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October 8, 2010 at 8:34am

TFF Sniff 2010: "Cold Weather," cool reception

TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL REPRESENT: A junior college student chases his lifelong dream to play in the Major Leagues despite his lack of athletic ability in the film "Calvin Marshall" screening at 7 and 9 p.m. inside the Blue Mouse Theatre in Tacoma.


Picture a large room with walls of rich mahogany, heavy furniture and ornate rugs decorating its polished floors. Glide inside and you find rows of tables topped with fancy hors d'oeuvres. Musicians sit off to the side, sweet Mozart emanating from their violins.

Take your mind out of 18th-century Europe - The Grand Cinema hosted this swanky scene last night to kick off the city's biggest party for independent moviemakers, the Tacoma Film Festival. (I hadn't noticed until now the posh milieu in which Annie Wright kids complete their tutelage. Why did I leave my monocle at home?)

Among the considerable attendees I recognized several faces from past journeys in the local film sphere. Director Andrew Finnigan showed up, whose short The Stairwell won Audience Favorite last year. I PA'ed for a day this summer on a feature of his currently in post-production, which hopefully graces movie screens at TFF 2011.

I also ran into Isaac Olsen (Quiet Shoes) and Bryan Johnson (20 Seconds), two filmmakers skilled at giving the City of Destiny an endearing makeover in every work they produce. And Randy Sparks made it to the gala as well. He and I began writing A Glitch in the System a year ago, and this weekend our efforts finally see the celluloid light of day.

Pity the dramatic feature opener, Cold Weather, wasn't as enjoyable as the mixer that preceded it. The premise did sound promising: a Portland factory worker gets a chance to play sleuth when his ex-girlfriend goes missing. Yet viewers have to wait almost half of the film's 96 minutes before the plot decides to reveal itself. And despite a somewhat tense climax involving a stolen briefcase, many scenes either end abruptly or possess no true ties to the main story. The post-screening Q&A with star Cris Lankenau didn't offer much revelation. With uninteresting characters painted in dreary hues slouching towards an unsatisfying resolution, Cold Weather looks and feels like a Northwest winter: too long, and no end in sight.

Don't fret - The Grand has crammed the next seven days with plenty of better films. I'll go over what you shouldn't miss this weekend later today.

For a list of today's films, click here.

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LINK: We wrote a TFF cover story

October 8, 2010 at 11:59am

The Weekend Hustle: Beer, brains and Bach



Friday: Afternoon rain, hi 64, lo 51

Saturday: Rain, hi 64, lo 57

Sunday: Rain, hi 59, lo 46


Beer! Lederhosen! Beer! Bratwurst! Beer! Yodeling! Beer! Yo-Yo Man! Beer! Oktoberfest Northwest has all of these fine things, but, most importantly, it has beer.

The official opening ceremony and Tapping of the Oktoberfest Firkin by the 2008 Festmaster will take place tonight at 6:15 p.m. Incoming 2010 Festmaster Roger Mowery will toast the entire crowd and then swing a mallet into the firkin (a large wooden keg), causing the Firkin of Oktoberfest beer to pour out to signify the official beginning of the 2010 Oktoberfest Northwest. Although, beer is flowing RIGHT NOW! Other event highlights include a large Biergarten entertainment hall with national and international German bands and entertainers, authentic German cuisine, the German Corner gift section, wiener dog races and the Hammerschlagen Tournament. And don't forget to wash all that German food down with ... well, you know, beer!

  • Puyallup Fairgrounds Americraft ShowPlex, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, $8, ninth and Meridian, Puyallup, 425.283.5050


You know those times when you want to sound intelligent? They are being confounded by all those other times you play video games or stare at the wall. The time has come to expand your mind, my friend. So pick a topic - for simplicity and convenience's sake, let's say the Confucian perspectives on wisdom - and learn something about it. Go to Dr. Michael Kalton's "Ancient Wisdom and Contemporary Life" lecture this afternoon at the University of Washington Tacoma. Practice saying interesting things very casually, and then turn the television back on. Or, you know, develop and pursue a lifelong interest in wisdom. Whatever.

