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October 25, 2010 at 4:14pm

No Belafonte


The University of Puget Sound, which is gearing up for the Race and Pedagogy National Conference later this week, sent out this press release earlier today. Definitely sad to hear Harry Belafonte wont be coming to town. Let's hope everythign is OK.

Program Change Announcement:
Harry Belafonte, scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the kickoff of the University of Puget Sound's 2010 Race and Pedagogy National Conference on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., has notified the university that he will not be able to appear as planned for medical reasons.
The kick-off event for the two-day conference will still take place, featuring performances by The Adelphian Concert Choir and the Jerusalem's Gate singers.  The university is working to secure another key note speaker and expects to make an announcement shortly.
Tickets will still be honored for the event, or ticket holders may exchange their tickets for a full refund at the Wheelock Student Center Info Center or by contacting 253.879.3419.
More information about the 2010 Race and Pedagogy National Conference is available at www.pugetsound.edu/RPNC.

Filed under: Arts, Events, Music, Tacoma,

October 26, 2010 at 10:22am

5 Things to Do Today: Glimmering discussion, SIN Night, beer pong, bowling and basketball

Get your basketball on Tuesdays at Gray Middle School.

TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010 >>>

1. "In conjunction with her joint exhibit at the Museum of Glass entitled 'Glimmering Gone,' internationally renowned Scandinavian artist Ingalena Klenell will participate in an interdisciplinary panel discussion on landscapes and ecology." Or so says the hype. The discussion - which promises to be enlightening - goes down tonight at the University of Puget Sound Rotunda, and starts at 6:30 p.m. 

2. Every Tuesday and Sunday Longhorn Saloon hosts a beer pong tournament. Tonight's frat-like action starts at 9 p.m., and there's a $5 entry fee. If you're the kind of dude that's up for beer pong on a Tuesday night, chances are this one's perfect for you. Cash prizes will be up for grabs.

3. Surreal Ultra Lounge on Pacific Avenue hosts a service industry night (or SIN night, get it?) every Tuesday. As long as you show up with valid proof of employment in the service industry, Surreal offers half off all entrees and well drinks starting at 9 p.m.

4. Tuesday means $2 bowling at Chalet Bowl in Tacoma's Proctor District. In fact, it has a name - Two Dollar Tuesdays. And it's awesome. Think $2 games, $2 shoe rentals and $2.25 Rolling Rocks. Don't question the extra quarter for beer - just show up and bowl.

5. Boom! It's drop-in basketball time at Gray Middle School. Every Tuesday (at least every Tuesday that the gym is free of previous scheduled events), Gray's gymnasium offers adults of all skill levels the opportunity to drop-in and get their game on from 6-9 p.m. It does cost $3, but can you really put a price on regaining your childhood glory? More information can be found at the Metro Parks website, or by calling 253.305.1015.

October 26, 2010 at 12:30pm

Mark McPhail to replace Harry Belafonte

Just recieved word from the University of Puget Sound that Mark McPhail will replace Harry Belafonte as the keynote speaker Thursday as part of the opening of the Race and Pedagogy National Conference.

Press release below...

