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January 5, 2009 at 9:36am

Led Zep-A-Roke

RON SWARNER: THE SONG WON'T REMAIN THE SAME >>>

Laser Zeppelin is not in the Pacific Science Center's rotation. Lunch with Led is only an hour every Saturday. You say, "Bring It on home."

Wednesday, Jan. 14, Hell's Kitchen will stage Led Zep-A-Roke with host Kashmir (natch!).

I'm sure it will be good times, band times.

LINK: South Sound live music and DJs tonight

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

January 5, 2009 at 9:48am

Saturday afternoon jazz

RON SWARNER: HE'S BACK >>>

Trumpeter Rich Wetzel has hosted a few jazz nights around the South Sound including Station 56 and the former Hotel Bar & Grill. He's fired up a new one.

Wetzel will be hosting jazz every Saturday night at Oh' Gallagher's in Lakewood. For two hours beginning at 5 p.m., he'll bring in combos, quartets and his own giant Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra.  This Saturday, jazz singer Carole Kapeliela will be in the house.

[Oh' Gallagher's, Saturday, Jan. 10, 5-7 p.m., $5, 7304 Lakewood Dr. W., Lakewood, 253.476.8787]

Filed under: Lakewood, Music,

January 5, 2009 at 11:00am

Stephanie's update

JAKE DE PAUL: IT'S BACK OPEN >>>

Stephanie's Gospel & Jazz restaurant is back open under new management and sporting a new menu â€" burgers, subs, hoagies and such. They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 928 Pacific Ave.

Give them a buzz at 253.722.5649.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

January 5, 2009 at 12:33pm

Tacoma Photo of the Day

January 5, 2009 at 4:34pm

Tossing Salad: Jimmy John’s

STEPH DEROSA: UN-WICH

Tossing-Salad-Jimmy-Johns Rating: 3 out of 4 croutons
Croutons-three


We had heard a while back from some East Coast friends that Jimmy John’s was the shit. And by that I mean, awesome. It was up to us to decide, for when a new Jimmy John’s store opened near the Tacoma Mall we were all about our own true taste test. The conclusion we came to after only seconds of deliberation after our first bite was indeed “awesome.”

Although they do have amazing sandwich bread, being a tad bit health conscious leads me to often asking for a salad alternative. One thing any customer will learn within minutes of entering Jimmy John’s is that they DO NOT do salads. Seriously, they even have it on the back of their shirts. So what is a salad lover to do at Jimmy John’s? I’ll tell you: order their version of a salad called the “Un-Wich.”

Description: A perfectly green, un-bruised, and un-torn thick piece of iceberg lettuce tightly wraps what innards lay within the sandwich of your choice. Sandwich fixin’s include anything from apple smoked ham, bacon, turkey, roast beef, and tuna salad to tomatoes, special sauces, and my favorite: hot peppers. It’s a salad you can eat with one hand, and how it’s made is totally up to you.

Taste: All food items at Jimmy John’s are quality. They can afford to take extra steps preventing un-fresh items and poor quality simply by constant food rotation. The sheer volume these guys are doing makes it impossible for any item to go stale. For this reason, each filling of the Un-Wich is impeccably tasty and fresh. Best part of all: No croutons. I loathe croutons.

Conclusion: Like I said, you can eat this with one hand. So when it comes to having a healthy, fast alternative to a sandwich, I highly suggest Jimmy John’s Un-Wich. Have you ever tried to eat a salad in the car? It’s a mess. You need a fork, dressing gets all over, and lettuce ends up under your seat. I think this is why most people needing a quick lunch fix choose artery clogging foods like burgers â€" it’s just easier to eat on the go. Even subs are a mess; you really do need two hands for that sucker. Not the Un-Wich and its tightly wrapped contents â€" that right there is easy, healthy eatin’, my friend.

Dressing on the Side
Not having anything to do with two-handed eating, I’d like to tell you about one of my most recent disturbing discoveries: The Booty Caller. I was appalled when I heard of this “Booty Caller” service which texts you on your cell phone letting you know when exactly you are ovulating, so that you may procreate with your partner in order to get pregnant. No, I’m not lying, this really exists. The testimonies these women give concerning this service are the worst part, and infuriate me to no end. One lady said she was thankful for the Booty Caller service because she was just SO busy with three kids that she had no time to keep track of her ovulation, and really wanted to have a fourth. What the fuck, lady? If you have no time to know when your damn period is, how the hell are you going to have time for a fourth child?!? What a selfish bitch. I feel sorry for that fourth child who she obviously will have no time for.

Another testimony was from a lady who said she has meetings after work sometimes, and if the Booty Caller texts her she will leave the meeting early to go have sex with her husband. Lady, I’m sorry you need a text to remind you to have sex. Good luck with that.

[Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, 4027 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma, 253.471.3000]

LINK: Jimmy John's review

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

January 6, 2009 at 11:02am

Top Arts Destination vote

MICHAEL SWAN: VOTE FOR TACOMA TODAY >>>

AmericanStyle When maneuvering through Tacoma you often feel as though you’re traveling between two worlds. One world sparks tourists to compliment the city’s beauty. The other world provides the empirical evidence why this town is called Grit City.

I think we can all agree the beauty outweighs the grit, largely due to this city’s arts renaissance.

It’s a proud situation. The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau thinks so, too. In fact the organization doesn’t want to keep it a secret. AmericanStyle magazine is holding a 2009 Top Arts Destinations competition and the Bureau wants us to chime in.

THE DETAILS: Cities and towns across the country are competing to be named the Top Arts Destinations by readers of AmericanStyle magazine.  Voting is open now and continues through January 31, 2009. The annual readers’ poll showcases the nation’s small, medium and large cities that roll out the red carpet for art tourists and cultural travelers.
 
