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November 6, 2012 at 7:23am

5 Things To Do Today: Election night parties, Mexican takeover, The Breaklites and more ...

THE BREAKLITES: Funked-up white kid hip-hop at its best.

ELECTION DAY, NOV. 6, 2012 >>>

1. If you have saddled up to one of Moctezuma's giant margaritas you know what it's like to be taken over at the Tacoma Mexican restaurant. Today, Metro Parks Tacoma's Specialized Recreation program will reverse the situation and takeover Moctezuma's grabbing 20 percent of money spent on the joint's food to support programs, scholarships and field trips for individuals with disabilities. Sadly, no one can take over its alcohol. Moctezuma's, 4102 S. 56th St., Tacoma, 253.404.3950

2. The Brotherhood Lounge in downtown Olympia bar offers election returns on its 9-foot screen beginning at 4 p.m. with happy hour until 7 p.m. 119 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 360.352.4153

3. It's Tuesday. You know what that means: MindTap Trivia at The Swiss. Two bucks a person; teams up to seven. Winner keeps all the cash. 7 p.m., The Swiss, 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2821

4. Derek Kilmer hosts a bash to watch returns for his run for U.S. Representative Congressional District 6 with the Washington United for Marriage, Pierce County Democratic Party, Restore Transit Now!, Pat McCarthy, Eric Herde, Laurie Jinkins, Lauren Walker, Jeannie Darneille, Ann Dasch, Connie Ladenburg and Steve Kirby beginning at 7:45 p.m. at the fancy Hotel Murano.

5. The Mix bar in Tacoma's Triangle District is throwing an Approve R74 party and celebrating the belief that that all loving couples, including gay and lesbian couples, deserve to marry the person they love. The Mix also approves of The Breaklites busting out some rhymes around 10 p.m. The Mix, 635 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.383.4327

LINK: Tuesday, Nov. 6 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 6, 2012 at 10:43am

Go Local Tacoma: Still fighting for local businesses

DERRICK RHAYN: He knows all about business ... and cool shirts.

CHECKING IN WITH GO LOCAL TACOMA >>>

What do they want?

Answer: A strong economy.

When do they want it?

Answer: Now.

That was the message Go Local Tacoma posted on its Facebook Oct. 25 to shout out its annual membership meeting happening the same night at Stonegate Pizza.  

Gathered on the top floor of the South Tacoma Way house of rum, the membership cheered inspirational speeches, passed out business cards, learned about future projects and chowed on free pizza. Go Local President Derrick Rhayn and Vice-President Patricia Lecy-Davis could have sold the Weekly Volcano a car that night. Inspirational, to say the least.

Afterward, the Volcano hurled a few questions at Rhayn.

WEEKLY VOLCANO: Explain your vision for bringing all business organizations together quarterly.

DERRICK RHAYN: One of the overarching goals of Go Local is to create a growing, region wide living network that is comprised of locally owned, independent businesses. This network will source from itself - supply chain will be local - will be used to mine information that can be used for policy and advocacy efforts, such as cultivate network intelligence, and will help create a more resilient local economy - more money stays in the local economy when money is spent at locally owned businesses, and hence more jobs are created and sustained. Go Local's quarterly network nights will assist us in facilitating business to business connections throughout the network by giving locally owned independent businesses the opportunity to come together, share their needs and explain what they have to offer the network. As we build a culture of seeking local first, we envision these network nights as ways of drawing more businesses into our network, connecting these businesses to other businesses, and incorporating the work of other small business support efforts that exist in the region to the network. The result will be a living network that spurs innovation, fosters entrepreneurship, and is resilient.

VOLCANO: What will be Go Local's number one goal be for 2013?

RHAYN: Our number one goal is to incorporate volunteers and members into our network structure so we can grow. This means getting people connected to our various committees that are focused on community banking, local food, entrepreneurial training, and independent media. It also means empowering our network with the vision to enfold others with an interest in a strong local economy into what we are doing.

VOLCANO: At the meeting, Patricia Lecy-Davis said the following: "Going from who you know to what you know about who you know." What exactly does she mean?

