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February 27, 2014 at 7:30am

5 Things To Do Today: Two guys two guitars, Sewing Expo, Thursday Night Throwdown, "Playboy" and more ...

See Shane de Leon of Miss Massive Snowflake (middle) up close and personal at Le Voyeur tonight. Press photo

THURSDAY, FEB. 27 2014 >>>

1. What does your mind go to when you hear the names Miss Massive Snowflake and Rainstick Cowbell (two bands currently nearing the end of month-long west coast tour)? If you were picturing a pair of twee indie bands or cutesy folk-rock, you'd be wrong. Miss Massive Snowflake and Rainstick Cowbell are Shane de Leon and Scott Arbogast, respectively - two fiercely idiosyncratic Portland performers that manage to find common ground together. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Miss Massive Snowflake and Rainstick Cowbell in the Music & Culture section, then check out with Dionvox at 10 p.m. in Le Voyeur.

2. Well holy crap. Honestly, we see an event title like "Sewing & Stitchery EXPO" and our eyes instantly glaze over. Sounds like about 11 old ladies in a double wide crocheting death certificates, right? Wrong. Completely false. As it turns out, the Sewing & Stitchery EXPO overtaking the Washington State Fairgrounds through Sunday is freaking gigantic - "the nation's largest event for sewing enthusiasts," according to hype. Apparently, "The Expo is the foremost venue for the home sewing industry attracting leading authorities including Susan Beck, Michelle Muska, Lisa Shaw, and Pati Palmer." Do we have any clue who those people are? Of course not. But they sound important. And we're not in the home sewing industry. Maybe, just maybe, after this weekend we will be. It runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

3. The city of Olympia and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate the new renovations at The Washington Center beginning at 5 p.m.  The celebration is open to the public. Featured entertainment includes Ballet Northwest, Masterworks Choral Ensemble, Student Orchestra of Greater Olympia and Ed Echtle, Historian, which begins at 6 p.m. if the whole program isn't funny enough for you, stick around for the Center's popular Comedy in the Box show at 7:30 p.m.

4. The folks at Valhalla Coffee Co in Tacoma take their roasted bean biz seriously and prove it by hosting #TNTNW - aka Thursday Night Throwdown Northwest - showcasing local barista talents making latte art from 7-9 p.m. The $5-buy-in-winner-takes-all event is open to the public. Festivities include beer, pizza, prizes and like-minded individuals for those who appreciate the fine art of coffee.

5. South Puget Sound Community College's production of Playboy of the Western World isn't about Hugh Hefner's life. Turns out this Playboy is a satirical look at Catholicism and Irish peasantry, and the "playboy" in question is actually a character named Christy Mahon who, true to the early-20th century meaning of the word, is a trickster or hoaxer. The original 1907 production supposedly caused a riot in Dublin when it was first performed, but don't expect the same reaction at 8 p.m. in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre.

BONUS: As we mentioned, Vicci Martinez plays The Swiss tonight.

LINK: Thursday, Feb. 27 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

June 11, 2013 at 9:49am

The Mouth: Ice Cream Speakeasy, Squeak & Squawk, clothing of the future and more ...

Rev. Adam McKinney not only co-produces Tacoma's Squeak & Squawk indie music festival, he performs in it. Photo courtesy of Kickstarter.


Maxwell's Speakeasy & Lounge now serves locally made Ice Cream Social with flavors such as old fashioned vanilla, chocolate toasted coconut, salted caramel and a grilled peach sorbet.

Only five days remain to fund Tacoma's indie music festival Squeak & Squawk on Kicksquawker.

You better hurry. The 14 loaned sculptures on exhibition this past year along Percival Landing are coming down this week. A new set of sculpture will be installed on Percival Landing the week of July 8, 2013. 

The TNT Diner reports the Olive Branch Cafe is moving to downtown Tacoma.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO WATCH? Ghostbusters' documentary.

LIST: 100 songs - one song from each of the last 100 years.

FINALLY: Star Wars characters recreate historical images.

We can't speak for the rest of you, but Walkie Talkie is turning things around beginning tomorrowland.

June 10, 2013 at 9:18am

The Mouth: Rainiers' P.O.W. seat, Tacoma Link, Goldfish Tavern and more ...

This is now in Section C at Cheney Stadium. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner


The Tacoma Rainiers unveiled a P.O.W./M.I.A. seat during yesterday's Salute to Armed Forces Day.

Tacoma Link light rail will resume its normal nighttime operating schedule beginning today.

TNT Diner reports a group is raising money to reopen the Goldfish Tavern.

Flags are at half-staff today in honor of the passing of Sen. Mike Carrell.

RECAP: Game of Thrones season finale.

HANDWRITTEN MAKES IT MORE AWESOME: Kurt Cobain's top 50 albums list.

Everyone is talking about this....

Not many people are talking about this ...

