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July 6, 2010 at 6:48am

5 Things To Do: 6th Avenue Farmers Market, Tuesday Read In, beer pong tournament

Abi Grace

TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010 >>>

1. Abi Grace and Josiah Bogle will perform acoustic music at 3:30 and 5 p.m., respectively, during the 6th Avenue Farmers Market, which runs 3:30-7:30 p.m.

2. Read, drink tea, and argue politics every Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Last Word Books in Olympia.

3. Danny Vernon brings his Illusions Of Elvis show to the Red Wind Casino at 6:30 p.m.

4. Guitarist Steve Stefanowicz hosts Dawson's Bar and Grill's last Open Mic Night until autumn beginning at 7 p.m.

5. Longhorn Saloon hosts a beer pong tournament with cash prizes at 9 p.m.

LINK: More arts and entertainment in the South Sound

July 1, 2010 at 12:24am

5 Things To Do: "Peter Pan" meets the harp, Drinking Liberally, "Othello," Flip-Flop Thursday and MC battle

"Tinker Bell, I don't think we're in Never Land anymore."

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010 >>>

1. The silent flick Peter Pan will screen tonight at 7 p.m. inside the Tacoma Library Main Branch. Harpist Leslie McMichael's will score the magic.

2. Tacoma Drinking Liberally will discuss recent political events and tip back a few brews at 7 p.m. inside The Hub.

3. Theater Artists Olympia will stage their interpretation of Shakespeare's classic, Othello, at 8 p.m. inside the Olympia Little Theater.

4. Chalet Bowl in Tacoma is throwing a luau with beer and food specials, prizes and contests at 9 p.m. to kick off their Flip-Flop Thursdays summer special.

5. The Go Hard Or Go Home MC Battle hosted by SP featuring DJ Travisty kicks off at 11 p.m. inside The Royal Lounge in Olympia.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

June 5, 2010 at 7:39am

Tonight in very important people ...

Mark Lindquist


Parties, parties everywhere - but whatever do you wear?

Mark Lindquist Fundraiser

Tonight, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist - who was appointed to the position after Gerry Horne retired last year - will kick off his first bid for official election with what we can only expect to be a star-studded "kick off party" - which in the business of politics, is code for warm and fuzzy fundraising event. Lindquist promises the event will feature "The Beatniks, an awesome band, musical guest stars to be announced, beer, wine, food, and great people."

In what may be the culmination of one of the worst kept secrets in the history of prosecutorial campaign kick off parties, the special musical guests will include R.E.M's Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows and Minus 5. Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m., Heidelberg Brewery Warehouse, 2210 S. C St., Tacoma, Marklindquist.org – Michael Swan

Neddy Artist Fellowship

The Neddy Artist Fellowship exhibition opens tonight at the Tacoma Art Museum.

So what is the Neddy? From the TAM Web site: "The Neddy Artist Fellowship was established in 1996 as memorial to Robert E. (Ned) Behnke (1948 - 1989) to recognize his contributions to the Northwest artistic community. The two $15,000 Fellowships are awarded annually to Northwest artists who demonstrate artistic excellence, innovation, unique vision, and a passionate commitment to their art and community."

This year's nominees in painting are Ken Kelly, Margie Livingston, Matthew Offenbacher and Joey Veltkamp. The nominees for glass are Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis and Marvin Oliver. Offenbacher and Veltkamp are probably the most well-known of the painters, while Marioni is the glass artist most Tacomans are likely to be familiar with.

The exhibition will begin with a free opening celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by a party at Hotel Murano, where you can enjoy a cocktail, mingle with the artists and admire the hotel's art collection. Saturday, June 5, 6:30- p.m., no cover,
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 253.272.4258 – Alec Clayton

Filed under: Community, Arts, Politics, Tacoma,

May 17, 2010 at 10:23am

MORNING SPEW: Oil slick update, butt-chugging, Dio R.I.P.

Dio is dead.


New study says that eating celery makes men more attractive to women.

The Supreme Court ruled that teenagers can't be locked up in prison for life with no chance of parole if they have not killed anyone

Finally some success in stopping the Gulf Coast oil slick.

Fox News believes that Robin Hood was the first Tea Party activist.

What the eff is butt-chugging?

Ronnie James Dio died yesterday.

Filed under: Morning Spew, Music, Sex, Politics,

April 26, 2010 at 10:37am

MORNING SPEW: Aliens warning, free music, Spock is down ...

Nothing to see here. Move along.


Stephen Hawking urges us to avoid aliens.

National Public Radio Music has your back. You can listen to three albums free before they're released onTuesday, May 4: The New Pornographers Together, Kris Kristofferson Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72, and Josh Ritter So Runs the World Away.

Democratic Senators will push a financial reform vote today that will limit greedy Wall Street firms.

Spock has a new hand signal.

Sixty-one tornadoes hit the South this weekend.

April 26, 2010 at 8:10am

History and magic with Prof. Michael Allen

University of Washington Tacoma professor Michael Allen photographed in his office. Photography by Jen Asaro Cook


Rainier beer fan. New York Times bestselling non-fiction writer. Corner Bar patron. Magician. Father. Fox News Network endorsed wacko.

Depending on whom you ask, University of Washington Tacoma professor Michael Allen is many of those things - if not all of them.

The truth, of course, is not as cut and dry. It never is.

Allen, a professor of history and American studies at UWT, with his signature Yosemite Sam mustache and matching belt buckles - has become quite a story, and it all starts with a simple 800-plus page book, A Patriot's History of the United States.