RHAYN: Go Local uses a strategy called network weaving to facilitate connections between the various nodes - members - in our network. Network weaving is the practice of increasing connectivity among nodes in such a way that the network becomes more intelligent, is able to innovate, sees increased collaboration, and can be used to identify gaps and unique niches that drive entrepreneurship. One of the primary ways to do this is to increase the amount of information that various members of the network know about each other so that connections are facilitated independently. In other words, this is decentralized leadership and focuses on nurturing a culture of reciprocity and collaboration, as opposed to competition. The underlying premise of the local living economy movement is that strong, connected local economies work more effectively because they are community centric, interdependent, and are based on relationships.  The more we know about others in the network, the stronger the possibility of fostering increased connections. In other words, instead of having a dog-eat-dog economic climate, we say, "How can we all be successful together?" Therefore, the more we know about each other, the better the chance we have to all be successful.

VOLCANO: What is the best way for the community to start "going local"?

RHAYN: The easiest thing to do is to ask yourself a simple question before every purchase: "Can I get this from a local independent business?" If the answer is yes, you have an opportunity to shift your spending habits and strengthen the local economy. Making the mental shift is the best thing anyone can do.

Go Local Tacoma will kick off its annual Shift Your Shopping holiday campaign Friday, Nov. 16, which runs up to Christmas Eve. The campaign, of course, urges the South Sound to shop local during the holiday season. Keep an eye on TacomaShiftHappens.com for launch parties and shopping events.

To join Go Local Tacoma, visit golocaltacoma.com.

November 6, 2012 at 11:36am

CLAYTON ON ART: Want to buy a print?

KNOW WHAT YOU'RE BUYING >>>

Years ago my wife and I stopped in a Gig Harbor gallery where I saw photo-reproductions of paintings printed on canvas and sold as original art. You can find the same kind of thing in big art sales set up in parking lots or at places such as Fred Meyers and Target.

Guess what, folks, this ain't art.

You can also buy a print of Picasso's "Don Quixote" for $14.99 or Salvador Dali's "The City of Drawers" for $31.99 from art.com.

No kidding.

Guess what, folks, that ain't art either. Well gee, you might say, it looks just as good as the original. If you say that you must be blind. But what the heck. If it makes you happy, go ahead and spend your money.

There are legitimate prints of fine art that are actually worth prices in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. These are etchings, lithographs, silk screens or other original prints that are created by the artist, printed in a limited edition by the artist or under the artist's supervision, and signed and numbered. There may be hundreds or even thousands of copies of original but limited-edition prints and they can sell for much less than an original painting; yet, if they are signed and numbered they are considered original works of art - and they are a boon to artists and collectors alike.

If it's not signed and numbered you can be sure it is worthless. If it is a so-called print of a famous painting, then it's not a print; it's a photographic reproduction and it is worth precisely the cost of the paper or canvas it's printed on and nothing more. Although, the frame may be valuable. The giveaway that the painting in the Gig Harbor gallery was not real was that it had heavy brushstrokes but not real texture other than the weave of the canvas. Such reproductions are to art what laminate is to hardwood flooring.

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Filed under: Arts,

November 6, 2012 at 12:19pm

FILM: Go with the ‘Flow' this weekend

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE! >>>

Warren Miller's 63rd feature film Flow State is all about going with the flow. Whether it's on top of terrain only recently discovered by scientists, on the backside of majestic Colorado ridges, or learning about the Mürren, Switzerland tradition of eating sausage every day, Flow State riders, and I imagine filmgoers, get caught in the magic of the moment.

World-class skiers and snowboarders partake in the adventures of their lives, moment for moment through time - a helicopter ride, a sketchy run, a suspension in air while completing the ultimate trick. The feats of these talented athletes combined with Warren Miller standby's you've come to love, like thoughtful, witty commentary, breathtaking photography and a kick ass soundtrack, witnessing this film - if its anything close to other Miller flicks - will surely feel larger than life.

WASHINGTON CENTER, FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 6:30 AND 9:30 P.M., $15.50-$17.50, 512 WASHINGTON ST., OLYMPIA, 360.753.8586

PANTAGES THEATER, SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 6 AND 9 P.M., $21, 901 BROADWAY, TACOMA, 253.591.5894

Filed under: Screens, Olympia, Tacoma,

November 7, 2012 at 7:45am

COMMENT OF THE DAY: What about the Goop?

Yesterday's comment of the day comes from Linda in regards to our coverage of Guy Fieri and his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show's visit to the South Sound.

