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April 12, 2010 at 7:14am

5 Things To Do: "White Ribbon," "Devil Blues," Loose Gravel ...

"White Ribbon"

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010 >>>

1. White Ribbon - the 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film -  is an unsettling story set in a small, pre-World War I German village. Strange things are happening. Fear and suspicion spread as everyone tries to discover who is responsible. Featuring monochrome cinematography, the film was shot in color and the color was then removed. Roger Ebert calls the effect "visually masterful" and says "color would be fatal to [the film's] power." It will screen at 9 p.m. inside the Capitol Theater.

2. The State Capital Museum hosts historian Karen Johnson who will discuss the history of The West Shore at noon.

3. The Graphic Novel Book Club will discuss Me and the Devil Blues I: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson by Akira Hiramoto at 7 p.m. inside the 1022 South lounge on Hilltop Tacoma.

4. Loose Gravel & The Quarry will fill The Swiss with blues at 8 p.m.

5. Jazz singer Greta Jane performs at 8 p.m. inside The Royal Lounge.

LINK: Movie showtimes in the South Sound

April 12, 2010 at 10:06am

MORNING SPEW: spanking, UFO ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Tulane University-led study found that kids who were spanked are twice as likely to become a bully.

President Obama will host a historic two-day, 47-nation summit regarding keeping nuclear materials away from terrorists.

A UFO was photographed in Tennessee.

Could Hillary Clinton bcome a Supreme Court Justice?

April 12, 2010 at 10:57am

CONCERT ALERT: Korn, Rob Zombie coming to Auburn

3 Inches of Blood will tour with the 2010 Mayhem Festival.

FUTURE THINGS ARE COMING >>

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Korn and Rob Zombie ROB ZOMBIE will kick off Saturday, July 10 in San Bernardino, CA and will roll through 24 cities in the U.S. and Canada between early July and late August, including a July 13 stop at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn. In addition to the two said bands will be Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Chimaira, 3 Inches of Blood and others. See the full line up here.

Additional information from the press release:

The World's Greatest Freestyle Motocross team, METAL MULISHA, will return to rev up audiences with their unique style of death-defying motorcycle stunts. Also featured on this year's tour will be the bombastic BEACHER'S MADHOUSE, a sexy costume party combined with outrageous variety acts, beautiful dancers, scantily-clad Beacher's Babies, DJ's and so much more. Comedian Jay Oakerson (seen on Comedy Central) will also be on hand to deliver an onslaught of unbridled awesomeness and raunchy rock n roll comedy.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Ticket prices haven't been release yet.

Filed under: Concert Alert, Music,

April 12, 2010 at 11:45am

Weekly Volcano Twitter Stalker

THE WEEKLY VOLCANO FOLLOWS THE PEOPLE YOU'RE TO EMBARRASSED TO >>>

Just like most good, New Age, social media applications, Twitter allows people to share and be privy to once personal, almost wholly pointless information about peoples' lives. It's seemingly endless. While Twitter is mainly full of everyday, ho-hum people - just like you and me, sharing info about what type of oatmeal we ate for breakfast and where we get our hair cut - Twitter is also a magnet for the moderately-famous.

Stars of yesterday, illiterate millionaire athletes, former cast members of Saved By the Bell - you can follow them all, intimately, on Twitter.

But, you've got standards. We get that. Following @Snow on Twitter isn't going to look cool (#alickyboomboomdown).

That's why we'll do it for you, in a feature we like to call Weekly Volcano Twitter Stalker.

This week, checking in with ...

FRED DURST

We'll be honest. @FredDurst was pretty much the inspiration for Weekly Volcano Twitter Stalker. Somehow, and don't ask us how, we ended up following the Limp Bizkit frontman - and it's been nothing but entertainment since. It's like that proverbial, gory-ass, nu-metal car accident you just can't help but gawk at.

Here's a look at what @FredDurst has been up to lately:

March, 30: Fred Durst sees Hot Tub Time Machine

"I'm going for it. Sitting in theatre now. Please let it be decent. Love the cast."

via Twittelator, 9:23 p.m.

April, 3: Fred Durst dyes Easter eggs

"You know what time it is!!" via Twittelaor, 8:34 p.m.

APRIL, 7: Fred Durst gets a physical

"Getting my yearly physical. Time to get yours!" via Twittelator, 3:26 p.m.

Tune in tomorrow for more tweets from the life of @freddurst ...

Filed under: Comedy, Media, Twitter, Music,

April 12, 2010 at 11:57am

Concert Alert: Roger Waters coming to Tacoma

FUTURE THINGS ARE COMING >>>

Live Nation just released the new that Roger Waters will hit the road with The Wall tucked under his arm. He will bring the show to the Tacoma Dome Dec. 11. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but they will go on sale May 10.

The full press release after the jump ...

Read more...

