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August 23, 2012 at 2:02pm

Rock Tiki Say Visit Farrelli's Pizza Restaurants.

Rock Tiki spends a lot of time on Ft. Lewis, mostly spending the days bowling and the evenings at Carey Theater, but Rock Tiki likes to go out after this hard day of work, so Rock Tiki goes to Farrelli's. Just across the freeway from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Farrelli's Pizza in Dupont serves as the perfect place for lunch or after work drinks.

The Farrelli's chain has locations in Lacey, DuPont, Sumner, Tacoma, Parkland, and Maple Valley. The menu at Farrelli's is inclusive of what one would expect from a pizza joint offering breadsticks, calzones,  salads, and, of course, pizza, as well as offering common bar foods such as nachos and hot wings. The bar menu features happy hour specials and lots of tasty mixed drinks, shots, wine, and several beers on tap as well as bottled beer.

Besides great food and drinks, Farrelli's offers two billiards tables, big screen televisions, and a well-stocked jukebox. Anything can happen at Farelli's, Rock Tiki remembers a gang of roller derby girls, supposedly after a big win, violently molesting a newly 21 year old with a shrill rendition of the birthday song. Farrelli's is truly packed on Fridays and Saturdays and a great place for a night out. For more information, visit www.farrellispizza.com.

August 23, 2012 at 2:28pm

Tool and Rage Against The Machine Tribute

Believin' all the lies that they are tellin' ya
Buyin' all the products that they are sellin' ya
They say jump, ya say how high
Ya brain dead
Ya gotta f*ckin' bullet in your head

These are lyrics from Rage Against The Machine’s song, “Bullet in Your Head.”

“Bullet in Your Head” is also the name of a Rage tribute band set to play this Saturday at the Backstage Bar and Grill in Tacoma.

Also rocking the stage will be Tool tribute band, Hookerfist. Special guests Pilot to Bombairder, will also rage the stage.

“I took the whole weekend off,” said Denise Bellarra, employee at Backstage. “The show’s going to be amazing.”

When I asked Bellarra what she would say to someone who might miss the show, she replied, “They’d be an idiot.”

Show starts at 9 p.m. and is all ages until 11 p.m. $10 - $15 at the door. Backstage Bar and Grill, 6409 6th Ave, Tacoma, 253.564.0149.

August 24, 2012 at 6:10am

Great hip hop this weekend

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There's a lot of cool-shit going-on this weekend. With all that in mind, tonight at California Club will definitely be the place to be. If "Town Binnis" is what you're into - then don't miss Lebowski's return home show. It's been two years since Lebowski had a show in his hometown. He's been steady grinding in Chicago & the Midwest, touring and recording with Tech N9Ne. The bill is a who's who of Tacoma Hip-Hop. Ya'll can catch short-sets from Kept See, Chris Crayzie, Yak Nasty, Motamouth Jones, Second Family, Leezy Soprano, and Doughkain, Cool Beanz and Rize. Of course Lebowski will be headlining. Tickets are $15 presale/ $20 door, call 253 606-4099 to get. Doors open at 9 and with a line-up that big I'm pretty sure it'll start on time.

If ya don't have enough spine to go to California Club - go see Lil Ripp and Sky Pilot at The Live Room tonight in Sumner. Or catch Everlast, formerly of House of Pain, performing an all-acoustic set at Jazz Bones on Saturday. Local M.C. Mike Drastic opens that show up.

August 24, 2012 at 6:14am

The Americans Across the Street opens

Just in time for the political fervor that an election year heaps upon us all, the State Theater in Olympia is putting on a production of "The Americans Across the Street"-a wickedly comedic play about a one-man war against American greed.

The plot revolves around Derek Slaughterhouse, an award-winning author who slips off the deep end after being fed up with the political system. To fight back, he declares a one-man guerilla war on American greed, dragging his sister and teenage daughter into the trenches with him.

Expect much swearing, drinking, and drug use interwoven with the plot. In other words, leave the small children at home and enjoy this cynical romp without tainting the ears of the young.