Linda writes,

I am disappointed that you passed right by Big Toms on your way to Darby's. My grandson is the 5th generation to enjoy the best burger joint in the US. I have tried burgers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana, and Oregon. The Big Tom's managed by Michael Fritch is the best in the west. I encourage you not only to talk to him again but to come back and enjoy this burger with their trademark "Goop". Yes that is right their secret goop recipe and name are registered.

November 7, 2012 at 7:47am

TONIGHT: Pop-up contemporary dance

THE BAREFOOT COLLECTIVE: Hang on to your drinks! Photo credit: Michael Hoover

OUT OF THE BLACK BOX THINKING >>>

See dance as you've never seen it before - trouncing through a bookstore, a wine bar and a Thai restaurant! Tonight at King's Books, the BareFoot Collective will take to the shelves and deliver a unique performance in a unique venue that is just about the opposite of a formal theatre in every way.  

Tonight's performance will be tBFC's first of several modern dance performances out of the black box. The group aims to take dance into public spaces around Tacoma. So if you think you're safe from fancy footwork at the library or when you're dining upon a tasty curry at Indochine - think again!

The road shows will be 30 to 40 minutes long and will incorporate modern dance techniques from improv, contemporary styles, dance theater, butoh-inspired and body percussion.

"The BareFoot Collective has been creating opportunities for dance in Tacoma since 2008. We are thrilled to partner with local businesses this fall and bring dance to the people where they are. Tacomans will not have to go to the theater and buy a ticket to see dance this November - the BareFoot Collective is steppin' out!" says co-director Katie Stricker via the event's press release.

Other performances include: 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15 at Indochine, 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Mix, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Cork Wine Bar and 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Tacoma Public Library's Main Branch downtown.

Indochine will be visited twice because it's delicious.

All performances are free.

Oh, King's Books will not be held responsible for any airborne books and beverages high-kicked ceremoniously from your hand.

KING'S BOOK, BAREFOOT COLLECTIVE, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 6 P.M., FREE, 218 SAINT HELENS AVE., TACOMA, 253.272.8801

November 7, 2012 at 8:25am

5 Things To Do Today: Girls night out, The Young Creative, Hump Day Jam and more ...

JEWEL KADE: It's vintage. It's modern. It's on display tonight at Morso in Gig Harbor.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012 >>>

1. Girls Night Out = Guys Night Out. You don't have to be a math wiz to realize the logic of this equation.  If the girls have gathered, then the guys might want to hang, too. Tonight from 5-7 p.m. the girls will be at the Jewel Kade Fall Jewelry Show at Morso Wine Bar in Gig Harbor.

2. The Tacoma Visitor Information Center is more than just a location for visitors to gather information about what to do and see in the area. The VIC, in partnership The Young Creative, is also art gallery featuring the work of Tacoma's young artists. The gallery will open to the public today as part of Tacoma's Art at Work Month.

3. A good man in a G-string is hard to find. Sure, it's reasonably easy to persuade someone to pose for a drawing, but even if an artist's friends and loved ones are willing to pose in the name of art, they'll soon find that it takes exceptional patience to remain frozen in place for hours on end. Life painting is one of art's most time-honored traditions, though, and there will always be a stream of aspiring Renoirs and Vermeers eager to give it a shot ... including tonight at the Tacoma Academy of Fine Arts. The studio offers an open session figure drawing class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for $15 in the Merlino Art Center at 508 S. Sixth Ave. To reserve an easel, email tim.mansen@gmail.com.

4. See dance as you've never seen it before - trouncing through a bookstore! Tonight at 7 p.m. inside King's Books, the BareFoot Collective will take to the shelves and deliver a unique performance in a unique venue that is just about the opposite of a formal theater in every way.  

5. Do you like the classic rock? Classic rock band Tatoosh hosts an open Hump Day Jam every Wednesday at 9 p.m. inside Stonegate Pizza.

LINK: Wednesday, Nov. 7 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 7, 2012 at 10:51am

Black Door Wine Company pops the cork

BLACK DOOR WINE COMPANY: Drop by and wish them a happy anniversary.

YAY LONGEVITY ... AND BUBBLY! >>>

Champagne is most widely considered a libation for celebratory purposes. The sound of the cork popping renders excitement and reminiscing of New Year shindigs.

