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July 11, 2010 at 11:30am

Old Town Blues Festival in pictures

The New Blues Brothers closed the Tacoma Old Town Music Festival in the Slavonian Hall.


Held every year in mid July, The Tacoma Old Town Music Festival - formerly the Old Town Blues Festival - crams around 20 blues-ish bands into a full day of wall-to-wall music. It kicked off yesterday morning with BluesBerry pancake breakfast featuring music by Mark DuFresne with Annieville Blues, featured surprise sets from Al Earick, Billy Stoops, Mark Riley, and Billy Farmer in the afternoon, and ended with interesting dance moves in front of the New Blues Brothers Band inside the Slavonian Hall.

If you didn't get a chance to drop dollars into the pink boots - money earmarked for the benefiting Breast Cancer Resource Center - please do so right here. Yes, organizers Ted Brown and Mike Mitchell strive hard to present a kickass blues show, but they'd give it all up if it meant they could generate more money in a different fashion for the Breast Cancer Resource Center, an organization they truly believe in.

LINK: More photos in our Photo Hot Spot

June 26, 2010 at 11:27am

PHOTOS: "Until The Fat Lady Sings 2"

Taylor Couture goes over some notes before the show. Photography by JM Simpson


Friday night at the Blue Mouse Theatre was a blast.

The AIDS Hosing Association of Tacoma hosted a fund-raising drag show Friday night titled Until The Fat Lady Sings 2.

The production featured some of the Puget Sound's most recognizable female impersonators.  Volcano photographer JM Simpson dropped in, enjoyed the show and came back with these images.

Vivian LeCher sings during the Until the Fat Lady Sings 2 fundraiser at the Blue Mouse Theater.

Destiny Pride cleans of a CD containing the music she will sing to before the Until The Fat Lady Sings 2 production last Friday evening at the Blue Mouse Theater.

Female impersonators stand outside The Blue Mouse Theater before performing in "Until The Fat Lady Sings 2" in order to raise funds for the AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma.

LINK: More Until The Fat Lady Sings 2 photos

Filed under: Events, Photo Hot Spot, Tacoma,

June 13, 2010 at 1:00pm

Tacoma Twilight Criterium photos

Hundreds of bike racers took part in the Tacoma "crit" yesterday. Photography by J.M. Simpson


The Tacoma Twilight Criterium, a first for Tacoma, featured seven categories of racing, a beer garden (for spectators) with live music, and an art bike parade yesterday at Eighth and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Criterium founders Jon Graef (Tacoma Sports Commission), Mike Brown (owner Tacoma Bike), Gillian Corke (Junefish), Tim Waer (Tacoma Sports Commission executive director) and Dean Burke (owner Junefish) organized an amazing event.

Weekly Volcano photography J.M. Simpson snapped a few shots of the event.

Scott McGee rides his bike, "Long Odds," during a parade of antique bikes.

Rikk Beatty jams during the Tacoma Twilight Criterium.

Jennifer Music and Jesse Pestana enjoy a segment of the Criterium from the comfort of their hammock.

LINK: More crit photos in our Photo Hot Spot

May 27, 2010 at 5:57pm

PHOTOS: Jeremy Gregory is crazy


Tacoma artist Jeremy Gregory posted a crazy photo on the Weekly Volcano's Flickr Group. He's pictured juggling an axe, hedge clippers and a machete. Doesn't he need his fingers to draw?

LINK: Weekly Volcano Flickr Group

LINK: Weekly Volcano Photo Hot Spot

Filed under: Photo Hot Spot, Tacoma,

April 29, 2010 at 2:05pm

PHOTOS: Heather Loepp and Kris Crews

Heather Loepp


Kris Crews, or just www.flickr.com/photos/crews/" target="_blank">Crews on Flickr, posted a few shots of Heather Loepp of the band Santee on the Weekly Volcano's Flickr Group. Yes, the same Heather Loepp who wrote the piece on Retrograde in today's issue of the Weekly Volcano.

LINK: Weekly Volcano Flickr Group

LINK: Kris Crews's profile in the Weekly Volcano Community

April 19, 2010 at 1:09pm



Discover its true meaning, and grab a cup of joe, at 2811 Sixth Ave. in Tacoma.