TACOMA, Wash. - Mark McPhail, an inspirational leader and scholar who provided expert witness at the United Nations Rwanda genocide trials, will be the kickoff speaker for the Race and Pedagogy National Conference on Thursday, Oct. 28. Currently dean of the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, McPhail will open the conference with a public talk at 7 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse at University of Puget Sound. Those holding tickets for the previously scheduled lecture by Harry Belafonte will be able to use their tickets for this event. Further ticket information is below.
            McPhail will present a talk titled "Where Do We Learn From Here: The Rhetoric and Politics of (Dis)Integration."  He is a leading speaker on the politics of language and oppression, and on the need to roll back the silence that has too often kept in darkness tragedies such as the 1994 mass murder of an estimated 800,000 people in Rwanda, an event he described as "one of the most profound and troubling crises of ethics and public responsibility."
            The author of Zen in the Art of Rhetoric: An Inquiry into Coherence has for decades researched the complex integrations between rhetoric and race. He was asked to serve as an expert witness in prosecutions of Rwandan officials at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania after the tragedy. Since 1983 McPhail has presented numerous papers at national and regional conferences, and published scholarly essays in national and international books and journals. He is also the author of The Rhetoric of Racism Revisited: Reparations or Separation?  
            McPhail took his current position at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater this summer. Previously he has been on the faculties of Southern Methodist University, Miami University of Ohio, University of Utah, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, and Emerson College.
            His scholarship has been widely published and his creative work has appeared in Dark Horse Magazine and The American Literary Review. He has also exhibited photography in Ohio and Texas. McPhail has received several awards including the Albert J. Colton Memorial Research Fellowship, University of Utah's Tanner Humanities Fellowship, and the National Communication Association's Karl Wallace Memorial Award.
            The Race and Pedagogy National Conference, Oct. 28-30, involves numerous community partners, scholars, educators, artists, and students, locally and from around the country. The conference will extend the discussions about education and race sparked over the last eight years by Puget Sound's Race and Pedagogy Initiative, which aims to stimulate a transformation of education to ensure an effective and fair experience for people of all backgrounds.
 The first conference in 2006 attracted more than 2,000 participants from 39 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It also initiated the growth of an array of new educational justice projects at schools, churches, business groups, and other institutions. The Race and Pedagogy Initiative is a collaboration between University of Puget Sound and the South Sound community that educates students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race and to act to eliminate racism.
General admission for the talk by McPhail is $20. Tickets are complimentary for Puget Sound faculty, staff, and students, but must be ordered in advance. Tickets are available from the information desk in Wheelock Student Center or by phoning 253.879.3419. Conference attendees can sign up for tickets on their conference registration forms at www.pugetsound.edu/RPNC.

Filed under: Events, Tacoma,

October 26, 2010 at 2:09pm

INTERN ADVENTURES: Orange on Sixth Ave

Orange on Sixth Ave is open for business.

The Weekly Volcano's trusty intern, Julie Holt, finds out one of Tacoma's primo vintage clothing stores likes its new view.

Yet another business has up and left Tacoma's downtown district for greener - it's all about the Benjamins - pastures. Primo vintage clothing shop, Orange, has vacated its original location on Broadway and found a parking meter-less, more shopping-friendly spot on Sixth Avenue, down from the West End Pub & Grill and right across from the Goofy Goose.

I caught up with owner, Laurel Lawson, and chatted about her recent move. Orange had been located downtown on Broadway for almost two years before Lawson transplanted north. The key factors in her decision to relocate were the frequent road work on Broadway, the rising rent and the recent onslaught of parking meters downtown.

"If things were going to get better for retail in downtown Tacoma, I wasn't going to sit around and wait for it," said Lawson.

So, about a month and a half ago, Lawson moved her business to a charming little house on Sixth Avenue. Before her arrival the building had sat empty for over eight years. And before that it was owned by a person Lawson referred to as "the button lady." (Googling "Tacoma button lady" sadly failed to uncover any back-story.)

Having never been to the Broadway location, I can't compare the new shop to the old. But I can tell you the new location on Sixth is going to be added to my short list of monthly shopping pit-stops. The shop carries mostly 1940s through 1980s vintage women's clothing, and Lawson recently added house-wares to the mix. Expect prices to be a little higher than what you'd pay at Value Village or Goodwill, but at Orange, you have the added benefit of not having to sift through endless racks of stained Looney Tunes t-shirts to find something you actually like.

I've toured the thrift shops in Tacoma - I'm drawn to thrift stores like obese women in stretch pants are drawn to Wal-Mart - and the bottom line is  not many compare to the quality and affordability of Orange. UrbanXchange on Pacific Avenue comes close, but if you're looking for vintage chic, Orange is definitely worth checking out.


3715 Sixth Ave.

Tacoma, WA 98406



Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m.

What you'll find: 1940s through 1980s women's clothing, vintage house-wares and a very charming owner

Bonus: Students get a 10% discount!

Filed under: Fashion, Tacoma, Business,

October 26, 2010 at 4:02pm

Spooky Olympia date idea #47

Spooky coffee from Burial Grounds in Olympia


Start your night with supernatural snacks and sips at Burial Grounds in downtown Olympia. Enjoy coffee drinks like Rigor Mortis or the Grave Robber to keep you on your toes for the long night ahead of you.

Next, walk a few blocks and enter the building on the corner of Capitol Way and Fifth Avenue. It might be dimly lit and covered with wall rugs of JFK, but don't be alarmed, you're just in The Brotherhood Lounge, where scary movies are playing every Sunday in the month of October. (They start at 7 p.m. and are always free.) On Halloween Carrie will be showing. With a couple drinks in you and the residual feeling of horror that only a classic like Carrie can give you, now is the chance to up the scare factor on your ultimate creepy date night.