  • UWT's Science Building Room 309, 3 p.m., free, 1900 Commerce St., Tacoma


Did J.S. Bach's Fantasia in G Minor help to inspire Disney's landmark Fantasia? A quick trip to www.imdb.com left this possible connection unconfirmed, but if you have some time on your hands, you can do your own search to satisfy your curiosity. The Tacoma Concert Band will be performing Fantasia in G Major as part of their "Fantasia" that will also include Fantasia for Harp and Concert Band by James Bingham, Greensleeves: A Fantasia for Band by Robert Smith, The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas and I Found Fantasia at Lover's Package by Seymour Butts. Actually, We can't confirm the last piece so disregard it.

  • Pantages Theater, 7:30 p.m., $15-$30, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.581.5894


MATT DRISCOLL Editor and Fantasy Football Addict
After the madness of last weekend it might be a good time for a low-key two-day reprieve, but with the Tacoma Film Festival in full swing, and a Husky game to attend Saturday night (which will hopefully be A LOT more enjoyable than the last home Husky game - damn you, Marty Campbell and your Cornhuskers), it seems there'll be no rest for the weary. Also, another stray shopping cart just appeared in my neighborhood yesterday, so it'll be fun to see what happens with that.

PAUL SCHRAG Senior Contributor
I'm collapsing for two days.

NIKKI TALOTTA Features Writer
This girl is excited! After many long, laborious years of bartending weekend nights, I finally get a few months of Saturdays off! Thursday and Friday I will still serve Oly all their favorite drinks, but come Saturday ... Watch out! ... I'm gonna do all kinds of fun stuff like cruise around my house in PJs, watch some movies, maybe go to bed around midnight instead of 5 a.m., snuggle with my honey, and wake up early on a rainy Sunday morning with the family. I might even cook my kid's blueberry pancakes instead of yelling at them to be quiet because mommy needs more sleep.

KRIS BLONDIN Food/Wine Writer
I might be going to Spokane with friends to look at a vacation property. Otherwise, I was told I am on restriction. Don't ask.

JENNIFER JOHNSON: Lifestyle/Leisure Writer
Today will see me running three miles as fast as I can with local man-about-town Stevie D. followed by a yoga class, a noon seminar luncheon on how to live my life better and then homework in the afternoon. Most likely I'll attend the Purple Passion Fashion Show at Surreal tonight. Repeat run and yoga on Saturday morning and then I'm taking the rest of Saturday and Sunday to winterize my yard and house, 'cause man, did it get cold suddenly.

REV. ADAM MCKINNEY Features Writer
Tonight, I will be moving and sweating in all sorts of ungainly ways at the New Frontier's dance party, featuring Strength and Reporter. I missed their performance at Squeak and Squawk the first time around and was forced to live vicariously through pictures of happy friends with painted faces. I won't make the same mistake twice. Now, if I could just find my dancing shoes. ...

I loved Harlequin's take on The Taming of the Shrew and have equally high hopes for Capitol Playhouse's production of Into the Woods.  I'll also interview burlesque artist Lily Verlaine and try to keep Chris Cantrell away from that damn Goat in the Midnight Sun.

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Meat Market Correspondent
I will be spending the weekend with the kiddos, but will find time to take them to the set of Jesus4less, which is shooting a protest scene this weekend. My offspring wants a film credit.

ALEC CLAYTON: Visual Arts Critic
Oh no, another weekend. I'm going to make final corrections on the manuscript of my new novel, Reunion at the Wetside.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

October 8, 2010 at 2:02pm

TFF Sniff 2010: Popes, Robots and All That Jazz

"Weedle's Groove" screens at 7 p.m. Sunday inside The Grand Cinema.


OK, so maybe the Tacoma Film Festival got off to a chilly start with its Opening Night selection (read my review here), but this little snag won't deter us. We shake it off and soldier on. Like the Rooster himself, our town has true grit. This weekend alone, The Grand has in store a few dozen entertaining features, shorts and events you can't miss. I'll give you my day-by-day play-by-play of the highlights.

Friday, Oct 8

DIY filmmaker Linas Phillips has made a splash at SIFF in recent years for down-to-earth docs like Great Speeches from a Dying World. His rambling road trip narrative Bass Ackwards (6:30 p.m., Grand Cinema) starts off with its hero (played by Phillips) as a lonely wedding videographer, a subject to which many independent artists can surely relate. The writer-director flies in from New York to talk about a film TFF Program Director Emily Alm calls a "Pacific Northwest gem."