Published in 2004, A Patriot's History - written by Allen and right wing religious conservative Larry Schweikart, a professor of history at the University of Dayton - is a seriously right of center leaning rebuttal to liberal Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, an equally massive work published in 1980 that took a view on history that few had bothered with up until that point (or shortly before it, as Zinn and many likeminded liberals were coming to control academia after the '60s). A People's History showed the formation of our country from a working class perspective, history from the eyes of those who were trampled, lost or purposefully forgotten - and it's a monumental work. There's a reason - whether Allen and Schweikart like it or not - why A People's History helped redefine and focus our country's complex story, and why it's now part of high school and college curriculums across the country. There's a reason Matt Damon takes his shirt off every time he reads it.

Allen and Schweikart are rebels of sorts. In the world of academia, non-liberals are hard to come by. Allen is as Libertarian as they come. I have never met Schweikart - and he and Allen have only hung out on a few occasions, once watching Team America World Police in a small hotel room (picture that shit and tell me it's not funny!)- yet Schweikart comes off like your stereotypical, delusional, Fox News blowhard ... at least from my liberal perspective. If you didn't know any better, you'd expect pretty much the same from Allen.

And, really, those last two sentences are the key to all of this. We wouldn't be having this blogular conversation if it wasn't for Fox News, perspectives and perceptions -  liberal and conservative, right and left.

You see, a funny thing happened one day. After selling modestly, as you might expect an 800-page history book with an agenda to, Schweikart appeared on Glenn Beck's show. Soon, after being handed a copy, Glenn Beck had endorsed A Patriot's History, saying, "This book has taught me more about our history than any I've read in years." Naturally, Schweikart made return appearances on the show.

The rest, of course, is New York Times bestselling history. In scared, misinformed, government hating, Fox News worshipping households across the country, Beck is gold - and anything he touches shares the wealth - including little ol' belt buckle wearing, history teaching Michael Allen, right here in Tacoma. Our Libertarian man in T-town doesn't have any reservations about accepting the Beck bump.

Over the last month I've gotten a chance to know Allen, interviewing him at length on two separate occasions in his UWT office. He's even showed me a few magic tricks.

That story is coming in this week's Volcano - and it's one you're going to want to catch.

April 22, 2010 at 10:03am

MORNING SPEW: Earth Day, creepy Kate Gosselin ...


The first Earth Day was 40 years ago today.

The U.S. Treasury used its YouTubez to unveil a new $100 bill.

Sarah Palin's Christian nation.

Kate Gosselin creeps us out.

April 15, 2010 at 6:40am

5 Things To Do: Steampunk, ART BUS, Drinking Liberally ...

Cherie Priest

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010 >>

1. Cherie Priest reads and signs her steampunk novel Boneshaker at 7 p.m. inside the Garfield Book Company, off the campus of Pacific Lutheran University. Read the full story here.

2. Riding a wave of positive vibes, the Third Thursday ArtWalk ART BUS is back this month with two tours featuring the same stops: Two Vaults Gallery, Brick House, Fulcrum, 253 Collective, Mad Hat Tea Co., and Sanford & Son Middle Merchants from 5-9 p.m. beginning at the Speakeasy Arts Cooperative.

3. Tacoma's Drinking Liberally group gathers on Tax Day to discuss the national march of Tea Partiers and militias while pounding booze at 7 p.m. inside The Hub.

4. You know how you often suspect the whole, gigantic, monstrous machine is run by multi-zillion dollar companies and insurance shills? Check out the rest of the story, and if there's any hope for us, at 7 p.m. inside King's Books during a conversation on campaign financing organized by Americans in Solidarity, a grass-roots organization looking out for working families.

5. The Matt Coughlin Band, Carmen Caruso, and The Black Sails play an 8 p.m. show inside Bob's Java Jive.

LINK: Movie showtimes in the South Sound

April 7, 2010 at 10:05am

MORNING SPEW: Teabonics, man-eating lizard ...


Teabonics Flickr Collection

Great. First the economy and now this: new species of giant man-eating lizard discovered in the Philippines.

Police in Brooklyn close six stores on the same block for selling dope.

Alien landing prank causes problems in Japan.


April 2, 2010 at 3:47pm

Northwest Detention Center coverage


In case you missed it, I got at least seven irate voicemails yesterday about this April Fools' story - which centered on the fictional announcement that the Northwest Detention Center would be expanding into the Frank Russell building. Kudo to Paul Schrag for doing such an awesome job with it. As Schrag assessed early in the morning yesterday, when my voicemail count was at a more modest two or three, "Satire is a powerful weapon in the war on stupid."

The story - fictional or not - seemed to inspire a lot of conversation about the Northwest Detention Center, which is uniquivocaly a good thing. The NWDC - and more specifically what's going on there, in our backyard - is something we all should be much more aware of.

In that spirit, I thought I'd provide some links to previous coverage of the NWDC in the Weekly Volcano. Schrag, who so masterfully tackled yesterday's April Fools' story, along with a few other Volcano writers, have done plenty of work on the subject - and it's worth taking a look back on.

LOCKED AND LOADED: Geo Group will incarcerate more immigrants - by John Herbert, July '08

ICE ABUSE MAY EXIST: Report shows abuse at Northwest Detention Center - by Josh Norton, Aug. '08

TACOMA TAR PITS: Doing dirt - by Paul Schrag, Dec. '08

BELLY OF THE BEAST: A look inside the Northwest Detention Center - by Paul Schrag, Feb. '09

GOD FORBID?: Finding high ground on the tide flats - by Simon Moon, March '09

UN-AMERICAN: Plenty to say about NWDC, but most of it doesn't make sense - by Paul Schrag, '09

Filed under: Tacoma, Community, Politics,

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