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November 9, 2012 at 5:03pm

NIGHT MOVES: Amocat Live, Barleywine Revue, Hillstomp, Kashmir, Babysitter and others ...

Babysitter

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT, FRIDAY, NOV. 9 >>>

Amocat Cafe Tacoma - Triangle District. Amocat Live! with Emilie Kaye Peine, Micaela Cooley, Francis Kang, Chuck Wayne, Mitchell James. All Ages. 7 pm.

Backstage Bar & Grill Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. The Brew Birthday Bash, with In The Between, Just Dirt. 8 pm.

C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Northend. KC Brakes presents pop folk rock night. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

Cork! A Wine Bar Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Cork's First Annual Storytellers Series, featuring Dave Hannon. 8 pm.

Forza Coffee Company DuPont. Erik Thomas. All Ages. 7 pm.

Forza Coffee Company Fircrest. John Leonard. All Ages. 7 pm.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Kim Archer Band. 7:30 pm. $7-$10.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Babysitter, Happy Noose. 9 pm.

The Lochs Tacoma - Downtown. Afrodisiacs. 7 pm. $8.

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. Black Beat Blue. All Ages. 8 pm.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. Lance Buller Combo. 7 pm.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Barleywine Revue Album Release Party, with Cottonwood Cutups. 9 pm.

  • Barleywine Revue credits itself simply as a bluegrass band, but to hear it, the band somehow transforms that format into something more. Depending on whose lead vocals you get (in a very egalitarian move, the members trade off lead vocal duty), you'll either find yourself in a jumping jam like "Sunshine in Tacoma," a Fleet Foxes-esque reverie like "Burb on the Rocks" or the stately sway of "Ghost Woman Blues." You might even find yourself in the murky politics of "Aliens," which takes a (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek look at the issue of immigration and, specifically, those who obsess over ending it. Regardless of which Barleywine Revue you encounter, you're guaranteed to find flawless harmonies and impeccable musicianship. Barleywine Revue will celebrate the release of its new album with fellow bluegrass mavericks, the Cottonwood Cutups. — Rev. Adam McKinney

The Olympia Ballroom Olympia - Downtown. Hillstomp, The Oly Mountain Boys. All Ages. 9 pm. $5-$10.

  • Armed with washboards, spoons, buckets and banjos, slide and stomp, the junkbox blues duo Henry Christian, guitar, and John Johnson, buckets - bring an assault of high-energy backwoods punk. How the hell does a person yell harmonious twang without sounding a like drunken hillbilly? Maybe the duo do sound like drunken hillbillies. For this talented twosome, it's charming. Rumor has it Hillstomp will play new songs. "They're a lot of fun," says promoter Andy Geertson. "Hillstomp has missed their fans and are excited to get playing again." Local draw Oly Mountain Boys will perform its bluegrass flair. — Nikki McCoy

Spar Cafe Olympia - Downtown. Paul Mauer. 8 pm. NC.

The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Space Band. 9 pm.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Kashmir (Led Zeppelin tribute). 9 pm.

LINK: More live music and DJs tonight in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 10, 2012 at 6:43am

COMMENT OF THE DAY: Free to be you and me

ONLINE CHATTER >>>

Yesterday's comment of the day comes from Danielle Fischer in regards to the Weekly Volcano's cover story on Katy Evans. Apparently Fischer and Evans knew each other before they could walk.

Fischer writes,

My mom says we were friends at 6 months. :-) Now at 32 I learn about you again :-) Congratulations! Sounds like you are making an impact in your community! May God continue to guide you! Write me when you want to know about me ;-)

Filed under: Comment of the Day, Tacoma,

November 10, 2012 at 7:57am

5 Things To Do Today: Art sale, euphoniumania, Mash Night, funky jazz & Guinness and more ...

PIANIST CECILE LICAD: One of the youngest musicians to receive the prestigious Leventritt Gold Medal, which launched her career. Photo Credit: Sarah Black

SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2012 >>>

1. The Patrons of South Sound Cultural Arts and Friends of the Olympia Library are teaming up for their annual POSSCA Art Sale at the Olympia Armory. Meet local artists and find holiday gifts such as jewelry, photography, paintings, glass and pottery. "We believe that a thriving arts scene is an excellent barometer for quality of life in our community," states the POSSCA website. "When the arts scene is alive and dynamic, we believe it has a profound and positive impact on education, business and private life."Well said POSSCA, well said. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $1, Olympia Armory, 515 Eastside St. SE, Olympia