I love to see talented folks returning to TFF each season with new work. Patrick Neary tackled claymation in 2009's Otis v. Monster and triumphed with a Best Regional Film award. This time we get two vastly different works that showcase his range as a cinematographer - the black-and-white Mr. Radio and a colorful baseball comedy called Calvin Marshall (7 and 9 p.m., Blue Mouse Theatre).

Since many festival entries arrive into town with no star power, I look to a film's story first to interest me. Coffka (8:45 p.m., SOTA) scores with its sheer originality - a man has three days to find true love, or suffer swift death. Meanwhile, writer-director Glenn Allyn has discovered his own passion for our humble city.

"I moved here from Chicago seven years ago. I think T-Town has more in common with Chi' (must be all the Catholics) than does Seattle, which I appreciate," Allyn says.

Saturday, Oct. 9

You can sleep in Sunday; Saturday, make it to The Grand by 10 a.m. for a free workshop delivered by "short film guru" Warren Etheredge. Even if you don't make movies, the spectacle of a professional critic publicly tearing into an artist's work makes for classic entertainment.

Family Shorts commence at noon at the theater, with a lineup including Sparks in the Night, the truly fantastic winner of last year's Seattle Times Three-Minute Masterpiece Contest. Ben Kadie was only 13 (13!) when he crafted the intricate effects for this comedic caper.

Months ago I briefly interned on director Heather Ayres' Betty, and it makes the list of Late Night Shorts (10:15 p.m., Grand), along with Shallow Copy. Will the latter deliver on its intriguing sci-fi premise with only a $1,000 budget? Jesse Watson, who helmed the project, called his three-day shoot "one of the most amazing experiences of my life."

Sunday, Oct. 10

Start your morning with a 10 a.m. brunch at the Tacoma Art Museum, where Etheredge will hand out awards to festival standouts. Then how about taking in a doc on little-known Catholic figure Pope Joan (2 p.m., Grand)? The script based itself on a novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross, who will answer viewers' questions.

You might have trouble deciding which local fave to end your night on: Tacoma wunderkind Isaac Olsen's epic noir Quiet Shoes (6:30 p.m., WSHM), or a loud romp and stomp through Seattle's '60s soul scene in Wheedle's Groove by Jennifer Mass (7 p.m., Grand)?

The creative potential pouring out of screens this weekend has me jazzed. And don't worry - I'll cover Sunday's Grit City Flicks in a separate article tomorrow.   

LINK: TFF goes local

LINK: TFF on twitter

LINK: TFF website

LINK: We wrote a TFF cover story

October 8, 2010 at 7:52pm


This sad sack says he only "drinks to unwind." Tell that to his puppies, who he regularly ignores in favor of Coors Light.


As the weekend approaches, undoubtedly most people have two things on their mind.

Number one: What am I going to do with myself given two days of freedom?

Number two: Why hasn't Brett Favre ever sent ME pictures of his apparently average manhood?

Luckily, The Prefunk is here - a primer for you and your liver to the coming weekend (with a picture of an alcoholic household pet thrown in for good measure). It's guaranteed to help you answer at least one of those questions.


Saturday, Oct. 9

Honestly, through some of the tough times, when Tacoma was low on jokes and our papers were thin, Crescent Moon Gifts almost singlehandedly kept us going. It seems like if we're ever down, Crescent Moon always has a fairy convention or elfin tarot card reading to lift us back up.

This Saturday, Crescent Moon on Sixth Avenue hosts the first annual "A Magickal Masquerade." Yes, that's "Magickal" with an "ick" - but don't get the wrong impression here, buddy. This thing's going to be boffo - more than your run-of-the-mill fantastical get-together.

Here's a sweet taste of the hype:

Join the Goblin King and his band of disloyal subjects within the faerie realms for an evening of dark enchantment at the 1st annual Magickal Masquerade.

Be you one of the noble fae court, an elemental, elf or even traveller from a distant time & place, all are welcome to make merry with a night full of music, dance, entertainment, shopping, food & prizes!