Dare to enter the home of graffiti, tramps and scurrying rats? Dare to enter a place of homicide and horror? Dare to enter the downtown train tunnel? A damp, dark place, where underneath the layers of graffiti, remain bloody splatters of violence. A place where young "Punk Rock Bob" was viciously murdered in the '90s, his throat slashed and his head bashed in with a concrete pole. Walking along the tracks, unsure if a train might come and knowing that there may be the ghost of an unsettled soul lurking around you, just might be enough to send you screaming toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

Filed under: Holidays, Olympia, Food & Drink,

October 26, 2010 at 4:08pm

How "boutique" is Tacoma?


That's right. Encore Boutique Nightclub will open in the space formerly known as The Vault (1025 Pacific Ave.) this Friday night. Or "nite." Or whatever.

See the hype for yourself...

Filed under: Club News, Events, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 27, 2010 at 10:31am

5 Things to Do Today: Cooking and Reading, Cartoonists, Dia de los Muertos, Group Knitting and GPS Basics

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Centro Latino at Tacoma Art Museum

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010>>>

1. If you don't like eating you're a communist. There's no need to beat around the bush. If you do like eating, and even cooking, chances are you might get a kick out of the Food For Thought Book Club, which meets on the last Wednesday of every month at Garfield Book Company. Recipes. Good times. Cooking demonstrations. And even some actual eating. What more could you ask for. The action starts at 6:30 p.m. and it's free. For more info check out the blog.

2. Have you ever seen a grown man draw? It's not always pretty. Sometimes, it's beautiful. Tacoma's CLAW - or Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians - meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Mandolin Café. While the CLAW meets often and mysteriously, this one is "open to the public" - when "non members can be brought and introduced to the group." Sound intriguing? Show up at 7:30 p.m. and see it live. Here's a website.

3. Tacoma Art Museum and Centro Latino partner again for the sixth time to offer a celebration of Dia de los Muertos. According to hype, "(t)here will be a traditional tapete (sand painting) by artist Fulgencio Lazio and his team that fills the lobby and more than a dozen altars crafted by a variety of local community members, schools, and organizations." The exhibit/celebration at TAM continues through Nov. 7.

4. Who needs to bring sexy back when you've got group knitting? Every Wednesday a group of dedicated knitters, led by "master knitter" Megan Peters, meets at Tacoma Art Place from 1-4 p.m. There is a membership fee, but first timers can check out the hot group knitting action for free with a day pass. Get your knit on.

5. REI on South Steele Street will host a GPS Basics course, so if you're SUV ever careens off the road and the OnStar stops working and all you have is your tech vest and Nalgene water bottle, you'll be able to get back home in time of Desperate Housewives. Awesome.

October 27, 2010 at 12:09pm


Petty Questions with Owen Bates will debut Saturdays in November on weeklyvolcano.com


"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears [...]"

-Julius Caesar (III, ii, 73)

Hi! My name is Owen Thomas Leigh Bates, but you can call me "Owen Bates" for short. Fine, fine-"Owen" works too! It's great to meet you... sort of.

What's going on? Why am I coming at you live, 24-hour premium access pass over the Net? And who the hell am I?

Well, my name is Owen (1). I'm from Tacoma (2). Basically, I'm writing a new advice column for the Volcano(3). It will be called Petty Questions (4) and will revolve around trivial things, pet peeves and little neuroses, etc. etc. (5)

So, who is this bozo? How can Owen Bates do better than Dan Savage or the guy who does "Social Qs" in the Times? Those people are paid cash money, you say.

Well, I think that's a really great question and I'm glad you asked. If you want, I'll ask Mr. Driscoll why I'm not getting paid cash money.

Petty Questions is going to be entertaining and droll and just a real blast overall. Want a sneak peak at the first column? We're going to be talking about barbeque sauce, among other things.

What other things? Lips sealed.

If you have any "petty questions," so to speak, send them in! I want to help you out, and along the way write a funny little column. But I can't do much if you're not sending in questions. Assuming you readers step up, my words of wisdom should be coming at you every Saturday starting in November, right here weeklyvolcano.com

Let me leave you with another great quote:

"Et tu, Brute?"