2. When kids choose what instrument they'd like to play, few of them pick the euphonium, which looks like an undersized tuba and is generally relegated to a supporting role in the rare jazz ensembles that include it. Tacoman Jason Gilliam attempts to prove that such pigeonholing is unjustified by repeatedly putting the euphonium in the spotlight, including a recital tonight at Tacoma Community College. 6 p.m., donations, TCC Building 2, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma

3. Wingman Brewers invites Mash Homebrewing to its tasting room for Mash Night. Wingman brewed a Cascadian Dark Ale with Jason, the owner of Mash, and a Barleywine with Matt, who frequents the homebrew supply shop.  Both beers will be on tap all weekend, along with their recipes.  Expect a raffle. 6-11 p.m., no cover, Wingman Brewers, 509 ½ Puyallup Ave., Tacoma

4. The Northwest Sinfonietta presents Cecile Licad's "hair-raising virtuosity and consciousness-expanding introspection" (Los Angeles Times) as she performs Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2. Program will also feature Stravinsky's delightful Pulcinella Suite based on the Commedia dell'Arte characters of Italy and more. 7:30 p.m., $19-$49, Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma

5. The Kareem Kandi Band will fill Doyle's Public House with a mixture of jazz and funk. 9:30 p.m., no cover, 208 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma

PLUS: Dedication for some cool art

PLUS: Warren Miller in the house

LINK: Saturday, Nov. 10 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 10, 2012 at 9:05am

Tweets of the Week: Nov. 3-10

HOW TWEET IT IS >>>

Whether you've been on Twitter since its beginnings in 2006 or you're a Twitter neophyte, you know keeping up on important tweets can be overwhelming. If you follow everything and everyone that you find interesting, you can end up with hundreds and hundreds of Tweets showing up in your feed on a daily basis.

Don't despair. Every Saturday the Weekly Volcano shares important and pointless Tweets from South Sound Twitter accounts so you may catch up on foghorn action and the latest action on the streets.

This week the election inspired some precious tweets.

Filed under: Tweets Of The Week, Tacoma,

November 10, 2012 at 1:37pm

NIGHT MOVES: What's up Saturday?

Coniption Fits

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

4th Ave Ale House Olympia - Downtown. Philly's Phunkestra. 9 pm. $5.

C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Northend. KC Brakes presents pop folk rock night. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Kareem Kandi Band, with Delmar, Jacques Willis. 9 pm.

Elks Lodge #186 Olympia - Downtown. Swing/Ballroom Dance, with Lakewood Community Jazz Band. All Ages. 5 pm.

Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. Tiger Fighting Freemasons, Steady Skies. 9 pm.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Ave. Roman Holiday, True Holland, Cadillac Radio. 9 pm. $10. 

  • As I've said for a long time, now, there is no other band in Tacoma that surpasses Roman Holiday in terms of big, national potential. The band already sounds like it has been vetted on adult contemporary radio for years. This is not to say it is a prepackaged band, but, rather, it's a completely successful accompaniment to huge stadium acts like Kings of Leon and Coldplay. Above all, Roman Holiday is the king of melodrama, experts in the act of building tension and then, in one fell swoop, releasing in gigantic hooks and choruses. The band fetishizes each triumphant rise and each melancholy fall. Being that Roman Holiday was born in the recording studio, it's sound is predictably polished and honed to near-perfection; the joy is seeing it replicate this polish live on stage. — Rev. Adam McKinney

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Assassinators, Coniption Fits, Kill Shot. 9 pm. NC.

Live Room Sumner. Innocent Bystander, Cell Phone Parking Lot. All Ages. 7 pm. $8 advance, $12 at door.

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. Nolan Garrett, Dudley Taft, Larry Mitchell. All Ages. 8 pm.

Northern Olympia - Downtown. Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Kimya Dawson, Stephen Steinbrink. All Ages. 8 pm.

  • Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard joins Kimya Dawson and Stephen Steinbrink for a performance at the Olympia All Ages Project venue Northern. It's a reunion, of sorts, for Lewis and Dawson. During New York's anti-folk scene in the early 200s, Lewis and Dawson crossed musical paths - often Lewis would perform and collaborate with Dawson and her Moldy Peaches project. The collaboration led to a K Records LP, The Bundles, and critical praise as an anti-folk supergroup of sorts. According to Lewis, he doesn't mind the anti-folk label. "I think it's a cool title. The fact that no one knows what it means, including me, makes it kind of mysterious and more interesting than saying that you're a singer/songwriter or that you play indie rock." After Peaches, former Evergreen State College student Dawson returned to Olympia to larger audiences - thanks to her Juno soundtrack -  and continue the musical collaboration path. Her most recent album, Thunder Thighs, features collaborations with Aesop Rock and pro-wrestler Daniel Bryan. — Timothy Grisham

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Wickerman. 8 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Alan Reid, Rob Van Sante. All Ages. 8 pm. $12-$18.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Law's Welcome Home From Afghanistan Bash, with Far From The Genuine, Liberterrorists, Seventh Silence. 9 pm.

LINK: Saturday, Nov. 10 live music and DJs in the South Sound

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

November 11, 2012 at 9:17am

COMMENT OF THE DAY: No person shall be held to answer for ...

ONLINE CHATTER >>>

Yesterday's comment of the day came from Gary Arseneau in response to Alec Clayton's art column warning buyers to beware of fake print art.

Arseneau writes,

Dear Mr. Clayton:

Your education of the public on what is and what is not an original work of visual art versus a reproduction, is to be commended.

Your factual perspective is supported by The Fifth.

Filed under: Comment of the Day, Arts,

November 11, 2012 at 9:43am

5 Things To Do Today: Mini 253Heart Festival, Oly Film Festival, Mariachi Vargas and more ...

MIDNIGHT SALVAGE CO.: The band has heart.

SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012 >>>

1. Organized in large part by China Davis' Ben Fuller the 253Heart Music Festival, which includes multiple events and will benefit the Emergency Food Network, is yet another outgrowth of the Music Giving Back organization, a local enterprise that's been busting out the musician driven benefits since 2009, and which Fuller is also a co-founder. Just to get the heart pumping for 253Heart's big Thanksgiving weekend festivities, a smaller 253Heart Fest will flow through The Swiss today featuring the likes of Midnight Salvage Co., China Davis, Hannah Mendenhall, Kim Archer and Chris Hyde, The Trasholes and Science! 4 p.m., admission free with canned food donation, The Swiss, 1904 Jefferson, Tacoma

2. Olympia Little Theatre's presentation of the classic thriller Night Must Fall  - about a wealthy elderly woman who falls under the spell of a dashing young stranger and winds up dead - will hit its stage this afternoon. Read Weekly Volcano's theater critic Christian Carvajal's review of Night Must Fall in the Arts section at weeklyvolcano.com. 1:55 p.m., $10-$14, 1925 Miller Ave. NE, Olympia

3. Olympia Film Society presents incredible lineup of screenings, events, guests and awards that is the 29th annual Olympia Film Festival. Today's film action includes Garlic is a Good as Ten Mothers at 2 p.m., Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux at 4 p.m. and Almayer's Folly at 7 p.m. Through Nov. 18, $7-$10, Capitol Theater, 206 E. Fifth Ave., Olympia

4. Internationally acclaimed as "the best mariachi in the world," Mariachi Vargas was originally founded in 1897 by Don Gaspar Vargas López, Manuel Mendoza and two violinists in the town of Tecalitlan, Mexico. Credited with modernizing the genre, Mariachi Vargas' meticulously crafted arrangements helped propel national pride for what would become Mexico's classical sound. The definitive mariachi ensemble will perform at the Pantages Theater this afternoon. 3 p.m., $35-$125, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

5. The Olympia Symphony will pay tribute to members of the armed forces with a Veterans Day concert, "Honoring America's Freedom" tonight at The Washington Center. Hear patriotic works by Copland, Suppe, Hayden and Sousa.  7 p.m., $20-$50 with a discount for those with military ID, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

LINK: Sunday, Nov. 11 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 12, 2012 at 7:09am

5 Things To Do Today: Sharp Three, Jr. Hill Band, Rockaraoke Pray For Snow and more ...

GOH KUROSAWA: He'll add a little world beat to tonight's jazz series at The Royal Lounge.

MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2012 >>>

1. Goh Kurosawa and Sharp Three will fill The Royal Lounge with compositions and improvisations of soundscapes as part of its Monday Night Jazz series. Guitarist Kurosawa is often referred to as a musical wakonyosai: a musical approach to the Western knowledge with the Japanese spirit. Nice. 8 p.m., $5, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia

2. Every second Monday of the month Tacoma's Graphic Novel Book Club meets at the famed watering hole 1022 South to delve into another, well, graphic novel. Hence the name. Organized by King's Books, November's offering is A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio, which, like all Graphic Novel Book Club selections, is conveniently available at King's. Unfortunately for the kids, you have to be 21 or older to hang with this club at 1022 South.