Show times this week are: 8/24 at 8 p.m.; 8/25 at 8 p.m.; and 8/26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $31 for regular admission, $28 for military and seniors, and $20 for students.

Tickets and more information:


August 24, 2012 at 6:25am

Lemay Museum debuts Meet at the Ace Festival

Polished steel, exhaust, gaskets, clutches and torque. If the first image that popped up was of an automobile, then you'd be half correct.  Cut the car in two, remove the roof and add a kickstand then finally the finished product might look something like a motorcycle.  However, if seeing motorcycles in abstract daydreams isn't enough to please, then Lemay - America's Car Museum in Tacoma is sure to hold people over.

Meet at the Ace: a Summer Shakedown, set for this weekend, marks the debut of an event that showcases vintage motorcycles and scooters from a plethora of celebrated makers such as Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Triumph, BMW and more. Attendees can patrons can expect a welcome handful of entertainment, music and food.

"Many of us are motorcyclists within the LeMay board administration," said Burt Richmond, co-chairman of Meet at the Ace. "We felt that we needed to do a festival that really reached further than just four wheel interest, and see if we could put something together that would attract more people and invite a larger net of folks who are interested in two or three wheels."

The festival will display rare and classic motorcycles and scooters from the turn of the 20th century up until the year 1980, all of which still run. These mechanical works of art span from all across the globe, from North America to Europe.

"We would like to introduce people to the motorcycling world," Richmond said.  "We've invited 20 manufacturers like Honda, Harley, Triumph and Ducati; just to name a few, that will be showcasing modern products you can actually buy at your local dealership."

But there's more to this celebration than it appears.  Meet at the Ace will also feature live bands on rotation from 3 to 7 p.m., countless food vendors, a concours, swap meet and even motorcycle themed movies. Participants will additionally be able to savor a ride on a motor bike around the 3.5 acre Haub Family Field, or even enjoy watching a bicycle motocross stunt display.

Ticket prices to the event, which includes admission to the museum, are $25 for adults, military/students/seniors (65 and older) are $18, youth (ages 5-12) are $8 and children 5 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at the event.

A "Ride to Rainier" will take place Aug. 26 as part of the motorcycle festival and in conjunction with Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts (VME). 

August 24, 2012 at 7:37am

5 Things To Do Today: COVEN, Sand in the City, Frost Park Chalk Off, Garlic Fest and The Americans Across the Street

80's thrash band COVEN comes to The Backstage tonight in T-Town

1. Late 80's shock-comedy-thrash band COVEN plays the Backstage Bar and Grill in Tacoma tonight. If you remember such hits as "6669", "McDonaldland Massacre" and "Iron Dick" then you don't want to miss this show! With Faces Pale, Yuck Fou and The Saints of Damnation. Show starts at 8 p.m. $7/adv, $10/door, 6409 6th Ave, Tacoma, 253.564.0149.

2. This year's Sand in the City features a new location, longer hours, & more fun activities for the whole family. Marvel at the sand sculptures and enjoy activities such as a tide pool touch tank, a rock climbing wall, and animal visits. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, $5 suggested donation,  New Hands On Childrens Museum, Jefferson St. NE and Olympia Ave., Olympia WA

3. Visit Frost Park every Friday lunch hour from April through October to watch chalk art in action. Bring a lunch and root on your favorite chalkie then head back to vote for your favorite. As always, there's free chalk on hand so feel free to join in! Noon - 1 p.m., free, Frost Park, 9th Ave and Pacific, Tacoma.

4. It’s the 16th Annual Garlic Fest and Craft Show this weekend in Chehalis. With over 70 varieties of garlic-flavored foods, (even brownies with garlic frosting!) the Garlic Fest is a garlic-lover’s dream. To wash down all the savory and sweet foods, a beer garden featuring garlic beer created by Dick’s Brewing, and wine tastings will both be available. And what festival wouldn’t be complete without music and activities? Garlic Fest has got it covered. SW Washington Fairgrounds, 2555 N. National Ave, Chehalis, $5 general admission, $4 seniors and military, kids 7 and under are free. Fri, 12 – 8 p.m.