Filed under: The Mouth, Sports, Tacoma, Food & Drink,

June 6, 2013 at 9:25am

The Mouth: Shake Shake Shake's backyard beer garden, transporter on Pac Ave and more ...

Shake Shake Shake co-owner Robert Stocker supervises the backyard construction of his Stadium District burger joint this morning.


Within the week Shake Shake Shake, the burger joint in Tacoma's Stadium District, will sport a grassy backyard with picnic tables and a fenced area for alcohol consumption.

Old Mliwaukee Cafe on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue has water heater issue and is closed until Friday at 6 a.m.

Tacoma City Councilman David Boe has found a Star Trek-like transporter on Tacoma's Pacific Avenue. Check out his Facebook post below:

THIS IS NOT COOL: Swiffer puts Rosie the Riveter back in the kitchen.


NINE INCH NAILS: The band is back.

JOY DIVISION: It's now a creepy video game.

Bring it!

June 5, 2013 at 10:05am

The Mouth: Swing Wine Bar to open sandwich shop, New Moon Cafe to go co-op, Charles Dickens as Morrissey and more ...

Charles Dickens does Morrissey. See video below.


Swing Wine Bar - voted "Best Wine Selection" by Weekly Volcano readers in the 2013 Best of Olympia issue - is opening a sandwich shop next to Olympia Coffee Roasters and Spud's Produce in the Wildwood building.

The New Moon Café, Olympia's breakfast and lunch spot, is turning into a worker-owned co-op café. Here is the indiegogo to prove it.

BECK: He's working on two new albums, and you can hear a new song.

MAY THE SAUCE BE WITH YOU: R2-D2 themed pizza box by Domino's Japan.

LIVE LIKE JAMES BOND: Cannon Security RadioVault

Today in Horrible Histories ...

Filed under: The Mouth, Food & Drink, Olympia,

June 4, 2013 at 9:57am

The Mouth: Rev. Colin's stolen fez, Red's Valley Pub, Pacific Brewing update, broom flying and more ...

Have you seen this fez?


Recently as Rev. Colin and his karaoke system were bring joy to the masses at engine House No. 9, a roughian brazenly snatched Colin's beloved Cthulhu fez and quickly staggered down the street. Because Colin is a true professional he wasn't about to leave Chad and Amber hostless as they tackled "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed. Needless to say, Colin is pissed. If you have seen his fez with the green tassel, please inform the authorities, or contact Colin through his Tacoma Cult Movie Club Facebook.

Red's Valley Pub down the street from the Tacoma Dome on Puyallup Avenue has closed. Owner Red says stay tuned for updates.

More than 500 supporters celebrated LeMay - America's Car Museum's (ACM) one-year anniversary gala Saturday, June 1. Through auctions, donations and more, the museum raised more than $300,000, which will go toward funding new exhibits and key programs. 

Pacific Brewing continues its taproom construction in the basement of Old City Hall Annex at 610 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Click here for an update.

Kevin Freitas has posted a lovely photo of Tacoma's Opera House, and reminds everyone that B Sharp Coffee House will soon grace the alleyway.

YOU'VE BEEN WARNED: Dunkin' Donuts is taking the doughnut bacon sandwich national.

WHAT DOES THE SPACE NEEDLE TASTE LIKE?: Ben & Jerry's to produce original flavors for New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland.

REPORT: Apple pushing to unveil Internet radio service.

GAME OF THRONES: Red wedding freak-outs caught on tape.

BLACK SABBATH: The band's new record is streaming on iTunes.

BONUS: 20 great albums you can download for free.

Fly! Be free!

Filed under: Tacoma, The Mouth, Food & Drink,

June 3, 2013 at 9:51am

The Mouth: last night's blues winners, new Chef Naccarato joint, new sports bar, Prancercise and more ...

The Crazy Texas Gypsies played blistering blues last night at Jazzbones. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner


Blues keyboardist Arthur Migliazza won best solo/duo act at the South Sound Blues Association's Back to Beale Street Blues Competition last night at Jazzbones. Migliazza, an awesome boogie-woogie blues musician will represent Washington state at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2014. In the band competition, The Crazy Texas Gypsies secured the top spot, followed by the Randy Oxford Band, Palmer Junction and the Cody Rentas Band. The four bands will battle July 4 at Tacoma's Freedom Fair for the blues competition in Memphis.

Naccarato Restaurant Group is opening an American restaurant, bar and banquet facility in the new Allenmore Golf Course Club House this month.

The Triple Play sports bar will open in the old Hell's Kitchen space on Sixth Avenue sometime in the future.

TITANIUM TEETH?: Dick Van Dyke says don't do it.

R.I.P.: Edith Bunker

GOOGLE: Wanna know what other people are Googling?

RESTORED FAITH IN HUMANITY OF THE DAY: A kindergartner read 875 books in one school year.

Will you Prancercise today?

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