3. Let's tally up the score for Jazzbones Rockaraoke, shall we? A chance to sing onstage with a live band? Yes. Cheap wells? Yes. A valid excuse to drink on a Monday (repeat, Monday) night? Yes, yes and, oh God, yes. However, the 9 p.m. show receives an added bonus tonight as it's a special "Pray For Snow" Rockoarake featuring giveaways from ski and board companies and resorts. Ding, ding, ding.

4. The Jr. Hill Band will rock The Swiss beginning at 8 p.m.

5. DJs Pocket Square and John Purkey join DJ Melodica behind the turntables during the Monday Showcase at Magoo's beginning at 9 p.m. Expect $2 hot dogs and $3 pints.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

November 12, 2012 at 9:01am

Feather & Oar: Menswear mercantile in Tacoma

FEATHER & OAR: Men’s clothing and accessories, ranging from designer to vintage. Photo courtesy of Facebook

SPACEWORKS MAGIC >>>

Spaceworks hatched a new business in Tacoma's Triangle District. Feather & Oar, at least for now, offers trendy and vintage menswear ... with plans to move into women's clothing.

"Our focus is to offer quality, gentle used and vintage goods with a sense of timelessness. We subscribe to helping our customers find their individual style versus trying to keep up with the trends of fashion," says Feather & Oar co-owner JD Elquist.

Why Feather & Oar? It's a tribute to the area's history, claims its blossoming Facebook page. "Feather" is in tribute to local Native American history, while the "Oar" is symbolic of Tacoma's European settlers. Beyond just its name, Elquist and the other Feather & Oar owners - Travis Pranger and Drew Collier - aim to make this store all about community.

"We want our store to be a place our city can come and relax, hang out and relate," says Elquist. "We will be doing a few community focused events in the months to come."

The trio originally came to Spaceworks as part of Camp 6 - a group dedicated to bolstering local merchants. They saw a need for a men's clothing business downtown.

"Spaceworks is an incredible program," he says. "They offer the chance for artists to have a dream. Having a physical location made Feather & Oar possible and without Spaceworks it would have been impossible."

The store is open Monday through Saturday.

FEATHER & OAR, 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. MONDAY-SATURDAY, 311 S. SEVENTH ST., TACOMA, WWW.FEATHERANDOAR.COM

Filed under: Fashion, Tacoma,

November 12, 2012 at 12:30pm

Ready to enter the STINK Tank?

STINK TANK: Tacoma has a new wine bar.

FUTURE THINGS ARE COMING >>>

Thanksgiving at my house is a futile exercise in restraint. Which calorie-laden delight should I gorge on first? At my house, we load up on the traditional bread stuffing spiked with country sausage, roast turkey and close to 20 bowels of fixin's. Yes, we're a gluttonous bunch, and then we add wine on top of all that. I imagine the excess and I feel fat just thinking about it. But excited, too - I love Thanksgiving. It's fabulous excuse to open a bottle after bottle of wine while discussing current events

And speaking of opening bottle after bottle of wine, Kris Blondin, owner of STINK - Cheese & Meat, will open STINK Tank - a new wine bar in the neighboring space once occupied by her kitchen store, Füdie.

Why STINK Tank?

"It's a play off of ‘think tank'," explains Blondin. "Where people can talk and engage each other. Basically change the world over a glass of wine."

Sounds like Thanksgiving.

Blondin says STINK Tank will focus more on unusual, less common wines such as Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and Grenache.

"I want people to come here and not be afraid to try new wines that are weird and hard to pronounce," she adds. "You can buy a glass of Zweigelt rather than commit to a whole bottle. I pride myself on finding wines that over-deliver for the price. We will have over 75 by the glass."

I'll let the 75 pours by the glass sink in.

STINK Tank ...

I can see you still need time with the 75 pours. ...

STINK Tank will also serve specialty beers such as Belgian brews, which were available at Füdie.

As you might expect, the menu will be heavy on cheese and meats.

STINK Tank opens tomorrow.

I, for one, give thanks.

STINK TANK, 4-10 p.m. TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 4 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 630 SAINT HELENS AVE., TACOMA, 253.426.1347

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