Saturday, the Black Door Wine Company will give you an excuse to indulge in the bubbly with an annual Champagne tasting of French Premier Cru. They will be offering an opportunity to sip on few Champagnes as well as a couple of Proseccos and a Cava. Its press release states eloquently, "A representative from France will be at Black Door Wine Company to answer your questions about this beautiful French bubbly & to speak about texture, complexity, savoriness, and acidity."

As it happens this is also a celebration as it falls on the one-year anniversary for this little North End wine shop. Owners David Lower and Victoria Johnson are newly adopted Tacomans. Hailing from Seattle -  Lower once in the business of our favorite roasted bean and Johnson an artist - the two came to Tacoma because they liked the movement they witnessed and wanted to join in as "pioneers of an evolution of the city."

Johnson found the wine shop's current location just across the Proctor Bridge. She knew it was just right, though it needed some TLC. "The building was derelict, the two of us came in and did a lot of work," says Johnson. A complete renovation of the property included them utilizing a jackhammer.

You'd never know if you visit the lovely wine shop with its classy ambiance and decor. The facade of the shop is a small room, walls lined with bottles low lights like spotlights on the labels. As you venture further into Black Door Wine Company you see its event space, with Johnsons paintings adorning the walls, lovely pops of color with Johnsons studio just beyond.

The owner's mission is about education - for both the wine aficionado and novice. They sample and select only the finest wines, which does not always equate to the most expensive. Both play excellent hosts and are brimming with information of the process of creating wine, the history of featured wineries and can suggest some varietals that you may not have otherwise fallen in love with, let alone tried.

Johnson says that since the shop's inception, "We have met the most intriguing people, some who live here and have grown up here. People travel from Seattle and everywhere to visit."

It's pretty clear this duo enjoys their work.

Join them in celebrating and sipping with some bubbly 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The cost is $15.

BLACK DOOR WINE COMPANY, 3906 N. 34TH ST., TACOMA, WWW.BLACKDOORWINECOMPANY.COM

November 7, 2012 at 1:13pm

TOMORROW: Jolie Holland plays Olympia

JOLIE HOLLAND: She's a self-contained music festival. Photo credit: Scott Irvine

WHEN LATE NEWS IS STILL GOOD NEWS >>>

Jolie Holland's progressive takes on traditional forms of music defies genre stereotypes, blending folk, country, rock, jazz and blues elements. Her music is mysterious and fluid, which has garnered high praise from fellow Anti- labelmates Tom Waits and Sage Francis, and a wide range of collaborators including Booker T. Jones, Bad Religion's Greg Graffin, David Gray and Chuck Ragan.

Holland has played to pack houses in Olympia, including the Capitol Theater in 2008.

She's back at the Capitol, Thursday, Nov. 8, with her band, the Chandeliers and Old Light. Holland's performance is the unofficial kickoff to this year's Olympia Film Festival, which begins Friday night.

CAPITOL THEATER, THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 7:30 P.M., $15-$20, 206 E. FIFTH AVE., OLYMPIA, 360.754.6670

November 7, 2012 at 4:32pm

Local "Jeopardy!" contestant invites you to cheer him on

"JEOPARDY!": Was John Hines dreaming of delicious wings when he posed with host Alex Trebek? Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

WHEN WINGS AND SMARTS COLLIDE >>>

John Hines, a teacher at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, is one of 15 contestants competing on the JEOPARDY!Teachers Tournament, vying for the $100,000 cash prize. Hines's episode airs at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 8, on KOMO 4 TV.

To celebrate his upcoming match, Hines invites the public to watch the episode, and chow down on big piles of wings, tomorrow at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar by the Tacoma Mall. Hines has added a fundraising element to his television viewing, asking folks to help support the Foss High School football team, which he coaches.

If Hines wins his quarterfinal match tomorrow, he will advance to the semifinals and then to the two-day finals. If he loses, he'll take home $5,000. A loss in the semi-finals will nab him $10,000. However, Hines is a coach. He only sees W's — although the $50,000 second prize and $20,000 third prize aren't shabby paydays. Any one of those dollar amounts will buy more shoulder pads than a towel boy could carry.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS GRILL & BAR, THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 7:30 P.M., 4219 S. STEELE ST., TACOMA, 253.473.7699

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