The King has just a few simple requests: You are of age 18+, clothed in appropriate attire (costumes or formal wear and a mask required), and display a sincere desire to have fun!

At this point, after reading all of that, I honestly don't see how you could not be excited. That said, maybe there are still a few "disloyal subjects" of the "Goblin King" out there that still have some questions.

Luckily, upon scrolling down springfairyfestival.com - which also acts as the official Magickal Masquerade website - the situation is clarified by a woman known as Angela (most likely Angela Wehnert, Crescent Moon's owner), obviously given authority to speak on behalf of the Goblin King.

This is a costumed event and a mask is required! (Formal attire is also acceptable). The theme of the might is magickal fantasy so really anything goes- sultry vampire? time travelling steampunk? tricky pixie? You never know who'll/what you'll encounter in the realm!

We have a DJ, so expect dancing for sure! Music will span 80's, 90' & current, with some Faerieworlds type bands from Germany added in :)

There will be lots of types of dessert treats, beverages & light snacks, so eat dinner first, but ...save room for goodies!

It is an 18 and over non-alcohol event, however there are plenty of nearby establishments to grab dinner & a drink beforehand.

There will be a tribal bellydance performance by troupe Addrestone at 9pm, and we will award the prize for best mask at 10pm with audience participation.

There will be a photographer available for souvenier pictures for a moderate fee, as well as vendors selling art, jewelry, masks, wings, costume accessories, and tarot readings.

It's time to get your fairy party started, Tacoma.

PREFUNK: While you should all now be aware of the fantastical masquerade fun set to be had at Crescent Moon Gifts Saturday, what you may not realize is it's also the store's birthday. That's right. The idea owner Angela Wehnert says started with a table at the flea market on weekends and has blossomed into the Tacoma epicenter for all things fairy-like is celebrating six years of Fantasy, Myth & Magick this weekend.

So, don't just show up. Show up with a gift. Nothing goes farther in the world of Fantasy, Myth and Magick than a huge Costco sheet cake with bunches of balloons and a unicorn our two made out of frosting. Oh, and get a pack of those pointy party hats. Those are always fun.

That's' as good a way as any to prep for the first annual Magickal Masquerade.

See you next week.

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October 9, 2010 at 10:22am

5 Things To Do Today: Grab a lemon and your brave face

SATURDAY, OCT. 9, 2010 >>>

1. Stadium Thriftway hosts its infamous Lobster Drop beginning at 10 a.m. The bad boys of the ocean floor will be on sale for $9.99 a pound - cooked or live - while supplies last.

2. Tacoma Art Place celebrates Arts Crush will a full day of free visual art workshops for adults and children in a variety of media and techniques; members work for sale, refreshments, and a raffle of artwork, services and TAP membership from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

3. Speaking of Arts Crush, Madera Architectural Elements opens up its showroom from 6-9 p.m. for the area arts festival hosting the free-ambient, roots and nujazz music of the Gnostic Scribblers.

4. Freighthouse Square's Black Lake Haunted Asylum has made it into its third year of operation with a twisted re-enactment of an old Black Lake Asylum legend.  As you slowly traipse through the asylum's dark maze, following closely behind a zombified escort, anticipation can almost overwhelm you.  Check it out from 6-11 p.m.

5. DJ Mauro ups the fog machine, hypes the crowd in Spanish and spins his unique mix of Latin-infused music beginning at 9 p.m. inside the South Hill Mazatlan restaurant.

LINK: More suggestions in our Weekend Hustle and Prefunk

LINK: Tacoma Film festival is on!

LINK: New concerts go on sale today

LINK: Taste wine

October 9, 2010 at 10:54am

TFF Sniff 2010: today's films

"Roll out, Cowboy"


"His name is Chris Sand. He grew up in Ronan, Montana on the Flathead Reservation.  He now lives in a house in Dunn Center that he bought for $1,000.  He's a truck driver when he has work, which he currently does not.  He has a bulging disc in his back from a lifetime on the farm.  He's also one of the most original and inventive musicians anywhere.  He's a cowboy who raps." Weekly Volcano scribe Mark Thomas Deming wrote this paragraph as part of an interview he did with Chris "Sandman" Sands in 2009.

