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September 12, 2008 at 3:49pm

Lucky Stiff

STEVE DUNKELBERGER: GRAB A LITTLE SLAPSTICK >>>   

Lakewood Playhouse opened its 70th season with a sidesplitter of a show that can best be described as Weekend at Bernie's and Casablanca with a little bit of music and gambling thrown into the mix. Lucky Stiff, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is a gasser.

Several things make this show a fun one to watch. Tops among all of those is that each member of the cast brings a solid performance to the stage.

Check it out this weekend.

[Lakewood Playhouse, through Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $21-$24, pay-what-you-can Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., actor benefit matinee Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood Towne Center off exit 125, Lakewood, 253.588.0042]

LINK: Read my full review here
LINK: ViVA South Sound arts and entertainment calendar

September 12, 2008 at 6:10pm

Fridays with Eric

MATT DRISCOLL: NOTES FROM THE TOP >>>Citymanager_pic

Though Eric Anderson’s right-hand-man, Rob McNair-Huff, “forgot” to invite me to the City Manager’s somewhat weekly press briefing last Friday, I’m not one to hold a grudge. It’s just not my style. Besides, when I called him on it, McNair-Huff promised he was just super busy last week, and apologized on multiple occasions for leaving the Weekly Volcano out of the action. Naturally, I accepted Rob’s apology, and I do believe it was simply an oversight on his part â€" though the fact that only the Trib, the Tacoma Weekly and the Volcano ever attend these somewhat weekly press briefings might leave some to question the statement. There are only three press chairs in the room, after all. If one of them is empty, well … I think you get the point.

But, like I said, I’m not one to hold a grudge. Rob seems like a super cool guy, and it’s a fact he can run distances that would kill this hack journalist. Last week’s press briefing stiffing is water under the bridge, as they say â€" or, at the very least, some other overused cliché for “in the past.” When McNair-Huff called me this morning to see if I’d be interested in attending today’s press briefing â€" naturally I accepted the invitation.

Eric Anderson was ten minutes late, giving McNair-Huff and the Trib’s Nikki Sullivan time to talk about their iPhones a little â€" which was nice for them. Apparently those suckers are slippery (iPhones, I mean). The City Manager’s tardiness also gave me time to peruse next week’s City Council Agenda, which was helpful since I was under prepared.

Imagine that.

Here’s what went down
Anderson didn’t seem to have heard much about the news (which I first read on FeedTacoma and the Business Examiner’s blog) that Russell Investments has narrowed their field of possible future homes to two â€" Tacoma and Seattle. When asked if there’d been any changes to the city’s plan of attack for keeping Russell here, Anderson was fairly quiet on the subject, but would say “We’re going to continue to do everything we can, and not make any assumptions.”

Resolution No 37591

On Tuesday the City Council is set to vote on Resolution No 37591 â€" which authorizes “the execution of an interlocal agreement with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, in the amount of $338,755, for the joint-staffing and operation of the Tacoma Fire Department’s Communications Center for dispatch services to each respective community through December 31, 2009.”

While that’s a lot of verbiage, the general idea is a fairly simple one: the Tacoma Fire Department and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue â€" which encompasses many towns and cities in our area- are going to start working together to dispatch emergency service (at least as long as this resolution passes). Anderson classifies 37591 as “a move toward consolidation.”

“This (resolution) will consolidate dispatch,” says Anderson. “That centralization will mean a more effective dispatch.”

In addition to improved services, the consolidation of hot dispatch action should be cheaper for all parties involved, says Anderson. He considers the deal a win, win.

In other fire related, Tacoma news

The City Council will also vote on Tuesday on a resolution which will authorize “the execution of a grant agreement with the United States Department of Homeland Security, in the amount of $133,416; accepting and depositing said sum into the Fire Miscellaneous Special Revenue Fund, for new protective turnout coats and pants for structural firefighting.”

While it seems weird to have the Department of Homeland Security involved with the purchase of new equipment for the Tacoma Fire Department, Anderson classified the situation as a fairly typical one. Apparently the Tacoma Fire Department routinely uses both federal and local funds to get the equipment they need, and the Dept of Homeland Securities involvement in the process stems from the federal government wanting to make sure that “first responders are prepared,” according to Anderson.

Anderson says the Tacoma Fire Department uses local funds for equipment the Feds won’t pay for, and federal funds to minimize the use of local tax dollars.