April 13, 2010 at 11:11am

PHOTO CONTEST: Muscle pavement


Today's Conditions 11 a.m.: Cloudy, 50 degrees, breezy

We snapped this shot of a buffed guy out for run on Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood. Dude is crazy.

Do you have photographic evidence of the time-honored Northwest tradition of people pretending they're in the middle of summer ... when they're clearly not? If so, submit it in our Signs of Summer photo contest.

April 12, 2010 at 1:51pm

PHOTO CONTEST: Signs of Summer


Bobble Tiki loves his Fisher-Price Crazy Daisy (the package says ages 3 and up, but that doesn't fool Bobble Tiki. He claims it's one of those toys that should not be wasted on kids). Bobble Tiki enjoys few things as much as springing through the water streams, laughing, while cranking the soundtrack to Beach Blanket Bingo.

The fact that Bobble Tiki loves the Crazy Daisy isn't the crazy part of this tale. The crazy part is Bobble Tiki pulls out the Crazy Daisy year-round. He hooks up his hose to the silly looking, giant plastic flower sprinkler. Then he opens the spigot and watches the daisy go, well, crazy - berserk - nuts - in the rain, snow, sleet and hail.

Originating from the Islands, Bobble Tiki hangs onto summer year-round. It's sad, really.

Unfortunately, the Weekly Volcano doesn't have photos of the spectacle to show you. They'd certainly be Kodak moments.

Which ... brings ... us ... to our Signs of Summer photo contest (you know we love the lengthy introductions).

In anticipation of the arrival of summer in the South Sound, the Weekly Volcano is holding a special competition for the wackiest outdoor summer photo snapped between now and May 24.

Here's what we're looking for: People walking around in shorts and T-shirts in freezing weather sunbathing in cloudy conditions year-round-shirtless guy - you get the picture.

Generally, we're searching for photographic evidence of the time-honored Northwest tradition of people pretending they're in the middle of summer ... when they're clearly not.

Submit your photos - as many as you like - for a chance to win one of three prize packages:

Grand Prize: Your shot will be included in the Best of Tacoma 2010 issue at the end of July! In addition, you'll get the Weekly Volcano gift basket*, including $50 at a great local restaurant.

Second Prize: The gift basket*, plus $25 at a local restaurant.

Third Prize: The gift basket* in all its glory.

We'll pick a winner a week during the six-week contest that will be eligible for the prizes. Keep an eye on Spew every Monday for said winner.

Uploading your photos to our Flickr site is pretty simple:

Sign up

Join our Group

Tag your photo(s) as Signs of Summer

Click "send to Group"

So whip out the camera (or the camera phone) and hit the town. Then submit your photos for a chance at Weekly Volcano immortality.

*The Weekly Volcano gift basket includes suntan lotion, Donna Summer CD, volleyball, glow-in-the-dark Frisbee and a pack of AA batteries.

April 9, 2010 at 11:33am

PHOTOS: "The INK Show"

Ink drawing by Ryan Loiselle hangs at Had Hat Tea. Company in downtown Tacoma.


Last night Mad Hat Tea Co. in downtown Tacoma held a reception for The INK Show – new work by artists who dabble in ink such as Zachary Marvick, Maria Jost, Adam Jackson, Jeremy Gregory, Kenji Fullmer and Maureen McHugh, among others. The contributing artist answered questions about their ink drawings from the packed crowd - most in the 20s. All the works are amazing. I recommend you stop by for a cup and a browse. The INK Show runs through May 6.

Most of Jeremy Gregory's work was sold by time I arrived. I did learn that he's participating in a live collaborative art project titled "W3AVE" Thursday, April 29, at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle.

Last night was also my look at Mad Hat's new bar. Visitors can now lean on something as they sip tea.

I snapped a few photos before running off to Pacific Grill due to complete starvation. Have you tried PG's ramen bowls? You should.

[Mad Hat Tea Co., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 1130 Commerce St., Tacoma, 253.441.2111]

LINK: The INK Show in our Photo Hot Spot

April 8, 2010 at 4:55pm

DRAWING: RR Anderson


RR Anderson, or NineInchNachosVII on Flickr, posted a preview (page 1) of the Weird Tacoma! CLAW Zine 007 on the Weekly Volcano Flickr Group. Click here to view the CLAW's Web site.

Filed under: Photo Hot Spot, Tacoma,

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