April 12, 2010 at 1:51pm

PHOTO CONTEST: Signs of Summer

SIX WEEKS OF SHOTS >>>

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 12, 2010 at 2:57pm

Tacoma scavenger hunt sign up

TAP THIS >>>

"It's always the last place you look," people say about lost objects. Well, of course it is. As some comedian from decades ago (probably David Brenner) used to say, you wouldn't continue to search for something once you've found it.

Sheesh.

Anyway, the Tap into T-Town folks will make looking for hidden items fun Saturday, May 1 with a benefit scavenger hunt throughout downtown Tacoma. Afterward, you and your teammates (the hunting is done in groups of four) are invited back to the starting line at the Varsity Grill for a reception, and if you were very, very good at sniffing things out, an award might await.

Team pre-reistration sign up for the Tap into T-Town scavenger hunt is tomorrow, April 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Varsity Grill. Every member of your four-person team must be 21 and older. The entry fee is $80 cash per team, which includes dinner and T-shirts.

Registration will remain open past the April 13 pre-registration party. Click here for more information.

The Tap into T-Town scavenger hunt benefits the Tacoma City Kids Marathon.

LINK: Tap into T-Town

LINK: Tacoma City Kids Marathon

April 13, 2010 at 6:15am

5 Things To Do: Hula Hoop class, "Endgame," "To Kill a Mockingbird" ...

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 >>>

1. Deanna Riley will teach Hula Hoop for dance, meditation and low-impact exercise at 6:30 p.m. inside the Speakeasy Arts Cooperative.

2. No one pisses more freely on the futility of existence than Samuel Beckett, embracing and mocking the confines of reality. The characters particularly of Endgame - hitting the Tacoma Little Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. - are defined by their bleak worldviews and confined environments and yet can forget their plights instantaneously.

3. The Art Kitchen of Olympia presents an all-ages Open Mic Night at 8 p.m. The performances will feature the enthusiastic poetry of prize-winning poet Casey Fuller, as well as the distinctive and compelling music of guitarist Eleanor Murray.

4. Sixth Annual City of Destiny Faith and Film Series - entitled "Welcoming the Stranger" - explores themes of hospitality and community. The series begins with a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird with a reception and lecture by Whitworth Professor of film and literature Leonard Oakland at 5:30 pm inside The Grand Cinema.

5. Redneck, Algiers, Lavas Magmas, and Marlo Eggplant perform at 9 p.m. inside Le Voyeur Café and Lounge.

LINK: Movie showtimes in the South Sound

April 13, 2010 at 9:08am

Breakfast on a stool

Harvester Restaurant in Tacoma's Stadium District does take out.

THE DINER BREAKFAST >>>

Hey Mikey!

These days, diners are scarce, and therefore, ill defined. We're talking about a place where you can eat at the counter and josh with the waitresses or watch the choreographed artistry of a short-order cook at work. Here are

Alfred's Cafe & Bubble Room: When you drop in for the weekend breakfasts, the triple-decker Monte Cristo with ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar cheeses is a stack of sandwich devilry - grilled on all six sides like a cubic block and served with requisite raspberry jam. Pancakes are huge, bacon is peppered and everything else good diner fare. 402 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.5491

Harvester Restaurant: The six cushy stools bolted in front of the Harvester's counter doesn't receive much breakfast action, but the booths and tables in the main dining room do - although mainly on the weekends. The bell dings, interrupting the soft pop music overhead, and most likely one of the 15 omelets will be rushed to patron, who has already been offered 15 cups of coffee. Pete Pilkey's Pick omelets arrive at our table most often. We dig the hard cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese shell loaded with green and red peppers, onions and diced sausage. However, all your favorite traditional morning starts are represented. 29 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.1193

Marcia's Silver Spoon Cafe: Tucked along the industrial warehouses, Marcia's Silver Spoon Café serves large platters of hot off the grill specialties such as hand rolled omelets, pancakes, patty melts, fish baskets and more. The country fried steak swims in gravy with two eggs, hash browns and toast - but mostly, it takes nearly two plates to hold up the goods. The omelets are equally large, and the ingredients inside are surprisingly fresh and crisp. The Denver omelet is one of the best we've tried.  Breakfast is served all day, except the pancakes as large as my head and the scrambles end at 11 a.m. on weekdays. 2601 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.472.0157

What is your favorite South Sound diner breakfast? We'll pop back on Spew with a few more of our favorite breakfast diners soon.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

April 13, 2010 at 10:03am

MORNING SPEW: iSpecs, porno mag for the blind ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

David Meinert: Chihuly museum is a fine idea for Seattle Center.

There's a new porno mag ... for the blind.

Twitter announced that they will be incorporating ads, "Promoted Tweets," when you search for a sponsored word.

Apple is creating iSpecs to watch 3D films on the go.

Filed under: Morning Spew, Web/Tech, Sex, Arts, Business,

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