5. When is Enough Just Too Damn Much? A crazy comedy about what may await you at the end of your rope. WARNING: Real. Live. Theater. *Rated PF: Painfully Funny - Probably 14 and older. Includes coarse language, inelegant drinking, inadvertant drug use, and a large dose of hilarious exasperation in the face of our current political landscape. As director Linda Whitney says, "It's perfect for an election year!" 8 p.m. $20-$31, Harlequin Productions, State Theater, 202 4th Avenue East, Olympia, 360.786.0151.

August 24, 2012 at 2:37pm

Grand Oly Opry 2012

Oly Mountain Boys will entertain folks with their bluegrass music tomorrow at the Grand Oly Opry

Grand Oly Opry 2012 goes down tomorrow at the Eagle’s Social Club in Oly.

Hosted by the Olympia Ladies Drinking Club, the event is a benefit for GRuB, a non-profit organization that works helps low-income families and at-risk youth learn about gardening and farming. GRuB recently experienced deep cuts to their funding and all money earned will directly benefit the organization.

Grand Oly Opry highlights include live music by the Oly Mountain Boys, who play incredible bluegrass, Barleywine Review (from Tacoma,) The Scuff and Al Show, Cottonwood Cutups and more.

EZ Foods Olympia will be serving slow smoked pulled pork and jerk sandwiches for $6. Drinks will be available at the bar.

The event encourages fancy attire and will have other features such as raffle prizes, free cupcakes (vegan ones, too) and even the rumor of special guest performances by local talented ladies of burlesque.

Hype on the event’s facebook page reads, “You alls best better get yer finest boots out & dust your hats off because Olympia's premiere summer hoedown is coming on up!”

$5 suggested donation. 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. 805 4th Ave., Olympia https://www.facebook.com/events/257925810967018/

August 25, 2012 at 8:15am

5 Things To Do Today: Think Global Rap Local, Oly Hempfest, Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss, Oly Rollers and Maritime Fest

Oly Rollers have a double header tonight at Skateland in Olympia. File photo.

Happy Saturday!

1. AKA and the Heart Hurt Goods, Ephryme of Saints of Everyday Failure, Floyd Noodles formally known as Qstorm! Doors open at 9 (Comedy show starts at 9 and music 10:30.) What more in a night do you want? Comedy? Music? Get there early and party! Think Global, Rap Local. $5, Play Pen, 3811 Pacific Ave, Lacey, 360.350.0861.

2. From 10 a.m – 8 p.m., Heritage Park in downtown Olympia will be filled with live performances, vendors, food, raffles and more. Guest speakers and live music will get festival participants in the mood, and information regarding hemp and marijuana will be readily available. Free. For more information and music line up, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/400474466676169/

3. Based on the resumes of vocalist Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag) and multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks, the Weirdos, Joe Strummer), you’d expect a rambunctious sound emanating from the Legendary Duo, but you’d be wrong. The twosome plays a hybrid of folk, country, pop, ragtime, bluegrass and gospel that includes all the frenzied energy and spirit of the duo’s aforementioned bands, but is executed with a soulful dash of Americana charm not often heard west of the Mississippi. 7 p.m. $5, 1230 Room, 111 Washington St., Olympia, 360.352.1230.

4. The Oly Bella Donnas will be taking on Rodeo City Roller Girls from Ellensbug, WA and the Oly Cosa Nostra Donnas will be skating hard against the Minnesota Roller Girls.
There will be a beer garden for you derby fans over 21! What's better than great derby and beer on a Saturday night? You can purchase tickets from any Oly Roller, online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/221878, from several of our awesome sponsors or you can pick them up at the door! (But remember, getting them in advance saves you a couple bucks!)6 p.m., Skateland,
2725 12th Ave, Olympia, 360.352.9943.

5. Where the community comes together to learn and enjoy the thrills of what the Working Waterfront has to offer. Folks are invited to board boats and trains, build boats, watch a paddleboarders or kayak race and learn Tacoma's Thea Foss history! 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Free, Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., 253.272.2750.