-Julius Caesar (III, i, 77)

Hope to see you around!



Please direct questions to: askpettyquestions@gmail.com

October 27, 2010 at 12:51pm

In studio with Calvin Johnson

Read Jason Baxter's full article on Olympia's Dub Narcotic Studios and Calvin Johnson in tomorrow's print Volcano.

When I sat down to speak with K Records founder Calvin Johnson about opening up his Dub Narcotic Studios to non-K bands (read about it in this Thursday's Volcano), I was struck by how funny and freewheeling he was in conversation-talkative, anecdotal, and speaking with one of those elusive "Northwest accents" so few people seem to recognizably possess (laid-back but with perfect diction, slightly Canadian). Johnson shared tons of thoughts that didn't find space in my article, but which felt worth sharing regardless, as they provide some insight into his personal creative philosophy.

Calvin Johnson vs. producers:

"I don't really like the word ‘producer' because I feel like it implies some sort of hierarchical mastermind. I'm more like, recording people, and I'm collaborating with them to a certain extent, to the extent that they're interested. But I don't feel like I'm masterminding [their] session. It's more like a collaboration. So usually when I work with people, I'm listed as ‘recorded by' rather than ‘produced by,' because I feel that is a more accurate description of what's been happening.

"I feel like I'm helping them document their creative expression, so that people who are interested in appreciating it will have the opportunity to do so."

Calvin Johnson vs. fidelity:

"The thing about recording is that it gets mixed up in people's minds a lot, I think. There's a technical aspect to it in terms of both electrons moving and the aspect of capturing sound-the term fidelity is often used. ‘The recording is being true to the sound being made,' But really, that's a myth, because where you're sitting right now, you're hearing my voice, but if you're sitting over there, you'd hear my voice in a different way, so there is no true fidelity, really.

"So what you have is lots of options. And it's making those choices that defines the recording that is made. And that is where the producer or the musicians or whoever it is that's involved in making those decisions-that's what's special about it. If you compared it to another medium, like, for instance, painting...painting can be very technical. There's a technical aspect to the brushstroke, there's a technical aspect to what kinds of paints you're using, what surface you're painting on, what size brushes, whether the handles are wooden or plastic-all those things matter to the painting. But, when you evaluate the painting, most people aren't going to look at the painting and say, ‘Oh, he used a number four brush on that. I can see that.' You're not going to talk about that, you're just going to be like, ‘Wow.' You're struck by the image. And that's the same thing with music. Most people are just like ‘I love that song!'

"[Dub Narcotic studio engineer Bob Schwenkler] is very good at the technical aspects, and that frees me up to not have to worry about them, because I just want the tools to be there, and then the artists can use the tools as they see fit. Not necessarily in the way that they're designed to be used. A lot of our equipment isn't necessarily for audio recording, we're using it in a context that it's not supposed to be used, but it's just a tool that you can use to express yourself. And so you look at something like a lot of the painters that were happening in the modern era, and a lot of people go, ‘My kid could do that!' But it's not about painting a perfect representation of a house. It's more about the feeling. I personally am not so worried about making a perfect audio recording. I'm more interested in capturing the expression in the room."

Filed under: Arts, Music, Olympia,

October 27, 2010 at 3:46pm

Spooky Olympia date idea #26


Their flesh slides from the bone, hanging and drooping at every joint and angle. Their hair is bluish-grey, and puffed out, as if they've been electrocuted. Or they have no hair at all, just liver spots or war scars. They moan and groan and creak and cry, their arms held out, their faces twisted into painful expressions. You want to run, but you can't, you've vowed to take your sweetheart on an �ber-scary date. So you stay. There are only 10 minutes left of this freaky as hell senior citizens workout class anyway.

When the elderly torture is over and you can take your date to the next creepy destination: The shadiest block in all of downtown. Here you and your lovely will seek out the seediest-looking, cracked-out dealer there is. One of you will ask for a nickel bag while the other keeps an eye out for cops. Once bag is in hand - don't pay, just RUN! Run like you've never run before, your adrenalin will keep you moving, and a good scare is guaranteed.

If you make it out of downtown alive, head home where you can snuggle and spend the rest of the evening googling images of mechanically separated meat and watching "Why to be Vegan" videos. Now that's scary.

Filed under: Health, Holidays, Olympia,

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