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August 18, 2012 at 8:09am

Hemp Fest hip hop

Saturday take the day off. Stop neglecting yo chores and yo kids. Hold yo Love's hand. Go for a walk. Cook a meal. Do something righteous; because Sunday you'll be wearing yourself out in the heat outside at Hemp Fest in Seattle. Make sure you're there at 5:30 - So ya can catch Jay Barz. He'll be there with Motamouth Jones and probably some other super-friends. Jay Barz is the perfect Tacoma M.C. to hit Hemp-Fest. Last year Barz released "420 Experienced: The Highs and Lows". So, his material will fit in perfectly with the Hemp-Fest agenda.  

August 18, 2012 at 1:22pm

Rock Tiki Say "Feed Your Soul On Sixth Ave Tonight."

Rock Tiki was born a poor palm tree in Polynesia, cut down and carved into a Tiki sculpture to protect the limits of Rock Tiki's village, and finally, stolen by a group of tourists from a nearby cruise ship. Ever since that fateful day, Rock Tiki has partied every night.  Back on the cruise ship, Rock Tiki would work backstage just to see the shows for free, which embedded within Rock Tiki, a love for stand-up comedy. Tonight Rock Tiki will be at Grit City Comedy to watch the hilariously sarcastic Andrew Ouellette. Grit City Comedy is a stand-up comedy stage attached to Malarkey's Pool and Brew at 6th Ave. and Tacoma Ave. tickets are $15 and the show starts at 9 PM. Show up early and enjoy a burger and a beer or a game of pool in Malarkey's. For Ouellette's videos and biography, visit www.andrewouellette.com.

Take a chance at Jazzbones on 6th Ave. Featuring four local bands (Baba B, Unified Culture, Island Bound, and Soul Kulja) tickets are $12 at the door, and the show starts at 8:30 PM. Jazzbones main floor includes seating and a dance floor while the second story combines balcony seating and mingling space. Jazzbones serves traditional bar food as well as a separate sushi menu. Check it all out at www.jazzbonestacoma.com.

Finally as you head down 6th Ave, stop by Six Olives Lounge. Besides the no cover live music featuring Big Huge at 8:30 PM, Six Olives has an extensive menu of signature cocktails and lounge food. From exciting drinks such as Hard Candy Vodka featuring Watermelon candy infused vodka to quantity drinks for the entire table such as Need For Speed comprised of eight 1 oz. shots of caffeine and guarana infused Kettle One Vodka with guava, enough for the whole table to enjoy. Check out the whole menu at www.sixoliveslounge.com.

August 18, 2012 at 2:44pm

Progressive Dinner Tour - Disco Style!

Dinner group enjoying their tour at a past event. Tomorrow: Dinner and Disco!

Put on your glittery shoes and go – go boots, bring some friends and an appetite, and join others for a fabulous walking tour and dinner sampling along 6th Ave in Tacoma. There are still spots open for tomorrow's 4 p.m. tour that culminates in a disco party at Studio 6 Ballroom.

“It brings together foodies, dancers and those who like to socialize – it fits anyone,” says Natasha Thayer, event organizer.

The restaurants accommodate any dietary needs and drinks are for sale (and encouraged!) at all locations.

The group meets at Indoor Market at Studio 6 Ballroom then continues to Six Olives for Chicken Caesar Boats or Blue Toast then over to Wild Orchid for Honey Walnut Shrimp with Tropical Fruit, or tofu version appetizers. Wild Orchid will serve dinner as well, the Popular Curry Dish.

Diners will head back to Studio 6 for a disco dance party and desserts by Café Dei will be provided at the participant’s leisure.

All this food and fun is hosted by a knowledgeable tour guide and costs $45. Tickets are available online or by phone. www.info@studio6ballroom.com 253.905.5301.

August 19, 2012 at 6:30am

5 Things To Do Today: Rock the Park 2012, Tush! Burlesque Car Wash, Children's Story Time, Disco Dinner and Love our Local Fest

The girls of Tush! Photo Credit: Dinea Dephoto

1. Milton Days is a day to celebrate the community and everyone’s accomplishments. Enjoy a fun filled parade, followed by events and entertainment for the community. Free entertainment, vendors, comedy, music, food, and kids events. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Triangle Park, 15th St. and Milton Way, Milton.