New Budget

Finally, Anderson looked a little whipped this week, which is probably due to the fact he’s been spending ass-loads of time working on Tacoma’s new budget â€" one of his duties as City Manager. He says he feels three responsibilities when crafting a budget.

  • It’s got to be balanced.
  • It’s got to be based on a good set of assumptions, and deliver the services Tacomans expect.
  • And it’s got to deliver those services in a way that increases the quality of life for said Tacomans.

Anderson says he expects the next biennium’s budget to be in the $2 or $2.5 billion dollar range by the time he brings it to the council, which makes for plenty of work ahead.

“We don’t go through it dollar by dollar, but some days it feels like it,” said Anderson, before correcting himself.

“Actually, we do go through it dollar by dollar.”

For those playing at home, you can still expect the city to dip into reserves to help balance next biennium’s budget â€" a move that will help Tacoma “bridge the recession,” according to Anderson.

Also for those playing at home, City of Tacoma economists expect said recession to be over by the end of the next biennium.

I think that’s a good note to end on, don’t you?

Enjoy your weekend. 

September 13, 2008 at 10:58am

Dance, dance, dance

SUZY STUMP: CALENDAR GIRL >>>

Calendargirl Tonight I will polish my dancing shoes and join in the whimsy of a contra dance, hosted by the South Union Grange.

What is a Contra dance, you say? 

Contras have roots in traditional American dancing, with strong British Isles and French-Canadian influences. A caller, working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of moves, teaching each dance before it is actually done to the music. The patterns are similar to those of old-time square dancing, yet have nothing whatsoever to do with country line dancing. Zilch. And every 30 seconds or so, according to the dance, a different person of the opposite sex is thrust into your arms, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

[South Bay Grange, second Saturday of each month, 8-11 p.m., all ages $7, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Road N.E., Olympia, 360.236.1602]

LINK: ViVA South Sound arts and entertainment calendar

September 13, 2008 at 11:05am

Guitars rule

MATT DRISCOLL: DOUBLE SHOT >>>

sBach
Tonight, sBach â€" an interesting and multi dimensional project of Hella guitarist Spencer Seim (who also plays drums for the Advantage) â€" will hit Hell’s Kitchen in Tacoma. As far as eclectic and intriguing shows go, this performance should be one of the week’s best. A blazing combination of searing guitar work and video game style beeps and hisses, sBach is a band with few contemporaries.
[Hell’s Kitchen, These Arms Are Snakes, sBach, Helms Alee, Skull Kid, Saturday, 5 p.m., all ages, $10, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003]

Rising Tides

Tonight the Seattle-based band Rising Tides â€" born from the ashes of Jodie Hates the World and the Degrees â€" will be back in Tacoma for a repeat performance at the Jive. If past performances are any indication, it should be a show not to miss. Guitar built and atmospheric, Rising Tides hashes out a sound reminiscent of ’90s alt rock sensibilities with a twist of new school songwriting. Much like Jodie Hates the World and the Degrees, Rising Tides has more to offer than your typical bar rock band.
[Bob’s Java Jive, with Microtia, Conservative Dad and Sammy Swell, 8 p.m., $5, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.475.9843]

LINK: Live music and DJs tonight

Filed under: Matt Driscoll, Music, Tacoma,

September 13, 2008 at 11:41am

Flickr Post of the Day

September 13, 2008 at 1:00pm

Tacoma Photo of the Day

Filed under: Photo of the Day, Tacoma,

September 14, 2008 at 8:23am

Afrissippi

BRAD ALLEN: MISSICAN >>>

What’s in a name? For Afrissippi, a lot. It’s what happens when West African music meets Mississippi blues.

The group from Oxford, Miss., will drop in on The Spar tonight, when it will share its original mix of North Mississippi blues and African harmonies, melodies and rhythms.

[The Spar, 7 p.m, 2121 N. 30th St., Tacoma, 253.272.2122]

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

September 14, 2008 at 8:39am

Hola! Ahoy! Bravo!