Often, these destinations are in unexpected places.  Many towns are recognizing that cultural and arts districts fuel economic development. Your favorite places to buy art, visit galleries and museums, and attend festivals can make the list: Write-in candidates are welcome. Seventy-five cities or towns will be chosen â€" 25 winners in each of three population-based categories.
 
In addition, one lucky voter will be selected at random to receive a $500 travel gift certificate for participating in the poll. 
 
HOW TO VOTE:
 Go directly to our official poll by clicking this link or visit www.AmericanStyle.com and click on the AmericanStyle Top 25 Arts Destinations icon to select your favorite arts destinations. A paper ballot is also available in AmericanStyle magazine, now on newsstands. Voting ends on January 31st.

Filed under: Arts, Culture, Tacoma,

January 6, 2009 at 1:00pm

Tacoma Photo of the Day

Tacoma-Photo-sign-1609 Photo taken by Krista Curry

Filed under: Photo of the Day, Tacoma,

January 6, 2009 at 1:27pm

Meet our intern, Krista

MATT DRISCOLL: WE'RE FINALLY BECOMING ORGANIZED >>>

Believe it or not, the fine folks down at Tacoma School of the Arts have sent us an intern. We’re not exactly sure what they’re thinking, but we’ll take it. There’s no sense fighting free work. Our intern is Krista Curry, and for the next three weeks she’ll part of the Weekly Volcano family â€" meaning she’ll be writing a little, taking some pictures and fetching coffee when our caffeine levels fall below desired thresholds. This is going to be awesome!

We thought we’d give Krista a chance to introduce herself. Here’s what she had to say:

“I'm an 18-year-old musical theater aficionado attending Tacoma School of the Arts. Next year, I will hopefully be studying musical theater in college. As a junior I spent the three weeks in January that SOTA affords students for internships at the Tacoma Weekly, which was a new and excellent thing for me. This year I hoped to further that journalistic experience by interning with the Weekly Volcano. In my spare time I enjoy teaching my dog to talk.”


Welcome aboard, Krista!

Filed under: Education, Tacoma,

January 6, 2009 at 1:54pm

Free Thursdays will change

STEPH DEROSA: PAST THINGS HAPPEN >>>

I know you curl up on your couch at night, flipping through your favorite channels, finally landing on some biography show depicting the life of Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Bunnies. Biography shows and The History Channel have been growing in popularity, and I know it’s because of you. Some people are destined to make history, while others relish in simply observing it. We are all living parts of history being made right now, so why not embrace the past and learn how we got to where we are today?

Times are gone of the old, boring museum field trips where your mom chaperoned and insisted on sitting next to you on the bus, inhibiting your ability to properly flirt with your secret crush. Things have changed, the museums have smartened up and they are no longer boring. Interactive hands-on exhibits, actual pieces of the past, and incredible role-play at the Washington State History Museum makes history an eye-opening experience.

The Washington History Museum is open every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Mondays. Thursdays are special, as they stay open until 8 p.m. with free admission beginning at 5 p.m. But times are a changin'. Come March 1 they will no longer be open until 8 p.m. every Thursday â€" only every third Thursday until 8 p.m., which is Third Thursday Art Walk, and free admission Thursdays will change to 2-8 p.m.

That hurt my brain.

Visit their Web site in order to view the constantly changing events, which cater to people of all ages. There’s always something for kids and adults alike. This isn’t your mom’s old field trip, and the Washington History Museum would never encroach on your flirting.

[Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 888.238.4373]

Filed under: Arts, Culture, History, Steph DeRosa, Tacoma,

January 6, 2009 at 2:36pm

Bargains at urbanXchange

KRISTA CURRY: FIRST STOP, DOWNTOWN TACOMA >>>

UrbanX-coats In urbanXchange â€" located at 19th and Pacific in downtown Tacoma â€" I found it nearly impossible to keep from taking my wallet out. I did find it impossible to keep myself from trying on a pair of fabulous studded boots (which, tragically, were too small). urbanXchange, to one whose heart has been stolen by clothes many a time, is one of the greatest things about downtown Tacoma. A consignment shop, it specializes in "ultramodern and vintage attire." The store sells clothing in near-perfect to perfect condition at a range of prices.

"We have everything from $5 T-shirts to designer jeans that would usually run for $150 or $180 on sale here for $50-$60," says owner Julie Bennett. The jeans included brands like Seven, Lucky and Diesel â€" which, new, are ridiculously more expensive than the average college student (a big chunk of their client base) can afford.

UrbanX-long-coat Right now, urbanXchange has a multitude of coats for sale. Vintage coats, new coats, fur, leather, faux-fur and faux-leather for all you animal rights activists out there; they have an excellent selection. My personal favorite, a beautiful long wool and fleece-lined '60s-era coat that was in excellent condition, was selling for $60. I merely stared at it wistfully, regretting that I have about three more coats than I really need. Employee favorites included an adorable La Classe Couture brown blazer with flower-child-style embroidery for $25, a heavy-duty G-Star men's coat for $30, and a denim Levi jacket for $15.

Visit urbanXChange. You will leave with way more clothes than you need â€" but with deals like this you can't afford to miss out.

[urbanXchange, 1934 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2280]


Bargain Guide Feb. 5
ANNOUNCER: Krista’s post on urbanXchange is the first of many second-hand store reports she’ll be dropping on Spew in preparation for the Weekly Volcano’s Bargain Guide issue Feb. 5, 2009. The South Puget Sound is full of free and ridiculously cheap stuff â€" you just need to know where to look. Leave it to The Weekly Volcano to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor.

To advertise in the section, call 253.584.1212 or email us at advertising@weeklyvolcano.com.

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