2. Come by and get your car washed by some of the sweetest hands around! TUSHIES IN BIKINIS! What could be better on a Sunday afternoon? Plus you'll be helping raise funds for an annual troupe trip to Seattle for BURLYCON! 12 - 4 p.m., Oly Vegan, 313 5th Avenue S.E. Suite A., Olympia

3. The Harbor History Museum, in partnership with No Death of Books, is hosting a free children’s story time in the museum’s lobby. It is a time for school-aged children and their families to come and enjoy a story. Entrance to the lobby is free, and children are welcome to bring pillows, stuffed animals, blankets; anything that will make their story time more comfortable. 2 p.m. 44121 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, 253.858.6722.

4. Get your glitter on and come out for a fun walk, great for networking! Tickets only $45 for all your food, entertainment & surprise. Look forward to spending a fun evening with under the sound activated dance club lights & disco balls. 4 p.m. Studio 6 Ballroom, 2608 6th Avenue, Tacoma, 253.905.5301.

5. Sharing a day of music, inspirational speakers, delicious food, skills, friends and fun, we will showcase many types of local talent and opportunities. Common spaces, a children’s area, interactive art projects, local non-profits and a marketplace create our celebration’s unique village microcosm. 1 - 9 p.m. Corner of San Francisco and Bethel Streets, Olympia.

August 19, 2012 at 1:51pm

Rock Tiki Needs To Slow Down

Rock Tiki is still reeling from last night. The eight 1 oz. shots of caffeine-and-guarana-infused Kettle One Vodka included in Six Olive Lounge's "Need For Speed" is great for a group, unfortunately Rock Tiki didn't share, so tonight Rock Tiki will go to Slappy's Garage to enjoy beer and free pool. For more information, visit slappysgarage.blogspot.com.

Afterwards, Rock Tiki will skip over to North 30th street to attend Sunday Blues at the Spar featuring Eddie Turner at 7 PM with no cover. Tonight Rock Tiki should probably just drink coffee tonight, so The Spar will be a perfect place to unwind with some coffee, dinner, and the soothing sounds of Eddie Turner's blues music. Visit www.the-spar.com/index.htm for more information.

August 19, 2012 at 3:01pm

Kitchen Nightmares Casting Call

Chef Gordon Ramsay kicks ass

Kitchen Nightmares is now casting in Seattle. The reality show, in which Chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive the business, is seeking Seattle-area kitchens that think they have what it takes.

Restaurants must have been open at least one year, offer dinner service, not be a franchise or chain, and have at least 35 seats.

And, the business must be failing. Episodes of Kitchen Nightmares show restaurants that have horrible food, dirty kitchens, unhappy patrons and slow business. There is usually some kind of personal conflict with owners and/or employees, too.

So, if you are a restaurant owner who’s got some drama and wants Chef Ramsay to come and whip your ass- and your restaurant- into shape, contact the casting company at 310.313.9100 or www.theconlincompany.com.

August 20, 2012 at 7:05am

Olympia's Café Love opens arms to community

No Haters: Along with his wife Vanessa, Café Love owner Martin Borcherding has worked hard to make the place cozy and welcoming. Nikki Talotta

Walking into Café Love in Olympia, the smell of fresh coffee, the cheerfulness of bright paintings against the warmth of wood walls and the welcoming of mellow music greets me.

The newest coffee shop downtown just completed its storefront last week and opened the doors last month, just three days after newlywed owners Martin and Vanessa Borcherding returned from their honeymoon.

Besides being a manifestation of their new life together, Café Love's name was chosen as a way to invite people in.

"The name captures the demographic we're after," says Martin Borcherding. "No haters," he says with a big grin.

A customer walks in inquiring about a cookie, which I learn are all home made, with the one in question being white chocolate and pecan. 

Besides cookies, the café offers treats from Left Bank Pastry, bagels from Bagel Brothers and clam chowder every day of the week.

"We offer food because there's always that one friend who says, ‘I want something to eat,'" says Borcherding. "But we are a coffee destination."

Since coffee is the main focus, I have him whip me up a mean cappuccino.

"It's been tough being a barista by day and construction worker by night," says Borcherding as he finishes up the frothy topping.

He's referring to the extensive work he and his wife have done to bring the café to their liking.

There is an upstairs loft, counter seating and tables on the main floor. The paintings on the wall, as well as the window art, are all done by Tacoma artist Matthew Scott. The overall look and feel is tied together nicely.

As Borcherding turns his attention to another customer, I turn my attention to a young man who is comfortably sipping coffee and working on chainmail at one of the spacious tables.

When asked why he likes to come to Café Love, Morgan MacInnis answers, "It has a non-intrusive feeling. A lot of places you have to put in earplugs to work, but not here."

Another customer comes in to order iced coffee, and as they leave happily sipping their caffeine, I ask Borcherding how the community has responded.

"It's nice because we've gotten support from exactly who we're hoping - nice people," he says.