Filmmaker Elizabeth Lawrence grabbed a camera and documented the life of this rapper who looks like Woody Guthrie but sings like Dr. Dre. The resulting film, Roll Out, Cowboy, screens tonight at 8:15 p.m. inside The Grand Cinema as part of the 2010 Tacoma Film Festival.

Also on the TFF docket today are family shorts, documentary shorts, the Academy Awards nominated The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, late night shorts and much more. Click here for today's full schedule.

LINK: TFF goes local

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LINK: We wrote a TFF cover story

October 9, 2010 at 11:20am

Night Moves

Ecstasy In Numbers performs at Doyle's Public House tonight.


Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. All On Seven. 21+. 8 pm.

  • All on Seven, despite a youthful complexion, manages to capture the essence of what alt-country and Americana is (or should) be all about. Through simple harmonies, strummed acoustics, harmonicas and the voices of Evan Palmer and Kayla Schureman, the dusty and faded songs these two singer/songwriters craft as All on Seven are built for long hauls and wide open roads, the kind of tunes that sound best bouncing off the insides of a pre-fuel crunch pickup pointed toward the horizon with plenty of miles behind it and in front of it. Read the rest of Bobble Tiki's thoughts on All of Seven here.Bobble Tiki

Cassidy's Pub Tacoma - Eastside. Loose Gravel & The Quarry. 21+. 8 pm.

Cedarwood Dome Milton. Smokin' Saturdays, with Blood To Dust, Bone Flower, All Out Assault, Vengeance, Genocide, Kingdom Under Fire, Threechordkiller, No Rest. 21+. 8 pm.

D4 Sumner. Aspen, PBF, Plague Ships, Monsters Scare You, Crowd War, West Dakota. All Ages. 7 pm.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Ecstasy In Numbers. 21+. 9:30 pm. NC.

The Fan Club Sports Bar Lakewood. Chicken Joe Unplugged. Classic rock. 21+. 8 pm.

Hell's Kitchen Tacoma - Downtown. American Wreckin Co., Hide The Scarz, Solace In Black, Koz Of Konfusion, Depths Of Insanity. 21+. 9 pm. $5.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. The Fabulous Thunderbirds. 21+. 8 pm. $20-$25.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Hands Of Toil, Lozen, Mahnhammer. 21+. 9 pm.

  • I was talking to a man outside of The New Frontier recently, and he was telling me he likes alternative music and all, but can't really handle all the whining. "Like that annoying chick that sings about her feelings," he said. "Alanis Morissette?" I responded. "That's the one!" Well, drunken, bearded man, you will no doubt be happy to hear of an upcoming metal show at The New Frontier. It even features the most metal-est band name in these parts - Mahnhammer. But my money's on Lozen to be the showstopper, as always. The two-piece all-girl metal group seriously knows how to lay the shit down. I would hope that drunk dude would be smarter than to make an "annoying chick" comment around Lozen. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Rhythm & Brews Tacoma - South. Billy Roy Danger & The Rectifiers. 21+. 8:30 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Joe Baque, with Carol Baque, Steve Luceno. All Ages. 8 pm. $8-$12.

LINK: More live music tonight in the South Sound

Filed under: Night Moves, Music, Olympia, Tacoma,

October 10, 2010 at 9:24am

5 Things To Do Today

A strange crowd will gather at 7 p.m. tonight inside Tacoma's Acme Grub Cage.

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2010 >>>

1. The Tacoma Cult Movie Club presents "what the $%@! is that?" - a night of outlandish monsters films, as well as the typical trailers, educational shorts, a chapter from a serial, and of course, their own personal form of life support, the raffle. It all goes down at 7 p.m. inside the Acme Grub Cage in Tacoma.

2. The 97-year-old schooner Adventuress is owned and operated by the nonprofit organization Sound Experience, which has spent the last two decades educating, inspiring and empowering youth and adults to care for Puget Sound. From 9 a.m. to noon it will be docked at the Jerisch City Dock in Gig Harbor for a public sail and free dockside tours.

3. To most Americans impressionist art means the art of a small group of late 19th century French artists. But an expanded definition of the movement includes earlier and later works, plus art from other parts of Europe and even America. The Movement of Impressionism: Europe, America, and the Northwest at Tacoma Art Museum offers an impressive sampling of this expanded movement from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read our full review here.