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August 25, 2012 at 5:30pm

Eastside Big Tom For President

Vote Big Tom for President 2012. And don't forget the tots and goop.

Eastside Big Tom’s in Olympia is not just your typical drive-thru burger joint. Home of the “goop,” a delicious blend of mayo, mustard, pickle relish and secret salad dressing sauce, Eastside Big Tom’s is an Olympian favorite.

Eastside Big Tom’s and its goop are even featured in George Motz’s book, Hamburger America.

Besides the goop and friendly service, what sets this place apart is that it can be somewhat of a roadside attraction. There is a wood cut-out where patrons can stick their face through and take pictures of themselves as “Big Tom.”

Right now, there are campaign signs around town stating “Big Tom for President - Goop 2012,” as they are participating in a competition with LimeBerry to be the best in the land. This campaign is to raise funds and awareness for the Crisis Clinic of Thurston & Mason Counties.

And during Halloween, the parking lot always has a spooky feel, as the owner sets up creepy and cool decorations.

On Facebook, there are pictures of employees dressed in laboratory coats pretending to bring hamburgers to life and wielding chainsaws with captions saying they’d be happy to cut your burger in half.

Eastside Big Tom’s also offers outside seating and have been known to make custom shakes. According to Facebook, just recently, Olympia resident Jusby the Clown brought in an avocado, which employees happily blended up.

Boiled down, Eastside Big Tom’s has great food and great personality. They have my vote. www.eastsidebigtom.com.

Open 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 2023 4th Ave., Olympia, 360.357.4852.

August 26, 2012 at 7:50am

5 Things To Do Today: Vaudeville Show Auditions, Louiefest Benefit, Joshua Ploeg & Moon Druid, Young Choreographers Showcase and "The Burbs"

Join the show! Auditions held today at 3 p.m. at the Midnight Sun in Olympia.

1. Come be part of Olympia's favorite variety show: THE LORD FRANNZANIAN ROYAL OLYMPIAN SPECTACULAR VAUDEVILLE SHOW! Anything goes, so get creative, think of an act/ a performance of any kind (except rock bands) and come to The Midnight Sun Performance Space today at 3pm. Audition your act, or just convince the director you will be ready for the September show. Vaudeville show goes up September 21-30, 2012. Questions? Call Elizabeth Lord at 360.754.7114, or check out the site www.professionaltalker.com and click on vaudeville show. 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia.

2. Louiefest Benefit at The Swiss is all ages and free, with amazing raffles prizes and lots of live entertainment. Starting at 3 p.m. with film performance highlights of The Sonics and Moby Grape at LouieFest. Followed by Double Take, who are school age rockers, The Super Group, who debuted on The Bob Rivers Show last month, Nicole Fournier, who many compare to Stevie Ray Vaughn, and finishing with The Toy Box Pole Studio, seven to ten pole dancers who perform vertical gymnastics with the art of dance. Proceeds benefit The Wailers Performing Arts Foundation supporting youth music and scholarship programs. The Swiss, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, 253.572.2821.

3. Joshua Ploeg a/k/a Joshua Plague- touring vegan chef, Los Angeles personal chef and noisy punk rock "singer" comes to Oly Vegan today to cook up some delicious vegan food, sign some his wonderful cookbooks and 'zines, and have an all around great time with you! With live music from MOON DRUID! this night promises to be a blast! 7 p.m. $8-$12 suggested donation. 313 5th Ave SE, Suite A, Olympia, 360.500.0900.

4. Tonight at the Olympia Highschool Performing Arts Center is the premier of Ballet Northwest's first Young Choreographers Showcase. The performance features premiere dances created by local dancers for local dancers. Expect to see a little bit of everything! 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Johansen Olympia Dance Center or at the door. 1302 North St, Olympia. 360.943.8011.

5. It's movie night at the Brotherhood Lounge. That means free popcorn, good cocktails and a free showing of some off-beat movie. This week is "The Burbs," a 1989 comedy/thriller/horror starring Tom Hanks. An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult. 7 p.m. The Brotherhood Lounge, 119 Capitol Way, Olympia. 360.352.4153.

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