekend.  Also I will be getting drunk and sleeping

JOSH RIZEBERG Music Columnist
Friday I'll be teaching my spoken word poetry class starting at 6 p.m. inside The D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts. Call (253) 507-9466 to register or just drop-in! Saturday I'll check-out hip-hop is Alive Part 2 put on by A-Hyp featuring Leezy Soprano, The Sandlot, Chief Noo, hosted by Blak Mic with D.J. Semaj spinning. The Show is at the Harmon Taproom Underground and starts at 9 p.m. and is $5. Sunday I'll probably venture up north to Seattle at The Crocodile to see Katie Kate. It's $10, 8 p.m., all-ages. 

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Photographer
Fitting pig town at the Spring Fair and then Footloose at Tacoma Little Theatre and then rounding out the weekend with a trip to The New Frontier to see the Squirt reunion show.

JENNI BORAN Features Writer
Friday will be spent watching my 5-year-old delight in digging a space in our yard to make room for a garden. Saturday and Sunday: heading to a friend's house on Whidbey Island to "meet the baby!"

LINK: Even more local events that we recommend

LINK: Comprehensive South Sound Arts & Entertainment Calendar

April 18, 2012 at 7:33am

5 Things To Do Today: To Die For, Folsom Prism, Grand Cinema birthday party, alpinist Colin Haley and more ...

TO DIE FOR: Justin Kirby, right, and the guys don’t need no stinkin’ coats. PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 >>>

1. Just four months ago hardcore bands Crowd War and John Belushi disbanded and reformed to create To Die For, a favorite hardcore metal band of local all-ages venues. To Die For's throbbing, metal-rage-inducing lineup consists of Patrick Adickes with the vocals, Mike Mike Lavagnino on guitar, Mike Elverston on drums, Mat Donaho playing bass and our dear friend Justin Kirby also on guitar. To Die For performs with Cowardice, I Delilah, Safe & Sound, and Lo' Do I See My Brother in a 6 p.m. all-ages show at Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma. Read Steph DeRosa's Metal Home Companion column for the inside scoop on To Die For.

2. The Grand Cinema reaches the big 15 officially today, and Tacoma's indie film house celebrates at 6 p.m. in the theater's lower lobby. Surrounded by wall art of past films, attendees can reminisce and network over beverages and dessert while the staff salutes those who saved the business from closing its doors in 1997. Weekly Volcano film critic Christopher Wood does his own reminiscing, and chats with Grand employees, in the Arts section at weeklvolcano.com.

3. Hailed as a "young alpinist on fire" by Alpinist Magazine, Colin Haley is a major figure in modern fast and light alpinism. According to hype, "Haley is on the leading edge of international alpine climbing. His accomplishments include establishing a new summit route on Cerro Torre's West Face and a 1st ascent of the Entropy Wall on Mt. Moffit in Alaska's Hayes Range. Colin has climbed with some of the most accomplished alpinists in the world including Steve House and Rolando Garibotti." Haley will discuss his alpine climbing adventures from the Cascades to Patagonia at 7 p.m. inside The Evergreen State College Lecture Hall 1.

4. The Washington Center hosts an amazing evening of music performed by some of Ireland’s most esteemed traditional musicians - including Martin Hayes, Iarla O Lionaird, Dennis Cahill, Mairtin O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd, David Power - at 7:30 p.m. This concert is based on a festival that has been held for the past 8 years in the West Cork town of Bantry.

5. If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then Folsom Prism dispatches flowery love letters to the Man in Black every time the band performs. State Farm agent and Taco Bell enthusiast frontman Corey Wilkins for the Tacoma-based Johnny Cash tribute band rumbles his way to a pitch-perfect imitation of the legendary songsmith. Armed with a repertoire from Cash's Sun Records to his American Recordings, this high-energy tribute band will bring the highwayman's spirit to life at 9 p.m. inside Jazzbones.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: South Sound happy hours

April 17, 2012 at 7:41am

5 Things To Do Today: Joanne Rand, TEDx Tacoma, comedian John Garnett, Doyle's 6th Anniversary ...

JOANNE RAND: She's one with nature. Photo credit: Michele Anne Louise Cohen

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 >>>

1. Psychedelic folk revivalist Joanne Rand will drop by Fusion Integrated Body Studio for a night of avant-garde Appalachian traditionals, southern blues-rock and original orchestral compositions about the human condition. You might have seen her back in the early '90s when she was an integral part of the Seattle music scene. Today, she calls Northern California home, and every rag in that area has printed the word "best" next to her name. The Hinges open the show at 8 p.m.

2. TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing knowledge and ideas. Most people with an Internet connection probably know about the TED talks posted online, but now Tacoma will have its own TED event. TEDx are locally organized versions of TED talks, and TEDx Tacoma is set to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the theme is Transformation. Speakers will range from artists to business owners to community movers and shakers. Read Kristin Kendle's full feature on TEDx Tacoma in the Arts section of weeklyvolcano.com.

3. Learn to cultivate creativity and live a more artistic life with John Jacobsen, executive director of TheFilmSchool in Seattle, at noon in the theater at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. During this free, two-hour workshop, Jacobsen will examine what it means to be an artist, how artists tell their stories and why those stories are important.

4. Comedian John Garnett recently moved back to Tacoma from Los Angles where he rubbed shoulders with Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood and many other celebrities. "Tacoma has always felt like home, full of REAL people, who wake up to REAL lives. Nothing like the big rush hour driven, dollar sign eye'd, people I met when I lived in LA and New York I wanted to be real again," says Garnett who will open Ha Ha Tuesdays at Jazzbones at 8:30 p.m. before headliner Daniel Dugar hits the stage.

5. Every 17th of the month Doyle's Public House hosts a practice session for its big St. Patrick's Day party. Practice makes perfect in the eyes of owners Russ and Dave. However, the party will be taken a notch higher as the Stadium District watering hole will also celebrates its sixth anniversary. Expect corned beef and cabbage as well as 2006 prices on all goods. Oh, and for some reason Doyle's can't mention the band fronted by Junior that will rock the joint, in a very sexy way, at 8 p.m.  

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: South Sound happy hours

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