4. Dockside Bistro and Wine Bar hosts pianist and composer Scott Cossu along with drummer Steve Banks and violinist Jessica Blinn. Scott's trio from 7-10 p.m.

5. Olympia's swing dance night with authentic swing music happens every Sunday at the Urban Onion Ballroom with dancing at 7:30 p.m. and a free beginning swing dance lesson at 7 p.m.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

October 10, 2010 at 9:36am

TFF Sniff 2010: Witness The "Grit" Factor today

Josh Adams and Scott Perry's film "Valuable" screens this afternoon inside the Washington State History Museum.


Roll the word "grit" around in your head; what happens? For me other descriptors float up beside it: rough, coarse, unattractive. But use the noun in a context of discussing Tacoma - and Tacoma filmmaking - and its connotations shift. Grit still means unpolished, but now it recognizes potential, a diamond in the rough. True "Gritists" acknowledge their rawness, and revel in it.

Today, as part of the Tacoma Film Festival, the Washington State History Museum hosts Go Local's Grit City Flicks at 4:15 p.m. Six short works, six teams of filmmakers using whatever means to bring to life half a dozen divergent ideas.

It took directors Josh Adams and Scott Perry three years to complete Valuable. The main drama unfolds in a forest, and with the two of them as sole crew, trudging equipment across long distances took its toll. But their labor paid off; Perry describes Valuable as "a very haunting surreal puzzle film like ... Memento with the passion of an early Werner Herzog film."

Plus, how many indies will you see at this festival show real ammunition going off?

Yet Grit stands for more than testosterone-fueled anarchy. The Color of Fred profiles a local artist, while Kris Crews' The Persistence of Beauty touches on a universal theme: family coping with loss. The work came out of The Grand's 72-Hour Contest last year and has that unscripted feel, particularly in the unselfconscious performance of Crews' real-life daughter.

20 Seconds from director Bryan Johnson originated from the same competition; it more than makes up for its rough look with a winning time travel yarn. Mr. Radio also casts an eye into the past. By using antiquated cameras to recapture a 1920s aesthetic, David Derickson created a movie with Grit lovingly stamped onto every frame.

Now we come to A Glitch in the System, which I co-wrote and shot several scenes. I can't write objectively about my own project, so my inquiry goes out to you readers: Does Glitch possess that certain je ne sais grit? I invite you today to critique the critic.

LINK: Today's films

LINK: TFF goes local

LINK: TFF on twitter

LINK: TFF website

LINK: We wrote a TFF cover story

October 10, 2010 at 10:09am

Night Moves

The Reallionaires perform tonight at Jazzbones.


Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 21+. 8 pm.

Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar Olympia - Downtown. Scott Cossu, with Steve Banks, Jessica Blinn. 21+. 6 pm. NC.

Hell's Kitchen Tacoma - Downtown. Joell Ortiz, Island Trybe, City Hall, Whikid Matticuless, DJ Hanibal. 21+. 9 pm. $10.

  • Joell Ortiz, a longtime indie-rap darling, is quickly garnering a reputation as one of the best emcees in hip-hop. Tacoma's best rap group (as deemed recently by the readers of the Weekly Volcano), City Hall (Todd Sykes and EvergreenOne), is buzzing in the Northwest and beyond after the recent release of their first album Milk on Wax. Joell Ortiz writes tough songs that embody his native Brooklyn (YouTube "Brooklyn Bullshit").  City Hall's themes resonate with the youth at large in the City of Destiny: unemployment, shootings, unemployment and lots of beer drinking (listen to the whole album at evergreenonetoddsykes.bandcamp.com). What else do Joell Ortiz and City Hall have in common? They are both performing at Hell's Kitchen Sunday, Oct. 10. Read my full story here.Zach Powers

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Black & Blue Sunday, with Resdeus, The Smoke Wreck Kings, The Nuggz, Frontstreet, The Reallionaires. 21+. 8 pm. $5.

Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Open Mic with host Billy Farmer. It's a great variety show. All Ages. 6-9 pm. NC.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Junkyard Jane. 21+. 7 pm. NC.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Sunday Blues Jam Night. Hosted by Shelly Ely. 21+. 7-10 pm.

LINK: More live music tonight in the South Sound

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