Café Love is located at 205 4th Ave., Olympia, and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The café is looking to extend its hours and offers "Naked," an acoustic open mic, every Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m.

August 20, 2012 at 7:36am

5 Things To Do Today: Grains of Paradise, DJ Melodica, Tap Room Trivia, Museo Monday and Point Defiance Zoo

Check out the colorful peacocks that roam the grounds at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

1. Reggae tonight in Olympia at the Eastside Club, Grains of Paradise are groovers and movers, bringing some funky reggae to the people. With Dave Ben Sam Trio, the show starts at 8 p.m. and is free. 410 4th Ave, Olympia, 360.357.9985

2. DJ Melodica and guest DJs spin punk, post punk, New Wave, early electronica, garage and more, plus a live band and drink specials. Magoo's Annex, 8:30 p.m., no cover, 2710 N 21st street, Tacoma. 253.759.0467.

3. Get your thinking and drinking caps on and head down to the Harmon Tap Room for trivia night. $50 cash prize for the winner of each round. 6-8 p.m. 204 St, Helen's Ave, Tacoma, 253.212.2725.

4. Gather your clan in the Great Hall to play "Museo," the game of quick wit and keen eyes. Up to eight people can play as you move through the gallery looking for objects and gathering intel Bingo!-style. Check out your family game kit at the third floor Museum Information Desk. Washington State History Museum, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253.272.3500.

5. When was the last time you went to the zoo? Budgie Buddies, seahorses, sharks, peacocks, penguins, lemurs, mole rats, wolves, Cats on the Canopy and walrus hang out in a 29-acre zoo with roaming keepers, a Kids Zone featuring Action Alley and Contact Junction and more. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 North Pearl St., Tacoma, 253.591.5368.

August 20, 2012 at 11:57am

Rock Tiki Is Ready To Celebrate Man Day.

As you may know, the Polynesian Deity "Tiki," from which Rock attains his likeness, was the first man, created by Tane, so on Monday Nights, Rock Tiki celebrates his manhood by eating burgers, playing pool, and Texas Hold ‘em. Tonight is no different. Rock Tiki likes to start at Malarkey's Pool and Brew at 6th and Tacoma. Malarkey's offers 21 seven and nine foot pool tables, beer, food, and a stage featuring stand-up comedy. Every Monday, Burgers are half off, drinks are 25% off, and pool is free on all nine foot tables. Additionally, Monday's on the Grit City Comedy stage are Open Mic and free admission. For more information, visit www.malarkeysonline.com/index.html.

Rock the Dock Pub on Dock Street also celebrates men with Micro Man Mondays. Every Monday micro brews are $3 and well drinks are set at happy hour prices for men all day long. On the Tacoma waterfront, Rock the Dock Pub offers food, drinks, pool tables, and darts. For more weekly specials and menus visit www.rockthedockpub.com/index.html.

Finally, Rock Tiki suggests Charley's Pub on 19th street. Texas hold ‘em tournaments every night, no buy in, with cash and bar prizes. Monday night tournaments begin at 6 PM. For directions and more visit www.facebook.com/CharleysPub.

Rock Tiki Understands that female soldiers don't want to be cooped up on a Monday night either, so Rock Tiki suggests Bull's Eye indoor range on Puyallup Ave. Ladies shoot free on Mondays, and with over 120 rental weapons, it's hard to resist taking your Monday anger out on an innocent piece of paper. Check Bull's eye website for rules and authorized weapons. www.bullseyeshooter.com/rangemain.htm.

August 21, 2012 at 6:03am

Maritime Fest this weekend

Did you know Tacoma has 46 miles of shoreline? That's right. We're a martime city, baby, and the 20th annual Martime Fest is here to make sure you know it. Appreciate the Port of Tacoma for more than its sulfurous stench.

The festival will celebrate all things watery. Both days will have a full lineup of live entertainment. Entertainment includes everything from puppet shows to hypnotists to an outdoor showing of "Dolphin Tale." There are, of course, plenty of bands on tap, too.

What really makes Maritime Fest a standout among our many summer T-Town festivals is that it is full of boats. Visiting boats include the S.S. Virginia (a 1922 freight and passenger boat); the Verite (a replica of an 18th-century French longboat operated by our local Sea Scouts); Joe the tugboat; Army Reserve landing craft; and more. Tours and boat boarding is allowed on most of the boats on display. Going all pirate and taking over boats is not.

Free tours also help make this festival pretty dang cool. Tour the Port on the Lady Mary or on a train-for free!

Martime Fest takes place at Thea Foss Park and Foss Waterway Seaport on August 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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