SUZY STUMP: CALENDAR GIRL >>>

Calendargirl Fiestas Patrias

People from Latin America love to party.
From Mexican tamales to pizza from Argentina, food is crucial in the holiday mix, as is dance, whether it’s salsa, samba or merengue. The moves and beats differ, but they always create a purely Latin rhythm.
Taste, feel and see the action at Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of Latin America’s Independence Day at the Puyallup Fair.
[Puyallup Fair, Sunday, Sept. 14, noon to 9 p.m., $8-$10, Ninth and Meridian, Puyallup, 253.841.5045]

Maritime Fest
Tacoma continues to explore its maritime heritage with the return of the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest. Also back for a return engagement is the festival’s art show, featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs on Northwest maritime themes.
This year’s art show premiered Aug. 14 and continues through the main festival dates along Foss Waterway through today. There are 93 individual pieces on display for the show, most of which are for sale, and some of which were awarded prizes. In all, $800 was awarded to the winning artists.
[Maritime Fest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., South Fourth and Dock St. on the Foss Waterway, and the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma, 253.318.2210]

Lucky Stiff
Lakewood Playhouse opened its 70th season with a sidesplitter of a show that can best be described as Weekend at Bernie's and Casablanca with a little bit of music and gambling thrown into the mix. Lucky Stiff, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is a gasser.
[Lakewood Playhouse, through Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $21-$24, pay-what-you-can Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., actor benefit matinee Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood Towne Center off exit 125, Lakewood, 253.588.0042]

LINK: ViVA South Sound arts and entertainment calendar

September 14, 2008 at 12:43pm

Tacoma Photo of the Day

Filed under: Photo of the Day, Tacoma,

September 14, 2008 at 4:16pm

Dinner with DeRosa: Harvest Feast

STEPH DEROSA: TERRY’S BERRIES HARVEST FEAST >>>

Dinner914opening Last night proved to be a magical evening under a perfect sky.  Hosted at local organic farm Terry’s Berries the first annual Harvest Feast took place â€" and I was fortunate enough to feast, too.

For this week’s Dinner with DeRosa I would like to re-create the fantastic meal Charlie McManus and his Primo Grill/Crown Bar crew put together.  Every ingredient was from local farmers, and I had developed a taste for some new favorite dishes.  Grilled corn on the cob carried a sweet, buttery, yet spicy twang while the spicy coleslaw nipped my taste buds right in the bud.  And don’t let me forget to give proper kudos to the perfectly spit-roasted pig that melted in my mouth with every bite.  YUM. 

Even though Charlie was present last night, he was too busy and I was too far away to get a proper picture.  (I suck.)  Regardless, he is my first dinner guest.  It would be an honor to have him at my table.

Dinner914roomcalledreme Our musical entertainment for the evening, A Room Called Remember, suited the mood and ambiance of Harvest Feast perfectly.  Hell, they could suite the ambiance of any dinner I had perfectly â€" they were frickin’ fantastic.  I love hearing live music that melts my soul, and that’s exactly what 120 dinner guests heard as well.  A Room Called Remember is a group of guys who grew up together, all within a one-mile radius, and you can tell. Their music melds, and their attitude is contagious.  Although they did play funky originals, it was the curvy take on covers such as Sublime’s “What I got” and Primitive Radio Gods’ “Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth with Money” that hooked me in.  I blame the cello player. Yes, Caleb Hegg, you ARE kind of a big deal.  Now come eat some dinner with me.

Dinner914terry Terry Carkner of Terry’s Berries is of course invited to DWD as well. Without her amazing dedication to organic produce, my kitchen would not be the same.  If you’ve been living under a rock, and have never explored the possibilities of a “farm share,” please do so soon.

Dinner914daniel Daniel Blue the local artist, musician, and Weekly Volcano artist/scribe is invited as well.  His poetry reading last night moved dinner guests and empowered us all.  Bravo Mr. Blue, bravo!  Although next time I want to hear Motopony as well, got it?

Dinner914richardhines Let’s not forget Tacoma Farmers Market Board President Richard Hines will be at the DWD table.  Thank you Mr. Hines for all of your passion and hard work this past year.

Again, another person I failed to meet up with and snap a hot of was Laura Edwards.  She was the workforce and mastermind behind this extravagant, well-played feast.  You did a spectacular job, Laura. Your hard work and loving efforts definitely paid off last night.  Know that you are appreciated, and that I promise not to make you plan any Dinner with DeRosa.  You deserve a break.  Plus I’m embarrassed of how messy my house is â€" so, yeah â€" I’ll be planning this one.

Mangiamo!

Dinner914celloplayercal P.S. DWD is a fictitious dinner I have in order to give props to, or make fun of people in the community.  No, I’m not actually taking you out to dinner.  OK, maybe that cute cello player, but that’s it.

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